The newly renovated pool at Light on the Hill was blessed and reopened! Thank you to everyone who made this possible!
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 almost 60 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!
Thank you to Bryant Williams for his generous gift of a golf cart to our outreach ministry! This will help with providing accessibility for our neighbors with mobility challenges to all of our outreach ministries.
I’m sure you have heard by now of the outpouring at Asbury University over the last two weeks. What started as a few students staying after a worship service to continue to pray grew into an awakening that saw thousands travel to Kentucky to be a part of it! No bright lights, no famous Christian musicians or renowned speakers. Just simply, praying to God for a new awakening of His people and His Spirit to pour out over all creation. So simple, yet so powerful.
We are excited to have six families participating in our NEW DAWN Transitional Housing Program as we begin 2023!
We are grateful for this ministry and for all of the support that we have received. As we take everything we have learned since we piloted this initiative with our first participant and envision all the impact that this ministry can bring, we want to ask you to join with us to pray. Pray for each family that is currently participating in NEW DAWN and all of the families yet to come. Pray for the mentors that are walking alongside our participants. Thank you for praying with us! If you want to learn more about how you can be a friend to our families, let us know. There are many, very simple ways. Thank you for your support!
It’s January and not many are thinking about swimming outside in the summer, BUT we are!!!
In the last three years, we have replaced all of the huge pumps and all of the pipes and plumbing for the pool at Light on the Hill at Mount Wesley. Now, we need to address the pool, itself. We have multiple cracks in the pool that have been patched and re-patched over and over and over… We no longer can do this. It is time for the pool to be retiled, re-plastered, and re-surfaced.
Last summer, we had hundreds of children and youth enjoy this pool through summer camps, play days, and field trips. We know how much joy this pool brought to so many as we were fortunate to witness the laughter and smiles!
This summer, we want to expand the number of children and youth who will come and make more memories on our treasured campus, including in the pool. Would you prayerfully consider helping us?
Thanks to some grants and private donations, we are more than halfway there with the funding to make this happen! Every little bit helps! If you would be able to help us reach our goal, you can make a donation to KFUMC or LOTH and specify “POOL” on the check or in the comments section if you are giving electronically.
Thank you so much for praying for our summer outreach efforts in January.
We are incredibly blessed by your continued support! Happy New Year!
We have had a great two weeks of summer camp for kids at Light on the Hill! Thank you to all of the unpaid servants who have shared their love and talent with so many to make Camp Wesley happen!
We are also thankful for the San Antonio Food Bank and all of the unpaid servants who shared the love of Christ through the tangible expression of food on Monday at Light on the Hill!
CAMP WESLEY Session 1: We are so excited to be hosting some of our friends from the Doyle Neighborhood this week! We are having a great time celebrating God’s goodness and all of His creation! Thank you to all of our unpaid servants who are making this week so great for so many children!!!
MEGA MONDAY! Monday, June 27, we will host the San Antonio Food Bank Mega Food Pantry at Light on the Hill from 10am – Noon. If you would like to volunteer to help, contact Beth Palmer at email@example.com or (830)459-5847.
The Uvalde Strong Fund supports victims, their families, and others affected by the tragedy at Robb Elementary School on May 24th. Companies, foundations, civic groups, religious congregations, and organizations wanting further details on donating, call 830-896-8811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of us have big buts (the one “t” variety, not the other kind). By that, I mean we live in constant emotional and relational tension because we live in the land of but.
• I know my BFF didn’t mean to be a jerk, but …
• I know my spouse isn’t perfect, but …
• I know my son is trying to change, but …
• I know my boss didn’t mean to wound me, but …
Sadly, we’ve created a “yeah, but” world that is killing us. It’s robbing us of joy and creating unnecessary tension in our relationships. Worst of all, it’s setting us up to love conditionally.
The second we add a “but,” we add a condition or an excuse. We are saying to others, “I know the right thing to do, but my choice to do the right thing is subject to your choice to do the right thing.” We rationalize our half-hearted love and acceptance of others based on their actions.
In 2021, Light on the Hill @ Mount Wesley was the recipient of the DASH Community Impact Cohorts 1 and 2 Grant. Millie Goode served as the Project Director and worked with Beth Palmer, Outreach Director, and Theresa Standage, Wesley Nurse, to implement the grant. DASH (Data Across Sectors of Health, led in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, identifies barriers, opportunities, promising practices and indicators of progress for multi-sector collaborations to share data for community health improvement. DASH aims to align health care, public health, and other sectors to systematically compile, share, and use data to understand factors that influence health and develop more effective interventions and policies. The specific DASH project at Light on the Hill @ Mount Wesley is Pathways to Health & Wholeness, an integrated framework of care pathways for a marginalized population within health and food security categories. Data-sharing collaborative partners are Mustard Seed, Peterson Health, Raphael Free Community Clinic, New Hope Counseling, Kerr County Inter-Agency Network, and Kerr Konnect. Pathway strategies are designed to give voice to marginalized community members within the Kerrville/Doyle community in assessing their health and wellness needs & determining desired outcomes. READ THE RELATED ARTICLE BELOW.
By Solomon Collins
As a National Program Office (NPO) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), works with communities across the country to build local capacity for multi-sector collaborations and data sharing efforts to inform an evidenced-based national movement toward a Culture of Health. The Community Impact Contracts (CIC) funding program offers access to direct technical assistance, targeted funds, subject matter expertise, and a supported peer cohort working together to pursue equity and increase sustainable community capacity to lead and leverage data system development.
DASH is proud to support projects that center communities and work to eliminate structural inequity through multisector, data sharing efforts. Light on the Hill at Mount Wesley, a CIC awardee, exemplifies what it truly means to be a catalyst for others in understanding the endless possibilities for what happens when you share data.
Light on the Hill at Mount Wesley, a faith-based 501(c)(3) public charity devoted to improving community health based in Kerrville, Texas, is a shining example. Six ministries located on the campus offer services related to healthcare and health-related needs: Kerr Konnect (an on-call volunteer driver service for young and elderly adults), Families and Literacy (educational programs including the area’s only GED prep course program), the Mustard Seed Food Pantry, an Education and Exercise Center, a Nutrition Center, and Wesley Nurse (the largest 80+ site outreach program in South Texas). They used their CIC award to purchase licenses for a platform to help them see where the coordinated services they offer were most needed, and where they made an impact.
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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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