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Victory Over the Sin in me
We hate to confess it, but we can’t deny it: sin. We excuse ourselves by claiming we are “only human” but because of it we do the most inhuman things. We laugh it off but we cry about its repercussions. We think we are flaunting our independence, but we are proving our enslavement. We want to blame the Enemy, but we have to face the “sininme.”
For the next several weeks, we will be confronted by the hard truth about ourselves and the great good news about Jesus: when we admit our defeat, we can claim our victory. Our new sermon series is Victory Over the Sininme. Through these messages we will discover that sin is a distortion - a misdirection - of what is good. Yet our faithful Lord refuses to give up on us and gives himself for us; the scars of sin are on him, not us. Let’s get crosswise with sin and live in the fullness of life that Jesus offers.
Bear Creek 101 starts in September
Have you always wanted to know more about the United Methodist Church? Whether you are new to the church or have been a Methodist forever, this class could be for you! Facilitated by Reverend Will Knuckols, the class will be Sundays, September 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 9:30 to 10:30am in FLC 210.
Bear Creek 101 will focus on our church history, faith, and discipleship. You may even learn a little bit about Bear Creek UMC along the way! Please call 281.463.2330 to register.
Are you a first-time guest? Claim your keepsake!
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 receive a reusable grocery bag which contains a ceramic mug and other goodies.
Additional mugs are available for $5 each and shopping bags are $3 each at the Welcome Center. Proceeds from both items allow Bear Creek UMC to give mugs and shopping bags to our first-time guests.
Vacation Bible School 2014: Weird Animals
Kids love weird animals, kids need unconditional love, and during Vacation Bible School August 4-7, they learned about both. Campers explored God’s love through songs, games, crafts and snacks.
The group also collected 76 packages of socks, 99 bottles of shampoo, and 103 packages of macaroni and cheese for the Houston Northwest Community Center Food Pantry. This year’s VBS program drew 186 youngsters and enlisted the talents of more than 50 volunteers.
UNITED METHODIST MEN’S “LAST MONDAY” DINNER
Watch for more details in next week’s Bear Creek Family News!
Scrapbookers, make plans for Croppin’ at the Creek
If scrapbooking is your passion, Croppin’ at the Creek is the event for you! Sponsored by Bear Creek United Methodist Women, the gathering is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 6:00-10:00pm, and Saturday, September 20, 9:00am-7:00pm, in the Family Life Center Gym.
Croppin’ at the Creek attendees will have an opportunity to stretch out and work in a comfortable and uninterrupted atmosphere on their favorite projects.
The registration fee - $65 for Friday and Saturday or $50 for Saturday only - includes a 4-foot table space as well as meals, snacks and drinks. Funds raised will support women’s and children’s mission projects.
If needed, supplies may be purchased from an on-site scrapbook vendor. Child care is also available for an additional fee.
Due to limited space, early registration is strongly encouraged. To register, please call the church office at 281.463.2330.
MAKE PLANS FOR PROMOTION SUNDAY, AUGUST 24!
- Have your backpack blessed at any worship service.
- Meet your new Sunday School class and teachers.
- Enjoy a free lunch (noon in the FLC Gym) with your family.
- Play games and water activities from noon to 2:00pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
FROM YOUR BUDDY IN THE PEW: Vibrant Bear Creek
By this time, we all know that the Vibrant Church Initiative is a journey, not an event. Even though a number of our church members have been involved in the initiative for as much as two years, the first fruits of their efforts are just coming to bare.
This week we are initiating a weekly column that will help to involve and inform the rest of us who have been less involved and aware up until now. In the coming weeks, we will try to communicate and inform but we need your help. If you are involved in the initiative and have information that needs to get to the congregation or if you need volunteers, please let us know and we will communicate that information and/or need.
If you are not so involved, but have questions or concerns, please forward those and we will try to get answers and clarifications. If you would like to be involved in this weekly column, we could use some volunteers for that, too. We have set up an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org that you can use to communicate with us.
Vibrant Church needs the involvement and support of all of Bear Creek UMC members. Please consider this column as a conduit designed to provide communications and understanding in both directions. As we all understand the goals and activities of the Vibrant Church Initiative, we will all learn to Worship, Walk, and Work to make disciples for Jesus Christ.
Worship... Walk... Work
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