A Symbol of Grace

“Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” —Mark 10:14

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It is always such a joyful occasion when we proclaim God’s love for the children entrusted to our care at Argyle UMC through their baptism. When children are baptized, it is an opportunity to celebrate the beginning of their journey and the miraculous truth that God’s grace is at work in their lives from the very start. Recently, we were thrilled to celebrate the baptism of two children in our church, Sydney and Alexa Davis, sisters who were baptized together.  

Sydney and Alexa’s mom, Stefanie, said “we chose to have the girls baptized at AUMC as an outward showing of our family’s commitment to raising them in a God-centered manner.” For Sydney and Alexa, the journey begins in the nurturing community of this church, where they will both learn what it means that God loves them. Just as the Davis family and close friends surrounded the girls in this important moment, our church got to respond in love by committing to loving these girls and to offer them a home and support as they grow up. 

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Stefanie said “our hope is that our girls will grow up to truly know God’s love for them and to realize what a truly special place AUMC is. We pray that they will continue to embrace the wonderful people that make up their church family and become active members of the AUMC family in their own way as they grow in their spiritual walk…Sydney and Alexa being baptized together is a bond between the two them that we will never forget.”

The Davis Family’s story is such a beautiful example of how God’s love is at work in the lives of our children. Just as Stefanie said, this beautiful moment “symbolizes that God’s grace is at work in their lives before they are even fully aware of it.” 

You can always find upcoming opportunities at argyleumc.org/events or learn more about what we’re up to by liking us on Facebook at facebook.com/argyleumckids.

Putting Christ First

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This August, our Middle Schoolers made their annual trip to Goodland Academy in Hugo, OK where they served by getting the grounds ready for the new school year. Goodland Academy has been helping students achieve success since 1848, and their goal is to educate students to read, write, and to think critically and biblically in a community environment. 

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Our youth worked on the playground and facilities, as well as on other projects—and had a blast while doing it! One of our 7th grade students, Kamden Roberts, had a great time “playing basketball with [his] friends and laughing at Carla’s jokes” and an even greater time meeting our guest worship leader, Wes Pickering, and bringing that music home to his family. He also “learned something new each day” during small group time connecting with all of his peers. When we asked Kamden to tell us why this mission trip was important to him, he said “the main reason why this experience was so special to me was because I rededicated my life to Christ. I want to put Christ first in my life and it makes me happy to say that and to try my best to live like Christ.” 

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It is so encouraging to see our young people excited about God’s work in their lives and in our world! Our Argyle Youth are looking forward to more opportunities to live into our mission to transform the world one life at a time, and as Kamden said, “Goodland Academy was awesome and I can’t wait to go back next year.” 

All students are invited to participate in the incredible work that God is stirring in the hearts of our youth. You can find opportunities to engage with our Argyle Youth atargyleyouth.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/argyleyouth1.

Connecting with our Neighbors

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When Danae Lay moved here to Texas from Virginia with her husband, Craig, and three kids, she went from having a consistent, solid community to feeling alone and unsure how to connect with other moms in this new place. 

When she started coming to Argyle UMC, she met another mom, Megan Reynolds, and together, they realized that they were seeking deeper connection with moms in our community. They faithfully answered God’s call to partner and form a group for moms—not knowing what the outcome would be. 

This summer, Danae and Megan started Argyle M.O.M.s (Moms on Monday); after their first meeting, Danae said “much to our surprise, there were 20+ moms who were also searching for connection and fellowship right here in our community”—they were not alone. 

Now that the group has been meeting consistently every week, Danae said that “the last couple of months have been wonderful and fulfilling for [her]” and that she “loves that [their] group openly shares the joys and struggles of motherhood” and that they “have been supporting each other since day one.” 

Currently, the Argyle M.O.M.s group is gathering every Monday to study, getting together during the week for Mom’s Nights Out, and planning a Back to School Party to celebrate their new friendships and invite more moms who may be searching for a deeper connection with God in community. If this is you, engage with this welcoming group by liking them on Facebook—just search for Argyle UMC M.O.M.s.

Work that Makes a Difference

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Our High Schoolers sought out God’s call to serve by journeying to Lumberton, NC this summer and serving on a Hurricane Matthew relief team. 

The flooding from Hurricane Matthew left thousands homeless and our Argyle Youth worked hard to repair three homes to the point where families could move back in. 

One of our students, Michael Rigsby, felt really impacted by the work they were able to do there—work that really “made a difference for people.” Michael said that this mission trip really “got [him] out of his comfort zone” and gave him “an opportunity to serve in a place where [they] were really needed.” 

Our Argyle Youth were able to grow, serve, and bond together as they made a tangible impact for families in need. When we asked Michael what he would share with anyone seeking God’s call, he said “for me personally, through service, you can really show the message of God,” and our Youth are looking forward to continuing to share God’s love through service as they enter a new school year. 

All students are invited to participate in the incredible work that God is stirring in the hearts of our youth. You can find opportunities to engage with our Argyle Youth at
argyleyouth.org or on Facebook at
facebook.com/argyleyouth1.

Praying for our Schools

We know that prayer is powerful and transformative, and throughout August, several Argyle UMC families and church members answered God’s call for our church to transform the world one life at a time by engaging in a prayer walk for the schools in our communities. We prayed for the staff, teachers, and students—for their protection, growth, and for God’s love to shine brightly and offer hope on each campus. 

Small Acts Can Make a BIG Impact—VBS 2017

At Vacation Bible School this summer, our Argyle Kids learned that God’s heroes have power, hope, wisdom, and courage—and that each of us has a super-calling in God’s kingdom. 

One young lady in particular, Ella Stoops, found transformation through serving in her Stepping Out 5th grade mission group. Ella and her friends answered God’s call to love the widow, the orphan, and the stranger by stepping out into our community and caring for a local widow’s garden. According to Ella, “people always said that missions always made them feel really good, but I didn’t think much of it until I actually did it.” Even though she had grown up hearing that serving others is good, this was the first time she experienced her “heart being warmed” by sharing God’s love with a stranger. 

Ella learned that even the small act of caring for someone’s garden can make a “huge impact” in God’s kingdom by transforming the hearts of all involved. 

Parents, at Argyle UMC we invite your kids to join us in our mission to transform the world one life at a time by participating in meaningful opportunities tailored specifically for them. You can always find upcoming opportunities at argyleumc.org/events or learn more about what we’re up to by liking us on Facebook at facebook.com/argyleumckids.

Worship Without Walls 2017

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for Worship Without Walls 2017! Here are some of the ways God moved in you to transform our community, one ife at a time:

  • 383 Servants Participated
  • 1,996 total Volunteer Hours for the WOW Weekend
  • 14 Opportunities to Serve
  • 21,384 Meals Packed for Rise Against Hunger
  • 20 Kits and 150 Bags for Pads for Purpose
  • 48 Memory Books for Children at Team UP Camp
  • 63 lives saved with Blood Donations 
  • 43 First-time Servants
  • 5 new families jumped in to serve and worship

It was an amazing weekend and we loved seeing God at work in you and in our community!

Journey to Hope: Sarah's Story

We're on a Journey to Hope at Argyle United Methodist Church. When Sarah turned to Christ in a time of crisis, she found hope. When Sarah harnessed that hope she was able to share Christ's love with others in her life. Are you ready for a season of personal transformation in your life? Join us Sunday morning at 8:15, 9:30 and 11am to travel a Journey to Hope with us. — at Argyle United Methodist Church.

Our Senior Mission Trip to Guatemala

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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 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. 

Intergenerational Valentine's Dinner with our Widows and Widowers

Each year around Valentine's Day, we've hosted a special dinner for our Widows and Widowers. This year, we hoped to make it even more special by inviting new groups to be our hosts--our very own Argyle Kids and Argyle Youth! On Wednesday, February 15, our FAST 5 5th graders and our STUWO middle schoolers threw the best Valentine's party Argyle has ever seen for our Widows and Widowers! We broke bread intergenerationally and had a blast getting to know each other over a delicious Italian dinner catered by Salerno's. A big thanks to all the kids and youth who hosted this event, and to the staff at Salerno's Italian Restaurant in Flower Mound for catering the incredible meal!