If you have not driven by the church lately you have missed the openness 
created by removing the overgrown evergreen shrubs by the front doors 
and the northeast corner of the building. Likewise, the stain-glass 
windows of the sanctuary have been repaired and installed. These may be 
minor things to many folks; however, they improve the visual appearance 
of the facilities. A HUGE THANK YOU to Jan Pendleton for her service and 
oversight of these two projects. The next time you see or talk to Jan 
extend a hearty THANKS to her!

WELCOME to our newest members of First UMC-Shallowater: Justin, 
Emilee, and Emeline Egbert. They come to us via membership transfer 
from First UMC-Canyon. If you have not met them, take time following 
worship on Sunday morning to extend your welcome to them. They are 
eager to participate in the ministries of the church! On Sunday, Sept. 18th, 
they announced they are expecting a new family member and will hold a 
gender-reveal in the church fellowship hall on Saturday, October 1, 2022 
@ 6:30 p.m. Let’s ALL gather to support and celebrate this coming 
addition to their family and the church family!

Some other upcoming events for the month of October:

     • Fifth Sunday Fellowship Meal – Oct. 30, 2022, following worship. Bring 
     your favorite dish and enjoy fabulous food and fellowship.
     • TRUNK or TREAT – Monday – Oct. 31, 2022 – in front of the church –
     times to be announced!
     • Pastor’s Bible Study of Romans – Wednesday nights 6:30 p.m. Bring 
     your study Bible, pen, and pad to make notes. Everything else will be 

Thanks to ALL who have been consistent in their attendance and their 
support during the summer months. I look forward to seeing many who 
have been traveling throughout the summer months as they return to a 
regular routine and worship!

Vacancies remaining for the various ministry & leadership teams for the
2023 calendar year:
     Board of Trustees – 3 vacancies
     Committee on Finance – 1 vacancy
     Committee on Lay Leadership and Nominations – 3 vacancies
If you are not currently serving somewhere, please pray about where God 
would have you serve the local church, your membership vows include 
service as one of the areas as it takes ALL of us doing our part for the 
Kingdom of God!

Grace & peace,
Pastor Tom