Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
November 14th through November 21st, 2018
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, November 17th

Mark 10:46-52

Church Council meeting this Sunday, November 18, 12:30pm, in the Family Life Center to discuss and approve 2019 budget.

The Church office will be closed
Wednesday Nov. 21st and Thursday Nov. 22nd
for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Help Needed for the Finance Team
We are looking for people interested in joining the Finance team. We need volunteers to help us count the Sunday Offerings each week. It usually takes about 30 minutes on a Sunday after the second service. The counters usually switch off weeks so it is not an every Sunday commitment.
If you would like to help, please contact Jessi Mojica at  or 512-583-0064.
Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith.Confirmation classes journey together toward their first profession of their intent to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

At KUMC our Spring Confirmation Class will begin in January and will continue through the Confirmation ceremony on Easter Sunday.   Click here  for more information about confirmation in the United Methodist Church.

Confirmation is available for youth 6th-12th grade. Please let Alissa Villarreal know by November 30th if your child would like to join our Spring Confirmation Class.
For the safety of our children and in accordance with the new Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adult Safety policy adopted by Church Council on October 21st, it is required that we have two adults in the nursery at all times. We are looking for volunteers to assist our Nursery Attendant on Sundays on a rotating schedule so that we can fulfill the 2-adult rule.

Safety training and Background check will be required to volunteer. Please let Alissa Villarreal know if you are interested in serving the littlest members of our congregation. Contact her at .

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:
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
KUMC Blessings Box gets a Facelift

Our Blessings Box got a facelift just in time for our Chamber Ribbon cutting on October 31st.

Thank you to Paul Mojica for building a new door to replace the one that was coming apart and to Rebecca and Matt Bassford for creating and applying the vinyl sticker with instructions!
Jayme Bryson and the Youth group planted flowers and placed rocks around the base! It is looking so good!

Thanks to the food collected from the Trick or Treating for the Food Bank, we were able to stock it full for the Ribbon cutting and still have plenty of food to restock with in the weeks to come.

Remember, you can always drop off items directly to the box if you have them. Please share with friends...this box is for the whole community to "Take what you need, Leave what you can and Above all, be blessed!"
The annual Angel Tree will kickoff this Sunday, November 11th!

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!

Youth Christmas Lock-in
Friday December 21st 8:00pm - Saturday, December 22nd 8:00am

Bring a friend and join us for a night of fun! More details to come!
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! 
Children's Nativity Pageant
Sunday, December 23rd at the 11:15 Service

All children are invited to participate in our Children's Nativity Pageant!! Children who are attending the service can put on a costume and will be directed on stage when it is their turn... no practice or preparation needed! Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to get in costume.

We do need Youth to do some of the readings during the service. If you are a youth 6-12th grade and would like to participate in the service, please contact Alissa Villarreal at
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.
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 Christmas Party
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7pm
At the home of Natha Caldwell
333 Silverado Drive
Kyle, TX 78640
Phone: 512-618-3908

All Women of the Church and Friends are cordially invited to come enjoy an evening of merriment, food and sharing as we celebrate the Christmas season.
We will be filling bags for our annual Christmas Giving to Kyle Police Department, Kyle Fire Department and Kyle Middle Schools. Home baked items and any purchased snacks are a welcome addition – please have them wrapped for giving.

Also, everyone is welcome to bring a $5.00 gift for our Christmas Gift Exchange that is the highlight of the party.
If you need a ride, please call Natha.

UMW News


The KUMW CIRCLES will not have their regular meetings in December due to the UMW Christmas Party on Saturday, December 15th – please see the notice in the weekly KUMC newsletter for more details. We will meet again next year starting in January.

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 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!

11/18 Church Council Meeting 12:30pm
11/18 Youth Group Friendsgiving Potluck 6-8pm
11/20 Prayer Ministry Meeting 2:00pm (Sanctuary)
11/20 Choir Practice 6:45pm (Sanctuary)
11/20 Praise Band Practice 7:45pm (Sanctuary)

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