E-News for April 24, 2019
Beginning on July 1, 2019, I will be going on personal leave to become a stay-at-home mom. Personal leave is the term the United Methodist church uses for family leave when it doesn’t involve taking care of a sick parent or child. This is a leave that is granted through the conference and it is not a temporary leave. 
         
This is a decision that has involved a great deal of thought and prayer, and it is with a great deal of emotion that my family and I have decided to make this transition. My husband travels extensively for work and I was having a hard time balancing this along with my responsibilities to my family and to the church. Children grow up fast, and I want to enjoy every single minute I can of being a mom.
        
I will, however, miss my role in this church family, and I want to take a moment now to thank you for being who you are — and who you have been to me during my time here. New World is a fabulous congregation full of loving and accepting people and I look forward to seeing how God works in your lives and in the lives of this community in the future. I look forward to continuing to serve as your pastor until June 30. We will still be in the neighborhood so if I bump into you, please don’t be a stranger.   
                                                                              
Blessings,
Rev. Gena Anderson 
Retirement Party for Becky Hankins
*** THIS SUNDAY ***
In case you haven’t heard, Becky Hankins is retiring April 30th. Mark your calendar and plan to be here this Sunday, April 28th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for a retirement party in her honor. United Methodist Women are providing hors d’oeuvres while a program, including guest speakers, will begin at 5:00.

Notecards will be available that evening for you to wish Becky well after more than 30 years in the church office. In lieu of personal gifts, Becky has suggested donations may be made to New World for our Music Ministry or to help reduce our remaining mortgage. If you wish to contribute please mark checks for your choice of Music or Mortgage/Hankins Retirement .   
Annual Conference and Laity Summit
DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER FOR BOTH EVENTS!
Have you registered for AC19? There’s no better time than the present to go to  ctcumc.org/ac19-registration  and register for the big event, which takes place June 9-12 at the Arlington Convention Center and First UMC Hurst.
 
Registering for the 2019 Laity Summit is a separate step. While it takes place on Sunday of AC19, the 2019  Laity Summit: Leading the Transformation  is a “pre-conference event” that requires a separate registration available at  ctcumc.org/laitysummit-register . This exciting new event is offered by the Conference Laity Team from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Texas Hall on the campus of UT Arlington. ALL CTC laity, not just AC19 lay delegates, are encouraged to participate in this great opportunity to learn more about partnering with clergy, growing your church, serving your community and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  Register for this free event (including lunch) today .
College Care Packages
Wednesday May 8, at 11:00 am, we will be sending boxes of cookies to our New World College Students to encourage them during finals.  

If you have college students in your family, please send us their name and college address so they won’t miss out on this gift from the church family.

We are asking for your help with cookie donations. Please place cookies, smaller cookies travel best, in gallon-sized zip lock bags and leave them in the kitchen any time between Sunday, May 5, through Tuesday, May 7. A container identifying them as “college cookies” will be available. Any left-over cookies will be taken to the UTA Wesley Foundation. 

Thanks in advance for helping us let our college kids know they are not forgotten by their church family. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Duer,  swomack81@gmail.com or the church office,  communications@nwumc.org .

One small step for your kids...
one giant leap for God's Kingdom!
Blast off with Vacation Bible School this summer, July 22 - 26 from 9:00 - 12:00 each day. The children will be Voyagers on a journey through space, exploring where God's power can take them. Each day they'll learn how God walked with heroes of the Bible, and that God is always with them. 

Our theme verse will be:
"Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us." 
Ephesians 3:20
Important Youth Dates

April 28
Becky Hankins Retirement Party ♥
No Hands & Feet or Shine

May 5
Hands & Feet ~ 4:30 - 5:30
Shine ~ 5:30 - 7:30

May 19
Senior Sunday/Youth Led Worship
Verse of the Week
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” Hebrews 6:19
For several years now, I have had the Lenten tradition of attending Stations of the Cross at Most Blessed Sacrament Church at noon on Good Friday. The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of fourteen small icons, carvings or images. Each of the fourteen stations focuses on a specific event of Christ’s last day, beginning with His condemnation and ending with His burial. The priest meditates on a specific event, from Christ’s perspective. The congregation then replies by reading a response. After that, the priest walks to the next station until all fourteen are complete. 

I was particularly moved by the introduction to the Stations of the Cross. “These fourteen steps that you are now about to walk you do not take alone. I walk with you. Though you are you, and I am I, yet we are truly one - one Christ. And therefore my way of the cross two thousand years ago and your “way” now are also one. But note this difference. My life was incomplete until l crowned it by my death. Your fourteen steps will only be complete when you have crowned them by your life.“

While it is painful and uncomfortable to recall the final events of Christ’s life, they remind me of His humanity and of how much He suffered for my sins. If you desire to deepen your Lenten experience in the future, I strongly encourage you to consider attending a Stations of the Cross pilgrimage.

Submitted by Michelle Frawley

New World Intercessory Prayer Ministry
If you have a prayer article that you would like to
share, please send it to  communications@nwumc.org.
Lord, Hear Our Prayers...

Recuperating At Home
Terry Dunklin, Jim Freeman, Jay Hall, Jim and Jeanette Holland,
Richard Noren, Evelyn Polanco, Evelyn Tatom,

Those Facing Cancer and its Treatment
Lynda Arnold’s sister, Jonda
Amanda Heathcott
Todd Milam 

Hospice Care
Ruth Savage: Meadowbrook Memory Care, Arlington

Chronic Condition
Leigh Jamieson   
Tradel Harris, Darlus Schoonover’s granddaughter
Our Gifts and Our Presence
Text To Give:
817-789-4129
Worship Attendance:

Maundy Thursday - 29
Good Friday - 95
Easter Sunday - 493

Weekly Total - 617

Pastors & Staff
Mike Alexander
Senior Pastor

Erin Sloan Jackson
Associate Pastor of Missions

Gena Anderson
Associate Pastor of Discipleship

Steven Couch
Director of Worship & Music
 
Jin Ah Kwon
Organist/Music Assistant

Kathy Alexander
Director of Children’s Ministries

Sarah Bush
Director of Student Ministries

Heather James
Business Administrator
Becky Hankins
Executive Administrator

Gail Hall
Communications
 
Francisco Adon
Facilities

Amber Walter
Preschool Director
 
Newsletter Submissions: communications@nwumc.org