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July 2018


Letter from Pastor Cindy

From My Heart to Yours,

Hope for Israel is coming July 6th at 6:30pm! VBS is coming July 16-19, from 9:00am - 12:00noon! Splashway is coming for the Youth Group on July 28, at 10:00am!
     All of these things will be happening soon at SFUMC and you are invited to participate in any one or all of them!
     God is working in our midst and calling us to continue moving forward into the future. It is such a blessing to serve this church and all who are a part of it in some way.
      May the Lord continue to guide and direct us all as we serve people in the name of Jesus! Let’s all get out there and represent Jesus well! 

In Christ,
Pastor Cindy

FUMC Ladies Meeting

Fifteen ladies enjoyed the delicious ice cream from Amy's at Honey's Pizza.  

Our net meeting will be on July 12th @ 2:00 pm.  It will be held in the Church Administration Building.

Pastor Cindy and Terry Carmack will present a program on their trip to Honduras.

  • Refreshments will be served

Smithville Methodist 

 NEXT Smithville Methodist Men meeting will be on July 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm.

The location of the meeting will be at Bassano's Delgrappa Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria
141 Tahitian Dr., Bastrop, TX 78602.  Behind Walgreens
  • Leader: Paul Todd
  • Members: Mike Dehmer, Bob Lury, Bill McCabe Lou Rose, Ben White and Bobby McVey.
We had 20 members present at our last meeting!
Director of Adult Ministries

the barber

-- Author unknown 

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: "I don't believe that God exists."
"Why do you say that?" asked the customer.
"Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn't exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can't imagine loving a God who would allow all of these things."
The customer thought for a moment, but didn't respond because he didn't want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and un-kept. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber: "You know what? Barbers do not exist."
"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber. "I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!"
"No!" the customer exclaimed. "Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside."
"Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens is, people do not come to me."
"Exactly!" affirmed the customer. "That's the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens is, people don't go to Him."


John Burleson
Director of Adult Ministries
Office: (512) 237-3325

Minister of Music

                              Music Notes

Greetings from the Choir Loft! 

As I write this, I am still moved by the choir’s anthem Sunday: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”!!  This was a particularly difficult arrangement that they conquered with proficiency, but mainly emotion.  Thank you, choir, for your determination to send this moving message out to our congregational family!

We have moved into summertime – a time for many to travel or just “chill”.  The choir missed singing during the summer months last year, so we’re going to try something different during July and August.  Those who can make rehearsals and Sunday worship will be singing from our beloved Cokesbury Hymnal.  We have chosen some well-loved hymns not in our current UMHymnal.  We are also going to display the words so you can sing along with us!  Hope you enjoy.

In His Service,
Ruth Reagan
Minister of Music
(361) 205-1933
email to:
From: Sharlene Scheler RN BSN
Wesley Nurse


From: MedicineNet
Thought I would share this information. Some of the information is new to me. Enjoy!!
Let me know if you have questions.
Happy Reading
Sit Hunched
Do it too much, and it can flatten the natural curve of your spine and damage the cushioned disks between the bones. This can lead to early arthritis and other problems. Gently stretch and move your head and neck in all 4 directions every half hour. To ease any pain or spasm, try applying an ice pack or heating pad to the area. Be sure to cover the skin with a light towel or cloth first. See your doctor if the pain won’t go away.
Too Many "Treats"
Choosing the wrong foods too often can lead to inflammation and leave out nutrients you need to be strong. Your body needs lean protein, whole grains, fruits and veggies, and healthy fats like those from avocado and salmon to build strong muscles, bones, and soft tissue in your back. Be sure to get nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D, too.
Sleep on the Wrong Mattress
It should be firm enough to support your back, but soft enough to fit the shape of your body. Your ideal mattress can depend on how you sleep and whether you already have back pain. Want to see if a firmer one might help? Put yours on the floor for a couple of nights without the bedsprings. Some stores let you return a mattress, even after several weeks, if it causes back pain or other problems.
Sleep on Your Back...
For some people, this position can cause low back pain or make it worse. But it can be hard to change how you sleep, since it’s a habit you’ve probably had for a long time. It may help to put a rolled towel or pillow under your knees to keep the natural curve of your back. You also can try different pillow heights for your neck to find what’s comfortable.
...Or on Your Belly
It’s better not to do it, especially if you have a back problem. You’re more likely to toss and turn, which can strain both your neck and lower back. If you’re a belly sleeper and don’t want to switch positions, it can help to lay your head on a very soft pillow or none at all to keep your neck in the right position.
 How Should You Sleep?
Side sleepers seem to have the most luck avoiding back pain. Slip a pillow between your legs to take pressure off your hips and lower back, and tuck your legs slightly toward your chest. This position can be especially comfortable for people who already have back pain and for pregnant women.
Sit Too Long
It stresses your back muscles, neck, and spine. Slouching makes it worse. Sit straight in a chair that supports your back, and set the height so your feet rest naturally on the floor. But no matter how comfortable you get, your back won’t like sitting for long stretches. Get up and move around for a couple of minutes every half hour to give your body a break.
Skip Exercise
You’re more likely to have back pain if you’re not active. Your spine needs support from strong stomach and back muscles. Lifting weights can help. So can everyday activities like climbing stairs and carrying groceries. Low-impact exercises like walking, biking, or swimming can help protect the disks between the bones in your spine. Make it a habit for most days. Don’t be a “weekend warrior” who overdoes it and gets injured.
Do it, and you’re 3 times more likely to get lower back pain. It can curb blood flow, including to your spine. That can make the cushioning disks between your bones break down quicker. It also can weaken bones and give you osteoporosis, and it can slow healing. Even coughs from smoking can cause back pain. If you smoke, make quitting your top health priority and ask your doctor for help.
Extra pounds can strain the bones and muscles in your back, especially if you gain weight quickly. Eat slowly so that your body has a chance to let you know it’s full. Pick nutrition-packed munchies and meals so you feel satisfied with fewer calories. So if you snack on cheese or chips, try eating some veggies and plain yogurt instead.
Overload Your Bag
Heavy weights can strain your back and tire out muscles that you need to support your spine. This can affect kids who lug many books. Your child’s backpack shouldn’t weigh more than 20% of their body weight. Large, padded, adjustable shoulder straps help spread the weight evenly. But only if you use both straps. Slinging your pack or heavy purse over only one shoulder can cause strain.
Ride the Wrong Bike
Or just a badly adjusted one. It’s bad for your back if you have to hunch over to grab your handlebars the way pro cyclists do. (They train hard to do it safely.) You also may have back pain if you’re too stretched out or cramped up on your bicycle. A physical therapist can help you find a bike that’s a good fit and suggest exercises to help if you have lower back pain.
Wear High Heels
You may overuse muscles in your lower back and harm your posture and your spine, especially as you age. If you wear them at the office, you might bring a pair of walking shoes for your commute. Regular foot and leg stretches, like rolling your foot on a tennis ball, can help prevent pain and strengthen muscles.
Should You Do Yoga?
Too much of any exercise -- including yoga -- can cause back pain. But in some cases, yoga can help relieve low back pain. There are lots of online resources and videos to help you get started. A yoga instructor can ensure that you use the proper form. Just 10-20 minutes a few times a week of this mind-body exercise might make you feel better. But don’t overdo it, and stop if it hurts.
Do Situps Incorrectly
Never let them flatten the natural curve in your spine. You don’t want to let your hip flexor muscles, which connect your thighs and lower back, do the work. When those muscles are too strong or too tight, they pull the lower spine, which can cause pain. Front and side planks -- where you support your stiff body on your hands, elbows, and feet -- are easier on your back and build core strength better.


From: Sharlene Scheler RN
          Your Wesley Nurse
Smithville FUMC

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Vacation Bible School

Presenting The Holy Land Adventure

July 16th - 19th, 2018
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm each day

Please contact the Church office at (512) 237-3325 for further information.

Children ages 3 (potty trained) to 12 years old are welcome to attend
Dear FUMC family,

     Thank you so very much for the beautiful cross in the Prayer Garden that was dedicated during a most meaningful service on June 3rd. 
     I am truly humbled by this unique gift and will always see it as a reminder of the many ways God blessed my life and shaped my ministry during our 14 years together.

     I look forward to seeing the mission and ministry of FUMC continue to unfold in exciting ways.  To God be the Glory!

Love in Christ,

Pastor Karen


  SFUMC’s Youth Group met and made some plans for the summer. 


1. Bowling in Bastrop at 2:00pm, Saturday, June 30th. Meet at the church at 1:30pm and then carpool to Bastrop. Each participant needs $6.50 for bowling and shoes and extra money if you want to play games in the arcade or food or drinks.
2. Sunday Y. G. On July 1st, at 5:00pm. Help at Feed the Need at Hart’s Chapel and then pass out VBS flyers in the neighborhood.

3. Help with VBS July 16 - 19, 9:00am-noon. Youth group from Dallas will also be helping.
4. Youth group at Chel’s Place every Sunday at 5:00pm. Bring a friend.
5. Splashway Water Park in Sheridan, Texas, Sat.,July 28th. Meet at church at 8:30am.  Bring $45.00 and a towel and sunscreen! We will take food for lunch and sodas and water. We’ll be at the park from 10:00am - 6:00pm and then return to Smithville.
All of these events will be great fun so bring a friend and enjoy! God bless!

  Yard Work:
  Around church grounds contact Buddy 
  Wilson at 512-237-3325.

  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.



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!

Born Again Emporium

FUMC Members

Revised Calendar dates for Volunteers

 July 30th - Aug 4th

 Sept 24th - Sept 29 

 Nov 12th - Nov 17th

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

It seems impossible that another month has flown by and it is newsletter time.  It is most unfortunate but in 3+ years time that we have been  open, it is the first time that we have needed to close because of a shortage of volunteers and to our regular volunteers  I say 'thank you'.  Our dedicated volunteers do need time occasionally to  have a day off, it just has never been all on the same day. Rather than to be open and short staffed, I felt closing was the best solution. Most of out guests need one on one assistance as there always is the possibility of them falling  or worse yet, taking an unchaperoned stroll.  My main concern is not only for the guests or the volunteers, but the church as well.  As a volunteer and you have a doctor's appointment or need a day, for any reason, you just sign out on the calendar.  This is why it is so important to have a couple of regular volunteers or someone who is willing to step in and help when we are short.
The question is "How do you do this?".  In order to do it, we ask that you visit once to see what we do and receive some information regarding dementia and Alzheimer's then come another week or two and partner with one of our regular volunteers so that you know what to expect, if called upon.  The day is a busy but fun day.  You are the guests partner.  In order for someone to and participate in the program, they must be able to feed themselves.  We take them to the bathroom but they must be able to tend to themselves when in the stall.  In addition, we are not permitted to administer any type of medication.  If confined to a wheelchair, they must be able to transfer to a chair or bathroom toilet.  These requirements for the program are part of the operating manual provided by Alzheimer's Texas.
There is no job that is insignificant whether it be one on one with a guest, calling Bingo or helping in the kitchen. There are  also additional ways to help.  Consider providing a 'sweet something' and fruit for snack time when they arrive. Our guests and volunteers enjoy lunchtime together.  Help us by contributing a large casserole that we can add sides to.  Dessert is their favorite time.  They would love to be like the Red Hatters who believe in dessert first.  Last but not least, SHARE the availability of the program to your friends and neighbors.  It is FREE to the participant and does not discriminate.  Socialization is so important and encouraged for people with dementia and Alzheimer's and unfortunately that virtually comes to a halt as they move forward with the disease.
We ask your help and prayers for your church mission.  Blessings to all of you.

Brenda Zimmerman

July Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Molly Todd, July 6th
  • Bill Chess, July 8th
  • Oscar Outlaw, July 8th
  • Ruth Reagan, July 12th
  • Dianna Ewen, July 14th
  • Justin Krueger, July 15th
  • Lora Lewis, July 16th
  • Vernon Richards, July 18th
  • Dolores Johnston, July 21st
  • Landon Bales, July 21st
  • Jeff Meuth, July 25th
  • Ted Krueger, July 28th

Ken & Renee Blaschke
July 7th

Gene & Carol Evans
July 8th

Joe & Ruth Reagan
July 11th

Lou & Cherrel Rose
July 21st


Weekly Lectionary
Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
  • Psalm 130 (UMH 848)
  • 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
  • Mark 5:21-43
Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
  • Psalm 48 (UMH 782)
  • 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
  • Mark 6:1-13
Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
  • Psalm 24 (UMH 755)
  • Ephesians 1:3-14
  • Mark 6:14-29
Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • 2 Samuel 7:1-14a
  • Psalm 89:20-37 (UMH 807)
  • Ephesians 2:11-22
  • Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • 2 Samuel 11:1-15
  • Psalm 14 (UMH 746)
  • Ephesians 3:14-21
  • John 6:1-21

Join FUMC and Alzheimer's Texas 

August 4, 2018

10:00 AM

Family Activity Center

for a very special presentation on Alzheimer's 


May 22, 2018
Council Members Present:
Tom Bettes
Becky Brooks
Doug Floyd
Glenn Ginder
Terri Krueger
John Lube
Judy McAbee
Trisha Menasco
Julie Smith
Buddy Wilson

Non-Council Members Present:
Courtney August
  1. Chair John Lube called the meeting to order.  Becky Brooks offered the opening prayer. 
  1. Minutes of April 24, 2018 meeting were distributed for review and approval. Minutes were corrected to show item number 4 motion passed. Minutes were approved as amended.
  1. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is attached hereto and made a part of these minutes. Expenses for the roof repairs have been paid. The PayPal account has been established for donations. Since the Education Building mortgage has been paid from Foundation Funds, we will move forward with making loan repayments of $200 per month to the Foundation Board fund that provided the loan.
  1. Approval of Expenditures in excess of $500 – Glenn Ginder received a bid from Hoskins Electric for $1,400 to provide the electrical work described in the attached Trustees report.  Buddy Wilson moved that we approve up to $1,400 for the repairs but that we get a second bid and go with the lower bid. Tom Bettes seconded the motion. Motion passed.  
  1. New Business
    • Buddy Wilson said a church employee has requested we have a policy to refrain from feeding animals outside the church. A neighbor’s cat has been fed at the church for the past year. Judy McAbee will get in touch with the neighbor to see if the cat is claimed before we take any action. If the neighbor disclaims any ownership of the cat, we will ask the congregation if anyone would like to adopt it. If no one adopts the cat, as a last resort we will contact the city regarding its removal. Buddy Wilson moved that we cease feeding animals outside our buildings. Doug Floyd seconded the motion. Motion passed.
  1. Trustee Report – Glenn Ginder provided the Trustees’ report, a copy of which is attached hereto.
  1. SPRC Report –  Job description drafts have been completed, and the employee policy is approximately 95% complete.  
  1. Pastor’s Report – No report.
  1. Old Business
  • Safety Policy – Julie Smith said the Committee met on May 16th with a Smithville Police Department representative. He presented guidance on active shooter situations. Julie will provide a campus map to the Smithville Police Department that shows all the entrances/exits. At the June meeting the Committee will review Bethany’s safety policy and compare with our own.
  • VBS – Terri Krueger reminded the group that those working with children during VBS should take the on-line safety training.
  • The Quilt Festival group has offered to re-carpet the Family Activity Center with the proceeds from the Quilt Festival.
Glenn Ginder offered the closing prayer.  Meeting was adjourned.
Next meeting will be Tuesday,  June 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Minutes taken and recorded by Terri Krueger.
FUMC's Calendar

Upcoming  Calendar events:

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Independence Day
Church Office Closed

Friday, July 6, 2018
Hope For Israel, 6:30 - FAC

Monday July 16 -19, 2018
VBS 9:00 - 12:00 - FAC

Sunday, July 29, 2018
5th Sunday Potluck


      Our Prayers

  • Family of Virginia Erwin
  • Stuart Johnson - Nephew of Sharlene Scheler & Molly Todd
  • Chad Carroll - Friend of Heath & Cynthia Evans
  • Preston & Ellie Kyle- Robin Barton’s friends
  •  June Garrett
  • Kathy Smith
  • Kyle Lastovica
  • Alice Isaac - Friend of Penny Ackerman
  • Fran & William Carroll
  • Deloris Hill
  • Kim Olson
  • Vernon Richards
  • Nancy Wilson
  • Jeff Erwin
  • Hattie Campion - Friend of Jean Lastovica
  • Ted Krueger
  • Shane Hubert
  • Ken Harris
  • Leticia Walborg -MaryAnn Walborg’s daughter-in-law
  • Heather Rogers
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