Well folks, I’ve lived in denial for as long as I can. I’ve
put o saying goodbye because I knew this was going to be
such a dicult thing to do. But my last Sunday is coming up
on June 6
th
and the me is here and now. I want each of you
to know how much I love you and have loved serving alongside
you in this amazing church. It has been a real blessing to have
been able to share these last four years with you, and I am a
much beer person and pastor for it.
I barely had my foot in the door before Hurricane
Harvey blew in, which stretched us in so many ways and
extended our impact in Victoria and in the surrounding
communies. Then, with Dinner Church we grew that even
more and watched as our children’s and youth ministries took
o with new families pouring into these programs. And shortly thereaer the pandemic changed everything, and we had
to nd new ways to be in ministry with one another and in the community. It has been an adventure, to say the least, and
I feel like we have all done our best to ride the wave. I know I am not the same as I was. And I know that this is largely
because you have shown me so much grace, and you have taught me how to love deeply and to serve greatly by your own
example.
Thank you for sharing life with me, for loving me so well, and for making this such a hard goodbye…or at least a
hard see you later…as my family and I head on to our next appointments.
I know that you will be blessed by the leadership of Pastor Amanda Banda as she and her family join you in ministry.
She is coming in with her own amazing gis and talents that are going to add so much to what this church is already doing.
I trust that you will love her, and that God has put the right person in place for what comes next for First UMC. And I have
so much condence that the youth program is going to thrive under the leadership of Andy Je, your new youth director.
He has such a great heart and passion for ministry, and he is going to love and lead the youth so well. Knowing that these
young people that have become like my own kids are going to be in such good hands shows me that God has everything
fully in control.
May God connue to bless each and every one of you and this wonderful church
that I have had the immense privilege of calling home for lile while.
All the best!
Ryan
The youth mission trip to Alamosa, CO is just around the corner! Be sure to check out
the church Facebook Page the week of June 13-19 for regular updates from our me in
Colorado. We are so excited about the opportunies ahead, and we are so grateful to all
of you for helping to make this discipleship and service opportunity possible.
Elton Calhoun
Mr. & Mrs. William Blackwell
Brannon Paving Company
Lonnie & Ronni Hillin
Gus & Cheryl Kroos
Ricky & Carol Ann Lenz
Jon & Susan New
Curs & Frances Reece
Tom & Kay Lynne Sanders
Ken & Bey Vickers
Joe & Paula Whiteley
Jerry Cheatham
Jud & Cindy Albrion
Lorene Cheatham
Roger Cheatham
Curs & Frances Reece
Bubba & Rita Smith
Helen Smith
Cephus Clion Jr
Al & Kay Haisler
George Elmer
Ken & Becky McKenzie
Curs & Frances Reece
Janell Hobbs
Melrose Goetz
Jeannie Marn
Curs & Frances Reece
Jerry & Anne Roddy
Mary Jo Smith
Ken & Bey Vickers
TJ Huddleston
Jerry & Anne Roddy
Art Kenne
Courtland & Marie Frankson
Bey Killebrew
Milton Killebrew
Kae McLeod
Ken & Becky McKenzie
Jeannie Marn
Sammie Musselman
Don & Earlene Angell
Harold & Nancy Farris
Marianela Gonzalez
Al & Kay Haisler
Clydel Hardegree
Ken & Becky McKenzie
Stanley & Patricia Musselman
New Horizons Sunday School Class
Curs & Frances Reece
Tom & Kay Lynne Sanders
Sandy Schroeder
Mary Jo Smith
Joe & Paula Whiteley
Joe Tarver
Come One Come All Class
Harold & Nancy Farris
Courtland & Marie Frankson
Lonnie & Ronni Hillin
Curs & Frances Reece
In Loving memory
In Honor
Birthdays & Anniversaries
In Honor of Ashley Hunter by United Methodist Women
In Honor of Kim Raley Pickens by Dale & Carol Tally
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June Birthdays
June Anniversaries
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Rich Wisneski...........01-June
Jay Tro ...................03-June
Taylor Loand ..........05-June
Adalyn Laging ..........06-June
Michael Rank ........... 06-June
Nicholas Brown........08-June
Aimee Folk ...............08-June
Jacquie Fritz .............10-June
Bailey Hathaway ...... 10-June
Briley Smith .............10 June
Pat Ballard ...............11-June
Mallorie Sarvis ......... 11-June
Helen Shook ............11-June
Carolyn Stellman .....12-June
Kristen Heller ........... 13-June
Bruce Eaves .............14-June
Martha Knei ...........14-June
Suzie McReynolds ....14-June
Marilyn Brown ......... 15-June
Jim Smith ................. 16-June
Mark Barnes ............17-June
Charles Dixon ...........17-June
Kyle Loand .............17-June
Allison Whitaker ......19-June
Jerey Bauknight ..... 20-June
Lynn Knaupp ............ 20-June
Mike Mercer ............ 24-June
Sara Byrd .................25-June
Margaret Phelps ......25-June
Sco McLeod ...........26-June
Ray Wegner .............28-June
Bill & Linda Reeder .................. 04-June
Bill & Marsha Bommer ............ 06-June
Courtland & Marie Frankson ... 06-June
Randy & Darla Thomas ............ 08-June
David & Kelly Hill ..................... 09-June
Ken & Becky McKenzie ............ 12-June
Jerey & Jennifer Bauknight .... 13-June
Bill & Norma Metzger .............. 17-June
Cliord & JoNell Carter ............ 18-June
Ronni & Lonnie Hillin ............... 21-June
Mike & Trudy Wortham ........... 23-June
Milton & Kay Chapman ............ 24-June
Ken & Bey Vickers ................. 24-June
Sean & Nancy O’Sullivan ......... 25-June
Jim & Pat Bash ......................... 27-June
Roger & Kathy Walleck ............ 28-June
June 6
1 Samuel 8:4-20 (11:14-15)
Psalm 138
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Mark 3:20-35
June 13
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Psalm 20 or Psalm 72
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
(11-13)
Mark 4:26-34
June 20
1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-
23) 32-49
Psalm 9:9-20 (UMH 744)
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41
June 27
2 Samuel 1:1,17-27
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43
Lectionary
New Members
Congregational Care News
Dusn & Sydni Chaney
Barbara Lingle
Hybner Family
Jason & Kate Hybner
Ava, Ella & Luke.
Homebound communion connues “doorstep style”.
Cards are being sent.
A Celebraon breakfast for Graduang Seniors was
furnished.
For Mothers Day one hundred credit card holders
were give as gis.
Cards of encouragement are to be wrien by
members of Congregaonal Care Commiee and sent
to the youth when on their mission trip.
On Fathers Day, June 8, 2021 Donuts and coee will be oered in the
Crossroads.
Conrmaon Class of 2021
Conrmands Mentors
Sheila Bilbrey Joye Tripson
Isabella Daugherty Cai Durham
Tiberius Daugherty Je Nelson
Katelyn Daughtrey Jan Sco
Isaac Durham Ruth Lopez
Dean Lester Robert Tripson
Scarle Mercer Cindy Powell
Chrisan Rank Bryce Sco
Gabriel Rank Randy Sternadel
AmazonSmile is a simple way to support our
church every time you shop.
No hassle, no cost – just an automatic
donation to FUMC!
You use your existing amazon.com account!
Now there are two ways to participate making
it even easier!
1. Go to smile.amazon.com and select a
charitable organization (FUMC Victoria) –
then shop!!
2. On your mobile phone app, select settings.
Then select AmazonSmile, select FUMC
Victoria as your organization, select the
button to turn your device to “ON”, follow
instructions – then shop!!
SPOTLIGHTS
Now at 8:30 am, Sundays
on KAVU - TV 4
Watch
Christ’s Kitchen
needs volunteers!
email Cindy Roberts for
more info:
cindy.roberts48@yahoo.
com
Bach is back
Victoria Bach Fesval
June 8-12
at FirstUMC
for more ino
go to :
www.victoriabachfesval.org
United Methodist Women News
We met on May 4
th
with Ashley Hunter our Music
Director doing a very enjoyable program on music. She
started out asking how many played the piano, saying
many parents wanted their children in music lessons.
We “make our own music”. Each of us recounted our
earliest memories of music, whether it was a parent
singing to us, singing at the beginning of Sunday
School, a TV commercial, the radio. If we look at the
songs in the Hymnal, they will have been wrien for
a purpose and have meaning. Social media is not the
best venue for music, do it in person! Ashley talked
about how to use these resources for geng music
via a computer or smart phone: You Tube, Spofy,
and Pandora. To close the meeng, Glen Hunter,
Ashleys husband, came and accompanied us as we
sang favorite hymns. She asked which hymnal was our
favorite, the United Methodist Hymnal, the Cokesbury,
or the Faith We Sing. An honorarium to thank Ashley
was given to the Music Fund.
The Rio Texas UMW Annual Luncheon will be a virtual
event on Saturday June 5
th
from 12:30p.m. – 2:00p.m.
Darlene Alfred a member of the UMW Naonal Board
of Directors will be speaking. Sit down with your lunch
and join in via Zoom. To register, go to the Rio Texas
UMW Website.
We will not meet for programs during June, July and
August. But we will meet for a Dutch Treat Lunch at
Kings Grill on July 6
th
to visit.
Monthly Special oering has been known as “Communion
Rail Giving”
Monthly Special Offering
The Big Garden (3021107)
The Big Garden was founded in 2005 by United Methodist
Ministries through funding from the USDAs Community
Food Project. The inial goal was to create 12 community
gardens in three years. As of today, The Big Garden has
helped to establish more than 160 community gardens in
urban and rural communies throughout Nebraska, Kansas,
and Southwest Iowa.
Our goal is to reduce hunger by increasing access to fresh,
healthy produce and teaching people to grow, cook, &
preserve their own!
hp://biggarden.org/
School Ministry News
May was a super busy month for our School Ministry
Commiee.
We started
out the month
with Teacher
Appreciaon
Week. There was
a theme for each
day of the week
and it turned
out great! On
Mun Monday,
teachers arrived
to work with
breakfast muns,
juice and water
ready for them.
Taco Tuesday
provided taco
salad and lots of
sweet desserts!
On Wellness
Wednesday we prepared cute lile canvas bags full
of “take care of you” items and on Thankful Thursday
we delivered beauful lile poed succulent plants to
everyone. Fun
Friday was for the
kid inside every
teacher – an Ice
Cream Sundae
bar! Our teachers
loved everything!!
Pam Wick, a
teacher at Shields
Elementary
posted the
following:
Thoughulness is a virtue. Your thoughul gis
of me, meals, prayer and lile gis here and there
show how much me and eort each of you put into
choosing something very special for each of us on this
campus. I will always treasure both the thoughulness
and how much you care. God bless each of you and
thank you from the boom of my heart.
STAAR tesng for 3
rd
, 4
th
and 5
th
graders was next on
the calendar of events. Each of the students received
an awesome
Star Wars puzzle
and star shaped
eraser.
On Friday, May
21, our Shields
Sharks had their
Field Day. Last
years eld day
was cancelled
and this year
we had to do things a lile dierently due to COVID
precauons. We provided bounce houses, obstacle
courses and a basketball game as well as a giant
Connect-Four game and a blow-up horse race game.
Everyone received a treat bag lled with lots of goodies
from their great day of fun.
The 2020-2021 school year presented many challenges
to our ministry, but we have worked to stay as
connected to the school as we could. We thank our
congregaon for supporng our teachers and students
this year. We are prayerfully looking forward to next
school year and a more hands-on ministry.
The Scoop on Children's Ministries...The Scoop on Children's Ministries...
SUMMER IS HERE!!!
ARE YOU READY?!
Basic Training Camp
July 18-21, 2021
Current 3rd – 5th graders
REGISTER NOW:
www.fumcvictoria.com/children
VBS
August 7, 2021 9:00am
– 3:00pm
REGISTER NOW –
CAMPERS &
VOLUNTEERS!
www.2020.cokesburyvbs.
com/fumcvictoria/
For more informaon on any of our nursery, preschool or children’s ministries, please contact: Brooke Mercer,
Director of Children's Ministries * 361-550-0497 * brookemercer@fumcvictoria.com Or
Liz Parker, Nursery Coordinator * 361-935-8474 * lizparker@fumcvictoria.com
FACEBOOK: FUMC Victoria Children * Instagram: FUMC Kids Victoria * www.fumcvictoria.com
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!
Twice Blessed Showroom News
Twice Blessed Showroom has been in operaon for
sixteen years. During this me we have been able
to give
$307,774 to the church in the way of thes,
debt reducon and contribung to numerous projects
such as helping with The Crossing parking lot, new
security lights outside the main building, parsonage
make over, stain glass window protecve covering,
pastors emergency fund and the Wesley Nurse. We
have also been able to give
$154,365 to our local
area communies by giving much needed monetary
donaons to Promise Pointe, Salvaon Army housing
rebuild, three local food banks, Bethany House, VCAM,
Community Acon, Backpack program and Adult
Literacy FLIP program to name a few
Twice Blessed is an excing outreach within our
church community. We are needing people to
greet customers, create aracve displays, take in
consignments and help customers nd just that right
something. There are a multude of other jobs around
the Showroom where your talent help is needed. Come
by the shop or talk with any of the Twice Blessed ladies
to become part of this vibrant, heart -warming ministry
as we are Being the Church.
Methodist Men Staying Busy
Making Breakfast for Pentecost-Conrmaon Sunday
Building Ramps
for those in need
Enjoying a Hooks Game
For informaon about being a
part of this great group contact
Milton Champan: mchap-
man@andersonsmith.com
Pentecost & Confirmation Sunday
Congratulations Confirmands
Isaac Durham was unable to aend and will be conrmed at a later date.
Sheila Bilbrey - Conrmand
Joye Tripson - Mentor
Isabella Daugherty - Conrmand
Cai Durham - Mentor
Tiberius Daugherty - Conrmand
Je Nelson - Mentor
Katelyn Daughtrey - Conrmand
Jan Sco - Mentor
Dean Lester - Conrmand
Robert Tripson - Mentor
Scarle Mercer - Conrmand
Cindy Powell - Mentor
Chrisan Rank - Conrmand
Bryce Sco - Mentor
Gabriel Rank - Conrmand
Randy Sternadel - Mentor
Wade Powell@fumcvictoria.com ................................................................................. Senior Pastor
Ryan Jenson@fumcvictoria.com ............................................................................. Associate Pastor
Will Durham@fumcvictoria.com ...................................................... Contemporary Worship Leader
AndyJe@fumcvictoria.com .................................................................... Director of Youth Ministry
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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Victoria, TX 77901-6516
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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.
Please remember
announcements
are due in email
form to Rebecca:
rebeccathornbury@
fumcvictoria.com by
2 p.m. on Wednesdays.