Bandera United Methodist Church
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors                                                       The People Of The Bandera United Methodist Church

Newsletter for Bandera United Methodist Church
March 2014

March 2
1st Service:Caitlyn,  Jordan
2nd Service:The Knowles*

March 9
1st Service:Hannah,  Jordan
2nd Service:The Knowles*

March 16
1st Service:Maci

2nd Service:The Knowles*

March 23
1st Service:Caitlyn, Jordan
2nd Service:The Knowles*

March 30
1st Service:Hannah
2nd Service:The Knowles*
*THE KNOWLES; Brianna, Chandler,
Jace, & Ozzie

New Music Director

  Esther Cook has been hired to be our new Music Director, and she also joined the Church last Sunday, so she really wants to be a part of our church family. She and her husband John had a previous commitment so they were not here on the 16th, but will be back with us permanently on February 23rd. Esther has a Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters Degree in Sacred Music, in addition to a wealth of experience in teaching private piano and working in churches and
and Christian schools as choir director and 

Trustees' Chairman Report for 2013

  As chairman of the Trustees, I would like to point out your Trustees Board members and the projects that were com-pleted in 2013. Your Trustees this past year and serving again this year are: Janet Williams, Bob Dawson, Sandi Johnston, Bruce Martin, Larry Shoemaker and Lynn Post. Outgoing members at the end of 2013 were Nancy Langford, Jess Edwards and Frank Hall. New members for 2014 are Rick Rector, Ric Himebrook and Jean Heep.
  The cost of maintaining our Church properties for the year 2013 were expensive. The expenses ran over $17,000 for the year. Here are some of the repairs that were done this past year.

Replaced ½ of the roof over the Sanctuary due to storm damage.
Asbestos flooring removed from the Boy Scouts Room
New indoor/outdoor carpeting installed in the Boy Scouts Room
More lighting installed in the Boy Scout Room
Tree removal from the par-sonage and rent house due to wind storms taking them down
Installed security system complete with cameras and recorders due to vandalism in alley way and pavilion
Installed security lights in alley way
Replaced gutters on one side of Kids’ Kingdom
Repaired natural gas heater in Youth house
two signs erected on Main Street (by Fire Station) directing people to our Church
New storage building built in parking lot
Repaired a/c units in rent house, Fellowship Hall, Sanctuary, Office and Par-sonage
Repaired ice maker and refrigerator in Fellowship Hall
Replaced some of the ceiling tile in Kids’ Kingdom
Replaced hot water heater in the rent house
Replaced leaking water line under the Foundation of the Fellowship Hall

As you see, it was a very busy and trying year for the Trustees, but we made it and had the funds to repair/replace whatever was needed. Thank you for your support to this Church and thank a Trustee when you see them.

Larry Shoemaker
Chairman of Trustee Board

From Ken’s Keyboard

As many of you all already know, I have advised Bishop Dorf and the others on the list that I will retire at Annual Conference in June 2014. I made this decision at a time when the Bishop and the Cabinet are beginning to make appointments for the 2014-2015 appointment year so as to take maximum advantage of the available pool of potential choices. I am sure that they will take the appointment to our church seriously. Karen Hoskelis and the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) will meet with the Superintendent to discuss what they believe is needed in an incoming pastor. We don’t get to choose one in the Methodist system. However, the decision makers are aware of our situation. Please keep this process in your prayers as we go forward, not only for our church, but also for all the congregations and pastors (and families) who will be affected.

It is with joy that we welcome our new Musical Director, Mrs. Esther Cook, and her family, husband John and son Jared. She has an Bachelor’s Degree in Music, a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music. She was the Music Director at Bracken UMC, Schertz, for more than seven years. At her interview, our music people were very enthused. She joined our church on February 16th. Please maker her family and her welcome into our church family.

We are going to take one last shot at a relationship seminar, Love & Respect, facilitated by Scott and Carrie Maderer of Lakehills UMC. The target date is either May 23-24 or 30-31, depending on the avail-ability of the Norris Ranch facilities. There is cost to the participants. Please sign up now. We have sleeping arrangements for eight couples.

May God’s blessings abide with you all.  

In Christ’s love,  



Prayer Chapel
The Prayer Chapel will be open every Wednesday starting February 19 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. There will always be two people “manning” the chapel to pray with you if needed. It is come and go or stay and pray.

If you would like to sign up to be a prayer partner, please call me.

Thank you, Shawn Morrison

The Walk
The Walk Sunday School class is reading Charles R. Swindoll’s book, The Church Awakening, An Urgent Call for Renewal, Rev. Swindoll issues a call for the church of Jesus to see how far we have drifted. The church is asleep at the wheel, and it’s time to wake up! In spite of the devastating spiritual famine in our land, though, by God’s grace it’s not too late to turn it around . . . God’s mighty presence will surely help us in the challenge ahead. Come join us in this exciting reading and discussion in the Library at 9:30 a.m.

Pizza Delivery
Kids’ Kingdom Pizza Fundraiser delivery is March 6, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We do not have storage onsite, they will be donated to the local food bank.

Pancake Supper
Shrove Pancake Supper - Tuesday March 4th , 5 - 7 P.M. For questions, contact Morris White at 210-422-1328.

Bus Stuff
If you or someone you know needs a ride to Church, OR would like to help drive, please contact the Church office at 830-796-3849.

Notes from the Troops 
Dear members of BUMC, we in the company would like to say thank you for your care packages. We are glad the packages can reach us here at the front line. Thank you for your support and prayers. God bless you all, Nova Andri, FOB Ghazni Afghanistan.

Please except our hear felt gratitude and thanks for the out-standing care packages received by the Squadron here in Kosovo. All of us enjoyed the brownies and other treats. Please pass this on to all that helped send some cheer our way at Command Sergeant Major Brian Hester.

NOTE: We do not have a mail out scheduled at this time as both of these groups are heading home. (Praise God!) If you know someone deployed, please get their info to me or the Church office and we will schedule the next mailing.

Carol Wolf


Bandera United Methodist Women will meet in the Fellowship hall on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:30 A.M. Join us for fellowship and study. Hostesses are Lois Hayes and Margaretha Edsall.

Kids’ Kingdom

Month: March
Bible Verse: “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” Genesis 1:1
Theme: Space
Nursery Rhyme: Twinkle Twinkle
  Little Star
General Objectives:
Space and Earth
Bible memory and

The Cutups

On February 18th at The Cutups meeting everyone was excited. It was the day of spending our hard earned money for the year. The following will receive donations soon:
Bandera Boys & Girls Club
Lakehills Boys & Girls Club
Arthur Nagle Clinic
Helping Hands
Save the Children
Spirits of Christmas
Doctors Without Borders
Meals on Wheels
Hill Country Cares
Kids’ Kingdom
BUMC Youth
Sign Supplies.

“Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.”

​Kendra’s Bulletin Board

What a fabulous February it has been! Our community sent 9 students and 3 adults to Mid-Winter camps. We made great use of our new bus as it took us to the H.E.B. Foundation for a weekend of worship, fun and fellowship! Also, our Sunday and Wednesday evenings have continued to grow in number and spirit. On Wednesday we have had so many students we began breaking into small groups for lessons to allow each student more time to talk and have their own chance to be involved in the conversation. Sundays we see a regular group of 5-8 students that are diving into the word on a deeper level. I am surprised each week with how much they have retained. Thank you for all of your support! Your loving encourage-ment and prayers help to make these things possible.

Upcoming Events:
March 4 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper 5-7 P.M.
March 5 - Ash Wednesday Service 7 P.M.
March 9 - No Confirmation due to Spring Break
March 12 - No Wednesday Youth Group due to Spring Break
March 16 - Confirmation Class Field Trip

Having Fun at KFC 

Thank you to the great ladies that helped with the Kids’ for Christ clay activity. The children will be taking home their pieces to share with their families and the adults received a blessing by working with these wonderful children.

Special thanks to Leah H., Connie Y., Denise Van D., Elizabeth M., Susie L., Nancy N. Martha S., Gloria R., Jean D., Peg B., and Margaret C.. They were all great helpers! 
One final note . . . Throughout the month of March, I will be having a Volunteer drive of sorts. With your Sunday Bulletins you will receive a slip of paper to fill out in the service or to take home and pray over. These will be informing you of volunteer opportunities coming up in the Summer and Fall. Hopefully this will allow everyone more time to consider and pray over where 
they can serve (if they feel called to at all) instead of being asked at last minute as I tend to do. Please be in prayer as you look at your calendars for the Fall and consider joining us for a “Great and Consistent” or “Great and Occasional” service opportunity! Remember there are many ways to serve and this one comes with a 5 month easy exit strategy if you try it and feel like it is not for you! Thank you again for your time and be sure to look for this FUN insert in the weeks to come.

They will know we are Christians by our Love

Kendra Glass
Youth Director

March Birthdays

1stLarry Crocker
2ndJim Bob Robbins
3rdAbby Nightingale
7thNiki Edwards
9thMildred Bausch
10thHannah Edwards
10thChandler Knowles
11thScott Post
11thMaria Gray
12thDiane Platt
13thPatsy D’Spain
14thRay D’Spain
14thRachel Brosz
15thRayni Sandidge
16thBill Brient
19thCheyenne Sheeds
19thSierra Haile
22ndElizabeth Major
26thDenny Hallmark
27thShannon Bailey
30thDevyn Parks

Mom’s Morning Out

Hey busy moms: Need to run an errand, clean the house, or just take a break here and there? The BUMC nursery can help! To fill a real need in our Church and our community, we are starting a Mom’s Morning Out program. It is open to children ages 18 months to six years of age. Currently, it is on the first three Fridays a month starting in March from 8:30 to noon. We accept up to 10 children at a time and requires RSVPs for spots weekly. There are several policies and forms that need to be completed before your child may attend. I can e-mail these to you or you may pick them up in the Church office. Please call or email me
e-mail Me with any questions. I am thrilled with the support of the Church to get this program started! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers,

Love in Christ,
Sue Cammack
Nursery Director
(830) 688-6264

Helping Hand News

Boy, did January 2014 start with a busy bank for Helping Hand. Total individuals aided 375; total families aided 163, and new families aided 20. The monetary value of items we have on hand given away was food $9,120; clothes $1,050; household items $200; toiletries $275; furniture $150 - with a total of $10,795.00.
Helping Hand will be participating in the Feinstein Feed the Hungry program during March and April. Food and monetary donations remain at Helping Hand, and we also receive a portion of the million dollar program.

Helping Hand is sponsoring parenting classes beginning March 20th at Noah’s Ark. Any parent interested, please contact Jesse Parks at Helping Hand to sign up. There is no cost to attend.

The Nagel Clinic expansion is almost complete, providing more space for the medical staff to serve more people in need of health care.

If you have wearable shoes or clothing, Helping Hand also participates in a shoe and clothing program which we receive money according to poundage of either the shoes or clothes.

Helping Hand will have a fund-raising golf tournament on May 2nd at Flying L. Mark May 2nd on your calendar for a day of un. More info to follow.

Helping Hand certainly appreciates the churches and individuals who continue to support us with donations of food, clothes, shoes, furniture, and monetary giving. Thank you Bandera United Methodist Church for supporting this local mission outreach of our church.

Marianne Sandidge

Editor’s Thoughts

The hope of this Editor is to serve the Church in the best manner I am able. It is an honor to be able to work on the Newsletter for you. I would like to make an effort to highlight the various “Missions” of the Church from time to time. Photographs would be a very welcomed thought when space allows.

Thank you,

Leah Hawkins