E-News for October 9, 2019
From the Heart of your Pastor:

Kindness really DOES matter. My family and I spent nearly 20 years living in Burleson, Texas and I was intrigued a few years ago as the whole city kicked off a “Kindness Matters” campaign. I went online at the time and read about the movement. It was based on an anti-bullying campaign coming to the forefront in light of several young people who took their own life in the face of bullying. Such a tragedy that the world thinks it is okay to treat people with such belittlement and disdain. 

Many people think, “I would never be labeled as a bully” and yet we find in places like schools, corporate America, and even in the church that people treat others with harsh words, hateful comments, judgment, criticism, complaining, and a lack of face-to-face conversations. As God’s people we are called to be different, unique, thoughtful, and always looking at others as God sees them. We are called to move towards the perfection modeled by Christ through God’s Sanctifying Grace.

Forbes Magazine ran an article about Kindness in the workplace in August of this year that I found very interesting and it highlighted the lack of face-to-face conversations as the slow evaporation of kindness. This really got me to thinking about how we interact with one another. I would venture to say this is true in all families – that we need to practice more face-to-face interactions. At New World UMC Kindness matters to us. That is why we work hard as a staff to physically meet each week and talk through ministry, mission, outreach, our vision statement and how to best meet a need in Word, sacrament and order. 

The staff meeting each week is filled with people who love Jesus and are gifted in their specific areas. We truly are blessed as a church to have this amazing staff. Each staff member works very, very hard at what they do and I both pray for and seek to protect their time off and their family time. I invite each of them to tend to their soul in a world where people can damage the soul with complaining, knit-picking, and triangulating conversations. Their hearts are huge and their service to the Lord is even larger. 

We have been talking about Praying Differently in our current sermon series, so I ask that in your prayer time – you would pray for the staff and every phone call they field, every person who comes through the doors, and every request that is made in an eight-hour-day praying that they would experience people for whom kindness matters. Pray for their families, their time of respite, and that they would nourish their souls in a way that allows them to be present – face-to-face - to nourish the souls of all God’s people and especially when they meet someone who does not understand kindness. And, I invite you to practice kindness in your own family – for I believe it starts at home.

Proud to be your pastor,
Pastor Appreciation
Did you know that October is Clergy Appreciation Month and that this Sunday October 13 th is Pastor Appreciation Day? This is a day when the faithful come together nationally to pay tribute to our pastors and clergy and thank them for all they do. Please consider taking time this month to thank Pastor Leslie and Pastor Erin for all the ways they serve New World. Also stop by the Fellowship Hall this Sunday during Connection Time to sign thank you cards for both of them.  Click here to learn more ways to show your appreciation for our pastors.

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.
Fall Fest
New World Staff wants to express a huge thank you to Shelley & Kendal Allman and every single volunteer who participated in bringing baked goods, food items, silent auction items, donated supplies, time, purchased a vendor booth, set-up, cleaned-up, cooked, served food, performed, or any of the other of hundreds of little and big things that made the day a success. We are still gathering calculations and collecting monies for silent auction items and do not have the final figure yet. All proceeds this year are to go towards the building payment to lower our debt. There were many who visited the church for the first time and got to experience the New World fellowship and welcoming atmosphere that make us unique. 
Thank you again to all for a wonderful day!
Art as a Spiritual Practice
October 20, 6:30-8:00
Creating art has the power to bring people together and bring us closer to God. In this second workshop on art as a spiritual practice, our project will be Molding with Clay. The event starts with a short devotional and instructions, followed by a relaxing time of creation. No artistic experience necessary.

Childcare is available if requested by Friday, Oct. 18 th. Workshop is free with an opportunity to give a love offering to support the Salvation Army Mission and Art Night ministry. Contact erin@nwumc.org to sign up.
Spiritual Gifts Class
Sign up in the Fellowship Hall This Sunday, Oct. 13
Registration for the Spiritual Gifts Class will be between services in the Fellowship on Sunday, October 13.  The cost of the course is $10.00 and includes study guide and lunch!

The course will be in 2 parts - Sunday, October 20 and Sunday, November 3rd from 12:30-4:30.
Lunch is served between Noon - 12:30.

The facilitator for the class is Cheryl Erickson. Instructors are Mary Lynn Averett, Sarah Cantrell, Melissa Darrow and Gordon Johnson.

Contact Gayle Collier at gayleacollier@gmail.com to register or if you have any questions.
Mission & Art Nights
Looking for an outlet to serve your neighbors, to be creative or to learn more about God? Consider volunteering for Salvation Army Mission and Art Nights!

Each Monday evening 6:00-8:00 pm, New World volunteers lead and participate in art workshops with the residents at the Arlington’s Salvation Army Family Shelter. It is a beautiful chance to serve our neighbors, have a relaxing and fun evening of volunteering, and to learn how God is at work in our neighborhood. The evening schedule includes set up time, a short devotional, a variety of art projects and clean up time. Volunteers are needed to help with both children and adults, and no artistic talent or experience is required. You may volunteer for one week or however many fit your schedule.

Upcoming Projects:
October 14 – Watercolor Class
with Hope Montey

October 21 -Zentangle

October 28 – Wabi Sabi Pottery
with Kate Baird

Donations of broken jewelry/beads, fall craft supplies and gift cards to local craft stores are appreciated. To get more information or to volunteer, contact Rev. Erin at erin@nwumc.org
Women’s Retreat Sign Ups Begin October 20 th
All women are invited to join us January 17-19, 2020 for a restful women’s retreat at Camp Hoblitzelle in Midlothian. This will be a wonderful weekend away for women of all ages for relaxation, building friendships and learning about our faith. We will be staying in the beautiful Alamo Lodge and will over several workshops and small group times. 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 erin@nwumc.org

Cost is $170 and includes all meals and a 2-person hotel-style room. Registration is limited to 40 participants, so reserve your space now by signing up at church starting October 20 th in the Fellowship Hall, or emailing Rev. Erin erin@nwumc.org and paying your nonrefundable $85 deposit by December 15th.
Can You Help?
The Connection Team is looking for volunteers to cover a few spots through the end of 2019. This ministry provides our first point of contact each Sunday morning as we welcome, direct, and assist guests and members alike from the moment they exit their vehicle. Please contact Anna Lee if you would like to volunteer or have any questions, 972-642-6576, scissortail50@gmail.com.

October 20th - 2 spots
November 3rd - 1 spot
December 1st - 2 spots
December 15th - 2 spots

***Testimonial ***
" Monitoring the parking lot is a wonderful ministry. It gives me the opportunity to start the day of everyone I meet with a smile. Greeting new visitors is the best, but welcoming our congregation is so rewarding. This is a fun ministry which also adds a sense of security outside. - Please consider joining our group."
David Corley   
Blood Drive
Our next Blood Drive is this Sunday, October 13, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. If you would like to make an appointment ahead of time, you can click INSIDE or BUS now to schedule the time that works best with your Sunday morning schedule. 

Every donation has the potential to make a difference to three people whose very lives depend on a transfusion. What better way to give thanks for our own good health and love our neighbors than to give blood! 
Church-wide Wedding Shower for our Staff member,
Sarah Bush
Sunday, October 20
A "come and go" shower for our Director of Student Ministries, Sarah Bush, and her fiancé Blake, is set for Sunday October 20th from 12:30-2:00. You are invited to share in the joy of the upcoming wedding on November 2nd, by "showering" Blake and Sarah with your love and well wishes. The couple is registered at:
A salad buffet with cake and punch will be part of the festivities and a room filled with hearts and love for this couple by the people of New World United Methodist Church!  All are invited . Hosted by the staff and youth ministries of New World UMC.
Dear Friends at New World,
I want to express loving thanks to each and everyone who assisted me in my recovery. The prayers, cards, meals, rides to appointments and therapy and shopping meant so much to me. I am blessed to be a member of this church family.
Diane Roush
Trunk or Treat
October 27
4:00-6:00 pm
We'll need cars or trucks to pass out
candy or treats
Volunteers Needed for:
*Serving  Hot Dogs, Chips, and Water
*Supervise Pumpkin Painting
*Supervise Bounce House/Slide

Please stop by the Fellowship Hall this Sunday to sign up to help!
Important Youth Dates

October 13
Shine Service project at Nichols Junior High ~ 12:00-3:30
No Hands & Feet or Shine ~ Enjoy your 4 day weekend!

October 20
Hands & Feet ~ 4:00-5:00
Shine Halloween Party ~ 5:00-7:00
Don’t forget to wear your costume!

October 27
Help with games at NWUMC Trunk or Treat! ~ 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

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

***We need your pants!!***
For our service project on October 13th, we will be helping to organize the uniform closets at Nichols Junior High School. There is a need for plastic crates for clothes, as well as khaki pants.

The sizes needed are:
Girls size 14, 16, 18
Juniors size 7, 9, 11, 13
Boys size 14, 16, 18
Mens size 32W, 34W, 36W

Donations can be brought to the church or given to Sarah. Questions, email Sarah@nwumc.org .
Verse of the Week
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen”
1 Peter 4:10-11

Thank you so much to everyone who came and helped out with Fall Fest!
Our Gifts And Our Presence
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Worship Attendance:
September 1 - 210
September 8 - 270
September 15- 253
September 22 - 233
September 29 - 234

Average Worship Attendance for the month of September : 240