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Putting God First in Living and Giving
Do we worship idols? The answer may surprise you.
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 Church. There will be opportunities in worship, in small groups, in youth and children’s classes, and in devotions that can be used at church or at home.
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 fulfills the call to generosity that God has placed in all of us.
The goal of this stewardship program is not to make you feel guilty, nor is it to say that you have to be exactly like this or that person. The goal is for all of us to ask questions of ourselves and be open to the possibility that God will lead us in new directions in our lives.
During the four-week program, we’ll be challenged in a number of ways. We’ll be asked to look for the idols in our own lives (hint: most of them aren’t animals made of gold) and name the ways these idols enslave us, holding us back from living in the true freedom that God desires for us.
We’ll be challenged to consider the place that money, work, and debt have in our own lives. What are our common understandings of these, and might the witness of Scripture lead us to some different understandings?
We’ll be challenged to ask ourselves what it means for us to be faithful, to save, and to give. How do we balance all the competing interests in our lives? What priorities does God want us to have?
Finally, we’ll be challenged to give with our hearts, not out of obligation or a sense of duty and not just when we think the recipient deserves our gift. Instead, we’ll be challenged to give the way God gives - freely, fully, with no favorites or expectations of repayment.
It is our prayer that, at the end of these four weeks, we will have begun to grow into the individuals and the church that God knows we can be. Please join us in first: putting GOD first in living and giving.
Your Stewardship Team,
Steve and Christine Kalmbach
Joel and Julie Schweers
Phil and Kathy Tyler
Where can you find a study?
- Check with any Sunday School class
- Join Rev. Will Knuckols 9:30-10:30am,
Sundays, October 5, 12, 19, 26
Family Life Center, Room 210
- Join Dr. Jonathan Bynum 6:00-7:00pm,
Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22
Family Life Center, Room 205-206
- Host a study for you and your friends. Please contact the Bear Creek UMC Office at 281.463.2330 for the materials.
The Southwest District welcomes . . . BISHOP JANICE RIGGLE HUIE
Date: Tuesday, September 30
Place: Memorial Drive UMC, Wesley Hall
12955 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
“Leadership Values that will Transform Your Church”
Come learn about the qualities of effective leadership, and have an opportunity to share stories from Bear Creek UMC! Questions? Call the District Office at 281.499.3700.
Bear Creek United Methodist Women Present
between services, 9:00am - 12:30pm
HOMEMADE GOODIES - first come, first sold!
Countdown! BOOTS, BUCKLES AND BOLOS GALA
A week’s stay at a three-bedroom Galveston beach condo; dinner and two tickets with a parking pass to the Texans vs. Titans game; and gift cards to area businesses will be among the auction prizes at the third an-nual Boots, Buckles and Bolos Gala, which kicks off Sunday, October 12 at 6:00pm. Once again, Houston Northwest Community Center (HNwCC) will stage the festive fundraiser at Pine Forest Country Club.
Admission, which includes a dinner buffet and dancing, is $50 per person. If you are interested in attending the gala and/or donating prizes for the live and silent auctions, please contact Janelle Meyer at 281.467.0144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceeds will benefit Houston Northwest Community Center, a 501 (c)(3) organization, initiated by Bear Creek UMC in 2009 with a vision to in-spire and equip people in our community to change the future. HNwCC operates from Bear Creek UMC, which is a supporting partner.
Hurry to sign up for your amazing adventure
Have you thought about running 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 for register for Run For God, a program that helps participants understand the parallels of endurance running and enduring faith.
Run For God is open to adults as well as to youth, who are in seventh grade and older, accompanied by a participating parent. Walkers are welcome. Classes are scheduled at Bear Creek UMC on Tuesdays, October 7 through February 3, 6:30 to 7:30pm in FLC 205-206.
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.
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.
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