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Upcoming Events
JUN

25

SUN
contemporary service
8:30 AM
in the Family Life Center
Sunday School
9:30 AM
For all ages
Traditional Church Service
10:45 AM
Nursery and Children's Worship offered during services
UMYF Lunch and Movie
11:45 AM
Join us in the FLC after late service. We'll share a meal together and (hopefully) hear about Ryan's mission trip. Afterwards, we'll go to Hometown Cinema to see Cars3. Times TBA.
JUN

26

MON
Cub Scouts
6:00 PM
JUN

27

TUE
Boy Scouts
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
JUN

28

WED
Emmaus Reunion Group Meeting
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A Women's Emmaus group meets in the Ed. Building, The Men's Emmaus group meets in the Family Life Center. Nursery upon request
Pathways
5:00 PM to 6:15 PM
UMYF
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
begins again
Adult Choir Rehearsal
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
in the Sanctuary
JUN

29

THU
Hooks & Needles
4:00 PM to 5:00 AM
JUL

02

SUN
NO UMYF
Enjoy this pre July 4th weekend with your family
contemporary service
8:30 AM
in the Family Life Center
Sunday School
9:30 AM
For all ages
Traditional Church Service
10:45 AM
Nursery and Children's Worship offered during services
JUL

03

MON
Cub Scouts
6:00 PM
JUL

04

TUE
Boy Scouts
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
JUL

05

WED
Emmaus Reunion Group Meeting
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A Women's Emmaus group meets in the Ed. Building, The Men's Emmaus group meets in the Family Life Center. Nursery upon request
Pathways
5:00 PM to 6:15 PM
UMYF
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
begins again
Adult Choir Rehearsal
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
in the Sanctuary
JUL

06

THU
Hooks & Needles
4:00 PM to 5:00 AM
JUL

09

SUN
contemporary service
8:30 AM
in the Family Life Center
Sunday School
9:30 AM
For all ages
Traditional Church Service
10:45 AM
Nursery and Children's Worship offered during services
UMYF Movie in the Youth Room
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bring your own beverage and enjoy fresh popcorn. We'll watch a classic movie in the air conditioning.
JUL

10

MON
Cub Scouts
6:00 PM
Bible Search
Staff
Senior Pastor

Rob Clopton

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Even though he grew up in Houston, Rob spent much time in the rural area of Montgomery County on his family's farm.  He came to know both the rural and city life, and that exposure to both cultures benefited him greatly in his adult life.

After graduation from high school in Houston, he attended Sam Houston State University and obtained a degree in Criminology. While at college, he met Sandra, his wife of almost 39 years.

He had aspirations to someday work for the FBI or Federal Marshals.  Experience was needed first, so Rob joined the Houston Police Department in 1975.  After working the streets of Houston for three years he decided there had to be an easier way to make a living.  So, he began a new career in sales and marketing.  For over 20 years, his customer base included schools and school districts, and eventually he became the sales trainer for the company.

While active in the lay ministry for many years, there was always a nudge from God to pursue the pastoral ministry. In 2003, he received his first appointment at First UMC-San Marcos as an associate pastor.  He has since pastored several churches in the SWTX Conference.  For the past six years, he was pastor at Flatonia UMC.  In 2012, Freyburg UMC and Flatonia UMC were yoked together and he was pastor at both churches.

Sandra and Rob are blessed with two grown children, and two grandchildren.  Rob enjoys the outdoors, whether it's camping or fishing, or an occasional visit to his property in Montgomery County where maybe a fence needs mending or a tree needs cut down.  If time permits, he enjoys fishing in the lake that sits on the property (it does have some good size bass in that lake).  

Folks sometimes ask him how he went from law enforcement to sales to the pastorate.  This is what he says, "In my days of being a police officer, I was trying to change the world; I still am, just a different way.   In my days of sales, I was in the business of promoting a product.  I am still promoting though.  Now, I am promoting the greatest gift to humankind, which is a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ."

Here is a short list of his favorites:

Favorite Movie:  "The Cowboys"  with John Wayne (that character reminds him of his dad). 

Favorite Food: Fried Fish (salt or fresh water fish as long as it is fresh)

Favorite Sports Team:  Houston Texans ( He can't get the Houston out of his blood)

 


Choir Director

Ryan Fontenot

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Pianist

Margaret Riddle

Margaret Riddle is the new pianist for First United Methodist Church of Lockhart, of which she is a member of the congregation.


Organist

Jane Brown

Jane Brown, a native of Lockhart, graduated from Lockhart High School and the University of Texas with a major in Business Education.  During high school she played the organ for FUMC, Lockhart.  Jane was married to the late Gary Brown and has two children, Mike and Dana, and three grandchildren, Ellie, Ryan, and Isabelle.  In 2007, Jane retired from teaching fifth grade and reading at Navarro Elementary, where she taught for twelve years.  Through the years, she has accompanied many local choirs, and she served as the organist for FUMC Lockhart for twenty-five years.  She now enjoys volunteering, being a member of different clubs, being interim organist, and spending time with her grandchildren.


Director of Youth Ministries

LeEster Burch

LeEster Burch grew up in Pflugerville, Texas. During high school, she, along with several classmates, started a singing group called “JC & Company”.  This group, which had a tremendous impact on her maturing faith, still maintains close contact even after all these years.  After high school, she attended college and graduated from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa in 1985. She has taught kindergarten through eighth grade the past 26 years and loves working with youth of all ages. Currently, she teaches language arts to sixth graders at Lockhart Junior High School. She is married to Stan and they have two children. Savannah is a graduate of Texas A&M University.  She works for Rice University. Scarlett, her youngest daughter, plans to pursue a degree in a nursing or medical field upon graduation.  LeEster enjoys the mountains, Texas wildflowers, cooking, riding trains and (most of the time) her four cats.


Office Manager

Sherry Wallsmith

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Sherry Wallsmith grew up in Orangefield, Texas and graduated from high school there. She met her husband Richard, in Houston, where she worked for the University of Houston, main campus. She was a secretary for five years in the College of Education for an assistant dean and then part-time in the Physics Department. Richard and Sherry moved back to Richard's hometown, Luling in 1991. Sherry worked as Church Secretary at the Central Baptist Church in Luling for six years before coming to First United Methodist Church in Lockhart in July of 2009. Richard and Sherry have four children and one grandson.