The first week of Advent and the first Sunday of Advent mark the beginning of the Advent season in the Christian liturgical calendar. Advent is a period of preparation and anticipation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day. Each of the four weeks of Advent has a specific theme, and the first week typically centers around the theme of "Hope" or "Expectation."
Advent is a time for remembering and reflecting on the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us turn our hearts towards Christ as Christmas approaches. Let us not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season this year and miss the chance to celebrate the gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love, that God sent to us on that first Christmas. Every word in scripture points to the gift of hope that we have because of Christ Jesus!
God, the Christmas story wasn’t the beginning of that message of hope because the Old Testament is full of glimpses of Your plan to redeem Your people and restore them to a relationship with You, but we are able to truly begin to see and understand just how great Your love for us is when we read the story of Jesus’ birth. That first Christmas, You gave us the gift of hope wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.
Thank you, Father, for Your immeasurable gift!
HOPE AND CONNECTION—IN PRISON AND OUT
Incarceration can strain family ties to the breaking point. By providing Christmas gifts on behalf of incarcerated parents, Prison Fellowship Angel Tree allows local churches to extend the hope of the Gospel to families with loved ones in prison. In addition, Angel Tree invites congregations to integrate Angel Tree families into church activities year-round, resulting in mutually beneficial relationships that foster growth, support, and encouragement. We want to develop relationships that go beyond the Christmas season.
Our church will be helping 43 families in our community this Christmas. We are able to provide the 94 children from these families with Christmas gifts, their own age-appropriate Bible in English or Spanish, and an Advent Devotional for the entire family. Thank you for supporting our church financially. It is through your tithes that we are able to support outreach ministries such as Prison Angel Tree. Please join us in covering these families in prayer. It has been said that, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This means that an entire community of people must participate in the lives of children in order for them to grow in a safe and healthy environment and be able to flourish and realize their hopes and dreams. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of these children!
We are so blessed to be a part of our wonderful community! Thank you to the San Antonio Food Bank and to all of the awesome unpaid servants that shared 34,000 pounds of food at the Mega Food Pantry!
Thank You H-E-B!!! Through grant funding, H-E-B gifted $2,250. worth of turkeys for us to share through our Mustard Seed Food Pantry!
Again, thank you to our amazing church family and our awesome girl scouts for donations of the side dish ingredients to go with the turkeys! We were able to share Thanksgiving Baskets with 139 families in our community! Glory to God!!!
Mega Food Drive - November
Chili and Caroling-December
WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY AT THE HARVEST FESTIVAL!!!
Thank you to everyone who came to Light on the Hill on Saturday to enjoy the amazing weather, the wonderful music, the great food, the awesome activities, and most of all, the fellowship! A huge thank you to all of the unpaid servants who made it happen! We are part of a tremendous community! Glory to God!!!
Harvest Fest Picture Recap
WOW! We are so blessed to be a part of a faith community that loves our neighbors so well! Thank you for your support for our Thanksgiving Food Drive!
Thank you to our Veterans!
Mega Food Pantry was cold and wet but all of the wonderful unpaid servants brightened everyone’s day with their love and kindness! We are grateful for the opportunity to share the love of Christ through food and smiles with 344 families (1,045 individuals) on Monday. Thank you for your support!
FOOD 4 KIDS SERVANT TEAM IS AWESOME!
Kerrville First United Methodist Church’s Food4Kids program provides food on the weekends for children experiencing food insecurity from our neighboring school, Nimitz Elementary. Other churches in our community have also adopted local schools in our county to be a blessing! KFUMC is currently helping 68 students and their families who do not have enough nutritious food to sustain them throughout the weekends. Many families depend on breakfast and lunch for their children at school and when school is not in session, like on weekends, it provides a hardship for the family. Our awesome unpaid servants help with the shopping, packing, delivering and distributing of the food to make this program possible. Food4Kids is a food relief ministry connected with our Mustard Seed Pantry. Thank you for supporting Food4Kids!
Mobile Mustard Seed Shares Food Out In Our Community!
KFUMC and Light on the Hill, among others, were recognized for Back-to-school Efforts in our community with the Kerrville Kindness Award by city council!
Harvest Festival this Fall!
A recap on our Monday, Mega Food event at Light on the Hill. We are proud to serve the hill country community and support our neighbors.
Our Community Partners to Share Food from San Antonio Food Bank at Mega at Light on the Hill at Mount Wesley!
This week our programming staff will be attending a conference.
This a time of learning and connecting with others. It is also a time to be still and just “be.” This week, I am looking forward to this time to just “be” with my creator… to sit in His presence with no deadlines or agendas. Thank you to our leadership at KFUMC for giving me the chance to learn and grow in my relationship with God.
I also always treasure the moments that I can just sit and take in all of the beauty that God has created in nature. I hope that you can make time this week also to just “be.” Enjoy nature. Enjoy the small things. Sit with God and just breathe in and out. God is so good.
Habitat for Humanity’s Mary and Bailey at Mustard Seed. Stocking the pantry and fridge for the newest homeowners!
Light on the Hill partners with Meals on Wheels!
Mustard Seed Ministries
Mustard Seed Ministries at Light on the Hill is about neighbors helping neighbors. At Light on the Hill, we pray that loving others and sharing Jesus and the hope that He brings to life, would be such a natural part of who we are and how we live that we don’t call it ‘outreach’ or ‘mission’ but simply ‘living’ in community. We desire to have long-term relationships with our neighbors so that we can truly call each other ‘friend.’
Feel free to contact Outreach Director, Beth Palmer at email@example.com to ask questions or learn more about how you can get involved with any of our food relief ministries!
KFUMC & Light on the Hill Food Relief Ministries
Dates for September through November:
September 4: Closed (Labor Day)
September 11: Mustard Seed – 10-11am
September 18: Mustard Seed – 10-11am
September 25: Mega 8:30-10:30am
October 2: Mustard Seed – 10-11am
October 9: Closed (Columbus Day)
October 16: Mustard Seed – 10-11am
October 23: Mustard Seed – 10-11am
October 30: Mega 10am - Noon
November 6: Mustard Seed – 10-11am
November 13: Mustard Seed – 10-11am
November 20: Closed (Thanksgiving)
November 27: Mega 10am - Noon
If you would like to learn more about how you can help with any of our food relief ministries, please contact our outreach director, Beth Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (830)459-5847.
Mega Food Drive Pictures
Mustard Seed Pictures
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Light on the Hill at Mount Wesley is a Texas nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 83-3263624).
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