In this edition, you won't want to miss these stories:
- Our Kids and Youth Are On a Mission
- Come Meet our Director of Youth Ministry Candidates
- Middle School Summer Bible Study is Active
Sermon Series: The Story
What do you get when you mix an ingrained systematic expression of belief and government with a brand new idea? The answer: Confusion and Revolution. This Sunday, we'll take a look at the confusion Jesus caused, and try to shore up any of our confusion or misconceptions about who Jesus is. We hope you'll join us, and we hope you'll invite someone else to hear Jesus' message of freedom this Independence Day weekend.
We invite you to review the following scripture verses ahead of time:
Have feedback on the sermon series? What new information have you learned? We'd love to hear from you.
July 3, 2016
Chapter 25: "Messianic Theories"
July 10, 2016
Chapter 26: "Character Development"
July 17, 2016
Chapter 27: "One Thing I Know"
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July 3, 2016
July 4, 2016
Independence Day, Church Office Closed
July 10-15, 2016
Big Stuf Beach Trip
July 11, 2016
July 11-15, 2016
Creekwood Preschool - 1st Grade "Critters" Camp
July 15, 2016
July 17, 2016
Harper Apple Tree Item Return Deadline
July 17-24, 2016
Ten Buys a Hen Campaign for Plano Santas
July 27-31, 2016
August 7, 2016
Allen-Lovejoy Gridiron Kick-Off, Sunday evening, mark your calendars, more info to come
August 21, 2016
Blessing of the Teachers and Backpacks
Lunch with the Pastors for New Attendees Wishing to Join our Church
August 22, 2016
Official launch of Creekwood Special Needs Ministry
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.
Over the summer as you see our volunteers in action, please share what you're seeing and who you think needs to be our next highlight. Click here to share. We start back up our highlights in September.
Guest Youth Ministers
Come Meet Our Candidates!
We've got three fantastic candidates in the running to lead our Youth Ministry. Each is coming to The Rise to share their visions for our program, meet a few more of our youth, and learn even more about our church. Everyone is invited to join us. The schedule for their respective visits is below. The Rise takes place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each Sunday in the Worship Center. Dinner is provided with a $5 donation.
July 10 - Macie Liptoi
July 17 - Jared Phares
July 31 - Mark Jones
Don't forget, we'll have family movie night Friday, July 15, 2016, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. We'll be showing Finding Nemo, keeping in step with the just-released summer blockbuster Finding Dory!
We'll be taking donations at the door, and concessions will be available, including special, hand-made goodies from our children. All money raised will support Creekwood's "Kids/Youth on a Mission" Summer Project, which has the goal of raising enough money to sponsor a group of 60-100 orphans for 3 years through the incredible ZOE Helps organization.
Kids and Youth on a Mission Update
The summer Zoe fundraising campaign "Kids and Youth on a Mission" is underway, and it is going strong. We have 60+ families and over 100 children participating. Most of the kids are from Creekwood, but some of our kids have recruited and inspired other kids in our community to participate as well. It is awesome to see what the kids are doing! We've heard some inspiring stories. Rumor has it Alyssa Tarpley has already raised over $325 and is dead-set on reaching her goal of $1000. Sounds like someone is setting the bar high! Booyah.
Do you have a project on your to-do list that needs to come off? Maybe a porch to be swept? A car to be washed? Weeds in the garden? A grocery run? Let us know, and I'll bet we can hook you up with a Creekwood kid or youth who can get the job done! These kiddos are passionate. They are on a mission to raise the money needed to empower children about their age in desperate situations on the other side of the globe to not only survive but to thrive.
As we've reported, the upcoming Creekwood Family Movie Night is scheduled for July 15, 2016. Funds raised during this event will support "Kids and Youth on a Mission." We promise a fun night and we'll be sharing a big announcement that night you won't want to miss.
Kickball Players Needed!
Do you like kickball? Maybe you haven't played since middle school, but the game was what you looked forward to each recess....or maybe consistently beating your kids at the game with your "never lose" attitude isn't going so well..... Whatever the case, we need you on our team, the Kickelodians!
Games are held Friday evenings at Ford Field in Allen. No practices! Just games. No prior experience needed, you just have to be 16 years of age or older. Contact Sean (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info or to join the team.
Come play ball with us! Not up for the team? Well, come cheer us on. Our next game is July 1, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., then we play Friday, July 8, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, July 15, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
Fancy Yourself a Golf Cart Driving Pro?
We still have some slots open in July! We're looking for some drivers to facilitate our golf cart ministry. This transportation enables us to provide so many of our members and guests safe, comfortable access from the parking lot into worship and to special events. Shifts are as a short as 15 minutes, none longer than 25 minutes. Click here to see the schedule and to sign up. Yeah, it is as fun as it looks.
Traditionally offerings dip during summer months, but our need remains constant. Many of us travel during the summer and miss Sunday service, where we make our offering. You can make your donations online, if you wish, when you are not in attendance.
Click here to make an online contribution.
Creekwood Choir to Tour London, England
May 22-30, 2017
The Creekwood Choir at Creekwood UMC is planning a tour of London, England in May 2017 and you are invited to join us! The ensemble will fly non-stop from DFW to London Heathrow then tour Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Coventry, Bath and Warwick. The choir will perform at the Wesley Chapel, the site of Wesley House. You do not need to be a singing member of the choir to participate in this trip. All arrangements for the trip such as airline, ground transportation, hotels and performances are being handled by US Integrity Touring Co.
For more information contact Mike Crawford at email@example.com or 214-728-9452.
Creekwood was made aware of a real need at the Austin Street Center in Dallas, TX, where over 100 homeless men and women seek shelter on any given day. The shelter needs individuals to provide food and to donate their time serving meals. We've committed to covering lunch on Monday, July 11, 2016. We need your help to make this happen.
Here's our plan to help. We're recruiting volunteers to prepare Sloppy Joes and side items to be delivered to Creekwood no later than 9:00 a.m., Monday, July 11, 2016. Most items (non-perishable) can be delivered to Creekwood by July 10, 2016. A team will collect all the food donations and deliver the hot meal Monday afternoon to the shelter. Volunteers that prepare food are also invited to serve the hot lunch onsite at Austin Street Shelter from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for families - even children as young as five years old can help serve cookies or chips with their parent. If you cannot serve food but would still like to help, please consider providing one of the many items needed such as cookies, chips, and salad mix. Any of these items can even be delivered on Sunday, July 10, 2016, to Creekwood.
Click here to see the list of opportunities and to sign up for this important mission to provide a basic need to people in our community - food and a warm, loving smile.
Learn more about the Austin Street Center here.
Austin Street Center
2929 Hickory Street
Dallas, TX 75226
We're in the midst of our "Apple Tree of Teacher Wishes" project! In an effort to grow deep roots in Princeton to share God's love, we're once again partnering with Harper Elementary to help provide educational materials for classrooms. This project encourages teacher retention at Harper as well as allows the teachers to save the money they often spend out of their own paychecks to prepare for the school year. We asked the teachers to give us a list of items that they would like to have for their classrooms and these needs are represented on our "apple tree" in the Gathering Area. We had a big response Sunday, but we still have some apples on the tree in need of picking.
NEW THIS YEAR: If you would like to pick an item from the tree and simply leave payment with us, we will do the shopping for you!
ALSO NEW THIS YEAR: You have the opportunity to pick an apple listing a new pair of shoes with a specific size and gender request. These donations help stock the school for times when students need help replacing their worn shoes.
If you picked an apple, don't forget the items are due back by July 17, 2016. Thank you for enriching the lives of Harper teachers and students!
Dresses From Our Sewing Ministry
Those of us who were once little girls remember just how special we felt when we got a new dress to wear. Thanks to our dedicated sewing ministry, Creekwood was able to give a number of orphan girls from Mexico thier own special handmade dresses. These smiles were too precious to pass up sharing with you all.
Building Faith Brick by Brick
For the month of July, the Explorers Sunday school curriculum will be "Building Faith Brick By Brick." This program includes interactive lessons that help kids experience the wonder and adventure of the Bible via Legos!
Each Sunday, the children will build something with Lego bricks based on a Bible story. Have your kiddos join us at the 9:00 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. worship hours! The program is designed for Kindergarten through 4th graders. See you Sunday.
Happy Summer Break!
The Children's Choir is dismissed for the summer. We'll see you back in September.
Join Our Children's eNewsletter Distribution List
Have an infant through 5th grader and not currently receiving our weekly Children's Ministries' newsletter, Explorers' Times? Please email us to be added to our distribution list.
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.
LiGht (Living in God's House Together) Sunday school is held each Sunday from 10:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in the Lovejoy Gym. All 5th-12th graders are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Join us for The Rise each Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Worship Center. We'll have dinner ($5), worship, hear inspirational messages and have small group breakouts. This Sunday we'll have a special Father's Day celebration. Fathers are encouraged to join us. We'll hang out and play 9 square.
Summer Girls and Boys Youth Bible Studies will be coming soon. Watch for more details. These classes are designed for 7-12th graders. Contact Donna Bartholomew with any questions. Further information will be forthcoming.
BASIC Middle School Summer Bible Study
Our summer middle school Bible study is now meeting! You can find us in the Student Center (for now...we'll relocate when renovations begin!) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. All middle schoolers are welcome to join us for study and fellowship.
Summer Bible Study Tuesdays:
July 5, 2016
July 19, 2016
August 2, 2016
August 9, 2016
August 16, 2016
UMArmy Mission Army Video Recap
We showed a video recap from our UMArmy trip last week in worship. Here you can find the full video.
Enjoy all the fun and smiles!
Join Our Youth eNewsletter Distribution List
Have 7th-12th grader and not currently receiving our weekly Children's Ministries' newsletter, Explorers' Times? Please email us to be added to our distribution list.