Testimony

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.

Be the Gift by Carla Hilburn

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A couple of years ago, God put a dream in my heart for a day of service called Be the Gift. I wanted a way to put into action the messages we give our students every Christmas “It’s better to give than to receive,” and “Christmas is about being generous and sharing with others.” It was important to me that our students know how to LIVE OUT their faith and to see that they can make a big difference in their communities as middle school and high school students. 

Last year, we kicked off Be the Gift with about twelve kids and three service projects; it was amazing. We knew this year would be bigger than last year, but y’all, we were blown away when 40 kids signed up to serve! 

God’s hand has been at work all throughout the planning process. One of our youth’s family who owns a bus (AND decorates it for Christmas!) volunteered to help cart around all these kids. A divine meeting with UP Ministry volunteers resulted in finding a perfect project for our students to shop for UP Angel kids. We thought we ordered too many t-shirts but ended up having JUST the right number. In other words... we have been saying “God is Good!” the whole way through. We knew the day was going to be special, and it was! 

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We kicked of the day at our church, where our students hosted a walk-through play of the nativity story, so that young kids and their families were able to see the story of Jesus’ birth come to life. It was amazing to watch the little ones look up to our “big kids” and to see them understand the story of our Savior’s birth in a new way. 

Then, each student received $5.00 to spend at 5 Below and was able to pick out gifts for kids in need. It was neat to watch our students picking out things that they thought other kids might like to receive for Christmas. They were so thoughtful in their selections! 

Later, we visited an elderly couple who have lived in Argyle for over 40 years. They’re limited in mobility, so we helped them clean up their yard to make it safer for them to be outside. Our students worked so hard and got a ton done. In the end, the couple came out to thank the kids and pray for our group. Then, one of our 6th-grade students, Jenna, jumped up and prayed over them. Such a blessing! 

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Last, but certainly not least, we blessed our friends at Mayberry Gardens by spreading some Christmas cheer, caroling with them. We brought small treats for each resident and each one of them expressed how much it meant just to have the students there. Many students recognized their “friends” from our visit in the fall. It was sweet to see not only our students recognize the residents, but also the residents light up to recognize our students. 

At the end of the day, almost every student asked when we could go back to serve the couple and Mayberry Gardens. Our students are hard workers with HUGE hearts for God and others. They spread all sorts of joy, hope, love, and peace throughout the day and were a huge blessing to our community, which is what this season of Advent is all about. Their hearts to serve and love others is incredible and God is using them to be the gift in this community!

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.

Sharing a Table by Jennifer Tolin

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Women’s ministry at Argyle UMC is committed to the spiritual development of every woman, no matter her age, in this community. From fellowship opportunities like an afternoon spring tea and Christmas BUNCO to opportunities to walk together with God through retreats and engaging speakers, Light Women’s ministry is a beacon of hope and joy in this congregation. They serve each day in their community and beyond. 

This year, the group wanted to embrace the intergenerational nature we have here, and encourage women in different stages of life. During our last sermon series, we talked about all of the ways that God’s people gathered around tables and food. A Supper Club seemed like a great place to begin. 

Sharon Montcalm eagerly volunteered her home as a place to host one of the small group Supper Clubs. With a tex-mex theme, the group of six women were welcomed into Sharon’s living room—knowing no one—and began to chat. A list of ice-breakers designed to help women to go deeper together faster was at the ready, but this group didn’t need it. There was an ease and comfort between members of the same faith family that would extend to many more meals to come. Sharon shares the experience best, “I love gathering with my Supper Club ladies!! We have the best time laughing and sharing life’s adventures across generations. I read recently that as Christians we all have a Paul and Timothy in our life when we share community with other believers; meaning the mentoring Paul shared with Timothy while establishing the church. And then the roles would reverse as Paul would learn from Timothy. These ladies are my Paul and Timothy.” 

May we all find our Paul and Timothy in our church family. If you’re interested in joining a Supper Club group, reach out to

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.

My Time at Mayberry Gardens by Kimberly Giese

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I loved spending time at Mayberry Gardens nursing home and having fun with Ms. Betty Elizabeth. As soon as we chose our new friends, she was welcoming. From there, we talked about our love of bingo. We laughed and shared our thoughts about our unlucky (bingo) card. By the third round I had learned about her life, siblings, and thoughts on the world. 

Once we shouted “WE WON!” for bingo, she gave me her headband, which was her prize for winning, and we even got some more (another head band). We took some photos of us as twinsies. At the very end of the day when we were leaving she asked me if I was coming back next year and said she that she is going to teach me how to crochet. I told her I will for sure be back, and prepared for a crochet lesson. Mayberry Gardens and Ms. Betty Elizabeth strengthen my faith in Christ and my eyes on the world. 

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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.

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.