Sunshine The magazine of Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home Journey of Fall 2013 Discovery Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home helps youth develop their strengths, gifts and talents Thank you for providing A Season of Hope for our children and youth Annual Christmas Offering Secret Santa Program вЂў Christmas Donations Your support helped MCH provide lifetime Christmas memories for our children and youth! The generosity of the friends of Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home serves as an example of the way God uses the resources and stewardship of others to help carry out the work of this important ministry. Photographs from this yearвЂ™s Christmas season will appear in the next issue of Sunshine. PresidentвЂ™s Perspective by Tim Brown I have worked with countless children, youth and families throughout my career. I have experienced the best of times and the worst of times as they struggle to cope and make sense out of their circumstances. Their journey frequently brought them to Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home from one troubled path or another. Some have struggled to overcome abuse or neglect, significant losses, trust issues, academic problems, unhealthy relationships, or anger and bitterness. A few struggled with their faith in God. No matter the source of their pain and challenges, there has always been resilience, opportunity and ultimately hope when someone significant in their life pointed the way. I believe MCH has always had those significant вЂњsomeonesвЂќ who point the way to children and youth on their journeys to wholeness and fulfillment. As you read this issue of Sunshine, I hope you see the resilience in our youth and the gifts that are being given to our children, youth and families as they discover their own strengths and talents. Years ago, I read a book written by family counselors Gary Smalley and John Trent, Ph.D. It revealed to me the power that a parent has to honor their children through вЂњtheir blessing.вЂќ The book also showed me how we can transform broken lives with вЂњour blessing,вЂќ even when it is no longer possible for a child to receive his or her own parentsвЂ™ blessing. The book describes how we can pass on that life-changing gift to others. I hope the stories you read in these Journeys of Discovery at Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home will bless and encourage you. They are a glimpse into the transformation that occurs in lives each day. I say this with a great A Bag of Tools sense of humility and a sense R.L. Sharpe of amazement at what God can IsnвЂ™t it strange do when we are faithful and That princes and kings, obedient in our service. The poem to the right is one I memorized long ago and captures my sense of amazement. We can each bless others, no matter our circumstance or our capabilities, when we allow ourselves to be used by Him. Blessings, Grace and Peace! Sunshine I Fall 2013 And clowns that caper In sawdust rings, And common people Like you and me Are builders for eternity? Each is given a bag of tools, A shapeless mass, A book of rules; And each must make-Ere life is flown-A stumbling block Or a stepping-stone. Inside this issue Cover Story: Journey of Discovery............................................ 2 News and Notes......................................................................10 Independent Living Program..................................................12 Foster Care Profile: Safe Haven..............................................14 Development News: Commissioners Report.........................16 Donor Profile: Keeper of a Legacy..........................................18 Youth Profile: Something to Cheer About...............................21 Memorial Gifts and Gifts of Honor.........................................22 Homecoming Court.................................................................BC Cover photo: Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home offers a variety of activities, classes and other experiences that enable youth to achieve success through their strengths, talents and gifts. Sunshine The magazine of Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home вЂў Fall 2013 Mission Statement: Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home offers hope to children, youth and families through a nurturing, Christian community. Executive Management Tim Brown President / CEO Judy Broadway Vice President for Human Resources Moe Dozier Vice President for Residential Services Julie Mitchell Vice President for Finance Trey Oakley Vice President for Development Melissa Opheim Vice President for Family Outreach To learn more about Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home, visit our website at www.methodistchildrenshome.org or call us at 254-753-0181. Send change of address to: Development Department, Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home, 1111 Herring Ave., Waco, TX 76708; 254-750-1314; [email protected] Bryan Mize, Public Relations Director; Lindy Dehm, Public Relations Officer; Lindsay Blagg, Public Relations Officer; Jill Anderson, Public Relations Officer 1 Journey of Discovery Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home helps youth discover and develop their gifts, strengths and talents to achieve success Lloyd, Mae, Emily and Andrew (left to right) are developing confidence and achieving success by pursuing their interests in agriculture science, music, athletics, and science and math, respectively. 2 Sunshine I Fall 2013 cover story Andrew Lloyd Emily A Mae ndrew, Emily, Lloyd and Mae are achiev- leading them into that process of finding value in ing success at Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s themselves,вЂќ Brown said. Home by developing their gifts, strengths Brown said that providing opportunities for youth and talents. to succeed meets one of their basic needs and adds value and quality of life to their existence. Andrew is thriving in a new local academy that focuses on the hands-on application of science and вЂњWhen children discover they are good at some- math. Emily is leading her volleyball team with en- thing, it becomes a strength. Strengths meet needs couragement. Lloyd is discovering his love for tak- and lead to healthy relationships, encouragement, ing care of animals. Mae is finding healing and hope growth, courage and self-esteem,вЂќ Brown said. through music and her faith. вЂњStrengths can ultimately keep on giving from one generation to another.вЂќ Building upon youthвЂ™s natural abilities will, ac- cording to Tim Brown, MCH president, open the door to success and help youth form connections and Mae demonstrate how they overcame challenges with others. and built confidence by discovering and developing their talents. вЂњHelping children and youth discover their tal- ents and strengths can be, and often is, a way of Sunshine I Fall 2013 The following stories about Andrew, Emily, Lloyd Continued on page 4 3 Andrew Science & Math A course load including physics, algebra, blueprint reading, welding and robotics could intimidate any high school student. But Andrew, an MCH Boys Ranch resident, takes on his coursework with excitement and views it as a step in the right direction for his future. He attends the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy (GWAMA), a Waco Independent School District (WISD) program, during the morning and attends MCH School in the afternoon. MCH partners with WISD to provide a wider variety of academic opportunities for youth. Andrew said he told Betty Morrow, school coordinator } 4 at MCH, that he would like to go into engineering as a career, which opened the door for him to attend the academy. вЂњMrs. Morrow heard about the academy and asked me if I would like to try it,вЂќ Andrew said. вЂњItвЂ™s Andrew is takreally helping me get a start ing a full load of challenging in what I want to do. The courses at the program is hands-on and it MCH School and the new Greater teaches me skills for when I Waco Advanced go into the workplace, such Manufacturing as budgeting my paycheck Academy. and clocking in and out.вЂќ More than just teaching students workplace savvy, GWAMA offers practical application for its math and science courses. вЂњThis program is not the traditional school setting,вЂќ said Chuck Russell, Boys Ranch administrator. вЂњToo many of our youth havenвЂ™t done well in traditional public schools. This is an alternative setting that is hands-on. They have classroom work and then apply the principles in the lab. WeвЂ™re very proud of Andrew being our first student in the program.вЂќ In order to attend the academy, it was mandatory for Andrew to be in good academic standing and meet testing requirements for dual credit placement. вЂњAndrew passed all of his college readiness testing to attend GWAMA his first time at bat,вЂќ Morrow said. The schoolвЂ™s hands-on approach to learning has proved to be a good fit for Andrew. вЂњThe proof is when we got AndrewвЂ™s first report card; heвЂ™s on the honor roll now,вЂќ Morrow said. вЂњGWAMA gives Andrew a foundation so regardless of his future plans he ItвЂ™s really helping me get a start in what I want to do. ItвЂ™s hands-on and it teaches me skills for when I get out in the workplace, such as learning to budget my paycheck and clocking in and out. вЂ“ Andrew, speaking about the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy } Sunshine I Fall 2013 cover story can make a good living as a welder or in an industrial field. He will have a guaranteed job when he finishes high school, and I fully expect him to continue to a four-year university to become an engineer. I know with his intelligence, skills and aptitude, heвЂ™s going to be successful.вЂќ According to Morrow, more than just AndrewвЂ™s grades have improved since he began the school year. вЂњSince Andrew has been enrolled at GWAMA, he seems to carry himself differently,вЂќ Morrow said. вЂњThereвЂ™s a quiet confidence about him.вЂќ Most importantly, Andrew is excited for the opportunity to attend the academy. вЂњA field trip to tour CaterpillarвЂ™s facilities was scheduled on a day MCH School was out of session,вЂќ Morrow said. вЂњAndrew chose to attend school at GWAMA to be included in the tour. He didnвЂ™t want to miss it.вЂќ Andrew is a junior this year and plans to graduate from the GWAMA program with a level one welding certification next year. His motivation and attitude about the program says he will. вЂњThe staff at the academy are fun to be around,вЂќ Andrew said. вЂњThey want to engage you and want you to do something you enjoy. They let you know they care about you.вЂќ Emily athletics Emily, right, has experienced significant growth through athletics at MCH. She is pictured with MCH volleyball coach, Lindsey Fortner, who has been influential in EmilyвЂ™s success on and off the court. Sunshine I Fall 2013 Encouraging. Confident. Happy. Those are a few words that describe Emily. вЂњSheвЂ™s got such a bubbly personality and unique style,вЂќ said Stephanie Scott, EmilyвЂ™s home unit manager and caseworker. Scott has worked with Emily since she arrived at Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home in 2009. According to Scott, Emily had a much different demeanor in the beginning of her stay with MCH. вЂњEmily was not a happy camper,вЂќ Scott said. вЂњShe started having behavioral problems and she transferred that to the staff on campus. Emily saw correction as a message that she was a bad person rather than a method for staff to help her.вЂќ See Emily, page 6 5 cover story Emily, continued from page 5 Emily had a difficult time adjusting to her new environment when she came to live at MCH as a young teen. вЂњIt was a shocking change to move here,вЂќ Emily said. вЂњI was really shy and I tried to do anything to fit in with the older girls in my home unit.вЂќ Over the next four years, Emily faced several challenges, which became learning experiences for her. She proactively worked to improve her attitude and behavior with the support of MCH staff, her counselor and her peers. вЂњEmily would not allow negativity to continue to affect her life,вЂќ Scott said. вЂњShe got into sports and found ways to channel her energy and emotions into a healthy outlet.вЂќ Lindsey Fortner, MCH girls athletics coach, said Emily got involved in athletics four years ago, starting out in cheerleading. The following year she tried basketball, volleyball and track. She had a rough start in volleyball, but Emily never gave up trying. вЂњEmily was upset at every volleyball practice because she was frustrated and couldnвЂ™t get it,вЂќ Fortner said. вЂњBut over time, she slowly built up her confidence.вЂќ Out of the sports she played, Emily liked volleyball the most, so she continued to work at it with encouragement from Fortner. вЂњWhen I first started playing volleyball, I was upset all the time,вЂќ Emily said. вЂњCoach Lindsey would talk to me every day to ask how my day was going. At first I didnвЂ™t really respond to her, but then I liked that she cared enough to keep asking. I started opening up to her eventually.вЂќ The relationship between Emily and Fortner helped to build EmilyвЂ™s confidence and she became more accepting of guidance from her coach. } 6 вЂњLast season during volleyball, we were in a certain rotation and the team kept passing the ball to Emily and she kept missing it, so she walked off the court,вЂќ Fortner said. вЂњI didnвЂ™t let her play for a game and I talked to her about it. I told her she canвЂ™t quit on her team and she has to fight through the frustration. Everything in athletics changed for her after that. She realized that itвЂ™s ok when she messes up. Before that experience, she would quit and now she realizes itвЂ™s ok to make a mistake and keep going.вЂќ This season Fortner chose Emily for captain of the volleyball team. вЂњEmily didnвЂ™t feel like she deserved to be captain,вЂќ Fortner said. вЂњI told her the qualities I see in her, and I told her I thought she could lead a team quite well. She is always very positive.вЂќ Emily accepted the challenge and leads her team with encouragement, just as Fortner has done for her. вЂњCoach Lindsey has always believed in me,вЂќ Emily said. вЂњShe gives good advice and encourages me. It just feels good, and itвЂ™s nice to know that sheвЂ™s there.вЂќ Scott said this opportunity as team captain for the volleyball team allowed Emily to step up and become a leader for the first time outside her home unit. Before then, she didnвЂ™t feel adequate enough to do so in public settings. вЂњShe realized that leadership was not all about the glitz and glamour,вЂќ Scott said. вЂњShe hung in there. Being in athletics has taught her how to challenge herself, go the distance and know she can accomplish it.вЂќ Beyond discovering her leadership abilities, Emily is happy being Emily. вЂњNow I am happy being who I am,вЂќ Emily said. вЂњIвЂ™m open to people, and I feel more comfortable being myself. I try to be a positive influence on the younger girls at MCH now, and I want to be a good example for them.вЂќ now i am happy being who i am. i'm open to people, and i feel more comfortable being myself. i try to be a positive influence on the younger girls ... вЂ“ Emily, speaking about the growth she has experienced through athletics } Sunshine I Fall 2013 cover story Lloyd ag Science Success showing animals through FFA has helped Lloyd develop confidence and motivation to set and achieve personal goals. Hurricane Ike struck the Texas coastline in September 2008. Said to be the third costliest hurricane to make landfall in the United States at the time, Ike left a long trail of destruction. One of the many affected by the hurricane was Lloyd, a current resident at the MCH Boys Ranch. Lloyd, then just a young teen, was suddenly homeless, his house demolished by the storm. In 2009, LloydвЂ™s family was referred to MCH. While his parents worked to rebuild their home, Lloyd was welcomed to live at MCH. Steve Kruse, Ag Science teacher at MCH School, has taught Lloyd for four years. He said the transition was difficult for Lloyd. вЂњLloyd was unmotivated and didnвЂ™t want to do much,вЂќ Kruse said. вЂњHe came to me one day and said he wanted to show an animal, so I convinced him to show a lamb.вЂќ Kruse put LloydвЂ™s interests into action in his agriculture class. With each request Lloyd made, Kruse found a related task and taught him how to perfect it. вЂњIвЂ™ve been able to teach him and let him go,вЂќ Kruse said. вЂњHeвЂ™s one of those kids who will retain information and go back and do it. He makes my job easier as a teacher.вЂќ One by one, each task Lloyd learned and did well enabled him to build confidence and he started to look forward to his future. At the end of each school year, MCH gives out student achievement awards, one of which is the belt buckle for excellence in FFA. In the 2011-2012 school year, Kruse awarded Lloyd with the Crew Champion Buckle because of Sunshine I Fall 2013 his improvement in the agriculture class and ability to lead. вЂњThatвЂ™s the year he got motivated,вЂќ Kruse said. Something clicked with Lloyd and his motivation turned into hard work and dedication. вЂњI became heavily involved in FFA,вЂќ Lloyd said. вЂњI wanted to show a steer, so Mr. Kruse let me start working with a steer last year. I won third place at the Bell County Livestock Show. This year my goal is to win belt buckles for both the McLennan County Livestock Show and FFA.вЂќ LloydвЂ™s abilities as a leader began to emerge. Kruse said Lloyd took on the role of teaching and assisting other students to help them achieve their goals in the agriculture class as well. вЂњLloyd is a leader whoвЂ™s out there willing to help other students,вЂќ Kruse said. вЂњItвЂ™s a complete 180 degree turn from where he began. ItвЂ™s neat to see how much heвЂ™s grown. See Lloyd, page 8 7 mch gives me a chance to be better. i want to stay ahead of the game. вЂ“ Lloyd, speaking about the influence of Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home } Lloyd, continued from page 7 I donвЂ™t even tell him what to do now. He knows the routine and heвЂ™s good at it.вЂќ Ashley Payne, LloydвЂ™s caseworker and unit manager, said he sets high goals for himself and he accomplishes them. вЂњLloyd is very dedicated and driven,вЂќ Payne said. вЂњHe has an ability to stay on track and on task, and when he puts his mind to something, he usually does it.вЂќ In addition to his involvement in the ag science class and FFA, Lloyd serves on the MCH student council and the praise band, he works part-time at a fast food restaurant, and he recently completed coursework at McLennan } Community College to be licensed as a Certified Nurse Aide. Lloyd said he plans to attend college to become a Registered Nurse. According to Lloyd, Kruse has been a good role model in his efforts to achieve success. вЂњMr. Kruse has been influential to me,вЂќ Lloyd said. вЂњHeвЂ™s a volunteer fire fighter and he never misses a day of school. HeвЂ™s just an all-around good person and I look up to him.вЂќ Lloyd will graduate from high school in May 2014. He said he is happy to have the opportunity to be at MCH. вЂњMCH gives me a chance to be better,вЂќ Lloyd said. вЂњI want to stay ahead of the game.вЂќ Mae enjoys expressing her thoughts and personality through music and songwriting. Mae music A natural love and talent for music coupled with the guidance of the MCH spiritual development staff have brought Mae to a place of healing. At the end of the summer, Mae performed a song she wrote about her past struggles during the Celebrating Gifts concert held for family and friends at Harrell Memorial Chapel on the Waco campus. The concert was organized so youth could share the musical skills they had acquired during a summer Performing Arts Club taught by Pastor Ahmad Washington, MCH spiritual development minister. Mae said she worked on her testimonial lyrics for three months. 8 Sunshine I Fall 2013 cover story вЂњI met with Pastor Ahmad every day during the summer to produce my song,вЂќ Mae said. вЂњMy mom and I bump heads, and Pastor Ahmad taught me how to love my mom and accept her for who she is.вЂќ The chorus from MaeвЂ™s song, вЂњRavenвЂ™s Path,вЂќ talks about her pain and struggles but also how she has discovered healing through Christ: Hard to fly with these tears in my eyes, so I lift my spirit up to my Father in the sky. Come take my hand, let me put you in this band. So RavenвЂ™s testimony can bring hope to the land. Singing and songwriting are only part of MaeвЂ™s musical abilities. She also plays bass guitar in the MCH praise band every Sunday. Colin Campbell, music and worship arts minister, also works with Mae to hone her musical skills. Campbell leads the praise band for Sunday worship and meets with Mae weekly for music lessons on the bass guitar. вЂњMae started on a guitar and showed a lot of musical talent,вЂќ Campbell said. вЂњEventually she moved over to bass and decided she wanted to join the praise team and help lead worship on Sundays, so sheвЂ™s been focusing on that.вЂќ Campbell added that Mae soaks up musical knowledge quickly and is very self-motivated, but he and other spiritual development staff donвЂ™t want her to lose sight of the meaning of worship. вЂњTied in with her musical development, we donвЂ™t forget about the development of her faith,вЂќ Campbell said. вЂњWhile weвЂ™re about building up our youth and their talents, abilities and skills, we also want to cultivate their faith life. ThatвЂ™s actually more important than anything we do with a musical instrument or music production.вЂќ According to Mae, Ron Britton, MCH discipleship minister, has been one of the most instrumental people in } Sunshine I Fall 2013 helping her to develop her faith at MCH. вЂњHe gives the best advice, even when I donвЂ™t want to hear it,вЂќ Mae said. Britton said he met Mae soon after she arrived on the Waco campus. вЂњI was leading a group Bible study at MaeвЂ™s home unit each week,вЂќ Britton said. вЂњShe was really interested and had a lot of questions. Mae seemed pretty closed off to the idea of Christianity because she had a false picture of who God actually is.вЂќ Britton and Mae began meeting on a weekly basis to talk about the issues with which she was struggling. вЂњWe talked a lot about grace and forgiveness and that itвЂ™s ok to make mistakes,вЂќ Britton said. вЂњSheвЂ™s had ups and downs as we all do, but sheвЂ™s growing.вЂќ Through the influence of Bible studies, worship and one-on-one discussions with MCH spiritual development staff, Mae said she made the decision to accept Christ. Mae is using music to continually build her faith and learning to have confidence in herself. вЂњShe feels free when sheвЂ™s singing, and sheвЂ™s very at-home when sheвЂ™s playing in the praise band,вЂќ Britton said. вЂњMae is getting a little closer every day to realizing that she doesnвЂ™t have to pretend to be someone else; she can just be herself.вЂќ While the MCH spiritual development staff believe strengthening our youthвЂ™s musical talents is important, they also instill in them the true reason why MCH has a praise band and helps to develop musical skills. вЂњWe talk heavily about how being part of the praise team is to draw people to worship, not to look cool. We hit hard with that message,вЂќ Britton said. вЂњWe want to encourage our youth with their gifts and allow them to express themselves, but ultimately with the remembrance that performing is not for their glorification.вЂќ Mae did just that with the song she wrote and performed, giving glory to God. mae is getting a little closer every day to realizing that she doesnвЂ™t have to pretend to be someone else; she can just be herself. вЂ“ Ron Britton, spiritual development minister, speaking about the influence of music in MaeвЂ™s growth } 9 news & notes MCH youth win 26 awards at the 2013 Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo MCH had a strong performance in the 2013 Heart OвЂ™ Texas Fair & Rodeo with 22 students from FFA showing animals and 14 students entering the Creative Arts contest. Youth showing animals are students in the FFA program led by Steve Kruse, Ag Science teacher at the Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home School. This was the first time many of the students showed animals at an event. вЂњI am pleased with the results because the students all showed well,вЂќ Kruse said. вЂњWinning is nice, but it is the lessons our kids learn and the experiences they gain that are important.вЂќ MCH 2013 HOT Show Results Ema shares her testimony through song during a concert by youth in the Performing Arts Club. Performing Arts Club helps youth develop talents MCH youth celebrated their musical talents during a concert Aug. 17. Through the summer Performing Arts Club, taught by spiritual development minister Ahmad Washington, youth learned how to write and produce their own music. During the concert, each youth shared a song about their lives. As part of the summer program, Washington taught youth how to manage their vocal chords, gave them songs to sing within their range, and helped them work through the anxiety of being on-stage. All youth signed up voluntarily and had an interest in performing, recording or producing music. Their dedication to the club was apparent as many students practiced every day. Not only was participation in the club and concert a healing experience for many of the youth, it also affected those in the audience 10 too. A parent of an MCH youth had the following to say about her experience. вЂњThese kids touched my heart in a way I cannot explain,вЂќ she said. вЂњBy the time this concert was over, I wanted to hug every kid I saw.вЂќ The Performing Arts Club also provided opportunities for youth to learn behind-the-scenes operations, and students helped prepare the chapel for the concert. Boys Ranch hosts annual Fall Festival Youth and staff from the Waco campus and Boys Ranch enjoyed spending time together at the Fall Festival on Nov. 3. The event, held at the Boys Ranch, was led by the recreation and spiritual development staff. Activities began with a worship service and presentation of senior rings to May graduates. Lunch was served by the Student Advisory Board. The day continued with activities that included face painting, Frisbee toss, вЂњhorse rides,вЂќ pie toss and Plinko to name a few. LAMBS: FWX - Matthew N., 9th; Southdown - Cassie, 8th; Medium Wool - Star, 4th SWINE: WOPB - Maleak, 6th; BOPB - Diego, 2nd; DUROC Michael D., 3rd; Jonah, 5th; Tristan, 6th, Enzo, 9th; HAMP Stephen J., 6th, Dusty, 8th; Michael R., 9th; Mykala, 10th; also participating, Jordan P., James C. GOATS: Eliza, 12th; Patricia, 13th; Thomas, 16th STEER: Chianina Division - Dakota, 6th; Lloyd, 7th; Limousin Division - Memo, 10th; AOB - Brandon, 12th PHOTOGRAPHY: Lloyd, 1st and 3rd; Steven S., two honorable mentions, 4th; Noel, two honorable mentions; Dustin, 4th and 5th; Brandon, 5th and five honorable mentions; Andrew, 5th and honorable mention CRAFTS: Spencer, 1st; Marvin, 1st; Diego, 2nd and 3rd; Michael, 5th BAKED GOODS: Alfred, 1st; James, 1st; Billy, 3rd ART: Jacob, honorable mention Thomas prepares to lead his goat to the show arena at the H.O.T. Fair and Rodeo in Waco. Sunshine I Fall 2013 news & notes Dusty, Tristan gain hands-on experience with IT department Two Waco campus youth are getting valuable work experience in information technology through student positions in the MCH technology department. Dusty and Tristan work alongside IT staff Michael Baxley and Karen Cryer. They help with formatting, cleaning off data and removing hard drives from old computers. They also accompany IT staff on service requests around campus. вЂњThey are doing really well at this job," Cryer said. вЂњThey both work fast and have a strong interest in computers and electronics. There will be opportunities for Dusty and Tristan to get real hands-on experience as the technology department takes on more projects.вЂќ Dusty said he had minimal computer experience when he started the job but Five youth - McKenzie, Dominique, Sierra, Noel and Wilmaneice - are enrolled at McLennan Community College, and Andrew is taking classes at Texas State Technical College while attending the new Greater Waco Manufacturing Academy half a day. Tristan, center, and Dusty provide valuable assistance to MCH through their student positions with the technology department. They work alongside IT staff Karen Cryer, left, and Michael Baxley. is learning a lot and enjoys the work. вЂњIt is laid back and they let us do our job and trust that we will get it done,вЂќ he said. Dusty and Tristan have been roommates at MCH for almost three years and said they work well together. Tristan came to the position with a basic knowledge of computers. вЂњIt has been a good opportunity to learn,вЂќ he said. вЂњI want to go to college for graphic design so this experience will help me.вЂќ MCH students get an early start on college degree MCH has six youth from the Waco campus and Boys Ranch taking dual credit courses this fall. These students all have a 3.0 GPA or higher, in addition to having passed the college readiness test in order to qualify. Dual credit helps students get a jump start on their college education, possibly reducing the time it takes to earn a degree. Drumline adds spirit to Bulldog athletic events Athletic events have taken on a new source of spirit and energy with the addition of the MCH Bulldog drumline. The drumline performs at pep rallies and home football games. Colin Campbell, spiritual development minister at MCH, leads the 11 students in rallying the crowds this year. In addition to generating a high level of energy at events, drumline members are learning to read music and proper playing techniques as well as how to perform at a high level both individually and as a group. MCH Family Outreach in Tyler continues 26-year partnership with East Texas Network for Children Twenty-six years ago, 20 representatives of East Texas public and private agencies met to consider how to enhance communication and client services for the children and families of the area. From those meetings, the East Texas Network for Children (ETNC) was established. The collaborative tradition continues in an annual conference where more than 300 professionals and foster parents come together each fall to exchange ideas, share perspectives and enlarge their repertoire of resources. MCH is a proud member of the ETNC. Traci Wagner, MCH Eastern Regional administrator, currently serves as vice president of the ETNC board. Sunshine I Fall 2013 Staff members in the MCH Family Outreach office in Tyler are, from left, Traci Wagner, Eastern regional administrator; Holli Collins, outreach director; Suzy King, case manager; Jessica Johnson, case manager; Philana Hollingsworth, case manager; and Latasha Hickman, case manager. 11 INDEPENDENT LIVING Gaining Independence MCH's Independent Living program bridges the gap for young adults learning to live on their own Once the celebration of graduation winds down, high school graduates begin the next stage of their lives as they find jobs, attend college or vocational school, and learn to live on their own. While many young people have families to guide and provide for them during this transition, some MCH youth do not have that support to fall back on. However, they are not alone. Staff members in MCHвЂ™s Transition Services program work closely with high school juniors and seniors to help them prepare for the challenges they will face after graduation. They also maintain relationships with graduates and provide continued support as they pursue advanced education, work, and learn to handle their independence. In July 2012, MCH added an Independent Living program to assist graduates who need additional support before they make their transition to live on their own. For these graduates, the next step can seem overwhelming, and Reba graduated from high school in 2012 while living in MCHвЂ™s foster care group home in Jayton. She then made the transition to Waco where she received support through MCHвЂ™s Independent Living program. Reba recently completed her stay in the program, and she now lives on her own and attends McLennan Community College. many may feel unprepared. This was the case for Reba, who lived in MCHвЂ™s foster care group home in Jayton, Texas until she graduated in 2012. However, with MCHвЂ™s new Independent Living program, she had a place to go to help her get on her feet while she worked toward building her future. вЂњI wasnвЂ™t ready to live on my own after high school,вЂќ Reba said. вЂњThis program has given me more time to mature and learn how to budget and save money.вЂќ MCH started the Independent Living program to give graduates a place to live with affordable rent as they work and/ or attend school and learn skills to help them live on their own. The graduates live in two home units on the Independent Living campus located at the rear of the Waco campus. The young adults are supported by live-in life coaches and a caseworker. Jeff Creel, associate administrator, said MCH identified a need for this program because some youth are not prepared to leave MCH after graduating, and many of them do not have the family support they need to live on their own. вЂњIndependent Living provides youth a safe environment with more freedoms than residential living but still has a caring, nurturing adult available to help them develop independent living skills to be successful,вЂќ Creel said. вЂњOur goal is to help them learn and continue to work toward living on their own and being stable.вЂќ The program is designed for young adults, ages 18-22, who graduated from high school while living in MCHвЂ™s residential or foster care programs, and who are willing to work the program. Seniors interested in the program discuss the possibility with their Transition Services coordinator. The youth then undergo an interview process and are monitored during their вЂњI wasnвЂ™t ready to live on my own after high school. This program has given me more time to mature and learn how to budget and save money.вЂќ вЂ“ Reba, Independent Living Program resident 12 Sunshine I Fall 2013 INDEPENDENT LIVING Eric graduated from University High School last June and attends McLennan Community College (MCC) while working part-time. He is pictured with Independent Living caseworker Mary Bilheimer. Ashley, a 2013 graduate from the MCH School, prepares a meal while life coach Veronica Marecle provides cooking instruction. Ashley is working in Waco and plans to attend MCC in the spring. senior year to determine if the program will best fit their needs. RebaвЂ™s Transition Services coordinator, Angie Vaughn, felt she was a good fit because she was responsible and wished to live closer to her former foster parents. вЂњReba was moving to a new city and needed the direction and support provided by Independent Living,вЂќ Vaughn said. вЂњThis offered her time to learn Waco while living in a familiar setting.вЂќ Reba is studying early childhood development at McLennan Community College. Vaughn said she has done well every semester and is keeping her grade point average up. While attending college, Reba is also working 25 hours a week at a child care facility. She was able to purchase her own car and recently moved into her own apart- Sunshine I Fall 2013 ment with a friend she met through school. вЂњI wasnвЂ™t prepared to live on my own, but Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home gave me a chance to work and attend school without having to be left on my own to struggle to find a job and pay rent while going to school,вЂќ Reba said. вЂњI probably wouldnвЂ™t be doing well without it. I wouldnвЂ™t be able to go to school because rent and bills would be too high for me to do both.вЂќ Residents pay $100 in rent each month and abide by house rules. Residents also have a curfew and must communicate with staff when they will not be at the unit overnight. MCH provides each resident with a bus pass if they do not own a car. Residents with cars must show proof of insurance. Caseworkers and life coaches are able to establish adult relationships with the residents and offer lessons and support when needed. For example, life coaches provide cooking lessons and caseworkers help residents research and apply for medical coverage and complete paperwork for school. Every three months, residents meet with their caseworker to discuss their plan of service and goals. Also, every six months, residents take the Daniel Memorial InstituteвЂ™s Independent Living Skills Assessment to test their knowledge of basic skills, such as budgeting or household maintenance. The computer program generates an informational packet for the resident based on their responses. The life coaches use the information to help the residents improve on these skills. вЂњIn general most youth, even though they are 18 and technically considered an adult, are not mentally and emotionally ready to be on their own,вЂќ Creel said. вЂњThis program provides a network of support to help them as they learn how to be independent. I believe weвЂ™ve done a good job at creating a positive environment where they are able to build adult relationships and get help to resolve problems.вЂќ Independent Living has given Reba confidence as she has matured and prepared herself to become independent. She was given time to take the steps and learn the skills she needed to build a successful future. Reba is the middle of seven children and said she basically raised her younger siblings. She found her passion in child care, and now with the help she has received from MCHвЂ™s Independent Living program, she will be able to pursue her dream of working with children. 13 FOSTER CARE PROFILE Joey and Amy Gallardo are pictured with Casilda, above, and Carlynna. Safe Haven Joey and Amy Gallardo provide a safe, healthy and loving home for foster children J oey and Amy Gallardo, foster parents for Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home, have served the ministry for three years. They have provided a safe, healthy and loving home for seven children so far in their journey as foster parents. Between parenting three children who are currently placed in their care and working full-time, they took time to share their powerful story of struggles, triumph and joy as foster parents. вЂњOur first placement was a sibling group of four children,вЂќ Joey said. вЂњThey were staying at an emergency shelter for youth at the time they were placed in our home. We showed them to the bedrooms they would be staying in and one of the boys ran out of his room and shouted, вЂ�ItвЂ™s going to be ok! We have beds!вЂ™ They were so excited to have beds and rooms of their own.вЂќ Joey added that the little boyвЂ™s reaction was eye-opening for them. Surprised that the children were happy to have beds, they also learned the children had not received much guidance and support either. The Gallardos said it was a learning experience for both them and the children. вЂњBeing a foster parent for the first time was stressful and hard, but eventually everything got better,вЂќ Joey said. вЂњIt was 14 difficult to find respite at first. We really needed a break.вЂќ Joey and Amy agreed that finding respite, receiving support from MCH and learning Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) techniques all played a part in their success as foster parents. The couple was able to connect with other local foster parents for support in addition to assistance through MCH. вЂњMCH has been really supportive,вЂќ Joey said. вЂњThe caseworkers and director at the Corpus Christi outreach office have helped with doctorsвЂ™ appointments and school functions. Working together is key to being successful foster parents.вЂќ Working together as a couple, Joey and Amy know the importance of having a healthy relationship, especially in the role of foster parents. вЂњWe are a united front,вЂќ Amy said. вЂњWe know the kids are always watching us. We are aware and we treat each other with respect so they can see what it looks like.вЂќ It has made a difference in each of the lives of the seven children who have been cared for in their home. *Sammy was placed with the Gallardos a year ago. According to Dominique Caram, MCH case manager, Sammy was severely delayed in his development at 22 months old and his teeth were in bad condition due to lack of care. вЂњJoey, Amy and MCH worked together to discover that Sammy wasnвЂ™t learning because he was having difficulty Sunshine I Fall 2013 FOSTER CARE PROFILE with his ears,вЂќ Caram said. вЂњAfter a few months, tubes were put into his ears and his teeth were taken care of. Sammy now attends an early childhood learning academy and he is able to speak more clearly. He has a healthy appetite, smiles all the time and has grown into an extremely social and intelligent child.вЂќ The Gallardos were already living an active lifestyle with Sammy in their care when they received a call from MCH about fostering two sisters in August 2013 who were, at the time, homeless. Amy is a full-time pharmacist and Joey is the owner of a yogurt shop on Padre Island and in the process of opening a second location. вЂњIt seems there is no limit to the capacity of their hearts in caring for children who temporarily need a good home,вЂќ Caram said. вЂњMCH staff is always on standby, of course, if they should need support in any way.вЂќ With assistance from MCH staff and availability for the girls at the learning academy, the Gallardos welcomed the sisters to stay in their home. Carlynna, six years old, and Casilda, two years old, moved to their new home shortly after the Gallardos had received the call. вЂњWe were the girlsвЂ™ third home since January of this year,вЂќ Amy said. According to Caram, the sistersвЂ™ mother did not have any form of identification for herself or her daughters and little chance of finding a job to support them without it. While MCH staff were working with Carlynna and CasildaвЂ™s biological mother to get identification, counseling and employment, the Gallardos were seeing positive changes in the sisters. вЂњCasilda is continually picking up speed in her development,вЂќ Amy said. вЂњShe is in the same class as Sammy at the learning academy, and seeing what Sammy is able to do encourages Casilda to become more independent. Carlynna has improved in reading and is being respectful overall.вЂќ Both Joey and Amy attribute CarlynnaвЂ™s recent change in attitude to their use of the TBRI techniques. вЂњCarlynna had a shell around her when she came to live with us,вЂќ Amy said. вЂњDuring one of her meltdowns, we used the TBRI techniques by staying calm and talking to her in a comforting voice. At the end, she had a breakthrough moment. She trusted us enough to say, вЂ�IвЂ™m sorry, but IвЂ™m tired of nobody wanting me or loving me.вЂ™вЂќ Until they were placed with MCH, Carlynna and Casilda were often moved to different homes, which had a negative impact on their growth and development and caused Carlynna to struggle with abandonment issues. Sunshine I Fall 2013 Caram said Carlynna was forced into survival mode so many times that she naturally takes on the role of protecting her younger sister, Casilda. The Gallardos have had the opportunity to teach the sisters that, as adults, they are the caretakers in the household and Carlynna can focus on being a child without the stress of looking out for her sister. вЂњCarlynna is doing really well,вЂќ Amy said. вЂњHer teacher talks about how smart she is. She is learning to do chores, such as getting the mail and taking the dogs out. WeвЂ™ve found that music is soothing to her, so we bought her an MP3 player that she can listen to. It lets her be in her own element. She loves to dance and sing and she recently started taking dance classes.вЂќ While being a foster parent can present challenges at times, it is something both Joey and Amy felt led to do. Amy said while she and Joey were considering adoption, they learned more about fostering children. During the process, she never forgot about an experience she had as a child. вЂњWhen I was a kid, my brother was placed in a foster home and I went to live with another relative,вЂќ Amy said. вЂњHe said the time he spent in the foster home provided some of his best childhood memories. Joey and I decided we wanted to be that home for many children, instead of helping just one or two through adoption.вЂќ There are reminders almost daily that confirm their decision to become a safe haven for children. вЂњSeeing our first sibling group be successfully reunited with their mom was so rewarding,вЂќ Amy said. вЂњWe still get the chance to see pictures of them with their family and it makes us happy to see that theyвЂ™re still together. The best part about being a foster parent is seeing how putting the kids in the right environment allows them to blossom.вЂќ * The childвЂ™s name was changed for this story. Carlynna enjoys a treat at JoeyвЂ™s yogurt shop, and Casilda plays in the water at a South Texas beach. DEVELOPMENT Noel, a resident at the Boys Ranch, is pictured with MCH alumni and Commissioners John and Elaine Milam of Lubbock. Commissioners serve MCH across Texas, New Mexico MCH hosted its annual Commissioners event in Waco on Oct. 22-23. Commissioners are representatives from churches in Texas and New Mexico who help increase awareness and raise donations for the ministry. The theme was вЂњCommissioners in ActionвЂќ as guests received information and objectives to return to their community and gain support for MCH. Commissioners spent the first evening at the Boys Ranch where they toured the Agricultural Sciences building and lis- 16 tened to youth talk about their experiences. Guests also toured a home unit and enjoyed a barbecue dinner and program. Recreation coordinator Ian Bracken and David, a Boys Ranch youth, provided a testimonial about last summerвЂ™s вЂњFlotillaвЂќ raft building competition, which enabled groups of youth to develop teamwork by designing and building rafts for the contest. Ron Britton, discipleship minister at MCH, and two youth, Noel and Vanessa, shared with the Commissioners about how they were impacted by summer mission trips. They were followed by a testimony from Commissioner Mark Ward from Kingwood UMC who hosted one of the mission trips. Commissioners spent Wednesday on the Waco campus, where they learned about MCHвЂ™s residential and family outreach programs, as well as specific ways they can support the ministry through the assistance of the Development Department. Benefactor relations officers shared their personal stories and own inspiration for supporting MCHвЂ™s mission. The event ended with a luncheon in the Johnson Student Center, during which supporter Julie Diem shared about her connection to MCH after the tragic loss of her daughter and grandsons. She became connected to MCH through her daughterвЂ™s influence and found a way to give back to honor her legacy, turning a tragedy into a triumph. (For more on DiemвЂ™s story, please see page 18.) The luncheon concluded with a challenge for Commissioners to take action when they return home and advocate for children and families of MCH. Sunshine I Fall 2013 DEVELOPMENT Betty Thompson of Bryan shares an encouraging word with Billy, a resident at the MCH Boys Ranch, during the Commissioners program on Tuesday evening. Tom Wilkinson (above), chairperson of Commissioners and a member of the MCH Board of Directors, addresses Commissioners during a program in Harrell Memorial Chapel on Wednesday. Commissioners (far left) enjoy a tour of the Boys Ranch where they learn about the Ag Science program. Mark Ward (left) of Kingwood, Texas shares a testimony about his work with MCH youth and staff through summer missions. Boys Ranch youth (far left) provide a tour of their home unit and share insight about living at MCH. Commissioners (from left) Melodie King, Mary Clinton, DвЂ™aun Vick and Walter Johnson enjoy a tour of the Perkins Heritage Home led by Susan Beatty, a staff member in the Development Department. Sunshine I Fall 2013 17 DONOR PROFILE Julie Diem became a supporter of Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home after experiencing the tragic loss of her daughter and grandsons. As she continues along her grief journey, she has found inspiration through giving back in her daughterвЂ™s honor. Keeper of a Legacy These photographs provide lasting memories of the love Elizabeth Dowdy shared with her sons, Fischer (left) and Benjamin (center). 18 Sunshine I Fall 2013 DONOR PROFILE A year and a half ago, Julie Diem had never been to Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home. She had only heard of the ministry in Waco and had no idea it would play an important role in her life in the future. After experiencing a terrible tragedy, Diem would become connected to the ministry in a profound way and, through her generosity and strong faith, impact youth she has never met. On July 30, 2012, a tragic accident between Taylor and Elgin ended the lives of DiemвЂ™s daughter Elizabeth Herro Dowdy and her three grandsons. The loss of 25-year-old Elizabeth, who was pregnant at the time with Hayes, as well as her grandsons, three-yearold Fischer and two-year-old Benjamin, transformed her life. As she struggled to find a way to survive after the accident, Diem discovered that through faith and love, tragedy can be turned into triumph. She decided she would become the вЂњkeeper of a legacyвЂќ and found a way to honor her daughter and grandsons and let their memory live on. Several years before the accident, DiemвЂ™s family decided that instead of exchanging gifts between the adults in the family, they would make a donation to the charity of their choice. For Elizabeth, her charity of choice was always Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home. She learned about MCH through her church, Salado United Methodist, and her pastor at the time, Reverend Travis Franklin. When Elizabeth and her sons passed away, her husband chose Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home to receive memorials in their name. Over $10,000 was donated. When MCH received the donations and learned of the accident, Vice President for Development Trey Oakley invited the family to come visit the campus in Waco and see for themselves how the memorials were helping children and youth in need. In October 2012, Reverend Franklin brought the family to Waco and they were given a full tour of the campus. Diem said she felt as though the ministry of Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home was вЂњthe hands and feet of Christ, doing what we are called to do and what we should be doing.вЂќ вЂњIt is filling in a gap in our culture that we need,вЂќ Diem said. вЂњIf MCH wasnвЂ™t doing it, what would happen to these children? It is heartbreaking to hear their stories. MCH has the opportunity to break the cycle and to be a transformational force in these kidsвЂ™ lives.вЂќ Through her daughterвЂ™s influence, she became a friend and supporter of the ministry. During her tour, Diem mentioned that it would be a wonderful place to host a race. Oakley told her, as a matter of fact, MCH was having a race in a few months. At MCHвЂ™s first Race To Connect 5K in April 2013, Diem served as the race captain. She spoke to the crowd before the race began to share her daughterвЂ™s story. With Elizabeth being a runner herself, Diem decided to complete the 5K challenge along with her daughterвЂ™s friend Randi Bingham. As the months since the accident passed, Diem was convinced by friends to begin chronicling her grief journey through a blog. In this blog, she writes about her love for her daughter and the internal need to be the вЂњkeeper of her legacy.вЂќ вЂњGrief can destroy you or you can use it for something amazing,вЂќ Diem said. вЂњI am convinced that I donвЂ™t want her legacy to end on July 30. God could use her story and the accident for His glory and to honor her somehow.вЂќ See Legacy, page 20 вЂњI think all things came to a point with MCH. It honors our daughter, and MCH gives children hope that they can dream of another life, and who wouldnвЂ™t want to be a part of that?вЂќ вЂ“ Julie Diem, speaking about a scholarship fund at MCH to honor the memory of her daughter, Elizabeth Dowdy Sunshine I Fall 2013 19 DONOR PROFILE Legacy, from page 19 Diem contacted Oakley at MCH and decided to start the вЂњElizabeth Dowdy Scholarship.вЂќ She began a similar scholarship fund in her grandsonsвЂ™ names at Salado High School where they would have attended school. Diem wanted to create a scholarship that would help girls with similar dreams to her daughter. Elizabeth was a fulltime mother during the week and spent her weekends as a makeup artist for weddings and proms. It was her passion and she hoped to one day attend the Aveda Institute to Julie Diem creates and sells wreaths to raise money for a scholarship fund at MCH in memory of her daughter, Elizabeth Dowdy. She presented wreaths to MCH following the Commissioners luncheon, complete training for cosmewhere she shared her testimony about honoring her daughterвЂ™s memory and legacy. She is pictured tology and open her own spa with Tim Brown (right), MCH president/CEO, and Trey Oakley, vice president for development. in downtown Salado. Through the Elizabeth Dowdy Scholarship, Diem and her husband more people are aware of MCH because of JulieвЂ™s advoJohn will help young people at Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home cacy and so many have found encouragement during tough through a scholarship that will allow students to pursue a times because of her influence.вЂќ trade or vocational education. Perhaps, a student will even In addition to the scholarship, Diem plans to particiattend cosmetology school, ElizabethвЂ™s dream. pate in the annual MCH prom. She wants to get ElizabethвЂ™s вЂњThis is a perfect place for Elizabeth to be rememmakeup artist friends involved to help the young girls prebered,вЂќ Diem said. вЂњHer name will live on and hopefully pare for the special event. Diem plans to bring ElizabethвЂ™s help young men and women go and change their lives and own makeup kit and brushes to the occasion вЂњto make her help them heal some of their hurts. It is a perfect way to a part of the event too.вЂќ honor her and I think she would be pleased.вЂќ Out of a tragedy, a friendship has formed and a legacy Diem is raising funds for the scholarship by selling lives on. Through ElizabethвЂ™s influence, Diem found a place wreaths. She began making wreaths as a way to honor her to honor her daughter and Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home daughter and grandsons. She purchased ElizabethвЂ™s makeup found a loving supporter. businessвЂ™ website domain name, www.twentycoats.com, and вЂњThereвЂ™s glory to God in our suffering but we may not is now using it to display and sell her specialty creations. understand it at the moment,вЂќ Diem said. вЂњIt is not wasted. Once the scholarship endowment fund reaches $25,000, it He gave an example to us through His Son on how we will become an endowed, named scholarship designated to should handle pain and suffering. I want to be an instruserve young people for years to come. ment and give other people hope who experience tragic вЂњIt is inspiring to see someone turn a great loss into things in their life and honor my daughter. I think all something that will bless others,вЂќ Oakley said. вЂњItвЂ™s a powthings came to a point with MCH. It honors our daugherful example of how these gifts help our young people as ter, and MCH gives children hope that they can dream of well as how one person can impact so many others. Many another life, and who wouldnвЂ™t want to be a part of that?вЂќ To learn more about establishing a scholarship in honor or memory of a loved one, contact Trey Oakley at 254-750-1388. To make a gift for the вЂњElizabeth Dowdy Scholarship,вЂќ note this in the memo line of your check and mail it to: Trey Oakley, Vice President for Development, Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home, 1111 Herring Ave., Waco, TX 76708. You may also visit us online at http://www.methodistchildrenshome.org/page/charitable-giving.aspx. 20 Sunshine I Fall 2013 YOUTH PROFILE Elena, a talented cheerleader at school, will become the first in her family to earn a high school diploma when she graduates in May. Elena: Something to cheer about Elena, a Waco campus resident, came to MCH five years ago as an angry, troubled young girl. She was having a hard time accepting her adoptive parents and began doing drugs and running away from home. She ended up spending time in juvenile detention where her caseworker recommended she go to Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home to rebuild her life. Elena said coming to Waco and getting away from her hometown meant that she was no longer familiar with the area, and so she was scared to run away. She was still very angry and acting out, but she had an Sunshine Sunshine II Fall Fall 2013 2013 important realization one night when her friend in the home unit ran away. Elena said she was extremely worried and when her friend returned, she seemed unapologetic about worrying Elena and the others. вЂњI experienced what my parents had gone through when I ran away, and I called my mom to apologize,вЂќ Elena said. вЂњI have a hard time with change so to calm down I needed people to talk to. I had great staff who were here for me and helped me.вЂќ From that time forward, Elena began to improve and gain privileges at MCH to participate in activities and earn more responsibility. She built a relationship with her homeparent, Marjorie Parker, who provided her with advice when she was facing decisions. вЂњElena has changed tremendously since I met her,вЂќ Parker said. вЂњShe takes on a lot of responsibilities in and out of the home unit. She holds her peers accountable and makes sure they stay on the right track.вЂќ Elena was able to take lessons at Texas Dynasty, a local cheerleading and gymnastics gym, where she went on to win six national championship titles. She is now a senior and the captain of the varsity squad at her local public high school. She said she will be the first in her family to earn her high school diploma. вЂњAs the oldest of eight kids, itвЂ™s really important for me to show them that they can do it,вЂќ she said. After graduation, Elena wants to attend college and become a social worker. вЂњWith the experiences that IвЂ™ve gone through, I want to help other kids get to a better place, just like MCH helped me to do,вЂќ she said. вЂњEvery kid in a bad situation needs to know they can do it too.вЂќ 21 Memorial Gifts and Gifts of Honor Gifts made from May 2013 through October 2013 Memorials: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Ables Joe and Jami Lovelady Ryan Adams Charles and Carol Brown Bill and Nevelyn Alexander Frances A. Copeland Jerry Alexander Sandy and Wayne Gilliland - Members, FUMC Colleyville Dr. Leo Alexander Dr. and Mrs. Marcus E. Young Joan C. Allen Linzy and Thigpen Attorneys- At-Law, Temple, TX Dorothy Allison Lindy Jones Mrs. Mozelle Kimble Mrs. Dale Kimble Nelson Corbett Anderson Mary E. Clinton Mrs. Miriam Armstrong Dorothy (Sam) Clark Vergie Arnett Dan and Peggy Devorsky United Methodist Women Lake Shore UMC, Waco, TX Carolyn Brown Askew Joe and Betty Howell J. Winston, Inc., Amarillo, TX Lovelady, Christy and Associates Amarillo, TX Earl Bain Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Orr, Jr. Dora Barber Ms. Vera E. Johnson Mr. Roger Parker Roy Bassett Mrs. Mary Cooper Bassett Charles Baum Charles and Carol Brown Melba Bellomy Mrs. Florence Bratton Debra Benge Anne R. Benge Vida Fay Bennett Bruce and Deanna Montgomery Don Montgomery Zack Franklin Bettis Carolyn, Elizabeth and Martha Neil Harry Birdsong Glenn and Kay Furman Mr. Birdwell Len Baird Betty Black Ms. Agnes L. Smith Mary Emily Blackmon Patsy Barnett Robert Blankenship Carolyn Byrnes Judd Byrnes Sheila Grace Bob Blanton Virginia Avery Clyde Bomar Charles and Carol Brown 22 Kelly Bowen Santo UMC, Santo, TX Silas Brandenberger Pete and Jo Bonds Bonner Brazziel Joy Brazziel David M. Britt Jim and Kay Batton Dick and Ruth Irvine Charley Brookshire Glenn and Kay Furman Charlene Broughton Mary and James Thornton Ruth Muriel Browning Adult Sunday School Class Cedar Creek UMC Cedar Creek, TX Ray Bruyere Mr. and Mrs. Clarence M. Bruyere Bessie Buhrman Mrs. Margaret R. Buhrman John E. Buzzell June (Martin) Buzzell Kay Callahan Ms. Agnes L. Smith Kathy Canant Melvin and Mary Jo Elrod Clyde M. Capps Ms. Bertha M. Capps Mr. and Mrs. Byron Hilton Mary Lou and Max Marks Michael Marks and girls James and Frances Shanks Melissa Tonn Mr. and Ms. Maurice Trent Mike Carmicle Jerrel (Jerry) Carmicle Mr. Ben Carroll John and Mary Ann Ligon Vlasta Rose (Payonk) Carter Timothy and Joyce Woodlock Emma Lee Cerveny Linda Bram Bobby Richter Betty Chaney Dr. and Mrs. Jack Kyle Daniels Edgar Chavez Deborah A. Kiracofe Elton Churchill Randy and Lyn Mason Harold Clark Rick and Kim Anderson Albert W. Cobbs Jr. Darrell and Sheryl Cobbs Tommy Cokendolpher Pathfinders Sunday School Class Quanah UMC, Quanah, TX Jennie Cole Texas Department of Transportation Agency Group Department Eastland, TX Dr. Perryman Collins Ms. Agnes L. Smith Joe B. Cotner Herbert Shelton and Family Ben G. Crocker John and Beth Wegener Michael Leon Crow Irene Crow Oma Lee Davenport Rev. Allie M. Davenport (Ret.) Glen E. Davis Mike and Tracy Gonzales Marsha and Lanny Peavy Sandra Davis Herb and Dot Zimmerman Valda Horton Davis Jim and Laura Milam Media Dawson Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Watkins Ted De Ruyter Mrs. Peggy De Ruyter Jan Dehm Susan Beatty Tim and Susan Brown Allison Crawford Tim Fedro Pat Franklin Stephanie Lewis Bryan Mize Denise Nors Trey and Karen Oakley Pablo Villanueva Eleanor Denker Mr. William C. Denker Sybil Delaney Rick and Kim Anderson Rebecca Judge H. Tom Denman Charles, Elizabeth, Chase, Alex, Jordan and Nick Daigle Pat Ford Denman Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd DeShong Mrs. Morrelle K. Ratcliffe, Jr. Mrs. Mena Dixon John and Mary Ann Ligon Bettye Dunbar David Dunbar Graham Edward Dyer Kimberley and Steve Ekstrom Nancy Morgan Eiland Ann Enloe Donna and David Holt Dillard Ellington Chris Williams Vicki Elrod Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Orr, Jr. E. Jean English Anonymous Ervin Eoff Kathy Shofner John Doak Farmer Antonette Freeman Elliot Ruth Farrell Mary and James Plumlee Charles Ferguson Randy and Lyn Mason Robert Ferguson Greg Flaniken Emma Finley Helen W. Hunt Henry Fischer Carol and Fred Nelle Mrs. Annabel Pfau Fisher Mr. and Mrs. Stonewall J. Fisher III Jack and Joyce Fisher Shelby and Amy Barley James Fisher Robert and Lillian Dach Timothy and Joyce Woodlock Carl and Bettie Fitzgerald Kathryn Bass Lucy Webb Flores Mr. and Mrs. James P. Flores Elvin H. Ford Pat Ford Denman Robert H. Ford Pat Ford Denman P. E. Fox Robert and Ima Brown Anna Rose Friday Dick and Ruth Irvine Nell Fuchs Steve and Mary Frances Almquist John Funk Richard Bertel Ray Cundiff Construction Dallas, TX Goshen Elementary Staff Montgomery Village, MD Jan, Judy and Janet Holcomb Gayle Luckenbaugh Lisa G. Ramsay St. Andrews Study Club Teri Dres, President Dallas, TX SEI Meetings and Incentives Irving, TX Ronald Smith Charles Garner Tom and Virginia Buckingham Sandy Smith Garner Ms. Creo L. Smith Ann Marie (George) Garrett Judy Hays Colonel David Garvin, Retired Dr. and Mrs. Jack Kyle Daniels Bud Gervig Larry and Betsy Pennington Katy Marjorie Gillmeister Jim and Laura Milam Jean Glynn Pat Ford Denman John (Barney) Good Jim and Laura Milam Leta Bell Gorham Charles and Carol Brown Orell Evans Grammer Hunter and Totsy Cunningham Billie M. Grandstaff Hazel J. Barrett Johnny and Shirley Campbell Sandy, Tommy and Robin Collins Kevin and Laura Cortez Hal and Corine Gieb Martha and Cathy Hall Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hamblen Sunshine I Fall 2013 Dr. and Mrs. James Hamilton Ed, Shay and Rachael Holden Laura Montgomery Hollis Margaret Montgomery Hoyt Yvonne Jones and Family Billie Loftis Jack and Mary Kathryn Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. Neil Osburn Greg and Vera Parcell Dr. and Mrs. George L. Philley Colleen and Ronald Randal Gene and Joyce Rush Son-Flower Laity Renewal El Dorado, KS Mr. and Mrs. Gene Steger Rick and Louise Swain Ms. Terri Templin Bill and Janie Terrell Emma Joe Thomas Frances Green Danny and Jackie McSpadden Frank W. Greenhaw Susan and Douglas Barnes Mike and Kathy Brewer Tim and Susan Brown Mike and Cindy Burkett Robert Lee Hanby Family Georgia Kifer and Family Bob and Helen McKemie First UMC, Mesquite, TX Lisa Morris Trey and Karen Oakley Gene and Jennell Sanders Bobbie Speer Family Sara Wilcox Lynda Beth Richardson Grimes Susan Richardson Barnes Maryanna Richardson Rhemann Jim Richardson Fran Guinn Mary M. Stewart and Family Mrs. Grace Gully Dr. and Mrs. Marcus E. Young Orys C. Gunstream, Jr. Susie and Charlie Burton Dr. and Mrs. Jack Kyle Daniels Dr. Delta Ree Hafford Tim and Susan Brown Jim and Laura Milam Bryan Mize Trey and Karen Oakley Johanna F. Owens Ann G. St. Clair Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Taylor Employees of Texas D.M.E. Inc. Cleburne, TX Patricia Dawson Wallace Sandy Whitted Lee and Gayle Wilson Timothy and Joyce Woodlock Derroll and Delta Hafford Mike and Dotty Hare Mrs. Genevia Hendricks Hank and Mary V. Hamilton Daniel and Melissa Alcorn Betty Hancock Lee and Lit Moore Phoebe Hardy Mr. Jerome Wells Sunshine I Fall 2013 Charlene Harper Ed and Kay Buie Mrs. Nell Carmen Harper Dr. and Mrs. Marcus E. Young Jeanette Harris Charles and Carol Brown Mary Lu Harris Mr. Orrie L. Harris Eric Harrison Lonnie L., Sr. and Derilda Ann Jones Polly Hartman Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Orr, Jr. Suzanne Haulbrook Roy and Becky Kemble Ralph Hawley Jim and Laura Milam Lou Hays Miss Jean H. Fowler Bill Helton Mrs. David D. Davidchik Dick and Ruth Irvine Paul Henderson Steve and Mary Frances Almquist Harold Hendrix Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Orr, Jr. Nita Heston Ginger Swearengin and girls Ferrel Hickerson Shelby and Amy Barley Mr. Carson Hoge Larry and Betsy Pennington Roy C. Hohl, Jr. Mrs. Roy C. Hohl, Jr. Your Grandmother Rachael Holden Elizabeth Horwood Laura L. Austin Louise B. Houser Ken and Maryann Eiserman William Houseworth Charles and Carol Brown Opal D. Hughes Ben and Bette Samford Short UMC, Center, TX Eleanor K. Hunt Major Victor I. Mayer, USAF Ret. Don Jacob Hunter and Totsy Cunningham Mrs. Emma Jenson Mr. and Mrs. John C. Hudgins Betty Tindall Murray and Lorene Jenson Geraldine Jenson Roy Lee Jones John E. Hilliard Colonel, USAF (Ret) Nadine Kauffman Mrs. Hope M. Norman Richard Keese Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Orr, Jr. James G. Kelley Hunter and Totsy Cunningham Louise Kelly Curtis and Brenda Haley Joan Kennett Mary M. Stewart and Family Glenn Key Rebecca Judge Patsy Krueger Charles and Carol Brown Ken Laake Mary Clay Hill Kelly Laird Elzy and Cynthia Prater Blanche Hughes Lamb Ms. Patsy Kelley Daniel Lee Jim and Laura Milam John Lee Friends at DCP Midstream Houston, TX EnerTrade, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A., Point Comfort, TX Paul Huang Larry Karl Wayne and Sharon Lee Ben Liao Todd and Becca McEuen Rick Sun Beth Moore Bible Study Northern Hills UMC San Antonio, TX Victor and Roseann Sanchez Jere and Chris Thompson Mr. Dale Townsend Jack Lewis Mrs. Suzanne Goodenough Noel Lewter Charles and Carol Brown Brenda Limback Jim and Laura Milam Mr. Leo Edward Linbeck, Jr. Mrs. W. Carter (Linda) Grinstead, Jr. Patrick W. Lindner, Jr. M.D. Leslie and Candy Mallonee Christina Rosemarie Littlefield Noelene and Dale McCall Layton Lloyd Rick and Kim Anderson Neva Sara (Bentley) Longenecker Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Peterson Henry Melford Lord Timothy and Joyce Woodlock Roy Joe Lovelady, Sr. Joe and Jami Lovelady Harry Lucas Herb and Dot Zimmerman Evelyn and Jim Ludwig Ms. Susan L. Welker Patrick Magee Sid Underwood L. M. (Jack) Maggard Myra and Mike Brewer Forrest Martindale Bill, Shari and Steph Clayton and Enola Massey Mr. and Mrs. Earl E. Dague Jim Matthews Rose Mathews Shirley McDaniel John C. Alleman (continued on pg 24) A Five hundred dollar gift in honor of Pastor Arcynthia Louie by Johnel Louie Temple, TX A One thousand five hundred dollar gift in honor of Tim Brown by Red Bayou UMC New Boston, TX A Five hundred dollar gift in memory of Dr. Kenneth D. Rudd by Dr. and Mrs. Sam R. Adkisson Missouri City, TX A Five hundred dollar gift in memory of Ann Bradsher by Jack Bradsher Houston, TX A Five hundred dollar gift in memory of Clyde Briley by John and Carolyn Campbell Austin, TX A Five hundred dollar gift in memory of Ona Maude Tipps Gaston by Hugh W. Gaston Austin, TX A Five hundred dollar gift in memory of Eris Shelton by Mr. Herbert Shelton Bryan, TX A Five hundred dollar gift in memory of Dr. Robert O. Philips by Robert Shipley Heath, TX A Five hundred dollar gift in memory of Mary Chancellor by Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Shipley Heath, TX A Five hundred dollar gift in memory of Reverend Barbara Wordinger by Dr. Robert J. Wordinger Euless, TX 23 A Five hundred sixty-five dollar and sixty-six cent gift in memory of our parents, John Boston and Ida Irene Hankla, and Joe and Eva Hurt A Nine hundred thirty-five dollar gift in memory of Joyce Lawton by Linda and Bruce Ties Georgetown, TX A One thousand dollar gift in memory of Zack Bettis by Mrs. Ann Enloe San Angelo, TX A One thousand dollar gift in memory of James Glenn by Stephen and Mariglyn Glenn Friendswood, TX A One thousand dollar gift in memory of Beebo Smith by Bubba and Nancy Smith Austin, TX A One thousand five hundred dollar gift in memory of Reverend and Mrs. E. A. Irvine, and Mr. and Mrs. Leon Fillingim by Dick and Ruth Irvine Wheeler, TX A Three thousand dollar gift in memory of Joyce Lawton by Linda and Bruce Ties Georgetown, TX An Anonymous gift in memory of Arthur Capps A Five thousand two hundred fifty-dollar estate gift in honor of Thomas Richard Harrison Family A One hundred fifteen thousand dollar gift in memory of Miss Grace E. Thompson 24 Goodson McKee Tim and Susan Brown Community Bank and Trust David Lacy and friends ConnectTel, Inc. Austin, TX Bob and Sandy Corwin Dr. and Mrs. Jack Kyle Daniels Mr. and Mrs. David Dickson Paul and Sydney Easley ExtraCo Banks, Waco, TX Richard and Edith Gibney Roland Greer Karen Hansen Eleanor and Harvey Hoffman Ivan and Kathy Hurwitz Neal and Cherie Leavell Zack and Bonnie McGee Bryan Mize Trey and Karen Oakley C. Ray Perry Murray Watson, Jr. Mrs. Edna White Joel McKissick Friends at Kachina LLC Santa Anna, CA Aerin and Jon Taubin Doris McNeilly Robert and Marilyn Berg Terry and Joy Everhart James McNeill Stacy and Daryl Voss Thelma Jane Ivy Miles Timothy and Joyce Woodlock Frank H. Miller David and Peggy Dishman- Osborne James I. (Jim) Miller Ann Wackman Marilyn and H. W. Miller, Jr. Phyllis Miller Dr. Samuel B. Miller Moe and Janet Dozier Tim and Susan Brown Mary Katherine Davis Mitchell Jim and Laura Milam Maxine Mitchell Dr. and Mrs. Jack Kyle Daniels Jill Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. John Howard Daniels, Jr. Virginia (Ginny) Montgomery Ms. Margie Berger and Family Bonnie Moore Shelby and Amy Barley Butch Moore Dick and Ruth Irvine Shirley Morris Jane Hext Chuck and Susan Tanner Jerry Mullins Jim and Laura Milam Patrick W. Murphy Ben and Bette Samford Mellie Nicholas Zanna, Hal, Gijs and Kay Cochrane Mary Noe June Nixon Brady Taiyoh Nomura Mrs. Pat Tausch Homer and Ruby Spear Robert Lee (Bob) Norred DebeвЂ™ J. Piatak Phillip Norris Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Orr, Jr. Jeannie Otto Leslie and Candy Mallonee Phillip Patrick Betty Jo Spencer Inez H. Patterson Janice Patterson Taylor Norma Patterson L. R. Patterson Sue Patterson Elzy and Cynthia Prater Layton and Brandi Wiemers Eunice Pausewang Charles and Ann Cook Havens Family David Stephani Manuel Pickering Theo and Helen Embry Mrs. Ruth Ann Pipkin Dr. and Mrs. Marcus E. Young Dorothy Lee Ploeger Judy Hays David and Dorothy Oefinger Mr. Herbert F. Poyner Mrs. W. Carter (Linda) Grinstead Wayne Priddy Ed Bell Investments, Inc. Dallas, TX Judith Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Daley Mr. and Mrs. John R. Dyer FirstRain, Inc. San Mateo, CA Valerie and Jody Hatcher Harrison Steck, PC Steven Harrison Bob and Candy Herring JennyвЂ™s Monday/Friday Running Group Helaine Blizzard Carol Goglia Susan and Dennis Lynch and Family Lyle Mason Brent Miller Chris and Beth Miller Doug and Laura Miller Jan and Carolyn Miller Tod and Helen Mitchell Ms. Shirley Norwood Mary and Mike Terry and Family Jeremy Webb Douglas Rabenaldt Dorothy and Anthony Daniel Nita RamseyвЂ™s Birthday Joe Ramsey Sue Reese Duncan and Mary Wright Stewart Rice Lee and Lit Moore Moore Crop Insurance Agency, LLC, New Home, TX New Home UMC New Home, TX Debe' J. Piatak Bob and Lane Powell John Rishling Dr. and Mrs. Jack Kyle Daniels Joeline Robinson Lexie, Mary Lou Gregg and Family Lucia Rodriguez Ms. Agnes L. Smith Mrs. Doris Zirkel Rohlfs Mr. and Mrs. Ethan H. Calk Travis and Elizabeth McCown Nola and Jim Price Marshall Rolke Andrew and Dorothy Dunn Jonathan Roquemore Jim and Laura Milam Margaret Weaver Russell Rosemary Russell Morris Kurt Russmann Judy Broadway Tim and Susan Brown Julie Mitchell Bryan Mize Denise Nors Trey and Karen Oakley Charlsie Whitney Evelyn Samford Craig and Jan Jaynes John Saul Jack and Dennie Saul Mary Bernadette Saurage Pat Ford Denman Ronnie Schaake Glenna M. Kinnibrugh Albert Schroeder Caleb and Seth Roxana Tom Pat and Christy Dziuk Robin and Lyn Esse George William (Bill) Scroggins, Jr. Jim and Laura Milam Timothy and Joyce Woodlock Mattie Seale Cate Baggett Jim and Deb Hill The Seago Family: William, JoAn, Larry and Suzette Ms. Glenda R. Slawson The Texas Workforce Commission Tax Office Co-workers of David Seale Tyler, TX Ennis and Suzanne Wheeler Mrs. Gayla Sellers Dr. and Mrs. Jack Kyle Daniels Eris Shelton Mr. Herbert Shelton Jim and Lynn Stuckey Nell Shepard Mrs. Cleo B. Curtis Lorraine Shomaker Ms. Virginia L. Perryman Wilma Jean Stracener United Methodist Women Durkee UMC, Houston, TX Ralph Simmons Charles and Carol Brown George Skinner Ed and Kay Buie Sunshine I Fall 2013 Lela D. Smalling Caryn Thompson Carly Smith Ricky and Melinda Gaddis Gary Lee Smith Clyde and Judy Damron John and Dorothy Koepke Mrs. Kathleen Smith David and Mary Ellen Cowling David and Pat Smith Ken Smith Glenn and Kay Furman William C. Smothermon Fannie Smothermon Reverend David Snowden Reverend and Mrs. Boyd V. Baker Leona Solley Chuck and Teri Hyde Peggy Stafford Sue Hoover Margaret L. Stark Mrs. Tom McClung Clara Velma Starks Silas and Patsy Brandenberger and Family Juanita Stebbins Shirley and G. Dana Brabson Elizabeth Stephens Paula Heard Lona Hood William B. Kent Employees of Permian Basin Community Centers Midland, TX Steve and Margaret Robinson Morris I. Stevens, Sr. Patricia and Mike Head Mr. Clay Stevenson Dr. and Mrs. Marcus E. Young Alice Stewart Ms. Meredith McCulloch Melba Bozman Still Craig and Jan Jaynes Shelly Stover Dale and Sissy Boyd Bobby Sumner Shelby and Amy Barley Arledge and Peggy Brashers Dr. and Mrs. Jack Kyle Daniels David and Peggy Dishman- Osborne Mrs. Genevia Hendricks Jim and Laura Milam Faye Ridgley Timothy and Joyce Woodlock Ben Sustr John and Mary Ann Ligon Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Von Minden Ramona Swain Mr. Dale Grandstaff Dale and Paula Patterson Shari Swanson Randy and Lyn Mason Gloria Lopez Thompson Jim and Laura Milam Mary Ann Thompson Caryn and David Thompson Traci and Steve Veda and Lee Opal Thompson Charles and Carol Brown Sunshine I Fall 2013 Carl A. Thorell Edward and Nina Bean Doris Bona Kay Morse Mrs. Mamie Smith Gary and Carol Story Thomas Family Margaret Torres Ms. Gloria Hernandez Roxie Turner Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Orr, Jr. R. T. Tyler Mrs. Nelda J. Tyler C. R. Walters Bernice K. Cole Nancy F. Cox Sandy Cox Phillip and Jan Crawford Rex and Donna Davis Steven and Dagne Fisher Bob and Varyn Gross Richard and Paula Johnson and Family Terry and Charlene Key Russell Korman Company, Inc. Austin, TX Ms. Nonie L. Mitchel Julie Ann Mock Michael and Barbara Reis Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Tippie Spencer and Melissa Ulrich Kent M. Vining Dale and Jeanne Williams Gladys Walters Mrs. Barbara J. Cole Mrs. Mary Jo Guy Walters Mr. Robert Walters J. B. Watkins Kathy and Chris Brandt The extended family of Ed Davis: Ed, Barbara, Brant and Christy Weldon Watkins Carol and Fred Nelle Genna Waugh Mrs. Cleo B. Curtis Sonny Webb David and Jeanine Calliham Ryan Webster George and Cyndi Snokhous Mrs. Clydelle Westbrook Gary and Laura Jack Keith Coleman White Ms. Connie Smith Robert D. White, Sr. Mrs. Mildred White Ted White New Home UMC New Home, TX Lee and Lit Moore Gaige Whitehead Wilson Barfield Family William Wiese Allison Crawford Billie Wigington Eli H. (Hank) Mabry Charles L. Williams Susan Parish Melinda Williams Pat Williams Don W. Williams Ms. Martha Lansdale Don Williams DebeвЂ™ J. Piatak H. W. (Chief) Wilson Bruce and Patsy Pruett Robert H. Wilson, Jr. Mrs. Sara W. Simpson Nell Rucker Winder Hunter and Totsy Cunningham Rick Wolfe Robert and Cami Hill J. C. Woods Peter and Flossie Gibson Honorariums: Bill Adams Wade Adams Will Blackwell Mr. and Mrs. George C. Lunsford Bobby Boyd Victor Sunday School Class First UMC, Palestine, TX William V. Bridgeman Liza, Nomar and Boston Bridgeman Ida S. Cook Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Bateman Howard Cox Hunter and Totsy Cunningham Parker Danek Pat McClatchy Evelyn Daniels Mrs. Marie Louise (Sherry) Hill Jack DanielsвЂ™ Birthday Mrs. Marie Louise (Sherry) Hill Mamie Lee DoddsвЂ™ 94th Birthday Philathea Class First UMC, Big Spring, TX Don FitznerвЂ™s 80th Birthday Mr. and Mrs. Don Fitzner Shirley L. Gilmore Aaron and Vickie Oldham Greg Freeman Nebraska Paralegal Association Mr. Roger W. Fulton Linda F. Gindl Dallas Garrett Mike and LaNelle Agee Mrs. Peter Gryska Gloria A. Palmer Rev. and Mrs. Nathaniel Hankins Dr. and Mrs. Marcus E. Young Nelda Hazlewood Karl and Cathy Herzog Pauleen Hinshaw Victor Sunday School Class First UMC, Palestine, TX Robert Houghton Tommy, Connie, Casey, Robert and Zach McMillan Reverend Charles and Gay Hutchins Dr. and Mrs. Jack Kyle Daniels Boyce Jones United Methodist Women Servants of Christ UMC Houston, TX Joy Jones Emily and R. J. Claassen Mitchell Jones Ms. Janelle Brinck Molly and Kenneth KentвЂ™s 50th Wedding Anniversary Mike and Eva Loeb Myrna Kepford Ms. Jaunita Honeyman Chloe Lee Knust Birthday Robert H. Collins and Family Justin Koudelka - 2013 Senior Friendship Sunday School Class First UMC, La Grange, TX Alex Joshua Larsh The Wilhites Lucy Mabel Larsh The Wilhites Reverend Gloria LearвЂ™s Retirement Laura Ball Alex Martinez Margie Martinez Ann McClendon Ms. Kelly McClendon Judy McRight Marc and Lindsay Parks Hazel Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Eddie M. Dry Chris and Jan Moser Mary E. Clinton Mr. Larry Orman Lankford Family Conner Pieratt - 2013 Senior Friendship Sunday School Class First UMC, La Grange, TX Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ramey Joe and Jami Lovelady Rita RossвЂ™ Six Great- Grandchildren Rita Ross Bill and Gayle RuckerвЂ™s 50th Wedding Anniversary Hunter and Totsy Cunningham Mr. and Mrs. David Russ Mr. Brian Russ John and Amelia TaylorвЂ™s 57th Wedding Anniversary Hunter and Totsy Cunningham Bob and Betty Thompson Prime Timers First UMC, North Zulch, TX Men of Tobin Park UMC for FatherвЂ™s Day United Methodist Women Tobin Park UMC, El Paso, TX Sue Travis Mrs. Norma Russell and Family Betty Vilven United Methodist Women First UMC, Plano, TX Veronica Whalon-Peters United Methodist Women Clear Lake UMC Houston, TX Amelia June WhitmireвЂ™s 1st Birthday Meme and Poppa Ray Jason Whitmire Meme and Poppa Ray Methodist ChildrenвЂ™s Home 1111 Herring Ave. Waco, TX 76708 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID WACO, TEXAS PERMIT NUMBER 392 Emily, second from left, was crowned the 2013 Homecoming Queen for the MCH School. Other members of the Homecoming Court are, from left, Noel, Savannah, Chelsea, Wilmaneice and Dominique.