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The First United Methodist Church, Smithville,Texas   
November 2018

Letter from Pastor Cindy

From My Heart to Yours,

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name." God has been blessing SFUMC in so many ways. It is so exciting to be part of this church. There are many people who are serving beyond the local church out in the Smithville area through the Food Pantry, the BAE, the clinic, the recycling center, the Community Gardens, the Ramp Project, and in other areas that I don't even know about. As you serve, you are blessing the lives of each person you encounter. May God continue to bless you.
Here at the church I see people doing all kinds of jobs - fixing and repairing, cleaning out storage spaces, making sure our worship and other spaces look good all the time, striping the parking lot, making all the plans for the FAC to be painted and the new rug and flooring put in, taking care of the children's bags for Sundays, and the list goes on and on. Thank you one and all for your unsung faithfulness.
There are some very important events coming up soon that I encourage you to put on your calendars.
  1. The Quilt Fest - Friday and Saturday, November 9-10, 2018, from 10:00am - 3:00pm.
  2. The City Employee Thanksgiving Meal – Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 11:30am – 1:00pm. Family Activity Center.   
  3. The Community Thanksgiving Service - Sunday, November 18, 2018, at 6:00pm. Location TBA.   
  4. The First Annual Advent Workshop - Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 5:30 - 7:00pm.   
  5. The Bastrop County Community Choir Performance - A Joyous Christmas! - at the PAC in Bastrop - Saturday, December 21, 2018, at 7:00pm. The concert is free. An offering will be taken and money given to the Teen Pregnancy Center in Bastrop.   
  6. Christmas Eve worship with a Cantata presentation and the celebration of Holy Communion - 6:30pm.
The next two months are filled with opportunities to celebrate our Savior, Jesus Christ, and to fellowship together. May God bless us as we love the Lord and love our neighbors during this special time of the year. To God be the glory!
In Christ,
Pastor Cindy

  Set your clocks forward 1 hour before you go to bed Saturday night.  
Daylight Savings is November 4, 2018

  • Quilts needed for Viewing at our upcoming festival.
  • Displaying of the Quilts will be located in the Sanctuary. 

If you have any questions, please contact Chris McCabe (210) 872-6509 or Trisha Menasco (281) 785-4706

Drop offs will be accepted on:
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 10:00 - 2:00 pm
Friday, November 2, 2018, 10:00 - 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 4, 2018, After Church


City Employee Thanksgiving Feast

Presented by FUMC


Thursday, November 15, 2017

11:30 - 1:00 pm


Members of the Church, volunteers are needed for this event:

Please contact the Church Office (512) 237-3325

2018 Smithville City-Wide Thanksgiving Service.


First Baptist Church 
Pastor Ronnie Holt, Jr.  will preach
FBC's Choir will sing

Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for this celebration!

The FUMC Church Staff Wishes you a 




November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018


Advent workshop –
Sunday December 2, 5:30-7 pm

Join our church family as we have fun making Advent Wreaths, ornaments for the tree and creating a family nativity photo. 
Pizza and lemonade will be served.
Everyone is invited.  Please register by calling the office or filling out the form in worship and leaving it in the plate.


Thursday, October 11, 2018 the Methodist Ladies held their meeting in the FUMC Administration Building.

Kathy Burleson gave the opening prayer.  Judy McAbee introduced the quest speaker, Janice Bruno.  Janice spoke about "Human Trafficking"  and the many things we can do to help these individuals and stop this terrible crime.

In lieu of the regular November meeting, we will meet Thursday, November 8th at 2:00 pm in the Sanctuary to give assistance to those setting up for the 2018 Quilt Festival in our Church.

Smithville Methodist Men
The program at our last meeting, October 12th, was presented by Ms. Sam Williams about the "Angels Unaware" program.  They feed and help with school supplies for children in and around the Smithville area.

Several Church related activities are in need of your help.

RECYCLING:   Thursdays, Contact Buddy Wilson (830) 708-1433
     Along with other things, men are needed to remove bottle caps and place in different containers.  This is not heavy work but takes time and your help would be appreciated.

CHURCH GROUNDS:   Contact Buddy Wilson (830) 780-1433
     Church yard work, mowing and care of church grass, bushes, etc.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST:   Sunday 8:00 - 9:00 am, Contact Glynn Hill (512) 575-7061
     First Sunday each month pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.  3 - 4 men are needed each month to help prepare and serve the meal.

     The Methodist Men are asked to help and serve 2 times a month.  A prepared meal will be there for men to set up and serve.  Two groups of 4 - 5 men starting at 4:30. The meal is served at 5:30 and Prayer Service is 6:15 - 6:45 pm.  Please call Glynn Hill or Paul Todd
It was voted and passed to donate $500.00 to "Blue Santa". sponsored by the Smithville Police Association
Director of Programs

     Life in the church is fast and furious during the fall!  Different groups us our Family Activity Center and Education Center a lot and we have been so blessed to have so many great folks working to keep our church plant in good repair and so many others using this wonderful place to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in Smithville and around the globe. 
There are so many things happening in November that will give every one of us a chance to make a difference I am amazed. On Thursdays, New Hope Respite will be continuing to give caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related diseases not only a bit of time to themselves but a smile, a kind word, a listening ear or a hug. New Hopes incredible volunteer staff offer comfort, fun, lunch and so much more to some of the most vulnerable and lovely people on the planet.  This wonderful ministry is looking for willing helpers.  There are caregivers ready to participate, but we just need some volunteers to interact with the clients.  If you would be interested in volunteering here please come to meet Brenda Zimmerman on Thursdays after things get going (about 10:30.)  You would be very welcome.
Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10 the church will be participating in the Airing of the Quilts and the Smithville Quilt Festival.  We will be displaying quilts in the sanctuary and having a Country Store in the Family Activity Center.  We are looking for people to be docents in the sanctuary (who will keep the quilts safe and clean) and store worker.   And don’t forget… homemade items to sell.  Jellies, jams, breads, candies, pies, cakes and all sorts of items are needed.  The Festival is a great way to serve the Lord and have a fun day.  The sign-up sheets are going around the sanctuary before worship.  Be sure to sign up.
  The Thanksgiving lunch for city workers is on November 15th.  This is a great time to get to know those folks who work to keep our town safe, beautiful and well run.  We will be needing members to cook and serve this much appreciated meal.  Please contact K White or Brenda Knode to help.
After the Thanksgiving meal for city workers we can relax and enjoy our Thanksgiving week knowing that we have provided for those in need and for those who work for us.  Have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving everyone.

In His service,
Patti Herndon
Director of Programs
Our Wesley Nurse

80,000 Americans Died From Flu Last Year
Please get your flu shot
158 people received the flu vaccine. Have you had yours???
Sharlene Scheler RN BSN
Wesley Nurse
Influenza was deadlier last season than it has been for at least four decades, killing 80,000 Americans. So, said the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Tuesday in an interview with the Associated Press.
As autumn brings another flu season, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield told the AP that "I'd like to see more people get vaccinated."
The agency recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get the annual flu shot.
Last year's flu season made headlines for its scope and severity, but the new number still surprised experts.
"That's huge," Dr, William Schaffer, a vaccine expert at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, told the AP. He said that 80,000 deaths is more than double the number expected in a typical "bad" flu season. In recent years, the annual flu death toll has ranged from 12,000 to 56,000 deaths, the CDC said.
The 2017-2018 flu season was made worse by two factors: strains that hit the very young and elderly especially hard, and a poor matchup between those strains and those in the flu vaccine.
Still, even the relatively weak flu shot probably saved many lives, CDC experts say, so everyone should avail themselves of the shot again this season.
The flu typically kills by triggering other deadly conditions such as pneumonia, stroke and heart attack. The most deadly flu season on record remains that of the 1918 pandemic, when upwards of 500,000 Americans are thought to have died.
As for the coming season, the CDC says that, so far, at least the circulating strain seems to be a milder one, and there are preliminary signs that the vaccine match is good.
"We don't know what's going to happen, but we're seeing more encouraging signs than we were early last year," CDC flu expert Dr. Daniel Jernigan told the AP

  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 such an important part of our lives, or should be.  Jesus spent much time in prayer as he sought to faithfully live out the plan God had for him.

It is such a blessing to know that Neta Rose and Suzanne Hinnant are committed to being in the prayer chapel each Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. to pray for the Church--that's you and me--and many other concerns as well.

Prayer is also a means by which we celebrate God's goodness and grow in our faith along with others on the same journey.

Prayer is a means through which we come to know just how much Jesus loves us, and a means by which we "get right" with God as we seek His forgiveness.

And there is more--so much more--so please join Neta and Suzanne on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the prayer chapel. 

You'll be blessed!

Texas Alzheimer's Walk 2018

Born Again Emporium

FUMC Members

Revised Calendar dates for Volunteers

 Nov 15th - 20th

The signup sheet will be sent around November 7th and November 14th

Please contact the church office or Karin Dehmer for more information or to be added to the sign-up sheet.  

Thank you for all of the many volunteers!!


1:00 PM

The class meets in the Education Building across the street from the Methodist Church. The classes are led by Sharlene Scheler RN Wesley Nurse. We use DVDs one for strengthening and one for stretching. The best attire is what you are comfortable wearing. These classes have been going on for 5+ years. Each class is about 45 minutes.

For questions or other information contact Sharlene at 210-259-3733 or
New Hope Respite 
10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Thursdays

This month has been quite busy for New Hope Respite.  In addition to our regular weekly sessions, we participated in the Health Fair at the Rec Center and the Alzheimer's Walk.  At this writing, our team has raised the highest $$$ amount.  These funds go to Alzheimer's Texas, which enables them to provide start-up stipends for Respite groups, as well as speakers and education about Dementia & Alzheimer's to groups and caregivers as needed.  
Our additional project for November will be to have a table at the Quilt Show on November 9 & 10.  We will be selling handmade craft items as well as the religious concrete items that have been donated to us for a fund raiser.  Christmas is coming, so check your gift list out and consider doing some early shopping.  All proceeds help us to financially maintain this wonderful mission of our church.  We also appreciate direct donations which should be made out directly to New Hope Respite of Smithville.
We welcomed two new guests this month as well as getting another inquiry about the program for another gentleman in Smithville. Our guest total is now up again to 8.  It truly saddens us when the caregiver has to resort to a facility since they can no longer withstand the constant care.  We have also welcomed Jerry Rose as a volunteer.  This is not just a mission for female volunteers.  We also have a very important role for men to help.  It is work but a fun day.  It is such a pleasure to make our guests happy and give their caregivers a break.  Being out socially is encouraged and so important with people suffering from dementia.  When they are here, they are treated with love and care as if there is nothing wrong with them.  Consider coming to visit to see just what we do.  This mission is such a blessing for our guests and their caregivers.
I will close with an excerpt of a letter that was written by a caregiver of one of our guests regarding what our program means to them.  " I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having Respite at your church.  It has truly been a blessing for my husband and myself.  It is extremely difficult to engage people with dementia, but the volunteers at Respite do it with love, sincerity and acceptance.  Thursday's are the highlight of my husband's life the last couple of years and he looks forward to Thursday each week.  The volunteers are so wonderful with him. He has Primary Progressive Aphasia which affects the language part of his brain which makes conversation difficult.  It has made my life exhausting, but the volunteers take it with stride.  Most of his friends have quit socializing with him since he is no longer the "same person".  People with dementia need socialization and stimulation; more than I can give him alone.
Blessings to all,
Brenda Zimmerman

November Birthdays & Anniversaries

  • Ann Harris, Nov 1st
  • Linda Allen, Nov 9th
  • Buddy Wilson, Nov 10th
  • Deloris Hill, Nov 11th
  • Stella Pease, Nov 13th
  • David Mohr, Nov 20th
  • Joanna Morgan, Nov 22nd
  • Brenda Felker, Nov 28th
  • Robert Lury, Nov 28
  • William McCabe, Nov 28

Glynn & Marilyn Hill
November 21st

Heath & Cynthia Evans
November 24th


Weekly Lectionary
Thursday, November 1, 2018
All Saints Day
  • Isaiah 25::6-9
  • Psalm 24 (UMH 755)
  • Revelations 21:1-6a
  • John 11:32-44
Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • Ruth 1:1-18
  • Psalm 146 (UMH 858)
  • Hebrews 9:11-14
  • Mark 12:28-34
Sunday, November 11, 2018
  • Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
  • Psalm 127 or Psalm 42 (UMH 777)
  • Hebrews 9:24-28
  • Mark 12:38-44
Sunday, November 18, 2018
  • 1 Samuel 1:4-20
  • 1 Samuel 2:1-10 or Psalm 113 (UMH 834)
  • Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25
  • Mark 13:1-8
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving Day
  • Joel 2:21-27
  • Psalm 126 (UMH 847)
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-7
  • Matthew 6:25-33
Sunday, November 25, 2018
  • 2 Samuel 23:1-7
  • Psalm, 132:1-12 (UMH 849)
  • Revelation 1:4b-8
  • John 18:33-37

Please choose from the list below for your Advent
Sunday, December 2, 2018
1st Sunday of Advent
  • Jeremiah 33:14-16
  • Psalm 25:1-10 (UMH756)
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
  • Luke 21:25-36
Sunday, September 9, 2018
2nd Sunday of Advent
  • Malachi 3:1-4
  • Luke 1:68-79 (UMH 208)
  • Philippians 1:3-11
  • Luke 3:7-18
Sunday, December 16, 2018
3rd Sunday of Advent
  • Zephaniah 3:14-20
  • Isaiah 12:2-6
  • Philippians 4:4-7
  • Luke 3:7-18
Sunday, December 23, 2018
4th Sunday of Advent
  • Micah 5:2-5a
  • Luke 1:47-55 (UMH 199)
  • Hebrews 10:5-10
  • Luke 1:39-45
Monday, December 24, 2018
Christmas Eve
  • Isaiah 9:2-7
  • Psalm 96 (UMH 815)
  • Titus 2:11-14
  • Luke 2:1-20
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Christmas Day
  • Isaiah 52:7-10
  • Psalm 98 (UMH 818)
  • Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12)
  • John 1:1-14
Sunday, December 30, 2018
1st Sunday after Christmas Day
  • 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
  • Psalm 148 (UMH 861)
  • Colossians 3:12-17
  • Luke 2:41-52
Monday, December 31, 2018
Watch Night
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
  • Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
  • Revelation 21:1-6a
  • Matthew 25:31-46

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September 18, 2018
Council Members Present:
Tom Bettes
Becky Brooks
Doug Floyd
Glenn Ginder
Brenda Knode
Terri Krueger
Ronnie Lanier
Pastor Cindy Layton
John Lube
Judy McAbee
Tricia Menasco
Buddy Wilson
Non-Council Members Present:
Courtney August
  1. Chair John Lube called the meeting to order. Pastor Cindy offered the opening prayer. 
  1. Minutes of August 28, 2018 meeting were distributed for review and approval. Minutes were approved as presented.
  1. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is attached hereto and made a part of these minutes.  
  1. Approval of Expenditures in Excess of $500 -  Glenn Ginder moved that we approve the purchase price of $550 for blinds to be installed in the FAC kitchen. Buddy Wilson seconded the motion. Motion passed.
  1. New Business
    • Charge Conference – Pastor Cindy reviewed the reports required for the upcoming Charge Conference.
      1. Report of the Committee on Nominations – The roster of the nominees was presented. Terri Krueger moved to accept the nominations as presented. Glenn Ginder seconded the motion. Motion passed.
      2. The following forms were presented for review. No action was required:
        1. Candidates for Ministry Form – none presented
        2. Certified Lay Servant Ministries Forms were distributed for Sharlene Scheler and Nelson Scheler.
        3. Pastor’s Report
        4. Continuing Education
        5. Report of the Pastor on Membership
        6. Pastor’s Report on the State of the Church
        7. Report of the Trustees
        8. Report of the Finance Committee
        9. Crossroads District Annual Charge Conference Ministry Focus
        10. Trusted con Confianza – Rio Texas Safety Policy Church and Charge Conference Report Form
      3. Pastor’s Compensation Report was presented by SPRC Chair Brenda Knode. Pastor Cindy excused herself from the meeting for the ensuing discussion. The Report was voted upon and approved.
  1. Trustee Report – Glenn Ginder provided the Trustee Report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part of these minutes. Lawn care will be discussed at the next meeting.
  1. SPRC Report – Confidential
  1. Pastor’s Report – Pastor Cindy said the Sock Hop has been postponed until February. The next event will be Trivia Night on October 13th.  
Pastor Cindy offered the closing prayer.  Meeting was adjourned.
Next meeting will be Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Minutes taken and recorded by Terri Krueger.
FUMC's Calendar
Upcoming  Calendar events:

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Daylight Savings

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Mid-Term Elections - VOTE

Friday & Saturday, November 9 &10, 2018
Quilt Festival, 10:00 - 3:00

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Recognition of Veterans 
Speaker from TX Wesley Foundation

Thursday, November 15, 2018
City Employee Thanksgiving Meal 11:30 - 1:00, FAC

Sunday, November 18, 2018
City Wide Thanksgiving Service 6:00, First Baptist Church

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Church Office Closed

Thursday, November 22, 2018
Church Office Closed

Friday, November 23, 2018
Church Office Closed

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Festival of Lights - Main Street

  • Annie Jackson
  • Frances McGilvray
  • Jim Erwin
  • Judy McAbee
  • Richard Zimmer – Marilyn Hill’s brother
  • Margaret Walborg-Silva - Daughter of MaryAnn Walborg
  • Stuart Johnson -Molly Todd & Sharlene Nephew
  • Ann Isaac - Friend of Penny Ackerman
  • Tony Olvera - Molly & Paul Todd Grand-son-in-law
  • Eddie- Friend of Nita Scoggins & Jessica Meuth
  • TK Orsak and Sheldon Johnson & Family
  • Chad Carroll - Friend of Heath & Cynthia Evans
  • Preston & Ellie Kyle- Robin Barton’s friends 
  • Cathy Smith
  • Alice Isaac - Friend of Penny Ackerman
  • Kim Olson
  • Nancy Wilson
  • Hattie Campion - Friend of Jean Lastovica
  • Ted Krueger
  • Shane Hubert
  • Ken Harris
  • Leticia Walborg -MaryAnn Walborg’s daughter-in-law
  • Heather Rogers
Newsletter Submissions
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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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