Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
October 2nd through October 9th, 2019
Sunday Worship Services
9:00am in the Sanctuary

11:15am in the Sanctuary
Choir and Praise Band will be taking a break from Weekly Practice during the Summer.
Sunday, October 6th
World Communion Sunday

  Matthew 26:26-29
 Jeremiah 1:4-10


Music Ministry

Jenny Sandoval has resigned her position as Music Director at Kyle United Methodist Church. We pray for continued healing for her and her family. A note from Jenny Sandoval to KUMC:

"The last year has been an absolute joyful time of serving with KUMC choir, praise teams and staff. Our family are eternally grateful for the love and support you’ve shown us ."
KUMC T-shirt Sales

Deep Roots, Wild Branches design will be on a Heather Royal Blue colored t-shirt. Shirts are super soft, same fabric and fit as the VBS shirts.

Shirts are available in toddler, youth and adult sizes. Cost is $12/shirt (or you can round up to $15 for an extra donation!*). Sign up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall.

Deadline to order to have your shirt by the Parade is October 6th.

*Proceeds benefit the youth for Lock-ins, Retreats and Mission Trips.

All the members of the UMW want to thank everyone who helped with our Picnic Potluck, Ice Cream Social and Silent Auction on Sunday. We appreciate all the support; both physically and monetarily.

Your generosity will go to our 2019 missions: 
·         UMCOR: Child Rescue Center of Sierra Leone
·         LOCAL: Hope and Love 4 Kids

Our very special thanks to the Living the Questions Sunday School Class who graciously sponsored the Picnic Potluck main dishes.

God Bless You All!!
Donuts and Fellowship

Did you know that the donuts we enjoy every Sunday are provided by generous donations from our congregation? This is the last quarter of the year so lets have donuts every Sunday!

Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall or talk to Jayme Bryson about how you can get involved!
Bible on Tap

Bible on Tap meets every Monday, 6:30pm at Wicked Wings (5401 FM 1626 Ste 305, Kyle, TX 78640) for an hour long bible study, which covers a current event topic that provides countless opportunities for discussion and biblical reference! All are welcome, not just members or people who attend KUMC! No bible needed and no homework/materials to prepare ahead of each meeting. 

Come join this wonderful group of non-perfect Christians who get together each week to support each other as they explore, learn, and go deeper into their faith. 
Be ready the next time disaster strikes our area.  We have 2 remaining Basic ERT classes scheduled for 2019. Share these classes with your church and friends. You do not have to be a Methodist to get trained and help during a disaster. Class locations & dates below along with a link to the Basic Training sign-up.
October 5th at FUMC Lampasas
November 16th at Windcrest UMC in San Antonio

Faithful Heart Yoga

Instructor: Krystyn Jensen, 200-hr certification

Fourth Sunday of the Month
12:30pm – 1:30pm

KUMC Family Life Center

Open to anyone who wants to feel a Christian connection while working to heal and/or strengthen your body while building your connection to Christ!

COST: $5/person (for family rates, contact Krystyn Jensen, ); 10% of all monies collected will be donated to KUMC!

Since our Fall Festival plans have changed, we have decided to do our costume giveaway (Costume Corner) at the next food distribution during Dinner Church on Wednesday, October 9th.

If you have any new or used costumes or accessories you'd like to donate....let Alissa Villarreal know or drop them in the bin in the Fellowship Hall.
Dinner Church
Wednesday, October 9th
5:30pm Baked Potato Meal starts in Family Life Center
6pm Dinner Church starts in Family Life Center
(meal will continue during this time)
6:30pm Hays County Food Bank distribution in Fellowship Hall
Dinner Church and Food Distribution open to ALL members of the community.

Kyle Founder's Day Parade
Saturday, October 19th
We will need candy donations (not chocolate) and riders for our float! Contact Pastor Stella for more information.

Post Parade Painting Party
Join us after the parade to paint a community mural, play some games, make some crafts and eat snacks! There will be a small pumpkin patch for photo ops!
Contact Pastor Stella if you are able to help that day.

(Due to conflicting events in the area that day, the painting party will be
in lieu of the Fall Festival this year)
Trick or Treating for the Foodbank!

Sunday, October 27th
5:00-7:00pm (trick or treating will be 5-6:30pm, then snacks at church)

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 the Silverado Pool and then go door to door in Silverado subdivision 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!

*make sure to bring a water bottle and snack in case you get thirsty or hungry!
Kyle United Methodist Church is partnering with Allied Services of Kyle to help Navigate Homelessness in children and youth in Kyle. Allied Services of Kyle (A.S.K) is a service-driven collaboration of churches, businesses, organizations and individuals that provide short-term relief and create long-term systems of physical, emotional, and spiritual support for citizens in the greater Kyle community.

The Navigating Homelessness Group meets the last Monday of the Month and KUMC is now hosting the meetings in the Family Life Center.

For more information about Allied Services of Kyle, please visit
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 in the Wallace Classroom.
Coming in September! Whirl Children's Curriculum!

Characters kids can relate to
Videos feature animated characters that model what it’s like for kids to go through the questions and challenges of living out faith.

Each Whirl lesson is centered on scripture and gets kids into the Bible.

Age-appropriate resources
Lesson materials and videos are available for pre-kindergarten through grade 6—equally engaging younger and older kids.

Faith in action
Learner leaflets include several suggestions for families to live out faith throughout each week.
*Your child should have brought home an information sheet in their parent packet from youth group last week. If you didn't get it, I can email it to you and I will upload to KUMC YOUTH Facebook group.
Sunday Night Youth Group is BACK!

Who wants to come hang out with some awesome youth?!? We are in need of adults to help with Youth Group. Can't help every Sunday? That's ok! Help when you're able. We have to have a minimum of 2 adults each Sunday for Safe Gatherings ratio so that gives us an opportunity to have lots of adults impact the lives of the kids in our growing youth group!

Can't help on Sundays? You can support our youth by providing meals and snacks.
If you'd like to volunteer or want more information, please contact Alissa Villarreal at or 361-441-4206. Or visit our table at the Ministry Fair this Sunday, August 4th at 10:00am!
Youth Sunday School

This Summer, we welcomed new teachers to our Youth Sunday School-- Shannon and Jon Taylor and Paul Mojica! Thank you for serving our youth!

The Bible Lessons for Youth format of “Explore,” “Focus,” and “Connect” is an intentional learning approach to help teens FOCUS on the original context, EXPLORE how the passage speaks to their lives, and CONNECT with how to live out God’s Word in their daily lives and in the world.

Fall Theme: GOD
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. 
United Methodist Women 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 Kyle UMW Nominating Committee presents the following Officer nominations for the 2020 UMW Year.

President, Lynne Kyle
Vice President, Betty Brooks
Secretary, Phyllis Kinsey
Treasurer, Shirley Ellis


The next Cheer Circle meeting will be held on Monday, October 14 th at 11am in the FLC corner Classroom.

The Cheer Circle meets on the second Monday of each month at the time and location above. We share a monthly devotional, prayers, fellowship, friendship and food. A light lunch is served and October is hosted by Simone Schrott.  

We invite anyone interested to please come and visit the Cheer Circle. We welcome new faces and new ideas. We enjoy working on our local and global missions; 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 with any questions.


All women and young ladies are invited and encouraged to come. We have a devotional time, prayers, discuss our current mission projects, and enjoy some fellowship. We hope you can come participate in this meaningful experience. Our regular time of meeting is on the 2nd Thursday of the month. See you then!
Our purpose is to serve God by dedicating ourselves to pray each day for each person, need and concern as listed in both the confidential prayer list and the persons named in the church bulletin and newsletter. We welcome anyone who would like to join us. For more on joining, contact Natha Caldwell.

Prayer request slips are available in the sanctuary pews and may be placed in the offering plate on Sunday to be given to the pastor. Persons may also contact Natha Caldwell (512-618-3908) , Joann Runkle (832-741-7237) or Pastor Stella Burkhalter (512-415-6708) with requests (please include both email and phone info for us).

Current Prayer List:

Prayers for Our Homebound
Craig Christiansen, Alice Herzog

For All God’s People
Erik Curtis, Melanie Tiemann,
Nancy Davidson,Tristan Villarreal,
Margaret McGuiness, Beverly Corzan, Thelma Foye, Cody Childress,
Penny Karanas

Prayers for Military
Andrew Klemme, Jon Vahl

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.
 Tuesday- Thursday from 9am–2pm.
Appointments can be made by calling 512-268-2331
or Pastor Stella at 512-415-6708.

Oct 6th- Youth Group helps with Blessing of the Animals
Oct 6th - Blessing of the Animals, 6pm, Steeplechase Park
Oct 7th - Bible on Tap, 6:30pm, Wicked Wings, Kyle
Oct 8th- Coffee Hour, 9:30am, Starbucks in Target
Oct 8th- Prayer Ministry, 2pm, Sanctuary
Oct 9th- Dinner Church, 5:30pm, FLC
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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