Safe Sanctuaries – Safe Gatherings

 It is almost time for many of us to renew our training. You will be receiving an email from Safe Gatherings at 45 days from your certification expiration date with instructions for renewal.
 The Rio Texas Conference requires two separate trainings: one is on the Safe Gatherings website: www.Safe; the other training is at  www. or can be taken in person at various locations. You must register for these trainings.  Any that cannot register or take the course online,  please call the church office.  Those of you that have computer access :
  1. Go to and create a log-in. It will ask you for two references and personal information for a background check. There is a fee that will be billed to the church.
  2. Do training on the Safe Gatherings site (about 2 hours) and complete the quiz at the end. (Call the church office if you cannot do this training online, we can make other arrangements.)
  3. Then register at www. for a trusted con Confianza course which consist of three modules. These take about two hours to complete.

  All three steps must be completed. Background check, Safe Gatherings online training, Safe Sanctuaries training. This is for the safety of our children and vulnerable adults and is the NEW Rio Texas Policy that we must comply with to stay in good standing. If you need any help or have any questions, please call the office. Thank you for your time and efforts.  Call the church secretary if you need any assistance, Shannon Rothe, 830.584.0300.

What’s Going on at FUMC?
Stewardship CampaignIn the next couple of weeks, we will be sending out our annual stewardship letter and pledge cards for 2020. Please pray over your decision and return your pledge cards to the church on Stewardship Sunday, November 24 (or to the church office anytime). After the service, we will have our Thanksgiving Dinner.
Thanksgiving Dinner
Come Hungry!!
Sunday, November 24
After the Worship Service
We will have our annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, November 24th. Let’s gather together to give thanks for all the blessings we have received.
Make plans now to attend and start the holiday season with wonderful food and warm fellowship time with your church family.
Christmas in God’s Country – Our church will have a booth for Christmas in God’s Country on Saturday, November 23rd.  Mark your calendar for this event as we will need volunteers to bake small loaves of bread, label bottled waters, help with the Photo Booth, and help with other booth-related tasks.  To volunteer or get more information, contact Tricia Boll at  
Bread Bakers Needed!Bakers are needed to make loaves of quick breads to hand out to our community. Our goal is to have at least 200 loaves baked and delivered to the church office by Nov. 20th. Details: Pan size needs to be 5.5 x 3 x 2 (small loaves). Each loaf should be wrapped in plastic wrap and labeled as to kind of bread. Please indicate type of nuts used, if needed. Questions: please see Jan Weems.
Homes for the Homeless Clothing/Blanket Drive
Brenda Vavricek is collecting gently used or new clothing, jackets and blankets for the poor of Reynosa. A collection box will be set up in the Narthex for your donated items. Contact Brenda at 210-789-4024 for information.  Last day to make a donation is November 10. Thank you.
Angel Tree Ministry – We are participating in the Angel Tree Ministry again this Christmas. We have been assigned 16 children. Please watch for the tags to be placed in the foyer of church in early December. Thank you to Brandy Redden for filling in as the coordinator  and thank you for your generous spirits in helping to make Christmas special for these children.
New Church Directory –  Our thanks to Cheryl Stroud and Jackie Stoner for volunteering to coordinate this project. We are looking at dates in January. 
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.
Ongoing Ministries
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.