Friday, February 1, 2019
LAST CHANCE: Night on the Town
The Most Important Youth Fundraiser
Saturday, February 9, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
75 Already Registered -- 100 is Our Goal!

Join us Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm for a "Night on the Town", an opportunity to wear your "Boots & Bling"! This dinner and auction is the only major fundraiser for the youth 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. This is your last chance to purchase your tickets for the most fun night of the year! Reservations and payments will be taken this Sunday, February 3 on the plaza (in front of the Sanctuary) and in the courtyard (in front of the Fellowship Hall). You can also make reservations in the church office. Childcare for the evening will be by reservation only. If you have already made your reservation but haven't paid yet, please bring your payment by this Sunday.

For any questions, contact Jana Jones at

Call For Donations
We are in need for more donations for our dessert auction! 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 9am and 1pm.

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!

Preschool Registration  is OPEN
Looking for an amazing neighborhood preschool!?
Public Registration is now open!
12 months through Kindergarten

Registration is now open to the public for all classes from ages 12 months to Kindergarten. 

Bear Creek United Methodist Church School has been a cornerstone ministry for our church since it opened in 1984. It's culture and curriculum is thoughtfully selected, skillfully presented, and carefully matched to each child's level. Our school provides a Christian based environment, with weekly chapel lessons. We offer a developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum that's perfect for your family.

To learn more, schedule a tour, or to register your child, please click the link below!

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Breaking Chains Update
What Happened This Week

It is hard to believe that we are already several weeks into our Breaking Chains sermon series. Last Sunday in worship Pastor Leo talked to us about our Money Mindset and we took a survey - here are the combined results from both services:
strapped in the present and anxious about the future (living paycheck to paycheck) - 11% of US Christians / 8% Bear Creek
Feeling okay, experiencing relative calm but hoping for more (not yet feeling secure- one disaster away from real hardship) - 32% of US Christians / 21% Bear Creek
Feeling mostly confident (feel they have enough for self, but not enough extra to share - tend to be as enslaved to saving as struggles are to debt) - 38% of US Christians / 31% Bear Creek
Feeling grateful and ready to share (believe they have more than enough and joyfully give away more than 10% of their income) - 13% of US Christians / 31% Bear Creek
It is nice to see that the percentage in the Surplus Mindset at 31% - more than double the general population of US Christians, according to the research from the book "Your New Money Mindset." However, the goal for Breaking Chains is for  all of us to work toward, and eventually find, that elusive Surplus Mindset, or true Financial Peace. So, 69% of those responding during worship still have some challenges before they reach Financial Peace. Pastor Leo reminded us that it all starts with an attitude of gratitude for all the ways you have been blessed. According to the book's author, "It's a conscious choice to think and act differently about everything we own or might wish that we did. A surplus mindset means deciding we have enough for ourselves and enough to share."
Combination of the poll results from last week's sermon.

One great way to work toward financial peace is to attend Financial Peace University (FPU) and learn about the
7 Baby Steps:
  • Step 1: $1,000 in a starter emergency fund
  • Step 2: Pay-off all Non-mortgage Debt using the Debt Snowball
  • Step 3: 3-6 Months Expenses in a Fully Funded Emergency Fund
  • Step 4: Invest 15% of Income into Roth IRAs and Pre-tax Retirement Plans
  • Step 5: Fund your Children's College
  • Step 6: Pay-off your Home Early
  • Step 7: Build Wealth and Give
"The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets." Proverbs 21:20 (TLB)
Our week three FPU lesson was on Baby Step 3 (setting aside 3-6 months of expenses in an emergency fund). Achieving this step can go a long way toward being able to feel truly secure and beginning to have a Surplus Mindset. The emergency fund protects you from going into debt to cover emergencies, and it keeps you from living in fear of the next surprise expense.
Completing Baby Step 3 is not just about saving, it is also about contentment - remember the attitude of gratitude Pastor Leo talked about? Gratitude will lead you to contentment which, in turn, starts you on the road to financial peace. "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." Phillipians 4:11
Although we are now a third of the way through Breaking Chains and this 9-week session of FPU, we still have room for visitors in FPU classes, so feel free to pop in (see FPU class times and locations or call the church office) - everyone is welcome! Stay tuned to Pastor Leo's sermon series, engage in your small group discussions over the next six weeks, and pray for Breaking Chains to have a positive impact on many lives at Bear Creek and on how church leadership manages your gifts for Kingdom building. 
If you have questions or want to learn more about FPU or this week's article, reach out to Lisa Henney at (Education Team Lead and Financial Coach) or Julie Wilson at (Prayer Team Lead and Financial Coach).

Fellowship Friday
Friday, February 8, 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 "Valentines Day". Join us  Friday, February 8 from 10:00am - 1:30pm to hear our special entertainment, "Touch of Jazz"!
"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.

Bishop Jones' Analyses:
 Analysis of the Commission on a Way Forward Report                                                       

2019 Southwest District Leadership Development Event
Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 8:00am until 12:00pm
Christ United Methodist Church

For Church Leaders and Members
All Lay Leaders and congregation members are encouraged to attend the Southwest District Leadership Workshop, "Loving in Truth & Action" on Saturday, February 9, 2019. The event is from 8:00am (breakfast & check-in) until 12:00pm at Christ United Methodist Church in Sugarland. The schedule will include Worship, followed by Keynote speaker, Dr. Maria Dixon Hall with 2 workshops finishing the morning. Topics will include models for SPRC, Finance, and Trustee committees as well as insight into Children & Youth Ministries, opportunities for laity, and church governance.

Registration is $10. Sign up by Clicking Here

Women of Worth Women's Conference
March 22-23, 2019

More details coming soon!
Hosted by the BCUMC United Methodist Women.
Early registration can be found at 

The Hour of Prayer
February 12, 2019 at 7:00pm
Fellowship Hall

The Hour of Prayer will take place on February 12 at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for a time of prayer, reflecting and singing. 

Matthew 18:20 KJV
"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

Donations Needed
Call for Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Tuna!

Do you enjoy a PB&J? Well, so do the clients that visit the MESA Outreach Food Pantry. They are in dire need of jelly, peanut butter, and tuna! Bear Creek UMC collects food on communion Sunday. Please bring your donations to service this Sunday, February 3. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

No Lil' Artist or Lil' Gym Due to Family Sunday
Enjoy Worship with your family!
Resumes February 10th, 2019

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

Bear Creek UMC's HeBrews Coffee House will be open every Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am for your sipping, relaxing, and chatting pleasure. You'll find Pastor Leo there with his morning brew!

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