Keller UMC News                                                                       February 16, 2021
If you are able to read this, please know that your church loves you and is prayerful for you at this time. If you have a need, please call Pastor Jason at 817-726-9608, and we will do our best to assist. 
KUMC offices are closed due to inclement weather through Friday, February 19.
The latest updates and online programming available on our homepage.
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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 here!

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
Lenora Randerson
Alayna Ratliff
Students of the KUMC Confirmation Class

Michaela Kirkland family on the loss of baby, Lincoln

Pastor Dr. Kent Marrs was the pastor of Keller UMC when KUMC moved from the old Pecan Street church building to the current location on Johnson Road. He was the pastor who baptized Pastor Jason and confirmed both Pastor Estee and Jason. However, we were not the only ones who were touched by the light and love of Pastor Kent Marrs. He died from COVID complications on February 10. His wife, Diane, was at his side as he gave his Spirit back to God in Christ. If you wanted to hear/see a short reflection from Pastor Jason telling a story of Pastor Kent, you can see that here. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Are You a New Member or Thinking About Joining KUMC?
We have a series of short videos that explain what being a member at KUMC involves. Click for more!
Register for 2021-2022
at Building Blocks

Registration opens
Tuesday, February 16, for three-year-old through Kindergarten aged children. 

Get details here! Call the school office to schedule a tour at 817-431-5318.  
Adopt a Grandparent

KUMC is hosting a donation drive for cozy socks, hand/body lotion and hand sanitizer to make goody bags for senior adults residing at local nursing homes, that are not often visited by family. We will deliver the bags during Spring Break, March 15-18. Click for details!
Connect and Serve 
KUMC Resource Center is open Tuesdays, 10am-1pm and Wednesdays, 4-7pm. If you know someone that needs help with food, please refer them to us.  
Click here to serve!

What a Difference a Year Makes!
KUMC has done so much in the past year, despite all the obstacles we here for the full article!

Need a cloth face mask? Stop by the church and pick one up from the bin outside the offices.
Children's Ministries
Children's Resources

Visit Keller UMC Kids Ministry Facebook page for announcements, spiritual formation resources, group chat opportunities and whatever else we can create to help us through the days ahead.KUMC Kids Facebook
Virtual Choir for Kids

Attention all parents of kids, and kids who love music - grades K-6! Kid's Choir has resumed via Zoom on Wednesdays from 6:30-7pm and will be learning fun songs for Palm Sunday and Mother's Day. We know it's hard to do this apart, but we will still have great fun together. It helps maintain our connections, feeds the love of music and enriches the congregation through our "virtual" performances. All kids in grades K-6 are invited to join us - we would love to "see" you there! 
Request access here for our zoom link.
5th and 6th
Grade Ministries
Just for You!

We have a Facebook page to share information on social media with you. Click here!  

We also have a Remind for 5th and 6th Grade Fellowship. If you are not already signed up, use code: @5thamp6 to get connected!
Join Us on Ash Wednesday
The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday worship on February 17Join us for worship online at 7pm. Please note: due to icy road conditions, worship will be online only. In worship together, we will still experience the imposition of ashes. You will be guided to mark your own forehead, or the forehead of another in your household. To do this, you'll need material to mark with. Ashes from your fireplace will work. Or soil from your flowerbed, the dust of the earth. Gather your supplies and join us for this special service.
Sermon Focus this Coming Sunday:
The Necessity of Sin
 1 John 1:5-10

Hybrid Worship - Sunday, February 21
We commonly resist speaking about sin. Maybe preaching on sin has made us feel ashamed or guilty. Maybe we'd rather avoid the topic altogether. But our reluctance to speak of sin has left a hole in our understanding of ourselves and our relationship with God. If we want to embrace the good news of God's grace, we need to talk about sin and the invitation to repentance. To find true healing, we have to face hard truths. It's necessary to speak of sin. We invite you into this conversation for the season of Lent.

Celebrate Scout Sunday
On this Scout Sunday, February 21, all the
Scout Units at Keller UMC are happy to be part of the Keller UMC family. Despite the challenges of 2020, they have thrived as Scouts, showing resilience.
Click here for the story!

Watch Online via Livestream or Facebook Live.
Digital Worship Guides are available here as well.

Lent in a Box Pick Up Rescheduled
If you registered, box pick up is reschedule for Sunday, February 21, from 4-5pm. 
Online Prayer and Study 

Join our pastors for Evening Prayer every night at 9pm, streamed on Livestream and Facebook Live.

Lenten Devotionals
If you are not already subscribed to receive seasonal devotionals from KUMC, click to sign up. Devotionals begin February17! 

Lenten Study - Ignatian Workout
Tonya Minton leads an Ignatian spirituality study where we will apply and bring life to the principles of discernment, reflection and action. This study is a guide for us to grow in love and transformation through this time of preparation known as Lent. This study uses daily exercises to allow us to pause from the busyness of life to take time to sit in God's presence and reflect on the work God is doing in us and for the world through us. Tuesdays, February 23-March 23, 7-8pm, via Zoom. Click to request access!

Lenten Study - Violence in the Bible
Pastor Jason leads a lecture/study on themes such as sacrifice, violence, collective mobs, repentance and forgiveness. The first several weeks will explore mimetic theory and the rise of ritual sacrifice in the course of humanity as suggested by Rene Girard. By the end of the study, participants should gain a lens which gives a basic understanding of mimetic theory, the role of violence in culture, the origin of scapegoats and monsters, and why Christianity undercuts violence. Using the book of Jonah, participants would practice using this lens to help better understand the Bible. Wednesdays, February 24-March 24, 7-8pm, via Zoom. Click to request study access!

Lenten Study - The Good and Beautiful God
Pastor Lauren leads a study of the book, The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith. Smith says that we all have ideas about God and how God works in our lives. These thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In the pages of this book, we will journey together as we discover who God is through the guidance of Scripture, experience and spiritual practices. Thursdays, February 25-March 25, 7-8pm via Zoom. Click to request access!

UMW Reading Express Study
The Gift of Forgiveness is about one of the most difficult challenges in life-learning to forgive. Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt shows us what we can learn from those who have struggled with forgiveness, some still struggling, and others who have been able to forgive what might seem truly unforgivable. Join the discussion on February 19 at 10am via Zoom. Click here to register!

Grief and Spirituality
Loss happens! None of us is immune and when these losses occur, we grieve. You are invited to participate in a time of sharing to understand your grief, how it affects or may affect you, and how your spiritual foundation can help you live in the days to come. This is not a therapy group: it's a safe time for learning and healing. Facilitated by Rev. Eldon Reynolds and Polly Soulsby. The group will meet on Monday evenings, March 1, 8 and 15, 7-8pm via Zoom. Click here to register and gain access. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Eldon Reynolds.

Music for the Soul
For so many of us, music has been a massive source of comfort, catharsis and affirmation throughout the pandemic. Click here to listen to the soundtrack and  heartbeat of your church family and find affirmation, catharsis and hope. 
Small Groups Online 
If you have not engaged with a small group and would like to, click the links below to request access to the group that interests you!

Current Group Meetings:
Music & Worship Arts - Wednesday at 7:30pm
Bibles and Brews - Tuesday at 7pm
Life Quest SS - Sunday at 9:30am
Open Door SS - Sunday at 9:15am
Bible Journey SS - Sunday at 9:45am
Pathfinders - Sunday, 9:30am & Wednesday, 7pm
Homebuilders SS - Sunday at 10:30am
Faith, Fellowship and Fun - Nightly at 8:30pm
Friends in Faith - Sunday at 8:30am
Journeys Circle - Third Tuesday each month at 6:30pm
Upper Room Meeting - Wednesday at 11:30am
Esther Circle - Third Thursday each month at 6:30pm
New Life Connection - Sunday at 9:30am
Men's Prayer Breakfast - Thursday at 6:30am
Alzheimer Support - second Sunday monthly at 2pm
Cancer Support - second Monday monthly at 6:30pm 
Youth Ministries (7th-12th Grade)
Resources for the Season of Lent

Words like repentance and fasting may be unfamiliar or even overwhelming to our pre-teens and teens. How do we navigate conversations about the importance of Lent then? Let the Bible Project guide you! Over the next few weeks, we will provide videos that examine and explain the meaning of words commonly associated with the Lenten season. In this week's video, the word "sin" is discussed. Click here to learn about what it means in biblical context and what it tell us about our relationship with God. You can also learn more about the United Methodist Church's understanding of Lent by clicking here. Youth may access a guide here to learn why we fast (give something up) during this time. 

Stay up-to-date on activities for 7th-12th graders by subscribing to Youth News, our weekly e-newsletter published every Friday. Click here to subscribe! You can also follow us on social media and Remind!"