What’s Going on at FUMC?
Congregational Questionnaire – Pastor J. Paul would like your input on a few ministries being considered. Please click this link for the questionnaire (a survey through Survey Monkey). We appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to fill out this short survey. Thank you. 
Food Drive – September 1 YIPPEE! WOOHOO! Thank you to the congregation for “hitting the ball out of the park!” The Food Drive in August amounted to 234.2 pounds! In addition, we had monetary donations that increased that amount! This is our largest donation to the Food Pantry since the scale has been used to measure our items. Our Food Drive continues on Communion Sunday, September 1. Thank you to everyone for helping in this ministry. The donation bins will be in the narthex for your convenience. Thank you also to those who contribute financially allowing the purchase of goods to stock the shelves!
Administrative Council/Charge Conference
The Administrative Council will hold a meeting, Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall as we look forward to our Charge Conference. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend!!
Charge Conference is scheduled for  Sept. 29 at 2:30 pm with the District Superintendent, Rev. Andy Smith presiding.  Six other churches will be joining us: Medina Valley-Castroville; Leakey; New Fountain; Sabinal; Utopia; and Yancey. Please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend.
Friends Academy Volunteers – Friends Academy would welcome volunteers from our congregation to read with the students during the school week. Contact Kristi Frosch at kkfrosch@sbcglobal.net.
Building Use – This is just a reminder to everyone who uses the church facilities…Please be sure to contact the church office to schedule any events, no matter how small or how short they might be.  When you do use the facilities, please be sure to press ‘cancel hold’ on the thermostat when you leave to return it to the scheduled temperature. Be sure to check that all lights are turned off, including the restrooms and that all doors are locked.
Children’s Church begins after Labor Day on September 8. Our focus this fall will be on “Loving God Loving Neighbor.” The lessons center on Communities Welcome: Communities Accept,  John 4:1-42 Welcoming Others, Mark 10:46-52 Community Forgives, Luke 19:1-10 Children Contribute, John 6:1-15 Our teachers will be Marcy Rothe, Lorine Hackebeil, Jan Weems, and Marsha Hoetling.  
UMW Calendar Sale – The 70th issue (Wow! Yes that’s 70 years!!) of the Community Birthday Calendar will be on sale during the summer. Calendars are $4.00 each and listings are $0.25 each. To order a calendar, contact Janice Highsmith (830-426-4718).  
New Church Directory – There have been many changes since our last church directory. Lifetouch was the company we used last time and we have received some information from them. Our thanks to Cheryl Stroud and Jackie Stoner for volunteering to coordinate this project. 
Reynosa Clothing Drive – Brenda Vavricek is collecting gently used clothing for the poor of Reynosa. She will be traveling there at the end of the year to help build homes. A collection box will be set up in the Narthex for your donated items. Thank you.  
Homebound Communion – If you or someone you know is interested in receiving home-bound communion on the first Sunday of the month between 1:00 and 2:00 pm please call Jean Callaway at 210-724-8342. We serve the Hondo and Castroville area and would be glad to come pray with you.
Cornerstone Assistance Network began it’s ministry April 30th. It’s mission is to assess and respond to community needs and establish a centralized location where persons can be put in touch with appropriate help. Volunteers are needed to help fill out in-take forms on Mondays at St. Paul’s Lutheran from 10am – 12 pm and from 12pm – 2 pm, once or twice a month.

UMW— The ladies of the First United Methodist Church meet every 1st Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. If you are looking for a time of loving Christian fellowship, contact Janice Highsmith at (830) 426-4718. 

Fellowship Time Volunteers – We are in need of volunteers to help provide breakfast during the Fellowship Time.  Everyone enjoys fellowship and refreshments between the two services, so let’s support this effort.  A sign-up sheet is posted in the kitchen area.  For more information and details, please contact Betty Gilliam or Chris Kailipaka. 

Food Pantry Sunday – 1st Sunday every Month

A food drive for the Medina County Food Pantry sponsored by the UMW continues every first Sunday of each month. Please  bring an item from the given list of suggested food items.  This list is a guide for what the Food Pantry needs to provide for its clients.  Collection bins located in the sanctuary are available for placing donations.  The congregation is encouraged to support the food drive and the Food Pantry in its efforts to feed the hungry families in Medina County.  Thanks to all of you for your generosity!

Food Pantry Items Needed:

Plain rice
Dry pinto beans
Pasta such as vermicelli, macaroni, or spaghetti
Canned vegetables, tomatoes, or fruit
Canned meat
Breakfast cereal
Peanut Butter
Flour (2 lb.)
Cooking oil (pint or half pint)
Toilet paper
Tooth paste
Tooth brush
Bar soap
Dish soap

Laundry soap

Flower Calendar – To sign up to place flowers on the altar, select a date and write down what you would like to have printed in the bulletin, then make your own arrangements for plant or flowers to be delivered. Thank you for helping brighten up the altar! (Sign-up sheets are located in foyer.)

Hearing Assistance  – We have hearing assistance devices available for use during the worship  services.  Ask an usher if you would like to use one of these devices.