Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
September 12th thru September 19th
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, September 16th

James 3:1-12 (NRSV)

We are looking for people who are interested in serving on the Worship Committee, a creative team that works together to help the congregation engage in worship in meaningful ways.  

This team will assist with all aspects of the worship experience such as greeters, ushers, liturgists, Communion stewards and servers, choir and praise band, etc. for Sunday and special services throughout the year.  Let Pastor Darlene know if you would like to help.
Meet and Mingle at Kyle United Methodist Church!

Join us from 10-11am on Sunday, September 30th in the Family Life Center for a 5th Sunday Bagel Bar.

This is our first ever Bagel Bar so we need your help in providing goodies for it. Please use the sign-up list to say what you are bringing, . Items can be brought the Family Life Center between 8:30-9:45am.

Come meet new friends, or connect with old ones, as we get to know each other better over some simple icebreakers. There is no pressure to talk but we hope you will join in, if not please enjoy the special goodies.

The questions will range from easy ones to start the conversation and a few designed to help us realize how God moves in each of our lives. We will break into random small groups of all ages. Feel free to post questions you might want to ask here or via email.

There will be no Sunday school this day so everyone, adults and kiddos, can take part.

If you have any questions, or would like to help on planning, please contact Jodie Claes at 512-787-6711 or .
Young adults (everyone 18 - 40), we will be having a dinner and social at the parsonage on  Saturday, September 15th at 6pm . Kids are welcomed!

Please RSVP to Krystyn Jensen by phone (512.618.7478), email ( ), or through the Facebook group by Thursday. Be sure to include any food allergies! 
If you can't make this one, we have a second date on October 19th. 

Sunday Night Youth Group starts back up again on September 9th!

6-8pm in the Family Life Center!

All 6th-12th graders are welcome! Bring a friend!
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! 
“A Matter of Balance” Fall Prevention 8 week class  will start up next Tuesday, Sept. 18 th  meeting from 1-3pm in the Buda YMCA Zen Room. 

If you know of anyone who would benefit from learning more about how to prevent falls thru strength building and awareness then  encourage them to call the YMCA at 512-322-9622 to sign up . This is a FREE class that is open to the Community so anyone is welcome.
Kyle UMC Leadership Nominations for 2019

The Church Council is preparing for our annual Charge Conference scheduled for October 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. One part of the process is nominating leaders for 2019.

 Attached is a Leadership Nominations form explaining the various roles and a place where you can nominate yourself or someone else. Please prayerfully consider how you are willing to serve the church in 2019.

The church needs people to complete ongoing tasks, such as: 

  • keeping the pew backs stocked with offering envelopes, prayer and EFT offering cards.
  • administrative work such as data entry
  • assistance with a membership audit which includes mailings and keeping track of responses

Additionally, we need people to serve on the hospitality team. This group helps set up, clean up, plan and organize receptions for memorials/funerals and church-wide potlucks and dinners.

Please contact Pastor Darlene at  if you are available to help.
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.
Kyle United Methodist Church is hosting a blood drive on Sunday, October 7 at 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM! Come lend a helping arm and save local lives. We’ll be stationed in the church parking lot.

If you have eligibility questions, check out We Are Blood’s website. If you have more specific questions or would like assistance signing up, call We Are Blood at (512) 206-1266.

For questions specific to our drive, contact Jodie Claes at , (512) 787-6711.

*Remember! Eat a full meal before donating and bring your photo ID.
*A minimum of 21 potential donors must be signed up in advance for the blood drive to take place.
Be on the lookout for our marker and battery recycling containers in the Fellowship Hall.
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 Sunday, September 2nd! 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
Volunteers needed to advertise Fall Festival at Kyle Market Days on September 8th from 9:00am-11:30am. Canopy and supplies will be provided.

Fall Festival will be Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10:30am-1:00pm. Set-up is from 9:00am-10:30am.

Volunteers will be needed for the following booths:

1) Duck Pond
2) Face Painting
3) Coloring Booth
4) Lollipop pull
5) Pumpkin Put Put
6) Pumpkin Painting
7) Jack-o-lantern Bean Bag Toss
8) Bone Dig
9) Book Walk
10) Costume Corner (new and used costume donations needed!)
11) Ticket Booth
12) Set up and Tear down

If you would like to sign up to work a booth, please contact Ashlee Schultz at or sign up below!


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, September 10 th at 11am in the FLC corner Classroom as
we begin our fall activities. 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 and Hays Caldwell Women’s Center. A light lunch is
served and this month is hosted by Lynne Kyle.

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

UMW Twilight Circle

The Kyle United Methodist Women Twilight Circle will have their next meeting  Thursday September 13 at 7pm .  We will meet in the Family Life Center.   This is an excellent opportunity for those of us that are unable to attend the daytime Cheer Circle.  Everyone is welcome! You can attend both Circles if you wish!  

The Cheer Circle and the Twilight Circle are united in our Mission to serve the church and our community.  Our meeting will focus on our fall activities calendar.  The devotional will be from the United Methodist Woman Program Book called Creation: A Sacred Encounter with God.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Joan Goodwin at 972-679-3600. We sincerely hope to see you there!  
Youth Group
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 .
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.
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!

9/13 UMW Twilight Circle 7pm (FLC)
9/16 Youth Group 6-8pm (FLC)
9/16 Church Council Meeting 12:30pm (FLC)
9/18 Choir Practice 6:45pm (Sanctuary)
9/18 Praise Band Practice 7:45pm (Sanctuary)
9/118 Prayer Ministry Meeting 2:00pm (Sanctuary)

If you would like to submit something for the weekly newsletter, you need to submit on Mondays, so we can send it out by Wednesdays. 

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