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The First United Methodist Church, Smithville,Texas   March 2019


Letter from Pastor Cindy

From My Heart to Yours:

February came and went in what seemed to be the blink of an eye. Now March is upon us. During this month we will celebrate Ash Wednesday together. On Ash Wednesday we are called to recognize our own failings and our deep need to be connected to Jesus. This is a very special opportunity to begin the Lenten season with the understanding that we are given these days to focus with intent on the love of Jesus and his saving sacrifice on our behalf and on behalf of all who will turn to him and follow him.
During Lent we will be hearing about the different "ways" we have the choice to follow. There will also be a large labyrinth in the FAC that will be available for anyone who wishes to walk and pray during this introspective season.
May God bless us as we move forward as a community of faith and as Christians together.

At the called General Conference Session of the UMC that was held in St. Louis, Feb. 24-27, 2019, the Modified Traditional plan was selected to be the UMC's understanding of LGBTQIA issues.  Now, a few days later, we are still Smithville FUMC and we are still called to share Jesus with everyone.

May the Lord continue to bless SFUMC and may we continue to be faithful in all we say and do.

In Christ,
Pastor Cindy


Director of Programs / Music Director

   Come, eat the last meal that Jesus at with his disciples.
Join your church family for a Seder Dinner and Holy Communion
March 29, 2019    6:30 PM in the Family Activity Center

We are blessed this Lenten Season to have Bill Katz bring us together for a Seder Dinner on March 29th at 6:30.  Mr. Katz is a Jewish believer in Jesus.  Born in Santa Fe, Argentina, he grew up in a secular Jewish home.  Shaken by the death of several relatives within a short period of time and after attending their funerals, he had many questions about death and the afterlife.  His mother told him that “when you die, you go to sleep forever” but this answer did not satisfy him and only opened the doors to more questions. 
     In April of 1980 a neighbor invited him to play volleyball at a youth group of an evangelical church.  Guillermo became very impressed with the lives of the people at the youth group and he decided to keep going even though they had a Bible study after every game.  Skeptical at first (because he thought Jews did not believe in Jesus) his interest increased as he learned through the Bible studies that Jesus was Jewish and not Catholic as he had learned growing up in a Catholic country. 
     Mr. Katz became a believer in September of 1980 and has been involved in outreach to the Jewish people since 1985.  He currently serves as the North American representative of Hope for Israel.
     Watch for more information about the Seder Dinner.




Our Wesley Nurse

Cold Versus Flu

From CDC

Sharlene Scheler RN BSN

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.Cold Vs Flu


Treating Influenza (Flu)
Information for People at High Risk for Flu Complications
Do you have Asthma, Diabetes, or Chronic Heart Disease?
If so, you are at high risk of serious illness if you get flu. Asthma, diabetes and chronic heart disease were among the most common of these. Treatment with an influenza antiviral drug can mean the difference between having milder illness instead of very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay. This fact sheet provides information about using prescription antiviral drugs to treat influenza in people at high risk for flu complications.
Why am I at greater risk of serious flu complications?
Your medical condition makes it more likely that you will get complications from flu, like pneumonia. Flu also can make long-term health problems worse, even if they are well-managed. People with asthma or chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of their conditions. Diabetes (type 1 and 2) can make the immune system less able to fight flu. Also, flu illness can raise blood sugar levels.
Can flu be treated?
Yes. There are prescription medications called “antiviral drugs” that can be used to treat influenza illness. Antiviral drugs fight influenza viruses in your body. They are different from antibiotics, which fight against bacterial infections.
What should I do if I think I have flu?
If you get flu, antiviral drugs are a treatment option. Check with your doctor promptly if you have a high risk factor and you get flu symptoms. Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your flu illness.
Should I still get a flu vaccine?
Yes. Antiviral drugs are not a substitute for getting a flu vaccine. While flu vaccines can vary in how they work, flu vaccination is the first and best way to prevent influenza. Antiviral drugs are a second line of defense to treat flu if you get sick.
What are the benefits of antiviral drugs?
Antiviral treatment works best when started within two days of getting symptoms. Antiviral drugs can lessen fever and other symptoms, and shorten the time you are sick by about one day. They also can prevent serious flu complications, like pneumonia.
For people at high risk of serious flu complications, treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay. For adults hospitalized with flu illness, some studies have reported that early antiviral treatment can reduce the risk of death.
What antiviral drugs are recommended?
There are four FDA-approved influenza antiviral drugs recommended by CDC: oseltamivir (available as a generic version or under the trade name Tamiflu®), zanamivir (trade name Relenza®), peramivir (trade name Rapivab®), and baloxavir marboxil (trade name Xofluza®). Oseltamivir is available as a pill or liquid, and zanamivir is a powder that is inhaled Peramivir is administered intravenously by a health care provider. Baloxavir is a pill given as a single dose by mouth.

Sharlene Scheler RN BSN
Wesley Nurse

Methodist Ladies

The Methodist Ladies met February 14th at 2:00 pm in the Administrative Center to make Valentines for the Towers' residents.

Pastor Cindy opened the meeting in prayer.

Nita Scoggins gave the devotional on LOVE.

An election was held and Judy McAbee was elected as Chairperson for 2019.  Terry Carmack was elected as Vice-Chairperson.

Following refreshments a committee of six delivered the 82+ Valentines.  The residents of The Towers received them with broad, happy smiles.

  • The next meeting will be held March 14, 2019 in the Administrative Center at 2:00pm


Single and Widowed Ladies Valentine's Day Luncheon 

Present by 
Methodist Men



9th Annual Pack/Troop 183

Spring Mulch Pick-up

Cub Scouts        Boy Scouts
                                       Pack 183                                           Troop 183

Delivery and Pickup is March 2, 2019, 7 to 11 AM.

Pick up will be at First UMC Smithville
400 Olive Street, Education Bldg.



Ash and Communion

Noon and 6:30 PM
March 6, 2019

Join Us!

All are welcome at the Lord's Table

Brown Bag Bible Study
Bring your lunch


March 13th, 20th, & 27th 12:00 pm
April 3rd 1:30 pm
April 10th 12:00 pm

Emmaus News
            There are 3 (possibly 4) women from our congregation enrolled for the Walk to Emmaus Women’s Walk #2 at Camp Lone Star in La Grange, scheduled March 21-24, 2019.  The deadline for enrollment is in mid-February--SOON!  There is still room but it is filling rapidly. If you may be interested in attending this walk or have questions, please talk to Pastor Cindy or any of the many folks who have previously attended a Walk.

            I would like to have those members of Smithville FUMC’s Emmaus community contact me if you would be interested in praying for this walk or helping from home with the many aspects of a successful Walk.  Please text me your contact information so that I can start a list and know who wants to be active in this endeavor.

 The Cathedral Oaks Emmaus Community has monthly gatherings on the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month at 6:30pm; and they rotate between participating churches in Schulenburg, La Grange, Flatonia and I can’t remember the rest. I plan to start attending these as I have badly missed participating.  I hope others will perhaps join me, or even go to candlelight.

Many Thanks.  De Colores!  Terry Carmack (512)237-0087


First United Methodist Church
Family Activity Center
Friday, March 29th, 6:30 - 7:30 PM


Passover is the oldest and most important religious festival in Judaism, commemorating God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and his creation of the Israelite people. At the center of this festival is the Passover Seder meal, through which the story of God’s relationship with his people is told. It is really more than a festival. It is an elaborate teaching experience, especially for the children, intended to call people to their identity as the People of God. By using all of the senses, the Passover Seder tells the story of God’s grace in history and calls the participants to experience and share in the story as their own story. Passover becomes more than simply a service or a time; it becomes a way to confess faith in the One who has acted in history.

There has been increasing interest among Christians in this ancient festival for various reasons. One reason is that there has been an increasing sensitivity to cultural and societal problems, and a corresponding desire to learn about others. There has also been a renewed awareness of the importance of the Old Testament Scriptures as Christian Scripture, and a desire in our modern world to recover a sense of the sacred through liturgy and historical traditions. It also provides a cultural context for Christianity’s Jesus, who was Jewish and whose last meal was during Passover.

We hope that you will join us as we gather to remember this piece of our sacred story.



March 31st is a 5th Sunday

Both Services will be held:
Early Morning Service 8:30 am
Worship Service 10:45 am

The potluck will begin following the main Worship Service.
Don't forget to bring a dish!


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. 






It’s going to be fun!
With hot dogs and sausage wraps, soft drink and games to play!  And, OF COURSE, the all-important Easter Egg Hunt!  So get ready to sign up to help make this the best and most eggstravigant Easter ever!

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.

Diabetic Education Class

Every Monday @ the New Food Pantry
 6:30 pm

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


  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

February has brought us some unusual weather.  We have had cold days, warm days, wet days and all different types of days, but regardless of the  weather, Respite plugs along every Thurs. from 10-2. We celebrated Valentine's Day with singing songs of love, decorations, valentines and of course, chocolate candy. We are still in need of more volunteers for the program to run smoothly and to give volunteers an occasional free day for their own personal needs.  One volunteer is necessary for each of our ten (10) guests, in addition to assisting with Bingo, exercises, music, cooking and kitchen help.  No job is insignificant or more important than another.  Unfortunately, last week it was necessary to put a lady on a waiting list and am anticipating a second person within the next week or so.  Additional volunteers are needed to fulfill this need.
On February 22, seventeen (17), volunteers & caregivers, attended a workshop sponsored by Alzheimer's/Texas at New Haven Assisted Living & Memory Care in Bastrop, presented by Steve Catoe, regarding methods of communication when working with the elderly and persons suffering from dementia related diseases.  It was very well received and helpful to our volunteers.  This presentation will be repeated in LaGrange in April.  If anyone has an interest in attending, I would be happy to get the exact place, date and time.  The Lunch & Learn sessions are free and lunch is provided.
If you know of someone who is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or Dementia, here are some ways to help them.  Educate yourself about the disease.  Send a card, make a call or make a visit.  Be patient with your friend as sometimes a diagnosis is difficult to accept.  Most importantly, offer your support and friendship to provide comfort.  The smallest gesture will be more appreciated than anyone could  imagine.
Blessings to all and happy March.




Birthdays & Anniversaries

  • Betty Allison, March 1st
  • Katy Bitzkie, March 5th
  • Becky Ellis, March 6th
  • John Burleson, March 7th
  • Nelson Scheler, March 8th
  • Bryan Klaerner, March 10th
  • Bruce Blalock, March 17th
  • Pat Bush, March 17th 
  • Connie McMillin, March 18th
  • Kitty Perez, March 18th
  • Patrick Bowles, March 24th
  • Heath Evans, March 28th
  • Ian Layton, March 29th

David & Brenda Fehlker
March 2nd

Gene & Suzanne Hinnant
March 2nd

Dennis & Janis Wild
March 12th

William & Michele Rutherford
March 13th


Sunday, March 3, 2019
  • Exodus 34:19-35
  • Psalm 99 (UMH 819)
  • 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:12
  • Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday
  • Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
  • Psalm 51:1-17 (UMH 785)
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
  • Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Sunday, March 10, 2019
  • Deuteronomy 26:1-11
  • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 (UMH 810)
  • Romans 10:8b-13
  • Luke 4:1-13
Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
  • Psalm 27 (UMH 758)
  • Philippians 3:17-4:1
  • Luke 13:31-35
Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Isaiah 55:1-9
  • Psalm 63:1-8 (UMH 788)
  • 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
  • Luke 13:1-9
Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • Joshua 5:9-12
  • Psalm 32 (UMH 766)
  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
  • Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

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January 22, 2019
Council Members Present:
Becky Brooks
Doug Floyd
PastorCindy Layton
Trisha Menasco
Julie Smith
Non-Council Members Present:
Courtney August
1. Chair Julie Smith called the meeting to order and offered the opening prayer.
2. Minutes of December 11, 2018 meeting were distributed for review and approval. Minutes
were approved as presented.
3. Treasurer’s Report – Courtney 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. Also presented were 2018 End Year Report Actual vs Budget. We were
below our budget. Current Balances of line item accounts in the Gifts & Memorial account
were noted. Cindy Layton made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Trisha
Menasco. Motion Passed
4. Approval of Expenditures in Excess of $500 – None presented. Noted that the new projector for
the sanctuary has still not been purchased. Pastor Cindy reported it has been a problem to get
it installed. Whether to use scaffolding or a cart with a basket which is a problem to get into
the building. Courtney suggested we purchase the projector and hire someone to install it.
SCT Communications is a locally owned internet provider that could do this.
5. New Business
a. Pastor Cindy presented the Administrative Council 2019 attached hereto.
There are some blanks that will be filled. She also has the 2019 Chairs of
Committees to serve as the Nominating Committee going forward. She also
would like the SPRC to meet quarterly and only report to the Board if there is a
problem. Same thing for Trustees to report to the Board only those items that
are in excess of $500. The decision was made to have the Administrative
Council continue to function as the SPRC and to have separate Trustee and
Nominations Committee that would meet as needed and report back to the
Council. The Finance Chair is to find money counters for each Sunday.
6. Trustee Report – Doug Floyd provided the Trustee Report, a copy of which is attached hereto
and made a part of these minutes.
7. SPRC Report – None.
8. Pastor’s Report – Pastor Cindy provided her report of recent activities. All end of year reports
have been submitted to Conference. Attendance is up from 88 in 2018 to 100 in 2019. Our
overall membership is also up by nine (9). We are having new young members with children
attending the 8:30AM service.
7. Old Business – None,
Next meeting will be Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Pastor Cindy offered the closing prayer. Meeting was adjourned.
Minutes taken and recorded by Becky Brooks.
FUMC's Calendar
Upcoming  Calendar events:

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Sock Hop 7:00 - 10:00 - FAC

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday
Worship Service 12:00 - FAC
Worship Service 6:30 - FAC

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Spring Forward

Monday, March 11, 2019
New Bible Study 6:30

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Lenten Bible Study 12:00

Sunday, March 17, 2019
St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Methodist Ladies 2:00 - AC

Wednesday, Mach 20, 2019
Lenten Bible Study 12:00

March 21 - 24, 2019
Emmaus Women's Walk

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Diabetic Bingo 2:00 - 4:00 - FAC
Administrative Council Meeting 6:30 - AC

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Lenten Bible Study 12:00

Friday, March 29, 2019
Seder Meal - FAC

Sunday, March 31, 2019
5th Sunday Potluck - Following Service - FAC

Friday - Saturday, April 5 & 6, 2019
Spring Cleaning of Church - All Day

  • Kim Olson
  • Dianna Ewen and Family
  • Carla Carter
  • Buddy Turner- Friend of Kathleen Caso
  • Terri Harris
  • Patricia - Sister of Suzanne Hinnant
  • Trilla Pace – Sister of Stella Pease
  • Nikki Gilmore’s Family
  • Jeannine Harker – Co-Worker of David Mohr                                    
  • Lisa - Terry Carmack’s friend
  • 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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Rev. Cynthia Layton
Patti Herndon, Director of Programs
Sandra Mohr, Secretary
Courtney August, Treasurer

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