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Active in athletics, Rory was on the varsity baseball and cross country squads for four years as well as varsity track and football teams one year. A member of the National Honor Society and the Gifted and Talented program, he competed in Robotics and Model United Nations.
Rory was a member of the Patriot’s Club, FFA and the Welding Team, and participated in UIL competitions in Science, Spelling, Mathematics, and LD & CX Debate. Rory was elected a class officer for three years, and as a senior, the faculty voted him “Most Likely to Succeed.”
Rory graduated Cum Laude, ranking 12th in his class with a 3.54 GPA with a weighted ranking point average of 94.517. At the time of graduation, Rory had accumulated 23 college hours with a 3.39 average. Evidence of the great work ethic that is going to be instrumental in Rory’s college endeavors includes helping on his family’s truck farm, operating his own lawn service since the age of 12, and working in the maintenance department at HISD during the summer of his junior year.
Other qualities that mark Rory as an outstanding young man is his willingness to help others: volunteering in the community, at the Veteran’s Day Celebration and at the Dixie League helping to maintain the fields. Rory also has provided lawn service for needy residents in the community.
The United Methodist Women are proud to award Rory a $500 scholarship for his studies at Louisiana Tech where he plans to study Chemical Engineering. The United Methodist Women congratulate Rory, lift him in prayer, and wish him continued success as he goes forward with his
July 17, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Today a humanitarian crisis is unfolding on our southern border with the arrival of tens of
thousands of unaccompanied children. Many of you have communicated with us about your
heartfelt desire to provide compassionate care for the unaccompanied children who are suffering in our midst. As bishops we have been conferencing with each other about how the people of The United Methodist Church might respond in a manner that is most faithful to the gospel.
We have also been in conversation with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), community leaders, and government officials. Our colleague, Bishop Jim Dorff, and other leaders in the Rio Texas Conference have just returned from three days on the border assessing the situation and representing the gospel and the church and encouraging people in a Christ-like response. Let us be guided by the Biblical witness of faith:
Jesus said, “Let the little children to come to me for to such belong the kingdom of
heaven.” (Luke 18:15-16)
Jesus instructed us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger,clothe those in need, visit the sick and those imprisoned. Then he said, “When you have
done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.”
We are to extend hospitality to strangers. (Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:12)
We do not understand all that these children have experienced in their home countries or in their arduous journey to our borders. We do know that their plight breaks the heart of God. Childrenare some of the most vulnerable members of the global community. Many come seeking tosurvive. They all need our compassion and care. At a time of concern about a struggling
economy and national security, it is easy to give in to fear and to let that fear, rather than God’s
heart, shape our hearts and our response. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power,
love and a sound mind.” (II Tim. 1:7).
As followers of Christ, we have the power and wisdom of God to care for these unaccompanied children.
As the Bishops of the United Methodist Conferences of Texas, we call on the people of The
United Methodist Church to:
Pray regularly for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and healing of these
children and families, wisdom for our government officials, and peace for the countries
from which these children have come;
Work with faith and community leadership to provide housing, life necessities,
pastoral/spiritual care, and as stable an environment as possible for these children and
families while their long-term status is being resolved;
Be attentive to seeing Christ in the faces of these children;
Be alert for specific opportunities to offer ministries of compassion and care, which we
will share as needs emerge.
In the words of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, “Do all the good you can by
all the means you can in all the ways you can in all the places you can at all the times you can to
all the people you can as long as ever you can.”
In the name and spirit of Christ, we join with you in Christian love for these children. God bless
Bishop of the New Mexico and Northwest Texas Conferences
Bishop of the Rio Grande and Southwest Texas Conferences
Bishop of the Texas Conference
Bishop of the Central Texas Conference
Paula Arlena Philpott, 2014 graduate of Hemphill High School was awarded a $500 scholarship by the United Methodist Women. On Sunday, June 29, Paula also received a Bible inscribed with her name as she was introduced to the congregation.
Active in softball and volleyball, Paula also found time to be a basketball manager as well as manager of the cheer squad. Feeling protective of those less fortunate, she worked to deliver food packs for the Back Pack Program in the lower grades at Hemphill Elementary. She participated in art contests and was a member of the Leo Club, a service club sponsored by the local Lions Club, to promote service activities among the youth of the community.
Paula graduated Cum Laude, ranking 18th in her class with a 3.32 GPA. After enjoying her family this summer, she will begin her freshman year at the Lamar Institute of Technology with 6 college hours having earned a 4.0 average. Paula intends to pursue a career as a dental hygienist with an eye to perhaps becoming an orthodontist in the future.
Paula is the daughter of Cody Timmons & Katrina Watler of Hemphill. The United Methodist Women congratulate Paula, lift her in prayer, and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.