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January Herald

Published January 7, 2019 by





January, 2019

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



New Sermon Series
Rev. Laura Brewster



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.



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


ERT Basic Training, Saturday, Jan. 12th at Dripping Springs

Do you wish you could do more to help our neighbors after a huge disaster?  Sign up for training!
Our annual conference – The Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church – is now offering a class on Emergency Response Training.  ERT trained persons can join small work teams that quickly mobilize to help disaster victims do such things as tarp a roof, clear downed trees, rip wet sheetrock out of water logged homes, etc.
If sufficient persons from our church become ERT trained, we will have the capacity to send an ERT team from our church to disaster sites as opposed to joining a work team from another church.
If you do choose to seek training, please let me know.
Grace and peace to you all,
Pastor Laura
Go to the link below to get the times & sign up.

             January 13 @ 12:30pm  in the Narthex (Lobby)

Are you interested in exploring membership in Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, or would you simply like to know more about this church family? 
If so, join Pastor Laura and Pastor Audrey for Pizza with the Pastors on Sunday, January 13 at 12:30pm.  We’d love to see you there.  Register with Rev. Laura.


       January 20 – February 10
Class Facilitators: Pastor Laura & Pastor Audrey
This four-week study will help us understand and grapple with various views about the ministry and teaching of The United Methodist Church around issues of human sexuality.
 Participants will work to have honest, informed, and grace-filled conversations with others who may or may not agree with them regarding the topic at hand.
To register, call 512-345-1743


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

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




Christmas 2018 at Northwest Hills

Thank you to Pastor Laura & Pastor Audrey and their Ministry Teams. Thank you Cindy Martin and all of those who help decorate our beautiful sanctuary. Thank you to our Music Ministry and fabulous Cantata, our Greeters, our Ushers. Thank you to all those who served in the wonderful Living Nativity that blessed so many. Thank you to our Hospitality Team that provided all the goodies in the narthex during this season. Thank you Dennis Ellis for great pictures which we will enjoy for years to come.

La Posada!La Posada, the tradition commemorates Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a warm place to stay the night. (Posadas is Spanish for “lodgings” or “accommodations.”) We stood outside a  series of houses, singing songs, asking for lodging. We are refused time and again. Then, finally, we are ask our youth at the NWHills Youth Center and are allowed in. Here we celebrate,  with song and festivities. For those of us who attended it was a very special. Families were invited to join us for festivities. 


Our annual Gingerbread Cafe was a treat for many girlls and boys. A wonderful opportunity the tell “The Real Christmas Story” by our own John Coffman as Santa.


Christmas Cantata

Special Performance by Adoration Dance

Beautiful Living Natvity

Click below to see more Christmas 2018 pictures. You can find these in and we will be adding more pictures. If you have pictures you would like to contribute please call Zel at the office and send them to

Click Here for more Christmas pictures!

January 2    Kathi Doolittle
January 2    Sarah Kates
January 3    Gale Copeland
January 3    Pat Damron
January 6 Julie Gallia
January 7 Neill Gruver
January 8 Mike Vaden
January 10 Brian Lengel
January 12 Kimberly Min
January 13 Lauren Hoffman
January 17 Tina ** Maletta
January 19 Alex Kates
January 19 Michael Norman
January 21 Betty Hamilton
January 22 Ella Johnson
January 23 Ryan Loyer
January 25 Ruth Ann Trulove
January 26 Becky Travelstead
January 27 Mary Frances Markley
January 29 Diane Crawford

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,


Taylor McLean
Youth Director
Northwest Hills UMC

We’re registering folks for “Breaking Bread”  in the Narthex.  If you’d like to share food and fellowship with others from our church community in a small-group setting, please stop by our
sign-up table following either service.
Groups will meet once a month Feb.-May.
 For more info, check with Ken & Bonnie Moyer, 512-452-6889 or

February 2  | Saturday | Youth Building
Clean out your closets for a good cause.  The hurricane relief team that will be working in Puerto Rico in June is hosting a rummage sale on Saturday, February 2.  The team would welcome your contributions of household items, clothes, holiday decor, etc. 

Donations can be brought to church
beginning Sunday, January 27.



Greater Austin Emmaus
Community Gathering


January 12, 2019
Northwest Hills United Methodist Church
5:00 p.m. Chapel Family Life Center
The Joy of Sponsoring a Pilgrim Training
6:00 p.m. Gym—Family Life center
Pot Luck Dinner
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary
Music and Worship


4TH Day Please Bring
Last Name:  A-G:  Desserts
H-M: Appetizers, Salads Side Dishes
N-Z:  Main Dishes
Child care is available for ages 5 and under ,
with reservations by 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 9th.  Please contact
Steven Scott @ 281-460-5567



United Methodist Women Meet
2nd Tuesdays of the month
9:30 – Room 109

All women are invited!
Check out the Methodist Men’s new display in the narthex.

We are excited to announce the kick-off of our Prayer, Praise & Healing Service on January 17th at 7:00 pm and on the third Thursday of every month thereafter.

It will be held in the Wesley Chapel on the lower level of the Family Life Center.
Come help us create an awakening in our church through the Holy Spirit and our intentional, corporate prayer. You will also hear music and testimonials of how God is working in our lives and our church. 
Please call or text Nancy Collins at 512-699-2677 if you have any questions or need a prayer.



January 12 – Saturday 
4901 Lyons  Rd. Unit A,
Austin Texas, 78702

After experiencing several falls, Mr. Jenkins needs a ramp. God is calling you to build it for him! Bring gloves, safety glasses, snacks, lunch,  and water. Meet at the site. If you are able to be on the loading/unloading team, let Dee know. Sign up via email  Contact Dee Susong at     
0R in the narthex.



January 13  –  Sunday  4:00pm  NWH Parking Lot

Help feed the  formerly homeless residents at the Community First Village in Austin. Children and youth are welcome with  supervision.
Carpool leaves the NWH parking lot at 4 pm and
returns @ 7:30 pm.
Signup sheets for food and
sundries will be in the church narthex.

Jackie Gardner




January 20 – Sunday
10:10 a.m. Sanctuary

Residents in the Victoria area are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey, and you can help.  Our church will send a work team to the Victoria area during Spring Break.  To learn more, attend a team meeting on Sunday, January 20 at 10:10am.  



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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