Men’s Group Scholarships 2018

The Buda UMC Men’s Group is once again offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Buda/Kyle area.  
Please find the applications here in both PDF and MSWord.  The deadline is March 30th. 

Ash Wednesday 2/14/18

Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2018

7am Imposition of Ashes in the Chapel
7pm Worship Service including Imposition of Ashes in the Worship Center

BBQ Fundraiser – Mission Trip 2018

Town hall meeting and BBQ fundraiser– On Sunday, January 21st we will hold the first annual Town Hall Meeting after the late service as well as conduct a BBQ fundraiser for Buda UMC’s Mission Trip 2018.  We will be heading to Port Aransas, Texas, to help with Hurricane Harvey Relief March 11 – 19, 2018. BBQ plates:  $10 for sausage, brisket and sides.


Pre order your plate(s)


    BBQ Plates are $10 each. Includes brisket, sausage and sides.




    Golf Tournament 5/5/2018

    Buda United Methodist Men

    21st Annual Golf Tournament

    Four Person Scramble Shotgun Start

    Benefiting Hays Youth Through Scholarships & Missions

    Buda UMC's 21st Annual Golf Tournament

    • Benefiting Hays Youth Through Scholarships & Missions
    • When: May 5, 2018 @ 8:00 a.m.
    • Where: Plum Creek (soft spikes only– NO Denim)
    • Cost: $100.00 per player (includes green fees & cart)
    • Hole Sponsor with round of golf: $150.00 (sign showing support, includes single golfer)
    • Hole Sponsor only: $100
    • Mulligan: $10.00 ea. 2 per player (sold at tournament)
    • Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and last place teams, longest drive, closest to the pin

    Registration Form

    • We need golfers to help our youth, so bring your own team. Or come as you are and we will match you with others. Regardless, there will be fun for all. Door prizes and…..There will be auction items, so don’t miss out on them.
    • Payment is due upon registration. You can mail a check to Buda UMC P.O. Box 1196 Buda, TX 78610 indicating "Golf" in the memo. You can also pay online. Upon submitting your registration form you will be linked to our online payment page. Online payment will require you set-up a simple login profile. After doing so, please choose the Men's Group fund.



    Mardi Bras 2018

    Buda UMC 2nd Annual Mardi Bras Celebration to support the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center
    February 13, 2018 7pm Fellowship Hall

    Hays Caldwell Women’s Center started out as the Hays County Women’s Center and was incorporated in August 1978. The founding purpose was to provide a place for the personal and professional growth of women and to provide services to women and their families. When the founders became aware of the plight of local victims of family violence, the focus of the group changed to address their needs and the community problem.
    Women often leave an abusive situation with very little. One thing we can do to help women is to provide bras and underwear for them. Donations of bras and undies to the Mardi Bras Celebration will go directly to the HCWC.
    Come join us in food, fun, and games as we support a very deserving and hard working organization in our area.

    Prayer Team Begins Jan 3

    Buda UMC is forming a prayer team. We will gather to pray for the needs of our congregation and beyond. We will meet on Wednesdays at 1:00 in the Conversation Room in the Wesley Building. The first meeting will be January 3. Join us!
    For more info, call Kathy Robbins at 334-268-8033 or Joyce Boelsche at 512-312-4905.
    “The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

    Hill Country District Volunteers Mission Trip

    The Hill Country District Volunteers in Mission construction trip to the hurricane disaster area is coming together!

    We’re hoping to draw participants, whether a team or one person, from churches around the district. BUT because we’re working under VIM rules now, we have to commit to the trip much earlier because there are advance preparations that must be made, and they take time. Short version: if you commit to go, you can drop out up to the last minute, but if you aren’t on the list early, you can’t decide to join in at the last minute. Besides, quarters are assigned in order of commitment, so first come, first served. 

    That entrance door will close on Saturday, December 9, after which you can get off the bus at any time, but no one can get on.

    As mission trips go, this one is an all-time good deal:


     Columbus, where Highway 71 meets I-10. There are still 40 un-repaired homes there which flooded in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, when the Colorado River overflowed from the heavy rains. That means 40 low-income families are living in temporary quarters until their homes are habitable again. Our host will have the arrangements made and the supplies bought — we bring tools and a willingness to be God’s hands.


    WHERE WILL WE STAY? Cathedral Oaks Worship and Retreat Center, the Crossroads District’s version of Mount Wesley, just west of Columbus, near Weimar. You can look ‘em up on line at

    . Click on “Facilities” and then “Dormitories” for a description of accommodations. They’re holding the Dorm C rooms for us, described as about equal to Motel 6, but they promise the Dorms A and B aren’t bad, either. At least they all have real beds; no cots in church gyms. If you just have to have cushier housing, you can, but you’re on your own for arrangements and payment, and you’re still expected at Cathedral Oaks every evening for dinner, debrief, and worship.



     They already have grants to buy materials, so we don’t have to chip in for that, although we may do so to help their budget (they’re going to run out of money long before they run out of jobs). Neither will we have to do our own cooking. Cathedral Oaks will feed breakfast and supper (after which we’ll have our daily de-brief and worship service). Lunch will be sandwiches provided by a local church. Best news: it costs only $10 per head per day; the conference and district are covering the rest of the expenses. You can pay when you get there.



     We arrive on Tuesday, December 26, the day after Christmas, and leave Monday, January 1, New Year’s Day. If you can’t get there on the 26th, it’s OK to come later. If you have to be home earlier than the 1st, that’s OK, too. Come when you can and leave when you have to. It’s what you do in between that matters.



     Anyone willing to work as the hands of God. Methodist, other church, no church, in our district, out of our district, skilled, unskilled, adult, youth, child. Anyone who has completed the 9th grade is a volunteer in his or her own right and needs to be registered individually, and have the background check, and attend the mandatory team meeting. Anyone who has not yet completed the 9th grade is a part of your family group. Still need to know who they are, though.


    REQUIRED ADVANCE PREPARATIONS: (1) Under the new VIM rules, you have to have a background check specifically for this trip through your own church. Doesn’t matter if you just had one, even for your church…it has to be done again. ONLY EXCEPTION is if you’ve had the Safe Gatherings training, which includes a universal background check. It counts for this trip. (2) There will be a MANDATORY team meeting at First United Methodist Church in Johnson City on Saturday, December 9. VIM rule, not ours. It won’t be long; it’s mainly to cover basics (like rules) and let everyone meet each other before we get to the site. (3)

     Children under 18 MUST HAVE the attached parental permission form in by the mandatory team meeting December 9 UNLESS both parents will be on the trip. If dad and junior are going together as a bonding experience, mom needs to sign off. If neither parent is going, both must sign. Note that the signatures must be notarized.



     You send me an email telling me who is in your party. We don’t need money until you show up. You do need to start the background check process promptly, because the holidays mess with everyone’s schedules, including the background checkers, and some offices close before Christmas. You also need to plan to be at the mandatory team meeting. Sorry…VIM rules. 



    • Bad news: You’re on your own for transportation. Churches may take their own vans or buses, or you can carpool, or just come by yourself. Good news: No tickets to buy or itineraries to keep.
    • An extra benefit we’re providing to our hosts is tools. We’re asking volunteers to bring old tools, duplicates, tool they’ve upgraded from, or those you pick up by asking your church to contribute. The plan is, we’ll leave them behind at Cathedral Oaks, for use by the next team, or by locals working on their own homes. We already have a table saw and this week we expect to have a wallboard hoist. Anything you and your church can add to that will be welcome.
    • You don’t have to be a master builder to come. Construction skills are helpful, but willing hands matter, too, and we can put everyone to productive work. If we can teach teenaged girls to operate miter saws,we can turn anyone into good help. Spouses and children are welcome, with the caveat that there’s no special provision for children.

    George Barnette

    Missions Chairman

    Hill Country District

    United Methodist Church


    Godly Play Begins 12/3/17

    Godly Play Through Advent helps children anticipate the Mystery of Christmas.
    Together we journey toward Bethlehem, guided by the prophets (December 3), and then joined by the Holy Family (December 10), the shepherds (December 17), and the Magi (December 24). Finally, we arrive at the birth of Jesus, when the light of Christ is lit.

    Godly Play is geared for children of all ages.  The youngest children might want to bring a parent or two with them.

    January 7th Godly Play – Epiphany is the day to remember the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. We will recall together all the weeks in Advent as we had before Christmas but give special attendance to the final purple candle, the one that represents the Three Kings. Here we stop and pay attention to what the three gifts were and what they symbolize as gifts for a baby who is the Messiah. Gold is not a surprising gift for a king! But did you know that frankincense was used in worship thousands of years ago and is still used today? A cool fact is that the smoke of frankincense starts as black and then turns to white and we will see that in our lesson. Myrrh is a resin that was burned at funerals. What did the three wise men foreshadow about this baby that maybe others did not yet realize?

    We will meet in the Godly Play room after the 9:00 worship service until 11:00.  During this time, we will have an opportunity to slow down and experience the presence of God in our lives.  This is done through presenting the story for the week.  At the end of the presentation, the storyteller invites the children to wonder together about the lesson. The children then have time to respond to the story through art supplies, retelling or using the storytelling materials.