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 Hand

Helping Hand has had a very busy summer. In July 240 people of Bandera County were helped. New families to Helping Hand totaled 22. We assisted 118 students with school supplies. Through July monetary value given to those in need amounted to $70,280.

Precious Minds, the program for mothers of a child up to 4 years of age, will start classes on October 7. If interested, contact Helping Hand.

The dedication ceremony of the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic will be held onThursday, September 25. Everyone is invited to attend.

Future events of Helping Hand will be Ringing of the Bell and Spirit of Christmas presents.

Helping Hand constantly runs out of food. Rice, beans, peanut butter, soups, are always needed. Helping Hand appreciates your support of food, clothes, shoes, furniture, and monetary giving as we continue to help those in need.

  Marianne Sandidge

  Helping Hand Representative

Kids’ Kingdom

We are off to a fantastic start! So excited for the amazing year God has planned for us and our little friends at Kids' Kingdom. Here's a peak at some of what's to come in September...

Bible Verse: Do to others as you would have done to you. Luke 6:31
Theme: All About Me and My Five Senses
Nursery Rhyme: Little Boy Blue
General Objectives:
School rules; becoming familiar with the classroom, teachers and new friends
Helping students to learn ways to calm down when upset
Explore and learn our five senses
Positional words
Bible memory and comprehension
Nursery rhyme memory and comprehension 

A Note from the Music Minister

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Psalm 103:1
This past month I have been contemplating Psalm 103. David, who is called a man after God’s own heart, sets forth his contemplations about God. This song begins and ends with David saying, “Bless the Lord, O my soul.”
In setting out to “Bless the Lord”, the music ministry of Bandera UMC is stretching out a little further. As of this writing, three other churches (denominations) have agreed to be part of a Community Christmas Cantata that will be hosted here in our sanctuary in December. If you would like to join the Chancel Choir just for this special performance, we would love to have you.
The Gospel Fest on October 19, 2014 is coming together quite nicely. Several musicians have been invited to sing and or perform during a wonderful Sunday evening concert. We have some wonderful musicians in this church as well. If you’re interested in this project contact Mark Wright, Mary Moseley or Esther Cook. There is always a way that you can get involved and help.
September brings new music programs to our existing programs on Wednesday evening. A youth choir will begin rehearsing at 5 PM. The elementary age children will have choir practice at 5:30 PM. The Chancel Choir will rehearse from 6:00 – 7:20 PM and then the Praise Group will rehearse from 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Bells will still ring on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.
Bless His holy name. Esther

Sunday School

Sunday School is every Sunday from 9:45 to 10:30.
There are classes for everyone.
3 months to Pre-K meet in the church nursery.

Kinder to 2nd grade meet in the fellowship hall. Will probably meet in the room across from the restrooms starting in Sept.

3rd to 5th grade will meet in the Cut ups room starting in Sept.

Jr and Sr high meet in separate classrooms at the end of the hall.

During the summer, we have one room Sunday school where everyone meets together and we do crafts, or cook or build or create something or do experiments.

Kids For Christ

We meet every Wed from 3:30 to 5:00 in the Fellowship Hall. This is for kids from Kinder to 5th grade. We have snacks, play games, and have a chapel time each week. Lots of fun and fellowship!  
Kids For Christ is back in full swing on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00. We invite any child from Kinder to 5th grade to join us for games, snacks, prayer and worship time.  

BBQ Fundraiser

Our annual Church BBQ is Sunday Sept. 28. Each church member will receive tickets to purchase or pre-sell. This helps us get a better idea of how much food to order and cook. This is a very fun day of fellowship and work that involves a lot of man and woman power, so please plan on attending. We need prep work on Saturday morning and then we start about 5:00 Sunday morning and are usually gone by 3:00. If everyone could bring a dessert to sell, we would appreciate that very much. If you cannot work the day of the BBQ, there are many things to do in advance, so please call Shawn and ask what you can do to help.

BBQ Blessings to you all!
Shawn Morrison – BBQ Chair – 210-218-7133

P.S. For as many years as I can remember, a church member has purchased meals for us to take to the Medina Childrens Home. We no longer have this benefactor, so if anyone would like to take on this mission, please call me. The cost will be about $1280. 

Youth Information

September 3rd we jump back into our Wednesday Night Schedule! However that schedule will look very different than last year. Starting at 3:30 pmstudents are welcome to arrive, sign-in, unwind, and snack. 4:00 pm will allow for a rotation of crafts, prayer journaling, tutoring, and recreation. Then at 5:00 we will have youth choir with Mrs. Esther Cook! Youth Small Groups will begin at 5:30 and we will end at 5:57 for dinner! All family are invited to join us; I know many of the Women's Beth Moore Bible Study will be there! At 6:20 we require that all students without a parent in the Wednesday night study be picked up! Childcare will be provided for those of the study only. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this.

Our next Family Fun Night will be September 21st! From 3-5 pm we will have games, lemonade, and prizes! I look forward to seeing you all there!

Kendra Glass
Youth Director
Bandera United Methodist Church

Mom’s Morning Out Program Information 

Mom’s Morning Out is a program focused on growing a love for the Lord in the hearts of our children. Children ages 1-2 explore their environment together and enjoy learning through play. Children ages 3-6 learn in a community that fosters creativity, self-expression, and responsibility. All children participate in Chapel Time with our pastor. Please contact Susan Cammack at (830) 688-6264 for more details or to enroll.
Dates/Times: Care is available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 to noon year round. Parents RSVP on Monday for Tuesday and/or Thursday care.
Cost: $10 per day, $5 each additional sibling. Only pay on days that you use our service.

Nursery Info 

The Bandera UMC Nursery is a friendly place to be! Children ages 6 weeks to 6 years enjoy toys, books, and games while in our care. We are available during first and second service on Sundays. During the Sunday School hour, we invite babies up to preschool age (have not yet entered Kindergarten) to listen to a Bible story, do a craft, and eat a snack with us. The nursery staff also offers care during various activities throughout the year, including during some of the Bible studies and United Methodist Women meetings.

Nursery News:
We are starting our new Sunday School lessons, Kid’s Time by Debbie Williams. We are excited for this new adventure and the lessons look wonderful. We will also be providing child care for all ages during the new Wednesday night Bible study. We will meet in the K-2nd Sunday School room (soon to be set up and looking good!) and the youth room. The staff will now be providing child care during the United Methodist Women meetings as well.

Mom’s Morning Out News:
So many changes are coming to our program and we are excited! We have moved to every Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Children 1-2 years of age will continue to meet in the nursery, and our older children will relocate to a room in the Fellowship Hall. Our 1-2 year old class will resume September 9th, and our 3 and up class will open back October 7th. We will continue to be open year round and take RSVPs each week for spots. We are happy to provide loving child care to the parents of Bandera, and foster a love of Jesus in the hearts of the children.

Love in Christ,
Sue Cammack

Pastor Larry

Greetings! As I was contemplating the idiosyncrasies of church life and other matters at hand over a few cups of coffee the other morning, it dawned on me that I have been pastor at Bandera for two whole months! And in these two months, I’ve sat in hospital rooms, in living rooms, in dining rooms, on front porches and at kitchen tables all the while getting to know Bandera UMC on a more personal basis. I’ve had breakfast at the OST, engaged in conversation over cups of joe at the Dogleg, shared ministry ideas with new friends at Camp Verde, laughed with other friends at Mac and Ernie’sand I’m proud to say I know most of the staff at Sonic on a first name basis! I’ve enjoyed pie with the Cut-Ups, been hosed down by enthusiastic children in the annual water balloon barrage and have been challenged to not one but two ice-bucket challenges! I share this with you because it is a real joy to be serving as your pastor and to be “included” in so much of what is going on around here.
Inclusion in the church is taking on a life of its own at Bandera UMC. Especially in light of the thoughtful and passionate conversations that many of you have shared with me at the Ponder with the Pastor gatherings. I will publish the “results” in next month’s newsletter, but there are patterns that have already developed in the hearts and minds of those who have participated. Much of what we have engaged in has been focused on and around the idea of inclusion. This begs the question, how inclusive are we as a church and congregation? How inclusive are we to children and youth? Not just to our own, but to the hungry and dirty and lonely children? How inclusive are we to our neighbors? Not just to those that live next to us, but also to those whose names we don’t know who live in the hidden places in our community and county? How inclusive are we of the stranger that approaches? How inclusive are we of one another?  
Many of you have shared your heart’s desire for our church to “do more and to be more”. There is the realization that we can and should be “more” to more people. I’m not sure where this will lead us in the coming weeks and months, but I am sure that things might get a little messy, because they usually do when you follow God’s will over our own comfortable desires. I am pretty sure there may be some folks who come to us with needs and issues that may make us squirm and feel uncomfortable. I can almost guarantee there may be some “undesirables” who are seeking the love and grace of God and they have come to us to experience it. How inclusive will we be in the coming weeks and months?
I do want to take this opportunity to thank you for the privilege of being your pastor and for embracing the “changes” that have already happened. I don’t think there have been many, but that seems to be open for debate among some…LOL! I assure you there is a reason behind what I feel led to do. Nonetheless, the vast majority of folks are responding with open hearts and open minds and enjoying the fresh start. As we move forward in our ministry together, may we be guided by the words of Jesus as we find them in Matthew 25:31-45:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,you did it to me.’“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 
May Almighty God continue to bless you and yours!  
Bandera UMW will meet at 9:30 AM in the fellowship hall on September 11. All women are invited to 

Ramp Project

Well it’s that time again. We have had a couple of months off from building ramps but now I have three requests and I need volunteers. I would like to build one in the city of Medina this coming Saturday, August 23rd if we have enough volunteers. This one should not be very long or hard as the ground is actually level. It will be for Nettie Carpenter who lives at 162 Winn Road, Medina, TX. This lady is 86 years old, uses a wheelchair and currently has no ramp, has dementia, heart disorders, circulatory impairment and has no use of her right arm. She needs our help!

If you can help, please let me know ASAP so I can order the material. If you would, please include the dates you could be available for the remaining ramps. These dates would be August 23rd, 30th, September 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th. I will send out emails to let you know when and how to get to the ramp projects as we get enough volunteers to do one.

Thank you again to everyone who volunteers their time to help on these projects.

Larry Shoemaker






​Boys and Girls Club

October 19th the Noisy Pot Collection will go towards the local 3 club sites that supervise 160 local youth each school day. It costs $456 per child per year to participate in our programs. Our fee per child is $25 per school year- no child is turned away. We offer:

  -POWER HOUR- Monday- Thursday each site has a minimum of 30 minutes of  
  mandatory study time. We need pencils, papers, books, and tutors!

  -S.M.A.R.T. Moves- Skills Mastery and Resistance Training- each site works on  
  an age appropriate level to reinforce healthy lifestyles and early education/ 
  prevention of substance abuse and teen pregnancy

October 26 there will be a soup luncheon and sale of handmade soup bowls for our teen group and the support of Earthy Artz. This will be after the 10:45 service and the funds will go towards the CAREER LAUNCH teen program.

Wedding Shower Brunch
Kelly Rigsby& Brent Mansfield
Saturday, September 27th
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Youth Wing of Fellowship Hall
R.S.V.P Abby Nightingale 830-796-5710