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  • February 11, 2016: Creekwood UMC News

    Creekwood UMC News

    In this edition, you won't want to miss these stories:

    Creekwood UMC e-News

    Sermon Series: The Story

    Story logoUnderstanding Jesus opens the door to truly understanding ourselves. We've launched a year-long study of The Gospels where we're going to dig in together to uncover The Story that is Our Story.

    We move to Chapter 5 this Sunday, "Recruitment." Jesus finds his disciples amongst the under-educated, working class, but it doesn't mean they aren't worthy. These disciples act on great faith and expectation, and find they are greater than perhaps even they thought. As we get to know what Jesus is looking for, we'll also discuss what a disciple looks like at Creekwood.

    Consider reviewing the following scriptures ahead of our sermon Sunday:

    John 1:35-51
    Mark 1:16-20, 2:13-17
    Matthew 4:18-22, 9:9-13
    Luke 5:1-11, 27-32, 6:12-16
    Mark 3:13-19

    Have feedback on the sermon series? What new information have you learned? We'd love to hear from you.

    Share your feedback


    Upcoming Sermons

    February 14, 2016

    Lent
    Chapter 5: "Recruitment"
    Mark 1:16-20

    February 21, 2016

    Lent
    Chapter 6: "Breaking the Rules"
    Mark 1:21-28

    February 28, 2016

    Lent
    Chapter 7: "The Great Physician"
    Luke 5:12-16

    Miss a Sermon? Click Here to Listen to Archived Sermons.


    Upcoming Events

    February 14, 2016

    Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast after 9:00 and 10:15 services and before 11:30 service

    ZOE Helps Ministry trip to India Send-off

    February 14-18, 2016

    Family Promise Hosting, Creekwood Student Center

    February 15, 2016

    Church Council meeting, 6:30 p.m.

    February 16, 2016

    MOMtourage Creekwood Mom's Group, 6:30 p.m., Room 106

    February 17-24, 2016

    Creekwood Trip to India for ZOE Helps Ministry

    February 21, 2016

    Creekwood Men's Group Lenten Study begins

    March 26, 2016

    Creekwood Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    April 29-30, 2016

    IF:Gathering Women's Event


    Volunteer Highlight

    Lucy Claxton

    Lucy Claxton

    There are many, many volunteers working behind the scenes at Creekwood. We've reserved this spot to highlight some of the people who give so graciously of their time and talent. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first."

    Don't get us wrong, we love ALL volunteers, those who surprise us by popping in on a project, those who volunteer their time in new and unique ways each season, those who volunteer when they have the rare free moment, etc., but today we're highlighting a volunteer distinguished by her unfailing dedication to a weekly role invaluable to our church.

    Lucy Claxton's smiling face appears in the church office every Monday morning between 9:30 and 10 a.m. You can set your watch by it. She's been doing it for the past 4 years. Lucy, who always shows up so bubbly and lifts us all up with her energy, comes in and logs attendance for our Children's Ministry. Accurate attendance ensures we allot adequate resources to the programs that educate the children of Creekwood. Accurate attendance enables the programs' leaders and volunteers to know and follow up with the children appropriately.

    We track our attendance with proprietary church software. Lucy's steadfast commitment to this role has enabled her to become proficient with the technology. Director of Children's Ministry, Wendy McConney, explains, "Lucy's knowledge of our system is such a huge help to me. Attendance tracking is something I do not have to worry about. I know Lucy has it covered!!"

    Once Lucy completes the attendance processing, she spends the balance of her morning here working on Children's Ministry projects. It might involve stapling, or gluing tools to help convey Bible stories to our children, maybe cutting out a bunch of baby Jesus-in-mangers, or Luke 5's mats for the paralyzed man, but whatever the task, Lucy's on it. Wendy McConney explains, "Lucy is a behind-the-scenes person, but what she is doing makes a huge impact on Children's Ministry. Lucy has volunteered to cut, staple, put together anything that I needed for the Sunday school hour." Lucy is also one of our veteran Easter egg stuffers! She's prepped for many a Fall and Spring Festival, flappy fence ribbon making included. To be certain, we're starting to recruit volunteers for our Spring Festival scheduled for March 26. Click here to see how you might get involved. Consider joining Lucy one Monday morning in March for an egg stuffing party. We guarantee you'll have a good time!

    Please join us in thanking our cute, bubbly Monday morning ("bubbly Monday morning" — thought that was an oxymoron, eh? Not when it comes to Lucy!) volunteer for her steadfast commitment to our church. Let's thank her because each Monday morning, for so many years, she's taken one more step in enhancing our church through her support of our Children's Ministry. Mr. Emerson was right, "With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first."

    Thank you, Lucy!


    Boy Scout Sunday

    pancakesThis Sunday!

    Plan to come hungry to church this week! The Boy Scouts of Troop #358 will be serving us all pancakes. They want to show their appreciation for the use of Creekwood's facilities for their monthly pack meetings.

    Get your pancakes in the Gathering Area after the 9:00 and 10:15 services and before the 11:30 service.


    Missions

    Families Arrive This Sunday

    Family PromiseWe will be hosting two Family Promise families for a week in our Student Center beginning this Sunday. Please join us in praying for these families, and also for our volunteers and the partner volunteers from Grace Church who are working to ensure that the families receive gracious, comforting Christian hospitality.

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    ZOE helps Salavakkam Challenge Working group

    ZOE Helps Salavakkam Challenge Working group

    ZOE Helps Missionaries Depart Next Week

    Please join us during services this Sunday as we pray over our missionaries departing for India next Wednesday, February 17, 2016, to meet our working group of ZOE orphans for the first time! Please keep our missionaries and their families in your prayers during their time in India. They will arrive home on February 24, 2016.

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    You Filled The Buckets. Thank you!

    Fill the BucketsSure the Broncos won the big game, but the big winners are ACO and the North Texas Tornado Relief Effort! Thanks to your generosity, we collected a total of $2,518 to share with these two partner organizations.

    December 2015 tornado aftermathACO contributions totaled $1,392. With the cost to feed a family of 4 for a week being $100, you've provided a week of meals for 13 families! And, you blessed the Tornado Relief Fund with $1,126 to continue their much needed relief efforts.


    Adult Ministries

    Men's Group Lenten StudyCreekwood Men's Group

    The men of Creekwood came together last Saturday on a mission. They were prepared to formalize a program of work for their group, and that they did. Watch for more to come from this powerful group of men prepared to serve God, our church, and their families.

    The group will begin a six-week, Sunday evening Lenten study on Sunday, February 21, 2016. All men are welcome to attend. Please contact Rob Dueck for more information.

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    Serving Opportunities

    Attention Early Risers

    Someone is needed in the even months to deliver the most important element in Sunday morning worship services... the DONUTS! If you are willing to pick up donuts from Max's donuts on Greenville Ave. and deliver them to church by 8:15 a.m., please contact Annmarie Barajas. You will be elevated to rock star status!

    Hospitality

    We still need a few good men and women to serve at the 11:30 a.m. service. If you are friendly and welcoming, perhaps you would like to help behind the donut counter or at one of our worship center doors between 11:10-11:30 a.m. every other month. Contact Annmarie Barajas if you are interested.

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    2015 Creekwood IF:Gathering

    2015 Creekwood IF:Gathering

    If:Gathering 2016

    Mark your calendars now and watch for open registration and more details to come in March. Note there is a $25 registration fee for food and supplies. Due to the length of the event, childcare will not be available.

    Who: Ladies of all ages
    What: A women's gathering filled with fellowship, inspirational speakers via video, food, fun, praise music with our own Carly Reign, time for personal growth, etc.
    Why: To answer the question: "What IF we lived like Jesus?"
    When: April 29, 2016, 6:00-10:00 p.m. & April 30, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Where: Creekwood Worship Center


    Children's Ministries

    Mission Possible KidsThis Sunday is Mission Sunday! Join us for:

    Operation Homeless Pets

    Sunday, February 14, 2016, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    New agents welcome to attend!!! Open to all K-5th Grade

    The righteous care about their animal's needs.
    Proverbs 12:10

    Agents: Get ready for another mission! We will be making dog treats and toys for the Allen animal shelter. You are asked to bring some items for the shelter. Below is a list of items you can choose from.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Every year 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters; about half of these have trouble finding homes. Our job at MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS is to do what we can to help the animals while they wait patiently to find a home.

    Dogs

    • Collars (new or gently used)
    • Leashes
    • Toys
    • Puppy food (Purina Chow, regular)
    • Dog food (Pedigree small bits, dry)
    • Chew bones
    • Dog treats

    Cats

    • Catnip
    • Cat litter
    • Kitten food (Purina Kitten chow)
    • Cat food (Purina Cat chow, regular)
    • Cat toys
    • Cat treats
    • Collars (new or gently used)

    Animal Shelter

    • Shampoo (dog, cat, puppy, kitten)
    • Toe nail clippers
    • Bleach
    • Laundry soap
    • Brushes and combs for dogs
    • Plastic spray bottles
    • Towels (new or used, all sizes)
    • Blankets (new or used)
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    VBS: June 6-10, 2016

    2016 Vacation Bible SchoolRegistration opens March 20 and will close no later than May 29. Space is limited. We may fill up before registration closes. We will need many adult and youth volunteers, so please save the date!

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    No Children's Choir This Sunday

    Children's ChoirChildren's Choir will NOT practice this Sunday. The group will perform NEXT Sunday, February 21, 2016, during the 9:00 a.m. worship service.

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    Join Our Children's eNewsletter Distribution List

    Do you have an infant through 5th grader and are not currently receiving our weekly Children's Ministries' newsletter, Explorers' Times? Please email us to be added to our distribution list.


    Student Ministries

    Elevate Student Ministries If your youth isn't already plugged into a weekly small group (7th-10th graders) or life group (11th/12th graders), please contact Eric Jones to learn more about these life-changing groups.

    Join us for The Rise each Sunday evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Worship Center. We'll have dinner ($5), worship, hear inspirational messages and have small group breakouts.

    LiGht (Living in God's House Together) Sunday school is held each Sunday from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the Student Center. All 7th-12th graders are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

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    Important Dates for Youth

    February 21, 2016

    Informational meeting on High School Mission Trip following the 11:30 a.m. service.

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    Mission Trip Opportunities

    youth groupWe have a number of exciting youth mission trips on the calendar, and we'd love to have you join us in doing God's work this summer. A summary of upcoming opportunities is provided below. Contact Eric Jones for more information.

    UM ARMY Summer Mission Trip for College-Age Students

    May 18-22, 2016

    This mission trip will be held in Nacogdoches, Texas. Registration is opening soon. If you think you or your college-age student (at least one year out of high school, up through the age of 25) would like to attend, please email Eric so he can secure the appropriate number of spots.

    UM Army High School Mission Trip to Mississippi

    June 12-18, 2016

    We are helping UM Army start a new chapter! They need a veteran group to assist and requested Creekwood! We'll be going with the new group to Mississippi. We will hold an informational meeting about this trip on Sunday, February 21, 2016, immediately following the 11:30 a.m. worship service in room 106/107. If you cannot attend, we will have information available the following Sunday in the Gathering Area. Sign up will begin later this month. You don't have to be a youth to go on this trip. We need many adult volunteers.

    Middle School Summer Mission Trip

    July 27-31, 2016
    Gainesville, TX

    We are partnering with FUMC Allen for this trip. Our destination is pretty close to home, so this is an awesome opportunity for students and parents who are interested in trying out a mission trip. Join us in helping change the lives of those in need in the community!

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    Do you have a 7th-12th grader and are not currently receiving our weekly Youth Ministries' newsletter? Please email us to be added to our distribution list.


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  • Photo-a-Day 2016 Lenten Project

    Grab Your Camera! 

    Lent is a time to start seeing the world differently. Join Creekwood UMC in showing the world where God is alive.

    Take a photo inspired by the word of the day. Then post it to your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook page, and tag Creekwood in it.

    Tag us #Creekwood #Lent at:

    • Twitter/Instagram: @CreekwoodUMC
    • Facebook: Creekwood Church

    Here is a list of the words for each day:

    Photo-a-day
  • Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Festival: March 26, 2016
    Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Festival

    Creekwood’s Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Festival

    Saturday, March 26, 2016
    9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Schedule for Hunt:

    • Preschool – 9:30 a.m.
    • Kindergarten-Grade 1 – 10:00 a.m.
    • Grades 2-3 – 10:30 a.m.
    • Grades 4-5 – 11:00 a.m.

    We will have a petting zoo with small animals and the cutest bunnies ever for your children to hold. There will be lots of fun things you can do with eggs. We will have a place to take your Easter picture, a bounce house, face painting, a balloon artist who will make your child fun balloon creations and the best hayride ever!!! We will have cotton candy and popcorn. Even the Easter bunny will be taking time out of its busy schedule and spending the morning with us.

    Come join us and make some great memories. All ages welcome!! Bring your friends!

    Want to volunteer?

    Volunteers are needed to donate candy and to help out at the Festival. Click on the link below to sign up. We appreciate your help!

    Volunteer Registration

  • The Story: 2016 Sermon Series

    Sermon Series The Story

    Understanding Jesus opens the door to truly understanding ourselves. Join us at Creekwood UMC each week in 2016 for a yearlong study of The Gospels.

    While we begin in January, you are invited to join us any time. You can even catch up or re-listen to any of the messages online here.

    • The Story
    • His Story
    • Our Story
    • My Story
  • 2016 Adult Sunday School & Small Group Studies

    Story logoAs we begin our exploration of the Gospels in worship on Sunday mornings, now would be a great time to join a Sunday School class or small group. New studies begin the week of January 17, 2016. Sign up on Sunday, January 10, 2016, in the Gathering Area.

    Click here for a full listing of studies offered and/or to sign up. Contact Annmarie Barajas for more information.

    Hear from our Small Groups & Sunday School Classes!

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    Sunday Mornings
    9:00 a.m.

    Traditional Service

    10:15 a.m.

    Contemporary Service

    11:30 a.m.

    Contemporary Service

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