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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.
Ladies’ Seven-Week Bible Study
September 3, 10, 24;
October 1, 8, 15, 22
7:00-8:30pm in FLC 102
A workbook will be available for $12 in the Bear Creek UMC Office or in class. Child care is available by reservation. To register, please visit the church office or call 281.463.2330.
Save the dates for Croppin’ at the Creek!
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. The registration fee - $65 for Friday and Saturday, $25 for Friday only, or $50 for Saturday only - includes a 4-foot table space as well as meals, snacks and drinks. If needed, supplies may be purchased from an on-site scrapbook vendor.
Funds raised will support women’s and children’s mission projects.
Due to limited space, early registration is strongly encouraged. Click here to register and pay.
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FROM YOUR BUDDY IN THE PEW: Vibrant Bear Creek
WELCOME HOME, RICHARD AND DONNA WELCH. Richard and Donna joined Bear Creek UMC at the first Bear Creek Lunch with the Pastors.
You may recall that one of the original findings about Bear Creek was that we were very welcoming of visitors on Sunday morning but we were not very good at follow up. One of the working groups was assigned to improve that situation. The group has made a lot of progress as witnessed by the Lunch with the Pastors which was held August 17. New members and anyone who has visited the church three times since the first of the year were invited. Lunch was served to 34 people, including 14 guests and 5 new members.
Jonathan and Will spoke about the church, its background and its programs. Jonathan explained our Vision, where we Worship, Walk, and Work to make disciples for Jesus Christ. He spoke about our diverse community and what a great opportunity to be a church in such a community.
There was a period of Q&A, and one of the questions asked by a guest was, “Where do we sign up?” Jonathan then offered to any-one interested in joining our church that they could do so during this lunch and Richard and Donna did just that.
This is only one of the ways that the Vibrant Church Initiative is changing Bear Creek United Methodist Church. Thanks to the First Time Guests and New Member Follow Up Group for a great job. Please continue to send your comments, content, and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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