Bandera United Methodist Church
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Newsletter for Bandera United Methodist Church
There will be a MEETING AND TRAINING session for ALL acolytes and those youth that are 8 years old or above on August 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Boys and Girls are urged to attend.





August 11 Acolyte Training 10:00 in Santuary  
August 17 * 1ST SERVICE—acolyte named later

 2ND SERVICE—acolyte named later

August 24* 1st SERVICE---acolyte named later

 2ND SERVICE---acolyte named later


*Watch for acolyte names on August 17 and 24

​Women's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study will begin on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10 AM. This semester we will be studying Rev Adam Hamilton's "Making Sense of the Bible" -"Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today".

Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City. It began in 1990 with four people to become the largest United Methodist Church in the United States with 18,000 members.

Please call Karen Hoskelis, 830 460-4425, or Cheryl at the church office to let us know how many books are needed.

Thanks From PPRC​
PPRC A big thank you to everyone who has helped welcome Pastor Larry and Cathy to our congregation. Your willingness to say yes when asked to do something has been a true blessing. The "Ponderings" are going well giving us all an opportunity to get to know one another better and faster. Please watch the weekly bulletin for the new listings. They are added as the need become apparent. Thank you to all the hosting families. I again ask that you call early to let the hosting families know you will be at their table.


1stSharon Treece
2ndLee Moseley
2ndSara Beightol
3rd McCracken
8thWheeler Petty
8thScott Smith
9thVicki Gillespie
9thDarrel Brown
10thElla Sandidge
10thLorina Johnston
11thSandra Overley
12thCord Koenig
13thShanna Foster
14thStephen Anderwald
14thGinger Stutes
15thKendra Glass
17thMartha Shoemaker
17thNorman Scott
17thDennis Thompson
19thChristine Lister
19thJace Knowles
19thWilliam Knowles
19thTelvy Robbins
20thRon White
20thGordon Welch
22ndMaci Morrison
23rdJill Kassai
24thShelly Quarles
24thAlyssa Sheeds
26thMarilyn Argo
27thRaven Parks
27thNick Scott
29thWilliam Anderwald
29thTrina Word
30thGarrett White
31stBilly Gray
31stNelda Shenberger

​Bible Study Opportunity
I plan on facilitating a Bible Study in September.

Grace and peace, 

Cathy McRorey

Thanks From the Nigtingale Family
Thank you to the entire congregation for you prayers, cards visits and meals during these past 10 months
Our family is so appreciative of your support during this time. Conrad has been cleared to practice again. 
Thank you and may God continue to bless each of you.
The Nightingale Family

New Songs for the First Service
Live Like That
Verse 1
Sometimes I think
What will people say of me
When I'm only just a memory
When I'm home where my soul belongs
Was I love
When no one else would show up
Was I Jesus to the least of us
Was my worship more than just a song
Chorus 1
I wanna live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You
If love is who I am
Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back
I wanna live like that
I wanna live like that

Praise is the Offering
Verse 1
Come and let us sing for joy
Let us praise and shout aloud
To the lifter of our heads
To the Rock we're standing on
Your salvation is our song
Now we can't stay silent
We will sing how
Chorus 1
Great is Your love for us
And great are the things You've done
And praise is the offering
We bring to You

Words from the Pastor
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! I hope this finds you all well and getting geared up for an exciting time at Bandera UMC in the weeks and months ahead! I've completed my first month with you and so far, most everything seems to be running very smoothly. We have seen good numbers in worship attendance as well as in the offering plate! I have met with many of you already; had the joy of attending several committee meetings; and have my office all sorted and situated. Thank you for your faithfulness to our church and for your trust in me as your pastor as we work together to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  

If you have not seen or heard yet, I laid out a fairly ambitious and challenging list of questions and ideas at Administrative Board the other night. I intend to use this as fodder for future Ponder with the Pastor gatherings as well as future mission and ministry motivation. If you would like a copy, please contact Cheryl in the church office. Speaking of ponderings, we have had two very successful gatherings so far and I am encouraged by the level of excitement and enthusiasm to do a new thing at Bandera UMC. I am getting lots of affirmation as well as new and fresh ideas as to how we might do things bigger and better as the body of Christ in this time and in this place. It is my passion for our church to become “the” church in the community. Already people are taking notice of the people called Methodists! I encourage you to sign up for one of the Ponderings in August if you have not done so yet. It is time well spent in the company of others.  

As you read this, Cathy and I will be enjoying a few days of vacation in New Mexico. It has been an event filled summer for us and we have had this time away planned for several months now to attend to some family business as well as enjoy the mountains along the way. In the mean time, remember to do no harm; do good; and most of all, stay in love with God!


Nursery News
All is well in the nursery with our little ones. We offer care during church services for children 6 weeks to 6 years old and Sunday School activities for children 6 weeks through preschool. We will be starting our new lessons soon using Kids' Time by Debbie Williams which looks wonderful. Please come on by and visit us!

Mom's Morning Out News
Our theme for July was Under the Sea. The children made fish and octopus crafts, played with sand dough, and explored God's creation of the ocean. August we will be talking about transportation, including cars, boats, planes. We have a lot of fun! Children 1 year to 6 years of age are welcome to join us. We are open August 1 and 8th for all our registered children, and the 15th for the 1-2 year old class only. We will resume our regular first three Friday schedule in September for all of our age groups.

Help Needed
We are still in a real need for a loving person to join our Mom's Morning Out and nursery team. The position is the first three Fridays of each month. It would be ideal if the person was also available one Thursday morning a month and possibly Monday mornings. Please pray and let others you know about the position. Great for a stay at home mom since you get to bring your little one with you! I am happy to talk about the details- 830-688-6264 or

Love in Christ,
Sue Cammack

Mark your calendars for Picnic with the Pastor!
Kinder to 2nd grade will be August 12 and 3rd to 5th grade August 13.
Times for both dates are 11:30 to 1:00. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone brings a sack lunch and their favorite water gun. The children will eat lunch with Pastor Larry then battle it out to see who has the ultimate water gun! (bring a change of clothes and a towel)

Sunday School
Starting September 6th - we will resume normal Sunday School with separate classes. We will soon be looking for Sunday School teachers for all of the childrens classes. Please pray about this very important mission within our church. If you feel led to co-teach a class, please call Shawn. 210-218-7133

BUMC Missions
International Mission:
  Christian Veterinary Mission (Romania, Moldova since 2005)

  Wounded Warrior
  Hill Country Cares (Angel Tree, Battered Women)

  Helping Hands
  Boy Scout 146
  Ramp Project
  Polly's Chapel
  Kids Kingdom


Linda Psalmonds
Mitch & Christina Freeman
Cathy McRorey
Bill & Rainey Pierce

Wade Brosz
Jared Cook
Victoria Flores
Tanner Gooding
Heather Grant

Billie Stockton

Thanks From the Antenen's
Thank you so much for all the prayers and wonderful cards sent to us after the passing of Wayne's mom, Darlene Mueller. You are such an awesome church and we are so thankful we belong.

Wayne and Sheila Antenen

Helping Hand
Helping Hand has had a very busy June and July. In June, 25 new families of Bandera County were helped with food, clothing, household items, and furniture. At this time I do not have info for July.

Current needs at Helping Hand are school supplies, fans, food, clothing, housewares, and furniture. Monetary giving is always appreciated.

Thank you Bandera United Methodist Church and everyone for supporting this local mission outreach of our church.

​Course on Genesis to Start August 27th

The Midweek Bible Study will start a new course via DVD on August 27 at 10 AM. The course is entitled “The Book of Genesis”. This course is taught by Gary A, Rendsburg, Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. We really enjoyed his course on “The Dead Sea Scrolls”. This course of 24 lectures focuses on the first book of the Bible (in both the Jewish and Christian Cannons), the book of Genesis. This particular book is an extremely rich text that can be approached from a variety of perspectives, including litereary, historical, theological, and archeological. Many crucial issues in the study of the book are less familiar to general audiences. These issues will be presented in a detailed fashion; the 24 lectures afford us plenty of time to work through the 50 chapters of the book.

We will cover two lectures plus discussion each morning ending at about 11:30 AM. We will finish on November 12 if we have no interruptions. We are hoping that Pastor Larry will attend as available. Bob Major will facilitate the discussion. He will be happy to answer your questions at 830 796 7996.