- About Us
- Contact Us
By the way . . .
A paradox is a statement that seems to contradict itself but is true. Easter is a paradox—no matter who you are. Children think about a bunny delivering eggs. Paradox. Nonbelievers sleep while a new world awakens around them. Paradox. Christians find life in the midst of death, wholeness through the brokenness of the cross, fullness in the emptiness of the tomb. Paradox. Paradox. Paradox Paradox. The sacrifice of God offered to the God of the sacrifice. Paradox. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Paradox. St. Augustine said of Jesus, “And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.” Paradox.
To top it off, you know Easter happens all the time but you never know when—you always have to look up the date. You just can’t nail Easter down like every other holiday. Come to think of it, when you think of it you have to laugh at how surprising and preposterous, mystical and mysterious and wild and wonderful Easter is. Easter beyond our grasp yet we get caught up in it.
I pray that this Easter catches you by surprise and restores your joy. If you have never heard the good news about Easter, I hope you hear the cele-bration, “Christ is risen!” If you are a guest, I want you to feel welcomed here among a people of resurrection. If you are carrying burdens today, please leave them in the tomb and run out into the Easter morning. If you are mourning the loss of a loved one, be assured that life is bigger than what can be numbered in years. If you have done Easter so much that you have grown apathetic or skeptical, I should warn you that Jesus might sneak up on you. And if you are exploding with the gladness of Easter, I thank you for sharing it.
So from a sinner who by the grace of Jesus Christ is called a saint, I say to you, Happy Easter!
Grace and peace and all that God stuff,
FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY – April 27
Make plans to attend Fellowship Sunday, April 27 - the first of three such gatherings planned for 2014! A combined worship service in the Sanctuary from 10:30 to 11:30am will be followed by a potluck lunch in the Family Life Center Gym. No RSVP is required for lunch.
Please provide a dish that serves 10-12, according to the first letter of your last name: A through G (main course); H through M (side dish); and N through Z (dessert).
The Fellowship Sunday lunch will be hosted by the Crosstrainers Class, a diverse group of families, mostly parents of young children, who desire to grow closer to God and to each other through focused study, Spirit-filled prayer, and fellowship. (The Crosstrainers meet in FLC 211 at 9:30am on Sundays.)
Are you a first-time guest? Claim your special gift!
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 recyclable grocery bag and a ceramic mug with the Bear Creek UMC logo.
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.
SATURDAY IN SERVICE: April 26
Projects begin at 9:30am
Please review the list of projects for Saturday in Service. To join a project team, call the BCUMC Office at 281.463.2330.
If you are unable to participate and want to help, monetary donations are gratefully accepted. Please make your check payable to BCUMC and write “Missions” on the memo line.
Are you a member of the Senior Class of 2014?
To prepare for Senior Recognition Sunday, May 4, the Bear Creek UMC Office is checking its list of graduating high school seniors. If there are any changes, please call 281.463.2330 by Sunday, April 27.
|Korey Barnett||Taylor Benefield|
|Kyle Benefield||Kameron Bush|
|Luke Bynum||Sara Deaton|
|Jessica Donaldson||Trevor Eggenberger|
|Ryan Ford||Marissa Kelley|
|Jay Knuckols||Rocky Koinm|
|Michael Maul||Caitlin Miller|
|Kai Mosvold||Blake Richards|
|MacKenzie Stringer||Lauren Taylor|
MEN’S ANNUAL RETREAT
CRIER CREEK RETREAT CENTER
OUTSIDE OF COLUMBUS, TEXAS
Register 9:40-11:05am SUNDAY at the
UMM Table in the COURTYARD
turning strangers into friends, friends into family,
and family into saints of God
© 2014 Bear Creek United Methodist Church. All rights reserved. Web Design and Hosting by zAAngMedia