E-News for June 19, 2019
From Our Pastor
This morning I’ve been packing boxes of books in my office, and I’ve got a long way to go, with not a lot of time to finish the job. It’s not a lot of fun. Kathy and I have left churches we have loved and begun in new places 10 times. I think it gets a little tougher the older I get. But, as I’ve told other preachers, “This is what we signed up for.” It’s much easier to say that when I’m staying in my church.

So, this is my final pastor’s column as the Senior Pastor of New World UMC. I’m thinking I’ve probably written about 250 pastors columns in the last 7 years. I’ve written on many subjects; important church events, joys in worship the previous Sunday, exciting worship in services to come, putting Jesus first in the living of our lives, saying goodbye and hello to staff changes, and others too numerous to mention.

My ordination vows included serving where my Bishop appointed me, and I have always done that. I couldn’t have done that without Kathy always loving me and supporting my ministry. She never said, “I don’t want to move there.” She always had my back and assured me moving or staying was completely my decision. We have moved in all kinds of circumstances. She has always been by my side.

For some reason, most of the churches to which I’ve been appointed were hurting, struggling, divided, and in great need of a pastor. It’s a tremendous honor to be a pastor, and I want to thank you for letting me be yours. New World is a wonderful church, and you have a great future. I promise that you have a great new Senior Pastor in Rev. Leslie Byrd.  She has all the gifts necessary to lead you to a bright future. All she needs is your complete support!

I want to thank you for all the love and affirmation you’ve given to me and especially the support I received last Sunday in preaching all three services! Thank you for all you’ve given to Kathy, Susan, and I. We are looking forward to the next two Sundays.

I’m proud to be your pastor,
Mike Alexander

(after the 11:00 service)

Join Us For Lunch With Pastor Mike!
Words cannot express how thankful we are to Pastor Mike for his faithful service to New World for the past 7 years. This Sunday, after the 11:00 worship service we will gather together in Fellowship Hall for lunch and celebrate Pastor Mike’s ministry. Ballpark food will be served and everyone is encouraged to wear your Texas Rangers gear on Sunday in honor of Pastor Mike. There will be notecards available so that you can write a special message to wish him well on his new journey.  
Volunteers Needed
New World is proud to be a partner church for Project Transformation Central Texas, a summer literacy camp for underserved children in our conference. As a Partner Church we support the program with our prayers, donations and volunteering to read with children. 

Volunteers Needed: Project Transformation is looking for adult volunteers to read with kids  9:30am-12pm  July 8-11 at FUMC Bedford. To volunteer, contact Rev. Erin  erin@nwumc.org or sign up on the clipboard available during Connection time. 

Thanks again!
Thank You, Blood Donors!
At our June 9th Blood Drive, 23 people were screened with only 1 deferral. Our 22 donors made a difference to 64 people who were saved or touched by our donations.  While this was one of our lightest drives in some time, we so appreciate all of you who donated—as do the number of people you were able to help! 
Our last drive of the year will be October 13. Please mark your calendar now and plan to invite a friend to donate with you as we continue to love God by loving our neighbors in such a tangible way!

Kathy Goodell, Mary Ann Kelly, Becky Hankins
Yoga Class
Interested in lowering stress level?
Gaining some flexibility?
Releasing tension?

New World has a weekly yoga class on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Just $10 per session with an accredited yoga instructor. All skill levels welcome and all poses can be done from a chair for anyone with balance concerns.

If interested, please email Jessica stewart at yogaessence@ymail.com on Thursday morning to confirm your attendance.
On Sunday, June 16, Pastor Mike Alexander had the pleasure of baptizing James William (Will) Kuykendall.

Pictured left to right, top row: Jim Kuykendall, Diane Kuykendall, Taylor Walker, Brett Kuykendall, Tina Walker, Chad Hunter, Kristen Hunter
Bottom row: Connor Hunter, Will Kuykendall, Kori Iglehart, Landon Hunter

Congratulations to the Kuykendall family!
Prime Timers Lunch
This month Lisa Praeger and her dog Tucker, will teach us about dog behavior, communication, training, and a dog's point of view. Lisa will also tell us about some of the things she's involved with, i.e. UTA service, rallies, and training. 

Join us for a pot luck lunch in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 on Tuesday, July 9. Bring a dish to share with your friends, our guests and staff. Guests welcome!
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.

Come join us! Invite your friends and neighbors! 
Click on the link below to register online.  
To help us prepare, please register your children early!

VBS Volunteers Needed

Our Vacation Bible School is a day time event this year, July 22-26 from 9:00 - 12:00 noon each day. 

We are going to need lots of Adult Volunteers. We will need help guiding the children to the different areas, for music, crafts, Bible story, science, snacks, & recreation. 
There are sign up sheets in the Fellowship Hall for you to sign up to help in the different areas. 
Important Youth Dates

June 16-23
Mission Trip 2019!
Please be in prayer for our students and work team as we
travel to Port Lavaca and spend a week doing
construction projects for Hurricane Harvey relief.

June 26
Mid-week Hangout
Our Gifts and Our Presence
Text To Give:
Hi Friends!
Do you shop on Amazon? Do you want to support New World? Well we have an opportunity for you! By logging into  smile.Amazon.com , selecting New World United Methodist Church as your designation, and shopping as normal, Amazon will give back .5% of all your purchases to New World! Happy Shopping!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Heather James, heather@nwumc.org.
Worship Attendance:
Sunday, June 16 - 233
Adult Sunday School - 54
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