Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
January 30th through February 6th, 2019
Sunday Worship Services
9:00am in the Sanctuary

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

Praise Band Practice: Wednesdays 7:45pm in the Sanctuary
Sunday, February 3rd

Genesis 18:1-15  (NRSV)

Sermon Series - God’s Messy Family: Finding Your Place When Life Isn’t Perfect

Sermon – “ Piece of Cake

General Conference Information

The special session of General Conference is fast approaching. On February 23-26, in St. Louis, Missouri, 864 clergy and lay delegates from United Methodist Churches around the world will gather to make decisions regarding human sexuality, marriage equality, and ordination of LGBTQ+ persons.  
There are several opportunities for you to learn more. There will be "A Way Forward" video presentation by Bishop Robert Schnase and Rev. Adam Hamilton on the following dates and times:

   Sunday, Feb. 3, 2pm to 4pm in the sanctuary
  Tues, Feb. 12, 10am to 12pm in the sanctuary
              6:30pm to 8:30pm in the sanctuary

Additionally, delegates from the Rio Texas Conference are providing a webinar informational session on Feb. 20 at 12pm. The webinar will be shown in the sanctuary.
MORE THAN 29 YEARS AGO, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group:
"Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game,
help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat."

Since that day, more than $143 million has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around the Big Game into the nation's largest celebration of giving and serving.

This Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 KUMC will be conducting a special food drive for Souper Bowl of Caring. Please bring canned soups, chili, or other canned goods to the Fellowship Hall. These donations will be taken to the Hays County Food Bank.

KUMC Partnering with Kyle Elementary School

Kyle United Methodist Church is proud to be partnering with Kyle Elementary this year to build relationships with students and help improve the lives of children in our community. We would like to offer our time to mentor students, read to them and spend time eating lunch with them. We are also hoping to participate in the Backpack Program that they are starting to help fight food insecurity right in our backyard. Here are some ways you can participate:

Reading to students or eating lunch: Must fill out the VIP volunteer application with Hays CISD. Days and times are flexible. Coordinate with teachers and staff for times.

Mentoring students: Must fill out the VIP volunteer application with Hays CISD and commit to 30 minutes a day/1 day a week. Day and time at convenience of mentor. Currently need mentors for a 2nd grade boy and 4th grade boy. Click for more information on mentoring

Backpack Program: Currently in the planning stages but we are hoping to be able to sponsor students for this program for around $20 a month per student. More details to come.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the VIP volunteer application here and contact Childrens and Youth Director, Alissa Villarreal at or Pastor Darlene at
Breakfast Tacos this Sunday!

Youth Group will be selling breakfast tacos this Sunday, February 3rd as a fundraiser for Mid-Winter retreat and Puerto Rico Mission Trip.

Tacos will be $2 and we will have flour and corn tortilla options.

Your continued support of our Youth is appreciated!
Join us for Coffee Hour

Tuesday, February 5th
at 9:30am

Starbucks in Target
Volunteers needed to help with Sunday Night Youth Group and Youth Sunday School.

Background check and completion of Safe Gatherings training required.

Contact Alissa Villarreal at for more information.
KUMC introduces Bible on Tap!

Beginning Monday, January 7th at 6:30pm at Centerfield Bar & Grill in downtown Kyle, this hour long, weekly bible study will cover a current event topic that provides countless opportunities for discussion and biblical reference! There is nothing to prepare or study ahead of time.

Please join us for this relaxed and fun filled weekly gathering while we explore our current world and how our faith and the bible helps us navigate our daily lives!
Starting February 4, 2019, in the Wallace Classroom in the Family Life Center, the members of the Living the Questions Adult Sunday School class invite you to join in a study of John Wesley and Methodists, the beliefs and actions that started the group of believers called Methodists.

The class will consist of some readings, some presentations, and an extended dialogue about what it means to us today. Travel with us from Epworth, Lincolnshire in 1703 through time attending Oxford, during ordination in the Anglican church, on a trip to the New World in 1735 to preach in Georgia, and onward to return to England, Aldergate Street, and the continued the development of a group of Methodists, in both England and America, as Methodism was born. Live the Questions with us in the faith journey.

We invite you to join us at 10:00 on Sunday mornings this spring.
Sign up at:
PRAY BALL Kicking For Winter

This, the Winter 2018-19 season will begin on December 7 and run through February 23, 2019. The 16 members of the team include Anne Duhon, Ariel Martin, Drew Guingrich, Emily Guingrich, Frankie Bates, Jeff Earle, Leslie Carrales, Mario Mata, Michael Martin, Paul Mojica, Sean Claes, Tammy Swaton, Thomas Simcoe, Ann Miller, Tabitha Phillips and John Rogers.

We will play Friday evenings. If you’d like to keep updated about PRAY BALL and the schedule, visit the team’s Facebook page - 

Pray Ball is a mission of the church where we strive to be examples of Christians in the world and meet people where they are to pray with them and play a silly kids game.

SAVE THE DATE! Youth Mid-winter – February 22-24, 2019

2019 Mid-winter February 22-24, 2019
(Friday, 7 pm – Sunday, 11 am)
Stoney Creek Ranch (New Ulm, TX) 

Cost is $150. The regular signup deadline is February 1.
Late Registration is from February 1-15 and the price goes up by $25.
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 for 2019 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! 
VBS Planning Meeting

Monday, February 11th
at 6:30pm

Family Life Center
3rd-5th Classroom

All are welcome to come help us plan this year's Vacation Bible School
Jesus Loves Me Party

Sunday, February 10th
during Sunday School (10:00am)

We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19
Join us Sundays at 10:00am in the Family Life Center for Sunday School.

  • 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 3 classes for the Fall: Toddler-PreK, Kinder- 2nd, 3rd-5th 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.
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

We invite anyone interested in learning more about what we do to in service and to share in God’s love to please come and visit our Circles. 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. 

The Twilight Evening Circle gathering is on February 21 at 7pm in the Family Life Center. Our program will be from the UMW Sisterhood of Grace Program Book. Please join us. If questions, please contact Joan Goodwin, 972-679-3600.
The Cheer Circle meets on the second Monday of each month. We share a devotional, fellowship and friendship as we work on our current Missions. A light lunch is served. If you want to hear more about this wonderful opportunity of faith and service, please call Lynne Kyle at 512-504-3888 with any questions.
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. E-mail: kuber@
Dates To Remember!

1/30 Choir Practice 6:45pm (Sanctuary)
1/30 Praise Band Practice 7:45pm (Sanctuary)
2/3 Youth Group 6-8pm (FLC)
2/4 Bible on Tap 6:30pm (Centerfield)
2/5 Coffee Hour 9:30am, Starbucks in Target
2/5 Prayer Ministry 2:00pm (Sanctuary)
2/5 Trustees Meeting, 6:30pm (FLC)
2/10 Church Council Meeting, 12:30pm (FLC)

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