Keller UMC News                                                                               June 2, 2020
Hebrews 13:6 - We can say with confidence,  'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.'
The prayers of your church family are with you as you live in faith and not fear.

KUMC facilities are currently closed due to COVID-19
Staff are working remotely and only in the office as necessary.
The l atest updates and online programming available  on our homepage.
Quick Links

Leadership Teams

This page of the website hosts information for the Lay Leadership Teams of KUMC. Agendas, meeting minutes and more for Finance, Lay Leadership, Ministry Council and more may be found  on this page!
 
Click for list of members

Year-to-Date Budget
Click here to view. 
Congregational Care
Please notify your church family at 817-431-1332 if you or a loved one are hospitalized, or if there has been a birth, death or wedding in your family. If you are in need of pastoral care, let us know as well and a minister will respond. 
Prayer Requests
Linda Cox
Eric & Christine Johnson
Jerry McDonald
Paige Barker
Alice Eakin
Shirley Johnson
Dennis Kozey
Terry Lanier

Marty Wells and family on the loss of her husband, Bobby Wells

Memorial Service
Bobby Wells, June 4 at 4pm, view on Livestream

Baptisms
Joseph Falbo, son of Dominic & Rachel Falbo

Logan Olmstead, son of Nathan & Kayla Olmstead

Altar Flowers
The Chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Kevin Major by Sayda Major.

The Altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of the wedding of Morgan Shuster and Sebastian
Muñoz Zorzano.

Senior Adult Pen Pals 

Pick up your pens and start writing! Adult pen pal group forming at Keller UMC!  Do you enjoy writing and reading a thoughtful note or letter?  Then this is the group for YOU, kid! Our Senior Adult Ministry staff will match up folks with similar interests based on your responses to this form If you have any questions, contact Victoria Wilson.
Stephen Ministry

Even though our church campus is empty, there is no reason you should feel empty. In this time of uncertainty, know your Stephen Ministers are here and willing to walk with you through whatever you
might be facing.  Our time of caring may look a little different, via Zoom or Facetime, but our care is still the same as always, walking and praying along beside you.  If you feel a Stephen Minister is right for you, contact Pastor Lauren Christenberry .
More Facilities Progress 
 
Part three of the work being done while we are staying safe at home. 
Get the story here!
5th and 6th
Grade Ministries
Just for 5th-6th Graders

We have created a Facebook page just for you! Join us as we share information on social media!

Keller UMC 5th & 6th Grade Fellowship 

Zoom Calls
Join the call, now each Wednesday at 6pm with your 5th and 6th grade friends. Check Remind for ID and password or  click to request access at least 15 minutes prior to call!
College Ministry

Reflect Devotionals

Every Wednesday morning, check out our social media pages for a video message just for college students, with words of reflection and very likely, a bit of fun! These devotionals can be done on your time, and you're welcome to invite others to participate with you. Click here to connect to our YouTube channel!
Children's Ministries
Last Chance to Register for Kindergarten & Elementary Graduate Recognition

Today is your last chance to  register  your recent graduate.  As we continue to journey through this time together where things just are not the same, we know we have several students who have missed out on some big end of the year traditions. Whether they have completed kindergarten or have put a wrap on their last year of elementary school, we want them to know we are here to celebrate them on their journey! Help us honor and celebrate your recent kindergarten and elementary graduates! Contact Kristin Springer with any questions.
Children's Resources

We have created a Keller UMC Kids Ministry Facebook page to share announcements, spiritual formation resources, group chat opportunities and whatever else we can create to help us through the days ahead.

No Facebook, no problem! Resources are available on the COVID Accommodations Page of our website. Click here for resources, tools and activities!
This Belly Looks Familiar
We all know Jonah was swallowed up by a whale, but what did he do while he waited in the belly? What does his hymn from the belly show us about the work of God while we also wait in a belly that looks familiar? 

Holy Communion This Weekend
We will share in Holy Communion at both worship services this Sunday. Please prepare bread and juice for your use at home.

Worship Online Only 
Sunday, June 7, at 9:30 and 11am 
Join us online via  Livestream or  Facebook Live
Digital Worship Guides are available here as well!
Online Prayer and Study 

Join our pastors for Evening Prayer every night at 9pm. Evening Prayer is streamed on 

Evening Prayer Vigil
Tuesday, June 2, at 9pm
Join us for a special time of Evening Prayer when we will lift to God our prayer requests. Join via Livestream  or Facebook . During the service you'll be invited to type your prayer requests into the comment section. Leaders from KUMC will light candles and name the prayers that are submitted as we share in this time together.  

Our Emotional & Spiritual Lives
New Study Begins June 15
Dr. Marc Brackett writes that most of us "believe that our feelings are important and deserve to be addressed respectfully and fully. But we also think of emotions as being disruptive and unproductive." And so what do we do with all of the emotions we feel each day? Do we repress, oppress or dismiss them? Do we just "power through" and "get over it?" What are we to do when our emotions overtake us, and we are left in a puddle of tears or red-faced and yelling? Join Pastor Jason for a conversation as together we learn what to do with emotions, how to hold them and what they teach us.

Conversation on Antiracism
Begins June 15
There is no denying the heaviness and heartbreak occurring in the world. Have you found yourself asking what can I do? What should I say? Me too. In the past I have led studies at this church, but this time I would like to invite you to join me in a conversation. We all have a lot of listening and learning to do in regards to racial justice. Join Pastor Lauren on a six-week journey as we begin to take the first step to a lifetime of learning. 
June Sunday School Packet Pick Up
 
We have had a great response to the monthly family Sunday school packet and are excited to announce we will be expanding them to include resources for youth and adults. We hope these resources will help you further explore the scriptures from worship, find new meaningful ways to connect with God and grow in your faith together. Please mark your calendars and plan on swinging by on Saturday, June 6, from 10am-12pm. We will rejoice in seeing your faces, toss you your packets, and give you all air hugs and high fives under the porte cochere.
Small Groups Online 
 
Many adult small groups and classes have been meeting via Zoom or Skype. If you have not engaged with your group and would like to, contact your leader and see how you can get connected.Click the links below to request access!

Current Group Meetings:
Music & Worship Arts -  Wednesday at 7:30pm
Bibles and Brews -  Tuesday at 7pm
Life Quest SS Class -  Sunday at 9:30am
Open Door SS Class - Sunday at 9:30am
Bible Journey SS Class - Sunday at 9:45am
Pathfinders Class - Sunday, 9:30am & Wednesday, 7pm
Homebuilders SS Class - Sunday at 11am
Faith, Fellowship and Fun Class - Nightly at 8:30pm
Friends in Faith Class - Saturday at 4pm
Busy Moms Bible Study Circle - Tuesday at 9:30am
Journeys Circle - Tuesday at 7pm
Monday Women's Bible Study - Monday at 11am
Upper Room Meeting - Tuesday at 11:30am
Esther Circle - Third Thursday each month at 6:30pm
New Life Connection Class - Sunday at 9;30am
Men's Prayer Breakfast - Thursday at 6:30am
Alzheimer Support - second Sunday each month at 2pm
Cancer Support  - second Monday each month at 6:30pm
Student Pen-Pal Program
Sign Up By June 3!
 
Who had a pen pal growing up? Remember receiving letters, feeling the excitement of checking the mail and getting to know someone?  Who doesn't love to get a handwritten piece of snail mail?
 
As our time social distancing continues and our eyes get weary from all the screen time, let's connect with one another and take back the art of the handwritten letter! Letters feel different from shorthand messages and texts, and they're more intimate than a long email. Writing by hand can have several benefits, including a calming effect on the brain, improving coordination and inspiring creativity. Plus, it will be a fun way to get to know one of your Keller UMC peers a little better and bring a little joy to someone's day.  Click here to sign up for Pen Pal ministry for Children, Youth and College! Deadline to be included in this week's packet pick up is end of day, Wednesday, June 3.
Mark Your Calendars for  Virtual VBS -  July 13

We are excited to re-live some of our favorite memories, our VBS Greatest Hits with you this summer! Stay tuned for more details.
Connect and Serve

If you would like to volunteer your time
to make phone calls to check in on one another, or deliver groceries and run errands for those in our church family who need help, click here to let us know. 

If you or someone you know is in need
, click here so that we can respond.

If you need a cloth face mask, stop by and pick one up from the bin outside the church offices.  As more businesses start to reopen and people get out more, there is still a need for face coverings. The Sisters of Sewing Circle is trying to maintain a supply, so If anyone knows of a need for the masks, please call Toni Bliss or email Julie McLauchlin and we will do what we can to help. We want to thank everyone who donated elastic; we now have an adequate supply.
 
KUMC Resource Center is open Tuesdays, 10am-1pm and Wednesdays, 4-7pm. If you know someone that needs help with food in this time of uncertainty, please refer them to the Resource Center for a free box of food. Click here to serve at the Resource Center.

The Resource Center served 219 individuals last week. Click here more information in our weekly report!

Youth Ministries  (7th-12th Grade)
Celebrating Our Seniors

Parking Lot Parade
We are excited to announce a new event for our seniors! We'll have a parking lot parade for all graduating high school seniors on  Sunday, June 7, at 4pm. Registration not required for graduates to participate. Simply arrive at the office area of KUMC by 3:30pm the day of, and locate Abigail for further instructions. If you'd like to let me know you plan to participate,  email Abigail with your name, high school from which you are graduating and post-graduation plans. Click for details and to host a trunk!

Senior Weekend
The date for Senior Weekend in Worship has changed to  Sunday, June 21 . Students will be recognized during 9:30 and 11am virtual worship. A slideshow will be created honoring all registered seniors. (If you previously registered, you do not need to register again.) Please complete registration by  June 17 .
Group Chats and Zoom Calls

Journey Sunday School Group Chats
The GroupMe app allows each youth Sunday school class its own chat. Join your group to share scripture readings and reflection questions.
9:30am Junior High (7th and 8th grade) in DAC 405
9:30am Senior High (9th-12th grade) in DAC 402
11am Combined (7th-12th grade) in DAC 405

Collide (7th-12th Graders)
Check-in and share prayer requests with our small groups! Use the GroupMe app to connect.
Click to join your group:

Crossroads (12th Graders)
Crossroads will meet weekly on Zoom until our campus reopens. Please join the GroupMe chat for updates and to keep in touch!  Crossroads Chat

Confirmation Class
Our Zoom calls for Confirmands have concluded for the school year. We hope you will join the Sunday school and Collide Small Group for Junior High.  

Zoom Calls
Receive the call link or meeting ID by joining your class GroupMe Chat or contact Abigail. 

Sunday Journey call times:
Crossroads - 11am
Junior High Sunday School - 11am
Senior High Sunday School - 12:30pm
Combined Sunday School - 2pm

Wednesday  Collide call times:
Jr High - 6pm
Sr High - 7pm

Youth News get the latest updates to connect and participate in youth ministry during the campus closure. Not subscribed, click here! Please contact Abigail Herrington if you have any questions.