Friday, February 15, 2019
Night on the Town was a Success!
Over $10,000 Raised for Youth Mission Trips
Special Thanks to All Who Helped

Last Saturday, on February 9th, the youth hosted their annual Night on the Town dinner and fundraiser. Over 102 tickets were sold, 28 items auctioned, and a record $10,000 raised. We want to thank all of the youth members who participated in making the event the success it was. Additionally, we need to thank Mr. Ron Darcy and Mr. Brian Jones for donating the cost of the food to reduce our expenses. The efforts of Jonathan Sampson and Jana Jones were invaluable, thank you both for your efforts in organizing this important event.

The funds will now go to support youth in participating in their summer camp & mission trip. We are excited that so many will have the opportunity to go thanks to the generosity of our Bear Creek community.

This Sunday: Tony Vinson
Our Superintendent for the Southwest District
Guest Preacher at all Services
Stop your "Stinkin' Thinkin" -- He'll Tell Us How

Join us this weekend as we welcome our Southwest District Superintendent Rev. Tony Vinson as he preaches his sermon titled "Breaking the Chains of Negative Emotions" based on Luke 10:38-42.

BC Babies Playgroup
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 9:15am
Fellowship Hall

Our next "Playgroup" (featuring The Children's Museum of Houston) is this coming Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in the Fellowship Hall. This is a free event, geared towards all children ages 0-2 years old (siblings are always welcome), to help promote early literacy.

Please contact Sabrina Jones at nursery@bearcreekumc.org  or Susie Morales at bcchildren@bearcreekumc.org  for more information.

Yes, we need MORE Volunteers!
Our Children's Program is GROWING
Join the BCKids Volunteer Team

Do you love working with children? Consider joining our BCKids Volunteer Team! Our Sunday Morning ministry continues to grow and we are in need of Sunday school teachers for our three and four year old class and our fourth and fifth graders.

Please contact Susie Morales at bcchildren@bearcreekumc.org for more information.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake 
Feast & Festivities
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
FLC Gym

Our famous annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Feast and Festivities will be held in the FLC Gym on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 6:30pm until 8:00pm. Come for fun and fellowship!

We are still looking for folks who are willing to help prepare and serve pancakes, volunteer to help with games for both kids and adults, setup and tear down. Equally as important, we are looking for people to celebrate, participate, and eat pancakes!

Contact Michelle Cross at cross.michelle@rocketmail.com or Nanette Radke at neradke@sbcglobal.net for more information or details regarding the great pancake contest and feast! 

Women of Worth 
Women's Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and
Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Early Registration Now Open

The Bear Creek United Methodist women invite you to join us Friday, March 22, 2019 from 5pm-9pm and Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 8am-5pm in the Fellowship Hall as we host the Women of Worth Women's Conference sponsored by: Out of the Box Ministries with Sherri Weeks.

Sherri is an ordained minister, author, musician and artist who travels extensively encouraging others through the Word in a relatable way. At the WOW conference, participants can meet new friends and discover who we all are in Christ. There will be lots of laughter, joy, music, fun, and of course food! 

Early online registration is now available at www.sherriweeks.net/wow-conference and until February 28, is only $85.

Nursery will be available with advanced reservation by calling the church office at 281-463-2330 by Monday, March 18. 

Please contact Cyndi Miller at  cymiller@ymail.com or Janet Charpiot at  jcharpiot2@gmail.com for additional information. The WOW conference is all about learning that each woman is "stronger than you know and worth more than gold."



150 Days To Go: VBS is Coming
Vacation Bible School
Save the date: July 15-19th
More details coming soon

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

Step in for a visit and get to know us!

Our preschool offers a loving environment that enables each child to grow spiritually, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Through a discovery approach to learning, the children learn about respecting themselves and others, sharing, listening and experiencing God's love. Our program is designed to build on the child's learning experiences at home and at school in a nurturing and secure environment.

We invite your family to come for a visit any school day between 10am and noon. Our staff will be happy to show you our classrooms and answer any questions about our preschool program.

You can register this year online by clicking the link below:

VCI - It's Happening!
What Happened This Week

Every few weeks we want to highlight a VCI team and their progress in fulfilling our prescriptions. This week, we want you to know about Team #2!

The VCI Prescription Team # 2, which addresses Hospitality and Assimilation, is working with our consultant, Jan Floro, and the staff to improve our guests' and congregation's experience on campus. The team is working with our Communications Director to produce new guest materials as well as with the office staff to address our guest registration card and attendance registration.
 
On February 11, the team held their second workshop with Consultant Jan Floro, from Grow Church Now, to learn of her experience a first time Bear Creek guest.   The input from Jan and the team will be used to strengthen our welcoming ministry -- vital for BCUMC's future growth.  
 
We want YOU to be a part of the team!! Everyone is invited to come to the Saturday, March 30th workshop entitled "Every Person, Every Sunday." The objective of the workshop is to empower each person in our church to create a culture of hospitality that will reflect the love of Christ to anyone who steps on our campus. We hope to see you in the Fellowship Hall from 9-12. Come and be prepared to be inspired!!
 
Meet the VCI 2.0 Hospitality and Assimilation Team:




Breaking Chains Update
What Happened This Week

It is hard to believe that we are already half way through our journey to financial peace for everyone at Bear Creek UMC.  We've learned all about the seven Baby Steps and the importance of having a financial plan - a.k.a. a budget or cash flow plan.  Now the class focus changes to learning strategies to live out this new plan - starting with making wise purchases. This week, we learned all about the excellent marketing and advertising techniques we are bombarded with every day. We also learned that we need to stick to our plan and not become distracted by great marketing - we must stick to our plan, not the advertisers plan. 

Save the Date
On Sunday, March 24 at 10:10am in the FLC Gym we will be celebrating our Breaking Chains journey here at Bear Creek.  There will be food and some great surprises - we want everyone to join us. Stay tuned for more information soon! 

"The Way Forward" Report
General Conference Special Session: February 23-26, 2019
St. Louis, Missouri

Bishop evaluates Way Forward plans
Bishop evaluates Way Forward plans

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:


Praying Our Way Forward
Join us in Prayer for The United Methodist Church
 
This prayer movement is in response to the Council of Bishops initiative called "Praying Our Way Forward". We are called to pray for God's leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission & unity of the church. Since General Conference 2016, our church has experienced conflict & has needed to consider "How can we show God's great love and mercy to one another as we make decisions?"   Prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church.
 
Before the Special Session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis on February 23-26, the entire United Methodist family (12 million United Methodists around the world) is called to pray for the 864 delegates & 200 alternates that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. The Committee on Reference has decided 78 petitions have been cleared for consideration aimed at helping The United Methodist Church stay unified despite deep conflict over homosexuality.



Call the church office (281-463-2330) or email Linda Dunn at lindadunn49@gmail.com to schedule your prayer time.
 
Click Here for more details on "Praying Our Way Forward"

Church Council Update
Goals Set from Recent Church Council Retreat
Consider Yourself Updated

Your church council met last January 12, 2019 for their annual retreat. During the event, they discussed what goals they want to accomplish in the coming months. Below is an update as to what was agreed for our goals:

1. Average Weekly attendance: 419

2. Number of small groups available: 32

3. Outreach-Number of community ministries: 7

4. Professions of Faith: 30

5. Financial Strength: 5% increase in giving w/ at least $30k surplus in budget

For more information you can contact our Lay Leader Sam Purdy at purdsam@gmail.com.

HOPE Disaster Recovery
Still Recovering from Hurricane Harvey?
Volunteers Needed

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  cases@hdrtx.org or call them at 281-971-3330. Please include your name, daytime phone number, and address.

Volunteering Opportunity
Hope Disaster Recovery will go door-to-door in the Bear Creek neighborhood to give out flyers. The goal is to let 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. 

Available Times:
February 16, 2019 - Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm 
February 23, 2019 - Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm

If you can help, please contact Isabel by phone at 832-613-4424 or by emailing her  isabel.menieta@hopedrtx.org

Church Office Closed
Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents' Day



Every Person, 
Every Sunday
Save the date - March 30, 2019 at 9:00am
Welcoming Ministry Training

Guests represent 100% of our church's potential growth. We want to make sure we put our best foot forward! Training for all on how to welcome guests coming soon.

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! 
 




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Contact BCUMC Communications:
bcumc@rumscheidt.com or 281-463-7284