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

Newsletter for Bandera United Methodist Church
Helping Hands

August was a busy month. Total individuals aided was 240. We aided 88 families and 15 new families. Through August, monetary value given away to those in need in Bandera County has totaled $80,255.

Precious Minds, the program for mothers of a child up to 4 years old, begins October 7. If interested in this free program, call Helping Hand at 796-8300.

Helping Hand thanks you for donations of clothes, food, household items, furniture, and monetary giving as we continue to assist those in need in our county, and this local mission of Bandera United Methodist Church.

Marianne Sandidge
Helping Hand Representative

Wednesday Dinners

Thank you all who have already contributed to our Wednesday dinners. It would be quite difficult to pull these dinners off without you all. To those who have joined us for dinner, we are thankful and glad to have you. If you have not had a chance to make it to dinner, consider putting it in your schedule to stop by the fellowship hall on aWednesday evening at 5:57 pm for some yummy-for-your-tummy good food. The fellowship is great too!  

We do have "dinner dates" to be filled in October. October 8th and 22nd are in need of a team to provide dinner. If you are interested or have any questions, please call me. If you are able and willing to help out in any way, please let me know. All giving of time and efforts are appreciated. 

2 Corinthians 9:7 God loves a cheerful giver.

Susie Lewis







4thJeanine Donahoo
4thPatricia Carman
4thLily Davis
5thAmanda Word
6thKara Quarles
9thKelly Rigsby
12thEsther Everett
12thWayne Cameron
13thGeoffrey Zickler
14thLorri Cargill
14thDalton Parks
16thDon Davenport
17thWaylon Dale Bailey
18thMona Lawrence
18thNancy Langford
18thDuane Taylor
20thKayla White
20thJohn David Kassai
21stSam Bell
25thPhil Jeffery
25thAlex Espinosa
28thRussell Zickler
28thJared Cook
29thRuth Juren
30thBaylee Parks
30thCarol Brosz
30thTrudy Rotan

A Note from the Music Director

“Let’s march into His presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns!” Psalm 95:2 (MSG)

I like this modern translation of Psalms 95 in the Message translation. It reminds me that I may come boldly into God’s presence singing both praises and hymns. The passage further affirms that God is pleased with both styles on songs.

Wednesday night practices with the Teens and then the Elementary school children are off to a resounding success.

The Chancel choir is recruiting. Would you consider blending your voice with those in this choir to “march into His presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns”?

October is here with the Gospel Fest. If you want to sing a special number in the Gospel Fest, the last day to get your song title(s) to Mark, Gini, John Cook or Esther is Wednesday, October 8th. The Gospel Fest will be held in our outside space on Sunday, October 19th at 5 PM. Everyone is welcome to come, sit, listen, sing along and have fun.

Bandera United Methodist’s Music department is nothing without you. Where do you want to serve?

Esther Cook
Director of Music


All interested in forming our Emmaus community group, please let Sharon Anderwald at (830) 460-0671. We will discuss how we want to do our own small-group reunion meetings as well as become more active in the larger Emmaus community in our area. Dig out your lanyards and Emmaus Worship booklets & get ready! Watch for more announcements very soon in the Sunday bulletins.

Kids' Kingdom

Well, the months seem to already be passing quickly. Our little friends are amazing and we already see progress in each one of them. Progress even a little, is a great thing!  
Here's a peek at the month ahead...

Month: October
Bible Verse: God made the animals. Genesis 1:25
Theme: Animals and Dinosaurs
Nursery Rhyme: This Little Piggy
General Objectives:
  • Learning about different animals; where they live, what they eat, what they look like
  • Dinosaur facts
  • What animals might we see at the Pumpkin Patch?
  • Bible and nursery rhyme memory and comprehension
  • We will also begin our phonic lessons along with letter and number recognition.
  • We will take a field trip to the Medina Pumpkin Patch on October 30th to celebrate fall.

If at any time you have any questions about the Kids' Kingdom Preschool program, please feel free to contact me at (210)912-8195.

Susie Lewis

Youth News

It's that time of year again!!! We have put summer to bed and jumped with both feet into fall! 
Coming up -
October 29 @ 3:30-6:00 pm We will host our annual Fall Festival! We will have fun kiddie games, tasty treats, and super silly activities! More details to come, but be sure to have this snazzy event on your calendar!
October 31 @ 6:00 pm We will begin our annual Trunk-or-Treat! So dress yourself up, dress your car up, and show up a bit early to pick your parking spot for this night of fun!
November 16 - YOUTH SUNDAY! The youth will be leading both worship services! Come and enjoy this special treat!
December 7- After watching our fabulous Children's Christmas program be sure and join us in the Fellowship Hall for our Annual Gingerbread House Auction! It promises to be a "Sweet" time! This is our largest fundraiser for the youth all year. The money raised goes to scholarships for our kids to attend our youth camps and mission trips! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kendra Glass
Youth Director
Bandera United Methodist Church

They will know we are Christians by our Love

Shawn's Stuff

Kids For Christ is going well. We average about 25 kids every week for food, games, fellowship and chapel time with prayer.

Sunday School is back in their separate classes.
Teachers are:
Pre-K - Sue Cammack
Kinder to 2nd grade - Jean Darling and Shawn Morrison
3rd to 5th grade - Pam Wilson and Sheila Antennen
Jr High - Kendra Glass
Sr High - Larry and Elizabeth Scott

We still have the prayer chapel open on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30. If you would like to join the group, call Elizabeth Scott 796-8538 to sign up for a Wed. Or come by any Wed. to pray with us.

Thank you for helping with the BBQ


Nursery News:

We are loving our new Sunday School lessons and having so much fun. We are happy to care for the children of the church.

Mom's Morning Out:
We are having a blast with all of our kiddos! We are opening our new room back up for children 3 years old and older in October when we welcome our new staff member Kara! Our 1 to 2 year old room is always full of sweet little ones. October is all about apples, pumpkins, and leafs and includes exploring apple volcanoes, digging through pumpkins, making apple prints, and making leaf patterns to name just a few. We will also be enjoying Bible stories, practicing basic skills, and learning about numbers and the letters A, P, and L. We are having a fall party with pumpkin painting and other fun activities! Our Bible Verse: The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. Ps. 67:6.

Love in Christ,
Sue Cammack

Pastor Larry

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the rain and cooler temperatures that have made their way into the Hill Country these past couple of weeks. We are rapidly moving into the last quarter of this year and I want to lay out a few things that hopefully will guide us together as we move forward in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in the weeks and months ahead.
We have completed the last of the Ponder with the Pastor gatherings! We had over 100 persons participate and in our time together I heard many great stories of what brought people to Bandera UMC, what they liked about the church and also some changes that might be considered. All in all, I feel our time together was productive, creative and uplifting. Thank you again to the host homes and for all those who provided food. One thing certainly confirmed was that Methodists know how to cook and eat!  
Some general and broad observations gleaned from the Ponderings:
1.Most people are happy with the pastor. A few…not so much. I can live with that. Most people like the energy level, my enthusiasm for the work I am called to do and my casualness. A few…not so much. I can live with that also.  
2.Most people appreciate and understand the few changes that have been made. Some, not so much. I appreciate that too.
3.There is a true desire to be more involved in the community and surrounding area. However, there is a wide diversity of what “more involved in the community” means.
4.Overwhelming approval of our staff and the jobs they perform. I wholeheartedly agree! 
5.There is a need for better communication and better distribution of our message. We do not do a very good job of letting others (or ourselves) know what is going on at Bandera UMC. We are missing many opportunities to invite others into our fellowship.  
6.We have excellent facilities, but are they being utilized to their fullest and to the glory of God? What more can we do or should we do to welcome the larger community onto our campus?
7.The need for a young couples and a singles small group. Also the need for a Men’s group.
Some specific questions/concerns raised:
1. There is apparent frustration on the part of some with the way I handle the prayer time during the worship services. Some people want more details and more time spent on prayer concerns. They want to know who said what and are unable to hear all the concerns. Some people think there is already too much detail and too much time spent on prayer concerns. I am trying to strike a balance. Therefore, I am proposing prayer cards be placed in the pews for people to write down their specific concerns/celebrations. There will be the option to include the request in the weekly bulletin, on the email prayer chain, used for the weekly prayer service or just for the pastor to know. There are those who do not want their prayers to be public and I have to respect that. Also, the email prayer chain functions quite well and folks are very good at posting requests via that medium and we will continue to utilize this tool. It has also been suggested we post a “prayer box” for folks to drop their specific requests into.  
2.Apparently, I handle communion differently than previous pastors. However, it is working and I will continue in the manner in which I was trained and am accustomed to do. I will get used to the “little cups”. We also have increased the size of the communion table which better facilitates worship and Holy Communion.  
3.Requests for words to the hymns, communion liturgy, and congregational responses have all been received and as far as I am aware have been implemented already. The screen is proving to be a great tool for including everyone in our worship.
4.We have some very strong personalities in our church. I agree. Welcome to the church!

A few things that are already being implemented or are in the works from conversations with various groups, committees and others:
1. Blessings in a Backpack. See this newsletter for more detailed information.
2.A NEWMinisterial Alliance relationship has been formed. To date, Bandera UMC, Grace Lutheran, St. Christopher Episcopal, Lakehills UMC, and St. Stanislaus Catholic Churches have fellowshipped to work together for the welfare of Bandera and Bandera County. (Others have been invited) We have met a couple of times and are making plans for a community Thanksgiving service (Nov 25?), a community Christmas cantata (Dec. 14 or 21?); observe Christian Unity Week (Jan 2015) and worshipping together at a Community Easter Sunrise service to name just a few items on the agenda.
3.Possible partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank for food distribution.
4.Emmaus gatherings and reunion groups. (Koinonia or BOeRNe Again)
5.Stay tuned….
This is far from an exhaustive list, but includes the highlights of the NINE ponderings along with suggestions from various committee meetings. I want to say again how much I have appreciated your support and words of encouragement to Cathy and I over the past three months. I am most certainly blessed to be your pastor and I look forward to working alongside you as we grow our church for the honor and glory of God. See you in church!


Feeding the Future of America
The goal of the Blessings in a Backpack program is to keep impoverished students from going hungry on the weekends and to remove the barriers to academic success. $100 feeds a child for the 38-week school year.
UMC Bandera hosted an information meeting on Thursday, September 11 with 20+ volunteers hearing how Blessings in a Backpack can make a difference in the lives of those who do not have food to eat on the weekends. Fifty at risk students from Alkek Elementary have been chosen by the BISD administration to start this program in Bandera with the hopes that BIB will be able to provide for the needs of all the children that qualify at both elementary schools in Bandera County. 60% of public school students in grades 1-5 qualify for free or reduced lunches at Alkek and Hill Country Elementary schools. 
Blessings in a Backpack is a nationally recognized and vetted organization ( with corporate offices in Louisville, KY. All funds received are processed through the corporate office and not handled by the local church or civic organization. The Bandera chapter of BIB has already received initial funding ($2500) to begin processing backpack meals and hopes to fill its first backpacks on October 2 for distribution on October 3. Specific menus and a food distributor are still being sorted at this time. In the meantime, local churches and civic groups are being asked to contribute in a number of ways. First, we are asking everyone to PRAY. We can’t even begin much less sustain this ministry if it is not wrapped up in prayer first! Secondly, FINANCIAL DONATIONS are always needed and welcome. It will take $5000 to see this program through next spring ($100/PER CHILD PER SCHOOL YEAR). Thirdly, because peanut butter is one of the more costly items on the suggested menus for BIB, we are asking for donations of ONE POUND PLASTIC JARS OF PEANUT BUTTER. This will greatly reduce the cost of filling the menus each week.VOLUNTEERS are needed to assist in assembly, distribution, pick up and inventory control. BUMC has had 25 volunteers sign up already with other groups from various churches helping out as well. If you are interested in volunteering in anyway, please contact Pastor Larry McRorey at BUMC or at 830-328-1097. The goal is to have enough volunteers to be able to rotate teams each week that everyone gets a chance to participate in all the various components.  
BUMC has agreed to provide $500 toward the initial startup costs (approved by the Missions Team) and a number of individuals have also contributed making our church contribution thus far in excess of $1000. We will also serve as the host church for assembly and inventory storage. Backpacks will be processed EVERY THURSDAY starting at about 10AM. For more information on Blessings in a Backpack contact local BIB coordinators Hal and Trudy Moench at or Pastor Larry McRorey at
Because hunger has a face,Bandera chapter of Blessings in a Backpack 
Parsonage Open House
443 Bridlegate Blvd. * Saturday, October 25 * 2-5PM
Because parking is extremely limited, we are asking that as many folks as possible carpool out to Bridlegate. In addition, the church bus will be running every half hour from the church to help with traffic control. We are hoping to have the main gate open for the duration of the Open House. Directions and instructions will follow in the next few weeks. NO GIFTS PLEASE.

Upcoming Events at Bandera United Methodist Church
October 4:Church Garage Sale (FMI: Tom Lister)
October 19:GOSPELFEST (4-7PM on the Pavilion)
October 25:Parsonage OPEN HOUSE (2-5 PM)
October 26:All Saints Sunday
October 26:Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser at Grace Lutheran Church – NOON 
October 29:Fall Festival @ BUMC
October 31:Trunk or Treat
November 2-23:Stewardship Series
November 16:Youth Led Service
November 25:Community Thanksgiving Service @ BUMC @ 6PM
November 30:Fifth Sunday Fellowship – ONE WORSHIP SERVICE @ 10 AM – Hanging of the Greens – Meal to Follow
December 5-6:Cut-Ups Christmas Bazaar
December 7:Children’s Christmas Program & Gingerbread House Fundraiser
December 14 or 21Community Christmas Cantata
December 24Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion @ 6PM
Bandera United Methodist Women will meet in the fellowship hall on October 9th at 9:30 AM. The program will be lead by Marianne Sandidge and hostesses are Faye Abbot & Janet Tyra. All women are welcomed