Rev Kev`s Ramblings - First United Methodist Church of La Porte



Rev Kev`s Ramblings - First United Methodist Church of La Porte
In Memory of
A Note of Thanks
Alexine Strum Ingraham
 By Craig & Jeanette Bland
 By La Porte Bayshore Garden Club
 By James & Gail Martin
Phillip Wright
September 2014
March-May 2015
By Sam & Sue Burnett
It is with deep appreciation that we extend our thanks to the
members of First United Methodist Church La Porte for the
love and condolences extended to family and friends at the
memorial service celebrating the life of Ernestine Mc Carty
Shows. We are especially indebted to Dr. Kevin T. Gilmore for
the comforting message and to the Bereavement committee
for providing the reception following the service.
 By Janet Graves
The Bob Mc Carty Family
 By Douglas & Lou Ann Martin
 By John & Cathy Still
As for Me and My House, We will Serve the Lord!
 By Charliece Wheeless
‘Be Church’ is an ongoing ministry of the
First United Methodist Church La Porte,
to live out Christ’s call to be his Church
through service and mission in our
community. On May 16th, 2015
FUMCLP will be hosting its annual ‘Be
Church’ event. People of all ages and
abilities will gather to work on various
mission projects, touching lives in our
community and beyond.
Don’t miss this exciting day, when we
worship God, serve Him, and work
hand-in-hand to demonstrate Christ’s
love to others. For more information on
projects and how you can help with ‘Be
Church’, contact Charlene Thies. Project
sign-up sheets are available in the
Gathering Area. Be sure and join us for
our Celebration Covered Dish Luncheon
on Sunday, May 17th @ 12:15pm in Angel
‘Be Church’ Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 16th
8:30 AM - Breakfast served
9:00 AM - Mission Work Begins
Rev Kev’s Ramblings
packing dry beans and rice for the food
bank. The children will travel with a
team of adults to visit the food bank,
deliver the gifts to the residents of the
care center and enjoy an ice cream
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer
12:00 PM - Lunch
Sandwich fixings will be available all
morning for those who need to make a
lunch to take with them as well for those
who will eat at church.
Items Needed to Fulfill Various
BE Church Missions...
Gently used clothing
1:00 PM - Wrap Up Work
Used clean towels
The Mobile Blood Bus will be on-site
from 10am-12pm on Sunday &
8:30am-12pm on Sunday.
Heath Kit contents
Mission Options…
UMCOR Cleaning Bucket assembly
UMCOR Health Kit assembly
Cemetery clean up &
Bay Colony Playground repairs
Ray of Light Food Pantry Preparation
& Distribution
Cross Roads - Clothing Collection
Animal Shelter - Towel collection
Children 4yrs. - 6th grade are making
flannel blankets to take to the residents
of the care center, sacking and
Hand towel (15X25 inches to 11X17
inches-No kitchen, cleaning or
microfiber towels )
Metal nail files or clippers
Bath size soap (3oz & larger)
Toothbrush (adult size)
Adhesive bandages (3/4-1 inch)
Cash donations to purchase contents
for cleaning buckets. With cash
donations we are able to purchase
in bulk which is more economical,
will aide in delivery and ensure the
correct sizes for a complete bucket.
Home Repair Ministries
I am no longer my own but Thine. John Wesley's prayer begins by forcing us to answer a couple of difficult questions. Are we
going to trust God or not? Will we seek to discern and do God's will or will we continue to insist that we know what's best for ourselves? These questions are easy to ask, just as Wesley's words are easy to repeat. But neither is easy to live day-in and dayout.
I am no longer my own but Thine. The ability to live these words day-in and day-out begins and ends with trust. It is about trusting
God with our lives; it is knowing that God wants the very best for us even when we don't know how things will work out. It is the
trust Abraham had when he followed God without knowing where God would lead him. It's the trust Joseph had even though he
had no clue why things happen like they did. It is this trust that a person has who is fully surrendered to God.
I am no longer my own but Thine. These words that begin Wesley's prayer are all about surrender. For many of us, when we
think of surrendering we think of a white flag, of giving up and not getting what we want. But, Webster defines it as: to give the
control or use of something to someone else, or to allow something to influence or control you.
Surrendering our life to God doesn't mean we give up; it doesn't give us permission to stop working or to stop thinking. But it does
allow us to give up negative feelings, anger, jealousy or bitterness. It does mean we are free to release to control of our lives to our loving creator.
I am no longer my own but Thine. Every day, you have to decide who's going to be in control of your life.
Will it be you or God?
In His grip,
Birds of a Feather
The ‘Birds’ had a great trip to the Houston
Museum of Contemporary Crafts early this Spring. It was both
enjoyable and very informative. The ladies where given a tour
of Labyrinth: A Path of Prayer at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in
Houston. This was a very moving experience to walk this path
during the Lenten season. To wrap up this trip, lunch at
Hungry’s in Rice Village and dessert at Celebrity Cupcakes was
a must.
The ‘Birds’ invite all widows to join them for fun and fellowship
and/or lunch on Sundays after the 11am service. For more
information, contact Robbie Ladd at [email protected]
or 281-471-3605.
Double your fun; join your
fellow Christians at Parson’s House to share God’s message,
sing, and visit with the residents who have such great stories
and experiences to share. This ministry gathers together on the
second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the gathering area at Parson’s House, 8727 Fairmont Pkwy., La Porte.
If you are interested in learning more about this rewarding
ministry, please contact Noreen Shannon at 281-476-5536 or
The Walk to Emmaus is an experience
of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three day
short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus
Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed through
other believers. Several in our church have attended the Walk
to Emmaus, so you can talk to any one of them including Kevin
and/or contact Patsy Crum, Emmaus Coordinator. Members of
the Emmaus Community are encouraged to wear their
Emmaus crosses on Communion Sunday, so those who want to
know more about Emmaus can spot them and inquire about
the amazing experience known as a Walk to Emmaus.
The Wesley's Visit to
First UMC!
Over the past few weeks the
children have learned about
John and Charles Wesley. They
learned about how the Methodist church started, and ways
we can practice our faith. The children were encouraged to
think about ways they can show worship, devotion, compassion, and justice in their daily
Registration for Vacation Bible School
will remain open until May 31st. All
children ages 3 (by September 1, 2014)
through those who have completed 5th
Grade are welcome to join us. Registration is $15. You can
register on line at or in the Welcome Center.
VBS Bake Sale to raise funds for our Mission, UMCOR is Sunday, May 3rd. If you would like to bake a goodie please contact Priscilla Novak, [email protected] for more information.
Decorations Days: April 22nd, 29th, May 5th, 12th, 13th, 6:007:30 pm Decoration days are a time to create fun decorations
that we will use the week of VBS. All are invited to help, no art
skills required! We will have door prizes each night!
Volunteer Meeting May 6th, 6:00 pm. All volunteers are invited to this informational meeting. This meeting will provide an
overview of the week of VBS and a review of Safe Sanctuary
Policy. We ask that all volunteers attend this meeting.
Bringing All to Jesus fo r Life Beyond Limits
US Postage PD
La Porte, TX
Permit #9
9601 W Fairmont Pkwy
La Porte, Texas 77571
Email news & photos to [email protected]
5/3 - VBS Bake Sale
6/11 - 6/14 Big House (Jr. High Mission)
5/5 - VBS Decoration Day Session 1
6/14 - VBS Kick Off
5/6 - VBS Volunteer Meeting
6/15 - 6/19 VBS
5/12 - VBS Decoration Day Session 2
5/13 - VBS Decoration Day Session 3
7/19– 7/25 - UM Army (Sr. High Mission)
5/16 - Be Church & Blood Drive
7/30 - 8/2 - Women’s Emmaus Walk
5/17 - Be Church Celebration Luncheon
7/30 - 8/2 - Women’s Emmaus Walk

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