E-News for May 15, 2019
From Our Pastor
I would like to give some faithful United Methodists the opportunity to miss church at New World! THAT’S RIGHT! I’m encouraging you to attend the Laity Summit to the morning and afternoon of the beginning of Annual Conference. This is a pre-conference meeting open not only to our Lay Members of the Annual Conference, but to all Laity in the Central Texas Conference. It begins at 9:oo am Sunday, June 9 and concludes at 3:00 pm.

Bishop Mike Lowry is encouraging at least 2 laity from each church to attend! Who will represent New World?

The focus of this event is to energize and equip the lay leadership of our church to help lead the transformation taking place throughout our conference in response to our Wildly Important Goal (WIG) . You will hear stories from people whose lives were changed (even saved) through their relationship with Jesus and the church. We will share best practices on how laity can best partner with clergy to make disciples of Jesus Christ, and much more. 

We want and need all the strong leaders in our congregation – those folks who you know are always leading whenever anything good and positive happens at our church, in our community or associated with one or more of the vital ministries of our church. The event is free, but registration is required so that we can adequately prepare. A free, box lunch will be provided. You can register at www.ctcumc.org or call the church office and we can help you with that.

Be blessed!
Pastor Mike 
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 er in@nwum c.org
Staff Changes
After nearly twelve years of service to New World, Francisco Adon has decided to take early retirement.  Please join me in wishing him all the best in this next stage of life.

Jim Penson has been hired as our new Facilities person. Jim is a long time member of New World, and possibly a familiar face. He is joining us after a career in IT. Jim is a bluegrass musician who teaches and performs and is also a luthier – a person who builds and repairs acoustic string instruments. 
Cross Trainers Men's Group
Join our Monday morning men’s group as we begin a fascinating look at the geography of the Bible. Over six weeks, we will review and discuss, Walking the Bible: A Journey By Land Through the Five Books Of Moses . Both a heart racing adventure and an uplifting quest, Walking The Bible presents one man’s epic journey by foot, jeep, rowboat and camel through the greatest story ever told.

Cross Trainers meets each Monday, from 6:30 to 7:30 am, in room 28 of the Adult Sunday School building. No preparation is required to participate in the meetings. For more information contact Jim Hall 817 229-6065
Changes For The Summer
School is out and the long, hot days of summer have already arrived. To help curtail the cost of air conditioning this summer, the staff will observe “summer hours” by closing the building on Fridays beginning June 7. Of course this will not apply to the week of Vacation Bible School scheduled for July 22-July 26.

Additionally, we will begin an every other week schedule during the summer to help cut back on mailing and printing costs of the hard copies we send. 

Finally, as your family vacations, please remember that the church’s bills continue all summer long. We encourage your support of the church by taking advantage of smart giving or automatic draft as we work to avoid the summer slump. Questions? Heather, 817-460-4212; heather@nwumc.org .  
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Our Youth are going to Port Lavaca for Mission Trip this year from June 16-22. Each group helps with supplies for the week and the cooks have requested that our church provide individually wrapped packages of crackers, cookies, popcorn, etc. Each day the students and adults make a lunch and get to pick 2 snack items to go in their lunch. 

There will be a table with baskets in the Fellowship Hall to collect your donations. Thanks in advance for your help!
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. Children, 4 years old - 5th grade 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. You can register your children online at the link below. Come join us! Invite your friends and neighbors! Click on the link below to register online.

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

VBS Volunteers Needed

Our Vacation Bible School is a day time event this year, and we are going to need lots of Adult Volunteers to help. We are expecting to have lots of children. We will need volunteers to walk the children to the different areas, for music, crafts, Bible story, science, snacks, & recreation. There will be a Sign up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for you to sign-up for the area you would like to help. 
Please prayerfully consider volunteering.
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
Important Youth Dates

May 19
Senior Sunday/Youth Led Worship
Graduation Luncheon at Rolling Hills Country Club

May 24-26
Choir Tour!

June 9
Our Confirmation Class joins us for their first Youth Night!
Verse of the Week
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline”

2 Timothy 1:7
Managing Change in our Lives: 
Slowing Down and Walking with God

Brothers and Sister in Christ:
It often seems as each we are constantly dealing with Change. Change in our families, Change in our Health, Change at Church, Changes at Work. Changes in our Financial Situation, Not to mention planning for these changes if we are lucky enough to have that opportunity.

It often seems as if we rush from one of these “issues” to the next, without taking the time to Walk with God. Walking may be part of the solution. When we read about the life of Jesus, it seems as if he magically went from one place or encounter to another. Occasionally he went off by himself to pray, but that is not something we read often. What we almost never hear about is the time that Jesus and his followers (disciples and others) spent walking between towns, cities and villages. Travel was almost always by foot. 

It may be that the disciples were blessed with the time to ponder and ask questions of Jesus as they traveled. What a wonderful opportunity to pause, reflect, question, think about what they had heard, and been taught. 

Holy Spirit, grant us the wisdom to reflect over time. To walk with our Father. We are God’s children and we learn slowly. Discerning his will for us, Accepting changes in our lives, Dealing with change with Grace and Love, moving thru this life with reliance on His Guidance and Hearing His voice and Walking in His footsteps. This is what we ask, what we seek, what we know is right for our souls. Lord hold us in your arms, lead us to where you would have us be, and with those you want us to be. Use us each day to be a blessing to those you love, and to understand and accept your blessings as they are bestowed by your Grace and your Children.  We ask this in the name of your precious Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Chris. Amen

Submitted with Love,
Gail & Jeff Smith

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...
Joys & Concerns
Terry Dunklin, Jim Freeman, Jay Hall, Amanda Heathcott,
Tradel Harris-Darlus Schoonover's Granddaughter, Leigh Jamieson, Lynda Arnold's Sister-Jonda, Todd Milam, Evelyn Polanco, Ruth Savage, Evelyn Tatom
Our Gifts and Our Presence
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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Heather James, heather@nwumc.org.
Worship Attendance:
Sunday, May 12 - 242
Adult Sunday School - 51
Pastors & Staff
Mike Alexander
Senior Pastor

Steven Couch
Director of Worship & Music

Heather James
Director of Operations
Erin Sloan Jackson
Associate Pastor of Missions

Kathy Alexander
Director of Children’s Ministries

Gail Hall
 Gena Anderson
Associate Pastor of Discipleship

Sarah Bush
Director of Student Ministries
Jim Penson
Jin Ah Kwon
Organist/Music Assistant
Amber Walter
Preschool Director
Newsletter Submissions: communications@nwumc.org