Keller UMC News                                                                               May 19, 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 closed until May 31 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
Brady Sterchi
Benjamin Davis
Jim Gallop
Dennis Kozey
Eric Cu in Abu Dhabi
William Rodie
Alex Beckwith
Carolyn Hawley

Family and friends of Ben Racelis

Amy Pitman and family on the loss of her father, Lee Estabrook

Geri Shehan and family on the loss of her mother, Violet McMichiel

New Members
Allison Hayes
Justin Lansdowne

Birth Announcements
Congratulations to Dallas and Michael Ramey on the birth of their son, Colton

Elliott Allen Dix, son of Amber and Michael Dix

Altar Flowers
The Chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of our wonderful pastors and staff, with our heartfelt thanks for their caring service, by Frankie Ramey.
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 .
College Ministry

Reflect Devotionals

The KUMC staff are coming together to provide our college students with a weekly devotional. Every Wednesday morning, check out our social media pages for a video message 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!
Facilities Progress
Part two of the work being done while we are staying safe at home...  Get the story here!
Children's Ministries
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!
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 each Sunday at 1:30pm 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!
It is called the "Great Commission" but what makes it great? Is it that the last words of Jesus are great? Is it that it is a really good task? Is it that it is wide in breadth? Is it that it is difficult? What makes this commission so great? Perhaps it is great because of what it requires - conversion.

Worship Online Only 
Sunday, May 24, 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 

Pastor's Bible Study
Join Pastors Estee and Jason Valendy on Wednesdays, from 6:30-7:30pm for a study of the letter to the Philippians via Zoom. No study book is necessary. Participants are asked to read a chapter of the letter before study, and then join in for discussion and learning. This week, please read Philippians 3:12-21 prior to the meeting.

Theology Uncorked
This study helps us take a deeper look at our faith and how we are called into action to share Christ's love with the world. Our final session is  Sunday, May 24  on Zoom from 6-7pm, as we discuss  The Wesley Challenge  by Chris Folmsbee. Led by Pastor  Lauren Christenberry
Click here to request access to the Zoom study.
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
Pastors Bible Study -  Wednesday at 6:30pm
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
Men's Prayer Breakfast - Thursday at 6:30am
Alzheimer Support - next meeting is June 8 at 2pm
Cancer Support Group - second Monday each month at 6:30pm
New Ways to 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 operating as a mobile pantry. Clients remain in their vehicles and food is delivered to their car, 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 310 individuals last week. Click here more information in our weekly report!

Be Part of Our Virtual Choir 

Carl Lorey is working on an inspiring and fun project for our church that everyone can take part in! We are going to publish a KUMC Virtual Choir singing an arrangement of  Light of a Clear Blue Morning. We know there are so many talented individuals in our church body who can't sing with the Chancel Choir on a regular basis and we would like for you to join us - children, youth and adults! Sheet music, rehearsal tracks and instructions may be found here! Hurry and check this out... we need your submission by May 29!
Student Pen-Pal Program
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 Keller UMC Pen Pal ministry for Children, Youth, and College!
Seussical Jr. Rescheduled 

It's with deepest sadness that we share the news of the decision to cancel Summer Theater Workshop this year.  Read more here!
Vacation Bible School 2020
We want to let you know that after careful and prayer deliberation, due to concerns for the safety and health of our children, volunteers and families being of utmost importance, we have made the difficult decision to move Vacation Bible School for summer of 2020, to a virtual format. Click for more...
Youth Ministries  (7th-12th Grade)
Celebrating Our Seniors

Details have changed, but we are still excited to honor our high school seniors! In light of COVID-19 accommodations, we made the decision to reschedule and change the format of our celebration. Students will be recognized during 9:30am worship on July 19. Students still need to register by  July 5 to be recognized in the senior slideshow. If you previously registered, you do not need to register again.  Get details and register!

Parents and guardians of high school seniors, be on the look-out this week for an email regarding a special celebration for the class of 2020. Please contact Abigail if you do not receive this message!
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
We can't wait to see you in person again, but until then Confirmation will be meeting through Zoom every Sunday at 3:30pm. Confirmands are always invited to participate in all Youth Ministries events. Social media challenges and Jr. High Collide Small Group are great ways to stay connected!  

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

Sunday call times:
Crossroads - 11am
9:30 Senior High Sunday School - 12:30pm
11am Combined Sunday School - 2pm
9:30 Junior High Sunday School - 3:30pm
Junior High Collide Small Group - 6pm
Senior High Collide Small Group - 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.