E-News for May 8, 2019
From Our Pastor
As you know, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Most of us have very warm feelings about this day. If you’re like me, I was blessed supremely by my Mom and privileged to marry a lady who is truly beyond compare. Likewise, Kathy was raised by a Mom she loved, respected, and adored for the life Mary Kathryn Harris lived and the faith she taught to all her children. It’s been just a few years ago that Mary K went to Heaven, but it has been more than 30 years ago that my Mom, Geraldine (Jerrye) Anne Alexander , went to Heaven. She had a challenge raising three boys whose births occurred within 29 months. She had to be worn out by age 35!

If you are able to attend worship this Sunday with your mother, you are supremely blessed. It is sad to go through our lives taking our mother or any of our loved ones for granted. Life is much too short to have minor disagreements that separate us from any of our family members. But, that is the experience of far too many families. Remember in prayer these family situations today.

Mother’s Day has always been a family day, and I hope you’re able to share that day with family and attend worship with your Mom. I hope to see you in worship this Mother’s Day! It’s quite fitting that one of our young mothers, Rev. Gena Anderson , will be preaching in all three services.

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 erin@nwumc.org
Postal Workers Food Drive
Saturday, May 11
Volunteers are needed at:
 FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
 920 SO. COLLINS, ARLINGTON
to set up tables, construct boxes, apply labels to boxes, and begin sorting: 
10:00 AM to Noon on Saturday
 
The Postal Workers' trucks begin arriving at the church by 4:00. 
Food unloading and sorting: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
STRONG BOYS, MEN AND WOMEN ARE NEEDED
WORK ONE HOUR OR TWO…..BRING A FRIEND
         (Skip the gym, work out volunteering!)

Sorting will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10:00am to 7:30pm. 

This food will help keep ARLINGTON CHARITIES pantry filled during the summer months.
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 .
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. Start your week off with God, come and join us beginning May 13. For more information contact Jim Hall 817 229-6065
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. 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

Important Youth Dates

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

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

May 24-26
Choir Tour!
Verse of the Week
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.    For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed”
Romans 8:18-19
Care enough to bring the Coke…

Several years ago, I had the good fortune of traveling to Mozambique, Africa on a mission trip. The pastor we were visiting had been telling his various congregations about our upcoming visit. When we arrived in a rural village, you can imagine my surprise when I was warmly greeted – with an old glass, liter bottle of Coca-Cola! 
Wanting to be hospitable, the villagers had sent one of their own to the closest city in order to buy a bottle because they had been told that Americans loved Coca-Cola!  
A village ravished by AIDS
       A village with no electricity or reliable water source
               An agricultural people who live off the scant land
                       A village where little ones suffered from Malaria  
A village that I thought I was going to serve, and yet they were the ones who served me.  
I have often thought of this simple act of kindness and wondered if I always care enough to bring the coke…..?
When I engage in community outreach, ministry events or am with family and friends, do I take the time to invest in others - to listen and to learn from those whom I seek to engage? Do I hear and value their perspectives…or do I arrogantly and simplistically seek to apply my own limited perspective and understanding?  
Am I focused on people or mere programs ?    
Mother Teresa once said, “The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty -- it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There's a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
May the Good Lord bless you and yours as you enjoy the Miracles this season offers – and, as you serve the lives around you, by loving them enough to bring the coke
Gratefully yours, Stephanie Gillespie

Stephanie Gillespie sent this to a group of us back in 2012, I shared it then in a prayer article but thought it still worthy of repeating. 

Submitted by Bonnie Williams

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Worship Attendance:
Sunday, May 5 - 199
Adult Sunday School - 54

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
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