Neighboring Notes


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2023 Halloween

Halloween Party with Our Neighbors

Thank you so much to all of the grown-ups and youth who help out at FUMC Hurst special ministry events with our neighbors in so many ways. Thank you for helping with setting up, serving food, handing out prizes/candy, leading games/crafts, helping at the welcome table, contributing using the Amazon wish list and/or via the offering plate or giving online. Thank you for blending in with the crowd and thank you for standing out and spreading smiles!

To those of you who haven’t been able to help out yet, YOU are invited to help at the next event…in whatever way works best for you! Thank you in advance for whatever way you will help do God’s work in the world.

Here’s what YOUR help looked like at the 2023 Halloween Party:

  • Over 470 corn dogs were cooked and served at the event!
  • 40+ people handed out candy/prizes!
  • There were 6 rooms of games!
  • 12+ people worked registration/ refilled candy/cooked and served food/made connections with neighbors!

Over 225 children attended with their families (which means we likely had over 500 people join us for the party)!
THANK YOU for everything you’ve done (and continue to do) to welcome and share God’s love with our neighborhood children.

CLICK HERE to visit our FLICKR Halloween Party Gallery.

2023 Sharing Thanksgiving with Our Neighbors

Sharing Thanksgiving with our Neighbors! On Saturday, we provided 450 Thanksgiving bags, 300 turkeys, and 159-$10 grocery store gift cards to our neighbors to help with their Thanksgiving celebrations. Thank you church for your generosity, to the Discovery Class for organizing the event, and to all who volunteered! Plus, the Bolles who generously provided amazing breakfast tacos for all who came out.

CLICK HERE to view the complete Thanksgiving with Our Neighbors FLICKR album.

Backpack Ministry Update

The outpouring of love and donations given to the Adopt-a-Backpack initiative that began in August now totals $37,000 and will feed up to 150 students each week through the 2023/2024 school year. 

CLICK HERE to read the full update from Carolyn Kitchens.

ELL Class Holiday Store

Almost 60 adult ELL (English Language Learning) students spent their hard-earned incentive “dollars” buying donated items at the recent SuperStar store in Anderson Center. They had earned the “dollars” by on-time attendance, participation, and extra work in their English classes. Suffice it to say, they were elated with their “purchases”!

On December 16, scholars will bring dishes from their native countries to contribute to a potluck fellowship at our annual Christmas party. They will share stories, poems, and songs from their traditions. Four students will highlight their English skills by reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 aloud. There will be Christmas carols and a game of Christmas Bingo (with words) where everyone wins!

If you’d like to help set up, clean up, act as a host/hostess, play Christmas carols on the piano, or just want to join us to observe the wide Grace of God’s love expressed through the partnership of FUMC Hurst and White’s Chapel Methodist, please get in touch with Laura Bussell at (817) 422-7408 or Kit Hickerson at (972) 742-6153.

Come share the good news of John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ...”And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.’” – Luke 2:10

Neighboring Opportunities


  • Connect with your neighbors by serving at the Mobile Food Pantry. Volunteers are always needed. 
    • Friday, November 27: CANCELED by Tarrant Area Food Bank
    • Friday, December 8 (7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
    • Monday, December 25: CANCELED by Tarrant Area Food Bank
  • Support the Christmas Village. You can help by donating brand new, unused gifts that can be used for the Christmas Village. Gifts can include toys, games, stuffed animals, and craft kits. We will also accept brand new, still packaged kids socks and underwear.
    • Monetary donations can be made: online choose "Other Designated" in the funds drop-down, enter Christmas Village 
    • In person, indicate Christmas Village on your check and bring to the church office or drop in the offering plate on Sunday morning
    • By mail: send your check to FUMC Hurst, P.O. Box 1461, Hurst, TX 76053
  • Participate in one of the many ministries of FUMC Hurst (see info in section below)

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. 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,