Mentoring

Confirmation by Dylan Hilburn

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My name is Dylan Hilburn and I ‘m going through Confirmation this year. To me, Confirmation is one of the biggest events in my life because I am confirming my belief in Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. I also get a name tag and get to join the church! 

As part of confirmation, every kid got a mentor. Mine was Mr. Pete. I’ve enjoyed spending time with him. He came to our house for dinner and we went to their club house for lunch. We’ve discussed many things that I’ve learned in confirmation. I like being able to talk about what I’m learning with him. I feel like me and Mr. Pete are going to be friends even after I’m confirmed. 

I have learned so much about the Methodist Church and the people that founded it. In Confirmation class, we have covered some pretty deep topics. Some of them were Salvation, Life after death, History of the church, our beliefs, and so much more. This was important to me because it helped me understand my faith on a deeper level. In a couple of weeks, I will make a big step in my journey with God by getting baptized and confirmed.

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Argyle Kids Growing by Danae Lay

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It’s Sunday morning, 10:50am, and the first few kids are starting to make their way to the “Love” room. This room is used for a multitude of things including M.O.M.s group, Fast5, Staff Meetings, Care Team Meetings, etc. But every Sunday morning by 11:10am, this room is bursting at the seems with children ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grade. As I make my way into the room, there are kids playing Legos, drawing on the dry erase board, playing the piano and catching up with friends. The room is loud and most people avoid walking across its threshold. Once you’re inside though, it’s easy to get swept up in the chaos of play, laughter, games, and storytelling. Over the past few months I’ve watched the number of these kids grow. They’re building relationships, helping to teach one another about God, and keeping us on our toes. By 12:10pm, things are winding down and almost all of our kids have cleared out. The room is quiet and sometimes in pieces, but as Sarah Hines and I clean up we often talk about how the day went. We talk about new friends, funny conversations and the kids who continue to impress us with their understanding of God. We are thankful for the kids and the chaos and the love that is bursting from the seems of that room. 

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.

Partners in Boldness by Pastor Sarah

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Argyle UMC has been actively praying and seeking how we can engage young adults in life-changing relationships with Jesus and the Church. The Denton Wesley Foundation is home to hundreds of local college students who come for study, fellowship, worship, meals, community and more. Last fall, Argyle UMC members Paul and Sue Herring boldly walked in to the Denton Wesley Foundation to ask how our church can partner with their mission and ministry. They were embraced by the students and staff and began to build relationships with service, engagement and of course, food! 

A team of cooks and hosts arrive every Thursday at the Denton Wesley to prepare, cook and serve a free lunch to the students. Many students will come in to sit and eat, share about their lives, receive hugs from the volunteers and friends, and find rest and community during lunch. 

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The Shiloh Food Bank is open every other Friday for the students to come and receive fresh groceries and home items at no charge. Argyle UMC has helped to stock the food bank that will reach up to 200 students. Our Volunteers are present to welcome, share hugs and support, as well as offer tips on how to prepare meals with the food they have received. 

As we talk about having a “Daring Faith” and living our faith “out loud,” Argyle UMC continues to respond to God’s call to engage with young adults in life-changing relationships through Denton Wesley Foundation. The students and staff have been greatly impacted by the relationships they have with our church members who volunteer to love and serve them. 

Argyle UMC has an opportunity in Jan. & Feb. to donate non-perishable food and other needed items for Argyle Food Bank and Shiloh Food Bank at the Denton Wesley Foundation. You are also invited to serve at the Shiloh Food Bank, reaching 200 students every other Friday from 1-3 pm. Contact Sue Herring 214-277-9548 or sue1944@verizon.net to volunteer.

The Christmas Spirit by Danae Lay

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The Christmas season, through the eyes of a child, is nothing short of spectacular. Argyle UMC hosts it’s Breakfast in Bethlehem each December to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to welcome the community with open arms (and bacon).

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During our celebration this year, we had more than 60 adult volunteers who gave their time, love, donations and skills to this event. These people helped to set up, run and tear down every tiny detail so that they could share the love of Jesus Christ with families within our church and community and to share with each person who joined us that day the story of how the Messiah was born. 

We also had over 40 youth volunteers during this event who got up early on a Saturday, dressed in costumes and gave their best performances so that our younger children could experience the Christmas story first hand!

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These volunteers not only entertained and fed children for two hours on Saturday, but they showed them the wondrous and true meaning of Christmas. It is so exciting to witness the congregation of Argyle UMC is using it’s giftedness and working together to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

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.

Shining for God by Danae Lay

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We all have spiritual gifts. While it may take some of us longer to recognize, accept and use these gifts to glorify God, some of us, like Dorothy Pritts, learn and apply these gifts at a young age. Dorothy is a 5th grader at Argyle Intermediate and enjoys tennis, horseback riding and using her artist skills whenever possible. Dorothy with her father Jeff, her mother Marci and older brother Wayne started their “Try 5” at Argyle UMC in June of this year. Dorothy and I met in August when our Fast5 started back up on Wednesday nights. I discovered early on that she had a servant’s heart.

Wednesday nights with our Fast5 are just that, fast. Those nights are fast, noisy and fun, but they are also a great starting point for our youth to start discovering truths about God and what their role is in God’s family. It only took a week or so for myself and the other adult leaders to realize that Dorothy has a servant’s heart and she is not afraid to use it. Dorothy loves to lead her peers in our discussions on Wednesday nights. She is also always willing to set up before a class and clean up after everyone has gone home. While she is always willing and does these things with a smile on her face, she did admit to me that she does not always like to do chores at home. On Sunday mornings at our 11am Sunday School hour she is usually only one of two or three 5th graders and regularly helps check children in and lead our small groups. In fact, she casually asked what I was doing behind the computer one Sunday and when I told her I was checking children in she immediately asked how she could help. 

Dorothy’s love for God shines through in everything that she does. While I’m sad that this will be her last year with our children’s ministry, I am elated that she will have Carla Hilburn, our Middle School Youth Director, and Craig Lay, our Senior High Youth Director, to mentor and help her grow in her faith. Whether she chooses to become a teacher or an artist or an animal rescuer I know that she will fill the world with God’s love through her servant’s heart. 

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.

Spiritual Journey by Ellen Gilgore

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The Open Hearts’ class continues to be involved in the lives of our 4th graders by standing with them as they received their new Bibles on Sunday, September 10th. With this participation comes the commitment to serve by being mentors and examples in the lives of these children. Our class is doing this by taking turns teaching the Sunday morning Sunday school class of 4th graders about the Bible and its usage.

Recently, Open Hearts shared in a picnic/game event after the 11:00 service with families of the 4th graders and Open Hearts’ members in attendance. The BBQ was quite popular as was the game of pickle-ball! Due to strong winds, a net was set up indoors, but some of the older siblings and parents wanted an opportunity to play, so another net was set up on one of the two courts painted on our parking lot. This game was a tremendous hit enjoyed by all generations!

Getting to know these children and helping them to grow in their spiritual journey has been a real joy to the members of the Open Hearts class!

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.

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! 

Up Mentoring Testimonies

AUMC's UP ministry has volunteer opportunities available at Borman Elementary in Denton and at Hilltop Elementary in Argyle.  For 30-60 minutes each week during the 2015-2016 School Year, you can be a mentor or tutor to a student and make an impact. This video includes the testimonies of Roger Shady (Study Buddy) and Mark & Talitha Schmidt (UP Mentors). 

Song: The Stand, Hillsong UNITED - itun.es/us/QBJOW?i=815937293