League City United Methodist Church
February, 2015
From the Pastor. . .

Over the past several weeks, I've been thinking quite a bit about prayer, and I have a question for you: How does prayer impact your life?  Actually, I think prayer sometimes has a much more profound impact in our lives on a personal level than we realize.


I came across this quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer about this very thing:


"A Christian community either lives by the intercessory prayers of its members for one another, or the community will be destroyed. I can no longer condemn or hate other Christians for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble they cause me. In intercessory prayer the face that may have been strange and intolerable to me is transformed into the face of one for whom Christ died, the face of a pardoned sinner. That is a blessed discovery for the Christian who is beginning to offer intercessory prayer for others. As far as we are concerned, there is no dislike, no personal tension, no disunity or strife that cannot be overcome by intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the community must enter every day."

That passage reminded me of something: the one for whom we pray is not necessarily the one transformed by our prayers.  Instead, more often than not, prayer changes the life of the one who truly prays. 
Please do not misunderstand me.  I have seen lives changed and miracles happen because people have prayed, and the efficacy of prayer should not be discounted. Sometimes God just answers our prayers in unexpected ways, and the miracles aren't the ones we had looked for. 


Now that we are a month into the year and have seen some fantastic things at LCUMC - a new sign, baptisms, repairs on the FLC, etc. - I think it is a good thing to stop and thank God for how he has been blessing us.  Do you know why these blessings come?  It may just be because people have been praying, and God has been doing miracles in them. 



Monday Morning Prayer 

Join us at 6:00am in the Sanctuary to pray.  All are invited. 
Contact:   Rev. Joel McMahon
From Jim Downs, Finance Committee Chairperson

My name is Jim Downs, and I'm part of our Finance team here at LCUMC.  I want to start out telling you a little bit about me and my relationship with the fellowship we call LCUMC.  A long time ago, over two decades in fact, I took the step toward Christ by joining LCUMC.  Since that time, I've had countless opportunities in those two decades in growing, ministering, healing, and teaching, all in the name of Christ.  LCUMC is important to me - in fact, it's so important, I trust my children's spiritual growth in LCUMC - I can think of no greater endorsement, or bigger challenge.  I was also married here.  I also do not forget that the reason I've had all these opportunities and experiences is because of all the people that have sacrificed their time, talent, and financial commitments, before I joined, and since then, in keeping LCUMC's doors open, and its spiritual journey alive.  I am truly thankful for those sacrifices.    


I'm "all in" on the journey here at LCUMC.  Even through our biggest challenges and tough times, I've seen many lives changed and touched by the spiritual healing and love that can only come from Christ.  There's something unique and wonderful about LCUMC that makes me glad to call it my church home.  I'm honored to help lead the finance team, the team dedicated to you and the rest of our church.  We understand the commitments people make, and we act as trusted stewards of those financial sacrifices.  We understand every dollar sacrificed is hallowed ground - a holy offering. The finance team has worked very hard to ensure our budget is fair and responsible and no one's financial sacrifice will be in vain.  

I ask those of you who are members in our fellowship here at LCUMC, those who have not yet filled out their financial commitment cards, to take the opportunity to do so.  It is not too late - it is never too late.  You can email your commitment to the church at finance@lcumc.tv - this will all remain completely anonymous, - only between you, God and the financial secretary.  

The spiritual journey for our church is not over - in many ways, in fact, it has just begun.  Our world is likewise hurting in many ways, and our church has a part in the cure, in the healing.  Let's go change the world in Christ's name.  



Jim Downs


2015 Blood Drives

Mark your calendar now for our 2015 Blood Drives.  The donor coach will be here from 8:00am to 12:30am on the following Sundays:

March 22, May 31, August 2, and November 29

For more information go to Give Blood.

Contact:  Mary YoungLCUMC Blood Drive Coordinator

We are thankful for all those who have answered God's call to servant leadership  in 2015.

Our 2015 Administrative Council: 

Chair:  Carey Worrell
Pastor:  Joel McMahon
Staff Parish Relations Chair:  Barbara Brittle
Finance Chair:  Jim Downs
Evangelism Chair:  Tina Harrell
Missions Chair:  Cindy Becker
Worship Chair:  Ginger Coffin
Discipleship Chair:  Jennie Urban
Choir Director:  Kyle Norman
Magnify Leader:  Kym Reeves
Children/Youth Director:  Andrea Pritchard
Weekday Ministries Director:  Amber Maurer
Nursery Director:  Cathy Schmitz
Lay Leader and Reserve Lay Delegate:  Kevin Bauman
Lay Delegate:  David Armiger
Communications Coordinator:  Gary Raines
Building Committee Chair:  Lynn Watkins
Trustee Chair:  Steve Shelton
Scout Rep:  Selected by Scouts
Stewardship Chair:  TBD
At Large:  Jerry Myers, Matt Hoggatt, Jackie Langston, Jack Riordan, Kirk Morrow, Tammy Kowalcyzk, Diana Burke, Sandra Bilskie, Jennifer Walker

Five Weekday Bible Studies - It's not to late to join!

1.  Common Grounds for Young Adults, now on Mondays, 7:00pm at the Wesley House.  
Contact:  Kelly Lee

2.  Women's Wednesday Bible Study, "Anonymous, Discovering the Somebody You Are to God" 10:30am - Noon in the Parlor.  
Contact:  Mary Latulippe

3.  Youth  (Sixth - Twelfth Grades) Wednesday Night CURRENT, 7-9:00pm in the Family Life Center.
Contact:  Andrea Pritchard

4.  Men@Ten, Thursday Mornings in the Chapel.  
Contact:  Rev. Joel McMahon

5.  New Thursday Evening Bible Study, 7:00pm in the Chapel.  "What the Bible Says About Angels". 
Contact: Rev. McMahon

Food Truck Schedule for 2015

(Hard copies available at the church)

January 2, 16 & 30; February 13 & 27; 

March 13 & 27; April 10 & 24

May 8 & 22; June 5 & 19; July 17 & 31  (no July 3)

August 14 & 28; September 11 & 25; October 9 & 23

November 6 & 20; December 4 & 18

To volunteer contact:  Terry Worthy 



SMASH (a car) Fundraiser
Come take a swing at a car!  Sign your name on a car!
February 22, 3:00pm 

$1 to write your name/draw a picture on the car.
$5 for three swings!

Contact:  Andrea Pritchard

UM ARMY - June 14 - 20
Sign ups and deposits are due now!
$75 deposit due for all adults, college age helpers, and high school students.  All current 8th -12th grade students are welcome to attend!

Join us on Sunday in 2015!

8:30am Traditional Worship Service,  Sanctuary
9:30am All Church Coffee Fellowship, Family Life Center
9:55am Sunday School Hour
11:00am Traditional Worship Service, Sanctuary
11:00am Magnify Contemporary Service, 
Family Life Center

WE ARE:   League City United Methodist Church
1411 W. Main Street, League City, TX  77573

CONTACT US:  281-332-1557

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