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February Herald

Published February 2, 2019 by



February, 2019

Contemporary Worship Service 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School & Small Groups 10:10 a.m.
Traditional Worship Service 11:00 a.m.


A verse to remember at Valentines.


Matthew 22:37 37Jesus replied: “‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

Psalm 37:4 4Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Rev. Laura Brewster
Christianity and World Religions
February 3:  Islam
Old Testament Reading:
Genesis 17:18-20
New Testament Reading:
Second Corinthians 5:20


7:30AM Men’s Ministry        

First Floor Room 106

10:10AM  Sunday Small Groups
 First Floor Sanctuary Bldg


2X2 Married Couples   
Living Water                 
20s & 30’s                    
10:10AM Sunday School

Children’s Sunday School
Family Life Center  
Manna Youth Sunday School
Youth Center 

Men’s Clothes Closet     7:30 AM
Stephen Ministry            5:30 PM
Prayer Shawl               10:00 AM
Bible Study
Walk Through the Bible 7:00 PM 
UMM Breakfast             7:00 AM
Women’s Bible Study 10:00 AM
Loss & Greif Seminar   7:00 PM
Monday   11:30 AM offsite
Tuesday    7:15 AM offsite
Tuesday  10:00 AM Library
Tuesday  12:00 PM offsite
Tuesday    5:00 PM Library
Saturday    7:45 AM offsite 

Elected Leaders for 2019
A new year means new leadership for our church family.  The following individuals are the persons our church has elected to serve in key positions this calendar year.
The members of our Administrative Board (the group responsible for leadership and vision) are:
Board Chair – Kevin Reed                                                                
Vice-Chair – Gary Gunter      
Lay Leader – Justin Bauer                                                                                                                  
Mission Resource Team Chairperson – Dee Susong   
Hospitality Team Chair – Mei Beth Shepherd 
Communications Team Chair – Connie Ellis                         
UMM President – Mike Wray
UMW President – Sue Abold                            
UMY Representative   – TBD
Young Adult Representative – Stephanie Greenhill                           
At-Large Board Member – Lauren Bauer                                          
At-Large Board Member – Mike Carmagnola                       
SPRC – Connie Ellis (class of  2019)
SPRC Chair – Rainer Mueller (class of 2020)
SPRC – Betty Caywood (class of 2021)        
Finance Chair – Greg Gitcho             
Trustee Chair – TBD 
Annual Conference Delegate – Mei Beth Shepherd
Annual Conference Delegate – Kevin Reed
Annual Conference Delegate – Bill Cain       
Senior Pastor – Laura Brewster
Associate Pastor – Audrey Spencer
Additionally, our Church has elected eight persons to serve as Trustees.  Trustees oversee, maintain and supervise all church property along with other legal and administrative functions.  Our Trustees in 2019 will be: Don Hammond, John Coffman, Ken Glasgow, Gary Johnson, Rachel Fausett, Harold Pate, Gale Copeland, and Clyde Barre.
Our Church has also elected individuals to serve on a Finance Committee.  The Finance Committee is charged with exercising stewardship of the Church’s financial resources.  Members of this Committee are: chairperson, Greg Gitcho; vice-chair, Les Broomall; treasurer, Neill Gruver; Tim Martin and Michael Caywood. This Committee will also include the chair or a representative from Trustees and SPR.                        
Please support these elected leaders with your prayers.


Prayer, Praise & Healing Service
Every third Thursday at 7:00 pm  

 Wesley Chapel in the Family Life Center
 Testimonials, prayer, celebrations,
  communion, music, and the powerful
  presence of the Holy Spirit.

Last summer, Bob Ford offered made a gift for every single church member – a stained glass panel featuring a picture of the stained glass window in our sanctuary.

    Bob asked everyone who accepted one of the stained glass panels to use them in a particular manner. He asked that every time we see our stained glass panel, we allow it to prod us to consider the following question: what is God is asking you to do through this church?

    So, has the stained glass panel of our church window actually prompted you to consider how you can serve God through Northwest Hills UMC? If so, what action have you undertaken as a result?

    Pastor Laura is asking you to share your responses with her. She wishes to include them in a sermon to be preached on March 3.
You can email your story to

Hart Lane side of  NWHills UMC.

GROW Night!
What is your New Year’s Resolution? 
 Are you ready to take control of your finances? Work on your relationship with God?  Work on your relationships with others?  If so, you’ll want to make time in your schedule for GROW Night.  GROW Night will be on Sundays at 6pm.  Topics will differ throughout the school year.   Consider joining in.

  January 20 – March 17
  Financial Peace University
  Class Facilitator: James Ferguson

Financial Peace University

Northwest Hills United Methodist Church

Started Sunday, January 20, 2019 6:00 PM

  • Lesson Title Date & Time
  • 1. Baby Step 1 & Budgeting Jan 20, 2019 – 6:00 PM
  • 2. Baby Step 2 Jan 27, 2019 – 6:00 PM
  • 3. Baby Step 3 Feb 03, 2019 – 6:00 PM
  • 4. Baby Steps 4, 5, 6, & 7 Feb 10, 2019 – 6:00 PM
  • 5. Buyer Beware Feb 17, 2019 – 6:00 PM
  • 6. The Role of Insurance Feb 24, 2019 – 6:00 PM
  • 7. Retirement Planning Mar 03, 2019 – 6:00 PM
  • 8. Real Estate & Mortgages Mar 10, 2019 – 6:00 PM
  • 9. The Great Misunderstanding Mar 17, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Are you ready to take control of your finances?  Are you ready to get out of debt?  Do you long for a plan you can follow to get your money matters on track?  Then join in the next Financial Peace University class.To register, go to 


February 1 Elizabeth Cavner 
February 3 James Ferguson 
February 3 Ray * Kiser 
February 6 Janice Gandt 
February 7 Bruce Cardwell 
February 7 Gary Hanson 
February 9 Bill Cain Jr.
February 11 Charley Gallia 
February 11 Gary Johnson 
February 19 Edis Oliver 
February 20 Elliot Moulton 
February 23 Austin Cummings 
February 23 Dick Smith 
February 24 Betty Hallgren 
February 24 Helen  Park 
February 24 Cathy Troutner 
February 25 Lauren Bauer 
February 25 Dee Dee Biggert 
February 25 Patti Bizzell 
February 25 Bob Callison 
February 25 Tom Coopwood 
February 26 Amy  Huston 
February 26 Allen  Kemp 
February 26 Kiersten Taylor 
February 28 Marjeanne Rutt 

Want to see what our youth group is up to each week? Sign up to bring an entrée for 20 people and stick around to eat with us! More details available through the link. For questions, contact Taylor McLean,

Thanks to all of those who volunteered we only have a few dates to fill.
Feb 27, Mar 6, Mar 3.

Taylor McLean
Youth Director
Northwest Hills UMC

With Paulette Payne
Tuesdays & 7:00pm Room 111

The class will be discussing the last chapter of Hebrews and the two books of Peter 1 Peter and 2 Peter These are short books in the bible but with a wealth of information for Christians.

Adoration Liturgical Dance Ensemble will be hosting stretch and technique class each Wednesday morning, 8:45-10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. Adults, join us for an elementary level class designed for moving stiff joints, toning muscles, and generating joyful movement through music and fellowship. Contact Heather Taylor at Youth dance ministry meets Wednesday afternoon, 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the sanctuary.


The hospitality committee was created at Northwest Hills last year! It is a combination of old and new activities that help show visitors and members alike how friendly we are! There are opportunities for you to help with these important activities! We would love to have you join us.

Our latest Hospitality group is the outdoor Greeters! These people stand outside and greet visitors and members alike with a wave and a smile. Directions are provided for free and they can lend a helping hand if you need it on Sunday morning. Look for or join our Greeters on Sunday mornings – they are wearing the pineapple stoles showing our hospitality in a tangible way! Contact Mei Beth Shepherd to join the greeter squad!

Our Welcome and Information Center is a new addition to the church! Paulette Payne and Zel Heaney our church secretary has been doing an amazing job providing information and directing people each Sunday but she can use some help!

1.       8:45, 10:00 and 11:00 am Sunday mornings be at the Welcome and Information center to answer questions and assist visitors and members.
2.       Once a month – bake canned pumpkin bread for 1st time visitor gift bags
3.       ½ hour once a month – assemble 1st time visitor gift bags
Zel Heaney is maintaining these schedules and will be happy to put you on them!

The coffee corner has been updated and enhanced under the hospitality committee! We provide drinks (coffee, tea) and snacks before the Sunday Services as well as a place to sit and visit! There are many opportunities to help with the coffee corner each Sunday. It takes at least three volunteers to make sure the coffee corner is ready each Sunday!
1.       8:30 am – bake or bring six (6) dozen sweets to share and put them out for consumption
2.       10:00 am – tidy up coffee corner and replenish sweets from the closet if needed
3.       12:00 pm – after service put away any leftover sweets and coffee supplies in storage – Ronnie takes care of coffee pots and water thermos!

Volunteer one time, once any month or on a regularly scheduled Sunday (2nd Sunday each month)

Paulette Payne 512-627-9072 does a fantastic job keeping Coffee Corner running smoothly and will help you find a way to help!

The Ushers have been around for many years and are the cornerstone of the hospitality committee! These are church members that make sure anyone who comes to our services knows what is going on (being handed a bulletin or program) and where they can go (directions during communion), collection of offering, and registration of attendance. It’s not difficult to be an usher and we are open to volunteers to help us out one Sunday a month! Michael Norman manages the early service ushers and typically sends out a quarterly schedule of assignments. We need a late service usher manager so let us know if you can help in this way!

Mei Beth Shepherd 512-426-1273 is the chairperson of our Hospitality committee and will be able to help you fit in if you are looking for ways to help people feel more welcome and comfortable at NWHUMC!

Northwest Hills UMC serves at Community First! Village              

Pictures by Bill Henderson



February 24 | Sunday | Camp Mabry  

Join the Northwest Hills UMC Crop Walk team! We will walk the trail at Camp Mabry to raise money to fight hunger in Austin (25%) and worldwide (75%)!

Wear your NWHillsUMC tee shirt if you have one and meet near the kickoff at 1:45pm for a 2pm start time.

Questions, contact Dee Susong ( Sign up in the narthex or online at our team page:

February 23 | Saturday | 8:00am | Family Life  Center

Fellowship, Breakfast,Music and Holy Communion  
Special Speaker – Trooper Michael Smith
Clothes Closet Update –   Ralph Eckwall / Bobby Callison.    
Please bring Blue Jeans (waist 28-36),
Tennis/Running Shoes, backpack, and white socks to support our
 homeless ministry.


2018 Recap
Men’s Ministry Work at

Over the course of 2018 over 45 men have participated in a number of projects which have benefitted our church.  We were able to make contributions /projects which to the tune of over $7000.00, some of these included the following:

Men’s Cloths Closet

Youth Projects

Comfort House – new shoes, schools supplies, and Christmas gifts

Pillow Case Ministry

Community First Project

Rise Against Hunger 

New vacuum for the church

These were some of our major contributions/projects.



Additionally, the UMM provide over 2400 “volunteer hours,” to these various projects:

Men’s Cloths Closet

Golf tourney, catfish dinner & bake sale

Men’s Steak dinner

Comfort House projects

Volunteering @ schools

Drive a Senior

Rise Against Hunger

Ramp building projects

There are undoubtedly more that I have overlooked.


This is an invitation for all men of NWHUMC to come a be a part of a group that making a difference in the church and our community.


Men All In



February 10


Come to compete, or just to eat at our Annual Chili Cook Off! Competitors can sign up in the lobby or by emailing Taylor Mclean at

Everyone is invited to purchase chili bowls or new coffee mugs, both expertly  designed by our youth. $5 entrance,$20 bowls and mugs .Input caption text here. Use the block’s Settings tab to change the caption position and set other styles.


  9 a.m. Greeting and Ushering.  

Boy Scouts
Serve cobbler after the
9 a.m. service and before 11:00 a.m. service. 

Ushers, Greeters, & Collection for the
11 a.m. service. 



February 16 Saturday
5:00pm – 8:30pm

Family Life Center

Great fun, games and dinner for kids.
For information on    pricing and registration go to

 February 12
 9:30am | Room 109

This month the United Methodist Women are having a  
Hymn Sing
at our  regular monthly meeting.  Join  other women in singing some of your  favorite hymns from the UMC Hymnal.


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

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