Neighboring Notes

June Communion Rail Offering

Our June Communion Rail offering will go to support the 2023 Annual Conference Offering. Monies contributed from churches all across our conference will go to support the work of starting new United Methodist churches and faith communities in the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Will Cotton, the director for the Center for Evangelism and Church Growth says, “We are already experiencing the move of God in this exciting season of innovation, creativity, and rebirth with the launching of new churches, the successful introduction of Oasis Fellowships, and the formation of diverse fresh expressions of community engagement and discipleship.” Your financial support will go a long way to support these and future new faith communities by providing tools and resources that will enable them to reach more and more of the people in the Central Texas Conference’s rich and diverse mission field with the good news of Christ’s love. Thank you for your generous and faithful support of this Holy Spirit-inspired work of our conference’s efforts to reach younger, more diverse people and welcome them in our joy of following Christ.

Adopt a Park & Grilling Out Together

This month, there’s a chance for everyone to get involved in an Adopt A Park cleanup day. The next opportunity is Sunday, June 25th at Redbud park from 5-7 p.m. Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign-up as an opportunity to connect in fellowship and serve our community together. That day, we’ll meet at the park and canvas the grounds to clean up any trash we can find. After that, we’ll grill hot dogs and spend some time in fellowship together at the pavilion. To sign up, individuals and group leaders should contact Rev. Matt Ybañez.
To participate, the City of Hurst asks individuals to sign a release of liability form. Participants on the day of the event should bring sturdy shoes, gloves, a hat/sunscreen, bug spray and a trash grabber (if you have one). The church has several grabbers to share that day as well.

Bellaire Reading Night Tutoring

This school year, our church, through the Backpack Ministry served thousands of weekend meals to hungry children at our adopted schools. Their work has been nothing short of amazing! As they prepare for the fall, it’s important to know that the cost of each backpack has risen from about $5 (for 6 meals plus snacks) to more than $7 per backpack. To continue this vital ministry will require both our financial support and our monthly food item donations as we strive to feed 100 students who live right here in our neighborhood.

Help us stockpile for the fall by remembering to pick up a few items every time you go to the grocery store!

Backpack Ministry Summer Items:

  • June:
    Kraft Original Easy Microwavable
    Macaroni and Cheese Cups
    4-pack, 2.05 ounce cups
  • July & August:
    Maruchan Ramen Noodles
    Chicken Flavor Soup, 3 Oz, 12 Count

Backpack Ministry May 2023

Neighboring Notes


Connect with your neighbors by serving at the Mobile Food Pantry. Volunteers are always needed.

    • Friday, June 9 (7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
    • Monday, June 26 (2:30-6:30 p.m.)
  • Join us at our Redbud Park Cleanup Day on June 25th from 5-7 p.m. (Hot dogs and fellowship too!)
  • Continue to support the Backpack Ministry food donations. Drop off bin is located in the Atrium across from the Welcome Center.

    • Kraft Original Easy Microwavable Macaroni and Cheese Cups
      4-pack, 2.05 ounce cups

HEBISD Summer School Reading Volunteers

HEBISD is in need of reading volunteers for their district-wide summer school program which will include a library reading time for students in K-2nd grades. Summer school for the entire district will take place at 4 campuses and each time slot is 50 minutes. Each campus has a different sign-up link.

Project Transformation Summer Reading Volunteer

Project Transformation, a UMC affiliated nonprofit that provides academic enrichment for underserved children, is seeking reading volunteers to help children develop a love for reading and learning. The organization is looking for volunteers to serve at their FUMC Bedford location on the following dates this summer: June 12-15, June 20-22 (camp closed on Monday for Juneteenth).

As a reading volunteer, you would play an important role in helping children succeed academically and develop lifelong skills. Reading volunteers work one-on-one with children to help them with reading and literacy skills, and to help them find joy in books and learning.

Whether you’re a student, working professional or retiree, there is a role for you to play in helping children succeed. If you would like to volunteer or just want to learn more about Project Transformation, contact Matt Ybañez at .

Project Transformation Book Drive

At our summer camps, each afternoon the children receive 35 minutes of literacy instruction, working on things like improving vocabulary and learning the different parts of speech. Each week lessons and activities for this component of the curriculum are developed around a specific book. Ideally, we would like to have 2 copies of the book at each of our three camp sites (FUMC Bedford, New Riverside UMC and George C. Clarke Elementary). If you would like to support the book drive, you can shop the Project Transformation Central Texas Amazon Wishlist.