E-News for September 25, 2019
Pastor's Column
Make it a Habit to Pray Differently.

Last Sunday I shared in worship that, according to some studies, 95% of what we humans do is habitual. In fact, my favorite part of the sermon was then pointing out how so many of us always sit in the exact same spot week after week. It still makes me giggle because almost everyone in worship was in their “regular” seat on Sunday…and I’m grateful you made room for our first time guests to pick their new spots, too.

Habits and rituals can be a beautiful thing, especially when they are healthy and life-giving habit choices.

What are healthy and life-giving habits that have helped you grow in your faith? Do you attend worship regularly? Volunteer every first Wednesday at the Mobile Food Pantry? Read your Bible daily? Journal? Take Sabbath rest?

How are your prayer habits? Like everything else, a good habit of praying regularly grows your relationship with God and can increase your faith. Prayer can be powerful and even life-changing.
If we’re not careful, like any habit over time, prayer can become routine, empty, even selfish. Has your prayer life hit a dry spell? Would you like to learn new ways to refresh your prayer life?

This Sunday we begin a new sermon series, Pray Differently. Through the four weeks of the series we will explore new ways to live a prayer-filled life. You are invited to form a habit and join us starting this week, with a sermon called “Invite Me.” (Luke 14:15-24)

We also have exciting new ways for you to start new habits and get engaged in ministry this Sunday – Manna Bag Assembly in the Fellowship Hall, Sign Ups for Fall Fest, Cowtown Brush-Up, Blood Drive volunteering and a special new Art Night. (Read below for more details.)

Hope to see you all in worship this Sunday – your regular seat is waiting for you, and there’s room for more.
Blessings,
Rev. Erin
Art as a Spiritual Practice
Creating art can be a powerful way to feel God’s spirit and to grow in your faith, even if you don’t yet consider yourself an “artist.”

As we learn to “Pray Differently” with our new sermon series, you are invited to come and learn how to use prayerful art as a means for connecting to God.

Sunday, Sept. 29 – Mixed Media with Scripture
5:30-7:00 pm
Rooms 25/26

Sunday, Oct. 20 – Bead Making and Prayer Beads
6:30-8:00 pm
Rooms 25/26

Sunday, Nov. 10 – Making Broken things Beautiful
5:30-7:00 pm
Rooms 25/26

Workshops are free and a love offering will be collected to support the Salvation Army Mission and Art Nights. Each workshop stands alone and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Childcare is available upon request. Please RSVP by the Friday prior to each worshop, erin@nwumc.org.
Church-Wide Mission Project:
Help Fill Manna Bags this Sunday, September 29
During last summer’s Faithful Focus Meetings with Pastor Leslie, one of the important goals that emerged was to offer more frequent mission opportunities involving the entire congregation. For September, we are filling up manna bags!
I never expected such a strong reaction over a simple pair of clean socks.

Last summer, participants in the Ulster Project of Arlington (including some youth from our church) shared an evening of fun and dinner with residents of the Arlington Life Shelter. We played bingo, enjoyed a grilled hamburger meal, and listened to songs performed by both shelter residents and Northern Irish teens. It was a heartwarming evening of fellowship, but what struck my heart the most was a father’s reaction about the New World UMC Manna Bags we shared. He was so excited about getting a new pair of socks.

One of the most needed items for people who are homeless is clean socks, yet they are donated less than other items. Clean socks prevent infection, keep cold feet warm and give a sense of dignity to tired feet.

Clean socks are just one of the many items we provide through our Manna Bag ministry. Through manna bags being handed out by church members to people in need, we also participate in sharing love, hope, mercy and dignity.

This Sunday morning between worship services in the Fellowship Hall we will be packing a new supply of manna bags. All ages and abilities are invited to participate in donating items, writing notes of encouragement, assembling and taking manna bags.
To sign up for a particular item to bring, click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c48a5a92ba2fb6-manna

If you have any questions, contact erin@nwumc.org
Love,
Rev. Erin
Spiritual Gifts Class
Registration for the Spiritual Gifts Class will be between services in the Fellowship on Sunday, September 29th.  The cost of the course is $10.00 and includes study guide and lunch!

The course will be in 2 parts - Sunday, October 20 and Sunday, November 3rd from 12:30-4:30.
Lunch is served between Noon - 12:30.

The facilitator for the class is Cheryl Erickson. Instructors are Mary Lynn Averett, Sarah Cantrell, Melissa Darrow and Gordon Johnson.

Contact Gayle Collier at gayleacollier@gmail.com to register or if you have any questions.
Games & Prizes – Silent Auction – Cotton Candy
Police & Firefighters  Live Entertainment
Bake Sale – Vendor Tables
And Much, Much More!!!!

Please prayerfully consider how you can help…
We are in need of donated items for the Silent Auction and the Bake Sale.  If you have Silent Auction items, please bring them to New World by Sunday, September 29. Consider purchasing a vendor table to sell your products or promote your services. We are in need of volunteers to work stations for limited times. Financial donations can also be made to help support this event.

Most importantly come, invite friends
and family and have fun!

Contact Shelley Allman shelleyallman@outlook.com 214-763-4132 for more information or to volunteer your time.
Mission & Art Nights
Looking for an outlet to serve your neighbors, to be creative or to learn more about God? Consider volunteering for Salvation Army Mission and Art Nights!

Each Monday evening 6:00-8:00 pm, New World volunteers lead and participate in art workshops with the residents at the Arlington’s Salvation Army Family Shelter. It is a beautiful chance to serve our neighbors, have a relaxing and fun evening of volunteering, and to learn how God is at work in our neighborhood. The evening schedule includes set up time, a short devotional, a variety of art projects and clean up time. Volunteers are needed to help with both children and adults, and no artistic talent or experience is required. You may volunteer for one week or however many fit your schedule.

Upcoming Projects:
September 23 – Bead Making
September 30 – Prayer Beads

Donations of broken jewelry/beads, fall craft supplies and gift cards to local craft stores are appreciated. To get more information or to volunteer, contact Rev. Erin at erin@nwumc.org
Can You Help?
The Connection Team is looking for volunteers to cover a few spots through the end of 2019. This ministry provides our first point of contact each Sunday morning as we welcome, direct, and assist guests and members alike from the moment they exit their vehicle. Please contact Anna Lee if you would like to volunteer or have any questions, 972-642-6576, scissortail50@gmail.com.

October 6th - 2 spots
October 20th - 2 spots
November 3rd - 1 spot
December 1st - 2 spots
December 15th - 2 spots

***Testimonial ***
" Monitoring the parking lot is a wonderful ministry. It gives me the opportunity to start the day of everyone I meet with a smile. Greeting new visitors is the best, but welcoming our congregation is so rewarding. This is a fun ministry which also adds a sense of security outside. - Please consider joining our group."
David Corley   
Mission Opportunity for You!
Habitat for Humanity
Fall Cowtown Brush Up
Painting 51 Homes in One Day!
Saturday, October 19!!   

New World has pledged to raise $1,000 for Habitat for Humanity. We have almost reached our goal, but need your help! There will be a table in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday, or if you would like, you can leave a donation in the Offering Plate marked Cowtown Brush Up.

Questions: call Lynn Brink 817-265-6518. This is going to be Great!!
Prime Timers
In October Dr. Carrie Jean Tunson, VP of Tarrant County College Community and Industry Education Services, will be our speaker. As an added bonus, Mary Teague from Arlington Memorial will offer free, high dose flu shots. 

Join us for a pot luck lunch in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 on Tuesday, October 8. Bring a dish to share with your friends, our guests and staff. Guests welcome!
Blood Drive is Coming October 13!
Mark your calendar for our next Blood Drive on Sunday, October 13, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Kathy Goodell and Mary Ann Kelly will be in Fellowship Hall September 29th to help you make your appointment to donate or you can click INSIDE or BUS now to schedule the time that works best with your Sunday morning schedule.  Sign up now to schedule the time that works best with your Sunday morning schedule. 

Every donation has the potential to make a difference to three people whose very lives depend on a transfusion. What better way to give thanks for our own good health and love our neighbors than to give blood! 
Pastor Leslie is asking everyone to remember to wear your
name tags, especially on Communion Sunday. She wants to be
able to call you by name! Need a name tag, email, staff@nwumc.org , or call the church office, 817-460-4212, to have one made .
We are so excited to announce that Jin Ah Kwon and Eunsuk Oh are new parents! Lilly Jueun Oh was born on Tuesday, September 24th. I'm sure you will agree with me that we can't wait to meet her.
Congratulations!
Mark Your Calendars!
The Good News Choir will be sharing The Lord’s Prayer in Sign Language on October 6 at the 9:30 and 11:00 am worship services. 
Trunk or Treat
October 27
4:00-6:00 pm
We'll need cars or trucks to pass out
candy or treats
Volunteers Needed for:
*Serving  Hot Dogs, Chips, and Water
*Supervise Pumpkin Painting
*Supervise Bounce House/Slide
Canned Food Drive
We are adding a Mission Opportunity to our Trunk or Treat Event!
A Canned Food Drive. 
Please bring Canned Foods with you to Trunk or Treat!! 
We will be donating to Arlington Urban Ministries. 
Important Youth Dates


September 29
Hands & Feet Choir ~ 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Shine ~ 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

October 5
Fall Fest!
Let Sarah know if you want to help with games/tickets.

October 6
Hands & Feet Choir ~ 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Shine ~ 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

October 13
Shine Service project at Nichols Junior High ~ 12:00-3:30
No Hands & Feet or Shine ~ Enjoy your 4 day weekend!

October 20
Hands & Feet ~ 4:00-5:00
Shine Halloween Party ~ 5:00-7:00
Don’t forget to wear your costume!

October 27
Help with games at NWUMC Trunk or Treat! ~ 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

***We need your pants!!***
For our service project on October 13 th , we will be helping to organize the uniform closets at Nichols Junior High School. There is a need for plastic crates for clothes, as well as khaki pants.

The sizes needed are:
Girls size 14, 16, 18
Juniors size 7, 9, 11, 13
Boys size 14, 16, 18
Mens size 32W, 34W, 36W

Donations can be brought to the church or given to Sarah. Questions, email Sarah@nwumc.org .
Verse of the Week
“Blessed are you, Peter…and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades shall not overcome it.”

Matthew 16:16-18
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