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The First United Methodist Church, Smithville,Texas   January 2019


Letter from Pastor Cindy

From My Heart to Yours:

    My first year as the pastor of Smithville FUMC has come to an end and my husband, Ian, and I want to thank you for welcoming us into the family of this church. You have been patient, kind and gracious to your new pastor and, at the same time, have allowed me to be who I am and to try new things. I am looking forward to 2019 and all that it holds for SFUMC.

    I also want to thank each of you for your faithfulness to SFUMC as you have supported the church and the ministries of the church by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness. I know that many of you pray faithfully for SFUMC and I especially want to thank those who come on Wednesday morning and spend time in the Chapel praying for the people, mission, and ministry of this church. You have also been very faithful in your attendance on Sundays in worship and for other special events, outreach, and other projects. This year your faithful tithes and offerings to the church have made it possible to not only raise our church staff's salaries but to hire Patti Herndon as the Director of Programs and the Choir Director. We have also been able to pay all of our expenses, our apportionments, and give to other mission work at the Conference, District, and local levels. And because of  very generous donations from the Ragsdale Foundation and the Busy Bees, we have been able to refurbish the FAC with newly painted doors, new plexiglass on the outside of the stained glass windows and new carpet and flooring! All of it looks beautiful and makes the building even more inviting to all who enter. Your service to others is one of the things I love most about SFUMC. So many of you volunteer at the BAE, the Food Pantry, the Smithville Clinic, helping with VBS and the Parent's Day Out, and other programs,and in so many ways around the church. You also participate as members of many of the boards and committees that keep Smithville helping those who are in need all around us. Thank you. Your witness in the neighborhood is making a difference. People know who we are and what the church is all about because of your witness as to what it means to be a Christian and a United Methodist. May God continue to bless you all.

    As we look at 2019, let us place our faith and our hope into the Lord's hands. May we always seek the Lord's guidance as we strive to serve God and our neighbors in every way possible. To God be the glory!

In Christ,

Pastor Cindy

The Methodist Ladies of FUMC met on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Olde World Bakery.

Dianna Ewen opened the meeting with prayer, followed by a devotional by Terry Carmack.

After the Annual Cookie Exchange, a brief business meeting was held.

Special Program by Dimitar and Lindsay. Information on the January meeting will be announced later in the Weekly Service Bulletin.

Smithville Methodist Men
  • Next meeting will be, Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
The meeting venue and time will be announced at a later date.  Glenn Hill will call all members.   Please make plans to attend

Due to the changing date of the potluck dinner at the church, we will not be having the Pancake Breakfast on the first Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Can't Go

Fifth Sunday Dinner Changed to January 6th


                The usual 5th Sunday dinner which would happen on December 30th has been changed to January 6th.  January 6th is the celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord which is the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi in Matthew 2:1–12.   The three Kings who came from afar represent people of other religions, cultures and lifestyles.
     This year Epiphany (always January 6th) comes on a Sunday and a covered dish dinner is planned to celebrate.  We will sing Christmas carols for the last time this season and enjoy each others company on this most wonderful and meaningful day. 
Epiphany helps us realize that God became one of us… one of all of us around the world… whether we know it or not… whether we accept the gift of Christ or not.  Jesus came to bring the world to God and the Magi or Kings are the manifestation of this reality.
Come and join your church family for a covered dish dinner to celebrate Epiphany.  Dessert will be furnished.

Director of Programs / Music Director

Out with the old and in with the new!  The day after Christmas was Boxing Day and I did not box up one thing.  Did you?  To be honest, I’m usually so tired on Boxing Day that all I want to do is stay pajamas and read all day while eating bonbons and pealed grapes. 

This year was particularly tiring with a trip to my son’s fiancée’s parents farm for Christmas Eve and then to by brothers for Christmas morning with my brother’s family (which included the Greats: almost 3-year-old, Emerson, and almost 2-year-olds, Brooklyn and Cohen.)  I’ve seen more wonderful presents this year than I think I’ve ever seen… and as the Allstate man says, “I’ve seen a thing or two” when it comes to Christmas gifting.

Yes, this year was crazy and fun, but I missed Christmas Eve and being with my church family as we once again realize the incredible gift of God in Jesus Christ. 

Today I am boxing up the remains of the Advent Workshop and our incredible Parents’ Day Out!  And looking forward to 2019 and all that it will bring.  God is at work among us, my friends.  Be ready, stay awake and don’t be afraid of all that is to come.  God is with us, “Emanuel!”

See you in church,


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Our Wesley Nurse

Sharlene Scheler RN BSN
Wesley Nurse

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Your Hair and Scalp Can Say a Lot About Your Health

Your hair is a product of your body and is produced by hair follicles situated in the deepest layer of the skin. It is composed mostly of dead protein and pigment. Changes in your body's metabolism can be reflected by changes in the quantity, thickness, and texture of hair. The anatomical location of the hair follicle plays a major role the variety of hair produced.
White Flakes Are Not a Health Risk
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Dandruff Treatment Tips
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You May Shed More Hair Than You Think
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Genes Cause 90% of Male Hair Loss
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Female-Pattern Baldness
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Overstyling Weakens Your Hair
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Surprising Side Effects of Medications
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Does a Scalp Massage Help?
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Hair Analysis Not Reliable
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2018 Quilt Festival


Diabetic Education Class

Every Monday @ the New Food Pantry
 6:30 pm

For questions or other information contact Sharlene at 210-259-3733 or


Thank you 
Dear Pastor Cindy and the Smithville Congregation, 

Thank you so so much for allowing me to come and share about the Wesley with y'all!  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to feel accepted into your community and getting to hear such a life giving message.  Thank you also for your constant support of the Wesley!  I am so thankful for congregations like y'alls, who allow us to continue on in our life changing ministry.

Thanks again & God Bless!
~Liz Murray

  Food Pantry:
  Needs volunteers on Wednesday mornings.  

Church Office:

Needs 1 volunteer each Wednesday from 10-12 to cover the phone during the weekly staff meeting.
Drivers Needed:
For rides to church and doctor appointments.  If you would be willing to serve Christ in this way, please call the church office at 512-237-3325.
Smithville Community Clinic:

We are always looking for volunteers to help out to do basic office/receptionist duties. Please contact Brianna Temby at (512) 237-0647.

New Hope Respite:
  Needs volunteers on Thursdays in the FAC.
2018 City Employee Thanksgiving Meal

We Thank you bunches and bunches!

A big big Thank you all for the fantastic Thanksgiving meal.  The love and goodness in all of you.  I feel truly blessed (and look) forward to next year.
Love you all, Stella

Thanks for the food and the fellowship you continue to provide us on Thanksgiving.
Sincerely, Otilia

Thank you all for the wonderful Thanksgiving dinner!  The food was excellent, as always!

Thank you all so much!  The food was amazing :)

Thank you for having us.  Love the new floors.

Thank you so much for treating us to such a wonderful lunch!  We look forward to it every tear!!

Many thanks to ALL of you for treating us to another wonderful holiday treat.  It is always a highlight for us and we truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and, good cooking.





WEDNESDAYS @ 9:30 am


Prayer is a sacred practice that works in ways we can’t even begin to comprehend. As Christians, we have faith in God’s plan, but can you explain the peace or comfort you experience in the midst of grief or trials? Do you ever need a moment in the middle of your busy-ness week to pause and recharge? Come to the chapel and quiet your heart. Prayer is personal. Prayer is powerful. You will find your life enriched as you pray. Suzanne and Neta meet each Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. In this season of Advent, you are invited to recommit and join them in this opportunity to pray and reflect. Come as you are, come when you can.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  Romans 8:26-27 NRSV

New Hope Respite 

10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Thursdays

FUMC Family Activity Center
It doesn't seem possible that Thanksgiving & Christmas are now behind us and next week, we ring in the New Year of 2019. Both of those holidays are for giving thanks.  Thanksgiving is a special day set aside to express our thanks for everything God has given us, whereas Christmas is for giving thanks for the birth of our Lord and Savior.  I personally am thankful for something that I have never had to experience and that is that our family has been blessed to not have to face the situation that caregiver's of the guests of New Hope Respite face 24/7 with a loved one having Alzheimer's or some form of dementia. The service that our congregation and volunteers provide for those four hours is unimaginable. I received a post from a friend who served as a volunteer for New Hope Respite until she moved from the area explaining about a friend of hers whose wife is suffering from Alzheimer's.  This story will give you an idea of what a caregiver can face every day.
"The other day I was out pulling weeds just to get out because it was a sunny day.  My wife came out and talked in her small remembered group of words and went back inside.  I had no idea what she wanted so I finished and went inside.  When I walked in, I realized why she came out because a nightmare dinner was ready.  Two plates neatly arranged with a fork by each.  On the plate was a microwaved sandwich, covered with syrup.  A salad bowl sat to the right with a graham cracker in it.  In checking the sandwich, there was nothing in it but mayonnaise..." This type of thing is what caregivers face every day.  My friend stated " This points out how New Hope Respite is such a wonderful thing.  Your New Hope Respite.
Ask yourself "How can I help to ease the burden of just one caregiver?" Come and see what we do. Become a volunteer.  It is a fun day and you are helping others.  This is you, men or women.  This is important for men as well as women.  We will be getting another new man this week bringing our male guests to four.  With the volunteers that we now have, we are at capacity.
We can serve more people but to do so, we need more volunteers.  Please consider helping so that we can serve more of the community.  For additional information call Brenda at 512-352-0099, Nancy at 512-718-0400 or talk to any volunteer. 


January Birthdays & Anniversaries

  • Joe Perez, Jan 1st
  • Julie Smith, Jan 2nd
  • Anthony Chiappetta, Jan 3rd
  • Elizabeth Holder, Jan 3rd
  • Annie Jackson, Jan 5th
  • Mary Ann Keathley, Jan 5th
  • Ellianah Krueger, Jan 7th
  • Ron Hubert, Jan 9th
  • Rivka Zimmerhanzel, Jan 9th
  • Bennie Lueders, Jan 10th
  • Walker HIghtower, Jan 11th
  •  Dan Booher, Jan 12th
  • Suzanne Hinnant, Jan 12th
  • Kimberly Smithv, Jan 12th
  • Mary Burns, Jan 15th
  • Brenda Mueth, Jan 17th
  • Betty Peden, Jan 20th
  • Camren Koch, Jan 23rd
  • Janis Vasek, Jan 24th
  • Bethany Smith, Jan 26th
  • Melanie Summarell, Jan 28th
  • Heloise Long Castles, Jan 29th
  • Helen Stogner, Jan 29th
  • Marilyn Hill, Jan 30th

Charles & Mary Ellen Keathley
January 5th

Ronnie & Melinda Lanier
January 5th

Jerry & Neta Rose
January 11th

Tony & Krys Dube
January 23rd

David & Sandra Mohr
January 26th

Buddy & Nancy Wilson
January 28th


Tuesday, January 1, 2019
New Year's Day
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
  • Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
  • Revelation 21:1-6a
  • Matthew 25:31-46
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Epiphany of the Lord
  • Isaiah 60:1-6
  • Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 (UMH 795)
  • Ephesians 3:1-12
  • Matthew 2:1-12
Sunday, January 13, 2019
1st Sunday after the Epiphany
  • Isaiah 43:1-7
  • Psalm 29 (UMH 761)
  • Acts 8:14-17
  • Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Sunday, January 20, 2019
2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
  • Psalm 36:5-10 (UMH 771)
  • 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
  • John 2:1-11
Sunday, January 27, 2019
3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
  • Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
  • Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
  • Luke 4:14-21

FUMC Smithville

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If you missed the Christmas Cantata Service,  Here is a link to watch from youtube.
November 27, 2018
Council Members Present:
Becky Brooks
Doug Floyd
Glenn Ginder
Terri Krueger
Pastor Cindy Layton
John Lube
Judy McAbee
Julie Smith
Buddy Wilson
Non-Council Members Present:
Courtney August
Patti Herndon
1.  Chair John Lube called the meeting to order. Pastor Cindy offered the opening prayer. 
2.  Minutes of October 23, 2018 meeting were distributed for review and approval. Minutes were approved as presented.
3.  Treasurer’s Report – Courtney presented the Treasurer’s Report, which included the proposed budget for 2019. The Report was adopted and is attached hereto and made a part of these minutes.  Buddy Wilson advised that Tina at the Conference contacted him (presumably as previous Trustee Chair) regarding an average increase of 16% in the church insurance 16% premium for 2019. Workers Compensation rates are being reduced 14%. We will receive notification of our precise increase in early December.
Pastor Cindy described Patti Herndon’s added responsibility of directing the choir, which has to this point been uncompensated. It was proposed that we compensate her for nine hours per week pay for choir directing as well as back pay since the last week of October. Judy moved that we hire Patti as Director of Music Ministries for 9 hours per week at $15 per hour. Terri seconded the motion. Motion carried. Judy moved that we pay Patti Herndon back pay from October 21st to November 30th. Pastor Cindy seconded the motion. Motion carried.The impact to the budget is to reduce the Music Director salary line item to $7,020.
John proposed that we wait to approve the budget until the December meeting in order to allow for changes discussed.
4. Approval of Expenditures in Excess of $500 – None presented. Noted that the new screen (previously approved) for the Family Activity Center will be purchased and installed soon.

5.  New Business
          a.  Carla Carter completed our annual audit and found everything to be in order.
          b.  Doug Floyd suggested we add another signer for checks. Patti Herndon agreed to become the additional signer.

6.  Trustee Report – Glenn Ginder provided the Trustee Report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part of these minutes.  
7.  SPRC Report – Confidential.
8.  Pastor’s Report – Pastor Cindy provided her report of recent activities. A copy of her report is attached hereto.
9.  Old Business
          a.  Pastor Cindy will convene a nominating committee to fill the positions of Fellowship Chair and Board Secretary for 2019. A Charge Conference will vote on the nominations in January. Vice Chairs will be named as well.
          b.  Judy McAbee will review the custodial contract and report on it at the next meeting.
          c.  Sock hop is set for March 2, 2019.
Next meeting will be Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Pastor Cindy offered the closing prayer.  Meeting was adjourned.
Minutes taken and recorded by Terri Krueger.
FUMC's Calendar
Upcoming  Calendar events:

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
New Year's Day
Church Office Closed

Sunday, January 6, 2019
Epiphany Dinner, Following 10:45 Worship Service

Monday, January 7, 2019
Diabetic Education Class - 6:30pm Food Pantry

Monday, January  14. 2019
Diabetic Education Class - 6:30pm Food Pantry

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Blood Drive - See Wesley Nurse for location
Administration Board Meeting, 6:30 pm  AC

  • Richardson’s’ Quadruplet grandchildren
  • Kay Layton
  • Carole Steindorff
  • Zink family
  • Pam Taylor
  • Lisa- Terry Carmack’s friend
  • Becky Ogden
  • Nancy Wilson
  • Cathy Smith
  • Frank & Gloria Caso
  • Cynthia Evans
  • Judy McAbee
  • Margaret Walborg-Silva - Daughter of Mary Ann Walborg
  • Ann Isaac - Friend of Penny Ackerman
  • TK Orsak and Sheldon Johnson & Family
  • Chad Carroll - Friend of Heath & Cynthia Evans
  • Preston & Ellie Kyle- Robin Barton’s friends      
  • Hattie Campion - Friend of Jean Lastovica
  • Ted Krueger
  • Ken Harris
  • Leticia Walborg -MaryAnn Walborg’s daughter-in-law
  • Heather Rogers
Newsletter Submissions
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A Prayer for the New Year

LOVING GOD, journey with me this year

so that I may feel your presence,

abide in your forgiveness, grow in your strength,

and dwell in your love.

Give me an open heart,

an open mind,

and open eyes

so that I may sing your praise

and follow your path always and everywhere. Amen
~ Larry James Peacock


Your Church Staff

Rev. Cynthia Layton
Patti Herndon, Director of Programs
Sandra Mohr, Secretary
Courtney August, Treasurer

Phone: (512) 237-3325
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Sunday School: 9:30am
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