In this edition, you won't want to miss these stories:
- Boy Scouts Serving Pancakes After Each Service Sunday!
- Mission Possible Kids This Sunday – Open to all K-5th Graders
Sermon Series: The Story
Understanding 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:
Mark 1:16-20, 2:13-17
Matthew 4:18-22, 9:9-13
Luke 5:1-11, 27-32, 6:12-16
Have feedback on the sermon series? What new information have you learned? We'd love to hear from you.
February 14, 2016
Chapter 5: "Recruitment"
February 21, 2016
Chapter 6: "Breaking the Rules"
February 28, 2016
Chapter 7: "The Great Physician"
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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
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
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.
Families Arrive This Sunday
We 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.
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.
You Filled The Buckets. Thank you!
Sure 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.
ACO 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.
Creekwood 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.
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!
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.
2015 Creekwood IF:Gathering
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
This 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.
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.
- Collars (new or gently used)
- Puppy food (Purina Chow, regular)
- Dog food (Pedigree small bits, dry)
- Chew bones
- Dog treats
- Cat litter
- Kitten food (Purina Kitten chow)
- Cat food (Purina Cat chow, regular)
- Cat toys
- Cat treats
- Collars (new or gently used)
- Shampoo (dog, cat, puppy, kitten)
- Toe nail clippers
- Laundry soap
- Brushes and combs for dogs
- Plastic spray bottles
- Towels (new or used, all sizes)
- Blankets (new or used)
VBS: June 6-10, 2016
Registration 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!
No Children's Choir This Sunday
Children's Choir will NOT practice this Sunday. The group will perform NEXT Sunday, February 21, 2016, during the 9:00 a.m. worship service.
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.
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.
Important Dates for Youth
February 21, 2016
Informational meeting on High School Mission Trip following the 11:30 a.m. service.
Mission Trip Opportunities
We 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
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!
Join Our Youth eNewsletter Distribution List
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.