First United Methodist Church of Holland, Texas
Cowboy Church, Holland Texas
A Ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Holland, Texas
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The Story of Cowboy Church

In 2004 in a small group of people meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Holland, Pastor Nance shared his long-time dream葉o spread the word of Jesus Christ in a setting less formal than the traditional church setting. Since he was reared in a rural environment, a barn seemed to be a logical place. After learning the Hegars had an empty barn on their farm that might be suitable, he pursued the idea and the first services were held on April 18, 2004 with 140 people in attendance.

Following the first service, Judy Gotcher was so inspired to write the lyrics to a song telling the story of Cowboy Church, which quickly became the signature song of Cowboy Church. Brandon Spinn opens each service playing the song, joined by the audience singing the lyrics. During the first year of Cowboy Church, the children were entertained with rides on a horse-drawn wagon, which they looked forward to each time. Steve Stiles, a regular participant, continues to recite new and fresh cowboy poetry generating tons of laughter. Bret Barton has shared his poetry written about different phases and times in his life.

Music has been a big part of Cowboy Church. More than fifteen local musicians and vocal groups have furnished a variety of music over the five years, with several performing more than once. Wood and metal plaques depicting the Cowboy Church theme were donated by Ronnie and Linda Guthrie and Larry and Mickye Francis. A Baptism and a Blessing have been performed. Rev. Steve Nance baptized Jacob Cearley, son of Mike and Melany Cearley and a blessing was bestowed upon Caleigh Smith, daughter of Brian and Jessica Smith. A number of people have given testimonies on how Cowboy Church has made a difference in their life預 major purpose for the services. In May 2008 Cowboy Church filled a need in the Temple area by holding its service on the grounds of St. Paul Methodist Church.

Cowboy Church usually meets at the Hegar Farm the third Sunday of every month at 5:00 p.m. except during the hot summer months of June thru September. To add convenience to the site, Henry Hegar built an outhouse that reflects a building from the old west, which has gotten positive reviews.

Master cook, Frank Parmer along with his wife Patsy, Mike and Melany Cearley, Rod Fagner, Mike Urbantke, and others have provided food for each service--brisket sandwiches, sausage wraps, hot dogs, cooked beans and cornbread, hot soup, or chicken and dumplings along with desserts. Frank Parmer made a big difference in the success of Cowboy Church and he is truly missed by everyone.

SO, WHAT IS COWBOY CHURCH? Cowboy Church is a ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Holland, TX. It is completely non-denominational and we encourage all who wish to experience & worship the Lord in a relaxed environment to join us. Instead of attending a church service in a typical sanctuary wearing your Sunday best, come join us at the barn for a worship service with country flair. Come in your boots & jeans and enjoy country gospel music and some of the most
Steve Stiles
Cowboy Poet
Mike "Big Boy" Urbantke
beautiful cowboy poetry you've ever heard. Remember to bring your favorite lawn chair. We typically have a country band & cowboy poet Steve Stiles. The kids will also enjoy children's time with our own Mike "Big Boy" Urbantke. If that wasn't enough the church will be providing BBQ sandwiches, cookies and drinks at no cost, although a love offering will be taken to help meet expenses. So loose the tie and come meet our family for a great time. We hope to see y'all there!

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call: 254-657-2455

From Holland go West on FM 2268, Turn right on Cathy Creek Road and follow the signs. See y'all there!