Leakey United Methodist Church
Leakey United Methodist Church
Leakey United Methodist Church
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Time is running short today so I apologize for making this short.

Here is a run on what’s happening off if our front porch!
Oct. 31st           Agave – Emmaus workshop in the Fellowship Hall / Prayer time has changed to Thursday same time 12 – 1 p.m. /1:30 p.m. will be the Ministry Meeting
Nov. 2nd           Frio Canyon Homemakers will be having their Christmas Sale starting 9 – 1 p.m. All proceeds go to non-profit within the canyon.
Nov. 3rd           Don’t forget Daylight Saving Time ends. Fall back on those clocks!
Nov. 4th           7 a.m. Men’s Prayer breakfast will be at First Baptist Church / 6 p.m. Community Women’s Bible Study
Nov. 5th           6:45 a.m. Emmaus Breakfast / 6 p.m. Choir
Nov. 6th           Make a note that Prayer Time 12 – 1 p.m. has changed to every Thursday.
Nov. 10th         Make a note that the community church will be on the second Sunday of the month. In November, it will be at Church in the Valley.
Nov. 11th         Veterans Day! Hug a vet and show your appreciation for their service! / 6 p.m. Community Women’s Bible Study.
Nov. 12th         Cedar Hills Center – LUMW Christmas Project - UMW has chosen this year to return to Cedar Hills in Camp Wood and provide a Christmas party for the residents and staff.  Instead of plastic shoeboxes, we will be filling re-usable cloth gift bags. The cost for filling each bag is $30.  We are doing a lot of bulk shopping, but if you would prefer to do it yourself, please talk to either Rhonda Turner or Patti Berkstresser for a list of needed items.  Thanks for your support!
Nov. 14th         1:00 p.m. Ministry Meeting
Nov. 19th         Noon – Big Springs Auxiliary meeting. / Board Meeting at 5:15 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Nov. 20th         10 a.m. UMW meeting.

Thanksgiving Dinner – If you don’t want to cook…. There will be a dinner provided at the American Legion Hall from 12 – 3 p.m. Please bring a side if you can. Don’t forget to sign up on the sheet located by the door going from the church to the foyer. They need a good head count to make sure there is plenty of turkey!

Well, that is about all I have for today! Stay warm and protect plants, pipes and pets! It is going to get cold!

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Pastor RichardCROSS-TALK

Howdy Church!

Do you remember the Listening Groups we held in August and through September? Our question was "What is your dream for our church?" Looking at my notes from the conversations has been helpful as I think about shepherding our church and fostering an effective and caring community of Jesus followers. Being a healthy and vibrant church is not a destination or an end result - it's a process, and the conversations were a good start for the process.

The process is actually more important than the changes we make. When we make changes to our process of how we relate to each other, we also make changes to the end result. So simply by having the groups we've already make an improvement in our church and in how our church relates to each other.

That's a critical step. Drs. John and Julie Gottman are a pair of psychologists that have spent their careers researching marriage relationships and seeing what makes for healthy relationships and what doesn't. They note that the marriage have specific communication patterns that predict happiness or misery in marriage. They call them the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness and Stonewalling.

Each of the Horsemen are worth a good look (see www.gottman.com) and they all have in common a series of hurts below the surface that have contributed to a desire to either lean away from or even hurt the marriage partner. It's not really surprising. We don't typically gravitate towards someone we think wants to hurt us. The partners in marriages that are likely to divorce express Contempt or Criticism and responding with Defensiveness or Stonewalling, creating more hurt for each other.

Partners in marriages that are not prone to divorce do something different when they get hurt. They do lean towards the other person and talk about the hurt. They live in Generosity towards their partners assuming the best about the situation. Their thought process might go something like "my partner wouldn't intentionally hurt me - I wonder what happened here?" Or "That really stung - I need to let him (her) know that hurt."

Partners who stay together make the conscious decision to relate with each other even if it hurts and to do so with an open mind, looking to improve their relationship.

We need to do the same with each other as a church. Member to member and member to pastor and pastor to member.

I've asked for help from some folks to help me understand what was being said in the Listening Groups and to see how to best make changes based on those responses. For the most part, we want to be part of a growing and vibrant church. The next step is seeing what changes we need to put in place to help create an environment for that growth to happen. As we make changes, please be aware that these are trial changes and aren't necessarily permanent. We may take something out of the service for a bit - and then put it back in. Or do it slightly differently.

Whatever happens with our services, let's keep talking about what changes we like and don't like; what's working and not work-ing, so we know what to keep and not keep. Call or text or email or visit with me if you do like or don't like something - we've got to lean in towards each other and keep the dialogue going. I'm still listening.

Still your new (and big picture) pastor,
Pastor Richard / November 2019

History of the United Methodist Church

On April 23, 1968, The United Methodist Church was created when Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The Methodist Church joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas. With the words, "Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church," the new denomination was given birth by two churches that had distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world.

Theological traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism, similar ecclesiastical structures, and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years facilitated the union. In the Evangelical United Brethren heritage, for example, Philip William Otterbein, the principal founder of the United Brethren in Christ, assisted in the ordination of Francis Asbury to the superintendency of American Methodist work. Jacob Albright, through whose religious experience and leadership the Evangelical Association was begun, was nurtured in a Methodist class meeting following his conversion.

Read more about the history of The United Methodist Church

Leakey United Methodist Church
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Leakey United Methodist Church
Pastor Richard Zander
P. O. Box 417
419 North Market Street Leakey, TX 78873
Phone (830) 232-6266 - Fax (830) 232-6266

Contemporary Service 8:30 A.M.
Sunday Worship Service 11 A.M.
Adult Sunday School 9:30 A.M.