Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
October 24th through October 31st, 2018
Sunday Worship Services
9:00am in the Sanctuary

11:15am in the Sanctuary
Choir Practice: Tuesdays 6:45pm in Sanctuary

Praise Band Practice: Tuesdays 7:45pm in the Sanctuary
Sunday, October 28th

1 Timothy 6:17-19
Proverbs 11:24-25
Proverbs 22:9

Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity

Our sermon series  Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity  is nearing its conclusion. Last week we talked about “Cultivating Contentment.” This Sunday brings our final topic in the series: “Defined by Generosity.” What defines your life? Is it wealth? belongings? faith?

Many of us live with a scarcity mentality, worried that we must gather and hoard as much as possible, saving for some imagined “rainy day.” Or we focus on self-gratification. But the Bible promises both God’s blessings and joy for those who choose to live another way. The following Sunday we will consecrate our gifts to the ministry of our church for the coming year. I urge you to join us this Sunday as people who are defined by generosity and who experience true joy.

October 28 “Defined by Generosity”
November 4 Consecration Sunday

The Living the Questions Adult Sunday School class will begin its next study series on Sunday, October 14th, Prayer and Your Life.

Throughout the 11 week series, we will explore our current prayer lives, how the Bible tells us to pray and who to pray for, how to be more mindful in our prayers, when we should pray, and so much more.

 Join us as we all grow in our prayer individual prayer lives and explore prayer as a means to support each other, the church, and the world!
The October 7 blood drive totals are in and we had 17 donors presented to donate, with 4 being deferred, for a total of 13 whole blood donations. 

You can sign-up now for our Sunday, December 16th drive at:
Trick or Treating for the Foodbank!

Sunday, October 28th 4:30-5:30pm

All children and youth (and their parents!) are welcome to join us as we trick or treat so others can eat!

Come dressed in your halloween costume! We will park at Negley Elementary and then go door to door in Plum Creek asking for donations for the foodbank! When we're done, we'll come back to the church for some Halloween snacks!
(no regular youth group this day)
Parents: If you are able to stay and help chaperone that would be great! Please bring a wagon if you have one! The more people and the more wagons we have, the more ground we can cover in an hour and the more food we'll collect!
Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon 
Sunday, November 4 at 12:30pm 
Family Life Center

It's time to start planning for our annual Thanksgiving gathering! We would appreciate your help in putting this event on. Please sign-up at

We will also have a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Katie Sprute by email at

Can't wait to see everyone for some great food and fellowship!
2018 Turkeys Tackling Hunger

Your $30 donation to the Hays County Food Bank can provide a family with a frozen turkey and traditional fixings for Thanksgiving.

Kyle UMC has a goal of raising $300 in order to provide meals for 10 families. For every $10 we raise we will color a feather on the big turkey in the Fellowship Hall! 

Please place your donation in the offering plate in an envelope marked "Turkeys Tackling Hunger". Paul Mojica and Jodie Claes can answer any questions you may have.
PRAY BALL Kicking For Winter

Your Kyle UMC Kickball Team, PRAY BALL, will be at it again, being the hands and feet of God while playing a silly little kids game… and you’re invited to play. We need 8 men and 8 women to fill out our team.

If you are at least 18 years old, can travel 4 bases without requiring medical attention and enjoy kicking and throwing a ball… you’re invited to play. Other thank that the only REAL requirement is to show up… and be able to play during the tournament.

The games are Friday evenings in December through February between 7-10p. PRAY BALL will play 10 games during the season, and an end of season tournament (held 2/22-23). We play at Gregg-Clarke Park’s kickball fields. We practice Sunday afternoons (weather permitting) from 3-5p.

Registration is currently underway. Please reach out to Sean Claes at  in order to be registered to play.

Cost: $30 a person + $10 extra if you need a team shirt (team color is bright lime green)

Payment and registration information due: Monday, November 19
Season starts: Friday, December 7, 2018
End of Season Tournament: Friday, February 22, 2019 and Saturday, February 23, 2019

Children and Youth Abduction Defense Seminar

Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Kyle United Methodist Church
408 W. Lockhart, Kyle, TX 78640

Free and Open to the public
The annual Angel Tree will kickoff Sunday, November 11. This date is earlier than ever before so we can make sure to meet the needs and deadlines for CASA of Central Texas, the agency will we be working with this year. CASA advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system by recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers.

We are very grateful that the Youth Group will be helping with the Angel Tree this year. They will select the Angels for the tree, help with tracking gifts and deliver the gifts in early December. When you select your Angel we also ask that you pray for each one of them by name. The total amount spent on each child should be in the $30-$50 price range. Items on the wish list are suggestions from their CASA volunteer, you are not expected to purchase everything on the list. Typical requests are for dolls, art supplies, Legos and gift cards.

Please remember to fill out the indicated area on the back of the Angel and drop it in the labeled box. This way we can keep track and make sure all the Angels make it back in time. Gifts should be brought unwrapped and placed under the Christmas Tree in the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, November 25. Make sure to include the Angel on the gift so it goes to the right child. The Youth Group will be delivering the gifts on Sunday, December 2.

There will also be Angels on the tree asking for donations to the Blessings Box that the Young Adult group maintains. We are looking for donations of diapers (especially bigger sizes), canned goods (preferably with pull tabs), non-perishable snacks and gloves or knit beanie caps.

For more info, contact either Missions Team co-chair:
Jodie Claes, (512)787-6711 or
Paul Mojica, (512) 787-5036 or
Join us for the 2nd Annual Christmas Gift and Craft Market at Kyle United Methodist Church!

We'll have over 30 local vendors selling unique gift items just in time for Christmas as well as BBQ plates and baked goods for sale! Sign your name at the door for a chance to win a door prize with items from Local vendors!

Vendors and shoppers can drop their kids in the Drop-while-you-Shop kid's corner where they will enjoy snacks, movies, Christmas crafts and playground fun! All for only $2/hr per kid! 

For questions or to reserve your booth space, contact Alissa Villarreal at 

KUMC folks-- when the time comes, we'll need lots of volunteers and supplies to make this event a success! Stay tuned for sign up!
Join us for Food, fun and fellowship every Sunday from
6-8pm in the Family Life Center.
All 6th-12th graders and their friends are invited!

If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Alissa Villarreal at .

Sunday Night Youth Group is starting back up again and we need your help! 

The first Sunday of the month we do a fellowship meal and all the other Sundays we just hang out and have snacks.  

We could really use help with those meals and snacks! If you, your family, your ministry group or Sunday School group would like to sponsor a meal or snacks, please sign up below!

You are welcome to make a monetary donation, provide supplies for a meal, prepare a meal and drop it off or come prepare the meal on Sunday and stay to hang out! Our youth really appreciate the support of our congregation! 
Do you feel called to work with Children's Ministry?

We are needing an additional Sunday School teacher for our 1st-5th grade class in the Fall starting in September. Teachers typically trade off Sundays so it is not an every Sunday commitment.

Holy Moly Curriculum will be provided. Just come and have a great time leading our children in Sunday School!
If you'd like to help out with this class or the Toddler-Kinder class, please contact Alissa Villarreal at
Holy Moly Children's Sunday School starts back up this Fall! Join us Sundays at 10:00am in the Family Life Center.

  • More show than tell
Animated Bible story videos use visuals and sound effects, giving kids the opportunity to retell the story in their own words.

  • Bible-centered approach
Kids interact with the Bible in every lesson, following the arc of the biblical narrative.

  • Continue the conversation
Kids walk away from lessons, retelling the stories they’ve learned and taking home completed activities.

We'll have 2 classes for the Fall: Toddler-Kinder and First-Fifth Grade
Youth Sunday School

Spending time in community with other believers is an important part of every student’s spiritual journey. That’s why Bible Studies for Life: Students is designed around a plan to help disciple to students with wisdom, starting with real-life issues and connecting them to God’s Word in an intentional way.
  • Welcome Home (Unit 1): Words are an important part of communication, but they only make up a small portion of what we communicate to others. We want to have welcoming churches and student ministries, but we first have to evaluate what we are really communicating through our behavior. We might be saying the right words, but do visitors truly feel accepted?

  • In this study, we’ll take a look at what it means to show true hospitality to our neighbors.

On October 31st at 10am, please join us for an official Ribbon Cutting at the Blessings Box with the Kyle Chamber of Commerce. We would love to have a great KUMC representation in order to share with the community is wonderful mission as well as all of the amazing things God is doing through the church!

Cookies and punch will be served after the ceremony. If you are able to assist in the baking or purchasing of cookies and/or punch, please contact Krystyn Jensen (512.618.7478) and have your items at the church in the Fellowship Hall by Tuesday, October 30th!

Our Blessings Box is getting utilized by the community, which is great, but that also means that it is getting emptied out quite frequently. Please consider donating non-perishable food items, diapers, personal care items and snack food items (goldfish, raisins, etc) if you are able.

One person from the community told us she visits the Blessings Box at least twice a week and is especially grateful for the diapers and kid friendly foods. She says she stops by on the way to take her kids to the park and can almost always find a snack for them.
Young Adults Group
The Kyle UMC Young Adults group is made up of all church attendees (no church membership required) between the ages of 18 - 40! Young Adults at KUMC currently serve in various areas of worship and church life including the Sanctuary Choir and Praise Band, the Missions Committee, Sunday School Teachers/Support Teachers, the Youth Leader, and many more. In addition, the group coordinates the Reverse Advent, support each other through a Facebook group, and will present other service and social activities near future.

If you are a member or simply attend KUMC and would be interested in getting involved with this wonderful group of Young Adults, please contact the Young Adult Representative, Krystyn Jensen at or 512-618-7478. 
UMW News


The CHEER CIRCLE will meet on Monday, November 12th at 11am in the FLC corner classroom.
We will be having a program on World Thank Offering and getting ready for our holiday giving
ministries. The Cheer Circle meets on the second Monday of each month at the time and
location above. We share a devotional, prayers, fellowship, friendship and we work on our
current Missions supporting School Fuel, UMCOR and Hays Caldwell Women’s Center. A light
lunch is served and October is hosted by Sandra Richards.

We invite anyone interested in learning more about what we do to share in God’s love to
please come and visit the Cheer Circle. We welcome new faces and new ideas. We enjoy
working on our ministries and helping support local charities; focusing on women and children’s
needs. If you want to hear more about this wonderful opportunity of faith and service, please
call Circle Leader Lynne Kyle at 512-504-3888 or Secretary Shirley Ellis at 512-262-7292 with any
questions. We can offer a ride too!

The Twilight Circle will meet on Thursday, November 8 at 7pm in the FLC classroom. Our devotional program will be from the UMW Sisterhood of Grace program book, World Thank Offering: Women Offering Community. This evening circle is an opportunity for those of us that cannot attend the daytime Cheer Circle to also share in devotional, prayers, fellowship and friendship. If you have any questions please contact Joan Goodwin, 972-679-3600. 

Prayer Ministry meets every Tuesday at 2 pm in the Sanctuary

Please visit and click on "ONLINE GIVING/E_TITHE at the top of the screen to get started. 

Directions on how to do this are located in the Front of the Sanctuary or in the Fellowship Hall.
Küber -- When you need a Spiritual lift...
The United Methodist Church not only supports helping conserve our earth's resources but also helping those who might need a lift to church. That's why we're starting our latest ministry: Küber. Küber is KUMC's way of giving our congregation a spiritual lift! (thanks  Paul Mojica )
If you feel called to share your ride, please let us know! If you're someone who needs a ride, let us know that too! We would love to help match people up.
email: kuber@
Dates To Remember!

10/27 Church Planning Meeting (9a-12p)
10/28 Trick or Treating for the Foodbank (4:30)
10/30 Choir Practice 6:45pm (Sanctuary)
10/30 Praise Band Practice 7:45pm (Sanctuary)
10/30 Prayer Ministry Meeting 2:00pm (Sanctuary)

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