Friday, December 21, 2018

Plan Your Christmas Eve
Wide Variety of Service Styles for Everyone!
Make Christmas Eve Special By Inviting Someone New
Communion & Candlelight at All Services

This year we have a wide variety of Christmas Eve services for everyone in the family. Here is an overview of what's going on:

5:00pm Family Service - No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant
Joins us for one of our favorite Bear Creek Traditions. Families with small children or those with the heart of a child will enjoy participating in our no rehearsal Christmas Pageant. As Pastor Leo reads through the Christmas story, congregation members are chosen as volunteers to become characters on stage. This fun and rowdy service is fun for the entire family.

7:00pm Contemporary Service
Join the contemporary band in a joyful night of song and worship. The service will end with a candlelight celebration.

9:00pm Traditional Service - Arrive 30 minutes early for Prelude Concert
Our traditional candlelight service will feature a Prelude Concert of Christmas anthems and instrumental music beginning at 8:30pm. The Chancel Choir will be singing music of the season, and Don Doucet will bless us with beautiful keyboard music.

Help Us Advertise!
We still have a handful of Christmas Eve Yard Signs, simply reply to this email and we will deliver it straight to your yard! Also, we have a special graphic you can download below and share on your favorite social media app to help us spread the word that Christmas is being celebrated here at Bear Creek UMC.

O What FUN!
Over 750 People Attended WinterFest 2018!
Thank You to All Our Wonderful Volunteers
A Night to be Remembered!

WinterFest was a huge success! We would like to thank Children & Youth Ministry (Jonathan Sampson, Jana Jones, Susie Morales), the Bear Creek facilities team, the Family Missions Committee, the UMW, the UMM, the Boy Scouts, the Cub Scouts, the Youth group and all the individuals who volunteered to help make this a fantastic event for the community. It was a night to be remembered!

Church Office Holiday Schedule
Closed from December 24-26 & 
December 31, 2018 - January 2, 2019
Merry Christmas!

Call for Volunteers
BC Kids - Spring 2019 Volunteers

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.

This is what we need:
  • 3 Committed couples to teach Sunday School
  • 2 Parents or Grandparents to teach Sunday School
  • 15 Volunteers to serve once a month for 2 hours
  • FILLED - Special learning needs volunteers - THANK YOU!
  • FILLED - Volunteers for Angels Kids Community Choir - THANK YOU!
  • 1 Lead teacher for Lil' Artist
  • 1 Lead teacher for Lil' Gym
Contact Susie Morales for more information at

Beginning 2019: 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 based on Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University called Breaking Chains! 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 classes. Classes start in January, 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 FPU 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 - 6:30 pm
Begins January 13
Wednesday nights - MidPoint, 7:00pm - 8:30 pm
Begins January 16

Breaking Chains - The Wilsons

For Sunday School Classes
Sermon Series Accompanies this Study

For 9 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 10:15 am. 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 9:30 am 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!

Lil' Gym & Lil' Artist Winter Hiatus
December 23 - January 13

Lil' Artist and Lil' Gym will be taking a Winter Break from December 23 - January 13. 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