Neighboring Notes


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Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Once again, the Ballet Folklorico of Ft Worth entertained us with the magic of dance on the 15th of September. We learned the difference between flautas and taquitos, and that Hibiscus water is even better when mixed with Piña juice. The Compañeros en Cristo Group outdid themselves this year! Hats off for a job well done!

Una vez más, el Ballet Folklórico de Ft Worth nos entretuvo con la magia de la danza el 15 de septiembre. Aprendimos la diferencia entre flautas y taquitos, y que el agua de Jamaica queda aún major cuando se mezcla con jugo de piña. El Grupo Compañeros en Cristo se superó este año! Me quito el sombrero por el trabajo bien hecho!

2023 Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Sew Joyful

Sunday, September 17th marked the first class of Sew Joyful, a group to teach sewing to family and friends of FUMC Hurst. At the first class, the eleven students and five instructors learned the basics of the sewing machine and began the arduous task of learning to sew a straight seam. Students and instructors alike marveled at how quickly the hour passed and were thrilled at how much they learned in that short period of time. One of the first projects for this class will be to make small bags to hold hygiene products for women living in shelters. Since we only have five sewing machines, we have reached capacity for this set of classes. However, don’t despair, we’ll be offering a new set of classes in mid October and if there’s enough interest, may offer additional times.

Sew Joyful was funded by money from the Morris DeLaney Walker Award and individual members of United Women in Faith. Please contact Fannette Welton at if you would like more information on how to participate.

Sew Joyful

Sewing Classes sponsored by UWF

Bellaire Reading Night Tutoring

The Backpack Program sends food home discreetly each Friday, helping to ensure our most at-risk students are fed over the weekend and have the opportunity to come back on Monday morning ready to learn. (Siblings of the recipient students are
also included.)

At the beginning of the year, counselors at our three elementary Adopt-A-Schools identified 113 students that would benefit by receiving one of these backpacks. At the time this article was written, 103 of those students have been sponsored. FUMC Hurst’s Backpack Ministry Team would like to thank you for your love and generous contributions allowing us to adopt and serve these children this year. Your continued support with the monthly food item donations is also appreciated.

Backpack Ministry September 2023

Neighboring Opportunities


  • Connect with your neighbors by serving at the Mobile Food Pantry. Volunteers are always needed. 
    • Friday, October 13 (7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
    • Monday, October 23 (2:30-6:30 p.m.)
  • Participate in one of the many ministries of FUMC Hurst (see info in section below)
  • Continue to support the Backpack Ministry food donations.
    Drop off bin is located in the Atrium across from the Welcome Center.

    • Libby's Vienna Sausage
      4.6 oz cans (plain, no jalepeno or extra spice, etc.

Opportunities to Participate

  • Tutoring at Shady Oaks and Harrison Lane Elementary Schools
    Need folks who can consistently tutor during the school day for an hour. You pick the day and the time. For more information, contact Carolyn Kitchens, .
  • Tutoring at Bellaire School
    Everything you need is provided by the school. Monday and/or Wednesday, 3-4 p.m. For more information, contact Fannette Welton, .
  • English Language Learners (ELL)
    Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Contact Kit Hickerson at  for information.
  • Backpack Ministry
    Serve as a regular packer or a sub. Requires a few hours once a week. For more information, contact Carolyn Kitchens, .
  • Mission Central Food Pantry
    Variety of schedules are available. For more information, contact Treasure Ford, .
  • Mobile Food Pantry
    2nd Friday, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; 4th Monday, 2:30-6 p.m. For more information, contact Treasure Ford, .
  • Mission Central Village Library
    Tutors are needed after school, Monday-Thursday 4-7 p.m. Even one hour a week would help! For more information, contact Treasure Ford,