Last month, 19 youth and adults from UPUMC spent a week in New York City. Unlike previous trips that focused on serving with our hands or inspiring others with our music, this was more of an urban retreat - a chance to step outside of our routines and listen for God's call in our lives. This once-in-a-lifetime journey actually began months before as the youth and adult mentors met in small groups, listened to specific sermons, read books, listened to music, and read articles that were all designed to get us ready for this trip. We did these things so that this would be more than just another tourist group vacation. It was a pilgrimage - that is to say that we took this trip to intentionally deepen our spiritual journeys and to grow together – not only as friends, but as Christian brothers and sisters.
Each year, the UPUMC Foundation uses income from its permanent funds to provide college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are members of University Park United Methodist Church and will be attending undergraduate school. Scholarship recipients must meet certain criteria including active participation in the UPUMC Youth Group, volunteerism, and demonstrate leadership characteristics both within and outside of the church. The Trustees of the Foundation are pleased to announce its 2017 scholarship recipients. Caroline Keith was selected to receive the Jacob Cronin and Herzinger/Witt Scholarships, Harris Youngblood was awarded a Herzinger/Witt scholarship, and Peyton Smith was awarded the annual Alice Vaughan Scholarship.
Project Transformation has hired more than 100 college staff members to facilitate its 10 summer day camp sites in North Texas. UPUMC is proud to have been partnering with Project Transformation for the last 20 years, and we are proud of the two Project Transformation college staff members who are from UPUMC: Gus Hodges and Brittany Smith.
Helen Peavy will celebrate her 101st birthday on November 10. Helen Kathleen Land Peavy was born November 10, 1915, in Grand Saline, Texas. She married Shelby L. Peavy of Edgewood, Texas on January 19, 1936. Shelby passed away in August, 2000. To this marriage was born 3 boys: Shelby (Lanny) Peavy; Charles Peavy; William (Bill) Peavy. (Bill passed away in January, 1993) Shelby and Helen moved the family from Edgewood to Houston in 1954, and to Dallas in 1957. Soon after moving to Dallas they joined University Park United Methodist Church, and soon afterwards became members of the Mr. and Mrs. Sunday school class. Shelby and Helen were faithful in their attendance at UPUMC. Helen continued to attend Sunday school and church services on a regular basis until she moved to Presbyterian Village North in January, 2008. Helen currently resides at Presbyterian Village North; Arbor Place. Helen has 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. The family is looking forward to a big celebration for her birthday.
Let us all join together in a celebration of the 100th birthday of Elizabeth Huster Barlow. It is a time to remember what she has meant to our church and what UPUMC has meant to her. She has been a member of University Park United Methodist Church for 71 years—since 1945!