In this edition, you won't want to miss these stories:
- Want to Participate in a Hunger Hunt This Sunday?
- Thank You Celebration Class for Wisdom & Wonder!
- Secure Your Spot for Change the World Weekend
Sermon Series: The Story
This Sunday we'll consider two Gospel stories featuring individuals facing grave challenges, but we'll see how these individuals show great faith, pleading to Jesus to help them. Their faith and requests for help bring healing. Let's consider the question: Do we have enough faith and enough humility to ask for help?
Have feedback on the sermon series? What new information have you learned? We'd love to hear from you.
May 1, 2016
Chapter 16: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
May 8, 2016
Chapter 17: "What Your Mother Gave You"
May 15, 2016
Chapter 18: "Mission Possible"
May 22, 2016
Chapter 19: "The Gospel According to Cici's"
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April 29-30, 2016
May 3, 2016
May 8, 2016
May 11, 2016
"Five Major Ways Grief Changes Your Life," Life and Loss Luncheon Hosted by VNA (Visiting Nurse Association), 12:00-1:00 p.m., Stonebridge UMC, Register by May 9, 2016.
May 11, 2016
Faithworks Presents Movie Screening of "An Act of Love," 6:30 p.m. Worship Center.
May 12-June 16, 2016
"Sharing the Journey: Coping With Grief," VNA's Free, Six-Week Grief Support Group Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 5601 Virginia Parkway, Suite 1, McKinney. Contact Susan Bryan.
May 13-15, 2016
May 15, 2016
May 22, 2016
Stephen Ministry Consecration
June 6-10, 2016
June 11, 2016
Sewing Ministry Sewing Day, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
June 14, 2016
Women's Nine-Week Summer Study begins, "Sermon on the Mount" by Jen Wilkin.
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.
Sugar and spice and everything nice. That's what little girls are made of. Well, it's true - at least we believe it to be true when it comes to our volunteer highlight this week. She's a perfect mix of sugar and spice and we'd say she is everything nice. This "little girl" we speak of is seasoned. This isn't her first rodeo. She's learned a thing or two over the years, and we benefit from this as a church in many ways.
Judy, pictured here with her husband, George.
Judy Lark rotates with Ann Shoffstall to cover the church office on Thursday mornings. We've said it before, Thursdays are busy days at the Creekwood office. We finalize the arrangements for Sunday services, we complete and print the bulletin and we complete and deploy the newsletter. When Judy arrives on Thursdays, she jumps right in to get things done, be it proofing, answering the phone, prepping for Sunday school craft activities and more. Communications Director Sandy McKinney said, "I love having Judy in the office. She takes her job seriously and is always willing to help. She cares about Creekwood. She cares about the members of our church. She can also be surprisingly saucy, which we all love up here." Wendy McConney went on, "Judy has cut, pasted, glued and more! So many of our children have benefited from Judy's handiwork. She has been my lifesaver so many times!"
Judy's service to Creekwood goes well beyond Thursdays. Those of you in the Celebration Class know that if you have a prayer request, you share it with Judy. Why? Because Judy faithfully maintains the prayer list for the class. She captures the information from various sources (though she prefers you write it down, people!) and then distributes a list for the class to pray over. And then, most importantly, she prays for her classmates. Fellow Celebration Class member Peggy Stapp explained, "I see Judy as a caring, compassionate, loving Christian whose concern for others leads her to take that extra step when she sees a need. Judy has served the Celebration Class as Sunshine Chair and sends out our weekly email with joys and concerns. What a ministry this has been for the class." Sunshine Chair - exactly. Sugar and spice. Everything nice.
Judy and George participating at the recent Celebration Class/Youth Group "Wisdom & Wonder" Rise Service.
Judy furthermore capitalizes on her experience and compassion serving as a Stephen Minister for our church. Pastor John explains, "Judy is a really supportive member of our Stephen Ministry leadership team. She served as a Stephen Minister for a number of years in another church before coming to Creekwood. She has great insight about how Stephen Ministers can be encouraging caregivers to those who are struggling with life issues. Judy is a truly enthusiastic supporter of our newly-formed Stephen Ministry program." Do you know someone in need of a Stephen Minister? Are you seeking support personally? Contact Pastor John. Together you will determine the Stephen Minister match. Are you interested in possibly serving as a Stephen Minister? Contact Pastor John to learn more.
Judy has more than once served as a model for one of our social media campaigns, as is seen here. And, side note-we're so easily entertained--what were the odds Judy would have on the same shirt in two of these pictures?? We promise it wasn't planned!
Fellow Celebration Class member, Deanna Hyatt, shared the following about Judy: "I have known Judy Lark for five or six years now, and the first thing I noticed was her caring attitude. Serving as the coordinator for Celebration's Joys and Prayers for many years, Judy loves asking for prayers and sharing the joys she hears every Sunday morning. She is a Stephen's Minister, and it shows. She is a Christian lady who truly cares about others. Judy is a blessing to our Celebration Sunday School class, and to Creekwood UMC."
We invite you to join us in thanking our funny, gracious, caring, God-filled friend, Judy Lark. You can send her your note of thanks here. We're thankful for all her sugar and spice--her caring and her sense of humor. We're blessed by her everything nice. P.S. The sugar is literal as well. Judy has a sweet tooth, as is evidenced by her visits to the church office candy bowl. Another way you can show your thanks to Judy is by sharing a piece of chocolate with her!
Our communion offering this Sunday will go to support the food drive for Change the World Weekend. As you may know, we have the goal of stocking 500 bags for the Summer Food Program. Summer food bags offer many local students, whose families rely on free school lunch programs, an opportunity for food when summer school is not in session. Monetary donations will enable us to purchase the food that corresponds with all the peanut butter and jelly you all so generously donated over the last few weeks.
This past weekend we had 28 confirmands attend a retreat at Camp All Saints in Pottsboro. The group enjoyed praise music, fellowship and games. They also spent time in personal reflection and wrote letters to God, preparing for their upcoming confirmation.
We send a BIG thank-you out to all the chaperons and drivers who made this weekend possible for our confirmation class. We ask that you keep these young people in your prayers as they prepare for their Confirmation May 15, 2016.
Red Envelope Campaign
The Red Envelope Campaign was a success. Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $8,000 to support summer youth programming. Watch for updates to come from our summer mission trips!
Directories Have Arrived?
The 2016 (ok, yes the photos were taken in 2015) Creekwood Membership Directory is finally here! Everyone who sat for, or submitted a picture for, the directory is guaranteed a copy, and we have about 80 additional copies we will distribute on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning next week. If you sat for a picture (or submitted a picture), plan to stop by the designated table in the Gathering Area this Sunday to pick up your copy.
Special Needs Ministry
We are accepting resumes for Creekwood's Director of Special Needs Ministry. This is a part-time position reporting primarily to Children's Ministry Director Wendy McConney. Responsibilities will include developing, launching and facilitating a ministry for those persons and families with special needs situations. The role requires Sunday hours, with some strategy and prep work during the week. Please send all applications to Wendy McConney. More information on the role may be found here.
Sign-Ups Are Now Open
Sign up today to be a part of the nationwide Change the World Weekend (CTWW)! On Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will hold a blood drive, conduct a summer food bag assembly to benefit Allen Community Outreach (ACO) and Harper Elementary students, and we will have various project stations designed to prepare for VBS. Click here for a full list of activities and to sign up. We have lots of two-hour slots. Join us in changing the world right where we live.
Change the World Food Drive
Our Change the World Food Drive ends this Sunday. Creekwood has been so generous in food and monetary donations. As we finish out our collection, monetary donations would be greatly appreciated so that our team can buy additional needed items in bulk.
Home Repair Site Project
Allen has identified 32 home repair projects in the city to be addressed during CTWW. Creekwood volunteers will be meeting Saturday, May 14, 2016, to work a site where some siding and trim repair/replacement is needed on the outside of a home. There may be some painting work needed, as well as some fence repair, trash pickup and basic yard cleanup.
Are you interested in joining our crew? Contact Jared Schriner at email@example.com; Jared will confirm start times. We invite you to join us in making a difference in our community.
Teacher Appreciation Lunch
We'll be hosting a teacher appreciation lunch for the teachers of Princeton's Harper Elementary on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. This has become a truly special tradition to wrap up our Harper's Helpers' program for the school year. Volunteers are needed to set up and to provide food. Click here for a full list of volunteer opportunities. Onsite volunteers must be background checked, but anyone can donate food.
2015 Creekwood IF:Gathering
Women's 2016 If: Gathering
Last Chance to Sign Up!
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 p.m.-10:00 p.m. & April 30, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Creekwood Worship Center
Click here to register. There is a $20 registration fee for food and supplies. Due to the length of the event, childcare will not be available.
VBS: June 6-10, 2016
Space is limited and registration will close when classes are full, so sign up today. VBS is for those entering Kindergarten through through those who've completed 5th grade. (Our small preschool VBS program has already filled, with slots only remaining for children of our VBS volunteers.) Click here to register.
We will need many adult and youth volunteers. Consider joining us. Volunteer opportunities can be found here.
Practice This Sunday
The Children's Choir will practice this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. We welcome all children from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Plan to join us!
NEXT OFFICIAL MISSION: Sunday, May 22, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (NOTE CHANGE OF TIME & DATE because of Mother's Day).
Operation: End of season party! Just come and celebrate all the great missions we have done!
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Operation Change The World. Agents: You can get an extra star if you participate in any of the Creekwood Change the World Weekend projects on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For a list of activities you can do with your Mom or Dad click here. Wear your MP Kids T-shirt!
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.
LiGht (Living in God's House Together) Sunday school is held each Sunday from 10:15- 1:15 a.m. in the Student Center. All 7th-12th graders are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
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.
Thank You Celebration Class!
This past Sunday the Celebration Class partnered with the youth for a special Rise service. Participants enjoyed fabulous food and fellowship. Many shared dreams and experiences and offered encouragement. There IS a lot to be shared between generations.
We appreciate the Celebration Class joining us for such a special night, and look forward to the next opportunity for Wisdom and Wonder!
Hunger Hunt May 1, 2016
The Youth are planning a Hunger Hunt to support Creekwood's commitment to the local Summer Food Program. The Hunt is scheduled for Sunday, May 1, 2016. We'll start with dinner at 5:00 p.m., then we'll load into vehicles at 5:40 p.m. to hunt. We'll meet back together at Creekwood at 6:40 p.m. to count up food collected. The team with the most food will get a prize!
We are in need of volunteer drivers that would be willing to drive some youth around town as we gather food! Let Eric know if you can help. If you are a family prepping for a pick up, here is a list of items needed:
- breakfast cereal
- granola or breakfast protein bars
- peanut butter
- jelly — grape or strawberry
- snack fruit cups
- mac 'n' cheese cups
- canned ravioli or spaghettios
Middle School Mission Trip
The middle school mission trip will be held July 27-31, 2016. We are partnering with FUMC Allen and doing some work in Gainesville, Texas! It is pretty close proximity to home and is an awesome opportunity for students and parents who are interested in trying out a mission trip to take a small step out and help change the lives of those in the community!
Stop by the Red Envelope table in the Gathering Area this Sunday to learn more and to register.
UM ARMY Summer Mission Trip Registration is Now Open
We are helping UM Army start a new chapter! They need a veteran group to assist with the establishment of camps in Mississippi and requested Creekwood's assistance! The trip is scheduled for June 12-18, 2016. We'll be going to Mississippi with other veteran groups for our mission work and will be staying at the Central United Methodist Church, about five blocks away from the capitol.
You don't have to be a youth to go on this trip. We need many adult volunteers, including drivers. Stop by the Red Envelope table this Sunday to learn more.
Summer Youth Internship Program
You still have time this week to submit an application for one of our two summer internship opportunities with our youth program. We've got a beach trip, some mission trips, preschool summer camps, and VBS - just to mention a few fun activities our interns will support us with.
Would you, or someone you know, love to spend the summer encouraging and growing young people, and making a difference in the world?
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.