Fun Facts About Lavena

Favorite color

Favorite food


Favorite pass time
Being at the beach with family and friends

Favorite movie:
North By Northwest

Favorite Songs
He Leadeth Me (Sacred)    
Let Them Be Young  (Country)
Music Genre: Broadway and Country

Favorite Hangout
The Mall

 Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania,  Lavena moved to Houston in 1974. She has been on staff at Terrace since September 1985 serving as Children’s Choir Director and then in 1987 as Director of Music and Fine Arts.  Lavena attended Houston Baptist University where she studied music education and vocal performance after which she taught K-4th grade music at St. Francis Episcopal Day School for 13 years, retiring in 2010.  Over the past 25 years she has produced many children’s musicals in addition to multi-generational shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph, Godspell, Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Annie, Peter Pan, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jungle Book, Shrek, Addams Family, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.  Her Kidz Theatre Program at Terrace is one of the most successful theater programs in Spring Branch and boasts over 50 boys and girls.  They meet every week to learn about theater, music, and performance. Lavena has been a member of Terrace since 1985.

Lavena and her husband Marshell were married for 53 before his passing. They have five children, Debbie, Kim, Sharon, Bobby, and Brian, who are all teachers or in the education field. In her spare time, Lavena loves to spend time with her 10 absolutely perfect grandchildren.
Mary Fitzgerald has been with Terrace UMC since 2010.  She has worked as church business administrator for 20 years.  She studied church administration at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.  Mary is a member of The Church Network, a group of church business administrators working to improve skills and working environments in churches around the country.

Mary and Mark have been married for 30 years and have three grown children, Joey, Allen and April.   Her hobbies include grandchildren, grandchildren and her pups!  She has six grandkids ranging in ages 6 to 11 and they truly are the joy of her life.  Her fur babies Poppy and Lady Bug are her sweet TV companions.

Mary is a grateful imperfect Christian and loves the church with all her heart, often sharing her time with the many missions of Terrace UMC.
Sharon joined Terrace United Methodist Church in 1987. At the time she was attending the University of Houston Downtown full time and was quickly recruited by Terrace Weekday Programs (Big Little School) to work as a teacher in the summer program and during the school year she was a teacher assistant 3 days a week and the lead teacher 2 days a week. Her role with the school expanded quickly as the Administrator, Lynn Kubik asked her if she would work hand in hand with her to expand the school and become a 5 day a week fulltime preschool. They added the first 2 modular buildings and after a couple of years purchased a van to start the after school program. Her daily duties during the expansion were to close the school, write the curriculum for the afternoon program as well as oversee the teaching staff and communicate with the parents. After she obtained her degree in business she was promoted to financial director. Her duties included but were not limited to, tours of the facility, receivables, payables, Quickbooks, deposits, quarterly tax reports and human resource duties. After 9 years at BLS and the expansion complete Sharon felt called to a different mission. She was approached by a consultant to go work for Woodlake Square Children’s Center. An individually owned for profit center that was in deep financial trouble to work with another director to help get it back on its feet. Her duties were networking with parents, doing tours of the facility and taking care of payables, receivables, payroll and budgets. Within 2 years Sharon and the other hired director had the center up and turning a profit. After 10 years at the for profit center she was approached by another nonprofit, The Parish School. They asked her to work in the business office as they transitioned to their new, 10 million facility. She worked with several consultants to help restructure and implement a budget that went from 2 million dollars to 3 million dollars in 1 year. After this task was complete Sharon decided to take a leave of absence from the working world to be a stay at home mom for a while. After 2 years of leave, she was offered a part time position with a small pest control company doing basic accounting as well as payables, receivables, sales tax and payroll taxes. This position allowed her to continue to volunteer at her children’s schools and be present at all of their events. In 2014 she decided to start her own company with a business partner, which is still functioning today.  Sharon has been married to her husband, Kevin for 29 years and has a son Korey who will graduate from Texas A&M August 10 then begin his fulltime position with the A&M football team August 11. Her daughter, Kassie is in her second year at Blinn and will transfer to A&M in the fall of 2019.  
Fun Facts About Candy

Enjoys playing  the “bad guys” in our theater productions!

Supporter of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, plus her 2 cats at home.

Voss Road is named for my great-grandparents.

Loves to visit San Antonio anytime, but especially for Fiesta in April and the Christmas river parade on the day after Thanksgiving.

 Candy is a lifelong member of Terrace and a third-generation native Houstonian.  She has played Handbells since the handbell choir’s inception in 1981, serves, as coordinator for the A/V Projection Team, is a member of the Fine Arts Committee, and has appeared in the church’s musical productions for more than 20 years.  Her favorite role (so far) has been playing the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz”.  Candy grew up in Spring Branch and graduated from Rice University with a degree in Economics and Managerial Studies.  She has held the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner since 1985.  Candy married Chase Grasty at Terrace in 1999. She is stepmom to Jason and Lauren and enjoys visiting her grandbabies Helena, Ruby, Tavi and Owen!
Fun Facts About Natalie 

Favorite Food

Countries Travelled 
England, Australia, France, Germany, Austria,

Musical theatre, Singing, Dungeons and Dragons

In her spare time Natalie enjoys
Paint by numbers 


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Here are a few simple ways to describe how we United Methodists live our Christian faith:
  1. We have ONE mission statement:  “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  It’s biblical.
  2. We believe in TWO forms of holiness:  personal holiness and social holiness.  That is why we United Methodists work to bring individuals to a Christian way of life, but we also work to change our society.
  3. We try to live by THREE simple rules:  do no harm, do good, stay in love with God.  It’s biblical…John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, searched the scripture and formed a concise way of describing our calling as Christians.
  4. We believe truth is found by the FOUR sides of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Scripture is primary and it is interpreted by Tradition (what the church has taught), Reason, and Experience.  We are a Biblical people, and we also see the importance of learning from the Christian teachings of the past, using our minds to think through our faith, and bringing our own experience of God into our understanding.
  5.  We know our congregations flourish when we engage in the FIVE practices of:
    •  Radical Hospitality
    •  Passionate Worship
    • Intentional Faith Development
    • Risk-Taking Mission and Service
    • Extravagant Generosity

There it is…five steps of being faithful United Methodist followers of Jesus Christ.  They describe what is unique about being followers of Jesus in the Wesleyan tradition and they are hallmarks of The United Methodist Church.
  • that God is understood in three distinct forms.  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God.  Sometimes we use other terms such as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer;
  • in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.  We believe God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.  We believe God is loving.  We can experience God’s love and grace;
  • Jesus was human.  He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.  We believe Jesus is divine.  He is the Son of God.  We believe God raised Jesus from the dead and the risen Christ lives today.  We believe Jesus is our Savior.  In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.  We believe Jesus is our Lord and we are called to pattern our lives after his;
  • the Holy Spirit is God with us.  We believe the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.  We believe the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently;
  • God created human beings in God’s image.  We believe humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with god.  We believe all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human;
  • the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.  We believe the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.  We believe the church is “the communion of saints,”—a community made up of all past, present and future disciples of Christ.  We believe the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith;
  • the Bible is God’s Word.  We believe the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.  We believe Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).