April 2013

Tyler Street
United Methodist Church

God’s glory through Holy Week and Easter...God’s glory every week
I’ve been wriƟng and preaching a lot recently about God’s glory. Simply put, Glory is God’s manifest presence. There’s a difference between God’s omnipresence and God’s manifest presence. Omnipresence is the truth that God is everywhere all the Ɵme. Manifest presence is when God makes his presence known beyond doubt. James McDonald puts it like this, “Glory is the supernatural signature where God has been at work.” (VerƟcal Church, 83) Omnipresence will not sustain us, but glory will! God’s glory was seen at Tyler Street throughout Holy Week and on Easter. StarƟng with Palm Sunday, I observed worshippers moved by God’s Spirit. Children, youth and adults gave glory, praise and honor to God. In response, God revealed His glory. On Maundy Thursday three members of our church shared what Jesus means to them. Each gave a powerful witness of God’s manifest presence in their lives. Each bore witness to God’s sustaining and life giving presence. One of the speakers was a young female. With transparency and courage she spoke of her own personal struggles, and how Jesus was rescuing her. Good Friday brought us to the cross. The choir ushered us into God’s presence as we reflected on Jesus’ selfless and sacrificial love. He Ed Lantz was not a vicƟm of circumSenior Pastor stance. Out of love for us, he chose the cross. We leŌ that evening silently, but not silently sad. Rather, we leŌ silently convicted; silently inspired; silently passionate about serving The Lamb. Easter Sunday morning began with glory. About ninety people from different congregaƟons in Oak Cliff gathered on our lawn for a sunrise worship service. Leaders from the congregaƟons led in the service, and our own Pastor Cheryl preached a powerful, powerful message of resurrecƟon. One of the residents of Tyler Street Manor heard “something” from her apartment and looked out. When she saw the sunrise worship, she opened her window and worshipped with us from an upper
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Tyler Street United Methodist Church


927 West Tenth Street

Phone: 214.946.8106

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Fax: 214.946.8126

Dallas TX 75208

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floor. Glory came down in the sanctuary, too. The Lord drew many people to Tyler Street and we experienced God’s presence. One of the most powerful ways came through the tesƟmony of people coming forward. Two adults joined by Profession of Faith (one as bapƟzed; the other affirmed her bapƟsm), two children were bapƟzed and another adult joined the church. As McDonald rightly points out, glory is God’s “singular provision.” It is “what God gives to saƟsfy the longing in every human soul.” (VerƟcal Church, 65) God has placed a longing for Him within every human heart. Ecclesiastes 3:11a says, “He has put eternity into man’s heart.” As a church, our passion is not, “What do people want?” or “What do people like?” Our consuming passion must be to give people what they need. Our consuming passion is to encounter (and help others encounter) the glory of God; God’s manifest presence. Why? – Because that is the longing of all our hearts. How do we do it? Four ways: Unashamed AdoraƟon. UnapologeƟc Preaching. Unafraid Witness. Unceasing Prayer. More on these later…. I’m so grateful to serve our King with you at Tyler Street. I pray you encounter His presence today and every day. Blessings, Ed

Readiness 360
We are taking seriously our call to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformaƟon of the world. To that end, we are asking you to take an online survey call Readiness 360. Go to hƩp:// to log in and type in our congregaƟon’s survey code: 051721409. Set aside 20 minutes to take the survey between now and Monday, 4-8-13. This survey will help us idenƟfy opportuniƟes for strengthening our church. Thanks in advance for helping our congregaƟon assess and grow into God’s preferred future.

Mother of the Year NominaƟons
Mother of the Year nominaƟons are now being accepted. Please send a leƩer describing the ChrisƟan character of the nominee. You may submit to Donna Reed in the church office or email to Deadline for nominaƟons is MONDAY, APRIL 29.

Cards of Encouragement Ministry
In our sanctuary, we have a mailbox where we keep encouragement cards. If someone is on your mind, drop by the mailbox and write that person an encouraging message. Write the name of the person on the card and we will mail it for you. If they are not a member, please also include their address.

The 100th Anniversary Book about Tyler Street UMC is now available. You can get them from Alan EllioƩ, Leon McWhorter or the church office. Cost is $25.

Our Church Family

Spring Food Drive 2013!
Many Are In Need Of Food
We are privileged to assist those in need of food. The number of individuals and families requesting our help is rising. Please bring the following items : 1 – jar of peanut butter 1 – box of cold cereal 3 – cans of fruit cocktail 3 – boxes of macaroni and cheese 1 – bag of rice (2 lb bag) Thank you for caring and sharing. The Sunday mornings of April 14th and 21st we will be collecting from the front and back entrances of the sanctuary bldg.
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Congratulations to Rex Stark and Rebecca Brown Stark who were married on March 31. They are making their home in Van Buren, AR.

Jan-Mar Budgeted Giving


Jan-Mar Actual Giving $189,745 or 96% Jan-Mar Giving under budget $7,530 or 4% Memorials

Congratulations to Leon and Diane McWhorter who are grandparents again! Reid William McWhorter was born to parents Brian and Brooke McWhorter on March 11 weighing 7 lbs 5 oz and was 20 inches long. Big brother, Campbell, also welcomed him home.

In memory of Robert Elrod given by Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Moses and family, Pete and Ann Gathright, Nelda Barton. In memory of Lila Pruitt Jackson given by Janet Rhodes. Our love and sympathy... In memory of Hugh Lamar given by Janet Rhodes, Jim and Zoe Ann Gettman. To friends and family of Mrs. Vera Becker. In memory of Blanche Philcox given by Janet To friends and family of Mrs. Gertrude Young. Rhodes. To Sam Crecelius in the loss of his grandfaIn memory of Mary Margaret Roberson given ther. by Janet Rhodes, Selene C. Wissemann, Leon and Diane McWhorter, Patsy Summey. Thank you for your investment in the minis- In memory of Joe G. Rodriguez given by Laura and Ryan McLean. tries of Tyler Street. Financial update through March 31, 2013:
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Welcome our new members...

Season of Storms?
There was a young lady who was driving along with her father. They came upon a storm, and the young lady asked her father, “What should I do?” He said, “Keep driving.” Even as the storm grew worse and cars began pulling over to the side of the road her father told her, “Keep driving.” Shortly she noƟced that 18-wheelers were also pulling over. She told her dad, “I must pull over, I can barely see ahead. It is terrible, and everyone is pulling over!” Her father told her, “Don’t give up, just keep driving!” As the storm intensified, she never stopped driving, and soon she could see a liƩle more clearly. Soon she was again on dry land, and the sun came out. Her father said, “Now you can pull over and get out.” She asked, “But why now?” He said, “Because now that you are through the storm, you can get out and see the view – you can look back and see all the people who gave up and are sƟll mired in the storm.” (Anonymous) Life can be like our ever changing Texas weather in the spring – windy and shaky, cold and dreary, sunny and bright or even quiet and sƟll. It is the uncertainty and fearfulness of storms that really shakes our foundaƟon and makes us anxious. However, the Word of God encourages us to press on even in the face of the storms. Paul says in Philippians 3:12, "Not that I have already aƩained or I'm already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has already laid hold of me." When I feel discouraged, I remind myself to look beyond the obstacles and keep pressing on towards my goal. There are many scriptures that encourage us to press on. John 14:1 says, Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and
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Brent and Thais Wise joined.

Gloria MarƟnez joined. Her son, Ethan, was bapƟzed.

Mike and Sandi Tarski joined.

trust in me.” I admit that it is a challenge not to worry. SomeƟmes when we look at our situaƟons there does not seem to be a way out. We have to be reminded that we are looking with our eyes and not calculaƟng God’s power through us.

Cheryl Jones Associate Pastor

Beau Anthony BenneƩ was bapƟzed. Parents Joel and Karen BenneƩ.

Tyler Street celebrated 101st Anniversary
During morning worship, we honored the first one hundred members in conƟnuous membership. LaVerne Vogel (leŌ) and Alice Hargis (right) were among those honored. CongratulaƟons!

2nd Corinthians 4:8-9 says, "We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt someƟmes, but we are not destroyed." Anyone who has pursued anything may be able to relate to this scripture. SomeƟmes we may accomplish our goal on the first aƩempt. SomeƟmes success does not come easy. This scripture tells us not to give up. It reminds us that although others may leave us or not believe in us God never will. Hebrews 10:35 - 36 says, "So do not lose the courage you had in the past, which has great reward. You must hold on, so you can do what God wants and receive what He has promised." SomeƟmes, when we start out our journey we are excited and have fresh energy. However, as Ɵme wears on we may falter, perhaps thinking about how others finished sooner or did it differently. Wheth“SEASON” conƟnued on page 4
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er a child, teenager or an adult we may face this issue. In spite of things that block our path ask the Holy Spirit to give you strength to run on. Yes, you may be in a storm now. There may even be a liƩle storm in the forecast (as a looming deadline or an impending lay-off). But the same Jesus who stood up in a boat during a turbulent storm and said, “Peace” conƟnues to be present in the midst of our storms. In the shadow of ResurrecƟon Sunday let us be reminded that because Christ arose we have a reason for hope during our season of storms.

Cedar Hill State Park Cost: $25 per night to camp Plus $7 entry fee Kids under 12 free S’mores at 8 pm on the 27th Worship 9:30 am on the 28th To register, contact

Our newest ministry, Connect to the Kingdom (C2K), which is housed in BenneƩ Hall, hosted three groups from across the country this March. We welcomed Grand Valley State University from Michigan, Oklahoma City University and New Mexico State University. Through this ministry, two houses in Dallas received much needed repair, children were ministered to at Elmwood UMC through Project TransformaƟon, Legacy CoƩage received clean-up/organizing help, and CitySquare, a family clinic near Fair Park, got their community garden ready for Spring. It is an exciƟng Ɵme to be a part of Tyler Street and its ministries. If you have not found a place to “plug-in,” consider speaking with Jamie Nelson, director of C2K, about how you can be involved today!

Glory to God for a Spirit-filled Holy Week!
By Keum Hwang Holy Week started with Palm Sunday; a celebraƟon of Jesus coming into town to claim what is righƞully His, so the people thought as they cheered His name and proclaimed, “Hosanna! Hosanna!” As the week progressed we witnessed modern day disciples giving their tesƟmony during Maundy Thursday Service; Gaby Garcia, Pat Whiteley, Leon McWhorter and Rev. Cheryl Jones with her homily. Good Friday, the Sanctuary choir and instrumentalists performed a cantata wriƩen by Mark Hayes that took the worshippers through Jesus’ day by day highlights, unƟl that day when He was taken to be sacrificed on the wondrous cross carrying all of our sin. Pastor Ed with such passion preached about the Son of God being sacrificed but to look forward to that day when He defeated death! What a whirlwind of Spirit filled week!!!! Words fail to describe the awesomeness of God as He changes lives and how we can experience the Spirit in worship. Thank you to all those who dedicated hours and hours of prayer, rehearsal, and pracƟce to glorify God. Most of all let us liŌ up God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit who guided us through difficult Ɵmes and readied the hearts of all worshippers. We give YOU, our Savior, Lord, Defender, Redeemer ALL glory and honor! Tyler Street United Methodist Church Tyler Street United Methodist Church

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An interview with Kathy BenneƩ

sister who was recovering from typhoid along with her two-year-old child aŌer having been hospitalized, unable to work and now burdened with medical bills. Our Project Hope parƟcipant is a cheerful giver.

What are some of the goals?
One mother has said she wants to learn English well enough to take the ciƟzenship test and to read her Bible. Other families might need someone to help them set a budget and sƟck to it.

What is Project Hope?
Project Hope is a program to help families interested in breaking the cycle of poverty and living a balanced, stable life. Tyler Street’s Project Hope team takes a willing family and, aŌer examining the areas of family, budget, career, educaƟon, health, faith and personal issues, develops a plan to improve the family members’ lives in these areas. We start by pairing the family with a spiritual coach and a budget coach. Once the family agrees to specific goals, the adults and coaches enter a covenant to work together in reaching the goals.

High school graduaƟon or college admission might be a goal. Currently, Jim Bayless is helping a young man who is a senior at Sunset High School and needs to pass the math porƟon of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test to graduate. The young man has already improved his physics grade from a 45 to an 80 in just a few weeks. He aƩributes this to Jim being able to explain the subject in a way that makes more sense to him. AŌer being in the program, one woman said she is so happy to know that she is not alone and that God sent us to her to help. A man new to the program has said he welcomes the spiritual support as he faces family and economic problems. Some families have problems that do not have quick fixes and will take a lot of perseverance to overcome. They look to us to be their encouragers. SomeƟmes, when faced with challenges, the relaƟonships we develop with one another can provide the most help. We started with our first family in August 2012. We have now added another.

What are these families like?
They believe in God, want changes in their lives and are willing to work for change. When we began to assess our first family’s needs, we found a woman trying to raise her three children alone on minimum wage. She had worked at the same job for over two years. She had no debt despite her low wages and family needs so discipline was clearly not her challenge. Her budget coach, Garry Wolford, helped her see that what she needed was more income. This woman shared how her son had needed expensive dental work in the past and so she charged the first $250 on a charge card so the denƟst would begin. The total bill was $4000. She made tamales and sold them unƟl she paid off the bill. That is 400 dozen tamales! AŌer beginning the program, one night she came to our weekly meeƟng excited to tell us she had a praise report. She was given a $100 bonus at work so she quickly sent it to her

What can we do to help?
Volunteer to be a coach. It could change your life and the lives of a family out there waiƟng. To learn more about Project Hope or how to be involved, email Kathy BenneƩ ( or call the church office at 214.946.8106.

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