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August 2018 Herald

Published August 3, 2018 by

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Joys and Blessings 

July 29, 2018, Hannah Brooks joined NWHills UMC
Hannah Brooks 
Joined Northwest Hills UMC and made it her home church.

We are so happy and look forward to watching baby Ellis grow.

To all our faithful let us reach out and show our new family member how happy we are she is here! 


NWHills UMC Vacation Bible Camp 2018
Just a word about Vacation Bible Camp, it is a gift to be a part of this program. I have participated in Vacation Bible Camps before so I knew the wonderful feeling of the seeing children enjoy the fellowship and the eagerness to learn more about God. NWHills UMC program that Pastor Audrey executed was amazing, from one activity to the next, every day was incredible, full of fun, love, and the word of God. As you look at the great photography Dennis Ellis shares, look at the excitement and the pure joy of the children’s faces. The teachers, leaders, music, bible stories, dinners & fabulous snacks, everyone who participated gave their all so these kids could know God’s love is real.  If you have never served in VBC you really don’t know what you missed, and if you did you these pictures will bring smiles and much joy. Zel Heaney


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Adoration Dance performed in July

Central Food Bank Mission in July
Great smiles, full of joy, serving God and loving our community.



Strategic Planning Process Update
August 2018
Mike Carmagnola

Over the last several months, we have seen progress on our church-wide Strategic Planning effort.  There is a lot of energy, many ideas, and a renewed sense of enthusiasm which is spreading around our community.  Clearly, many of us have a passion for this church and for Jesus, and this is showing itself in several new initiatives which are now taking shape. 
In a congregation meeting in May, we presented five Focus Areas: Worship; Hospitality; Discipleship; Community Connections; and Communications.  These were developed after detailed review and discussion of all the input received from congregants and other stakeholders.  In support of these Focus Areas, we also identified twelve Action Items.  Teams of congregants met and identified specific activities to address many items which need more focused attention.  These efforts have resulted in the following specific actions:

  • Adjusting the worship times to 9AM and 11AM to make it easier for folks to engage.
  • Creating a Hospitality Team (led by Mei Beth Shepherd) to coordinate efforts related to our “front door,” communications, and front lobby / public face presence.
  • Developing a Time & Talent Survey to ensure we understand individuals’ specific interests and skills; these may be used to support mission opportunities.
  • Developing a survey to help folks understand where they may best engage in Small Group opportunities to support their faith development.
  •  Streamlining the Bulletin to make it easier to discover opportunities for individual engagement.
  •  Improving our web presence to enhance communications.

These are a few of our initial efforts and will certainly lead to additional activities in many other areas.  We are talking about our church and our place in the community, seeking to strengthen our relevance and connection to others.  We are investing in ourselves to grow our faith and focus our individual gifts in support of the whole.  We are helping to grow God’s kingdom.  What better work can we all do!



Aug. 12 – Slash Bash Family Pool Party
Aug. 17 – FREE Outdoor Movie Night
Aug. 18  – Youth Mission: Supper Club
               at Spring Terrace

Aug. 18 – Men’s UMM & Troop 3
               Breakfast & Presentation
Aug. 19 – Move Up Sunday
                Children’s Ministry    
Aug. 26 – Hurricane Recovery Mission 
               Meeting After Church


Sep. 09 – Community First Village
Sep. 09 – Mock Fire Drills  
                After Worship Services 
Sep. 14 – Camp Tejas Youth Retreat
Sep. 15 – Austin Beautification Day
Sep. 23 – Rise Against Hunger!!!

Oct. 06 –  Blessing of the Animals
Oct. 07 –  Men’s Steak Dinner
Oct. 12 –  Missions – Victoria, Texas
Oct. 20 – 

Hands-on Housing Paint Day
Oct. 21 –  Fellowship Brunch
Oct. 27 –  Missions – Puerto Rico Fundraiser
                 Dinner and Silent Auction
Oct. 31 –  Trunk or Treat

______________________________Nov. 15 – Women’s Emmaus Walk
Nov. 11 – Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov. 25 – Adorn the Sanctuary


Dec. 02 Las Posadas
Dec. 08 РGingerbread Caf̩

Dec. 14 – Living Nativity
Dec. 24 – Candle Light

             & Holy Communion  





Sunday, August 12, 1-3pm
  @ Murchison Pool

What better way to get ready for a new school year than to have one last summer pool party!? Join us at the Murchison Pool (across the street from the Youth Center) for hog dogs, popsicles, and an epic splash contest!


Friday, August 17,
9pm @ NWHills  

Join us for fun under the stars, last chance for this summer. Bring a friend!


This Annual event will have an update from the Scoutmaster, showing highlights of the past year’s,
Please RSVP to with

Mike Wray
We are celebrating Children’s Sunday School Classes moving up August 19 to a new Classes.

August 18 -10:00am 
Family Life Center
Youth Missions:
Supper at Spring Terrace

Let’s make a delicious meal for our neighbors and show God’s love. 


Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve a potluck dinner for the congregants of The Gathering at Community First! Village. We will set up and tear down for the worship service and greet participants. Community First! 
Village provides permanent micro-homes and support for the disabled, chronically homeless population in Central Texas. A carpool with leave NWH parking lot at 3:15 pm. The Village is located at 9301 Hog Eye Road, Austin, Texas 78724. Children and youth are welcome with a parent. Look for a sign-up sheet in the narthex or contact Jackie Gardner

OCTOBER 2018  
JUNE 2019

Oct. 11-14, 2018
Northwest Hills UMC will send a work team to Victoria to help a homeowner who is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey. 

June 15-22, 2019 
We will also be sending a work team to Puerto Rico next summer to aid in Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. 

All persons interested in being a part of our 2019 Puerto Rico mission team are asked to attend a planning meeting on Sunday, August 26 at 12:30pm.  We will meet in room 101.
We will use this meeting to plan our first major fundraising effort – a dinner and silent auction which will be held on Saturday, October 27.
Please make plans to be present.  Invite others who you believe may also want to be a part of this awesome service opportunity.
Grace and peace,

Pastor Laura


We are partnering with “Rise Against Hunger” to help fight hunger. We will gather together at NWHills UMC to pack food boxes for thousands of children. We invite you to join with us and Stop Hunger Now!




Men’s Ministry                 7:30AM
Impressions                  10:10AM
2X2 Married Couples   
Discovery Singles         10:10AM
Joshua                          10:10AM
Living Water                  10:10AM
20s & 30’s                     10:10AM
Awaken                         10:10AM
Children’s Sunday School       10:10AM
Manna Youth Sunday School  10:10AM

Men’s Clothes Closet    7:30 AM

Resource Team            8:00 AM

Emmaus Reunion       11:30 AM

Stephen Ministry           5:30 PM 

Stephen Ministry           7:00 PM


Emmaus Reunion         7:15 AM

Emmaus Reunion       10:00 AM

Prayer Shawl              10:00 AM

Emmaus Reunion       12:00 PM
Bible Study                   7:00 PM

Walk Through the Bible


UMM Breakfast             7:00 AM
Emmaus Reunion         7:30 PM

Emmaus Reunion         8:30 PM

Women’s Bible Study 10:00 AM

Emmaus Board Meet   6:00 PM
Loss & Greif Seminar   7:00 PM



Emmaus Reunion        7:15 AM


Emmaus Reunion       7:45 AM

Emmaus Reunion       8:00 AM 

The United Methodist Men – UMM is a ministry for men and to men for the purpose of leading men in spiritual growth and effective discipleship.
Wednesdays at 7:00 am  Prayer Breakfast in the Family Life Center
Sundays at 7:30 am Bible Study and fellowship
Mondays 7:00 am The Capital District UMM had a major role in starting the Homeless Men’s Clothes Closet back in 1999 and have kept it operating ever since. It is currently being managed by the Capital District UMM and is located at 7th and Neches. Contact:  Bobby Callison for more information

Tuesday Evenings Aug.7-28 2018 7-9 pm
Come join us as we discover what the apostle Paul has to tell us how to walk with in Jesus in your daily life. A Walk Through the Bible class will be studying the book of Romans for the month of August . No previous bible experience required. All are welcome If you have any questions, contact Paulette Payne



August 1             Jim McComb     

August 3             Bonita Campbell   

                             Mike Carmagnola  

                             Alison Norman 

August 5             Alaina Goss       

                             Don Hammond

August 6             Tim Martin        

                             Scott Roberts

                             Millie Shimfessel    

August 8             Fred Fuchs        

                             Kyle Hammond

August 9             John Hudachek

August 10           Cindy Vaden     

August 11           Charles Olien    

August 12           Jody Henderson     

August 13           Wesley Brown  

August 14           Charles Sauer   

August 15           Garland Gray    

August 16           Benjamin Norman 

August 17           Daniel Dietz      

                             Frances Pierson     

August 18           Audrey Goss     

                            Jean Leonard    

August 19           Zach Kates         

August 22           Annelisa Cornell   

                             James Starr Jr.  

August 25           Rayann Coffman  

                             Zachary Crawford  
                            Jim Trulove       

August 26           Bruce  Loyer      

August 27           Lynn Brown       

August 29           Jerrene  Dishongh  

August 30           Harvey Doerr    

August 30           Joyce Reynolds

August 31           Carl  Gusler       

                             Georgia Martin

                             Nancy Smith

All our thanks to everyone who donated flowers this month.

In celebration of
Connie and Millie Shimfessel’s
64th wedding anniversary.
 In celebration of
Emma and Sesame,
and all God’s
Creatures given by Lynn Davis.
To the Glory of God
given by the Flower Committee.

The Ministry of flowers is an important part of the Sunday Service at Northwest Hills UMC. Flowers beautify the sacred spaces of our church and are a gift to God and those who attend the services.
Flowers can be dedicated to commemorate a special event or to remember a loved one.

If you would like to donate flowers for a special honor, or memory of a loved one contact Ruth Copeland  (512) 331-0053.



Women’s Emmaus Walk

Emmaus Walk News 

The next Emmaus Walk is fast approaching.  The walk will be a Women’s Walk on November 15 through November 18, 2018.  We have several members already signed up.  We hear it is going to be a full Walk, so if you are interested in going, we need to get your application turned in quickly.  If you have any questions, please call Rayann Coffman at 512-994-7697 or email her at 

To our current Emmaus community – I am trying to put together a comprehensive list of all the Reunion Groups available in our church.  We have several new members who are seeking a group to join.  If you are a member of a group, please give me the following information: 

  • Time and day you meet
  • Closed or Open to new members
  • Names of people in your group 

Thanks for your help in getting this list together,
Rayann Coffman



A Fresh View of Prayer

When I think of prayer, I think of my morning and evening talks with God.  I also think of “Our Father” and other corporate prayers spoken in worship. These talks bring thanks and pleas before God.

Recently I was reading Philippians 4:6. “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done.”  This got me to thinking that prayer should be an ongoing and in the moment process.  Taking time to thank God as you experience His grace, and asking for help as it is needed.  Why store these things for later, when God is by our side and listening always?

I have begun to do this daily and have found that I am much more positive and at ease, and I see the world in a more favorable light.

If you haven’t tried this yet, try it today.  Live out the promise in Philippians 4:7.”Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.”

Blessings always.


Getting a prayer recipient
a phone call or a comforting note is easy now with the new prayer card.

They are always in t the pew racks.
Take a look!


The men’s ministry is still collecting men’s toiletries, you can bring them to office or on Sundays. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, small soap bars, lotions and other hotel type items. So many in need, help us make a difference. You can contact Bob Bowker if you any questions

The Hospitality team needs your help by volunteering your time of 10 minutes to help welcome visitors and members on a Sunday morning at the coffee corner in the narthex. Times are 830am, 1000 am and 1115 am and you get to choose which time and date works best for your schedule Duties include bringing& setting out sweets/cookies, help with clean up.
Contact Paulette Payne or sign up online

Stephen Ministry has a program for Communion for our shut-ins, if you  know someone who would want to take communion please contact Marsha Gray.

All of us need someone to listen, to hear us; and in our troubles, someone to be God’s loving presence. Someone you know may benefit from confidential visits with a Stephen Minister. Contact Marsha Gray, or 512-343-8546.

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg   Book, DVD Study and Guide   Ortberg explains why our souls matter, what they actually are and how we can keep them and ourselves healthy and whole.  If you care about the quality of your life this is for you.  It would be a great study for a group or individual.

Click Here to see a clip of Soul Keeping by John Orthberg

Time Changer DVD   The setting is an 1800″s Christian University.  The question posed is “Can you teach the principals of Christ without Christ?”  The answer becomes evident with the use of a time machine trip to the future.  You will not want to miss this amazing and thought-provoking movie!  
Click Here to see the movie trailer.

Wonder DVD  This is a heart warming story from the perspective of a child with birth deformities.  He struggles with how he’s treated but his courage and personality changed those who judged him.  You will be blessed by this movie.
Click Here to see the movie trailer.

North Hills Gallery 
August 1-September 3, 2018

Title: World Tour Orion and Jan Knox

Artists: Jan and Orion celebrate life with creations in paint and through the lens from their worldwide travels.  This husband and wife team work to capture both the nearby and the faraway.  They have traveled to all 7 continents.
Reception: August 5,12:15-1:15 PM
Address: 7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, Texas 78731
(off Far West)
Hours Open: Monday- Thursday 10 AM-5 PM,  Sunday 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM    
Closed Friday and Saturday

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