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The First United Methodist Church, Smithville,Texas   April 2019


Letter from Pastor Cindy

From My Heart to Yours,

    During this Lenten season we have been focusing on "The Way" the Lord would have us to follow each day. Let's use this season of the Church year to help us move closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ, as we strive to be more like him every day.

     As  we draw near to Easter Sunday, may our joy increase and may our thanksgiving abound as we celebrate our risen Savior. He is alive and he has risen indeed. Because of Jesus' death and resurrection, we have assurance of eternal life. We also are promised the help of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us as we are called to love Jesus, serve others, and offer God's grace to all.

      May God bless each of us as we move through Lent and end up celebrating the fact that we are Easter people. Hallelujah! Jesus Christ is risen and is one day coming again!

In Christ our Lord,
Pastor Cindy

Director of Programs / Music Director

Easter Egg-stravaganza

April 20, 2019

   So, Pastor Cindy, Julie Smith, Judy McAbee and I have been part of a cohort set up by the annual conference that has a goal of bringing families together around the love of Jesus Christ.  Our first event was our Parents Day Out right before Christmas.  We had youngsters of all ages frolicking around the Family Life Center, eating, making things, eating, playing outside, eating and watching a great movie.  The parents, meanwhile, were shopping, going out to lunch and getting things cleaned up at home.  The kids had a great time and the parents really appreciated the time to themselves.  From that event we have been blessed with a new young family and a little bit of sight recognition around town.
    Our next event is the Easter Egg-stravaganza!  We have planned a three hour fantastic event for families and friends, but we are going to need the whole church to participate in order to bring God’s love to all those who come.  Here is a list of ways you can help…
*Hot Dogs and Sausage Wraps: 
We need four or six men to man the barbecue pits and serve up dogs, wraps, chips and soda pop.
*Bouncy House:
We need several moms and dads to help supervise the bouncy house.  This is important for safety and fun!
*Easter Egg Hunt:  We need egg stuffers, eggs, things to stuff.  On the day of the Egg-stravaganza we need ten or twelve hiders to hide the incredible pile of eggs while pastor Cindy tells the children the story of Easter.
The Youth Group will be helping with the games, but they will need some help from adults I’m sure.  You can talk to Gordon about this.  We will have some Bunnies and Baskets to give away.
We need five or six people to take turns greeting people and asking them a few questions about where they go to church, how we might help them with their spirituality, what kind of worship experience they would enjoy, etc.  We will have a form with the questions and an area for them to fill out with name, address etc.  This is really important work.  The reason for the fun is to bring folks closer to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. 

*Set up and take down and clean up: 
Set up will start at 9 am and take down will start at 2 pm.  We’ll need lots of help.
Let me know how you can help…

Our Wesley Nurse

Sharlene Scheler RN BSN
Wesley Nurse

Cold Versus Flu
From CDC

What is the difference between a cold and flu?
Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications(
How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.
What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
The symptoms of flu( can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds
generally do not result in serious health problems.

The Methodist Ladies met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, 3-14-19.  Newly elected/appointed positions began for the next 12 months as follows:

          President=Judy McAbee
          Vice President=Terry Carmack
          Treasurer=Dianna Ewen
          Secretary=Heloise Long-Castles
          Scribe=Terry Carmack (newsletter submissions)

Photographers during events=Terry Carmack & Dianna Ewen (all are encouraged to take photos to submit to the newsletter &/or Church web page).
Terry Carmack will act as Lead for the 2019 Quilt Festival to be held on the second Saturday of November (Saturday only) during the City’s Airing of the Quilts festival. Many new plans are in the making and you will be hearing more about this event.
During this fall’s Bastrop/Fayette County Walk to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Texas programs for our County, Church members are encouraged to register with the Respite Program’s Team as a show of unity and support.
Ideas were collected and reviewed for future program ideas including: Travel presentations from members who have traveled nationally and internationally to provide a time of sharing; Cultural awareness meetings to enjoy foods, music, arts and crafts, etc. from some of the ethnic groups in this part of Texas (Czech, German, Wendish, etc.).  Attending concerts at the Round Top Music Institute site and of course eating at Royers while there; In October touring more of the beautiful Painted Churches; Visiting the studio of Smithville artist Judy Paul; taking the new painted quilt block trail in the ranch area around Winchester; and adopting a family or group for Christmas as we did last year.
The April Meeting will take the form of a day trip to the Brenham Rose Emporium. A group consensus decided more would be able to attend on a Friday than on our regular Thursday meeting day, so the day trip will be on Friday, April 12th.
 In our meeting’s program, Lynn Dale presented methods of assuring crucial medical information and contacts are always carried with you when you leave home in case of emergency. She has developed a form which can be individualized to be carried with your driver’s license, credit cards, etc. A discussion followed where ideas like “the Vial of Life” program for alerting first responders entering your house to direct them to emergency medical information. Others shared experiences that have worked for them as well.



The Methodist Men
Next meeting will be April 16th 2019 at 6pm The Old World Bakery. 112 Main Street, Smithville Texas. Speaker for the meeting will be Brenda Zimmerman from Taylor Texas. She will be speaking about the Respite Program.

Brown Bag Bible Study
Bring your lunch


April 3rd 1:30 pm
April 10th 12:00 pm

New Youth Group

Wednesday Nights
6:15 - 7:30 pm

Starting on April 3rd!!

Food , Fun, Games, Real Talk and MORE!
Bible Study - Wednesday Nights!!

First United Methodist Church
400 Olive St., Smithville, TX 78957

Gordon Cyr, Director of Youth Ministries
(832) 859-2331 cell or office (512) 237-3325


April 5th and 6th

Come when you can and work as long as you can. 
Jobs for all!
There will be a list of
tasks to be done. 



Stop the Bleed

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

April 6, 2019
9:00 am
FUMC - Family Activity Center

This training class is free to the public.

This will last 45 min to 1 hr. For questions call Sharlene Scheler @ 210-259-3733 or




 April 20, 2019

First United Methodist Church
400 Olive Street


Hot Dogs, Sausage Wraps, Booths, Jumper, Games, Face Painting

11 AM until 2 PM
egg hunt at 1:30 PM


Sunrise Service

April 21, 2019, 7:00 am

Breakfast will be served following the service.


Easter Worship Service

10:00 am


Diabetic Bingo on Tuesday's from 2pm to 4pm, at the First United Methodist Church’s Family Activity Center.

The cost is FREE.

The winnings will be food, household needs like dish soap, laundry detergent. It is a come and go bingo. Come and join the fun. You do not need to be diabetic to play and win.

For questions call Sharlene Scheler RN Wesley Nurse at 210-259-3733 or email Look forward to seeing you and having fun.

To my amazing church family,
Please accept my and our family’s heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all your thoughtful prayers, calls, cards, hugs and support before, during and after the death of my husband.
His memorial service was beautiful and very special.  A special thanks to all who put it together!
And, to all who took part in the lovely luncheon after the service—Thank you!  I have had many comments from friends and family who said the meal was delicious and so very thoughtful of all of you.
Many, many thanks to Pastor Cindy for her leadership and helping us be some of the best United Methodists ever.
Love in Christ,
Dianna Ewen and family
Meet Our New 
Director of Youth Ministries

Gordon Cyr is from Houston, Texas, is 46 years young, and has 2 teenage boys, Cody and Tyler.  He had a rough childhood, including having to live in a car with his mom, surviving domestic violence, having to move around from school to school, to a short stay in foster care growing up, and had to overcome many obstacles in his lifetime.  Without coaches, teachers, Sunday School teachers, pastors, and youth pastors that took him under their wings, and mentored him, he doesn’t know where he’d be.  This is the reason why youth and working with young people is such a big calling in his life.  He is a born again Christian, and is a personal testament of what the love of Jesus Christ can do through the people that call themselves Christians.  He surrendered to full-time ministry in August of 2006. 
Inspite of having dyslexia, ADD, and transferring school’s at least 26 times growing up, and dropping out of high school, he went back, graduated, has earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration through LeTourneau University, and hopes to start a Master’s Degree program soon.  Along the way he has worked as a volunteer youth pastor for 8 years, a paid evangelism and missions pastor for a year, has taught and coached at Christian school’s for 5 years, worked with juvenile boys for 2 years at Giddings State School, worked almost a decade in corrections, and now helps high school STUDENT athlete’s get to college on scholarship.
Gordon is thankful for God leading him right to the doorstep of Smithville First United Methodist Church, and is looking forward to working with the youth and church.


Walk to Emmaus News
          Walk 2 held March 21-24, was a truly beautiful event. Thank you to all from our Church community who participated in the success of this 72 hour spiritual renewal. The 4 women who experienced this Pilgrim walk are eager to join reunion groups; we are planning to organize 1-2 or more groups for women.  If any men who have been previously on a Walk would like to join a new group we can organize men’s groups as well. Please contact me at: or text me at 512-237-0087 and I will be scheduling an organizational meeting soon.
          The Cathedral Oaks Emmaus Community (who sponsored this March Walk in La Grange) have their gatherings the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The gatherings begin at 6:30 pm with a pot luck meal. They rotate locations amongst the participating congregations.  The schedule for gatherings is set for 2019, but I have asked to host the January 2020 gathering here in Smithville at our church.
          Our new Emmaus members will be introduced to the community at the April 16th gathering at 6:30 pm at the Flatonia UMC.  Please come if you can and enjoy dinner, worship/communion, music, and a Fourth Day speaker.  People who have not attended Walks but are considering it have been attending these gatherings as well.
De Colores! Terry Carmack

  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.





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
Spring has sprung, thanks goodness. It has been impossible to know how to dress with it being cold/rainy one day or warm for the next couple days.  I personally am probably more affected by this fluctuation because where we are from, when cold weather hits, it stays cold for at least 4 months and your winter coat is your favorite article of clothing. Weather change also has a negative effect on those who have had broken bones or those with dementia related diseases. Welcome to a warmer month of April.
In March, New Hope Respite celebrated St. Patty’s Day with decorations, Irish Songs, Corned Beef Casserole, green beans and salad.  Pat made wonderful Peach Cobbler for dessert.  Our guests love to eat and appreciate the healthy snacks upon their arrival.  This is so nutritionally important for people with dementia related diseases because it can be very difficult getting them up, dressed and at Respite in the AM and also have a balanced breakfast.  If you would like to help out we will always accept a 9 X 13 snack cake or fruit or whatever you would like to provide. We are also in need of more volunteers.  PLEASE stop in on a Thursday and see exactly what this mission to the community provides. Check our website New Hope Respite of Smithville to see what some of our caregivers and volunteers think of your wonderful program.  We hope it will interest you but think about your friends as well.  Is there someone who just might have 4-5 hrs. a week to serve? Until we are able to acquire some additional volunteers, we will be required to compile a waiting list and that could be too late for those people because of only serving beginning and middle stage disease.  Special thanks goes to Sandra and David Mohr for donating three new card tables for our guests to use for our afternoon game session.
Last but certainly not least, myself and New Hope Respite of Smithville has been chosen by KVUE TV as a recipient of awards given every year for many years. Five youth and five adult groups are honored for their service to the viewing community.  This award is called “Five who Care for 2019”.  Rob Robinson, who is a professor for Austin Community College and a volunteer for Respite submitted the application to KVUE. I accept the honor but must add that without the volunteers and your mission, there would be no honor. Many of us are still in a state of shock over the honor.  This gives us pride in knowing what we do is important to others. Rob and I have already had an interview at KVUE. , They will be coming to observe the program and there will be an awards banquet in April.  This award is sponsored by KVUE, Home & Commercial Services and Henna Chevrolet.
Blessings to you all & have a Blessed Easter,


Birthdays & Anniversaries

  • Phillip Chiappetta, April 1st
  • Brittany Floyd, April 10th
  • Doug Floyd, April 11th
  • Carole Steindorff, April 11th
  • David Fehlker, April 12th
  • Kim Olsen, April 12th
  • Nancy Moree, April 13th
  • Joyce Ginder, April 14th
  • Nita Scoggins, April 14th
  • Gene Hinnant, April 16th
  • Eddie Coker, April 19th
  • Glenn Gilbreath, April 21st
  • Auburn Mitchell, April 22nd
  • Teresa Ellis, April 25th
  • Hayden Helmer, April 25th
  • Sylvia Cox, April 26th
  • Jeanette Walker, April 26th

Mike & Karin Dehmer
April 4th

Bill & Chris McCabe
April 12th

Stan & Bettie Williams
April 17th


Holy Week - Easter

Sunday, April 7, 2019
  • Isaiah 43:16-21
  • Psalm 126 (UMH 847)
  • Philippians 3:4b - 14
  • John 12:1-8
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Palm Sunday

Palm Service
  • Luke 19:28-40
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (UMH 839)
Passion Service
  • Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Psalm 31:9-16 (UMH 764)
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Luke 22:14-23:56 or Luke 23:1-49
Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Isaiah 42:1-9
  • Psalm 36:5-11 (UMH 771)
  • Hebrews 9:11-15
  • John 12:1-11
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Isaiah 49:1-7
  • Psalm 71:1-14 (UMH 794)
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
  • John 12:20-36
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Psalm 70 (UMH 793)
  • Hebrews 12:1-3
  • John 13:12-32
Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14
  • Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (UMH 837)
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
  • John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Isaiah 52:13-53:12
  • Psalm 22 (UMH 752)
  • Hebrews 10:16-25
  • John 18:1-19:42
Saturday, April 20, 2019
  • Job 14:1-14
  • Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 (UMH 764)
  • 1 Peter 4:1-8
  • Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday
  • Acts 10:34-43
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (UMH 839)
  • 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
  • John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12
Sunday, April 28, 2019
  • Acts 5:27-32
  • Psalm 150 (UMH 862)
  • Rev. 1:4-8
  • John 20:19-31

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February 26, 2019
Council Members Present:
Becky Brooks
Ronnie Lanier
Pastor Cindy Layton
John Lube
Judy McAbee
Trisha Menasco
Sharlene Scheler
Non-Council Members Present:
Courtney August
Patti Herndon
Norman Jones
1. Trisha Menasco called the meeting to order and asked Patti Herndon to offer the opening
2. Minutes of January 22, 2019 meeting were distributed for review and approval. Minutes were
approved as presented.
3. Treasurer’s Report – Courtney August presented the Treasurer’s Report, a copy of which is
attached hereto and made a part of these minutes. She presented available funds in General
Funds and Gifts & Memorials. She let the Board know the balance was a little high because
Apportionments had not been paid because we had not received our amount due and payroll
would also need to be paid.
Courtney also presented an estimate for phone and internet with SCT Broadband. After discussion Tom
Bettes made a motion to approve the estimate, seconded by Judy McAbee. The amount was $1,250.00
for installation/repairs (wireless internet in the Sanctuary, Family Activity Center and Administrative
Building) and monthly charges for phone and internet would be approximately $150.00. We are
currently paying over $250/month. This money will come from Trustee’s funds. Courtney was
appointed to take care of the issues and contract with SCT Broadband. A 3-year contract was also
4. Approval of Expenditures in Excess of $500 - Pastor Cindy presented a bid (attached) given to
her by Tom McClure from Commonsense Construction for the window repair in the Sanctuary.
John Lube made a motion to approve the bid, seconded by Tom Bettes. Motion passed.
5. New Business - The date was set for the Administrative Board Retreat. It will be Saturday,
March 16, 2019 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM. Lunch will be provided.
6. SPRC Report - Confidential
7. Pastor’s Report – Attached hereto and made a part hereof.
8. Old Business – Sharlene Scheler announced Diabetic Bingo was a huge success with 10 people
present. She is wanting to have this every week.
The bank signature card needed to be updated with adding Patti Herndon as a signer. Becky
Brooks had the necessary paperwork from the bank to accomplish this. It was signed by John
Lube and Becky Brooks. Becky will take it to the bank.
Next meeting will be Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:50PM. Pastor Cindy offered the closing prayer.
Minutes taken and recorded by Becky Brooks.
FUMC's Calendar
Upcoming  Calendar events:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Lenten Bible Study, 1:30 pm - AC
Wed. Night Fellowship Meal 5:30 - 6:15 pm - FAC
Prayer and Praise 6:15 pm  - FAC
Choir 6:15 - 7:15 - pm FAC
Youth Group 6:15 - 7:30 pm

Friday, April 5, 2019
Spring Cleaning of Church 

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Spring Cleaning of Church
Stop the Bleed 9:00 am - FAC

District Conference 2:30 - Victoria, TX

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Lenten Bible Study, 12:00 pm - AC
Wed. Night Fellowship Meal 5:30 - 6:15 pm - FAC

Prayer and Praise 6:15 pm  - FAC
Choir 6:15 - 7:15 - pm FAC
Youth Group 6:15 - 7:30 pm

Friday, April 12, 2019
Methodist Ladies - Day trip to Brenham Rose Emporium

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Empty Bowl Project  11:00 - 3:00  pm - FAC

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Methodist Men 6:00 pm - Olde World Bakery

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Wed. Night Fellowship Meal 5:30 - 6:15 pm - FAC
Prayer and Praise 6:15 pm  - FAC
Choir 6:15 - 7:15 - pm FAC
Youth Group 6:15 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Maundy Thursday Service 6:30 pm

Friday, April 19, 2019
Good Friday Service 6:30 pm

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Easter Egg-stravaganza 11:00 - 2:00 pm

Sunday, April 21, 2019
Sunrise Service 7:00 am
Breakfast following service
Easter Service 10:00 am

Monday, April 22, 2019
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Administrative Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Wed. Night Fellowship Meal 5:30 - 6:15 pm - FAC
Prayer and Praise 6:15 pm  - FAC
Choir 6:15 - 7:15 - pm FAC
Youth Group 6:15 - 7:30 pm
  • Glynn Hill
  • Kim Olson
  • Buddy Turner- Friend of Kathleen Caso - Clock
  • Patricia - Sister of Suzanne Hinnant
  • Trilla Pace – Sister of Stella Pease
  • Nikki Gilmore’s Family
  • Becky Ogden
  • Nancy Wilson
  • Cynthia Evans
  • Ann Isaac - Friend of Penny Ackerman
  • 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
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Your Church Staff

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

Phone: (512) 237-3325
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