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December Herald

Published December 4, 2018 by

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Season of Advent

First Sunday of Advent – Peace
Second Sunday of Advent – Love
Third Sunday of Advent – Joy
Fourth Sunday of Advent – Hope


 During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the “coming” of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

The next four Sundays will be heart warming, spirit lifting and full of adoration and love for our Savior, be prepared to be blessed.

And my God will meet all our needs according
to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 | NIV

Thank You to everyone who has already turned in their “Estimate of Giving” card for 2019.  Your faithfulness is appreciated.
If you have yet to turn in your card, you are encouraged to do so.  As we have heard in recent weeks, your gifts to God through this church allow God’s work to be done within our church walls and far beyond. Please consider what you will plan to give to God in the year ahead, then bring your estimate of giving card to church next Sunday.  You can place it in the offering plate at that time.  You can also, of course, mail your card to the church office.  The mailing address is 7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, 78731.

Special Communion Rail & Christmas Eve Offering
God gave us the most magnificent present of all when he took human form and came to dwell among us.  We celebrate that great gift of love every Christmas.  In gratitude and celebration of God’s gift to us, our church will be giving away its entire Christmas Eve offering in an effort to share the love of God with others. 
Our Christmas Eve offering will be given to two God-inspired charities:
Living Water International and Community First! Village. 


Living Water International builds water wells that provide safe drinking water for some of the most impoverished communities in the world.  In addition to providing clean drinking water, Living Water International shares a message about “living water”—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst.
Click Here to learn more about this ministry  or go to

Community First! Village is master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the chronically homeless in Central Texas. This transformative residential program transforms the lives of our neighbors who have been living on the streets; it changes to lives of volunteers who live and work alongside of this community too.

Please consider giving a special offering this Christmas Eve to support God’s work through Living Water International and Community First! Village.  Should you choose to give, give with a glad and grateful heart.



To Russia with Love
Cindy Stone’s trip to Russia is one of my favorite stories this year so I saved it for our Christmas season. I couldn’t help but name it “To Russia with Love”.
It seemed to me to make a complete circle of love as Cindy presented the
Bob Ford stained glass art to the President of the UMC Moscow Theological Seminary. 


Every year during our seminary meeting, Sergei invites one of the students to share the path they traveled to reach the decision to become a pastor. We’re heard stories of tragedy, abandonment, addictions, and other suffering — enough to make me wince — mixed with the joy of discovery that God loves even them. Their yearning to understand more about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit led them, first to Bible study, then to formal education.
This year one of the students described how finding God and letting God find her changed her life. We all got a little teary-eyed, even more so when she said, “I feel like a tree that has been planted by the lake.”
The water doesn’t get much holier than that.

Cindy Stone


Cindy Stone

Pastor Laura praying for Cindy for safe and blessed travels to Russia.

Rev. Vera Agapova, pastor of Good News UMC in Vologda, Russia – our sister church.
Rev. Vera Agapova has been serving Good News UMC since 1997, following the tragic death of her husband in an automobile accident. She believes the love and support of her Christian community led her to attend seminary and step into leadership at her church. She has organized outreach programs for orphans, the homeless, and others in need.

Dr. Sergei Nikolaev, President of the UMC Moscow Theological Seminary
Cindy is giving him the Bob Ford NWHills stained window piece.
The Moscow Theological Seminary (MTS) graduates Russian and Eurasian Methodist pastors who serve UMC churches in 11 time zones. MTS maintains one of the highest enrollments in Europe and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020.


As a child I could hardly wait for the arrival of Christmas and all of the festivities associated with the holiday season.  I always wished for a “white Christmas” and most of the time my wish was granted.  As I reflect back on those early days I am reminded of all the customs my family had.  We had an advent calendar, put up our tree, bought and wrapped presents, invited friends and family in and prepared food for our holiday meal.  However, the most important event and lasting impression I have is attending Christmas Eve services with my family.  Hearing the Christmas story, watching the Youth pageant and singing our favorite hymns was the highlight of the season.  It was always such a joyous occasion to come together with our church friends and have this time together. 

What are the customs we observe today?  Do we get so busy with all the details that we forget what the meaning of Christmas is all about? Are there so many parties to attend, gifts to buy, cooking to do that we can’t  relate to this most joyous season?   Do we make sure our children and grandchildren know the Christmas story as Matthew and Luke tell it in the Bible?

How soon we forget the true meaning as we set our priorities on the on “other” things.  Let’s start this year by putting the birth of Christ as the true center of Christmas.  Reading the Christmas story with family and friends, adorning your home with decorations that are a reminder of Christ and attending church. Traditions are a great way to pass down family values to your children who in turn will pass them to theirs and so on.

Let’s shine our light on the amazing truth that, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).
By Connie Ellis

                   CHRISTMAS EVE  WORSHIP SERVICES                        
Join us for an evening of celebrating the birth of our Savior.     
  • 4pm   Children’s pageant, Communion and Candlelight 
  • 7pm   Lessons and Carols, Communion and Candlelight                   

What if you were following a plan for your money that you KNEW worked?
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money, get out of debt and create a plan for your future.
We’ll be offering a  Financial Peace University  class at our church beginning January  20.

Click Here to sign up   


New ideas to celebrate Advent with children
Try this Advent chain — Make an Advent chain that includes ministry     activities children can do. Make a link for each day from the first Sunday in Advent, Dec. 2, through Dec. 25. Symbolizing penitence and royalty, make purple links and a white link for Christmas Day. On each link, write an activity to do as a group or church or with parents or  guardians. The possibilities are endless. Tailor the activities to your church’s size and the needs of your community. Ideas include:

· Bake cookies for your local fire department.
· Make paper snowflakes.
· Do a good deed for your neighbor.
· Have each member of your family finish the sentence: “To me, Christmas means….”
· Read your favorite Christmas story.
· Drink cocoa from Christmas mugs.
·   Make Christmas gift tags.
Make sure you bring your children and grandchildren and to the Christmas Events this month, and tell them they can bring a friend. A new tradition!
dvent explained in 60 seconds. With LEGO!.

 MEN’S MINISTRY   7:30 AM    
 Men’s Kick Off Ministry | Room 106  

Singles | Room 101 |  Age 20s & 30s

2 X 2   |  Education II Bldg  |  Couples    
Awaken  | Room 112 | All Ages

Bible Adventures  |  Room 107 
Discovery  |  Room 110    
Discussion  |  Room  114 
Impressions of Jesus  |  Room 111  
Joshua | Room 106   
Living Water |  Room 105 |  Age 50+
Seekers  |  Room 103 | All  Ages





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 Walk 143         5:00PM
Emmaus Reunion          7:15 AM
Emmaus Reunion        10:00 AM
Prayer Shawl               10:00 AM
Emmaus Reunion        12:00 PM  
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

Please turn your order by this Sunday
 Each year during the Christmas season we decorate our sanctuary with poinsettia plants donated by you, our church family.  You may order one or more poinsettias and dedicate them in memory or in honor of a loved one. The list of donors and dedications will be published in the Christmas Eve bulletins. You may take your poinsettia home with you following any Christmas Eve service.
Cost of each plant: $13.00

 Help the NWHUMC Youth! For every plant sold this year, $1.50 will be donated to support Youth Missions.
This year you can click below and write your dedication. You will still give your payment of $13.00 per poinsettia to the Welcome Center or the Church Office.


Call Zel Heaney at the office if you have any questions.


December 4     Pat Brabham
December 5     Mary Lang              
December 7     Hannah Brooks
                         Susan Cardwell
                         Greg Gitcho
December 8     Susan Hammond
                         Pat Markley Jr.
December 10 Jack Collins
                       Rosalind Johnson
December 11 Cathie Trider
December 13 Diane Coleman
December 15 Claudia Sydney
December 16 Lynn Davis
December 17 Dylan McCarville
December 18 Clyde Barre
                       Jim Landrum
December 19 Elizabeth Gunter
December 20 Leanna Bergschneider
December 21 Emily Norman
December 22 Chris Carmagnola
December 23 Shirley Irvin
December 23 Gary Payne
December 26 Sharon Easter
                      Judy Johnson
December 28 Willena Bedoya
                       Eli Huston

December 29 Deena Byers
December 30 Kevin Brown
                      Megan  Shepherd
If you would like to be on this list please email  your birthday to our office at office@nwhillsumc.


Adorn The Scantuary Project 
It is beautiful because of you!


April 11 -14 , 2019
For more information and signup
Contact Rayann Coffman

The Men’s Ministry serves
“The Clothes Closet for Homeless Men”.

It is open Mondays (except holidays) from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM, and has truly developed into a ministry.  Each Monday is begun with a prayer prior to serving the customers.  The prayer includes the words “God help us to see Christ in those we serve today and help us so they can see Christ in us”.
 It is cold season now and they need winter coats, winter gloves, knit caps,30-36 jeans,11-14 running shoes and large/extra large tee shirts. Bring them to the church lobby or church office.

FAQ’s contact
Bobby Callison at 512-913-0471



Looking for a great smile and caring heart to serve at Welcome Center.
It will warm your heart!  Be at the Welcome Center before and after late service. 
10:40am – 11:05am
and right as service ends 11:50am -12:10pm
You can sign up for once a month.

We have had a wonderful response to the new
Outside Greeters! We need are in need of Greeters for
the 2nd Service. Sign up once a month.
10:40am – 11:05am 

Just let us know what dates you are available.

Email Us


December 22, 2018 Open Door Brunch

8:15am-11:00am @ University UMC.

Wear close-toed shoes, a hat, and bring your smile! UUMC serves more than 200 brunch meals to the homeless and those in need.

If you would like to join us. Sign up will be in the lobby.

2409 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas 78705

Contact Dee Susong if you have any questions.

January 12, 2019

Have you ever changed a person’s life in a single day? You can on January 12!

That day we will build a wheelchair ramp for a person in need. In a few hours, we will give someone the freedom to leave their home again!

Contact Dee Susong


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Contemporary Worship 9:00am - Sunday Study Groups 10:10am - Traditional Worship 11:00am

7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, TX 78731 512.345.1743