Forming fully devoted followers of Jesus

Arts Camp 2017

Hey there, friends!  We apologize for the delay in opening registration, but we are in the process of finalizing our classes for this camp.  We hope to have registration open very soon!

In the meantime, since this camp is limited to the first 50 registrants, we are happy to take reservations to hold your spot.  Please send an  email to Allison Johnson, Director of Children’s Ministries, at  Please include your child’s name, age, and upcoming grade level.  This camp is open to elementary-aged children.

Once registration opens online, we will notify you via email and provide the link.  Thank you for your interest in Arts Camp!


Easter Eggstravaganza 2017

Join us on Saturday, April 15, from 10 am until noon for our Easter Eggstravaganza!!!  In addition to our four age-level egg hunts, we will gather in the Family Life Center to travel on a “Journey with Jesus” as we learn more about Jesus’ last days on earth.  Children and families will share in the storytelling, and children will collect tokens of remembrance along the way, so they can share the story again and again!  We will also have fun crafts and decorating activities to keep our young friends engaged.

Following our indoor activities, we will have four age-level egg hunts outdoors on the church property.  The hunts will be timed so that all spectators have the opportunity to see (and photograph!!!) each hunt.

Volunteers are asked to arrive by 9 am.  If you have not signed up but would like to help, we have a place for you to serve!  Contact Allison at, or just meet us on Saturday morning!



Acolyte Training This Sunday

Attention all 3rd through 5th graders!  This Sunday, March 6, we will have training for those interested in serving as an acolyte during either worship service.  We will go through training in the sanctuary and put together a schedule for serving.  We will also get fitted for robes.  This is an excellent opportunity for our younger members to serve in a visible and meaningful way on a regular basis, so we encourage you to sign up!








VBS 2017 Preview

Hey friends!!!  Come join us on Monday, March 6 at 7 pm as we preview this year’s VBS theme, “Maker Fun Factory”!  Registration opened online yesterday — you’ll find a link here.  Check it out and see where and how you can volunteer!  Leader resources will be available to peruse, along with music, Bible stories and activities.  The Children’s Ministries Committee is looking forward to a GREAT VBS — but we can’t do it without you!!!


Ash Wednesday Service at DPUMC

Our Ash Wednesday service this year will begin at 6:30 pm with a unique learning experience for children, youth and adults.  Through scripture readings and sharing of its historical context, we will participate in the burning of palm leaves, signifying our intent to acknowledge our sins before God and seek forgiveness.  Join us for dinner at 6 pm, and then journey with us outdoors as we remember our God, our Protector, and unburden ourselves from sin and selfishness.  You will be encouraged to write down a sin for which you seek repentance, and place it into the fire to be consumed.

From there, we will enter the sanctuary and prepare to receive the imposition of ashes as a remembrance of our mortality and need for salvation.  We believe that this year’s Ash Wednesday service will be a memorable one of sharing among our church families and hope that it will promote a better understanding of why we observe this holy season.


Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper & Parade

Don’t forget — we’ll be decorating our “floats” (wagons, trikes, bikes, scooters) for the Fat Tuesday parade during the Sunday School hour on February 26th!  Bring your “float” and we’ll help provide the decorations.  You can store your “float” here at the church until the parade.  We will have a contest for the best decorated float, as well as best costume.  Come join us for pancakes, sausage, games, prizes, crafts and of course … the parade!!!

DPUMC 2018 Trip to Ireland

Dear Church Friends,

I wanted to let you know about a “possible” trip with the DPUMC Choir to take place in 2018 to Ireland.  As many of you may recall the choir joined forces with several church choirs about 5 years ago and went to England.  It was a terrific trip.  We are looking at the possibility of another “combined trip” with two Texas Methodist choirs.

We had a number of non-choir members from DPUMC go with us last time and that is my reason for presenting this to the church as a whole.   The proposed trip is an 11-day trip (with two days of travel). It would involve some concerts, some great sightseeing and touring of this beautiful country.

I am attaching a brochure of another choir that is touring there this summer.  It will show you the basic type itinerary we would be considering for 2018.
The first step in this process is simply to see if we have enough interest from DPUMC to pursue the trip.  The cost looks to be in the neighborhood of $3400-$3500 per person double occupancy.   England trip (only 8 days) was around $2600 per person in 2011.  Some meals are provided –you can get a feel for that from the sample brochure.

So, with no commitment other than having a strong interest in going to Ireland—please either email me directly or let me know at church that you would like to take part in such a trip.

  •          Send me an email at
  •          Put a note in my box at church with your name and how many folks you’d like to go
  •          Write it down on a piece of paper and hand it to me at church.

As they always say, a church that travels together stays together……… well maybe I said that!

Look forward to hearing from you.


Lay Leadership for 2017

The Lay Leadership for 2017 Deer Park United Methodist Church is listed in this PDF. Lay Leadership 2017

Joe & Julie Matthews

If you see a name you cannot put a face with, please ask someone to point that person out. Ask for an introduction, or introduce yourself and make a new friend. Those of us who are involved in lay leadership are doing so as part of our commitment to supporting the ministries of DPUMC with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.

Every member is encouraged to attend any of the committee meetings.

Your presence and comments will be welcomed as we work together to form fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Julie Matthews, Lay Leader

Register for Lay Leadership Training

The Lay Leadership for 2017 Deer Park United Methodist Church is listed in this PDF. Lay Leadership 2017


We are excited to introduce new curriculum in our Pre-K and Elementary Sunday School classes! ReThink Orange, the curriculum developer, focuses on the need for the church (represented by yellow “the light”) and parents (represented by red “the heart”) to partner in growing our children’s faith. It offers great opportunities for parents to engage with their kiddos in fun, connectional ways that encourage families to live beyond the “one hour a week” and continue sharing their faith throughout the week. First Look, the curriculum created for Pre-K, focuses on three basic truths: “God made me.” “God loves me.” And “Jesus wants to be my friend forever.” 252 Basics, the elementary-aged curriculum, is based upon scripture found in the Gospel of Luke 2:52, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (And I can, too!) The three basic truths from First Look are expanded upon and reinforced as “I can trust God no matter what.” “I need to make the wise choice.” And “I should treat others the way that I want to be treated.” Each month, we explore a new facet of who God is and what He teaches us through Bible lessons which relate to a monthly focus and a monthly scripture. For the month of February, we will be talking a lot about love. Our preschoolers will be hearing stories that share that Jesus’ love for them is SO BIG! And our elementary kiddos will discover how Jesus is the ultimate example of love. Each week, through interactive games and activities, skits, crafts, and innovative video segments which tell the weekly Bible story in a relatable and entertaining way, we share the stories of the Bible and learn to share our faith with each other. If you would like to learn more about RethinkOrange, I encourage you to visit the website at Also, if you’d like to check out what we’re doing, please come visit! We think you’ll want to join in the fun and add your name to our teacher rotation!

Our Sunday School hour kicks off with “large group” where our pre-K and elementary kiddos gather together for music and worship, including reciting the Lord’s Prayer. After that, we break into separate groups for our lessons and activities. We are currently working on learning songs to share with the congregation on an upcoming Sunday morning, so regular attendance is strongly encouraged. Look for more information to follow!

Wednesday evening’s JAM (“Jesus and Me”) group for elementary-aged kiddos has begun a Bible study on the “Armor of God”. We worked to trace our bodies so that we can begin adding our “armor” each week. Our first lesson focused on “fear” and we had a great time re-enacting the story of Jesus and the disciples and the storm, creating our own wind and rain. Each week we will learn about another piece of God’s armor and how it can protect us. This is a fun, engaging and memorable opportunity for kids to learn together and grow in faith with their peers. If your child hasn’t joined us yet, it’s not too late!

Our Children’s Ministries Committee met recently and we had some great discussions about Sunday School, Wednesday night programming, upcoming events, volunteer recruiting, outreach opportunities, and so much more. I am personally grateful to each of them for their passion for this ministry, their willingness to serve and to share their experience and knowledge, and their enthusiasm for the upcoming year and the ways in which we can work together to grow this ministry.

Each day in February, I encourage you to share with your kiddos that Jesus’ love for us is SO BIG!

Serving an Awesome God,



New Children’s SS Curriculum

We have officially kicked off implementation of our new Children’s Sunday School curriculum!  Parents and Sunday School volunteers are invited to a special preview on Thursday, January 12 at 10 am or on Sunday, January 15 immediately following late worship service, in Room 128.  Come learn more about First Look and 252 Basics and see how you can be a part of leading children to the knowledge and love of Christ!  For more information, visit