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Who’s On First?
Abbott and Costello made us laugh with their Who’s On First comedy sketch that was filled with confusion and misunderstanding. But what if we take that same question and apply it to our lives? Maybe the truth is not so funny.
During the month of October, our church will hear about God’s generosity and our response as we experience our stewardship program, first: putting GOD first in living and giving, developed by author and pastor Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg UMC. The study grew out of his book, shiny gods: finding freedom from things that distract us. This will be our church-wide focus in worship, in Sunday schools, and even in our homes if you want the devotional book.
If you are not in a Sunday school, we will offer a short-term class at both the 9:30am and 11:00am hours on the Sundays of October. We will also have a group meet on Wednesdays at 6:00pm if that works best for you, or you can form your own small group. We want you to share in this experience!
We are made in God’s image and are meant to be creators of life and hope, not the consumers of our culture’s shiny gods. We have the ability to change the world and create a legacy that will live forever in the lives of generations to follow. That legacy starts when each of us takes the hard steps of financial discipline and fulfilling the call to generosity that God placed in all of us.
Grace and peace,
Love to scrap? UMW has a spot for you!
If scrapbooking is your passion, treat yourself to Croppin’ at the Creek! Sponsored by Bear Creek United Methodist Women, the gathering is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 6:00-10:00pm, and Saturday, September 20, 8:00am-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. Click here for more information.
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.
A LETTER TO MEMBERS OF THE VERGE
It is with mixed emotions, that I make the following announcement: Tuesday, September 16, will be the last meeting for The Verge. Over the past six years, The Verge has shared many lessons of Jesus and the way he wants us to live our lives. The program was a huge success and brought many members together, and as a result lasting friendships were formed.
Hope to see you on the 16th. Plan on enjoying the crowd’s favorite meal, macaroni and cheese with hot dogs.
Fly With Christ,
WANTED: Boots, Buckles and Bolos Gala Prizes
A week’s stay at a three-bedroom Galveston beach condo, two tickets with a parking pass to the Texans vs. Titans game, and gift cards to area restaurants and merchants will be among the auction prizes at the third annual Boots, Buckles and Bolos Gala on Sunday, October 12, at 6:00pm. Once again, Houston Northwest Community Center (HNwCC) will stage the festive fundraiser at Pine Forest Country Club.
With planning in full swing, the Gala Committee is asking for your help to secure live and silent auction donations. Suggestions include: tickets to college or pro sporting events; hunting or fishing trips; stays at vacation homes or condos; original artwork; landscaping services; photography services; ballet, opera or concert tickets; jewelry; handbags; themed dinners or children’s parties; and an iPad, iPhone, computer or television. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Janelle Meyer at 281.467.0144 or email@example.com.
The gala will also include a dinner buffet and dancing. This year’s auc-tioneer will be Harry Chapman, and the New 93Q Country Radio’s “Cactus Jack” Barnes will serve as master of ceremonies. Partygoers can expect toe-tapping music, provided by our own Orlando Mendieta of DJ Party Sounds.
Proceeds will benefit Houston Northwest Community Center, a 501 (c)(3) organization, initiated by Bear Creek UMC in 2009 with a vision to inspire and equip people in our community to change the future. Today HNwCC operates from Bear Creek UMC, which is a supporting part-ner. HNwCC serves the Bear Creek/Copperfield area with its Community Food Pantry; Real Cool All-Day Summer Camp; and Books To Kids pro-gram. The organization also hosts ESL and GED programs and hosts and participates in Houston reVision, an adult mentoring program which intervenes in the lives of at-risk and gang-affected youth throughout Harris Country.
SEPTEMBER FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST
8:00-11:00am in the FLC Gym
Hosted by the Genesis Class
The cost of the hot buffet is covered by love offerings. A donation of $4 per adult and $2 per child (12 years and younger) is suggested.
ANTICIPATE AN AMAZING ADVENTURE . . .
Would you like to run a 5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), or a half marathon (13.1 miles), while strengthening your faith and commitment to God?
Now is the time to register for Run For God, a program that helps participants understand the parallels of endurance running and enduring faith. Classes are scheduled at Bear Creek UMC on Tuesdays, October 7 through February 3, from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Each class will include 30 minutes of Bible study and 30 minutes of instruction on running topics.
Group training sessions will be Tuesdays at 7:30pm (following the class), Thursdays at 6:30pm, and Saturdays at 8:00am. You may also choose to train individually.
Although people run for different reasons, Run For God is for those who make God the center of their lives — or need to be reminded to do so. The tone is conversational and accessible. The workout plans, discussion questions, and Bible verses are targeted to beginners of all ages and ability levels — especially those who have never run.
Run For God is open to adults as well as to youth, who are in seventh grade accompanied by a participating parent. Walkers are welcome.
The $60 registration fee includes a T-shirt, class materials, and 5K entry fee. The 10K and half-marathon fees will be determined. A study book may be purchased for $20, but is not required.
For questions and/or registration information, please contact: Norene Lowery at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832.768.0491 or Charity Bell at email@example.com or 713.899.9096. For more details, visit the national website RUNFORGOD.com.
Fall cleaning? Don’t forget the BCUMC Library!
Do you have new or gently-used books and/or DVDs that need a new home? Good news! Now you can donate these items to a worthy cause. Starting October 19, the Bear Creek UMC Library will
sponsor a sale on the third Sunday of each month. Proceeds will benefit the library’s various outreach programs.
Please leave your donations (no magazines, VHS tapes or music CDs) in the box near the receptionist’s desk in the church office.
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