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Stonebridge United Methodist Church located at 1800 S. Stonebridge Drive, will host their first pumpkin patch event throughout the month of October. The patch will officially open on Monday, October 3 and will remain open each day through October 31.  Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 – 7 p.m. on Sundays. 

On Saturday, October 15, the Stonebridge UMC Missions Team will host a Fall Family Festival.  The festival will include bounce houses, complimentary fall photos, and many children’s activities.   The festival is free, but donations are happily accepted.  Pumpkins from the patch and food from the Spoons food truck will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the pumpkin patch and festival will go directly to support Stonebridge UMC youth and missions projects. Visit and select “events” for more information. 


Westwood Professional Services, Inc., (Westwood) – Randall (Randy) P. Pogue, whom previously announced his filing for placement on the ballot in the election for Mayor of McKinney to be held May 6, 2017, has recently been acknowledged for his leadership abilities.  Westwood, the company that acquired Pogue Engineering & Development Company, Inc. at the end of 2015, has recently requested Pogue oversee the land operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth market on behalf of Westwood’s land division. The land operations include both the residential and commercial markets for the Westwood offices in Plano and McKinney

Bryan P. Powell, P.E., Vice President, Land Division, has recognized Pogue’s leadership abilities by inviting him to participate in the Westwood Executive Development Program, stating Pogue was “hand-selected and thought to be the best of the best for Westwood in terms of leadership.” The executive development program includes mentor/mentee involvement over an eighteen-month time frame.  There were 20 employees selected to be included in this executive development program out of approximately 330 total employees. 

About Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood)

Westwood is a leading national surveying and engineering services provider for commercial and residential development, wind and solar energy, electric transmission, and oil and gas pipeline projects. Westwood was established in 1972 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has grown to serve clients across the nation from multiple U.S. offices.  


In 2015, Westwood also placed #8 on POB Magazine’s top 100 U.S. surveying firms; and received; the Zweig Group Trifecta award, Zweig Group Marketing Excellence awards in three categories, SMPS Marketing and Communications awards, Minneapolis Star Tribune Top Workplaces, #6 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Fast Fifty, and a spot on the Inc. 5000.  

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Stonebridge United Methodist Church is once again planning the Back to School Prayer Walk for Sunday, August 21 at all area schools.  Mayor Brian Loughmiller will offer a City of McKinney Proclamation for the event that day and Stonebridge United Methodist Church plans to involve as many churches and citizens as possible.

Participants will meet at 1:00 p.m. outside area school campuses equipped with a list of prayers.  They will walk around the outside of the campus praying for the students, teachers, and administrators.  Parents, students, faculty and community members are all encouraged to participate! 

If you would like more information or a copy of the prayer, please visit or contact Pastor Courtney Schultz at 972-529-5601 or #backtoschoolprayerwalk

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European Chess Champion Val Martin will offer kids chess camps and chess instruction through her "Chess Champions Academy" this summer.   Studies have shown the game of chess to build essential skills for kids such as problem solving, creative thinking, increased ability to focus and enhanced self-esteem. 

Instructed by two-time European Chess Champion, Val Martin, students will participate in fun chess curriculum, chess puzzles, non-elimination tournaments and extensive play time.

Classes will be offered at Stonebridge United Methodist Church, 1800 S. Stonebridge Dr. in McKinney.  Contact Ms. Martin at for more information and to register or visit 

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It has been an honor serving the City of McKinney as an At-Large member of the City Council since 2013.  To the citizens of McKinney, thank you for this great opportunity.  With the encouragement and support of family and many friends, I have decided to run for the office of Mayor of the City of McKinney.

I am proud of my experience and record as a Council member.  The city continues to grow and embrace opportunities in many areas. Over the past few years on Council, I have championed:

  • The creation of a Retail Strategy
  • Modifications to the Zoning Ordinance (zoning classifications and use charts)
  • Modifications to the Drainage Ordinance in an effort to streamline the development process
  • Initiated discussions with TxDOT, County and State elected officials to aid in the planning and future expansions of US Highway 75 throughout McKinney

The foundation of McKinney is strong, and the city is well positioned to take advantage of it. The future of our city has never been brighter, and I look forward to being a part of it for many years to come.

My focus:

  • Maintain the relationships between the City of McKinney and Its business partnerships. (i.e. McKinney Economic Development Corporation, Community Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, McKinney National Airport, McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Historic Downtown District)
  • Continue to improve the City of McKinney’s reputation in the business community
  • Strategic planning for future growth by infrastructure improvements and preserving and planning for remaining commercial corridors
  • Improve the ratio of commercial tax base to residential tax base through job growth without increasing the city tax rates
  • Preserve and protect the city’s nationally recognized quality of life


McKinney is a great place to live and work.  I have been blessed by being here, and I fully subscribe to the sentiment that we should learn, earn, and return. In serving as your next Mayor, I plan to continue the work that I have been involved in during my time as a council representative. I welcome you to join me in Building a Better Community.  I thank you in advance for your support and your vote in this election on May 6, 2017.

Pogue lives in McKinney with his wife Emily and their children Meredith, Samantha and Lincoln.

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The Stonebridge United Methodist Church Men’s group will host their third annual “Cruizin’ For A Cause” car, truck and cycle show on Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to noon.  This year’s beneficiary will be Family Promise of Collin County.

"Family Promise is truly a program of the community we live in.  Its existence, strength and success lie within the support of local faith congregations, their volunteers and community volunteers," said Sheila Miller, Director of Family Promise, “there is power in volunteers walking along side a family struggling with homelessness; sharing a meal and conversation allowing moments of normalcy; and providing a safe refuge where the families and their children can truly rest.  Every volunteer and donor who donates a gas card, cooks a meal, provides for immediate needs, or shares their lives with our guest families also share in that family's success as they move back toward self sustainable independence."

“The Stonebridge UMC Men’s group, along with around 50 volunteers from the congregation hosts the event.  A core team of volunteers began meeting 6 months prior to the event to begin planning,” said Todd Adkins, Stonebridge UMC car show coordinator.  “We have been blessed to have so many of our sponsors return for this year. This speaks to their willingness to generously give of their time and resources to support a great cause and it also speaks well of the team of volunteers that run the event each year.  The fact that we can help a family go from homeless to sustained independence through the funds raised at events like this inspires our team to make this show the best yet.”

 100% of the funds raised will go directly to support Family Promise. Stonebridge United Methodist Church is one of 12 host congregations in Collin County that support Family Promise throughout the year and they are extremely excited to continue their support through the car show event.

 Admission and registration are free and the show is open to all years, makes and models of cars, trucks and cycles. Registration will take place the morning of the show and the first 100 to register their vehicles will receive a commemorative dash plaque.  Awards for show participants and door prizes will be given throughout the show.

The event is free, but donations will be accepted. Be sure to come to the show hungry, as there will have on-site concessions available.

For more information, visit and select “events”. 

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Stonebridge UMC will host a Mardi Gras Gumbo Dinner on Tuesday, February 9. The event will take place in their Robertson Activity Center located at 1800 South Stonebridge Drive and will run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be $7.00 per person at the door.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the youth ministry of Stonebridge UMC.  For more information about this event and others, visit and select “events”. 

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Stonebridge UMC will host it’s eighth annual “It’s in the Bag” Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 14. The event will take place in the Robertson Activity Center located at 1800 South Stonebridge Drive and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 60 vendors will be featured selling arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, home décor and more.  There is no entry fee to shop. 

One of the more popular booths at the event each year is “Frozen Favorites”.

“ Everyone just loves it!  We sell entrees, sides, desserts and more.   We try to make busy families lives a little bit easier, and at the same time, raise funds for our children’s programs,” said Erin Chumley, “It’s in the Bag” coordinator.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Bridge Kids children's ministry of Stonebridge UMC.  The money raised in years past has been used to purchase new computers for the computer lab, Sunday school curriculum, and evacuation cribs for the nursery.  

For more information about this event and others, visit and select “events”. 



About Stonebridge United Methodist Church

"We seek to be a joyful community where we

strive to live and love like Jesus." 

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The North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church is going back to their early Methodist roots by engaging with people where they live and work.  As in its beginnings, United Methodists in North Texas are tutoring, mentoring, and helping children improve their reading skills.  Stonebridge United Methodist Church is one of the churches involved in this movement.

The Conference pledged that each of its 300 churches in the 21 counties would engage with public schools throughout North Texas, with members of its congregations committing to spend one hour a week actively building one to one relationships. Stonebridge UMC currently has 50 of its members, including Pastor John McLarty, visiting the campus of Malvern and working with the students at least once a week.

“Our One + One program with the students at Malvern is an amazing opportunity for our church.  Once you experience those amazing kids, your own life is changed.  Their excitement is uplifting, their smiles infectious, and their love for their teachers unmatched.  They are shining examples of what God can accomplish through our church,” said Stonebridge UMC member Dan Casey. “I have been blessed beyond anything I could have imagined.  I am truly smitten with these children, “ he added.

“It has been nice to watch the One+One classroom partners program develop.  Stonebridge UMC volunteers have become valuable members of our Malvern family, supporting classrooms in a wide variety of ways.  You are truly a blessing to our staff and students,” said Rhonda Gilliam, Malvern Elementary principal.

In addition to the One+One program, Stonebridge UMC also provides food for Malvern families over the summer, school supplies, coats, and coordinates the Angel Tree gift-giving program at Christmas. 

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About Stonebridge United Methodist Church

“At Stonebridge United Methodist Church we seek to be a

joyful community where we strive

to live and love like Jesus”

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Stonebridge United Methodist Church will celebrate its 20th Anniversary from Sunday, September 13 – Sunday, October 4.  The celebration will include special events and visits from speakers each weekend, including founding pastor, Don Smith. 


Additionally, multi Grammy Award winning giants of Christian music, Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris, will perform together in three shows on September 19 and 20. Backed by a sixty voice multi-denominational choir, each of these concerts will be an experience to remember! Visit to purchase tickets.  Seats are limited.


For more information and a complete schedule of 20th Anniversary events, visit and select “events”. 


About Stonebridge United Methodist Church

The mission of Stonebridge United Methodist Church is "we seek to be a joyful community where we strive to live and love like Jesus."