“Marching into Lent”


Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Your help and support of the Cornerstone Assistance Network BBQ was phenomenal. Missions Committee, you ROCK! Jean Callaway gave leadership to the volunteer crew and it was outstanding. I have never seen chicken slapped on plates and beans slopped like I saw on Sunday. The coleslaw, pickles & onions were added at breakneck speed. Plates were dispersed and desserts proposed in a fine orderly fashion. By initial estimates some 350-380 plates were sold. Fantastic!!

Last week we received a $10,000 check from Friends Academy for help in purchasing air conditioners for the second floor. Combined with the $10,000 from EdWinnie McWhirter’s estate (beneficiary of  her Teacher Retirement), the Trustees will do a fine job in replacing the present older system. We are blessed in many ways.

Also, last week, the Staff Parish Relations Committee met the new pastor, J. Paul Bruhn, as he was introduced by our District Superintendent, Andy Smith. I understand that meeting went very well. Please refer to the chair of the committee’s article in this newsletter. Thank you, Sondra Burris! That committee has also started to advertise for a musician/accompanist position and will follow-up with the opening for a choir director.

We will soon enter the Christian season of Lent that begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th. Our own Imposition of Ashes Service will begin at 6:00 pm. We are invited to follow our Lord toward the cross in this humbling season.

One final note with regards to the restroom addition project. We are hopeful that construction will be completed by late March. Then we will await final inspections and a certificate of occupancy. Thank you for your generosity and patience concerning this much needed work.


Blessings, Lonnie Phillips

Music Director Susan Phillips     
I am very excited to be Music Director at First United Methodist
 in Hondo. 
I studied music education in college and taught elementary music in Ohio for several years before starting graduate school in the field of music therapy at SMU. That is where I met Lonnie and how I have come to be a “Texan, by the grace of God”!
Over the years, I have filled about every role of church musician: having directed choirs for children, youth and adults as well as hand bells. I have substituted as organist and was blessed to lead praise bands at two churches and played keyboard at Windcrest UMC prior to our move to Hondo. I play the guitar and have served on many Walk to Emmaus music teams as well. The one thing I HAVEN’T done is be organist and choir director simultaneously, so this has been a new experience for me. I hope the hymns and songs chosen for Sunday worship resonate with you and enrich your worship experience. 

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