150 Year Celebration 2018

We will be celebrating our heritage on August 18th & 19th – MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Plans are being made:  Set the dates aside and join us in the celebration


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April Words from the Pastor



This is the best news that we could ever ask for!

To know that we are so loved!

To know that JESUS CHRIST laid down HIS life for you and for me!

Easter is a time to celebrate as we have victory, not through ourselves, but through our LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST!  We have been saved!  But, this is not the end of the story.We are not done. The story of JESUS continues on through each one of us.  We are to let the light of JESUS shine through each one of us, because we are a part of this amazing story of JESUS CHRIST!

We don’t have time to slow down.  We have a mission!  GOD uses us right where we are with whatever talents, gifts, and/or abilities that we have for God to use.  1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

During our Day of Prayer,I had the chance to spend some time with Aleta.  As I talked with Aleta, she made me realize how truly blessed I really am.  She said that “not everyone gets to be in a profession or have a job that they really love.”  I am fortunate, because I get the opportunity to serve God and God’s people.  I enjoy my ministry here at Westville UMCand I enjoy the people here, my brothers and sisters in Christ.

As we move forward, Spring reminds me of hope and new life.  There is so much to be thankful for.  Don’t get distracted and don’t let anyone or anything steal your joy.  Remember who you belong too and that you are loved and that you are forgiven.

If you haven’t dedicated your WHOLE life to Jesus Christ, ask yourself:  “What is holding me back?”Pray about it!  God wants all of you!  “Love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” Mark 12:30 (NIV).  Are you ready for what God has planned for you?  For Westville UMC?  Buckle your seatbelt!  We are on an amazing journey together!

Blessings to you and yours,

Pastor Cathy Allison


Greetings Westville UMC Family!

I just heard the news this morning that Billy Graham passed away.  This is a quote from Billy Graham:  “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead.  Don’t you believe a word of it.  I shall be more alive than I am now.  I will just have changed my address.  I will have gone into the presence of God.”

This goes along with our sermon series and our study on “The Purpose Driven Life” during this season of Lent.  Imagine for a moment if this life was all there is.  What would we have to live for?  What purpose would we have in life if this is all there is?

Fortunately, this is not all there is to life.  We can spend eternity with our heavenly Father.  Hebrews 13:14 says, “This world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven.”  What we do in this life, impacts where we will live for eternity and what we will do for eternity.

Since I have been reading “The Purpose Driven Life,” I have been challenged personally.  There is a part in this study that says that God wants all of us.  God doesn’t want 75% or 98% of us (which in other situations would be considered pretty good percentages).  This is not good enough for God.  God wants all of us:  100%!

So, on the day that it talked about surrendering every part of myself to God, I did just that.  I have to say that it has been challenging.  This isn’t a one—time commitment and it’s done.  We have choices to make every day and several times throughout the day.  So, I have had to make the choice to surrender to God over and over and over again.

This has not been easy.  My humanness gets in the way and on some occasions when God has called on me to respond, I admit it, I whined.  I am sharing this with you, because I want to be held accountable and not backslide.  If you would like to join me in this endeavor, please let me know.

When God calls us, and we follow through with what He has asked of us, life can be pretty darn amazing.  On the other hand, if God calls us and we decide not to follow through, it doesn’t feel very good.

I would like to grow in my relationship with Christ and I would like to grow in my faith.  Won’t you join me?  Proverbs 11:28 (MSG) says, “A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.”

Blessings to you and yours,

Pastor Cathy Allison


Greetings Westville UMC Family!                                                                      IMG_2849

This is definitely a BIG year for us this year:  150 years as Westville United Methodist Church!  150 years of serving Christ!  Thanks be to GOD!

What does that mean to us as disciples of Jesus Christ?

What does that mean to our community?

We have a great committee that is being led by Marian McCuen (Thank you Marian).  With that being said, we have a lot going on down the road and we will need your help.  Each person in our congregation is equipped with gifts as part of the Body of Christ.  We need to use our gifts for God’s glory.

What are your gifts?

How are you being called to help?

We are also heading into Lent at this time.

Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00p.m.onFebruary 14th.

We will have a new small group starting up on Wednesday evenings at 6:00p.m. called “The Purpose Driven Life.”  We will begin on Wednesday, February 21st through March 28th.  We will meet in the Founder’s Room.

Please let me know if you plan on attending, so that, we can get the books ordered.  If you would prefer to meet in the daytime, please let me know and we will get another group going during the day.

As we move forward into Lent, we usually hear of Christians giving something up for Lent.  How about, instead of giving something up for Lent, let’s take time to dig deeper into our prayer life; into Scripture; and spending more precious time with God? The “Purpose Driven Life” is a 40—day spiritual journey.  You can do this on your own or you can join a group and we can work on this together.  What have we got to lose?

Romans 12:2 (NRSV) “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Blessings to you and yours,

Pastor Cathy Allison


Happy New Year Westville UMC Family!                                                    IMG_2849

Here’s to New Beginnings as we leave 2017 behind us and move forward to God’s amazing plans for us as Westville United Methodist Church.  Before we move forward, I want to take a moment and thank each one of you for your generosity, your warm spirit, your thoughtfulness, and your presence.  Our time at Westville UMC has been so amazing.  My family and I are truly blessed by all of you!

I am thrilled that we get to celebrate our 150th Anniversary as Westville UMC this year.  As we have been digging through the archives, it is wonderful to learn about the history of this church.  On a side note: does anyone have any clue as to where we will find the time capsule??  As our committee meets, we will share more of what we are planning for our celebration.

As we move forward, I pray that we follow God’s guidance and direction for us at all times.  I pray that nothing distracts us from our focus of what God has planned for us in this coming year and beyond.  I pray that we grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, so that we are able to fulfill our mission:  “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

As United Methodists, our founder, John Wesley, believed in “Class Meetings.”  These “Class Meetings” were basically small groups that met often to hold one another accountable, share their faith and their pursuit of God, pray together, and so on.  For many years now, I have wanted to follow this same model with small groups.

I have prayed about this and I have put together my own “Class Meeting.”  There are five individuals in this group:  David McKee, Greg McCuen, Jan Buchanan, Missy Buehrer, and myself.  We will meet every Thursday morning.  We will start on January 11th.  Our group is called “Growing in Grace.”  This will be a huge commitment, but it will definitely help us grow as Disciples of Jesus Christ, along with moving us out of our comfort zone.

As we move forward with our group, we would like to eventually branch out and start more “Class Meeting” groups.  So, I invite you to pray about this.  We will keep you updated on our progress and when the time is right, we will start other small groups that will follow this format.   If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to myself or any other member of “Growing in Grace.”

Hebrews 10:24—25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Blessings to you and yours,

Pastor Cathy Allison




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Greetings Westville UMC Family!

It’s December already, just like that!  It feels like we are running full speed ahead whether we are ready or not.  I’m still in the process of giving Thanks:

Thank you Lord for this wonderful congregation at Westville UMC!

Thank you Lord for the relationships that we are making!

Thank you Lord for new possibilities in ministry!

Thank you Lord for the generosity of this congregation!

Thank you Lord for the impromptu conversations and visits!

Thank you Lord for family, church family, and friends!

Now we can move into December and focus on Advent and the birth of Jesus Christ.  Think about the following for a moment:

Where would we be right now if it wasn’t for God sending His one and only Son to save us?

What would the world look like?

Where would we find our hope?

How would we be able to live without the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of Jesus Christ?

Without Jesus Christ, where would we spend eternity?

This season isn’t about what we have waiting for us under the Christmas tree.  This season isn’t meant to stress us out with meal planning; decorating; gift giving; travelling; and so on.  This season is all about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  It’s about introducing the real meaning of Christmas to those who think it’s all about Santa Claus.

By the way, as we’re rushing around trying to make sure that everything is perfect this year, take some time on Wednesday, December 13th at 7p.m. and join me during “The Service of Hope.”  This is a special time to come together in the Sanctuary and just be in the presence of God.   We will have a time of silent reflection; singing; letting go of our cares and worries; a time to remember those who have gone before us; prayer; etc…  We will end the service with communion.  It’s nothing fancy, come as you are.

Let us celebrate this season with hearts full of joy, because of what God has done for us.  John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.”  This is the best gift that we could ever ask for.  This is a gift that we can’t keep to ourselves.  Let’s share this gift this Advent Season.

Merry Christmas!  Pastor Cathy Allison


Greetings Westville UMC Family!

It’s hard to believe that we are in November.  The good news is, we get to enjoy the Fall colors that God has given us.  I really enjoy my drive to church.  The trees come alive with amazing and brilliant colors.  It reminds me of Genesis 1:31, “God saw all that He made, and it was very good.”  I have to remember to keep my eyes on the road, because God does such beautiful landscaping that it’s hard not to admire it as I drive to work.  I can’t even call what I do, work.  It really is a blessing to serve at Westville UMC.

When we look at God’s creation we are reminded that God exists and is with us every second of every day of our lives.  What more could we ask for?  Unfortunately, there are so many people in this world who don’t know that God exists.  They live their lives searching for something to fill the void in their lives.  They reach for everything and everyone else, but God.  That’s where we come in.

I keep coming back to the theme of “Relationships.”  We don’t need to go to another country or around the world to have an impact on the lives of others.  We have work to do right where we are located.  That’s why we are here.  We are disciples of Jesus Christ.  We are His hands and feet.

How do we reach those around us?  By building relationships with people of this community.  We meet them right where they are.  Our goal is not to get them through the doors of Westville UMC (It would be nice if they joined us, but that is not our goal).  Our goal is to introduce them to Jesus Christ, so that, they too can be disciples of Jesus Christ.

Reach up, Reach in, Reach out:

Reach up to God, Reach in to know God, Reach out in Love.

Isn’t this what we are about?   As we look forward to celebrating our 150th Anniversary as Westville United Methodist Church, we need to keep in mind that we have a huge mission field right here in Westville.  Let’s celebrate by leading others to Jesus Christ.  The Apostle Paul offers us words to live by in Romans 12:10, “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”

Love & Blessings to you and yours,

Pastor Cathy Allison






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October Words from the Pastor

Greetings Westville UMC Family!

My family and I are so very blessed to be a part of this great family!  This is an amazing congregation.  As I get to know everyone better, I just praise God for having the opportunity to serve here.

As we go into October, as Westville United Methodist Church, we have a lot to celebrate.  This coming year we will celebrate our 150th Anniversary throughout the whole year.  We are planning a potluck on Sunday, October 22nd after worship.  Food, fun, fellowship, and sharing ideas for celebrating our 150th Anniversary.  Please come with your ideas and bring food!

I would like to recognize and give “Thanks” for the many ways that God works through Westville UMC:

When Hurricane Harvey decided to damage Texas, our Resale Shop stepped up and sent all of their summer clothes to Texas.  What an amazing group of volunteers!  The store looks amazing.  Remember, they can always use help if you have time to donate, please contact the Resale Shop.

The Farmer’s Market on Monday evenings has given us a chance to meet people in our community.  Members of this congregation and members of the community bring produce and other items to share with one another.  What a great way to give.  I am sorry to see this end as we go into Fall.  Thank you to everyone who played a part in this ministry.

Our “Care & Share” backpack ministry is up and running.  We are currently providing food for about 43 students each week.  Thank you to everyone who has donated food items, their time, and money to make this ministry a reality.  Thank you to the Resale Shop for providing funds to help with this ministry, as well.  You are invited to help keep this ministry going week after week.

Thank you for stepping up and helping to pay off the mortgage on our Family Life Center.  We are more than halfway there.  If you are able to give a little beyond your regular giving, please do.  Once we have paid this mortgage off, we will be able to focus on Missions.

Thank you to all of our current leaders for staying in your position of leadership for at least one more year as I get more accustomed to Westville UMC.  I am truly amazed by our leadership here.  Thank you to Marian McCuen for stepping up to chair our Missions’ Team and to Missy Buehrer for saying “Yes” to leading our youth.

As we continue to move forward, don’t ever forget that with everything going on in this world, along with our own personal concerns, we are not alone.  The Great Shepherd walks with us every day on our journey.  Keep these words from Jesus in your heart:  “…surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).  Reach out, take His hand, and let Him be your guide every moment of every day.

Love & Blessings to you and yours,  Pastor Cathy Allison


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Words from the Pastor


Greetings Westville UMC Family!              IMG_2849

It’s hard to believe how time is flying by.  It seems like I just wrote the August Pastoral Letter for the Word and now I’m writing it for September.  I hope this letter finds you well and looking forward to Fall.  Fall is my favorite season.  Nature’s colors just burst into our lives with all their magnificence.  Take time for yourself to slow down and enjoy the scenery before it passes you by.

There are many things that I want to write about in this letter.  Hopefully, it will all fit.  These are not in order of importance.

First, I want to share that I am doing a sermon series on “An Ordinary Day with Jesus.”  Do you take Jesus with you throughout your day?  When you rise?  When you go to bed?  While you work?  While you play? And so on.  This sermon series will start on Sunday, September 10th.

Second, a few weeks ago I talked about holding Bible classes for different age groups.  The Bible class is called “Journey to the Center of the Bible.”  This class will help us to understand how to read the Bible; how it came to be; the authors; how it’s broken down; and so on.  Look for more information to come in the near future.

Third, I have set Sunday mornings aside, for the time being, for a “Meet & Greet with your Pastor” (Couldn’t think of a better title, so there you have it).  This will start on Sunday, August 27th.   We will meet in the Family Life Center from 9:00a.m.—until 9:50a.m.  I want to get to know you, whether you are a member of Westville UMC or not.  I don’t want to take anyone away from their Sunday School Class.  If a Sunday School Class would like me to “Meet & Greet” the whole class some Sunday, let me know and I will put it on the calendar.  Let’s take time to get to know one another better; let’s take time to build relationships.

Finally, because of the current events of our day & age, we need God more than ever.  I plan on intentionally giving us more opportunities to come together and pray for our country and for our world.  Would you like more days where the Sanctuary is open for everyone to come in and pray throughout the day?  Would you like to have specific times set up where we gather together during the week for devotion; worship; and prayer?   Let me know what your thoughts are or what God has placed on your heart.

We are the church at all times, no matter where we are or who we are with, we are the church.  Proverbs 3:5, 6 says, “Trust in the LORD will all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge HIM, and HE will make your paths straight.”  Don’t despair!  God is with us!

Love & Blessings to you and yours, Pastor Cathy Allison




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Welcome to the Westville United Methodist Church

Service Times Sunday Morning:

9 am Sunday School  for all ages

10:am to 10:13 am Social Time

10:15 am Church Service Sanctuary

Office Email: secretarywumc@csinet.net


Office Hours Monday – Wednesday 8-3pm & Thurs. 8 to noon – Pastor

Secretary Monday -Thurs. 5:15 – 7:15pm

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Sunday School 9 am
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