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

Newsletter for Bandera United Methodist Church
Youth News

It's that wonderful time of year! We just had Fall Festival and now we are gearing up for The Holidays!
November 16 - Youth Sunday!!! Youth will be running the worship services with music, readings, and more. Come join us at 8:30 or 10:45!
November 26- No Wednesday Night Programming. Enjoy time with loved ones and have a thrilling Thanksgiving!
December 7- Gingerbread House Sale! After the Children's Sunday Services we will offer lunch and a unique auction opportunity! This is the youth's biggest fundraiser of the year and vital to our summer trips! Please come out and support us! 
December 10- Final Wednesday Night Youth Group for the semester. We will start back upJanuary 14, 2015!
For any questions about these upcoming events call Kendra!

Gospel Fest
We would like to express a special thanks to Ester and John Cook and Mark Wright for their time, talent, and effort to re-establish the BUMC Gospel Fest. With the help of our Bell Choir, Praise team and other guest singers and musicians the Gospel Fest was a blessing for all.
Thanks to everyone who helped set up, prepared and served the meal, provided desserts, and even stayed to help clean up. The fellowship and team work to host the event was a true reflection of BUMC. There was lots of fun, food, and fellowship. WE will be humming those old songs until next year’s Gospel Fest.Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. I Chronicles 16:10

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who made the Gospel Fest a success. If you missed the Gospel Fest, you missed something very special. Requests have already been coming in for a repeat performance.

November brings the youth singing and performing on Youth Sunday. They are working hard and I know that they will do a great job.

Our younger children will begin working on the Christmas songs for their service starting in November.

Christmas will be celebrated by the bells and choirs of the community. "Love Came Down at Christmas" is the cantata that will be performed on December 21, 2014 in our sanctuary by a combined community choir. Mrs. Catherine Holms, music director of Grace Lutheran will be conducting.

Esther Cook 

Gospel Fest
We would like to express a special thanks to Ester and John Cook and Mark Wright for their time, talent, and effort to re-establish the BUMC Gospel Fest. With the help of our Bell Choir, Praise team and other guest singers the Gospel Fest was a blessing for all.
Thanks to everyone who helped set up, prepared and served the meal, provided desserts, and even stayed to help clean up. The fellowship and team work to host the event was a true reflection of BUMC. There was lots of fun, food, and fellowship.  

Helping Hands
Helping Hand is a busy, busy place. In September 256 people were aided, 98 families helped, and 22 new families came for assistance, with assistance totaling $1921. Through September, monetary given to help the needy was $92,140. Of this amount the value of food given was $70,480.

Our church will be ringing the Salvation Army bell at Lowe's Market on Monday and Tuesday, December 1 and 2. Please check your calendar and try to help, starting in the morning at 9 o'clock until 6:00. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer. There are other dates open if you can help then. Call 796-3604 for that sign up.

Precious Minds, a free parent enrichment series, for parents of children 0-3 years old, is heldOctober 28-December 9. To register, call Helping Hand at 796-8300.

Other Christmas happenings to mark on your calendar: December 11-Spirit of Christmas selecting gifts and December 12-wrapping the toys and gifts for families in need, all taking place in our Fellowship Hall.

As 2014 begins to end, Helping Hand greatly appreciates the support we receive in donated food, clothes, furniture, shoes, household items, and monetary giving. Thank you as we continue to support this local mission of our church.

  Marianne Sandidge
  Helping Hand Representative

2ndThad DuBose
2ndGenie Wright
2ndLindsey Lewis
3rdShandra Zickler-Sanders
4thElizabeth Scott
5thRichard Treece
6thKen Dahlberg
7thPosey Able
7thWes Capes
8thTurner Warren
8thJohn Davis
9thLuevena Deppe
13thJamie Ward
14thMarianne Sandidge
14thSully Woodland
15thLyndsey DuBose
16thAmie Gray
17thHeather Grant
18thJessica Tyra
18thBetty Haynes
18thCarilee Robbins
18thDan Sandidge
18thSandra Ingram
19thDebra Goode
20thSandi Johnston
21stSusan D’Spain Cammack
21stMegan Locker
21stHarper McCracken
22ndDebbie Chastain
22ndIan Major
22ndAlec Conoly
23rdTravis Chastain
23rdEric Cothran
24thCody Woodland
24thWade Brosz
25thPat Stokes
26thJean Heep 
27thJean Darling
28thGinny Brient
28thRob Sandidge
29thMichelle Kassai
29thEdgar Arlan Habenicht

Emmaus Reunion Group
The Emmaus reunion group organizational/formational meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 5 in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30, for 30 minutes. A sign will be placed on the door of whatever room the youth activities don't require. For further information, contact Sharon at (830) 460-0671. It is my prayer that all in our church who have been on an Emmaus Weekend will be led to join us and we will need to move to a larger room!

For those who have not been on a Walk, Sharon will be gathering information on Walks for 2015. Here is an excerpt from the Emmaus brochure.

The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program's approach seriously considers the model of Christ's servanthood and encourages Christ's disciples to act in ways appropriate to being "a servant of all."

The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The "Emmaus community," made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludesSunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.

During and after the three days, Emmaus leaders encourage participants to meet regularly in small groups. The members of the small groups challenge and support one another in faithful living. Participants seek to Christianize their environments of family, job, and community through the ministry of their congregations. The three-day Emmaus experience and follow-up groups strengthen and renew Christian people as disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in mission to the world.

—from What Is Emmaus? Copyright The Upper Room.

Nursery News
Our Bible study is coming along well and we have several cute craft activities coming up for the holidays. We have been providing care during Women's Bible Study on Wednesdays are hope to fill other nursery needs as they arise to serve the parents of the church beyond Sundaymornings.

Moms' Morning Out News
October was a blast! I wish you could have seen our children dissect and inspect the pumpkins, witnessed the awe as our apple volcano erupted, and painted pumpkin masterpieces with us! We focus on hands on playing knowing that play is the very best way children learn. So much more fun is planned for November, including learning about foods eaten during the holidays around the world (and preparing/tasting some of them), learning to set the table, digging through sensory bins, and focusing on growing a thankful heart for the Lord. We will continue literacy, numeracy, science, and social studies exploration themed around Thanksgiving. Our November Bible verse is "We thank you, our God..."( 1 Chronicles21:13) and our finger play is The Native American Thanksgiving Prayer. Thank you for your support!

Love in Christ,
Sue Cammack

Kendra's Bridal Shower
We are having a Bridal Shower to honor Kendra as she goes from Miss to Mrs.
Please join us in the BUMC Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 16 from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm. 
We will have light snacks while we celebrate and shower Kendra with love.

Kendra and Spencer are registered at Bed Bath and Beyond and Target

Should you have any questions please call or text Susie (210)912-8195

Pastor Larry
Greetings! I hope this finds you all well as we are solidly into the final quarter of 2014. Lots of things have happened and are happening at BUMC these days and here are just a few random thoughts running through my brain. By the time you read this newsletter, our Lay Leadership Team will have met and filled vacancies in several leadership positions. I am especially happy with the creation of our new Evangelism and Missions Team and for all of those who have agreed to serve in this capacity. We do many “mission” things at BUMC, but there has been no real coordination or mutual support of our mission activities as a whole for some time. This new team is designed to represent all the mission opportunities we are currently engaged in as well as be open and receptive to new opportunities that come our way. We will also pray together and work together to lift one another up as we bring glory to God’s kingdom in the weeks and months and years ahead as we seek to engage our community.I also want to say thank you to all of those persons, both new and returning,who have agreed to serve your church in all the other various roles as well. Thank you for your faithfulness.  
As I write this, tunes are still bouncing around in my head from our GospelFest held on October 26. Approximately 100 people enjoyed a venue of old time gospel favorites followed by hamburgers and hotdogs to satisfy the palette. Thank you to all of those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen and especially to our Director of Music Esther Cook and her band of willing volunteers. The music was great. The food was great. And the fellowship afterwards was even greater as it gave us the opportunity to welcome new folks unto our campus in a creative way. The conversation at the tables was energetic and inviting and I personally was introduced to three new couples who have relocated to Bandera and who are looking for a new church home.  
Wednesday evenings continue to go well and we see new faces among those who join together regularly for our children’s and youth activities as well as for the current women’s Bible Study. It has been a very good start to our fall offerings on Wednesday. Be looking for even more things to be on the agenda in the spring. I am currently researching a couple of new Bible Studies that have come out this year and the word on the street is another women’s Bible study is under consideration.  
Enthusiasm is building for jumpstarting Emmaus once again at BUMC. Sharon Anderwald has graciously volunteered to be our Emmaus Coordinator and will be the “go to” person for all things Emmaus related in the coming weeks and months. We are seeking those who have attended a Walk at any time in the past to prayerfully consider your “Fourth Day” journey and join with us in the reorganization and recommitment of our church’s involvement. There is a growing desire for several reunion groups to start back up to help us in our ongoing walk with Christ. There are Emmaus brochures lying around in several strategic places for those interested in the movement to pick up and acquire more information. DeColores!
Our worship services continue to grow and I have had the privilege of visiting with a number of folks who are looking to find a new church home in Bandera. Praise God! Many of these new guests tell me how warmly they have been greeted and that there is a genuine spirit of joy and grace in the hearts of this church. I knew it was there and I’m glad we are letting others know it too! Thank you. I have had four new people express their desire to unite with this church this past week alone with several others in the pipeline! Praise be to God indeed!  
Work is being completed on the removal of the youth house and interest is being energized on our long range goal of a new multipurpose building that will one day sit on the site. In the meantime, all of the preparations have been made for the safe and dignified moving of the structure which will become the home of a dear elderly lady in Elmendorff. She fell in love with the house and that makes my heart glad knowing this building that has been a huge part of our history as a church will continue to warm souls and welcome others as it becomes the permanent home of another. Thanks be to God!
I can go on and on about all that is happening at BUMC these days, but I will save some for later. Cathy and I are enthusiastically looking forward to welcoming you all to our home this Saturday for the Parsonage Open House. We can continue the conversation there! Until then, please continue to pray for our church and for your pastor as we move forward in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Grace and Peace,

A “Love and Respect” Marriage/Relationship Course will be starting January 14th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. This 10 week seminar is designed for married, single, divorced, separated, and dating individuals and/or couples who are interested in learning how to resolve conflict and motivate each other by meeting each other's needs.
 Scott and Carrie Maderer will facilitate this seminar. Scott and Carrie have been married for 17 years and credit this material with playing a huge role in saving their marriage. They are United Methodists attending Lakehills UMC where Scott is the Lay Leader. Scott has a degree from TAMU and Carrie is a hard working stay-at-home mom. The Maderers use the text and material from Love and Respect.
Quoting the seminar designer Dr. Emerson Eggerichs:
"It has been noted that “love” best motivates a woman and “respect” most powerfully motivates a man. Research reveals that during a marital relationship, a husband most often reacts when feeling disrespected and a wife reacts when feeling unloved. We asked 7,000 people this question: when you are in a conflict with your spouse or significant other, do you feel unloved or disrespected, 83% of the men said "disrespected" and 72% of the women said "unloved." Though we all need love and respect equally, the felt need differs during conflict, and this difference is as different as pink is from blue! 
For additional information, check out the website at
Sessions will be held at Bandera United Methodist Church ON WEDNESDAYS in the Fellowship Hall in conjunction with our evening programming. Dinner will be served at 6PM ($3 suggested donation or $10 max for family of 4 or more). Childcare is available. Session dates will be January 14 – March 25. No Session on February 18 (Ash Wednesday). The cost is $10 for the workbook and each individual or couple will need one workbook for the duration of the course.
For more information, please contact Pastor Larry McRorey in Bandera at 796-3849 or at, Pastor Celia Halfacre in Lakehills at 751-2404, or Scott Maderer at csmaderer@gmail.comas soon as possible to registerso we may have sufficient materials available and plan the meals for the retreat weekend. Give yourself this gift of time and attention.

 Please encourage all members of your congregation to attend.
Greetings, laity of the new Crossroads District: Attached is a flyer for our lay servant ministries (formerly lay speaking ministries) training event. Both the basic course and the advanced course will be offered at the same place and the same time. Please encourage members of your congregation to register. The first event is scheduled for November 8 at LaGrange UMC. The same training will be held in the spring, March 7, in Hallettsville.
It is VERY important that you register by the due date. There will be a problem with facilities and food if we do not have an accurate account. The deadline is November 3.
Judith M. Johnson
Program Director
Crossroads District
830-305-1344 cell
Programming mission statement: To equip the laity of Crossroads District with skills and resources to grow in service and ministry as disciples of Jesus Christ.

A peek at what's to come at Kids' Kingdom in November...

Bible Verse: Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. Psalm 136:1
Theme: Fall/Thanksgiving
Nursery Rhyme: Baa Baa Black Sheep
General Objectives:
 Fall-colors, leaves, pumpkins, etc.
What is Thanksgiving? Learning about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Native Americans
What foods did they eat? What foods do we eat?
Giving thanks to God for all we have
Giving thanks to others
Thanksgiving Feast (lunch) Tuesday, November 25
Bible memory and comprehension
Nursery rhyme memory and comprehension
 Comprehension and recognition of letters, numbers and shapes

In abiding by our Heavenly Fathers' Word, let us remember in this season of Thanksgiving and at all times to always give thanks to God. 

Susie Lewis

Can you cook?
We are looking for dinner teams to help out in November. Dates available are November 5, 12, or 19. If it is on your heart to serve in this way please choose a dinner date and let me know. Thank you again to those who have already so willingly helped out. If you are not able to physically be there to help, please pray for the efforts of those involved. Prayer is powerful.
Susie Lewis (210)912-8195