Continuing education is important for mind and for growth. To see what continuing education classes are coming up, visit our Calendar click the Interest Groups dropdown box and scroll through the upcoming months.
Our hand bell choir meets each Thursday 2.30pm for about an hour, all skills are welcome to come and join us. If you are interested, please contact the Bracken Bells Ministry.
The Children's team is responsible for planning and running all of our Children's Ministry events and are especially vital to the planning of Vacation Bible School. They are a hard working and passionate team, they meet the first Sunday of every month immediately after the 11am service, for more information please contact the Children's Team Ministry.
Bracken UMC is a member of the New Life Emmaus/Chrysalis Group, part of the Rio Texas Conference.
The "Walk to Emmaus" is a 72-hour experience, usually at a retreat center, beginning on a Thursday evening and ending Sunday evening. During this time you will live and study together in singing, prayer, worship and discussion. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God's grace, and how that grace comes alive in the Christian Community and expresses itself in the world. You'll also discover how grace is real in your life, and how you can live in the life of grace, bringing grace to others.
If you would like more information about the Walk to Emmaus or a Chrysalis Flight, please contact the church office.
Our Financial Stewardship ministries include Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class, Job Skills Lesson and a course from the Methodist Foundation entitled “Putting Your House in order” about estate planning.
These classes are offered on a recurring basis and as demand requires, please contact the church office for more information.
The class will cover interview techniques and attire, how to write a resume and how to apply for jobs.
Putting Your House in Order
Putting Your House in Order is a popular two-hour workshop that guides participants through some of life’s toughest planning tasks. Samples of living wills and other important documents are discussed. A 33-page workbook [cost $10] is included to aid in making important decisions.
The Vine Wellness Group:
A Faith-Based Counseling Ministry supported by local churches
Millions of people struggle every day with mental and emotional issues. Some choose to keep things to themselves, others may seek support from family and friends. Still others have tried everything and continue to live in pain. If you are struggling with issues that don't seem to resolve, we are here to help.
Annie Viers and Celese Inman are Licensed Professional Counselors who are highly trained in their field. With different specialities that range from marriage and family to anxiety and depression to play therapy, they match you with the appropriate counselor and resources. They offer their services at a very affordable, reduced rate for those who are members of the participating churches, including Bracken UMC.
If you would like further information about the ministry or counselors, or if you would like to make an appointment, please call or email! You can also visit necministry.org for more information.
Annie Viers, MA, LPC, LMFT | (210) 602-8193 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Celese Inman, M. Ed., LPC, RPT | (210) 602-2203 | email@example.com
15110 Jones Maltsberger Rd. #102 San Antonio, TX 78247 (210) 490-4419 | www.necministry.org
Joyful Noise Choir
Do you like to sing? SO DO WE, and we have a great time doing it! Rehearsal is Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm-8:30pm. No try-outs! Just come ready to relax and enjoy! Adults and high school youth are welcome! The Joyful Noise Choir provides the music for the 8:00am and the 9:45am Sunday traditional services in our beautiful sanctuary! Our repertoire includes many styles - including soft contemporary, gospel songs, spirituals, and traditional/modern choral music. We are growing spiritually, musically and in number. If you enjoy making music, meeting people, and being a part of an exciting worship experience, this may be where you need to be! Joyful Noise Special Projects Coming Up!
Men's Gospel Group
We have a Men's Gospel group practicing on Wed. evenings from 6:00 to 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. Any number of men can participate, and all are welcome. THIS IS FUN! Come join us!
Contemporary Worship Team
Worship team meets currently on Tuesday nights 6:30- 8:30pm. We are always in need of extra help with audio and visual techs if you would like to help and welcome any new talented musicians that would like to worship with us. To set up a musical appointment contact Kyle Lanford. Thanks and God bless.
A big THANK YOU goes to everyone who donated food to the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers on May 10. The Randolph Area Christian Assistance Program (RACAP) was the recipient of all the food collected in Schertz and Cibolo, and we are so grateful. We are so blessed to begin the summer with a full pantry.
The number of families coming to RACAP for assistance continues to be high. Last month RACAP helped 89 families with a total of 244 people. 177 people were fed from our pantry. We helped 26 families pay past due rent and 25 families pay past due utility bills. We helped 4 people without insurance purchase their prescribed medications. Your monetary donations make this all possible, and we thank you for your generosity.
Please remember RACAP and the volunteers in your prayers this summer when the demands for our help greatly increase. Many times last summer, clients were lined up out the door. When the children are out of school for the summer, they do not receive the free breakfast or lunch they have been used to. Many families cannot afford the extra food and turn to RACAP for help feeding their hungry children. Have you ever had to choose between paying rent or a utility bill, or buying food to feed your family? That is the dilemma many of our clients face, so they turn to RACAP for help. God is always so faithful to supply what we need at just the time we need it, and give us patience under pressure. If you have some extra time this summer and would like to volunteer at RACAP, please call Jessie Fisher at 210-658-1613. RACAP is located at 307 Pfeil Street in Schertz, and is open Monday thru Friday from 1 to 3pm.
Thank you for helping RACAP show God’s love to those in need.
Monetary donations for fresh produce and meat are also needed. Your food donations can be brought to Fellowship Hall and placed in a blue tub in front of the church office, labeled RACAP.
~ Elaine Smith,
Your RACAP Representative
A ministry of healing through Bracken UMC. A group of ministry servants knits shawls and prays over them as a small cross is attached. The shawls are given to anyone who is in need of physical, emotional or spiritual healing, within the congregation or outside of the congregation. Contact the Shawl Ministry if you have a person in need of this ministry.
Please visit the national Shawl Ministry Association for more information about other Shawl Ministries throughout the country.
We consider Sunday morning (traditional Sunday School class time 9:45 –10:45 & 11:00 - 12:00) CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PRIME TIME. We encourage you to become an active participant in one of our classes. Our classes are diverse in curriculum, class structure, and are representative of our various phases of life. We invite you to explore all the possibilities and feel certain you will find a class to pique your interest.
At 9:45am consider one of the following:
United Methodist Men
The Bracken United Methodist Men's Group (BUMMs) strives to serve our community and God's church through missional and humanitarian outreach, and are involved in various projects throughout the year. To help guide us, we have adopted the following mission statement: We will glorify God through our commitment to spiritual leadership, community outreach and faithful service to God’s Church.
If you are concerned about giving money to the homeless, but want to help them in some way, the BUMMs have put together bags to pass out to the homeless. They include a juice box, a granola bar, a bible and a list of shelters along with their address and contact information. These bags can be kept in your car and handed out to anyone you feel might need the help. You can pick up the bags in the Sanctuary, and we are asking for a donation to help us continue this outreach (recommended $3.00/bag donation, but feel free to donate as much as you would like).
Chair: Russell Bistline
United Methodist Women
You are invited to become part of Bracken United Methodist Women, just a little piece of a world-wide organization of dedicated, committed, faithful, loving women with a Purpose and a tremendous love for God and his people. United Methodist Women (UMW) is the largest denominational faith organization for women, with approximately 800,000 members world-wide.
Bracken UMW Chair: Luanne Schuetze
Why YOU Should Be a Part of Bracken UMW
Here are a few reasons suggested by members:
The United Methodist Women Purpose
Bracken UMW works hard at the two annual rummage sales to raise funds for mission projects - whether those mission projects be at Bracken, across town, or across the ocean. And these women are active in all areas of ministry at Bracken UMC.
Bracken United Methodist Women welcomes women of all ages, whether or not you are a member of Bracken UMC. UMW meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 6:30PM in the BUMC Fellowship Hall and include a time of fellowship & refreshments, a short business meeting, and a time of social awareness. Fellowship events & mission projects are also planned. Childcare is gladly provided upon request.
Prayerfully consider becoming a part of this meaningful organization that has been active at Bracken Church for over 100 years.