“The Voice” March 2020

“The Voice” March 2020

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From Our Pastor.....

Today, we are officially in the church season of Lent. Today is Ash Wednesday, the day we are marked by ashes in the sign of the cross as a remembrance of our mortality and God’s eternal love. As we progress through Lent, we will make our way with Jesus to the cross.

In a sermon series during the first four Sundays in Lent, we’ll be looking at various forms of temptations we face and how God helps us avoid them. Below, is a synopsis of the series.

How We Fall and How We Get Back Up

March 1Good Gone BadGen. 2:15-17; 3:1-7; MT 4:1-11
All of creation is good. We’re often tempted by good things used inappropriately. Anything that gets in the way of our being closer.

March 8 – Wise as a Serpent Gen. 2:15-17; 3:1-7; LK 8:15-17
We’re tempted by desiring to be wise, even as wise is God. Accepting that we’re not God and innocently trusting God is true wisdom.

March 15 – Sharing the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Gen. 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-19
We’re tempted by sharing things that are best left alone. A truly supportable community will love us and hold us accountable.

March 22 – The Valley, the ShepherdGen. 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Ps. 23
The truth is revealed – we’re vulnerable. We can’t always help ourselves, so we need a shepherd.

Temptation is a formidable thing. The good news is that we don’t have to face it alone. God is with us every step of the way, from the Garden of Eden, to today, and on into tomorrow. Let us also take care to be with one another as we journey through this world on our way to redemption.

I look forward to seeing you today.
Pastor Sheree

Don’t forget to move your clock ahead 1 hour on Saturday, March 7th, before you go to bed.

Daylight savings begins
at 2 am Sunday, March 8, 2020


Palm Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.
“Come to the Cross and Remember” ~Cantata by Chancel Calendar
Youth program - “Shadow of the Cross” after Worship
in the Fellowship Hall

Maundy (Holy) Thursday, April 9, 5:30 pm
We will remember Jesus’ last supper and celebrate holy communion.

Good Friday, April 10, noon
We will remember Christ’s sacrifice for us on the cross

Easter Sunday, April 12, 10:30
We will celebrate Christ’s resurrection


Lenten Study
The Walk by Adam Hamilton

Wednesdays – February 26 – April 1
10:30 AM in Fellowship Hall
Facilitators: Lois Shaw & Dave Rush

In The Walk, Adam Hamilton focuses on five essential spiritual practices that are rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God and taught throughout the New Testament – Worship & Prayer, Studying, Serving, Giving, and Sharing. In each chapter, Hamilton explores one of these practices, its New Testament foundation, and what it looks like to pursue this practice daily in our personal life and together in the life of the church.

Refreshments will be provided by the Education Team.




3 & 4 yr. olds (potty trained)
Cost: $20
Time: 9:00 am to 11:30 am

5 yr. olds - Grade 5
Cost: $30
Time: 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Registration forms will be available in the church office beginning Monday, March 2. Registration forms will also be posted on the St. Paul’s website at www.spumctx.org.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Women is proud to host:
World Day of Prayer - Praying with Zimbabwe

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
March 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am
in the Sanctuary

Lunch in Fellowship Hall after the Service

Everyone is Invited!!




DATE: Saturday, March 7 @ 4 P.M.

Featuring works of Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Pergolesi and Rachmaninoff. Instrumental solos by other community musicians. Donations at the door. hillcountrychorale.org


Emmaus News Corner #59

Men’s Walk HC# 57 is almost here. The Walk at The Light on the Hill (formerly Mount Wesley) will be from Thursday, April 23 through Sunday, April 26, 2020. There is still time to register and become a Pilgrim. If you would like to be a part of this Walk and need more information, please contact me and I will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you register. Application forms are on the Emmaus bulletin board in the church hall. 

Our next meeting for the Hill Country Emmaus Gathering is Monday night, March 2nd at First UMC. There will be a potluck meal at 6:00 p.m. in the gym and the meeting at 6:30p.m. in the sanctuary. 

Come join everyone. You will have an amazing evening!

Don’t forget – March 2nd at FUMC at 6:00 P.M.

                                                                                                              De Colores!           Ruth Strackbein

United Methodist Women

The March Meeting of the UMW will be March 10th at 1:30 in the church parlor. Marylin Davis will present the program of Prayer and Self-Denial. We hope to see you all there.

We are proud to be hosting the World Day of Prayer Service and luncheon here at St. Paul’s on March 6th at 10:00 am. Everyone is invited.

Irish Blessings, Louise Rush

Christ Crew Youth meets for fellowship
on Sundays 6-8 pm 

Spring is upon us!

The weather is warming up and the decorations for the winter holidays are put away. Okay, mine are mostly put away. The Christ Crew had a wonderful time attending the Mid-Winter Retreat and throughout the weekend we were able to strengthen our relationship with God and build lasting friendships. As we look forward to the Easter Season the youth will be doing a small program after the church service on Palm Sunday. Be on the look out for more information when we get closer to Easter.

Many Blessings,

Kelley Schneider, Youth Director

Please visit the Christ Crew web page or follow us on social media to see pictures of all of our past events and to stay updated on all our future events.

Webpage: https://spumctx.org/christ_crew_youth


@christcrewspumc                        @christcrew1                               christcrewspumc

   Christ Crew Pictures  



Thank you for your supporting our Youth Group - Christ Crew. They are a wonderful group of young people and leaders in our church and do so much for our church in the way of help projects, mission trips, bible studies and so many others.

The MISSION EMPHASIS for the month of March will be UMCOR or United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR is a branch of our United Methodist world wide organization dedicated to disaster relief, improving social issues and mission work. UMCOR is often first on the scene after floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. They are recognized and respected around the globe for their swift and generous response to those in need. It would be impossible to list here all the services provided and all of the places served but you can rest assured that UMCOR was on the scene during the hurricane and flood recovery right here in Texas last year and is no doubt still on the job here and around the world. For more information on UMCOR, you can visit their website: https://www.umcmission.org/umcor

Our rail offerings and designated giving this month will go to this wonderful organization.


Dave Rush


By: Rosalie Pinson

With the Lenten Season now upon us, your St. Paul's Library has some great seasonal reading for you.

The library offers varied materials (non-fiction books, devotionals, videos, DVDs, fiction stories, etc.) on the liturgical seasons of Lent and Easter. Some of these are:

(In the General Collection) Forty Days of Fruitful Living - Robert Schnase; Bread and Broth - Cynthia Cowen; The Power of the Cross - Charles Spurgeon; Before and After Easter - Debbie O'Neal; From Sacrifice to Celebration - Evan Drake Howard; Behold the Man - Thomas Pilgrim; The Way - Adam Hamilton; Pontius Pilate - Paul L. Maier; The Robe - Lloyd Douglas; Martin Luther's Easter Book

(Video or DVD) The Easter Story; An Easter Carol; Jesus of Nazareth

(Young Children/Young Adult) Journey to Easter - Carolyn Bergt; The Very First Easter - Paul L. Maier

(Very Young Children) The Parable of the Lily - Liz Curtis Higgs; The Easter Cave - Carol Wedeven; The Legend of the Easter Egg - Lori Walburg

Come by the library for one of these, or other, Lenten and Easter seasonal materials.


Your library is staffed, Thursdays 9:30 a.m. until noon,
and on Sunday mornings.
If it is locked, please ask someone in the church office to open it for you.


Thank you!

What a blessing it was to have women from our church, as well as from the community, come and be inspired and encouraged at the Women’s Retreat!

A special “thank you” to the leadership team — Gerry Reinhardt, Mary Howell, Stormy Armstrong, and Pastor Sheree! God put together the perfect team and we give Him all the glory!

Also, thank you to all of the ladies who served on the food team, hospitality team, activity team and to those who served as small group leaders! And, thanks to Judy Phillips for helping with the technology needs!!

God used all of you and your gifts and talents in an amazing way! Thanks be to God for his work in and through all of you!

With love and thanks — Sue


A dedicated and loved member of St.Paul's came to my home bringing me a beautiful Valentine Box with my name on it. Inside were hand written notes and cards from my caring church family. The Valentine Box created by the Children of St.Paul's is lovely- A white box adorned with red and pink felt hearts and a red ribbon around the top embellished with decorative crystal gemstones. My prayer is that GOD will continue to Bless our church, our pastor, and our ministry.

Vivian Harrell


Thank you from Lavania Lambert

Love one another — you do!!

Thank you so much for thinking of us who can’t make it to church. The children did a wonderful job of decorating the Valentine boxes and I feel honored to have received one and the “love notes” you put in it. Thanks to everyone who put cards in. I have never received so many cards before! I know some of you and you are all special to St. Paul’s.

Bless you, Lavania

“Lenten Reflection”

As we prepare for the season of Lent, I pray that each of us will truly reflect on the love God has for us and how we respond daily to that love. May we not get so wrapped up in our own agendas that we miss opportunities to share the love of Christ with others. God is always at work around us. All we have to do is see where God is at work and join Him in that work!

Lent is also the perfect time for us to reflect on our own faith journey and how we can continue to grow in our walk with the Lord. It may mean that we need to spend more time meditating on God’s Word or making more time to get quiet with the Lord and listen to Him. Or, maybe we need to give up something that is hindering our walk with the Lord.

May our journey through Lent draw us closer to our crucified and glorified Savior!

Blessings, Sue

UMCOR - Compelled by Christ
As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Committee on Relief assists United Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need.

UMCOR Sunday is March 22
Gifts given on this Sunday cover the costs of doing business so that UMCOR can respond when and where it is needed most, working to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.


The Christian Women's Job Corps is collecting and sending coupons (from newspapers or magazines) to active and veteran military members for use at PX's (shopettes) and commissaries.
*Out-of-date coupons will still be honored. You may put coupons in the basket in the Narthex (foyer).

Christian Assistance Ministries (C.A.M.)

We are always needing to restock our shelves for those who will need assistance. All donations are appreciated. Thank you for your generosity!

The following are the most needed C.A.M. Foods:

Canned Vegetables -- Canned Fruit --  Boxed Cereals -- Canned Beans

Soups -- Meats -- Rice (1 lb commercial box or bag) -- Ramen -- Noodles -- Jello

Gently worn clothes, especially work clothes for men, and linens are also welcome!


Aubin & Paul Cloyd - 03/04
Mary & Jack Vestuto - 03/07

Loraine & Art Modgling - 03/15
Ruth & Charlie Strackbein - 03/15

Dee & Richard Reid - 03/23
Sheryl & Mike Butler - 03/28



Ruth Sanford 3/1
Dee Reid 3/4
Paul Hulse 3/6
Abby Walker 3/10
Adalynn Sollers 3/10
Vicki Burke 3/12
Nita Biermann 3/14
Leland Clancy 3/14
Brian Castillo 3/14
Marylin Davis 3/15

Kitty Perez 3/18
Kathleen Cook 3/19
Merleen Ernest 3/22

Barbara Beale 3/24
Billie Taylor 3/26
Mary Ellen Hobbs 3/26
Sheree Harris 3/26
Jimmy Phillips 3/29
Sammy Chalfant 3/30
Mike Bradish 3/31


For more information found in this newsletter or on our calendar of events please visit our website at www.spumctx.org

You can also find links to to upcoming Sunday Livestreams and much more!

Find us on Facebook!   @StPaulsUMCKerrville


Important Email Addresses:

Pastor Sheree Harris - pastor@spumctx.org 
Church Admin Assistant, Judy Phillips -- office@spumctx.org
Programs Coordinator, Sue Owens – programdirector@spumctx.org
Financial Secretary, Lisa Jeffcoat - finance@spumctx.org 
Youth Leader, Kelley Schneider  –  youth@spumctx.org
echnology Coordinator, Judy Phillips - webadmin@spumctx.org
Newsletter Articles - newsletter@spumctx.org

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Sunday Worship Services lately

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Upcoming Events

Tue, February 25, 2020
Wed, February 26, 2020
  • Ash Wednesday (First Day of Lent)
  • Low Impact Exercise Class
    9:30 AM
    This is a class for all ability levels and everyone is welcome!!
  • Women's Emmaus Reunion (P)
    10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Women's Emmaus Reunion "Blessed Friends" Fellowship Meets in the Parlor every Wednesday
  • Lenten Study - The Walk by Adam Hamilton
    10:30 AM
    The Walk by Adam Hamilton

    Wednesdays - 10:30 AM in Fellowship Hall

    Facilitators:  Lois Shaw & Dave Rush

    In The Walk, Adam Hamilton focuses on five essential spiritual practices that are rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God and taught throughout the New Testament – Worship & Prayer, Studying, Serving, Giving, and Sharing. In each chapter, Hamilton explores one of these practices, its New Testament foundation, and what it looks like to pursue this practice daily in our personal life and together in the life of the church.

    Refreshments will be provided by the Education Team.
  • Ash Wednesday Service
    12:00 PM
    Ash Wedenesday Service will be held in the Sanctuary
  • Card Making At Mary's
    1:30 PM
    We meet at Mary's house the 1st Wednesday and 4th Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. to make greeting cards.
    Today we will meet at 1:30 pm so we are not rushed after Ash Wednesday Service.
  • Chancel Choir
    5:30 PM
    Chancel Choir meets weekly in the choir room to prepare for Sunday Worship
Thu, February 27, 2020
  • Men of St. Paul's Bible Study
    6:45 AM to 7:45 AM
    The men meet every Thursday morning for a short Bible study before starting their day.
  • Church Library Open Until Noon
    9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Your library is staffed on Thursdays 9:30 a.m. until noon, and on Sunday mornings.  If it is locked, please ask someone in the church office to open it for you.
  • Hand Bell Practice
    4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    The Hand Bell Choir meets weekly in the Bell room in Fellowship Hall to practice for upcoming special music through out the year.
  • Missions Committee
    4:30 PM
    St. Paul's Missions Committee
    Contact Dave Rush for information
Fri, February 28, 2020
  • Fun With Music Choir
    1:30 PM
    Meets in the Santuary; Marsha McCoy-Sebesta leads this community choir with 2 performance through our the year, One at Christmas, one in the spring.
Sun, March 1, 2020
  • Women's Emmaus Reunion (FH)
    5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Women's Emmaus Reunion meets in the Fellowship Hall
  • Men's Emmaus Reunion (CR)
    5:00 PM
  • Christ Crew Youth
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Youth 6th through 12th grades meet in the Youth Room in the Great Hall (Gray Education Building) every Sunday Evening from 6-8 pm. This weill be our Sunday evening worship, fellowship, and fun. There will be snack foods provided.
Mon, March 2, 2020

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