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June Herald

Published June 6, 2018 by

June 2018 Herald PDF



 June 10, 2018   
Series: Heroes  Today: Ester
Rev. Laura Brewster

11:15 Special Music – Youth from Kline UMC 
June 17, 2018 Father’s Day
Series: Heroes  Today: Nameless Heroes
Rev. Laura Brewster
June 24 – July 29, 2018
Series: James, Jesus’ Bold Younger Brother


For Last Weeks Sermon Notes and Streaming Messages    Click Here for more on these Sermons


For more pictures of the “Youth Sunday” CLICK HERE.


Zel Heaney joined the Northwest Hills UMC Pentecost Sunday
“I am very excited and humbled to be a part of a Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, and I pray God will use me to serve. Thank you to everyone who stood by me that day, your love and kindness made my heart melt. I truly felt honored to be standing by such pillars of the church.”


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
Seekers                         10:10AM
Awakening                     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



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 

June 10  –  Special Music
    Kline Youth Choir 11:15a Service
June 10  Serving Opportunity 
   Dinner at Community First Village
June 11 – FREE Concert  
    Austin Women’s Chorus Choir
June 15 – FREE Outdoor Movie Night
    FREE popcorn, bring a blanket or chair.
June 17 – Father’s Day Sunday
June 23 – Serving Opportunity
   Brunch at University UMC
June 24 –  Hurricane Missions Details
   Victoria Hurricane Relief October 11-15,2018
   Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief June 15, 2019

July 20 – FREE Outdoor Movie Night 
   FREE popcorn, bring a blanket or chair.
July 28 – Serving Opportunity
   Intergenerational Mission Work at the
   Central Texas Food Bank 

August 12 – Slash Bath Fun at the Pool
   FREE Pool Party for kids Murchison Pool
September 30 –  Men’s Steak Dinner
October 11-15 Serving Opportunity 
   Victoria Hurricane Relief October 11-15 
November 15 -18  Spiritual Experience
   Women’s Emmaus Walk

See our Event Calendar



Great family time, great for kids!
Austin’s Tapestry Singer’s hosting this wonderful
Women’s Chorus Festival Concert

June 11 at 7:00pm
NWHills UMC Sanctuary
A wonderful Concert not to miss!

Women’s Emmaus Walk

Where are you on your life’s journey?  Do you have questions about this faith thing?  Are you seeking a stronger spiritual life?  Then you should check out the Walk to Emmaus.

You might ask “What is the Walk to Emmaus”?  The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual journey.  It revolves around the scripture in Luke 24:13-35 where two men are walking on the road to Emmaus.


Summer has just arrived, but we’re sharing our Church’s Christmas calendar with you so that you can “save the date” for events you want to attend.
Las Posadas
December 2 (Sunday)
5:30pm – 7:00pm
            Las Posadas (Spanish for “the inns”) is an Advent celebration that symbolizes Mary and Joseph’s frustrating search for an inn where they could rest and where Jesus could be born. The tradition is based on the story told in Luke 2:1-7.
            The congregation will be invited to join “Mary” and “Joseph” as they process around our neighborhood in search of a place to rest.  “Mary” and “Joseph” will ask for lodging – and be refused entry – at three predesignated apartments.  The group will then process to the Family Life Center where they will ask for shelter.  The group will be allowed in, and a celebration will begin.  We will sing and eat.  Children will be invited to make crafts and break a piñata.  Join us for this joyful and centuries old tradition.
Gingerbread Cafe
December 8 (Saturday)
It’s a Northwest Hills tradition!  Come and decorate a gingerbread house as part of your holy-days.  You’ll work up an appetite with your labor, so make plans to stay for a chili lunch.  You may see Santa drop by too!
Living Nativity
December 14 (Friday)
6:00pm & 7:00pm
The Northwest Hills UMC Living Nativity is a completely free gift to the community that is in its 3rd year. It is a live outdoor production with live music, live animals and a different cast at each presentation.
            Presentations are at 6:00pm and 7:00pm.  Stay for hot chocolate and cookies at the conclusion of the program.  Children will also want to stay for a while so they can visit our FREE petting zoo.  Make plans to come, and bring a friend!
Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Worship Services
December 24 (Monday)
We will offer two worship services on Christmas Eve.  A late afternoon service will feature our praise band, Holy Communion and candlelight.  Our evening service will be more traditional in nature, and it too will offer Holy Communion and candlelight.  The exact time of these worship services is still to be determined.
It is our hope that you make these events and worship services a part of your Christmas.


July 28 – Central Texas Foodbank:
1:30 – 4:30pm.  This is a great family opportunity. There are many needs at the foodbank and children and youth are more than welcome to help out. Contact Rachel Fausett at or sign up in the sanctuary narthex.
NO Wednesday MANNA
for the summer

I’ve loved getting to know ya’ll this year and I’m bummed to not see you every week; but I hope to see you during our summer activities!
Sunday school every week at 10 am in the Youth Center. We will be reading the Minor Prophets and it doesn’t matter if you miss a week, just come when you’re in town!
We will get together for Movie Nights, a pool party, and we’ll go see some live music and plays. All activities are FREE! Check out our website for a full schedule:

Northwest Hills UMC Opportunities To Serve in Our Community and Beyond 


June 10 – Community First Village
3:15pm – 7:00pm We will serve dinner for the community now living at Community First Village. Join us and see what this groundbreaking effort to stop homelessness is about. We will carpool from the church, parking is limited. Contact:  Jackie Gardner 512-925-4926  


June 23 – Serve brunch to homeless
8:15am-11:00am @ University UMC.
Wear close toed shoes, a hat, and bring your smile! Sign up in the Narthex or contact Dee Susong at  or 512-740-0806
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. 

To learn how you can go, and be a part of fund raising meet with Pastor Laura for a special session to be held in the sanctuary on
June 24 at 10:10am



Most Christians are faithful about praying intercessory prayers for our family and friends, but we are not quite as confident offering a blessing over others.  It blesses us to bless others and also fulfills the biblical admonition to “let your conversation be always full of grace” (Col 4:6) and to “encourage one another and build each other up”
(I Thes 5:11).  The best known blessing is the Aaronic Blessing found in Numbers 6: 24 – 26.  

It is of interest to see the Hebrew view of it.  God gave the words to Moses when things were going very well in the wilderness.  The tabernacle had been completed so God wanted to bless his people.  He told Moses that he wanted Aaron to use the words recorded in Numbers 6 to bless the Israelites.  “Bless you” meant that God was coming on bended knee to give his people a gift.  The Hebrew word for “keep” implied a fence made of briars that was built around their animals to protect them from predators.  My favorite is the meaning of “his face shine upon you”.  The Hebrew word caused the Israelites to picture a father holding a small child above his head.  No one can hold a child in the air without smiling!  


There are many blessings found in the Bible, and I urge you to try using one to bless your children, spouse, family members and friends.  Here is my blessing for each of you:

May the love of the Father, the tenderness of the Son, and the presence of the Spirit  gladden your heart  and bring peace to our soul this day and for all days. 

In the Name of our blessed Savior, Jesus. 
By Autie Doerr

 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 at:  512-345-4796


JUNE 17th
To the glory of God and
in honor of Pat Markley with love from his children, grandchildren and great grandchild on Father’s Day.

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

Join us, no past Bible studies required.
June 12 Romans 5:1-8:39

June 19, 26 Romans to be continued, if you have any questions contact Paulette Payne
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.

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North Hills Gallery May 31-July 1,2018
Title: Austin Shutterbug Club Members Annual Award Competition
Artists: Members of the Austin Shutterbug Club Photography Group
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
Cost: Free
Contact: 512-345-4546


     By Diane Crawford

by Philip
Yancey  ( Book, DVD Study, and  Leader’s Guide)
Yancey aims this book /DVD at Christians, showing  them how
Christians have lost respect, influence, and reputation in a newly
post-Christian culture. He offers illuminating stories of how faith
can be expressed in ways that disarm even the most cynical critics.
Then he explores what is Good News and what is worth preserving in a
culture that thinks it has rejected Christian faith.
 ( DVD
Study and Leader’s Guide by Adam Hamilton )  This was developed
for his UMC and it shows you how to attract visitors to your church,
connect them with your faith community, and help them learn to know,
love and serve God.
by Thom Rainer)   In his work Rainer has discovered 12 themes among
those churches that have died and has developed 12 lessons on how to
keep your church alive.
BECOMING A WELCOMING CHURCH   (Book by Thom Rainer)  In almost all
of Rainer’s consultations, church members perceive their church to
be friendly but the guests felt that the members were mainly
friendly to one another.  He guides members toward a practical
framework for making a difference for those who visit their church.
WE WANT YOUR HERE   (Book by Thom Rainer)  This  is a warmhearted
book  that introduces the ministry of the local church to guests
,tells visitors that you want to know them, that you believe in
strengthening families, and that you’re inviting them to join you
in worship and in making a difference in Christ’s name.  It is a
small book that can be given out as a welcome gift to guests.
WHO MOVED MY PULPIT  (Book by  Thom Rainer)  Rainer shares an 8
stage roadmap to leading change in the church.  Not by changing
biblical foundations but by changing methodologies and approaches
for reaching a rapidly changing culture.

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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