Friday, January 18, 2019
Save The Date: Night on the Town
Saturday, February 9 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm for a Night on the Town and wear your "Boots & Bling"! This dinner and auction is the only major fundraiser for the youth's summer camp and mission trip. All the proceeds from the evening will go directly to help offset costs of summer trips. 

The cost for the evening is $25/person or $40/couple. Reservations and payments will be taken on Sunday, January 20 and Sunday, January 27 in the plaza outside the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. You can also make reservations in the church office. Childcare for the evening will be by reservation only.

For any questions, contact Jana Jones at

Call For Donations
The youth are asking for dessert donations for their silent auction at Night on the Town. Not a baker? Store bought desserts are just as yummy! Please let Jana Jones know if you plan to donate a dessert by Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Please drop off your desserts in the church office Friday, February 8 between 9 am and 1 pm.

Breaking Chains Update
Over 100 People Participating in Small Groups
We want to hear from you!

Pastor Leo said our goal is for every family at Bear Creek to attain Financial Peace. How do we get there? Does it seem impossible? Well, how do you do the impossible, like eat an elephant? One bite at a time! The same applies to getting Financial Peace. If you keep at it over time, and follow a proven plan, you can be out of debt and have a solid financial plan. The Seven Baby Steps taught in Financial Peace are that plan. Millions have followed it and succeeded in finding Financial Peace and are living and giving like no one else today!
Breaking Chains kicked off last Sunday and over 100 of our church and community members are participating in Financial Peace small groups or sermon series discussions during Sunday School hour and have started the journey toward that goal for every Bear Creek UMC family. Let's continue the journey together at Bear Creek helping each other along the way!
It is not too late to join a class! Classes are available on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, Wednesday evenings. There are full 90 minute FPU classes, hour long (Flex) classes, discussion classes, classes for children, youth, and in Spanish.
There is a place for you! Check out the church website for details, call the church office, or email Rick Wilson at

Small Group Times:
Sunday mornings, 9:30am - 11:00am
Sunday mornings, 10:15am - 11:45am
Sunday evenings, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday nights  - MidPoint, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Last Sunday, January 13, we participated in a special giving activity in church. If you were impacted by that activity or did something special with money you may have received, we want to hear about it. Text Pastor Leo, email the church, or call the church office.

The Souper Bowl of Caring
Sunday, February 3rd
Sponsored by the United Methodist Women 

The UMW will be collecting monetary donations before, between and after worship services on Sunday, February 3 for Souper Bowl of Caring. If you would like to volunteer to help in collecting, please contact Virginia Fleming by calling the church office at 281-463-2330 or by email at Monetary donations will be given to the MESA Outreach Food Pantry to help purchase food for those in need in our community. We hope to feed many families with the money that we collect. Please support our UMW and MESA Outreach Souper Bowl team! Tackle Hunger! Be a game changer!

MOPS Bunco Night
Saturday, January 19 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Fellowship Hall

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) will be hosting a Bunco Night on Saturday, January 19 in the Fellowship Hall. Join them for a night of food, fellowship, friendship and fun! This is also a great opportunity to fundraise for MOPS. A special thank you to the United Methodist Women for their support.

A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated.

Have a Prayer or Praise?
Ways to submit your prayers and praises

In addition to putting your Prayer Request Card in the offering plate, the Prayer Team has provided a prayer box for the Sanctuary and a Prayer Jar in the Fellowship Hall as a reminder to focus on prayer and join together in lifting up our prayers. As with all Prayer Request Cards, submissions will be collected on Sunday and put in the safe for confidentiality until Monday, when the front desk receives them. 

In addition, prayer requests can be made by calling the church office or by submission online by clicking here.
"The Way Forward" Report
General Conference Special Session: February 23-26, 2019
St. Louis, Missouri

The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.


Website Spring Cleaning
Help us find things to update

The Communications team is focusing on updating all of the pages on the website this month with the latest information from all the ministries of the church. This is a very large task and we need your help! Please take a moment to visit our church website ( and find the ministry or activity in which you are involved. If you see something either out-of-date or missing, please help by emailing us what page you're viewing and what needs to be changed.

You can reach us at or by calling the church office.

Hope Disaster Recovery
Still Recovering from Harvey?

Hope Disaster Recovery is a local non-profit organization under Cy-Hope that is devoted to helping our community recover from disasters. They work in partnership with the Red Cross.

Hope Disaster Recovery offers free help to find resources such as:
  • Damage Assessments
  • Rebuild Assessments
  • Furniture and Appliances
  • Relocation
If you need help, please email them at or call them at 281-971-3330. Please include your name, daytime phone number, and address.

Volunteering Opportunity
Hope Disaster Recovery Volunteering Opportunity for this Sunday, January 20 has been postponed to Sunday, January 27 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Please join Hope Disaster Recovery and Bear Creek UMC member, Isabel Mendieta to go door-to-door in the Bear Creek neighborhood to give out flyers letting residents know what Hope Disaster Recovery can offer. Volunteers will meet at the FLC building gym door for a short distribution of materials and assigning of partners and coverage areas. If you can help, please contact Isabel by phone at 832-613-4424 or by emailing her

HeBrews Coffee Wednesdays
Every Wednesday from 9:15 to 10:15am

Bear Creek UMC's HeBrews Coffee House will be open again every Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am for your sipping, relaxing, and chatting pleasure. Stop by and say "hi", there's a good chance you'll run into Pastor Leo!

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