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Youth Mission Sunday 2016

Youth Mission Sunday was a great day of worship with our youth sharing how they saw God at work this summer. Enjoy the video presentation of our UM ARMY and Junior High Mission trips.

This is a link to the audio of our Youth as they shared their experiences.



Back to School Bash

Back to School Bash

Back to School Bash is a community centered celebration of education. Deer Park United Methodist Church is hosting this event to get to know the families of the Deer Park Independent School District.

Families from DPUMC and families from the wider community will enjoy this event.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Deer Park United Methodist Church

1300 E. 13th Street

Deer Park, Texas

What will be happening?

Games for younger and older elementary children
64ft. Obstacle Course
Hot Dogs provided by the Methodist Men
Pop Corn & Ice-Pops
Cookie Walk for All Ages

Everything – games, food, drinks –

is provided free of charge.

Deer Park United Methodist Church Family Life Center Gym
is the alternate location in case of rain.
1300 E. 13th Street
Deer Park, TX 77536

3rd Annual American Indian Pow Wow










Deer Park United Methodist Church
1331 E. 13th Street
Deer Park, TX 77536
Inside the Family Life Center
Behind the Church

Intertribal Dancing
Drumming & Singing
Door Prizes
Silent Auction
Cake Walk
Native American Craft Vendors
Free Admission
Public Welcome

This is an alcohol and drug free celebration

Contact Person: Raul Andrade, 713-470-7206 &
Michelle Jacobs, 281-508-7670


Church Picnic 2016

2016 DPUMC Picnic 1The Church Picnic was great fun! Yes it was a bit on the warm side but good food, good fellowship and cold lemonade and sno-cones made it a great evening. It was good to be together and to welcome Pastor Rahael, Joseph and Nathaniel to DPUMC.

Thanks to all who worked behind the scenes to bring the picnic together. Special thanks to Lisa & Phil Knight, Penny & Junior McBride, Shannon & Steve Oakes for coming early and staying late to haul the chicken, coolers, ice, paper goods and tables from the church to Dow Park and back.

Enjoy these picture of the Church Picnic by Cynthia Kethley

UM ARMY Kilgore 2016

1 Photo Jul 14, 6 55 26 PMDPUMC Youth traveled to Kilgore, Texas for UM ARMY this summer. Various service projects were completed for homes affected by recent flooding in Kilgore and for charity ministries throughout the community. The youth and all adults attending had a blast enjoying fellowship with other churches attending the camp while being the hands and feet of Christ in the community of Kilgore. From replacing a tin roof, to building a wheelchair ramp or installing drywall in a local shelter, a lot of work was completed and even more ministry was done in Kilgore. The community saw God in the mission work of our youth at UM ARMY 2016.

Enjoy these photos of our week.





Gifts for the Food Pantry

This is our new friend Adelaide Furman. She just turned 5. Adelaide asked those attending her birthday party bring gifts of food to feed hungry people. What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday. It was a highlight of our week to meet Adelaide, her little brother, Levi, & their mom Claire and show them the food pantry as we received this special donation.
Food donation by Adelaide Furman age 5
















Thank you from the Deer Park Food Pantry.

Lakeview Summer Camp

We had a great week at Lakeview. Enjoy a few of our photos.

Lakeview Camp 7

















Lakeview Camp 6




Lakeview Camp 2 Lakeview Camp 8 Lakeview Camp 3
Lakeview Camp 9 Lakeview camp 1 Lakeview Cross


VBS Photos and Thanks

DSC_0387Surf Shack Vacation Bible School was a great success because so many people contributed their time, talent and resources to share the love of God with children.

150+ Kids Attended

70+ people contributed their time, talents & resources

40+ Volunteer Teachers & Leaders

1 Purpose

Thank you to all our volunteers.

Please enjoy these photos of VBS 2016 by Tracey Womack


Food Pantry News

foodinbagsA GREAT BIG THANK YOU from the Deer Park Community Food Pantry. During the month of May we gave out 63 baskets of food, helping to feed 256 people. Bags were filled with items donated by many generous people.

Students, parents, teachers, support staff and administrators of Deer Park Independent School District have worked hard to help us keep the shelves stocked. We have received food collected by Deer Park letter carriers, Central Baptist Church, Faithbridge Church, Christ Redeemer Lutheran Church, Deer Park United Methodist Church, Lubrizol, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, AARP, Archives OES, Clean Harbor, Deer Park Tigers and Starlights. Deer Park Police Department collected and delivered food contributed at National Night Out. The Deer Park Fire Department collects and delivers barrels of food to us just before Christmas each year. Financial contributions are also received and used to purchase food when we run short. The Crossover Program at DPUMC has been generous to the food pantry. These students prepare hand decorated and written notes to put into each basket of food that we give to clients.

This is an incomplete list of those who contribute to the Deer Park Community Food Pantry. There are also individuals who donate regularly and volunteers from several area churches who work at the pantry. We are located on the east side of Deer Park United Methodist Church, 1300 East 13th Street in Deer Park. We are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. To 2:00 p.m.

The State of Music at DPUMC

Barry Talley

Well summertime has arrived.  It amazes me how quickly the seasons turn as one enters the autumn or perhaps even the early winter stages of life.  But for whatever reason time is a-moving on.

I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss music at DPUMC.  I am starting my 4th month coordinating the efforts of our 1st service Praise Band.  I will be completing my 35th year as the Music Director for our church. Now the chances are I am not going to be able to make 35 years with the Praise Band—but who knows.

Music is such a vital part of my worship experience.  Music has always been for me my most holy place—the place where I feel God speaks directly to me.  As long as I can remember I have had the great blessing to be able to worship through music. I realize that not everyone experiences that same feeling and or relationship with God through song.  But I know many of you that do because you have shared with me countless times when the music moves you and stirs you inside-what I call my “most holy place”.  That quiet center inside of each of us.

Selecting music for both our services is a somewhat challenging task.  I told my school superintendent a few years ago that I might teach forever if I didn’t have to pick music year in and year out for all the different choirs. It is a daunting task to try to pick effective music—music that can catch some of the sermon theme, be fun or interesting to sing as a musician and lastly (most importantly) music to lead the congregation into meaningful worship.  At times this is simply maddening.  Sometimes you just punt and hope to fill the music spots with good quality music.  Sometimes, you invest very little thought at all and it blossoms into a service way beyond your own abilities –it becomes one of those “God thing” services.

The point behind this lengthy writing is to reach out to each of you and ask you to share what it is you want to hear and sing in church (both services).  Share with me the hymns you have missed singing and or want to sing again, the praise songs you really like but we never sing, and share the songs that have been sung in the past or even recently that you really want to hear again.  When I am planning for our services I try to not repeat songs.  I keep charts of what we’ve done and hope to avoid repeating songs very much over a year.  But folks—please share your wants and wishes.  It will become an important part of the creative process and also help lead both services into more impactful worship.

Be specific in your request.  I received a comment card the other day that asked if we’d sing more “old” songs in the early service.  You know that word “old” in my eyes is much different than “old” in Tyler’s eyes.  One Sunday we sang some “older” praise songs in 1st service (probably written in the past 10-15 years) and some of the folks didn’t like the old stuff.   In the church timeline those are really, really new songs—in contemporary worship those may be considered really old songs.  The point is that music is such a subjective thing—be specific on what you would love to hear.  I bet we can come close to being able to provide it at some service in the future.

The last thing I’d like to ask of everyone who attends worship services at DPUMC is to come ready to participate in the music.  Music is so much more meaningful if you can participate.  It is my goal and mission to really increase the participation aspect of our services.  That means getting y’all to sing more!  We will have a song or two each week that is going to be intentionally placed in the service in order for you to raise your voice and sing.  So for you members that may not like “old songs, however you define it, please be patient with us.  Know we are working to bring everyone into a more participatory worship experience.   We may sing Jesus Loves Me on a Sunday!  To a child—that is a new, fresh song. It is one anyone can successfully sing along with—even Mr. Gibson.  My prayer is that whatever music we place into our service, that you will hear it with the fresh ears of a child.  Sing the words, experience the music—worship with us in song.

Man, when did summer get here!!!