An Evening of Yoga

Join us for an evening of Yoga in the
Fellowship Hall.
Mondays @ 6:30 PM
Bring your own mat.
You can also do chair yoga.
There is no charge for our gathering; however, you are welcome to give a love offering
to our teacher, Elizabeth Slone.

Brunch, Brew and Bible

You are invited!
Sunday Worship 
10:30 A.M.
Brunch, Brew and Bible
After Sunday Morning Worship
11:45 A.M.
for the Lenten Season
Be our Guest! Brunch is on Us for non-church members!
March 6 — Lucky Duck on 4th Street
March 13 — Lucky Duck on 4th Street
March 20 — TBD
March 27 — TBD
April 3 — TBD
April 10 — Church Fellowship Hall

First In-Person Worship

First In-Person Worship
Sunday, June 28, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
As we gather for our first in-person worship tomorrow, please be aware of several changes found in our newsletter and listed below. Main things to remember: 1. We’re opening for worship only at 10:30 a.m. No Sunday School, Choir or Nursery. 2. Please keep social distancing. No hugs or handshakes. 3. Please wear a mask. 4. Please enter through red doors only facing Lake Drive. 5. High-risk individuals as defined by CDC are encouraged to continue worshipping online. 6. Individuals feeling ill are encouraged to worship online. 7. Ushers will direct you to your seat. There will be limited seating. 
If you do not feel it is safe for you to be out in a public setting, including worship, please continue to worship online. 
Thank you for your cooperation and love your church community and neighbors. 
  1. Opening for Sunday Worship Service only.
  2. No Sunday School.
  3. No Choir.
  4. No Nursery.
  5. Adhere to proper social distancing practices by keeping at least 6 ft. between you and people outside your household. Additionally, keep at least 16 ft between people if singing is involved.
  6. Wear a face mask before entering the church building. If you do not have a mask, the church may provide one for you. Please keep mask on if the covering does not impair your ability to carry out your duties or if it severely impairs your breathing.
  7. Frequently disinfect the facility and cleaning of surfaces in common areas including restrooms, pews, chairs, doorknobs, etc.
  8. Encouraging high-risk individuals, as defined by the CDC, to remain at home and continue worshipping online.
  9. Encouraging individuals exhibiting symptoms of the corona virus to stay at home and worship online.
  10. Encouraging individuals who are feeling sick to stay at home and worship online.
  11. The red doors, at the front of the church, will be the only doors open at this time.
  12. The kitchen area and education wing will be closed.
  13. Door greeters/ushers will open doors and will be wearing masks and gloves. They will hand out disposable bulletins that may be taken with you or thrown in the recycling bin located in the Narthex upon leaving the sanctuary.
  14. Hand sanitizer will be available for your use.
  15. Every other 2 pews will be taped up for social distancing. Limited seating. 
  16. There will be offering stations at the back of the sanctuary for you to place your offering upon entering or leaving.
  17. Attendance will be taken by the ushers. 
  18. Attempts will be made to shorten the worship service.
These guidelines are subject to change. 6/24/20

Worship Online

Worship Online with Us!
Sundays @10:30 a.m.

Red Santa Toy Drive

We are collecting toys for the Taylor Red Santa program.
Please bring your unwrapped toy donations to church by Sunday, December 8th,
and place it in the collection bins located in the Narthex.
Here are just a few ideas: play-dough & cookie cutters, cute socks,
books, nail polish, hot wheels’ cars, games, dolls, legos, markers and crayons.

The Taylor Fire Department will pick up items on
Thursday, December 12 @ 10:00 a.m.
Please stop by for a photo op!

Advent – Christmas Celebration

Advent – Christmas Celebration
Sunday, December 1 @ 10:30 a.m. Hanging of the Greens!
Sunday, December 1, 8, 15 and 22 @ 10:30 a.m. Chancel Choir will present choruses and several arias from The Messiah.
Sunday, December 15 @ 9:30 a.m. Children’s Birthday Party for Baby Jesus!
Tuesday, December 24 @ 6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service!

Pumpkin Patch Workers!

Pumpkin Patch Workers
Please sign up to work the Pumpkin Patch.
It’s fun, relaxing, and a great way to meet people.
What an amazing outreach opportunity for the people of God.
There are many slots available!
Thank you!

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight
Anne Barr
September 2019
by Robin McKinley
When you walk up to Anne Barr’s house, you automatically realize that an artistic “doer” lives here.  Despite the 100° September heat, roses gleefully bloom, green vigorous garden areas nestle the house, and neat paths lead you up to the door.  A whimsical cart overflows with blooms.
Anne confesses that she even considered art as a profession, but realized she is more of a doer than a visionary.  Instead she got her degree in mechanical engineering.  Now, Anne expresses her artistic side in her gardening.  She is a Master Gardener from Milam County.  She also got her Master Naturalist, but she couldn’t do both so she focused on the Master Gardner program.  As a part of that she went on Master Gardener cruises to Alaska and Paris.
With her degree in ME, and her husband, Gary’s, degree in electrical engineering, and their gardening and artistic abilities to boot, they have created an oasis from the bare ground in just one short year. 
Anne and Gary moved to Taylor to downsize and to be closer to Austin but not in it.  Before Taylor, they lived for 12 years between Thorndale and Rockdale, near the community of Salty.  They had a spectacular house and garden there.
Anne was born and raised in Austin.  She came by her artistic and gardening skills honestly, inheriting them from her homemaker mother.  Her mother always used to say that Anne would be a lawyer because she never stopped asking questions.  Her mother missed the mark on the field, but she was right that Anne would always be asking questions – just as an engineer instead of a lawyer.  Her engineering proclivities came from her father who was a professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas (UT).  She had two sisters, nine and ten years older than her, who majored in Art and Sociology at UT.
Anne got married to her first husband right out of high school and she got pregnant 4 months later.  Being in the military, her husband was shipped out to Japan soon after and her daughter was born while he was gone.  Anne took Deborah everywhere with her and shared her with everyone.  Luckily, that meant that Deborah wasn’t dismayed when a man she didn’t recognize arrived home from Japan.  Deborah grew up to be a bookkeeper, and she lives in Tyler where now she works for a mobility company (they provide various means to assist people who are mobility challenged from wheelchair to tub to vans.).  Deborah’s husband passed away last Thanksgiving.
Her second daughter is Marcy who lives in Cedar Park.  She also married right out of high school and has 4 children from two marriages.  She also followed in her mother’s footsteps by earning two certificates in bioengineering and now works for a small company that does cultures for stem cell research.
Her third daughter, Beth, is a software “wienie”, according to Anne.  Beth is a technical manager for a small company that does tech support for POS (point of sale) software.  She has 3 children and also lives in Cedar Park.
Family is an important part of Anne and Gary’s lives.  Anne has 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 4 greats, and Gary has 4 children, 6 granddaughters and 9 greats.
After marrying her first husband, Anne went to Nixon-Clay business school but didn’t continue when she discovered she was pregnant, and he was shipped out to Japan.  After he returned home but still was in the service, she completed 2 years of college in engineering at UT, and math, including one year toward teaching. 
When her husband left the military, Anne went back to working full-time to support him while he went to school.  She got a position at Southwestern Bell Telephone doing drafting.  She had printed her application, and when she went to interview, they asked her if she wanted to do drafting.  She agreed and that began many years work doing drafting for various companies. 
She worked for Tracor as a draftsman.  Tracor was a consulting company specializing in government contracts for countermeasures to protect aircraft from enemy missiles.
Then when the job market got tight, she left the company to free up a position for others who needed the job worse than she did, and went to work for the Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas for 2-3 years.  During this time, she sometimes worked part-time, sometimes half-time, and sometimes full-time.  Little by little she also continued working on her degree in Mechanical Engineering.  It took Anne 20 years to complete her degree.  She laughs and says, “I was a slow learner.”  But somehow you don’t get the idea that is really true.  Between supporting her family and raising her girls, study obviously had to take second and third place. 
After she graduated, she went back to work for Tracor.  By this time, Gary was also working at Tracor, and he had a strict “no dating colleagues at work” policy.  Gary had gotten divorced two years earlier, and it was a challenging divorce.  Anne offered for him to give her a call if he needed to talk.  One evening, he came over to talk and even though they didn’t date, a relationship was beginning. 
Sometime later, Anne got an offer to go to work for OIME (Oil Industry Manufacturing Engineering), which was part of Parker Drilling out of Midland.  She left Tracor, and then she and Gary were married. 
After a while, her boss from Tracor kept calling her and wanting her to come back, so eventually she did.  At Tracor she was on the presentation design team, and often had to speak to large audiences about the projects they were developing.  Because the technologies were so new, not many people knew much about them.  To keep the jitters at bay, her boss would remind her that “you know more about this than anyone else in this room does.”
Anne worked for several other companies, including teaching at ACC and UT, and at Wayne Dresser working on a project designing the at-the-time emerging “pay at the pump”.  Anne and Gary started a consulting firm combining their skills to serve many clients.  Anne also worked at Applied Materials which she really loved.  “It was a place where you could feel the excitement,” Anne said.  The company built the wafers that were needed to build computer chips.  Anne got to travel to Japan with this position.  Working abroad was challenging but fun.
Anne loved best that wherever she was employed the work was never the same: all different kinds of jobs, all different products.  She had travel opportunities to meet lots of neat people and do exciting work. 
For vacations, she and Gary also loved to travel, including to England, Scotland, Wales, Hawaii, Tahiti, Paris, Normandy, Japan, Bahamas, and Mexico.  The most fun she ever had was vacations to Hawaii.  She loves the seashore and the mountains and the people and the food especially fresh fish.  She caught a Mahi once, and though it was a lot of work bringing it in, she finally did it and nothing ever tasted better.
Anne and Gary joined Taylor First United Methodist Church this spring. Anne was raised Methodist, and she was baptized at Hyde Park United Methodist church in Austin. 
She is impressed with the friendliness of Taylor FUMC.  She was greeted most warmly by everybody she says.  She enjoys Sela’s sermons and likes that Sela practices what she preaches.  Anne and Gary regularly attend Beer and Bible.  They also enjoyed helping out at Midnight Basketball and at the Garage sale.
Her favorite hymn depends on her mood but she is fond of “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder, I’ll Be There.”  One day recently, she woke up with the doxology going through her head.  What a great way to wake up!
Be sure to trade stories with Anne and welcome her to our Taylor flock!

Beer and Bible

Beer and Bible: An Ecumenical Social Justice Happy Hour!  
We gather weekly at different locations throughout the community.
We have different leaders sharing various topics from a biblical point of view each week. 
Join us Thursday evenings, 6 to 7:00 p.m. to share a meal and engage in conversation.
We are currently gathering at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, 202 West Lake Drive, Taylor, Texas 76574
To receive weekly updates on topics and locations, please text to 81010 and enter @beernbible.

Beer and Bible

Beer and Bible
Currently meeting at Lucky Duck Cafe, 220 East 4th Street, Taylor, Texas 76574
Thursdays, 6 – 7 p.m.
Join us! To receive weekly updates, please text to 81010 and enter @ b e e r n b i b l e 
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