rst United Methodist Church - Victoria, TXrst United Methodist Church - Victoria, TX
Pastor Amanda Banda is married to George and together they have three children:
Davin, Leandra, and Brennan. They love spending me with family, celebrang
holidays, birthdays, having game nights, and nding outdoor acvies to
parcipate in.
George serves at Valley Praise as A/V Director, which includes overseeing,
scheduling, and training A/V teams across all campuses, with an emphasis on the
Online Campus. With a passion for
technology, George graduated from the
University of Mary-Hardin Baylor with
a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer
Science and Psychology.
Pastor Amanda is currently an Associate Pastor at Valley Praise in
the Rio Grande Valley. With locaons in Harlingen, Santa Rosa, and
McAllen, Pastor Amanda serves at the Online Campus Pastor which
includes overseeing online ministries such as: life groups, social media,
livestream, markeng, creave team, a/v, and communicaons.
Pastor Amanda joined the Valley Praise sta as Director for Conneconal Ministry in January 2019 and was
appointed as Worship Pastor in 2020 aer compleng Local Pastor Licensing
School in the Rio Texas Conference. In 2018 she earned a Bachelor of Arts
in Business Leadership from Ashford University. Previously a high school
teacher with Harlingen CISD, Pastor Amanda has plugged into the community
in a variety of ways, including serving on the City Council of Harlingen PTAs,
Field Service Representave for Texas PTA, Harlingen Area Educaonal
Foundaon Board, Fellowship of Chrisan Athletes, and Leadership Harlingen
Class of XXIX. Pastor Amanda has a passion for teaching, learning, and
pouring into others for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ!
May 2021
New Associate Pastor Coming
Jerry Cheatham
Don & Earlene Angell
Lonnie & Ronni Hillin
Mary Jo Smith
Roger & Kathy Walleck
Cephus Clion Jr
Jacquie Fritz
George Elmer
Peggie Bedwell
Donor Alliance
Jane Godfrey
Lonnie & Ronni Hillin
Kathy Hunt
Frankie Roberts
Sandy Schroeder
Mary Jo Smith
Janell Hobbs
Peggie Bedwell
Mike & Pay Correll
Harold & Nancy Farris
Marilyn Keen
Ricky & Carol Ann Lenz
Dorothy Oyen
Sandy Schroeder
Jim & Dorothy Smith
Walter Konzen
Darrell & Donna Atkinson
James & Susan Awalt
James & Patricia Braunholz
Mr. & Mrs. Milliard Brisbois
Solomon & Lois Drushel
Harrison, Waldrop & Uherek
Amy Hicks
Steve & Linda Janecek
Gary & Paula Kacer
Alfred Kopecky MD
Kenneth McElveen
Walter Konzen
Mike & Kathy Manning
Brian & Natalie Novian
Dick & Caroline Os
Allen & Andrea Parks
Glen & Sharon Robbins & family
Stanley & Burene Spalek
Roger & Kathy Walleck
Mike & Dana Walton
Kae McLeod
Don & Earlene Angell
Kathy Hunt
Anne Morgan
The Wakham Family
Roger & Kathy Walleck
Karen Whiteley
Jimmie Williams
Don & Earlene Angell
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In Honor of Joe & Paula Whiteley by their children, James, Diane, Karen & Paul
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In Honor of Ryan Jenson by Dale & Carol Tally
In Honor of Joye Tripson by Dale & Carol Tally
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May Birthdays
May Anniversaries
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Pamela Younts ...................... 03-May
Chuck Boyd .......................... 04-May
Kathy Frels ............................ 05-May
Julie Fisher ............................ 05-May
Ryan J. Heller ........................ 06-May
Jane Gaskamp ....................... 08-May
Bill Buckert ........................... 09-May
David Killebrew ................... 09-May
Bella Daugherty ................... 11-May
Herbert Watts ....................... 12-May
Jeanne Barker ....................... 15-May
Reed Ellis .............................. 15-May
Brandi Derrig Schroeder .... 15-May
Martha Watts ........................ 15-May
Curtis Reece ......................... 16-May
Steve Samples ....................... 16-May
Blake Coles ........................... 17-May
Debbie Durham ................... 17-May
Marilyn Keen ....................... 17-May
Avery Belew.................... ...... 19-May
Beth Boles ............................. 20-May
Skylar Byers .......................... 21-May
Liz Coles ............................... 22-May
Jeremy Petru ......................... 22-May
Savana Womble.............. ...... 22-May
Jan Scott ................................ 23-May
Mary Jo Smith ...................... 23-May
Shelby Swoboda ................... 24-May
Kim Cannon ......................... 25-May
Billy Joe Opiela .................... 26-May
Jared Samples ....................... 26-May
Marilyn Kunkel .................... 28-May
Steve Barker .......................... 29-May
Adyson Miller ...................... 29-May
Caleb Durham............... ...... 31-May
Ron & Cindy Wade ...................... 7-May
Rodney & Debbie Durham ....... 20-May
Jim & Becky McFarland ............. 22-May
Ryan & Missy Jenson ................. 23-May
Chris & Jen Bridges .................... 28-May
Ellwood & Jo Ann Ernst ............ 30-May
Rooted (NEW)
Locaon - Library of CMC - Upstairs hallway to the right
behind the double doors (formerly the MDS computer lab) at
9:30 am.
Study - Studying and discovering together the scriptures
in Mahew (no curriculum). Typically two-three mes
throughout the year will take a break to do a six-week study
on a topic/curriculum class chooses.
Member Make-up - All are welcome - mostly aended
by parents with pre-school and school-aged children but
welcome anyone to join us.
5 Star
We are currently studying Sandra L
Richter's "The Epic of Eden -Ruth".
This is a six week study starng April
25th running through June 6th. We
meet Sunday mornings at 9:30am in
the Educaon Building Room E103
This class is a great class to gather
and enjoy learning about God. For
more informaon please contact
Debbie Durham at debraofamerica@yahoo.com or Janet
Nelson at janet.nelson@gmail.com
Small Group Spotlight
United Methodist Women
The United
Methodist women
met Tuesday
April 4th. It was
the rst me in
a year that most
of us had been
together. Cindy
Powell gave
our program on
Mentoring. There
are all kinds of mentors. John Wesley was one. We are all
mentors within our families. Unexpected people can be
mentors. Quesons were discussed about how can we
mentor within our families, our church our community,
what is the right kind of mentor. Some Biblical mentors
were Paul and Barnabas and Priscilla and Aquillas. Cindy
showed pictures of people who had mentored her
through the years. She recommended reading the book
“It is Well With my Soul”.
Nancy Farris, Joyce Brown, Minnie Ball, Shirley Callison
who is vising from Illinois and Cindy Powell along with
her future UMW granddaughter Leah aended the
Crossroads
District
Retreat at
Cathedral
Oaks on April
24th. Our
own Rev.
Dr. Wade
Powell was
the facilitator
using
the subject Holy Communion. He told us how Holy
Communion was instrumental
in his life. We were asked
to dene “sacrament” and
talked about what makes a
sacrament. Ordinary things
impart the sacrament. The
United Methodist Church has
the sacraments of Bapsm
and Holy Communion. There
are four dierent concepts
of Holy Communion in
denominaonal beliefs. The church has an ocial
statement but “what happens to me” is the most
important thing.
By having the most people in
aendance, we won the traveling
cross. We are supposed to display
it at our meengs and acvies
and take pictures to put in the
photo album that goes along with
it. Then at the district meeng in
September, it goes to whichever
unit has the most in aendance.
Our next meeng is Tuesday May 4th at 9:30 a.m. in the
Parlor. Ashley Hunter
our Director of Music
will be doing a program
about music. Come join
us.
Methodist Day School
Monthly Special oering has been known
as “Commuinon Rail Giving
Monthly Special Offering
Our me in the 18 month old class is as busy as ever! We have learned
our colors and now we are working on shapes. This month, we are
having fun learning all about weather. We are discovering how rain
and sun make our plants grow and how wind makes the trees move.
During cra me, we have enjoyed making rain clouds, kites, sunshine,
rainbows, pin wheels that turn in the wind, and much more.
We have read many bible stories teaching us how much God loves and
cares for us. Our monthly bible verse this month is “For God so loved
the world that he gave his one and only son. Anyone who believes in
him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16 We learned that
this is the true meaning of Easter. As a class, we enjoyed celebrang
Easter by having an Easter egg hunt on our playground. We were
surprised and excited to see our mommies and daddies there to help
us hunt eggs.
We have all grown so much since August and have made special
friendships along the way. It has been fun playing with friends,
listening to stories, doing art projects, and our favorite singing and
dancing.
Ms. Allison’s 18-month-old class
Aria, Bear, Claire, Cora, Elizabeth, Everly, Ezra, Grady, Hallie, Henry, Reese
The Victoria Area Homeless Coalion has been working the
streets since the 1990’s. Nearly 30 social service agencies, non-
prots, school districts, churches, law enforcement groups,
and caring individuals have partnered together to address
the needs of homeless individuals and families in a six county
area. Each year they conduct a survey to quanfy how many
homeless adults and children there are in their communies,
seek to understand the reasons for homelessness, assess
the needs of this special group, and solicit grant funds to
provide supporve and restorave services. Examples of
the assistance provided are helping obtain birth cercates
and idencaon to qualify for benets and enroll in school,
warming and cooling shelters, food and clothing resources,
laundry and bath facilies, and prescripon assistance. Your
donaon to the May Communion Special will help this street
ministry connue. They are also looking for volunteers. For
more informaon see their Facbook Page.
Music Ministry
When looking back at the year 2020, two words
come to mind; dedicaon and resilience. Music Ministry
had certainly seen its share of unexpected changes,
but each was met with equal or greater strength. We
began this year hopeful that our choir would come
back in good measure from the Christmas break with a
Lenten program and a big Easter service, but when that
was squelched, we decided to make an equally large
presence online. Although we were only peripherally
aware of the capabilies of video recording and online
posng at the me, we were thrust into several virtual
choir presentaons with open minds and willing
hearts. These videos that were created at the height
of the pandemic were fun, but very dicult and me
consuming to create. However, each choir member,
praccing extreme paence, saw the fruits of their
labor as we saw the number of “views” on YouTube
climb higher than our largest concert aendance pre-
pandemic. The Alleluia Ringers took to the challenge as
well. Geared up in their “bee-keeper” head garb, they
congregated to rehearse and record beauful handbell
music several mes in the past eight months. Indeed,
there was hardly a me where we didn’t have a full
group.
In addion to creang beauful videos for online
view, we saw the need to take care of ourselves. Choir
is as much a personal community experience as it is a
service to the church. We saw the need for connued
socializaon in an increasingly isolated world. So, we
decided to have weekly choir “Brunch Chats” on Zoom
where we can enjoy each others’ company. For those
who were not available to use Zoom, we took the “old
school” route of picking up the phone and making a
simple phone call. These changes to our roune allowed
us to connue to feel connected.
Not being able to meet in the choir lo for a
while has allowed us to make some aesthec changes
to our spaces as well. In addion to last years’ building
of the choir lo railing, we took our lo to the next level
and replaced all
the worn and torn
choir lo chairs
with beauful
wooden seats that
are easy to clean
and beauful
to look at. We
also upgraded
our choir room
seang with more comfortable, posture-encouraging
chairs. All of these are currently enjoyed by our small
choir, but will also be ready to use whenever the Bach
Fesval or guest musicians arrive again.
Of course, this year has not been without its
heartache; We recently suered the loss of our own
Beryl Bierman. Unable to properly grieve as a group,
we are currently in the process of creang a memorial
video for the passing of our dear friend. Our prayers
have also been in the works for our members who have
been hospitalized in the past few months, and another
member who has recovered from COVID-19.
Our praise and worship has not stopped despite
skipping several key performances. Our Associate, Keith
was able to put on a powerful prayer service with the
Alleluia Ringers and a couple of musicians from the
community. This, again, has reached more people than
any of our previous live performances.
Going forward, music ministry seeks to take
advantage of our newfound online presence and the
community relaonships we have made with other
musicians. You may not see us packed up in the choir lo
for a while, but I do promise that you will see us, that
we will connue to reach beyond our walls, and make a
truly joyful and hopeful “noise to the Lord”!
School Ministry News
Your School Ministry Commiee has been busy spreading
love at Shields Elementary.
Fourth graders took the STAAR wring tests in April, so
we provided them with color changing star pencils so
they could do their very best.
Celebrang and encouraging our teachers is even more
important this year than in years past. In April we
delivered “Shark”-cuterie boxes to all the teachers lled
with fruit, cheese, salami and crackers.
To spread Christ’s love we provided all of the sta with
beauful prayer rocks that
can be used as paperweights
in their classrooms. Each
rock had scripture engraved
on them and they were just
beauful.
This month we received a call from the Social Worker
at the school that there was a
family who had lost prey much
everything during the winter
storm. Through donaons
and a grant received from
the conference, we were able
to purchase new furniture,
bedding and clothing for a single
mom of three and get them
back on their feet again. The
kiddos were so thrilled with their new stu and their
mother was overwhelmed with gratude.
The month of May will be full of acvies. We will start
the month celebrang Teacher Appreciaon Week – a
week full of treats for the teachers! Our book drive will
end in May and we will be providing blow ups for the end
of year Field Day Celebraon!!
Reading is the most basic, fundamental aspect of
a child’s educaon. Without strong reading skills,
children cannot and will not succeed in educaon.
To promote a love of reading, we will be holding our
annual book drive in April! New and gently used
books will be collected and then the children will get
to pick the book they want at the end of year awards
ceremony. Our goal is to provide at least one book
for each student to take home with them and read
over the summer. Books may be dropped o at the
Welcome Center or you can make a donaon and we
will shop for you! Thank you for being a part of our
goal to insll a love of reading for our students at
Shields!
May 2
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 22:25-31
1 John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8
May 9
Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17
May 16
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47
Ephesians 1:15-23
Luke 24:44-53
May 23
Acts 4:32-35
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Romans 8:22-27
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-
15
May 30
Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 29
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17
Lectionary
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SUMMER IS COMING...
ARE YOU READY?!
Basic Training Camp
July 18-21, 2021
Current 3rd – 5th graders
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For more informaon on any of our nursery, preschool or children’s ministries, please contact: Brooke Mercer,
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Liz Parker, Nursery Coordinator * 361-935-8474 * lizparker@fumcvictoria.com
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With Children’s Ministries…
Have you ever thought about assisng with Sunday
school, volunteering in the nursery or being a greeter at
the Children’s Ministry Center on Sunday mornings? If
so, we truly need you! Please prayerfully consider where
and when you are available to plug in with our children!
Each of you should use whatever gi you have received
to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its
various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
Our acolyte program was created to give children an
acve role in worship. Normally the acolyte serves
by lighng and exnguishing the candles on the
communion altar and distribung and collecng the
oering plates. At the discreon of the pastor, the
acolyte may also assist in other porons of the worship
service.
Acolytes are needed during the 10:40am service on
Sunday mornings. If you are a current 3rd – 5th grader
and would like to help, please let an usher know before
worship!
ACOLYTES
Games, honors, performances? Please drop us a line
and let us know when and where we can support your
kids!
AROUND TOWN!
Youth News
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It was a lile past Mid-Winter when we nally got together in April, but we had an amazing me
at the District Youth Retreat at El Shaddai Retreat Center in Yorktown! It was a very full day, and
our youth and sponsors alike were worn out by the end of it, but it was so much fun! We
worshipped together, spent a couple hours on the challenge course, and played so many games.
Our youth even got to make some new friends with youth from the other parcipang churches.
It was just what we needed aer a long year of COVID to bring a bit of renewal back to the group,
and the excitement is already building for Mid-Winter 2022 in January!
A HUGE THANK YOU to the PUMPKIN PATCH COMMITTEE
for making this event possible again this year for our youth!
Seniors Breakfast
Stories From The Patch - 2020
Pumpkin Patch 2020 Style was quite dierent than
anything we had done before. The Team created a
fun area in the yard, fenced o but with a welcoming
entrance. Photo opportunies abound. Cinderella’s
carriage, Snoopys dog house, the Faceless ScareCrow,
How Tall This Fall, a wheelbarrow of pumpkins, and the
tradional turkey made excellent photo spots. Our three
new black benches made for excellent rest spots for
folks to just “sit a spell” and enjoy the space. Hundreds
of pictures were taken of children of all ages, and
grandparents too!
Every me a member of
The Patch Team stopped
o at The Patch, we
were greeted by happy
parents and children
who let us know how
much they appreciated
the fact that The Patch
was open in 2020.
A typical story: A
family of three arrives.
The young boy, about 7, jumps out of the car and runs
across the yard, runs straight to the turkey and hops on!
Mom and Dad move in with cameras for several shots.
They relate that they have photos of their son on the
turkey every year of his life! They express their thanks for
the eort to have The Patch open in 2020.
One evening a set of parents standing outside the
fence on the sidewalk watching their daughter, shared
their thanks for The Patch. We remarked that we were
sorry we were not able to set up any of the usual games
this year. The parents shook their heads and smiled.
That does not maer at all, she is having even more fun
running around creang her own game.
Twice Blessed Showroom was a true partner with The
Patch in 2020. The devoted bakers of the Pumpkin Bread
connued their ministry just as in years past. They baked
hundreds of loaves of bread but instead of bringing them
to The Patch to be sold at the sale table along with the
pumpkins, they were sold at Twice Blessed Showroom.
Recently one of the Twice Blessed Volunteers shared
a story of a mother and her young daughter who were
shopping in the Showroom. When they were ready to
checkout, they noced loaves of the bread in the basket
on the counter ready for sale. The mother told that while
so much was dierent this year, her daughter always
loved The Patch and they sll got to go this year! The
mother asked that their appreciaon be shared.
The Patch 2020 Style was denitely dierent than
the previous 27 years (actually it is a lile dierent
each year) but we felt
it was an avenue for
First United Methodist
Church to “Be The
Church” in Victoria.
Oh, it is notable that
Pumpkin Patch USA has
already been in touch
with The Patch Team for
planning and booking
October 2021! The
opportunity connues
to Be The Church.
The Pumpkin Patch Team: Joan Mathieu, Jill Friedel,
Brenda Floerke and Nelda Hensley
Twice Blessed Showroom
Diapers
for Bethlehem House
Newborn to 6 months
(monetary donaons as well)
Wade Powell@fumcvictoria.com ................................................................................. Senior Pastor
Ryan Jenson@fumcvictoria.com ............................................................................. Associate Pastor
Will Durham@fumcvictoria.com ...................................................... Contemporary Worship Leader
Ashley Hunter@fumcvictoria.com ............................................................................. Music Director
Keith Cox@fumcvictoria.com ..................................................................... Associate Music Director
Brooke Mercer@fumcvictoria.com .................................................Director of Children’s Ministries
Liz Parker@fumcvictoria.com .................................................................................. Nursery Director
Rebecca Thornbury@fumcvictoria.com ..............................................................................Secretary
Heather Linville@fumcvictoria.com ..................................................................... Business Manager
Jennifer Burriss: director@mdsvictoria.com ................................. Methodist Day School Director
Harlan Greene ....................................................................................................................Custodian
Kathy Frels: kfrels@mhm.org .................................................. Methodist Ministries Wesley Nurse
Cameo Mead: CameoMead@yahoo.com.....................................Methodist Ministries Counselor
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at 8:30 am,
Sundays
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Remember we have NEW EMAILS
The nursery at First United Methodist Church is currently looking to fill part-time
positions immediately.
Hours: Sunday 8:15am - 12:15pm - Wednesdays 5 - 8:00pm Addional hours may be added
to accommodate special church meengs/events. FUMC APPLICATION MUST BE COMPLETED.
Childcare experience and First Aid/CPR cered preferred, but will train. For an applicaon or
more informaon, contact Liz Parker at lizparker@fumcvictoria.com.
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