E-News for October 23, 2019
From the Heart of your Pastor:

We have concluded our Sermon Series, “Pray Differently” and have received a great deal of positive feedback. People were moved to go deeper in their prayer time, they were given a great deal to think through and how God is calling them into being more open to His Will and purposes, and they appreciated a great deal the tangible reminders they were able to take with them to use in their prayer time. This is what it means to worship as a verb. We are called to respond to our experience of the presence of God in some way every time we gather to worship. That response could be re-dedication, questions, wrestling with a Word, filled with joy, moved to tears, an invitation to pray and a myriad of other honest responses.

New World United Methodist Church has a rich history of being a praying church. There have been teams who have prayed, written notes/cards, participated in meaningful services, written articles from the heart to share each week, made prayer quilts, made prayer shawls, offered the caring ministry of Stephen Ministers, offered a prayer drop box, sent out prayer requests, etc. I am so honored to be part of a church that prays fervently. Our world needs more churches like those who pray and seek God’s Will first. 

As times and technology change, so have the methods of communicating and reaching people. At one time in history we relied solely upon the radio for news and updates around the world. We can remember a time in the early 1950’s when the computer took up a whole room. Then along came the Apple© Computer in 1976, and it took up the top of a whole desk. With the invention of the I-Pad© in 2010, we could hold a computer in our hand and read, take notes and view videos and movies. And now most have Smart Phones that are a whole computer in our pocket. With these conveniences have come new challenges in how we receive and share most things…including prayers. 

All of this is to say that prayer is not limited to a face-to-face conversation, a note, a phone call, an email or a text message. Prayers can be offered up at any time by anyone. God already knows the details and what is needed. We can continue to be a church that prays, and everyone can do that in ways that fit their method of transmitting a personal message to another who needs prayer. It could be over coffee, a phone call, an email, or a text. Some will only read short Instagram messages and others love a handwritten note/card. All these ways of praying for another have great value and speak to different people in different ways. Jesus met people where they were and then introduced them to the Lord – and we are called to do that as well.

Praying Differently means throughout history we have moved from a time of fellowship around the radio listening to a word of hope to texts that simply say, “I am praying for you today.” God loves both. If you feel led to pray for someone, please pray. If you feel led to be part of a team that prays, please let me know via email ( leslie@nwumc.org) as we want to continue to offer that ministry. New World UMC would also like to begin a new way of offering weekly prayer articles by asking persons to share their favorite Bible verse and 3-4 sentences as to why it is a favorite. It is our desire to have at least 50% of our congregation sharing in this way. If you will cover one week – let me know. We want everyone to join those already praying regularly for the church, the community and the world. And Jesus and I are inviting you to be a part.

Proud to be your pastor,
Prime Timers Lunch
Our November speaker will be Mark Joeckel, General Manager of Arlington Music Hall. He also hosts a daily TV Show on BizTV Texas, and is CEO of Arlington, Texas, Proud to Call it Home.

Join us for a pot luck lunch in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 on Tuesday, November 12. Bring a dish to share with your friends, our guests and staff. Guests welcome!
Canned Food Drive
We are adding a Mission Project to our Trunk or Treat! Everyone is encouraged to bring canned 
goods to help families through Arlington Urban Ministries. This is a great way for children to be involved in helping. They can go to the grocery store and pick out the canned goods and bring them to Trunk or Treat! We will have a decorated box for the canned goods. Everyone is invited to join in the project whether you are able to attend Trunk or Treat or not. This is a separate project from the Thanksgiving Sacks. We are very blessed and can easily support more than one effort to help families in Arlington.  
New Sermon Series
Can You Drink from the Cup? ” 
Every man, woman and child are being asked to bring a cup that you will give up for this series. It does not matter what the condition of the cup is, or what it is made out of. We will be talking about a series of cups that Christ calls us to drink from in this life and at the end of this series, there is a specific project that we will each participate in that involves the use of these cups. So do not bring a family heirloom that you cannot part with – and place it on the series table-scape just outside the sanctuary.
New @ New World Class
November 17, 10:45 - 12:30
New @ New World – is a class for those who want to know more about this church, our mission and ministries, and United Methodism in the Central Texas Conference as you consider making this your faith family home. We will host the first New @ New World on November 10th from 10:45-12:30 followed by a “Great Day of Joining” on November 17th at the 9:30 and 11:00 Worship Services for those who wish to take a next step and join in membership. Whether you seek to join or not, New @ New World will provide people with valuable information and getting to know others in the church.
All Saints Sunday 2019
November 3
We will celebrate this day at all three services. We will honor and read the names of those who were a part of the New World family of faith who have gone on to Life Eternal since November 2018 All Saints Day. Candles will also be available to light for those wish to honor a loved one on this special day.
Devo and Discussion Over Dessert
A new offering for Preschool Parents, Wednesdays, 1:30-2:00 PM in the coffee bar beginning November 6 th. All parents are invited for 30-minutes to renew your soul, meet new friends and fellowship together. Bring a friend and enjoy a moment with God.
Wesleyan Heritage Tour
It’s not too late to learn more about John and Charles Wesley and how the Methodist movement began. Join Rev. Leslie and John and Rev. Kissa Vaughn and Rev. Mike Kerzee as they lead an Educational Opportunities Tour of England March 7 th – March 15 th of 2020. Deadline is fast approaching and we would love to show you a beautiful part of the world and its history that led to the establishing of places like New World United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Pastor Leslie.
Arlington Charities Thanksgiving Basket Program
Help them reach their goal of making this a great Thanksgiving for as many Arlington families as possible. Donations can be left in the
Concourse or in the Fellowship Hall anytime before November 11.
Women’s Retreat Registration is Open -
Fellowship Hall October 27
All women are invited for our relaxing and uplifting Annual Women’s Retreat, January 17-19! This will be a wonderful weekend away for women of all ages for  relaxation, building friendships, and learning about Jesus . We will be staying in the beautiful Alamo Lodge at Camp Hoblitzelle, and we will offer several workshops and small group times. Our guest leader will be the inspiring Rev. Joy Dister-Dominguez of Arborlawn UMC in Ft. Worth. This is a perfect opportunity to invite a friend or neighbor!
If you are interested in helping with retreat plans and leadership, contact Rev. Erin.

Cost of the retreat is $170 and includes all meals and a 2-person hotel-style room. Scholarships are available. Space is limited to 40 participants, so reserve your space now by signing up at church in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday October 27, or emailing Pastor Erin ( erin@nwumc.org ) and paying your $85 nonrefundable deposit by December 15th.
Art as a Spiritual Practice
Final Workshop November 10
Creating prayerful art is a powerful way to connect to God and to one another. On Sunday, November 10, 5:30-7:00PM, we will have the final Art as a Spiritual Practice Workshop led by Rev. Erin. The art project will be to turn broken things like jewelry and ceramics into beautiful things. No artistic experience is required and this workshop is recommended for ages 12 and up. The workshop is free and a love offering will be collected to support the Salvation Army Mission and Arts Nights. Please RSVP by emailing erin@nwumc.org or calling the church office.
Flu Vaccine Clinic – Sunday, November 3
In partnership with Texas Health Resources and Faith Community Nursing, we are hosting a flu vaccine clinic in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 3rd 8:00 am- 12:30 pm . This clinic is open to the public and vaccines are available at no charge for anyone age 9 and up. (A separate flu vaccine clinic with the higher dose vaccine will be during Prime Timers on November 12. )
Adult Missions Fundraiser
Adult Missions will be selling New World Car Sunshades during Connection Time. Don’t miss out on a great way to increase New World’s visibility around the community … AND… support all of our many mission projects from those here at the local level like Arlington Urban Ministries and the Cowtown Brush-up, to ones far away like McCurdy Ministries in New Mexico and Water to Life in Haiti. 
Thank You!
Thank you to everyone that participated in our most recent Carter Blood Drive. With 24 successful donors we were able to save 67 lives!

On behalf of the patients served, thank you and all that donated for helping to replenish the community blood supply.
Thank You For Taking Care of New World!
A big thank you to Leslie Qualman, Diane Roush, Audrey Koepp, Sarah Cantrell, Linda Conner, Kathy Noren and Virginia Lackey for helping with kitchen clean-up Tuesday morning. You all did yeoman’s work.  In the cleaning process we found lots of random dishes and platters that do not belong to the church. Some have people’s names on them, others do not. They are currently set out on a table in Fellowship Hall in front of the cabinets to the left of the kitchen. Please come by asap to claim you items. Anything left after services on Sunday will be taken to New2U. 
--Debby Gunn
Congratulations to
Sarah and Blake!
Our Director of Youth Ministries, Sarah Bush, will be getting married on Saturday, November 2. Wishing you joy, love and happiness on your wedding day and as you begin your new life together.

McCurdy Mission Trip
Our McCurdy Mission Team recently returned from their trip to Española, New Mexico. The team spent a week working at the McCurdy School. Thank you for your hard work!

Cowtown Brush Up
New World Adult Mission's Team worked with Habitat for Humanity to paint 51 houses in one day! Thanks to everyone that volunteered their time or contributed financially.

Way to go New World!
Trunk or Treat
THIS SUNDAY - October 27
4:00-6:00 pm
Trunk or Treat is this next Sunday, October 27 4:00-6:00 in the Church Parking Lot. We will have Cars/Trunks passing out Candy and Treats, Teal Pumpkin Treats, Children’s Games, Bounce Houses, “The Way” will provide great music for the afternoon, and Hot Dogs & Chips.

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help, we still have a few holes. We still need 2 more people to watch the Bounce Houses from 5:00 – 6:00 pm and we can always use more cars to pass out candy. The Sign-Up Sheets will be out on Sunday to sign up. 

For those of you passing out candy,
prepare for around 600. 

This is a church wide event, come join us for fun and fellowship! We want to give a warm welcome to everyone coming! 

If you would like to help but aren't able to be here, donations of wrapped candy is always appreciated!
Important Youth Dates

October 27
NWUMC Trunk or Treat! ~ 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Stay after Sunday school from 12-4 to help set up games and help run games during trunk or treat. Pizza will be provided. Don’t forget to wear a costume!

November 3
Hands & Feet ~ 4:00-5:00
Shine ~ 5:00-7:00

November 11
Hands & Feet ~ 4:00-5:00
Shine ~ 5:00-7:00

**Mid-Winter Registration**
Mid-winter registration opens on November 8 th .
We are going to Mid-Winter 1, January 31-February 2. Questions, text Sarah or go to ctcym.org
Verse of the Week
“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope at your calling—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all” –Ephesians 4:4-5
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