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1 AP R I L 1 April 2017 COME FOLLOW JESUS WITH US! EGG DONATIONS SPRING BRUNCH GUATEMALA STORY Donate or purchase pre-filled eggs (p. 5) All ladies ages 5+ are welcome! (p. 6) Written by Brett Byer, high school senior (p. 4) ARGYLE U M C N E W S AD U LTS A LL CH U R CH MIS S ION S CHILDREN COMMUNICAT IONS S U P PORT / CARE YO UT H FINANCE WORSHIP K I N GD O M K I D S FAMILY SERVICE & EASTER EGG HUNT SATURDAY, APRIL 15 FROM 5:00-7:30 PM The Family Easter Service & Egg and very child-friendly with an Eas- Hunt it s an intentional way to share Hunt will partner with Outpouring ter Egg Hunt, bounce houses, snacks, on Saturday, April 15 at 5 pm! All snow cones, and free pictures with to help us spread the news by per- the story of God s love. We need you children and their families are invit- the Easter Bunny immediately fol- sonally inviting 10 or more friends, ed to join us as we celebrate Easter in lowing. We are so excited for the op- family, co-workers, or neighbors to a meaningful way to children. Bring portunity to share the Resurrection join us. Inviting couldn t be easier! the whole family for a fun, safe day story with everyone in our commu- Just visit facebook.com/argyleumc/ with a kid-friendly Easter Service. nity in a way that is engaging for all events/ for the opportunity to invite This service is 100% free to the public ages. This is more than just an Egg friends on Facebook.

2 Holy Week at Argyle UMC APRIL 2 MAUNDY THURSDAY APRIL 13 AT 6:30 PM Maundy Thursday is the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word Maundy means commandment. On his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). All are welcome to join us for this contemporary service where we will remember this night through modern worship, serving one another, and communion. GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 14 AT 6:30 PM On Good Friday, we proclaim God s purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is good because God was drawing the world to God s self in Christ. Join us for this service where we will remember Jesus sacrifice through beautiful choral music and a reflection EASTER SATURDAY FAMILY SERVICE APRIL 15 AT 5:00 PM A family-friendly Easter Service & Community Egg Hunt with free pictures with the Easter Bunny, snow cones, snacks, bounce houses, and games! (More on pg. 1) EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 16 AT 7, 9, & 11 AM Join us as we celebrate our risen King through live music and an inspirational message at our 7:00 Sunrise Service, 9:00 Modern Service, or 11:00 Traditional Service. Remember there will be no Sunday School for adults or children. There will be childcare available for children ages 4 and under at all services.

3 Missions CASTING FOR A CAUSE FISHING TOURNAMENT THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! APRIL 3 Last year, a group of Argyle UMC fishermen had the idea to plan and host a family-friendly fishing tournament to raise money for young adults attending the local community college, NCTC. Over 65% of students that attend NCTC are first-generation college attendees and many come from low-income households. Argyle UMC wanted to create an event for the community that would benefit these young adults looking to advance their education. The very first Casting for a Cause Fishing Tournament was held in March and many Argyle UMC families in attendance helped raise $4100 for these local college students! Thank you for your commitment to transforming the world one life at a time in our community! LENTEN MISSIONAL OFFERINGS March 4 & 5: $1 Argyle Food Bank March 11 & 12: $2 College Care Packages March 18 & 19: $3 Widow/ers Dinner March 25 & 26: $4 Youth Missions April 1 & 2: $5 First Responders Meal April 8 & 9: Team UP Camp April 15 & 16: Stop Hunger Now SAVE THE DATE: FUELUP STARTING JUNE 7 Fuel Up is a summer lunch program that provides sack lunches to students at a local park in Denton. Every Monday & Wednesday during the summer, UP Ministry provides sack lunches and activities for school-aged students and younger from Borman Elementary and nearby. There are several opportunities to become involved with Fuel Up including donating food items and volunteering to assemble and serve sack lunches. If you are interested in becoming involved with this wonderful program, please visit argyleumc.org/upministry. Throughout the season of Lent, we ve collected an offering each week for a different mission, increasing the amount each week by one dollar. All loose cash turned into the offering plate goes toward each week s cause as we seek to help others in their Wilderness seasons. You can check argyleumc.org/ stories for updates on how your giving has impacted each week as we continue to strive to transform the world one life at a time.

4 Argyle Youth OUR SENIOR TRIP TO GUATEMALA BY BRETT BYER This spring break I had the opportunity to go on my senior mission trip to Guatemala. Before I go any farther, I want to say that this was, by far, my favorite mission trip yet. This group consisted of six seniors Ethan Williams, Brayden Ratcliff, Molly Sheridan, Allison McNeill, Jordan Allen, and myself (Brett Byer) alongside five adults Chris Schoolcraft, Carla Hilburn, Drew Tucker, Julie Sheridan, and Kelly Allen. We worked with Mission Guatemala, a Methodist-based nonprofit, to help serve the community of San Andrés. Our first full day there, we went to the market in Chichicastenango. We were able to shop and buy souvenirs, but more importantly, we were able to see first-hand the culture that we were about to be serving. While at the market, we got to tour the city. We went to the Church of Santo Tomas, where we saw both a catholic priest and a Mayan priest worshiping next to each other at the same time. It was a beautiful moment. They both showed respect for the other and they both loved each other. On our first workday, before any work was done, we attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the new teachers office facility we were going to be working on all week. They had us as their guests of honor, and to be honest, it was a little strange. All we were going to do was come and sweat a little and then leave for another team to take over. But they didn t see it that way. We were the first group that was going to work on this new facility. This was something that they had been wanting for a long time, and for it to finally be happening, they were so happy. After the ceremony, we began working. It was at that point when we realized just how hard the week was going to be. This was far from our normal light construction and painting that we are used to. This was busting up rocks and digging trenches. But over the course of the week, we began to bond with the workers that we worked with. They invited us to join them in their mid-day tradition of drinking Coke and eating bread. I m not a big coke drinker, but that bread was so good. With the little Spanish that we knew, we tried to communicate with them. And it worked pretty well. I had a 10-minute conversation one day with one of the workers, in Spanish, about sports. I don t think my Spanish was great, but I was able to get my point across and have a meaningful conversation. Another day, just after lunch and just before we went back to work, we were playing a card game. I asked one of the workers if he wanted to play. He said yes. So I sat out that round and taught him the game and helped him, but I m going to be honest, he didn t need the help. He ended up winning the game. It was the moments like these that I m going to remember for the rest of my life. Even though I don t speak a lot of Spanish, I was able to communicate, and for those times when I couldn t, we had fun and played games. Back at the Mission Guatemala hotel, another team was staying there. They were from Columbus, Ohio. We ate breakfast and dinner at the hotel with them, but we segregated to our own tables. After about 2 days of doing that, I had the idea of mixing with them to get to know them and bond with them. So one morning at breakfast, we just sat all over the place, and when they walked in, they did not APRIL 4 hesitate to go and fill in the gaps. They were excited to get to know us. This continued throughout the rest of the week. We were able to bond and form great relationships with them just by changing how we ate. Julie and Molly went on morning runs throughout the week, and they even got Molly from the Columbus group to go run with them. It was really amazing to see how God was growing our relationship with them. Every night, we would have worship and devo. This was definitely my favorite part of the day. We sat in the living room of the girls apartment and just worshiped. Everyone, singing at the top of their lungs and just truly worshiping God. Every night. We felt the Holy Spirit at work in that space, filing us with so many emotions. We had great devotions. There wasn t a night that we didn t have to break out the toilet paper to be used as tissues. That space was full of so much love, not just for God, but for each other. That s what I m going to miss the most. One night, we got to witness a Mayan ritual and see how they worship. We got to join in and worship our own God while also performing the Mayan ritual of burning candles. This was followed by dance. I m not big on dancing, but it was really fun to just skip around in a circle. This was an amazing mission trip. We got to be apart, a small part, but an important part of something so great. We formed bonds that we never could have imagined would have been formed. We saw God move in great and mighty ways. We got to see a different culture and see how they worship. We got to drink some amazing coffee. And we got to be the hands and feet of God in San Andrés, Guatemala. Can be found online at argyleumc.org/stories

5 Argyle Kids APRIL 5 PALM SUNDAY APRIL 9 AT 9:30 & 11:00 Our Argyle Kids are so excited to join the celebration of Palm Sunday on April 9th by processing with palms! Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and begins the series of observances focusing on the events of Holy Week. Our kids will process with palms (both from those attending worship and those in Sunday school) at the 9:30 and the 11:00 service. Any children that would like to be involved should meet in the church foyer 10 minutes prior to the service. EGG DONATIONS APRIL 9 AT 9:30 & 11:00 The Family Service & Easter Egg Hunt is FREE to attend, but we ask that each family bring a dozen filled eggs for each child participating. You can drop those off at the church by Wednesday, April 12 OR you can just purchase your pre-filled eggs here and we will take care of them. We would also love donations from those that might not be of egg-hunting age but would like to support the children of our church! Please purchase prefilled eggs at: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2017 JUNE Save the Date for Vacation Bible School, June 12 through June 16, from 9 am -12 pm

6 Adult Ministry LIGHT Women s Ministry SPRING BRUNCH SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 10 AM-NOON argyleumc.org/events APRIL 6 Join us for our annual Spring Brunch for ladies ages 5 & up! Bring your mother, daughter, aunt, grandmother, or friend. We are continuing our fill your cup theme with a special tea party. We will have food, fun, fellowship, a speaker, and a special tea themed make and take! All women are welcome! $5 for little ladies ages 5-12 $10 for ages 13+. Free childcare available for ages 4 and under by RSVP to Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 4. SALT Men s Ministry MEN S BREAKFAST SATURDAY, APRIL 15 AT 8 AM ARGYLE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 9 AM-12:30 PM Mens breakfast on the 3rd Saturday! We will be having ham, eggs, grits, gravy, biscuits, jam, honey, juice, milk, and plenty of coffee. Coffee will be ready at 6 am for you early risers. Breakfast will be served at 8 am. All men are welcome to join us for a morning of food and fellowship. BLENDED & BLESSED SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 9 AM-4 PM Have you been called to lead in your workplace? Have you wondered how you can use your Spiritual Gifts to lead in our church? Has God been calling you to lead in new ways? If you are interested in leadership, we invite you to attend the Argyle Leadership Academy, which intends to introduce you to leadership concepts and principles that will help you become a more effective leader, both in and outside of our church. The Academy is led by the members of the Lay Leadership Committee and Argyle UMC staff. Register by April 3. Join us for our Blended & Blessed Livestream event. This is a powerful, one-day, live-stream event presented by FamilyLife, for couples, single parents, and dating couples in blended families, with some of today s most trusted and respected experts. It will provide solid, biblical teaching that speaks to the specific needs step couples are facing. For more information and to register, go to: argyleumc.org/events/blendedandblessed Lunch is included.

7 AP R I L 7 CELEBRATING KIM THOMAS Thank you for joining us on Sunday, April 2 to celebrate Kim Thomas, our Director of Congregational Care and Adult Discipleship, who is now starting a new chapter of her life. Sunday, April 2, was be her last day on staff at Argyle UMC. Kim has meant so much to so many of us and while it was a bittersweet moment, we loved getting to celebrate her ministry! Thank you to everyone who came to the reception, signed her journaling Bible, and let her pray over you! Make sure to follow Kim on her blog: perfectpeaceministry.com to see how God will continue to work through her in her next chapter. Stephen Ministry STEPHEN MINISTER COMMISSIONING SUNDAY, APRIL 23 On Sunday, April 23rd, our congregation will commission four Stephen Ministers at the 9:30 service: Dana Ratcliff, Audrey Haase, Brenda Nunneley, and Sarah Pratt. These dedicated women have been training for over three months and are ready to begin their caring ministry among us here at Argyle UMC. We thank God for all our Stephen Ministers and invite you to pray that God will bless their ministries as they begin their Stephen Ministry journey.

8 UPCOMING DATES APRIL 8 2 A APRIL Celebration of Kim Thomas 15 Family Service & Egg Hunt 3 RSVP for Argyle Leadership Academy Stop Hunger Now Offering 4 RSVP for LIGHT Spring Brunch 16 Easter Sunday: 7, 9, & 11 am 8 Argyle Leadership Academy 17 Church office closed 8 LIGHT Women's Spring Brunch Palm TeamUP Missional Lenten Opportunity Sunday Maundy Thursday at 6:30 pm Good Friday at 6:30 pm 23 Stephen Minister Commissioning 29 Blended & Blessed 1 14 MAY Sign ups for FuelUP begin Mother's Day / Senior Sunday 15 Men's Breakfast Worship Without Walls (WOW)

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