Childcare Ministry (Daycare): 830-779-5117
210 Bluebonnet, La Vernia TX 78121
Everyone is welcome. Come worship our Lord Jesus Christ.
8:30 am Traditional Service
11 am Contemporary Service
Speaker: Pastor Sharon Freeto
We are so glad you dropped by. We believe God has invited us into the ministry of Jesus, The Christ - to share his love with anyone and everyone; our Communion table (church) is God’s table – and all who seek a loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ are welcome here.
At La Vernia UMC, we are here to serve all of humanity – from the cradle to the rocking chair, we find that all are in need of God’s Grace.We currently have 623 members, with a combined average worship attendance of about 275, in a small town of 931. We serve a parish area of 15 mile radius with a population of 75,000 plus. We have 40 plus ministries which serve the congregation, community and beyond. We have a Child Care Ministry with 140 + children and a CrossFire Student Ministry with 70 -80 youth on Wednesday evenings. We have a Aging Gracefully Ministry with 50 + senior citizens on Wednesday mornings and lunch. LVUMC is a congregation who loves its pastors and staff and tries to follow Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you.” We know no strangers, only friends we meet for the first time. We invite you to come join us.
Our Mission Statement is:
To Love God, Self and You
Our mission is based on The Great Commandment: Matt 22:37-39 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our Vision Statement is:
To Serve, Share and Offer Christ
Our Vision is based on The Great Commission: Matt 28:19-20 (NKJV) "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
What is happening at LVUMC
For a complete calendar of events visit our Member's page and click on the calendar.
REV. SHARON FREETO
Sharon Freeto is a retired clergywoman of the Southwest Texas Conference with special training in interim ministry. She has served as interim pastor in six previous appointments ranging from 3 months to a year and a half. Prior to her retirement she was the pastor at the Blanco United Methodist Church in Blanco, TX, and before that she pastored at the Ingleside United Methodist Church, in Ingleside, TX.
Rev. Freeto spent most of her career as an Air Force Chaplain. She was the first United Methodist clergywoman to serve as an Air Force chaplain and one of the first clergywomen of any denomination to serve as an Air Force chaplain. During her nearly 23 years in the Air Force she received numerous awards and recognitions including being named an outstanding Air Force preacher in 1983.
Her chapel program at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, was recognized as a model program by the Air Force Chaplain’s School in 1991, and her work as Senior Chaplain at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX was recognized with a rating of “Excellent” by the Command Inspector General. She retired at the rank of Colonel in 1998, from her position as Deputy Command Chaplain of Pacific Air Command in Hawaii where she was responsible for the professional development of all Air Force chapel staffs throughout the Pacific region.
Rev. Freeto has a bachelor’s degree in American History and Newspaper Journalism from Syracuse University, a Master of Theology degree in Christian Social Ethics from Boston University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. She is a published author, mentor to younger clergy and wife to Bill Irwin, also an Air Force retiree, step-mother to Amy Ball and Emily Irwin, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren.
When she is not following her late-life calling as an interim pastor, she is a Master Naturalist and Docent at the Mitchell Lake Aududbon Center in San Antonio where she pursues her love of birds and birding. She is also the main care-taker for her elderly parents who live at the Meadows of Morningside Ministries also in San Antonio. Rev. Freeto is a prolific and widely-read student of human beings. She is a brand new fly-fishing enthusiast as well. She and husband Bill live at Air Force Village II in San Antonio, TX.
ONE SERVICE ON JUNE 23 and 30
With Potlucks to follow
The SPRC has decided to have a potluck on June 30th to welcome Pastor Steve in addition to the potluck on June 23rd to say farewell to Pastor Sharon in the FLB
ONE SERVICE ON JUNE 23rd and 30th At 10:30 am.
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