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I am so glad you are here at this blessed time of the year and I pray Jesus will meet you here.
Do you remember “WWJD?” “What Would Jesus Do?” The phrase dates back to at least 1896, when Charles Sheldon used it as the subtitle of his book, In His Steps. It found new life as a popular catch phrase in the 1990s, when "WWJD" bracelets became the Christian fashion fad. But did you know that Tyler Perry now owns the copyright on the phrase "What Would Jesus Do?" Weird to think you can own a question like that. Wonderful that a question like that can own us, capture us, transform us.
Funny thing about that question: Christmas is the answer to it. What would Jesus do? What Jesus has done. Because he loves us so much, he will go to any extreme to save us. Even if that means being born in this world as a tiny child. Even if that means dying in this world as a criminal. Even if that means rising from a grave. Even if that means coming and finding us where we are in our lives right now. Even if that means continuing to tap us on the shoulder until he has our attention and our hearts. His grace is unrelenting.
WWJD? Whatever it takes to love you. Come, meet this Jesus with us.
Grace and peace,
Check out BCUMC Library’s Christmas selections
Christmas books and DVDs are available to check out in the Bear Creek UMC Library, next to HeBrews Coffee House in the Fellowship Hall. Items include fiction as well as non-fiction for all ages.
Dining at Clay’s? Save those receipts!
If you visit Clay’s Restaurant, 17717 Clay Road, after 5:00pm Monday through Thursday through the end of this year, Bear Creek United Methodist Women has a request for you. Please turn in your receipts to the church office for the UMW treasurer. Clay's will donate 10 percent to UMW.
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.
CHRISTMAS AT BEAR CREEK UMC
- 5:00pm Family Service in the Sanctuary
- 7:00pm Contemporary Service in the Fellowship Hall
- 9:00pm Traditional Service in the Sanctuary
- 11:00pm Traditional Service in the Sanctuary
Communion, candlelight and music will be featured at all services.
10:30am Lay-led Service in the Fellowship Hall
10:30am One Worship Service in the Sanctuary
The Bear Creek UMC office will be closed Wednesday, December 24 through Friday, December 26 for Christmas holidays and Wednesday, December 31 through Friday, January 2 for the New Year’s holidays. The staff wishes you a blessed Christmas and a great 2015!
If you would like your contribution to be counted in 2014 for tax purposes, it must be given to the church by Tuesday, December 30 or postmarked by Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
It’s not too late to pledge for 2015, so please ask an usher if you need a pledge form. The budget for the upcoming year is being prayerfully considered.
For goodness sake, sign up for Break at the Lake
Ready to rest and recoup after the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Join the Bynums at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center (near Palestine, TX) for a weekend retreat, January 23-25. Come and share a fun time with your church family and get to know each other better. There will be games and activities and worship and rest — because everyone needs a break.
Brochures are available in the Bear Creek UMC office. If you have any questions, call 281.463.2330 or ask Dr. Jonathan Bynum or his wife Lea.
DECEMBER FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST
8:00-11:00am in the FLC Gym
Hosted by Bear Creek Youth
The hot buffet cost is covered by love offerings of whatever you can afford. A donation of $4 per adult and $2 per child (12 years and younger) is suggested. No RSVP is required.
Check out 2014 Advent Devotional on BCUMC website
In case you did not receive a paper copy, it’s not too late to read the 2014 Advent Devotional booklet. Simply click on the red button above. The booklet includes a variety of inspirational writings and prayers, penned by Bear Creek UMC members.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY
The last Fellowship Sunday of 2014 is slated for December 28 at 10:30am in the Sanctuary.the only worship service that day, but it will be a joyful time as Bear Creek UMC continues the celebration of Christmas.
Come and hear our very own Children’s Director John Henley preach. He and his wife Royce Anne and their son, Brandt, will join BCUMC’s Contemporary Worship Leader Michael Moore to provide a musical treat. You will sing, you will laugh, you will be blessed. In fact, you will leave with the twinkle of the Christmas star in your eyes.
PARENTS OF YOUTH: YOU’RE INVITED!
All parents of youth at Bear Creek UMC are invited to a special parent meeting on Sunday, January 4, 5:00 to 7:00pm, in the Youth Lounge. Learn about the exciting opportunities in spring and summer, and hear the topics our students will discuss on Sunday nights through winter and spring 2015.
After the meeting, parents will join the youth in the Family Life Center Gym for dinner and fellowship. Please RSVP to Lisa Gill at 281.463.2330 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, December 28.
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