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The other night in our leadership class we were playing with water images as a metaphor of discipleship. One of them made me think of stewardship: rain pours down to fill creeks that fill rivers that pour into oceans that cover the earth. Likewise, God pours resources down to each of us who pour gifts into the church which pours gifts into ministries that pour out God’s love to all the world. Our giving is life-giving because it flows from the Giver of Life.
Sunday, November 2, culminates first: putting GOD first in our living and giving with a Fellowship Sunday. We will join together in one worship service at 10:30 in the Sanctuary, where we will rejoice with the saints in the church triumphant, we will celebrate our ministries, and we will make our financial commitments for the year ahead, as we seek to leave a legacy of faith with glad and generous hearts. Following the service we will enjoy a catered feast, thanking God for all he has provided, provides, and will provide: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Grace and peace,
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.
2014 UMW Fall Luncheon
Learning to Grow in Grace
with speaker Virginia Garner
Family Life Center
- Catered by Chef Michael Cortez (Amazen Chef Creations)
- Door prizes
Tickets may be purchased for $15 in the Sanctuary Narthex on Sunday, October 26 and November 2. Contact Beverly Whitmarsh at 281.861.8801 or email@example.com for more details.
Croppin’ at the Creek Scrapbooking Retreat Returns
Ladies, have you heard that UMW has a simple method that allows you to preserve your special memories in a single weekend? You’re invited to the Family Life Center Gym to crop, scrap and create at the UMW Scrapbooking Retreat on Friday, November 7, from 6:00pm to midnight and Saturday, November 8, from 9:00am to 8:00pm.
The registration fee is $65 for Friday and Saturday, $25 for Friday only, or $50 for Saturday only. Supplies will be available for purchase, and meals, snacks and drinks will be provided along with standard table space and various tools. Funds raised will support women’s and children’s mission projects.
Questions? Contact Julie Kunz at 713.832.8051 or Christine Kalmbach at 832.755.2954.
Reverend Tommy Hays
of Messiah Ministries and Rapha God Ministries
in the Fellowship Hall
Saturday, November 15
Sunday, November 16
Experience God’s healing presence and power - with time for personal prayer ministry - and learn biblical teaching in a worshipful, safe atmosphere.
This event has been underwritten by Bear Creek United Methodist Church Prayer Ministry and is offered for only $15 for both days or $8 for one day. Price includes lunch.
Register online by Sunday, November 9, at http://bit.ly/1BXxJdr or visit the church office. Or you can print out and complete this registration form.
Men, Problem Planet Bible study started Sunday!
Join the United Methodist Men on Sundays, October 19 through November 9, at 5:00pm for Problem Planet, an in-depth study of how God prepares us through His Word.
As leaders, men encounter difficult and challenging situations every day. Some are job related, while others directly affect our families and loved ones. Come and learn how we prepare ourselves for such turbulent times.
The study will be held in the Family Life Center, Room 212-213. Bring your Bibles! To sign up, contact Russell Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepare to pluck a feather
Did you know A Day of Thanks & Giving is Saturday, November 22? In fact, starting Sunday, October 26, paper “turkeys” will be placed around our campus to request food items for families in need. Each feather lists items that are needed to fill a Thanksgiving food basket for a family in need.
The Missions Committee will also collect warm clothing - new and gently-used coats, jackets, sweaters, sweats and hoodies - for all ages and sizes. As part of Bear Creek UMC’s Day of Thanks & Giving, the Missions Committee will distribute clothes to “client” families when they claim their Thanksgiving food boxes. The collection of food and clothes begins Sunday, Nov. 2.
2014 Advent Devotional contributors needed
Sooner than you think, it will be time to celebrate the season of Advent! Bear Creek UMC’s annual Advent Devotional is being compiled and input is needed from many folks. Will you please be a contributor by writing a brief story and prayer? It’s easier than you might expect.
Please call Linda Dunn at 618.926.0888 for a scripture and date assignment.
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