Monday, September 4
Labor Day - Church Office Closed
Tuesday, September 5
7:00 Knitting Group
Thursday, September 7
7:00 Blue Wall
Monday, September 11
7:00 Blue Wall
Thursday, September 14
North Texas Giving Day (see below)
7:00 Blue Wall
Sunday, September 17
Pride Parade (see below)
Monday, September 18
6:00 p.m. Trustees
7:00 p.m. Administrative Council
Thursday, September 21
7:00 p.m. Blue Wall
Saturday, September 30
7:00 p.m. Salaam Dinner (see below)
One of my favorite 80s rock songs is “The Final Countdown” by Europe. It may be a little cheesy, but it has an authentic energy to it. And while it is lacking in lyrical or musical complexity, the lyrics it does have express a hopeful vision of pushing onto something new. The song comes to mind for several reasons.
First, I have felt an incredible energy emerging throughout our church that is guiding us to do some exciting new things, including responding quickly to the needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, offering support to our local schools, renewing our programming for children on Sundays, and even considering how we can be better neighbors to the refugees in our community (more details below). I have been blown away by the energy and excitement you bring to all these projects, and I look forward to all the ways we will find God anew in them.
Second, I am reminded of the bold actions and words of the many prophets we have encountered over the past several weeks in worship. They have called us to push on to a better future where things will not be the same again, but rather more in tune with God’s love and justice. There is still much to do to oppose racism, white supremacy, and all other evils of injustice. There is still much to do to support and affirm LGBTQ persons and immigrants as beloved children of God. But we will continue to do all we can to bring about a final countdown to realizing this fuller picture of God’s kingdom.
As the band Europe reminds us, “we’re leaving together” on this exciting journey, though it is a journey that doesn’t take us up away from the ground, but rather into greater connection with our neighbors and the God who is present with them. Come join us on that journey in worship and in all the other activities and events we have coming up this month!
We have several small groups that are starting for the fall. Small groups are a great way to grow in your faith and to get to know other people in the congregation better. Below is a list of the small groups being offered. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Patrick or the contact person for that group.
Sundays 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Conference Room
Starts September 10
Studying: Disciple Fast Track – A 12-week study of Genesis and Exodus.
Contact: Tom Fomby, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Room
Ongoing (but open to new participants)
Studying: Anne Lamott’s Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy – A book study exploring the themes of where to find meaning in life and how to let mercy guide us in more honest connection with ourselves and others.
Contact: Sally Hoover, email@example.com
Thursdays 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Room
Starting September 7
Studying: Disciple 3 – A 32-week intensive study of the Old Testament Prophets and the Letters of Paul.
Contact: Eva Cherry, firstname.lastname@example.org
In October, Patrick will be starting a discipleship opportunity that explores a framework for living out certain practices that deepen personal spiritual growth. This is based on the sentiment of the book of James that we must be doers of the word and not merely hearers. This opportunity will guide you through identifying 6 spiritual goals and then walking together with other participants to fulfill them. More information will be coming in October.
Supplies for evacuees - Dallas currently has several evacuee centers that are in need of supplies. They are organized by Trusted World, which has a collection center in North Dallas. For info on items needed and drop off times and address, please read this Dallas Morning News article.
Current supply needs are:
- New underwear and socks (all sizes)
- Non-Perishable food
- Feminine hygiene products
- Baby diapers, wipes, and formula
- Moving boxes
You can either take supplies directly to the collection center, or you can bring them to the church and we will take them over to the collection center for you.
Also on the link above you can find opportunities for monetary donations, blood donations, and donations for pets. If you have a room or house that can be rented, you can register it with Airbnb (info also on link above).
Finally, you can also donate money to the Disaster Relief Fund of the North Texas Conference UMC.
Thank you for helping! As soon as we have other opportunities planned, we will let you know.
Pride Parade is coming up on Sunday, September 17! Here are some of the ways you can get involved:
March with us! If you would like to walk in the parade, let Nancy Fomby know.
Special Pride Sunday breakfast with several local Wesley groups before our worship service on Sunday morning
Volunteer to provide hospitality to paradegoers at Oak Lawn UMC! Contact Eva Cherry at email@example.com for more information.
Oak Lawn UMC will provide ADA accessible seating during the parade. If you would like to donate money to help cover the costs of he ramp and viewing stage for persons with disabilities, you can donate money online via Oak Lawn's website.
You and your friends are invited to a Salaam Supper, hosted by Lakewood UMC, in support of Refugee Services of Texas. Join us on Saturday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The purpose of our Salaam Supper is to raise awareness about refugees who have been displaced from their countries (many of whom live here in Dallas). We hope that you will come to share a meal, learn, and discover ways to welcome people who have been granted refugee status and who have come to this country in search of hope. RSVP by calling (469) 235-8747 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are still building up a benevolence fund in order to help support our neighbors who are in need of immediate assistance. Any money left on the altar rail during communion on the first Sunday of each month will be collected so that we can purchase gift cards and other goods to distribute to people who come to the church in need. Please consider leaving an extra offering on the rail this Sunday to help us be a place of care and justice.
The Firehouse team has been busy this summer! In addition to collecting magazines - thank you if you donated - the Firehouse used some of its funds to purchase uniforms and backpacks for kids at Dan D. Rogers Elementary. We have "adopted" Dan D. Rogers so that we can develop a sustained relationship with them. The population at Rogers is fairly transient, with kids frequently transferring in and out of the school. New students sometimes have uniforms in the wrong colors (from their old school). Knowing that transferring to new school is hard enough on kids, we wanted to be able to give them the option to have new clothes so that they could feel confident on their first days. Members of the Firehouse committee, along with Rev. Patrick Littlefield, dropped off our uniforms and backpacks last week.
We are looking forward to continuing to support Rogers Elementary with both supplies and volunteer time, so we hope you will stay tuned for upcoming opportunities!
North Texas Giving Day
North Texas Giving Day is an annual event that raises awareness and financial support for local non-profits. It is a great opportunity to give to organizations that are doing valuable work, especially because there are often bonus incentives that those non-profits can earn by participating in North Texas Giving Day.
There are many worthy non-profits to give to, and we encourage you to support those you are connected with. Among them is Union Coffee, which is a United Methodist church plant and coffee shop, with whom we are a covenant church. As a covenant church, we support Union through occasional joint programming and any other ways we can bring awareness to their ministry. This is an especially exciting time for Union as they prepare to expand to new locations. Check out the website on the image for more info! In preparation for North Texas Giving Day, a representative from Union will be with us on September 10 to provide coffee and talk to us about everything they are up to.
Happy Birthday to...
Eva Cherry 9/6
Cindy Estee 9/10
Dorothy Krone 9/12
Phillip Stauble 9/24
Ed Larroca 9/30
This Month We Pray for...
Katy Arbour; Gail Baldwin; Kathleen Baumann; Lynn Bruce; the family of Rev. Bill Bryan; Judy Casley; Linda Castor; Jean Davis; Wilma Elrod; Mary Ann Finley; Jean Fowler; Erik Galvan; Adelaide Hart; Bernard Johnson; Jan Logan; Rev. W.W. McNeill; Carolyn Miracle; Marie Miranda; Mike Miranda; Pat Norvell; Jorge Ortiz; Brandon Owen; Laneir Owens; Susan Price; Elizabeth Robbins; Robin Robbins; Jeanne Scroppo; Linda Simmons; the family of Glen Sims; Alan Smith; Kelly Smith; Travis Smith; Barbara Venable; the Wade family; Betty Watson; Louise Williams