E-News for May 1, 2019
From Our Pastor
THANK YOU, BECKY HANKINS!

We had the privilege on Sunday afternoon to honor a friend and leader who means so much to us. You know I’m speaking of BECKY HANKINS, EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR OF NEW WORLD UMC THESE LAST 32 YEARS!  We had a wonderful crowd; our Fellowship Hall was full. We heard from former pastors, Dr. Jim Sanders and Rev. Mike Dawson.  Bill Dugan, as our Emcee shared some good thoughts and presented Becky with a gift from our church.

I had the privilege to share my thoughts about Becky in each worship service. I met Becky Hankins years before I became your pastor. In the 90’s, I was on the Board of Ministry while Dr. Jim Sanders was the Registrar of the Board. That required a great deal of paperwork that Becky did for Jim. I met her at that time and was very impressed at her friendliness and her hospitality to all the members of the Board. Amazingly, when I became your pastor in 2012, she remembered me and I remembered her. Why she remembered me I don’t understand, but for me, her winsome personality was something I could not forget. Becky was not only an excellent administrator but a caring and helpful person to people having a hard time. When you called our office, Becky made you feel like you were the most important person in the world.

I got an amazing history of New World as she told of the ministries and challenges of each former pastor. She even told me of one pastor who had the habit of playing too many video games on his computer. She had to tell him to “Stop, and get back to work!” After I heard that story, I moved my office down the hallway! Of course, I’m kidding. It was a few years later when a larger room came available and I moved because of space. However, I felt like I lost something by not being next to her. Becky had many excellent insights, wisdom, and information about our church members.
It is so amazing to me to think about the fact that Becky Hankins has been the face of New World for more than 3/4ths of our history! If you haven’t had the chance, give Becky a call or send her a note thanking her for her tremendous service to New World! She deserves all the affirmation we can give!  Thank you, Becky!

Sincerely,
Mike Alexander
Projection Transformation
New World UMC is proud to serve as a Partner Church for Project Transformation Central Texas again this summer.

What is Project Transformation?
An extension ministry of The United Methodist Church, PT is a summer literacy program for underserved children. College interns learn principles of leadership and ministry as they lead the reading programs hosted by local United Methodist Churches.

What does a Partner Church do?
As a Partner Church, we support the ministry with our prayers, by volunteering to read during the mornings of July 8-11, and by donating needed items for the program. There is also an opportunity for volunteers to bring dinners to the college interns as they live in Texas Wesleyan community for the summer. We are serving the Project Transformation program that is held at FUMC Bedford.

How can you help?
We are collecting donations of classroom and school supplies and new or like new children’s books. Similar to last year, we are collecting donations in a fun school spirit themed way! Tubs with different college names on them will be set up at the donation table. You put your donations in the tub for your favorite college & the college with the most donations will get recognized in worship. You can bring in your donations now through May 19.
(You can also sign up to volunteer!)

Questions? Contact Rev. Erin erin@nwumc.org
WOW, New World—You really know how to throw a girl a party! What a lovely way to close out my long run in the church office. From Mike Alexander’s touching remarks in morning worship to hearing Jim Sanders and Mike Dawson wax eloquent as only they can, it was a grand and glorious day! 
I can’t say thank you enough to all the party planners who organized, baked, prepared and served the delicious finger foods, decorated the room so beautifully or helped in any way with the event. Thanks, too, to Bill Dugan, representing our Pastor Parish Committee, for his remarks which included Sheri Womack’s memories of our many youth choir trips together. The church’s gift of a Spa Day at Sanford House was just icing on the cake! I will always treasure your notes and well wishes and the memory of so many of you who were there to celebrate with me. Thanks to Kathy Alexander, our resident photographer, who spent the afternoon capturing the event so that I will be able to enjoy it again and again.
 
When our family moved to Arlington, Josh was two and Adam was 3 months old. We joined the church a few months later and Robert and I jumped in with both feet. The New World Family has been there for our family in so many ways over the years. It has been my privilege to work with you and for you. I will be eternally grateful for the God-given gifts and graces that have allowed me to serve the church in this ministry capacity for such a long time. While I am confident that this is the time for me to move out of the church office, I will still be here with you on Sunday mornings as often as possible. Come meet me in the pews! 

Becky Hankins
Welcome!
On Sunday, April 28, we received our two newest members to New World, UMC. Trang Church, wife of C.J. Church, was baptized along with their daughter Christina. Pictured are Rev. Mike Alexander, Trang, Christina, Madalynn and C.J. Joan and Chris Church are the proud parents and grandparents.

Welcome to New World!
Prime Timers Lunch
This month we’ll be entertained by Harmony, Lamar High School’s girl’s show choir. 

Join us for a pot luck lunch in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 on Tuesday, May 14. Bring a dish to share with your friends, our guests and staff. 
Guests welcome!
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 .
All the Children are invited to join us each Sunday as we focus on stories from the Bible. 

"Train up a child in the way he or she should go; even when they are grown they will not depart from it." 
Proverbs 22:6

Children’s Sunday school classes meet each Sunday at 10:30 am for snack and fellowship. 
The lesson time begins at 11:00 am

The Preschool Children meet in the Nursery for a snack, and then join the Elementary children for a video of the Bible Story we are learning about. Then they return to the Nursery for their lesson and play time
Kindergarten - 4th grade
Sunday school classes meet in Room 8/9/10.
The 5th and 6th graders gather at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall for snack and fellowship
They transition to their classroom, Room #6 for Bible Study until 12:00 noon
Amy Vitek and Erin Leary teach this class.
School will be out for summer before we know it and it will be time to go to camp!

Here are the camps available, register soon while space is still available. 

Family Camp 
Families including kindergarten thru 3rd grade 
Cost: $110 per family member 
June 7-9 and July 21-23

Trek Camp  
Two nights - Grades 1, 2,& 3
Cost is $160 - July 19-21

Trailblazer Camp 
Week long - Grades 3,4,5, & 6 
Cost $375
June 16-21 and July 14-19 

Expedition Camp 
Week long - Grades 6,7, & 8 
Cost $375
June 23-28 and July 7-12

Pathfinders Camp 
Week long - Grades 9,10,11, 12, & 13 
Cost $375 
June 30 - July 5
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

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

May 12
Happy Mother's Day!
No Hands & Feet/Shine

May 19
Senior Sunday/Youth Led Worship

May 24-27
Choir Tour!
Verse of the Week
“He said ‘blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God’”
Matthew 5:7-8
A Pondering on Prayer and Other Stuff

While watching  Family Feud  on TV the other day, one question really caught my attention. Actually it wasn't the question so much as the answer.
Question:  We surveyed 100 people, How much do you give to charity each year?
One contestant said $100, the next contestant said $1,000.
Both answers got 3 points.
So 6 per cent of those interviewed gave some amount of money to charity. Surprisingly to me Steve Harvey said the number one answer of those interviewed was “0”. I was shocked and went back to be sure I had heard the answer correctly. I had. This gives me something to ponder.  How could any random 100 people have 25 or 30 per cent give nothing to charity?

While looking at stuff on the internet, I came across this quote from  " Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, " by Thich Nhat Hahn.

Hahn had been asked what he told people from other cultures when they came to him for guidance.

A tree without roots cannot survive. A person without roots cannot survive either. . .When the time is right, when they are capable of smiling and forgiving, we tell them, “Go back to your own culture, go back to your own family, go back to your own church. They need you. They need you to help renew themselves and no longer alienate their young people. Do that not only for your own generation but for the future generations as well.

2 Peter 1:4-8 Common English Bible (CEB)
Through his honor and glory he has given us his precious and wonderful promises...This is why you must make every effort to add moral excellence to your faith; and to moral excellence, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, endurance; and to endurance, godliness; and to godliness, affection for others; and to affection for others, love. If all these are yours and they are growing in you, they’ll keep you from becoming inactive and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Scholar William Barclay wrote,  We do not earn salvation, but we have to bend every energy towards the Christian objective of a lovely life...

Life is at its noblest and best when our effort co-operates with God's grace to produce you.”

As I review Peter's list of qualities which make up a winning character, I must ponder:  Which of these qualities do I see in my life today? How did they get there?Which ones do I need to work harder on achieving?

This does give me more to ponder and pray about.

Keep Pondering and Praying
Bill Womack


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...

Hospital
Jane Semler: MCA

Recuperating At Home
Terry Dunklin, Jim Freeman, Jay Hall, 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:
Sunday, April 28 - 209
Adult Sunday School - 52

Pastors & Staff
Mike Alexander
Senior Pastor

Steven Couch
Director of Worship & Music

Heather James
Business Administrator
Erin Sloan Jackson
Associate Pastor of Missions

Kathy Alexander
Director of Children’s Ministries

Gail Hall
Communications
 Gena Anderson
Associate Pastor of Discipleship

Sarah Bush
Director of Student Ministries
 
Francisco Adon
Facilities
Ah Kwon
Organist/Music Assistant
Amber Walter
Preschool Director
Newsletter Submissions: communications@nwumc.org