In this edition, you won't want to miss these stories:
- The Ten Buys a Hen Campaign Continues
- Gridiron Kickoff August 7, 2016!
- Next Steps in the Building Campaign
Sermon Series: The Story
Throughout Christian history we have been warned of false prophets who would lure us in with a sweet message, only to harm us physically and/or spiritually. In our scripture this Sunday we'll see Jesus contrast himself with false teachers, and we'll review the path he provides for those who carry his spirit.
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 24, 2016
Chapter 28: "Stealing Sheep"
July 31, 2016
Chapter 29: "Lambs and Wolves"
August 7, 2016
Chapter 30: "The Stories of the Lost"
August 14, 2016
Chapter 31: "A Tale of Two Silos"
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July 24, 2016
July 27, 2016
Church Council, 6:30 p.m., Worship Center, Open to Everyone
July 27-31, 2016
August 1-5, 2016
August 7, 2016
Allen-Lovejoy Gridiron Kick-Off, Sunday evening, mark your calendars, more info to come
August 14, 2016
Back to School Prayer Walk, 3:00 p.m., watch for more details to come
August 21, 2016
Blessing of the Teachers and Backpacks
Lunch with the Pastors for New Attendees Wishing to Join our Church
Sunday School and Small Group Sign-Ups; Most Classes Will Start Mid-September
August 28, 2016
Official launch of Creekwood Special Needs Ministry
NOTE: Church office will be closed on Fridays during summer months starting June 24, 2016, through July 29, 2016.
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.
Creekwood Special Needs Ministry
Launching August 28, 2016
The Creekwood Special Needs Ministry will officially launch August 28, 2016. The objective of this new ministry is to help special needs children and their families celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a nurturing and safe atmosphere which values integration and removes barriers to church attendance.
A key component of this ministry will be the Buddy Program, which will serve to help every child feel included and nurtured spiritually, emotionally, and physically while their families join us for worship. Pairing each special needs child with a buddy volunteer will help them participate, to the fullest extent, in our Sunday morning children and youth programs.
We're currently developing our team of buddies. Do you feel called to serve in this ministry? Here is a little more about the buddy role.
Who can be a buddy?
Any person at least 18 years of age who has attended Creekwood UMC for at least 6 months. MinistrySafe training and a one-hour in-service training will be required.
What are the buddy responsibilities?
Buddy volunteers will serve to provide additional help to children who need extra support to manage toys, crafts, etc. and to help guide children to stay in the appropriate play areas with our group.
How much time is required to be a buddy?
Buddy volunteers can commit to 1 or 2 hours per Sunday for any number of weeks in the month.
How do buddies get paired with special needs children?
We will work to match children with the most appropriate buddy volunteer, according to the needs and personalities of the children and the buddies.
For more information, or to share your desire to get involved, please contact Wendy McLean at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016-2017 Gridiron Kickoff
We invite you to join us at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday,
August 7, 2016, for the 2016-2017 Gridiron Kickoff, a
Creekwood tradition you won't want miss.
Let's talk football! Come hear from our new high school head coaches - Allen's Terry Gambill and Lovejoy's Todd Ford.
Dinner will be provided. Pastor David will be facilitating a Q & A. (Submit your possible questions here.)
There will also be a fun, interactive game sure to get us all football ready! Plan to attend and bring a friend!
As is dictated by the United Methodist Book of Discipline, we're required to hold a special meeting called a "Charge Conference" for members of our church to vote on the commencement of our pledge capital campaign for the proposed new Children's & Adult Ministries building and the renovation of the existing Children's Center to support our Youth Ministry.
The first step in this process (yes, it is something of a process, that is for sure) is to have our Church Council approve the Charge Conference. Church Council will meet this Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. Church Council meetings are held in the Worship Center and are always open to everyone.
With Church Council approval, the Charge Conference will then be held Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. Members and non-members are welcome to attend; but, per the Book of Discipline, only members can vote. We are required to have at least 50% of those in attendance at the Charge Conference to vote in favor of the commencement of the campaign in order to proceed.
Your vote matters. Plan to join us on August 18, 2016!
Join Our Team
Looking for a fun way to get some exercise and an opportunity for fellowship?
We're forming a Creekwood coed soccer team and a men's and a coed softball team.
The leagues will start the end of August. Watch for sign ups to begin shortly.
Contact Pastor David with any questions. Come play with us!
Do you know someone struggling? Someone who could use a friend to listen and guide them through a hard time?
Stephen Ministry, a 40-year-old Christian organization, brings lay people into ministry by equipping them to provide one-on-one Christian care for people in congregations and communities who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Our Stephen Ministry, a part of our Creekwood Cares Ministry, is led by Susan Pharr, Carey Pharr and Associate Pastor John Thornton; they oversee a team of ministers. Stephen Ministers undergo 50 hours of training where they learn to provide high-quality care to individuals experiencing a crisis or challenges such as divorce, grief, loss of a job, hospitalization, relocation, or loneliness.
If you, or someone you love, is in need of Christian, one-on-one care, we encourage you to reach out to Associate Pastor John Thornton today via email or phone: 214-544-8450
"Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
Creekwood Choir to Tour London, England
May 22-30, 2017
Deadline to register is Sunday, July 31, 2016
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.
Ten Buys a Hen Campaign
You continue to blow us away with your generosity! In just the first week of our two-week campaign, we have raised more money than we did last year for this special program. We have secured sponsorship of 150 turkeys thus far. There is still time to donate. You'll find us in the Gathering Area this Sunday.
Not familiar with the program? Let's talk turkey. The Plano Santas and the Assistance Center of Collin County come together each year to provide gifts and a holiday meal for approximately 500 needy families in our community. Creekwood has again chosen to support this wonderful partnership and you can find a table for the campaign this Sunday in the Gathering Area. Each $10 we receive will buy one family a turkey for their Christmas meal. Learn more about the program in the video below. We invite you to join us in providing a special Christmas for a neighbor in need.
The Creekwood Kids and Youth on a Mission pulled off a fun Friday night last week with their family movie night. Most importantly, the effort garnered over $430 to support the ZOE Helps Ministry through the "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.
Thank you to everyone who came out to participate and donate, and thank you to the volunteers who made this possible.
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:
August 2, 2016
August 9, 2016
August 16, 2016
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.