Friday, January 4, 2019

Sign Up Today: Breaking Chains
Church-Wide Study begins Sunday, January 13, 2019
Sermon Series Accompanies this Study

Beginning in January, we are presenting a church-wide study called Breaking Chains based on Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents Biblical, practical steps to move from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to become debt free, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

The classes are fun and full of hope. The average family has an $8,000 change in position during the nine weeks of this study. Classes start in January 13, 2019. To find out more information, look for our tables after Sunday services or on the BCUMC website. Free childcare is available!

Register for the class that fits your schedule - links for each class are below.

Sunday mornings, 9:30am - 11:00am
Begins January 13
Sunday mornings, 10:15am - 11:45am
Begins January 13
Sunday evenings, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Begins January 13
Wednesday nights - MidPoint, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Begins January 16

Breaking Chains - The Wilsons

For Sunday School Classes
Sermon Series Accompanies this Study

For nine weeks, starting in January, we are encouraged by Pastor Leo to focus our studies on Financial Peace University.
Adult classes that meet on Sunday morning are encouraged to enroll in the FPU classes that are being offered at 10:15am. We will view the video portion of FPU all together in the sanctuary and then move to our regular classrooms for small group discussion. (Class time would be extended to 11:45) If your class has a majority of the members attending the Contemporary Worship service, then let us know and we can arrange a 9:30am class for those wishing to attend that service.
If this does not work for your home-based group, small group meeting at the church, or Sunday school class, there are other format options available.  Contact Nanette Radke at for more information. Watch for updates on times and formats!

A Vibrant Church in 2019
Vibrant Church Initiative in Full Swing
An Update on the Progress

Bear Creek's Vibrant Church Initiative (VCI 2.0) goal is to ultimately become disciples of Christ who are making disciples. To assist us to achieve our goal, our VCI coach, Chuck Simmons, has given us four Prescriptions which are currently in progress.
Prescription #1 Strengthen Communications
Team Leader: Quan Luu
The pastor, in consultation with the coach, has created a Communications team of 7 volunteers. The team will review all BCUMC communications, internal and external, and recommend actions to inform and connect better across generations with those inside and outside the church. This team will research and implement healthy and effective ways to communicate clearly about major decisions, updates, activities and ministry needs. Particular attention will be given to accuracy, accountability, focus and consistency to yield positive results both within and beyond the membership.
To kick off 2019 efforts, the team will participate in a communication workshop with consultant April Canik on Sunday, January 6, to discuss best practices, establish a consistent information flow chart and formulate a written plan for overall communications detailing accountable personnel and milestones. Cost of the workshop is subsidized by the Texas Annual Conference's Center for Congregational Excellence.
Prescription #2: Enhance Hospitality Assimilation
Team Leader: Joy Quandahl
The pastor, in conjunction with the coach, has created a team of 5 people plus teams from the Invite and Discipleship Ministries.  To kick off 2019 efforts, the first of three Hospitality and Assimilation training workshops scheduled for Monday, January 14. The workshops will be led by consultant, Jan Floro of the company Grow Church Now. Cost of the workshop is subsidized by the Texas Annual Conference's Center for Congregational Excellence.
Briefly, our Hospitality goals include making the Bear Creek Campus, welcome packets, and website guest-friendly, developing a comprehensive welcoming system for new members including electronic tools to support the system, and intentional strengthening of post-service attention to guests.
Our Assimilation goals are to leverage other churches' successful assimilation models to design BCUMC's system for assimilation and implement the volunteer structure and electronic tools to support the system.

Prescription #3: Focus on the Young
Team Leader: Kim Purdy
The pastor, in consultation with the coach, is in the process of creating a team to include representatives of youth, young adults and younger families who will invite a church-wide commitment to making the "Young" a prioritized focus of Bear Creek UMC.  This will include teaching about the gap between the membership and demographics of the surrounding community regarding youthfulness and young families.
The team will make recommendations that target new programs to our mission-field (examples: Just Me and the KidsParenting Safe Children, etc.), improve the child and family friendliness of our campus, design multigenerational activities and increase the Preschool's enrollment, visibility, and linkage with membership.
Prescription #4: Develop Discipleship Pathway
Team Leader: Millard Brogan
The pastor, in consultation with the coach, has created a Discipleship Team of 5 people representing various ages and stages of spiritual maturity within the congregation.  The team is working to create a systematic pathway for intentional faith development from the cradle to the grave.
The Discipleship Pathway will focus on the faith journey, the lifelong formation of a Five-Star Participant, rather than on programs that provide quick fixes. This will provide multiple entry points for a person to become a Five-Star Participant. The team will also provide resources at every level in a disciple formation plan to help individuals move from stage to stage, increasing the flow of intentional growth.

Help Us Un-Deck the Halls!
Sunday, January 6 at 2:30pm

Another Christmas season behind us! Now it's time to take down the decorations in the sanctuary. Volunteers are needed this Sunday, January 6 at 2:30pm in the Sanctuary. Come and help the alter team put everything away. The more people can help, the faster things go! Your help is always appreciated.

The Hour of Prayer
Tuesday, January 8 at 7pm
Fellowship Hall

The Hour of Prayer will take place on January 8 at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for a time of prayer, reflection and singing.

Bring a devotion or scripture to read as we sing and pray for God to bring light to our church, community and country.  Afterwards, we will share hot coffee or tea & sweet breads.

Prayer Walk
Wednesday, January 9 at noon
Prayer Room, Ministry Village

The Prayer Team is hosting a short Prayer Walk following our normal prayer time on Wednesday, January 9 from 12:00pm - 12:30pm. All are welcome to join us as we pray for our preschool, church, and neighbors. If you work in the area, come walk with us during your lunch break. If you live in the area and have kids, bring your stroller. The more the merrier as we join in prayer for God's light to shine.  

If the weather is bad, we will have a virtual prayer walk in the Prayer Room. 

Fellowship Friday
Friday, January 11, 2019 from 10:00am - 1:30pm
Fellowship Hall

Fellowship  Friday, an Energizers' outreach ministry, provides a loving, welcoming and fun environment for family members with mild to moderate memory loss who do not require skilled care. This program, a partnership between Interfaith CarePartners and BCUMC, is designed to give caregivers some much needed time away.

This month's theme is "Winter Wonderland". Join us  Friday, January 11 from 10:00am - 1:30pm to hear our special entertainment, Part of 2!

SO CLOSE: Call for Volunteers
BC Kids - Spring 2019 Volunteers
More Kids Mean More Hands

The children's ministry is growing and we need your help to keep the momentum going! We are currently seeking committed couples and parents or grandparents to support our children's ministry. Please pray about where God is leading you to serve the children of our church. Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered!

These are the final positions we need filled:  
  • 1 Lil' Gym Lead
  • 1 Preschool Sunday School
  •  2 Volunteers to Serve 2 Hours Once a Month
Please contact Susie Morales for more information at

MidPoint Restarts This  Wednesday

MidPoint is back on January 9, 2018 after a Christmas Hiatus. Activities restart at 6:30pm. For more information contact the church office.
Lil' Gym & Lil' Artist Restarts January 13

Lil' Artist and Lil' Gym Winter Break is almost over! Sessions will resume January 20, 2019! 
Online & Text Giving
Electronic giving. From your smartphone!

Online and text giving can be found on our website. Both options are facilitated through Shelby Systems, Inc., our church administration software, which is highly secure. You will find links and instructions on the giving page of our website. Thank you for your faithful contributions that allow us to continue the various ministries of Bear Creek United Methodist Church!  

If you haven't already, forward this newsletter to a friend or family member and get them involved in the life of our church!

Contact BCUMC Communications: or 281-463-7284