“A Shining Light!”


The Christian season of Epiphany is in full swing. The word ‘epiphany’ makes reference to revelation, manifestation or the making known of what was hidden. A primary symbol is light. Light has a way of revealing what was in the dark and hidden. Light shines forth enabling others to see. Light is not about drawing attention to itself, but is given to focus on others.

The body of Christ, the Church universal is a means of revelation in the world. The Church shines forth revealing God’s love for others. The Church can offer a prophetic word, shining light on areas of injustice oppression, and poverty in the hopes of a remedy.

On Sunday, February 24 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Cornerstone Assistance Network of Hondo is having a BBQ chicken fundraiser. There will be pick up/take out only from First United Methodist Church. Cornerstone Ministry is a joint effort by the Ministerial Alliance to coordinate efforts of churches in assistance to needy families. Operating out of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, one day a week on Monday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, approximately three to six persons are helped per day. An average of $750/month is expended. Clients are helped with utility and rent payment and limited to being helped once in a twelve month period. People are prayed for and other community resources are highlighted and references are given (Food Pantry, Community Council, etc.) Helen Halliburton, one of our own, is the Program Director for Cornerstone and yours truly sits on the Advisory Board. Cornerstone has been functioning since April of 2018.  I encourage you to support this worthwhile ministry by purchasing the $8/BBQ plate ticket. Tickets are available in the church office Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Cornerstone is a shining light in our community.

During Epiphany on Sunday, February 10, we will shine the light on the scout troop during worship. I hope you will come and support this fine group of young people and their leaders. A waffle breakfast will be served at 8:30 am by the scouts.

On the following Sunday, after worship, our Evangelism Committee will host a New Member Luncheon. Your encouragement of these folks is vital to their continuing discipleship.

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. 

Directions to First United Methodist Church in Hondo