It's All About the People
PUMP-ing God's Grace into Action
When Joel Eichler along with chaperone Caitlin Kramer and a team of Senior High Students (Meredith Hay, Jonah McConnell & Austin Stiglets) arrived at Bryan, TX for their UM Army mission trip, they started on a landscaping project assigned to them. Two days into the trip, part of the group was sent to the home of an elderly couple in need of a wheelchair ramp. In the next 3 days, a ramp was built and a relationship was formed with this wonderful couple.
But the story doesn’t end there...
We A-Door Dads
Research shows life’s pathway for children is largely determined by what they experience in their preschool years. Our PUMP teachers and volunteers understand that. Through Christian nurturing, they work diligently throughout the year to build strong mental, physical, relational, and spiritual foundations for each toddler through four year-old in pre-school.
PUMP has put God’s grace into action for more than 25 years.
What If There Was No Choir?
Those men who take 15-20 minutes each Sunday morning to greet and give a high-5 welcome to each child who enters the Kid’s Cottage.
Remember watching a little one head off to Sunday school class? Some quickly wave the parent off and race inside. Others want to be brave, but trembling lips and threatening tears speak to their anxiety about venturing inside without the security of mom or dad. Others let go of the familiar hand only to turn and cling to a leg.
A ROAR-ing Fun Time
The choir stood and began the opening refrains to that familiar hymn, O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise. My focus began shifting away from the “To Do” list to the words on the page. By the second verse, the entire congregation had found the page and joined in song. During the fifth verse, the people faded from my awareness; I heard only voices of a “heavenly choir” thunder through the sanctuary. By the final stanza, their voices had transported me right into the throne room of God. Worries dissolved. Hope and balance returned. It was well with my soul, and my ears were ready to hear the pastor’s words.
Later, I wondered, What if there was no choir? What would we miss?
Stephen Ministers are the After People
School’s out and summer vacation is on! This past week, more than 200 kids and 100 volunteers ROARed into Vacation Bible School to explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that empowers them through this wild life.
Kids started each day in the sanctuary with songs and an opening skit. Afterwards, African animal-named “crews” of 12 kids each rotated through a variety of fun activities. While one “crew” went on safari to outdoor recreation, another was on the hunt for snacks and crafts, while others would strike out on expeditions to explore science or Bible times. (Don’t we wish we were kids again?)
Thirst to Thrive Bible Study
After … that’s when these men and women are there for you, or for your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives in the Prosper area. Trained to provide one-to-one support to people experiencing a difficult time in life, Stephen Ministers come alongside you for as long after as needed. Because PUMC houses the only Stephen Ministry in Prosper, they serve not only church members but anyone in the community.
How We Respond
When they couldn’t make a morning Bible study due to work schedules, Hope White and Lauren Eichler wanted an alternative solution. They decided to hold an evening study at the church for women in the same predicament.
“I wanted a community,” said Lauren. “At the time, I struggled as a new youth pastor’s wife and what people expected of me. It took a while for the women to get to know each other well enough to share their hearts. But eventually, that happened.”
When we respond to God’s generous love, grace and providence by being generous back to God’s work in the world, we are proclaiming our gratitude and praise.
We know that God has done so much and we want to be part of the ministries that touch lives. When we faithfully and consistently give to the church, it is not only a rhythm of personal holiness, it also opens our church to do abundantly more in ministry.
Introducing Andy Nelms
Did you know that one of the products of the discernment process was to set a focus on Children’s Ministry? This focus has brought about some exciting changes, one of which is to use investment dollars from our Grow Fund to add a Children’s Ministry Assistant.
Comfort Zones are So....
On behalf of Bishop McKee and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, we are excited to share the news that Reverend Andy Nelms will be joining Prosper UMC as our Associate Pastor starting July 1st.
There Is No Place Like Home Base
Well… comfortable, but if we never pressed beyond them, we’d never discover how much fuller life can be. If we never tasted the little brown piece that looks like a chunk of dirt, we would never discover the joy of chocolate. If we never braved the risk of falls, we would never have known the exhilarating excitement of soaring along on a bicycle.
Significance of Easter Lilies and Spring Blossoms
Fresh cut grass, dragged dirt, the crack of a bat, a diving catch, a stolen base, sweating, slides into home, and scraped forearms. Not a bad way to spend a few hours Monday evenings to connect with other guys.
It is commonly known that early springtime sunshine often brings with it the glorious fragrance and beauty of nature blossoming upon the world. Did you know that Easter Lilies and other spring flowers carry with them a significant meaning.
Did you know approximately 500 adults, youth, and children will hear the message of Easter this weekend at our Easter Eggstravaganza? “As a church,” said Bree Bakke, coordinator, “we organize this event as an intentional outreach ministry to the community.”
Imagine sitting at the base of a tree and looking up. The branches extend outward in many directions covering, shading, and enveloping you. Imagine how comfortable the shade of that canopy feels as it covers you when you seek relief from the heat of the scorching Texas summer sun in August.
Did you know that 48% of people join a church because they have family or friends in the congregation? (Pew Research Study, Oct, 2016) Or that Millennials who have a relationship with an adult inside the church are twice more likely to stay connected to the church than those who don’t? (Barna Group, Sept, 2013)
New Staff Announced
True Grit is more than a John Wayne/Glen Campbell/Jeff Bridges movie about justice in the late 1800’s. Today, it’s the group of 6 to 10 guys who meet over lunch, eat BBQ, and study God’s Word.
Please help us welcome Kathryn as our new Director of Music and Marissa Battle as Modern Worship Leader.
Children's Sunday School Teachers
Jesus loves the little children … And so do our nursery workers. More than babysitters, their ministry plays a pivotal role in the spiritual development of those youngest attendees who crawl or toddle through our doorways.
Our Children’s Sunday School classes are taught by a dynamic team of volunteers who are thrilled to share their passion for Christ with the youngest in the church.