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The First United Methodist Church, Smithville,Texas   
October 2018

Letter from Pastor Cindy

From My Heart to Yours,

Just like every month seems to, September has come and gone in a whirlwind of ministry opportunities, worship, and other activities.  God has been guiding and directing all along the way.

     As I write this, we have just finished the beautiful and inspiring Celebration of Life honoring Vernon Richards.  It showed me, once again, that all of us have an impact upon and play a part in the lives of the people with whom we have contact.  May all of our lives reflect Jesus and radiate the love of God.  May we ask the Lord, each day, to help us to represent Him well in all we say and do.

     I look forward to October and the opportunities to shine for Jesus - Trivial Pursuit Game Night fundraiser, Nightmare on Olive Street youth party, and Trunk or Treat for the whole Smithville Community.  May all of these events be seen as opportunities to share the love of Jesus. 
In Christ,
Pastor Cindy

On behalf of the Smithville Food Pantry, we would like to
thank The First United Methodist Church for supporting the Pantry.
We have several who donate their time, food, plastic bags etc., 
on a weekly basis, including our Wesley Nurse. As always we need
volunteers for our sub list.
Each of you are important to keeping the pantry
running as smooth as possible. 
In the Month of August, you helped provide meals for
436 families, 1076 individuals.
Other Churches support us as well but this Church is special
because this is where the food pantry started. 
God Bless each of you!
Smithville Food Pantry Volunteers

Methodist Ladies met September 13th for their regular meeting.

Our September special guest, Sharlene Scheler gave a very interesting program on the "outreach" of the Wesley Nurse.

Pencils and pens had been collected by the Methodist Ladies and were given to a Junior High group to "keep them writing" during the 2018-2019 school year.

There will be a meeting of the UMW on October 11, 2018.  The meeting will be held in the Administrative Building.  We will have Janis Bruno as a special guest speaker for the meeting.

"Hats Off" to the person who left a nice IKEA dish drain in the FAC kitchen.  Thanks!!!!

Smithville Methodist Men

Remember 1st Sunday of every month is the "Pancake Breakfast."   
8:30 till 9:15 - Donations Appreciated

The next meeting for the Methodist Men will be October 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Family Activity Center.

Buddy Wilson, is group leader for this meeting. 


Trivial Challenge to Benefit Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso

At the beginning of the 20th century in El Paso, there were very few educational opportunities for poor Hispanic boys. Since the State of Texas did not provide public education of any kind for non-English speaking students, most Hispanic children in the Second Ward were not receiving any formal education. Mrs. Lydia Patterson, a Methodist laywoman, recognized the gravity of this problem, and in 1906, she began to set up day classes for boys in the homes of area Methodists. Upon her death in 1909, her husband Millard Patterson, a local attorney, decided to memorialize her by establishing the school that she had envisioned, and in 1913, construction began on the Lydia Patterson Institute.[3] In 1921, LPI became one of the first schools in the country to emphasize the teaching of English as a Second Language, merging students into the appropriate grade upon completion of the ESL program.
Today, Lydia Patterson Institute is a Methodist Christian college-preparatory school located in El Paso, Texas.   Founded in 1913, it offers programs for Spanish-speaking children, primarily from Juarez, Mexico, to attend high school in the United States and attend an American undergraduate university. All high school classes are taught in English, and the school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
What a fun way to support this great institution.  Get a team of 8 together and call the office to reserve your table.  Or call the church office and ask to be put on a team.  Each team will pay $100.00 for their table ($12.50 per team member.)  The competition will be lively and the fellowship grand.  Snacks will be available.

It’s Time for Trunk or Treat!
October 31st from 5-8pm
Meet all your Bootiful friends in the parking lot to decorate the trunk of your car, truck or table.
Bring lots of candy, come in costume, and have a ghoulish good time!

If you have any questions, please contact
 Brenda Knode (512)497-6571 or
 Julie Smith (512)308-2449

Please bring your cars.  Park them in the parking lot.  Open your trunks.  Put candy in a bowl in your trunk.  Pass out candy to all.  You can decorate your vehicles trunk and wear a costume if you wish!

 Meet the new Director of Programs

        For some of you this is our first meeting.  Others have seen me at church, but we have not been able to talk and connect.  So…….
      My name is Patti Herndon and I am the new Director of Programs at Smithville First UMC.  I am a retired United Methodist pastor who moved to Smithville with my mother, Sugar Miller, on July 31st.  We moved from Austin and are so happy with life in Smithville.  We are still trying to get our bearings and settling in, but SFUMC has given us a place to belong and for that we are thankful.    
      I have been on the job for a week now and feel like we are a great match.  I am always amazed at the ways the Lord is at work in the world, and after a week here with you, I can tell you the Spirit finds helping and willing hands right here.  Every day I find people going about the Lord’s work without any need for praise. 
      My title is Director of Programs.  It sounds so official!  What I hope to do is help you create more programs that will bring folks into the church and help them connect with the love of God. 
I have some ideas of things we might do, an Advent Workshop for families of all sizes is one.  But my hope is that you and I can put our heads and hearts together and let the Spirit lead us into something  exciting and new.
     I am available in my office most weekdays from 9 until 1.  Come by to talk about a ministry God has put upon your heart or just chat.  God is at work here, my friends.  Let’s give the Lord a hand!
                                                                                                In His service,
                                                                                                Patti Herndon

Obesity Tops 35 Percent in 7 U.S. States: Report
Thought you might enjoy this information. Remember FREE Chair Exercise Classes are offered in the Education Building every Monday and Thursday at 1pm. The exercises are 45 minutes. If you are laughing at CHAIR EXERCISES ask someone who attends and you will not laugh.
Sharlene Scheler RN BSN
Wesley Nurse
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Americans continue to fatten up, with obesity rates topping 35 percent in seven states, a new report reveals.
That's up from five states two years ago. Moreover, no state had a notable improvement in its obesity rate over the previous year, according to the report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, both nonprofit health policy organizations.
"Obesity is a complex and often intractable problem, and America's obesity epidemic continues to have serious health and cost consequences for individuals, their families and our nation," said John Auerbach, president of Trust for America's Health.
"The good news is that there is growing evidence that certain prevention programs can reverse these trends. But we won't see meaningful declines in state and national obesity rates until they are implemented throughout the nation and receive sustained support," Auerbach said in a news release from his organization.
States with obesity rates of 35 percent or more now include Iowa and Oklahoma. The others are Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia.
The findings are based on 2017 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They represent a troubling trend, given that in 2012 no state had an obesity rate of 35 percent or more.
Now in every state, at least 1 in 5 adults is obese, according to the "State of Obesity" report.
Obesity's economic toll is monumental, the authors said. An estimated $149 billion is spent annually in directly related health spending. Lowered economic productivity costs another $66 billion each year.
John Wiesman, the state of Washington's secretary of health, said, "Obesity is a major challenge in nearly every state, and our role as public health leaders is to ensure we're doing everything we can to address it."
Obesity's impact is most serious in communities where access to healthy foods and regular physical activity is limited. These are typically lower income and rural areas, including many communities of color, the report noted.
West Virginia tops the obesity wall of shame. More than 38 percent of adults there have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more. Colorado has the lowest adult obesity rate in the nation, at just 22.6 percent.
Overall, 22 states had adult obesity rates between 30 and 35 percent, while obesity was a health concern for at least one-quarter of adult residents across 19 states, the report said.
U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data indicate that white obesity rates hover around 38 percent, compared with about 47 percent among blacks and Hispanics.
The report offered recommendations for government policymakers, restaurant and food industries, and the health care system.
Among them: States should mandate at least 60 minutes of physical education or activity during each school day. Medicare should promote and cover obesity counseling. Also, hospitals should stop selling or serving sugary drinks.
--Alan Mozes

  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!


FUMC Smithville

PayPal On-Line Donations

You can now make a donation to show your support for Smithville FUMC on-line.  

Just visit our website:

and you will find the donate button.  Which gives you easy access to use PayPal - in a few minutes.

Born Again Emporium

FUMC Members

Revised Calendar dates for Volunteers

 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

The month of September marks a milestone for New Hope Respite.  This month, we will have served Smithville and surrounding areas for four years, beginning our journey in Bastrop for two years and now, as your church mission for two. We have had guests, not only from Bastrop and Smithville, but Gonzales, Cedar Creek, LaGrange and Giddings. We work under the policies of our church and Alzheimer's Texas.  We are not discriminatory and everyone regardless of race, creed or sex is welcome. Participation is free to our guests and is supported by donation.
We are very grateful for two additional volunteers who have recently joined our ranks and we welcome Brenda Knode and Neta Rose. their joining will not only allow us to take some additional guests as well as give the volunteers a day off, should the need arise.  Please help us to grow by talking to your relatives, friends and neighbors about this wonderful, free program and how it would give them four hours a week to tend to things that they need. 
October will be a busy month for us because in addition to our weekly caregiving, we will also be participating in the Health Fair at the Rec Center on Saturday October 6. We will be advertising our Respite Program as well as distributing information regarding Dementia and Alzheimer's.  There is no cure for either condition and facts prove that they are not reversible and are epidemic proportions.  We just need to find them to ease the burden of their caregivers.
We have also formed a team for the annual walk on Saturday October 27 headed up by Rob Robinson.  If you would care to join our team, or donate to the team for the walk, just go to to make a credit card donation. Check donations are also welcome and should be made to Alzheimer's/Texas and given to any Respite team volunteer.  Checks would then be turned in the day of the walk. All funds raised from the walk remain in Alzheimer's Texas to be used for their work locally.  Blessings to all for another month.
Brenda Zimmerman

October Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Malinda Lainer, Oct. 2nd
  • Renee Blaschke, Oct. 4th
  • Hannah Bales, Oct. 5th
  • Marvin Conrad, Oct. 5th
  • Sandra Alexander, Oct. 6th
  •  Brenda Knode, Oct. 12th
  • Melvin Evans, Oct. 14th
  • Bettie Williams, Oct. 14th
  • Margherita Mohr, Oct. 16th
  • Beverly Cooper, Oct. 18th
  • Ann Fulcher, Oct. 18th
  • Chris Hinnant, Oct. 18th
  • Kimberly Scheler, Oct. 20th
  • Lou Rose, Oct. 23rd
  • Howard Burns, Oct. 27th
  • Becky Getter, Oct. 27th
  • Andra Sparks, Oct. 27th
  • Grover Shade, Oct. 29th

Doug & Shirley Floyd
October 10th

Ken & Nancy Moree
October 30th


Weekly Lectionary
Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Job 1:1; 2:1-10
  • Psalm 26 or Psalm 25 (UMH 756)
  • Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
  • Mark 10:2-16
Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Job 23:1-9, 16-17
  • Psalm 22:1-15 (UMH 752)
  • Hebrews 4:12-16
  • Mark 10:17-31
Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Job 38:1-7 (34-41)
  • Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c (UMH 826)
  • Hebrews 5:1-10
  • Mark 10:35-45
Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Job 42:1-6, 10-17
  • Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22) (UMH 769)
  • Hebrews 7:23-28
  • Mark 10:46-52
December's Lectionary
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)
  • Phillippians 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
August 28, 2018
Council Members Present:
Tom Bettes
Becky Brooks
Glenn Ginder
Brenda Knode
Terri Krueger
Ronnie Lanier
Pastor Cindy Layton
Julie Smith
Non-Council Members Present:
Courtney August
Lynn Dale
Mitch Smith
  1. Julie Smith called the meeting to order and offered the opening prayer. 
  1. Minutes of July 24, 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.  Tom Bettes requested the church pay for its phone system directly rather than paid for by Tom and then reimbursed. Becky Brooks moved to use the church Mastercard to pay the bill. Ronnie Lanier seconded the motion. Motion passed. Courtney advised that the staff computers are very outdated. It was recommended that three laptops be purchased at a cost of $462 each. Terri Krueger moved that the church purchase three laptops at the quoted price.  Becky Brooks seconded the motion. Motion passed. Terri Krueger moved to amend the motion to designate the flex fund for the purchase. Becky seconded the motion. Motion passed.
  1. Approval of Expenditures in Excess of $500 -  The Trustees received a bid of $508 from Schulenburg Glass to replace deteriorating annealed glass protection for two windows in the FAC and the plexiglass for the church sign on 4th Street.  Becky Brooks moved to approve the bid. Glenn seconded the motion. Motion passed.  Pastor Cindy reported the projector screen is in poor condition. Pastor Cindy and Norman Jones identified a large replacement screen option for the Family Activity Center. A second option is a smaller portable screen.  Pastor Cindy will get the prices for each to be considered at a future meeting.
  1. New Business
    • Pastor Cindy reported that our annual charge conference is slated for September 23rd at Cedar Creek at 3:00 PM.  Pastor Cindy and committee chairs will complete all required forms. The Council will need to meet prior to the charge conference to vote. The meeting is set for September 18, 2018 at 6:30 PM. This will also serve as the regular September board meeting.
  1. Trustee Report – Glenn Ginder provided the Trustee Report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part of these minutes. Pastor Cindy added that if we take down the highway sign, Cathy Herndon has offered to repaint it.
  1. SPRC Report –
  1. Pastor’s Report – Pastor Cindy provided a brief update of the past month’s activities.   
Pastor Cindy offered the closing prayer.  Meeting was adjourned.
Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Minutes taken and recorded by Terri Krueger.
FUMC's Calendar

Upcoming  Calendar events:

Saturday October 6, 2018
Community Healthcare Fair 10:00 - 4:00 - Rec. Center
City Wide Garage Sale

Sunday, October 7, 2018
Methodist Men's Pancake Breakfast - FAC

Monday, October 8, 2018
Columbus Day

Saturday, September 9, 2108
Trivial Pursuit 6:00 - 9:00 - FAC

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Administrative Board Meeting 6:30 - AC

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Alzheimer Walk 9:00 -12:00 - Rec. Center
Drug Take Back 10:00 - 2:00 - City Hall

Sunday, October 28, 2018
Nightmare on Olive Street 6:00 - 9:00 - FAC

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Trunk or Treat 5:00 - 8:00 Church parking llot


      Our Prayers

  • Judy McAbee
  • Richard Zimmer – Marilyn Hill’s brother
  • Family of Vernon Richards
  • Margaret Walborg-Silva - Daughter of MaryAnn Walborg
  • Stuart Johnson -Molly Todd & Sharlene Nephew
  • Scott Johnson - Son-in-law of Glynn & Marilyn Hill
  • 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
  • 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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Your Church Staff

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

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