November 10, 2016
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Hope Now?
By Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder

I am grateful to God for giving me the stewardship theme “Giving Hope” some weeks ago. I had no idea how helpful and pertinent it would be for this historical moment.

Because I’ll be very honest with you all — I don’t feel very hopeful at this moment. I’ve got to preach the third and final sermon on Giving Hope this Sunday, but I am trembling at the thought.  How can I inspire all of you when I feel so lousy? How can I dare to preach on the idea of hope when I am frankly struggling to muster some up?

Please understand that I am not trying to be political in the sense of favoring a party or ideology; rather, I am expressing my very legitimate concern for the welfare of immigrants, refugees, Muslims, people of color, and women in this country. The inflammatory rhetoric voiced by our president-elect in the lead-up to this election should be disavowed and rejected by every person of faith, particularly those who follow Jesus.

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Upcoming Meetings

Monday, Nov. 14 - Youth Parent Council Meeting
7:00 pm, Youth Room

Monday, Nov. 14 - SPRC Meeting
7:00 pm, Conference Room

Thursday, Nov. 17 - Board of Trustees Meeting
7:00 pm, Conference Room
Refugee First Thanksgiving

It's not too late to participate in Saturday's Refugee First Thanksgiving dinner event.
We still have need of the following:
-- donations of money to purchase turkeys
-- donations of coats and winter outerwear
-- volunteers to help serve on Saturday

The meal starts at noon, and will be followed by performances by Clowns Without Borders
and our own Mike Smith.

Contact Sally Climer for more information at
give hope sunday is this weekend. look for your estimate of giving cards in the mail this week, and bring them with you to worship.

Be a Reading or Math Buddy!

Kessler Park UMC has made a commitment to provide reading and math assistants to Hogg Elementary on Thursday afternoons, 1-2 pm. If you are interested, go to the DISD website (, click on the Volunteers menu tab and fill out the volunteer application. Once you have been approved, you are cleared to show up on Thursdays with us!

The next UMW meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10am in the Fellowship Hall. They will be filling bags for Hogg Elementary and/or The Well and will have a Thanksgiving devotion.
This Tuesday, Nov. 15, Danielle Shroyer will lead a discussion on the notion of "Original Sin," asking how we got this pervasive belief in humanity's inability to do good. She speaks often across the country on issues of theology, faith, culture, story, and blogs at

Faith on Tap meets at bbbop Seoul Kitchen at 828 West Davis St.
We'll see you there at 7pm!
Coming up next Wednesday, Nov. 16

The children will continue the "Cs of Character" with Confidence/Courage.

The youth will continue work on their KPUMC news video and will have Rough Carpentry rehearsal.

GriefShare will discuss "Lessons of Grief,
Part One."

Dinner provided by and benefiting Faith on Tap.
This Advent, follow the star of Bethlehem with Rev. Wes Magruder by picking up a copy of his new devotional, Starlight. The book provides daily readings from Isaiah, personal meditations, questions for reflection, and prayer suggestions to guide you through the season of Advent. Pick up your copy before Advent starts on November 27. Books are available in the narthex for only $5 each.
KPUMC Parents Day Out Thanksgiving
Food Drive
Our PDO is holding a Thanksgiving food drive for the Mission Metroplex in Arlington.  If you would like to participate, they are
taking any box and canned food items in bins placed on the
ground floor through Friday, Nov. 18.

Good Shepherds will celebrate Thanksgiving a week early with a traditional Thanksgiving meal at noon on Thursday, November 17, in the Fellowship Hall.  Join us in starting off the holiday season and giving thanks for all our blessings!  You don’t need to bring a thing except yourself.

Please RSVP to Colleen Kelley at 214-536-1397. 
Please call if you need a ride.


Drew Arnold
Todd Bothun & Family
Jeff Carlson
Don Failor
Yolanda Gonzalez
Lolly Guerra
Emogene Hall
Don & Carolyn Jester
Eric Montgomery
Elmer Powell
Mary Rasberry
Sharyl Seiger
Terri Sepulvado
Fred Sewell
Allen Stephen
Turner & Zaccarello Families
Marguerite Wade
J.T. Walker Family
Ruth Zaccarello
Children at Roger Q Mills Elementary School

Thursday, November 10
1:00 pm KPUMC at Hogg Elementary, 1144 N. Madison Ave.
7:00 pm Al-Anon Meeting, Room 18 (Jenny C., 214.728.3875) 

Friday,  November 11
7:00 pm Open AA Meeting, Fellowship Hall (Raymond S., 760.808.5551)

Saturday, November 12
9:00 am Closed AA Meeting, Room 18 (Raymond S., 760.808.5551)
12:00 pm KPUMC's 3rd Annual First Thanksgiving, Fellowship Hall

Sunday, November 13
9:15 am Coffee available in the Fellowship Hall
9:30 am Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room
9:45 am Sunday School, all ages
11:00 am Sunday Worship, Give Hope Sunday, Wes Magruder preaching
4:00 -- 6:00 pm UMYF, Youth Room
5:00 pm Pastor's Bible Study
6:00 pm Spanish Speaking Al-Anon Meeting, Room 18

Monday, November 14
10:00 am Taking Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS), Room 18
10:30 am Prayer Group, Chapel
7:00 pm SPRC, Conference Room
7:00 pm Youth Parent Council Meeting, Youth Room
7:00 pm Closed AA Meeting, Fellowship Hall (Raymond S., 760.808.5551)
7:00 pm Debtors' Anonymous, Room 18

Tuesday, November 15
6:00 am North Oak Cliff Running Club, Parking Lot
10:00 am UMW, Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm Faith on Tap, bbbop Seoul Kitchen, 828 W Davis St.
7:00 pm
 Al-Anon Meeting, Room 18 (Jeannie C., 214.728.3875)
7:00 pm Bible Study, Conference Room 

Wednesday, November 16
4:15 pm New Creation Choir Rehearsal, Room 202
5:00 pm Joyful Noise Choir Rehearsal, Room 202
5:30 pm -- 7:30 pm Wednesday Night Live Dinner & Classes
6:00 pm Spanish Speaking Al-Anon Meeting, Room 18
6:15 pm The Kessler Ringers Rehearsal, Sanctuary
7:30 pm Church Council Meeting, Fellowship Hall

Thursday, November 17
12:00 pm Good Shepherds Thanksgiving Lunch, Fellowship Hall
1:00 pm KPUMC at Hogg Elementary, 1144 N. Madison Ave.
7:00 pm
 Al-Anon Meeting, Conference Room (Jeannie C., 214.728.3875)

November 26 - Decorate for Christmas
December 4 - Caroling & Progressive Dinner
December 21 - Blue Christmas Service
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