February 8, 2018
News from the Corner
A Reconciling Congregation

Oak Lawn UMC is a Reconciling Congregation: Loving, Compassionate, Inclusive. We welcome people of all ages, races, backgrounds, abilities, economic circumstances, sexual orientations, and gender identities into the life and leadership of our church. We commit to advocating for justice and full inclusion of all people in our congregation and in the community we serve.

February 11

in the Sanctuary:
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

Rev. Rachel Griffin Baughman
2 Kings 2:1-12

This Week at OLUMC 

Thursday, February 8
4:00 p.m. Day School: 
       Valentine's Dance  
6:00 p.m. Emergency 
        Weather Shelter 
6:30 p.m.  AA Meeting
Sunday, February 11
8:45 a.m. Childcare begins
9:00 a.m.  Worship Service
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
12:00 p.m. Trustees Mtg
2:00 p.m. Union Staff Mtg
5:00 p.m. Community Meal
Clothes Closet
7:00 p.m. Dallas 
        Community Taize
Monday, February 12
6:30 p.m.  AA Meeting
6:30 p.m.  Oak Lawn Band 
Tuesday, February 13
9:30 a.m.  M&E Meeting
7:00 p.m.  CMA Meeting
Wednesday, February 14
10:30 a.m. Yoga
12:00 p.m. Communion
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday 
Chancel Choir will rehearse immediately following the service.
Bible Study
during Lent
beginning February 18

"Almost Christian"
Wednesdays 6-7 p.m.
with Soup Supper
Room 209
February 21 RSVP
February 28 RSVP
March 7 RSVP
March 14 RSVP
March 21 RSVP
March 28 RSVP

Sundays 6-7 p.m.
immediately following our Community Meal
Room 209
February 18 RSVP
February 25 RSVP
"Seven Words the Empire Fears"
Thursdays 7 p.m.
joint study with Grace UMC


Front Desk

Usher Communion Servers

Contact Heather for more details!

A Time to Serve
Wednesday Communion

Take a break for your hectic work week and enjoy a moment of peace at our midweek Eucharist. We offer a devotion and Holy Communion every Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary with Pastor Gregg.

Oak Lawn UMC
(214) 521-5197

Website:    olumc.org
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Oak Lawn Community Outreach Center
Rev. Gregg Alan Smith, Director
(214) 521-5197 ext. 121

Website:    OLCOC

Oak Lawn United Methodist Day School
(214) 521-0900

Website:    OLUMDS
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Reconciling Churches
on LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
February 11, 2018 4 p.m.

Homeless LGBTQ youth constitutes 40% of homeless youth in Dallas. LGBTQ youth become homeless when parents expel them from home due to their sexual identities. OUTlast is a LGBTQ homeless youth initiative which seeks to reduce and prevent homelessness in LGBTQ youth in Dallas and surrounding counties.

The North TX Reconciling Ministries and OUTlast are hosting a panel discussion to raise awareness of this vulnerable population. Bishop Mike McKee will be our special guest at this event.

What: Chili Dinner/Table Conversation
When: February 11, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Where:  Northaven UMC 11211 Preston Rd. Dallas.
Bring: Dessert -- nothing that requires cutting (no cake/pie)

For more information contact Joan Wu or John Horany.

Annual Saints Alive Party
February 19, 2018 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor

Please join us for our annual Saints Alive Party. We will have our Auction and bid on unique gifts using "play money." It's fun for everyone-- you don't want to miss it!

2018 Reading Program
Oak Lawn United Methodist Women are pleased to announce the Reading Program for 2108. Our first book is  Adventure of Ascent by Luci Shaw. It is in the Spiritual Growth category. We will meet at the church on Wednesday, February 21 at 5:30 to discuss. 

Here's a description of the book:
For most of us, growing older is a reality we try to put off, but then we realize - shockingly - that it happens anyway. We immediately look around to see how others on the path just ahead of us a dealing with it. Here is the intrepid Luci Shaw, taking you on a virtual hike with steps more deliberate and slow but also with surprising vistas that fill us with gratitude. In this book, Shaw serves as a fearless and eloquent scout. As she traverses new territory, she records her experiences lovingly, honestly, sorrowfully and joyfully. Here's what it's like, and here's what to be ready for. These field notes will inform your own journey, no matter what your age. 176 pages. 

Available at the Dallas Public Library, amazon.com

Please join us! If you have any questions, contact Sue Thorn at thethorns@sbcglobal.net or 214-987-4314.

John Wesley's sermons inspired the Methodist movement in America that has brought us to where we are today. 

In the season of Lent this year, we will go on a journey to rediscover the fundamentals of being Christian. With the sermons of John Wesley as our starting point, we will reengage with our roots and rediscover what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century. We will compliment the sermon series with two options for Bible study to deepen the conversation! Details and RSVP information is in the left-hand column. 

It's easy to be almost Christian--to be an upstanding citizen and do good deeds--but what does it mean to fully live into who God made us to be and be altogether Christian? What is the purpose God has for us? 

This year, "may we all thus experience what it is to be, not almost only; but altogether Christians," as we prepare for the celebration of Easter!
Lent Theology Pub

Join us as we partner with Grace UMC to journey through Lent in a *somewhat* unconventional setting with a *somewhat* non-traditional lectionary-based study. OLUMC pastors Rachel, Ben, and Gregg, along with Grace pastors Judith, Eric, and Becky will lead lively conversations at Capitol Pub in Dallas as we discuss:
"Seven Words the Empire Fears: Biblical Responses to Controversial Times." A study based on words the CDC recently discouraged/banned(?) employees from using.
Thursday nights at 7pm from Feb. 15 through March 29.*
Open to ALL adults.
*March 29 study will begin after conclusion of Maundy Thursday services. 
Feb 15: **Evidence-based**. Matthew 6 - Whenever you pray...why the empire values posturing over practices. (Leader: Becky Hensley)
Feb 22: **Vulnerable**. Mark 1 - Jesus in the wilderness...why the empire doesn't care who is at the margins. (Leader: Ben Hensley)
March 1: **Transgender**. Mark 9 - The Transfiguration...why the empire fears people's true selves. (Leader: Judith Reedy)
March 8: **Entitlement**. John 2 - Cleansing of the Temple...why the empire places obstacles to people's needs. (Leader: Rachel Baughman)
March 15: **Diversity**. John 3 - God does not condemn the world...why the Empire demands conformity against a faith that embraces diversity. (Leader: Gregg Smith)
March 22: **Science-based**. John 12 - The Hour Has Come...why the Empire denies Climate change even as the time has come for action. (Leader: Becky Hensley)
March 29/MAUNDY THURSDAY: **Fetus**. Mark 15 - Passion narrative...why the Empire denies ("fetus") or forces names ("King of the Jews") to maintain power. (Leader: Eric Markinson)

Contact Rev. Becky David Hensley for more details: becky@graceumcdallas.org

Marriage Committee
In November 2018, at the annual Church Conference, the congregation decided to study to possibility of expanding our marriage policy to allow the conduct and celebration of same-sex marriages in our church.  This committee has been meeting, but does not have a recommendation at this point.  We need to learn your beliefs, opinions, and attitudes before we can finish our work.
The Marriage Committee has opened a line of communication for your thoughts, beliefs and opinions, an anonymous web-based survey.  There are only four items in this survey, so please take a few minutes to share. 
Please go to this link
For further information, contact Jim Parsons, jimpar@gmail.com, 214-418-4113.
We Can! Pantry
February Collection Item

Throughout February we will be collecting "just add water" items. Pancake mix, instant potatoes, etc. Bring them with you on Sunday and place them in the shopping cart in the hospitality center.