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By the way . . .
Here is my shocking statistic for you: the average United Methodist member invites one person to worship every 38 years. Not 38 days…not 3,838 months…not 3.8 years. Every 38 years!
Bear Creek UMC is participating in the Vibrant Church Initiative because we will not settle for being average or stagnant or declining. We are studying our surrounding area and studying ourselves to figure out how we can better love our neighbors as ourselves by sharing the love of Christ. We are considering how to be a transforming presence in the community. We are looking for revival by the Spirit that motivates us to invite others into this church family - and not wait 38 years.
You will notice at the top of the page that we are unveiling a new church logo that uniquely identifies us. At the center of the church is the cross and the creek of the Water of Life flows out of the cross. In the near future, you will have the opportunity to get a shirt or a sticker for your car with the logo on it. Then, when people ask about it, you can tell them about your church and invite them to join you some Sunday - and not wait 38 years.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is a hope. Today is all we have to turn strangers into friends, friends into family, and family into saints of God. So invite someone to church with you next Sunday - and not wait 38 years.
This week several of the staff and our two lay delegates will be at the Texas Annual Conference. Geographically the Conference stretches from Texarkana to Lexington to Matagorda. That includes over 700 United Methodist churches divided into nine districts.
Once a year, clergy and laity representing these churches gather to worship, share reports of past and ongoing work, adopt future goals,
ordain new clergy and participate in workshops. Beginning Sunday evening and concluding midday Wednesday, a lot of church business
must be conducted. Ultimately, the work of the Conference is to equip churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Grace and peace,
All aboard for Summer Blast Sunday, 6/2
Parents and kids, stop by the Family Life Center Sunday, June 2, noon to 2:00pm and find out what Bear Creek UMC has in store for summer! Grab a sno-cone, hot dog or bag of popcorn and stock up on information about camps, reading programs, and Vacation Bible School. By the way, Summer Blast is the perfect time to register for camps!
Entertainment for children will include games, train rides and inflatables. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT BCUMC
PART-TIME FINANCE MANAGER Responsibilities include payroll and benefits administration, accounting (payables / receivables), and maintaining employee records and vendor information. Prefer experience in Shelby Church Management Systems. Interested? Please send resume and cover letter to Reverend Will Knuckols or call him at 281.463.2330.
PART-TIME ASSISTANT CHILDREN’S DIRECTOR This enthusiastic, vibrant and creative individual must have a love for Jesus and a love for children. Creating an environment that is hospitable for children and their parents is essential. Reporting to Children’s and Youth Director Meredeth Buchman and working with Assistant Children’s Director Larry Tyree, this person will be responsible for developing and leading children's Sunday School teachers and volunteers. This new position will be integral to Bear Creek UMC's renewed focus on our children's ministry. Interested? Please contact Reverend Will Knuckols at 281.463.2330
UMM First Monday: Coach to speak about life challenges and faith
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, UMM will host First Monday, June 3, instead of the usual Last Monday. All Bear Creek men are invited to bring a friend to the Fellowship Hall, savor Jamie Aman’s prize- winning chili and cornbread, and be inspired by baseball coach and author David Vince. The kitchen opens at 6:45pm in the Fellowship Hall and the gathering will conclude by 8:00pm.
A Louisiana native and a graduate of McNeese State University, Coach Vince has a truly unique story of overcoming hardship, living life to the fullest and motivating young men and women to achieve their full potential in sports and in life. As a baseball coach in the collegiate and high school ranks for 29 years, Coach Vince earned 470 victories - despite the fact that he walks with two prosthetic legs and never played the game of baseball himself.
For additional information, call or text Rob Meyer at 281.467.0102.
Disaster Relief for Oklahoma
Would you like to help the Oklahoma tornado victims? In addition to prayer, the Texas Annual Conference recommends making a $10 donation by texting RESPONSE to 80888, or placing a check payable to BCUMC in the offering plate - note in the memo: UMCOR - Oklahoma, Advance #901670.
Are you a first-time visitor? Claim your gift!
If you are visiting Bear Creek United Methodist Church for the first time, please stop by the Welcome Center in the Courtyard after the service to claim your gift - a 12-ounce ceramic coffee mug, paired with a spoon that fits neatly through the handle.
Additional mugs are available for $5 each in the Church Office, Welcome Center or HeBrews Coffee House. Proceeds allow Bear Creek UMC to give mugs to first-time guests.
turning strangers into friends, friends into family,
and family into saints of God
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