Testimony

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.

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. 

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! 

Valentine's Day College Care Packages

Each year, Argyle UMC sends a care package to each of our college students to let them know how loved they are by their home church on Valentine's Day. Through your gifts and donations, we were able to send out 69 care packages to our college students. Thank you to each one of you who contributed and to the 14 volunteers who were here to help sort, label, and package these treats. 

The Completed Guatemala Water Project

Argyle UMC had a dream to help bring water to two small, indigenous villages in the mountains above Antigua, Guatemala. Our church raised $10,000 to purchase supplies for a water tank that pipes water to these communities through your donations and the money raised by our own Argyle Kids from our 2016 Vacation Bible School! We have just received our 5th and final update from our brothers and sisters in Guatemala on their now completed water project! 

At the commissioning of this completed project, the Mayor of the communities knelt over this water tank and had a time of prayer before he gave a speech. Here is a message from them:

"We all are so grateful to all of you who gave this gift so desired for by all of us. While making his address, the Mayor began to cry, because he said that it was a miracle to have achieved this project. Years ago we were looking for those who might could help, but we never thought that this year we would have our water.  The mayor said this with tears in his eyes!!! We also felt like I was in a dream because everything was achieved with the help of the Church!!"

As you can see in the pictures below, a plaque has been placed on this water tank in honor of Argyle United Methodist Church. Thank you all for your Irrational Generosity that has made this dream a reality! 

The Sweetest Moment

This Sunday, we experienced a sweet and powerful moment at our 9:30 service as one of our kids accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior! Below is the story from his mom, Christy:

Ok, so when it comes to my boys, tears can easily well in my eyes from certain unexpected acts! Today as our church service was coming to an end, we began our Tithe and Offering part of the service. During this time, the prayer altar is opened for anyone who wants to go pray.
Before I knew what was happening, Walker, my 7-year-old, headed to the altar. He was up there for a while speaking and praying with one of the amazing women in our church.
When church was over, she approached me to let me know that my son accepted Christ into his heart while he was up there. He told her he wanted to be a light to others with Jesus living is his heart!
Y'all....I could barely hold it together. My heart melted and my eyes instantly filled with tears! What a way to end this amazing Thanksgiving weekend and begin the season of Advent! Praising God for his love, presence and how He moves in my life and the lives of my children!!! Jesus lives in all of us and there is no doubt in my mind, Walker will proudly wear the light of Jesus to love others!
God is SOOOO Good, ALL THE TIME!!!!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Guatemala Update 2

An update from the team in Guatemala who are beginning to level the land there and build the water tank for their fresh water supply!

"Le mando mas fotos de los trabajos, en donde tenemos a varias personas trabajando, se contrato a muchas personas para llevar todo, es un kilometro de caminata cargando todos los materiales hacia la montaña, no fue fácil, pero lo estamos logrando. Muchos abrazos."

"Many people were enlisted to help carry supplies a kilometer up the mountain, including women carrying 5 gallon buckets on their heads and men carrying sacks of concrete on their backs. The leveling of land for the building of the water tank has begun. The work is hard but progressing."