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THE STEEPLE an edition of The United Methodist Reporter
Two Sections, Section A 076487 Vol. 156 No. 3 May 29, 2009 John Wesley United Methodist Church 5830 Bermuda Dunes Houston, TX 77069 281-444-2112

Adult Sunday School Classes
Don’t forget! This Sunday, May 31, is when all Adult Sunday School classes will begin meeting in assigned temporary spaces for the construction period. Signs will be posted at entrances with class locations.

Pastor’s Corner
This coming Sunday, May 31,–Pentecost Sunday–is one of my favorites in the church year. It was on the day of Pentecost we count as the birthday of the Church. It was on this day according to our scriptures that with the noise of wind and the tongues of flame resting on the disciples, they began to talk in other languages and were understood. Isn't that something, on the Jewish Pentecost the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles with power in order that the Christian Church might be born. Pentecost, at least as early as the second century, was a time when the church baptized candidates who had not been ready on Easter Day. Acts 2:4 tell us that on Pentecost about three thousand persons were baptized. So it is fitting that we are continuing the custom of admitting our confirmation class to the church. Since last August, 26 of our students have been meeting together every Sunday morning to prepare for this special day in their life when the church "confirms" what God and their parents and family and friends know about their spiritual journey. It is a special time in the life of the church as we see these young persons take their place alongside of us to be "Loving in Jesus' Name." I am asking that the MOSAIC service join us in either 8:30 or 11:00 so that the whole church might celebrate this special day together. Who knows, we might start a good tradition. It will also be a special day as I hope to be able to announce that all three of your pastors have been appointed once again to serve you here at John Wesley. We have been honored to do so this year and look forward to all that God has planned for us as a congregation. I will be starting a sermon series for the summer that I am especially excited about. It is entitled "On the Road Again" and will be dealing with the "travel narrative" in Luke. Beginning towards the end of the ninth chapter of Luke's Gospel Jesus and His disciples head toward Jerusalem. There are stories unique to Luke that Jesus tells on the road to Jerusalem. I hope you will join us each Sunday as we explore how those stories told long ago apply to us, as we are "On the Road Again." Grace and peace, Jim

Scene from Peace Circle May Luncheon College Sunday School
Beginning this Sunday, May 31st, College Sunday school will be meeting on the 3rd floor of the Administration building (Yeah! The new youth space.) Beginning in June, we're going to do the Dave Ramsey financial education series called "Generation Change.” According Dave Ramsey, every day our youth are bombarded with a million different voices–everything from billboards to internet ads-telling them who they are and measuring their worth by what they have. The pressure to be accepted in today's stuff-centered world drives them, and perhaps even their parents, to throw money away on things that don't matter-all in an attempt to "be somebody." The result? We're raising a generation that spends money they don't have to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't even like! It's time for a change!


Holy Land Tour Scheduled for 2010


Children’s Connection


Fine Arts Academy
The Fine Arts Academy now offers private instruction in acting/ coaching. Does your child want to learn to act and perform on a stage? Is your child planning to take Theater Arts in Middle School and participate in the acting competitions? Well, here is your chance to provide your child with an introduction to what the answer to the above questions will involve. Thirty minute private lessons will be offered once a week. Plus, the Fine Arts Academy will continue through the summer with instruction in piano, voice, guitar, flute, strings, and harp. No registration fee. July 20-24, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, the Fine Arts Academy offers "On Stage," a Drama Workshop for Grades 4 through 9. Cost for the workshop is $50. This workshop will include the basics of acting, using monologues and duet acting scenes, and the process involved in the acting competitions. Students will learn the differences between poetry monologues and prose monologues and how to perform a humorous scene and a dramatic scene. At the completion of this workshop, the students will perform a scene to demonstrate what they have learned. They will have a better understanding of what to expect in Middle School and High School performances. If you are interested or would like more information, please call Jean Gallowway at 281-444-2112, ext. 116 or email

Did You Know…


Camp EDGE–VBS 2009
Our classes are full and excitement is in the air. VBS is almost here! Join us for Family Night Kickoff on Sunday, June 7, at 5:00 p.m. in our new Activity Center. We’ll enjoy a picnic dinner and fun activities such as rock wall climbing, face painting, sack races, and more! Our youth band, “Last in Line”, will also perform. What a great way to start our summer! Important VBS dates to remember. Mark your calendars and plan to attend one of the following. Set-Up Dates: June 5, 6:30–9:30 p.m.; June 6, 1:00–4:00 p.m.; June 7, 1:00–4:00 p.m. We would like to borrow some camping tents, gear, and artificial Christmas trees to help complete our Camp EDGE scene. Please bring your labeled items to one of our set-up days. VBS Family Night Kick-off: Sunday, June 7, 5:00–7:00 p.m. John Wesley VBS 2009: June 8-June 12, 9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Questions? Contact VBS registrars Krista Wall (281-320-9722) or Gina Phillips (281-587-0532).

UMW Summer Opportunities


This Week at John Wesley


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The John Wesley Child Development Program classes enjoyed exploring petting zoo animals in April.

Children’s Connection
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2009!–VBS will be held June 8–12 from 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Adult volunteers, please plan to attend one of the following: Set-up days: June 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; June 6 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; June 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Remember to RSVP for the Family Night Kick-off Dinner on June 7 at 5:00 p.m. SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL–We need your help! Please consider teaching Sunday School one or two Sundays this summer. The curriculum is user friendly with everything prepared for you in advance! Please return the postcards or the tear-out in the bulletin or contact Krista Wall, the elementary coordinator, or Michelle Easton, the preschool coordinator, with your available Sundays. Come on your day ready to spend a fun time with your group! UPCOMING CHANGE IN SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSROOM LOCATIONS: Elementary and Preschool classes will be moving to the Administration Bldg. on May 31 (age as of September 1, 2008) . 1st grade A203; 2nd grade A203; 3rd grade A203; 4th grade A202; 5th grade A202; 4 year old/Kindergarten A103; 2/3 year olds A105; Nursery A106. Summer gathering room for 1st–5th grades will be A204 beginning June 7th. ARTFUL TUESDAYS–Registration now open for Art classes offered Tuesdays in July for those having completed 1st through 5th grades. Classes will be from 1:15 to 3:15 in Room A205. See website for registration and details or contact Karen Muhl in the church office. CULINARY KIDS COOKING CLASSES–June 29 and July 13. Offered to children 7 years or older. Cost is $5. class size is limited so register early. See website or Karen Muhl for information. “RESCUE IN THE NIGHT”–Fine Arts Week Drama & Musical Camp, August 10-14, for 1st through 5th grades. Register now and pick up materials from Jean Galloway.

Summer Women's Study Common Threads; Sharing our Stories
Join the women of John Wesley for this six-week summer study beginning Wednesday, June 17th, at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor of Administration. Each week one of our own John Wesley members will share a part of her life story and how it connects to God's bigger story. In small group, we will share how God is present in our lives and how similar we are in our responses to the challenges, joys, heartaches, and trials of life. Often we hear God speak through the voice of a friend, and, in sharing, we find clarity. Explore with other women how we are connected to each other and to the God of grace. This study will touch the hearts of all women, so invite your friends from outside the JWUMC family to share this meaningful experience. No study materials required; bring your Bible. Call the church office (281.444.2112) to sign up. For more information, contact Sue Highfield in the church office. Childcare is available by calling 281-397-8269 to reserve.

Did you know that…
offer one-to-one Christian care to those going through a hard time?

Stephen Ministers

Lenten Dinners raised more than $1,000 for the Ministry Assistance Fund!

Attention Ushers
Several needlepoint usher badges are missing. If you have one at home or in your car, please return it to the usher’s closet. Thanks!

Washington DC Trip December 1–5, 2009 Double Rate–$1795, Single Rate–$2268 $400 deposit
Cost includes: roundtrip airfare on Continental Airlines, 4 Nights hotel stay at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 4 Breakfast Vouchers, Dinner at Art & Soul Restaurant, FDR Memorial, Smithsonian, Dinner at Phillips Seafood, Holocaust Museum, National Cathedral Tea & Tour, Georgia Browns, Mount Vernon Walking Tour, Lunch at Mount Vernon Inn, Candlelight Tour at Mount Vernon, Dinner at Gadsby's, Lunch at Clyde's of Georgetown, and daily 47 passenger motor coach transportation with driver and guide. Brochures are available in the church office.

The United Methodist Women’s Peace Circle enjoyed a May luncheon together before the summer break.

Please return books
that have been borrowed from our church library. Place returned items on the large table. Your assistance is appreciated.

Travel to Israel–The Bible Land Experience April 5 - 16, 2010
Would you like to have a life-changing and never-to-be forgotten experience? It is our joy to invite you to join us on a trip to the Bible Lands where you will find a new dimension in understanding Christian history and the life of our Lord. We will visit places where Jesus walked, lived, taught, performed miracles, where He was crucified, and raised from the dead. We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, worship in the Garden of Gethsemane, and much more. Brochures are available in the church office. Contact Phil Hooper, Sue Highfield, or Guy Williams if you have questions about the trip.

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Sunday, May 31 Pentecost Confirmation 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship (Sanctuary) 8:50 a.m. Mosaic Contemporary Worship (Activity Center) 9:45 a.m. Sunday School (Ad. Bldg.,Activity Center, S/A Bldg., Bride’s Rm., Prayer Chapel, Sanctuary ) 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship (Sanctuary) 12:15 p.m. Youth Lunch Bunch (offsite) 4:30 p.m. Youth Praise Band “Last In Line” Practice (Activity Center & 3rd Floor) Monday, June 1 Nursery and Preschool Set Up (A103, A105, A106) 8:30 a.m. Samaritan Counseling (Bride’s Room) Pew Ladies (Sanctuary) 10:00 a.m. Helping Hands (A205) VBS Workday (A204) 1:00 p.m. CDP Fundraising Committee Mtg. (A206) Emmaus Small Group (Prayer Chapel) 3:00 p.m. Youth Coffee House (3rd Floor) 3:30 p.m. Emmaus Small Group (Prayer Chapel) 7:00 p.m. Disciple III (A204) Stephen Ministry (A205 & A206) Tuesday, June 2 8:30 a.m. Care Team (A206) 9:00 a.m. Job Search Support (A203) 3:00 p.m. Youth Coffee House (3rd Floor) 6:30 p.m. Prayer Mtg. (Prayer Chapel) 7:00 p.m. Assimilation Committee Mtg. (A206) SPRC Mtg. (A205) 7:30 p.m. CCIA Board Mtg. (A202) Wednesday, June 3 6:15 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (A203) 7:30 a.m. Dawn Patrol (A205) 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study– “Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent” by Beth Moore (A202, 205, 206, 208) 3:00 p.m. Youth Coffee House (3rd Floor) 5:15 p.m. Youth Disc Golf (Church Lawn & 3rd Floor) 6:30 p.m. Youth Bible Study Turn Table (3rd Floor) Charlie Brown Play Rehearsal (A208) 7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary & A208) Thursday, June 4 9:00 a.m. GRIP “Generations Reaching in Prayer” (Prayer Chapel) 9:15 a.m. C&C “Coffee & Connecting for Moms with Young Children” (A202) 10:45 a.m. Caregivers’ Support Group (A205) 3:00 p.m. Youth Coffee House (3rd Floor) 5:00 p.m. Girl Scouts Sleep Over (S/A Bldg.) 7:00 p.m. Mosaic Worship Practice (Activity Center) Small Group (Bride’s Room) Friday, June 5 Girl Scout Sleep Over Until 9:00 a.m. (S/A Bldg.) 11:00 a.m. Debbie Golightly Wedding Rehearsal (Sanctuary & Bride’s Room) 2:00 p.m. Fine Arts Academy Music Lessons (A206) 6:30 p.m. Parent’s Night Out (FH & Ed. Bldg.) VBS Set Up (Ad. Bldg. & Activity Center) Manley/Davis Wedding Rehearsal (Sanctuary & Bride’s Room) Saturday, June 6 11:00 a.m. Debbie Golightly Wedding (Sanctuary & Bride’s Room) 1:00 p.m. VBS Set Up (Ad. Bldg. & Activity Center) 5:30 p.m. Manley/Davis Wedding (Sanctuary & Bride’s Room) Sunday, June 7 Trinity Sunday 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship (Sanctuary) 8:50 a.m. Mosaic Contemporary Worship (Activity Center) 9:45 a.m. Sunday School (Ad. Bldg., MultiPurpose Bldg., S/A Bldg., Bride’s Rm., Prayer Chapel, Sanctuary ) 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship (Sanctuary) 12:00 p.m. Charlie Brown Play Rehearsal & Lunch (A208) 12:15 p.m. Youth Lunch Bunch (offsite) 1:00 p.m. VBS Set Up (Ad. Bldg. & Activity Center) 5:30 p.m. VBS Dinner (Activity Center)

A family of God’s word, love and grace, transforming lives through the power of the Holy Spirit as revealed in Jesus Christ.

Churc Famil amily Our Church Family
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY! Each week, our pastors rotate “on-call” responsibilities. If you have an emergency after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or on the weekend and need to reach a pastor, please call 832-242-4284. SPECIAL REQUEST: Our pastors desire to serve with attentive and timely care, so please inform the church office or one of the pastors if you expect to be or have been hospitalized. And please indicate “yes” on the Patient Directory Form (a form that permits the hospital to disclose information, i.e. room #).


Did You Know…
There is a UM building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, and engraved on the wall in the building's rotunda is the following passage from Micah 6:8: "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and walk humbly with your God." A church youth group member visiting the building asked: What does it mean "to do justice?" A fifteen-year-old young woman from St. Louis, Missouri, replied, "Justice is making the world look the way Jesus would want it to look if he were here." While charity or mercy tends to focus on immediate recognizable needs and short-term answers to longterm problems, justice focuses on long-term change. While charity is often reactive, justice is proactive; it goes "upstream" to address the root cause. Mercy depends on our benevolence. But justice has to do with fairness. Mercy can be withdrawn from those to whom we offer it whenever we choose. But justice results from social structures that guarantee human dignity, moral rights, and stewardship of God's creation. Mercy can include one-time donations for natural disasters, food baskets, or clothes for the homeless. Mercy can view people as objects to be tended to rather than persons with assets that the larger community needs. Mercy often makes decisions without consulting the very people who will be affected by its giving. Mercy can preoccupy our time and talents to the point that we are too weary to imagine a world of justice. Mercy moves us empathize. Mercy rarely offends anyone, while justice usually offends someone. (Church and Society, Advocating for Peace and Justice)

Joined May 17, 2009 Paul and Jessica Averitt, Hunter and Gage 9906 Dornoch Dr. Houston, TX 77070-1869 281-379-5410 SYMPATHY TO Dick Murry and family on the death of his wife and JWUMC member, Helen Murry; Pierre McCarble and family on the death of his mother.

“Loving in Jesus’ name”

United Methodist Women Summer Opportunities
UMW Circles: During the summer, the UMW circles do not follow their regular meeting schedules. Watch the newsletter for special gatherings. During the summer, Faith Circle is planning a game night and a trip to Brookwood in Brookshire. Summer WesleyFest Workshop: Thursday, June 18, 1:00 p.m. Watch the newsletter and your email for more information. School of Christian Mission: July 23–25, 2009, Lon Morris College, Jacksonville, TX.

“Share the love of Jesus Christ and make disciples in His name.”

Are you a WOW Maker?
Today people "church shop" and, like it or not, guests that come through our doors on Sunday mornings typically make a decision within the first 10 minutes whether they'll return or not. So, it's especially important that throughout each moment and opportunity, each one of us demonstrates God's love and care. Commit to being a WOW maker! H - Welcome with a warm "Hello" and make eye contact that communicates the same greeting. E - Encourage a personal conversation with people you don't know by introducing yourself and being fully attentive to their presence. L - Listen, not just with your ears, but also with your heart. L - Listen some more!…to what is said and what is communicated but not spoken. O - Offer assistance. First impressions do matter. Make the effort to show others that we value their presence and care about them personally. Let your light shine and help to create a WOW experience!

Stewardship Report for May 24 not available due to early production of The Steeple.

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