Dinner & Documentary: The Heretic
Jul
27
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner & Documentary: The Heretic

The Arapaho United Methodist Church Dinner and Documentary Series invites you to join us for a viewing of "The Heretic." A film the follows the immediate outcomes post the release of Pastor, author and speaker Rob Bell's book "Love Wins."  

Dinner is free but please register (click here to register)
Childcare is provided with registration (click here)
Note: This film contains some adult language

Watch The Trailer:

 

About The Documentary:

There is perhaps no figure in American Christianity as polarizing as Rob Bell. Once a pastor of the fastest growing church in America and heralded as the next Billy Graham, that all changed when he began challenging the traditional understanding of hell and suggesting that heaven might be open to all.

The film follows Rob with unprecedented access over several years as he challenges deeply held conservative ideals while grappling with some of the most important questions of our time: Can faith and science coexist, or do belief and progress stand in opposition? Is religion insufficient for explaining the complexity of our modern world, or does it give language to something even greater? And do spiritual traditions simply serve to further divide our world, or can they offer real help and hope for a better tomorrow?

Surprising, inviting and disarmingly beautiful, The Heretic is a story about the eternal and the here and now. A poetically unorthodox portrait that offers new language for a bigger, more expansive conversation about faith.

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#ArapahoYouth Mystery Trip
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

#ArapahoYouth Mystery Trip

The 2018 #ArapahoYouth Mystery Trip is on July 27-29th. While the destination is unknown, you should know that you will have a great weekend making memories with your friends and be in a destination that is a relief from the Dallas heat.  

Trip Details:

All Mystery Trippers will leave from and return to Spring Valley UMC. The cost is $180. The itinerary is a secret, but you will receive a packing list that will prepare you for the weekend. All meals, admissions, etc. are covered by the registration fee. Students should bring additional money for snacks and souvenirs.

Fill out the form below and you can pay here online or bring a check to David Finley. 

Student Release Form Requires (coming soon for download here) 


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Fifth Sunday Guest Speaker: The Intersection of Immigration and Faith
Jul
29
9:45 AM09:45

Fifth Sunday Guest Speaker: The Intersection of Immigration and Faith

Join us on Sunday, July 29th for our Fifth Sunday Speaker! This month we will hear from Dr. Owen Ross about the intersection of immigration and faith. 

Owen Ross is the Director for the Center of Congregational Development for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior to this, Dr. Ross served as the founding pastor of Christ's Foundry United Methodist Mission. He moved into the north Love Field neighborhood in Dallas and began knocking on doors. In 2003, Christ's Foundry began worship in his home and is now the second largest Spanish-language United Methodist Congregation in the U.S. 

Dr. Ross' passion is to reconnect the church with holistic ministry with the poor as modeled by Christ and the earliest Methodists. A certified coach by the International Coaching Federation, Dr. Ross has worked with churches throughout the United States as a consultant and coach, specifically for ministries with non-traditional populations. 

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Stack The Shelves
Jul
29
to Aug 26

Stack The Shelves

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How can you help feed a hungry neighbor? Each Sunday in July let's stack the shelves of Network's food pantry by bringing canned goods, shelf stable baking items, water bottles and hygiene products to the donation boxes near our entrances. 

"Stack The Shelves" with these items:
Baking Goods (Flour, Sugar, Cooking Oil, pre-made mixes such as Bisquik and Jiffy)
Canned Fruit (any variety)
Jelly, Jams, and Spreads
Canned Meat (chicken, chili, tuna, etc.)
Canned Pasta
Bottled Water (for volunteers)
Hygiene Products (soap, shampoo, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, tooth paste, toothbrushes, facial tissues, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies)

 

Volunteer With Network

About Network:
Founded in 1985, Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.
 Several churches came together and formed a non-denominational Church Alliance to assist families through trying times, and thus the term “NETWORK” of Community Ministries was born.

Network responds to human need by giving assistance with the goal of helping individuals achieve long-term independence, its mission is “caring, coaching and empowering our neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life.” Based in Richardson , Texas, Network has a service area which includes fourteen zip codes in Dallas County, with over 70% of those served coming from Lake Highlands in the Dallas area, and Garland .

 

 

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July Mission Of The Month
Jul
31
to Sep 1

July Mission Of The Month

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The United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) is July's Mission Of The Month. When a natural disaster needs an emergency response, UMCOR works in partnership with United Methodist Churches and other local partners to provide immediate relief and provide sustainable recovery in a manner consistent with global initiatives, standards and best practices. UMCOR is actively responding to recent earthquakes, fires and mudslides around the globe and continues their flood relief work in Texas. To support UMCOR this month mark your check memo line with "MOM" and place it in the offering plate or give online at www.arapahoumc.org/donate.

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Making Family Memories Party
Jul
11
1:00 PM13:00

Making Family Memories Party

Maybe you registered for it through our auction party board but if you didn't you can still participate. On July 11th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, come to the "Making Family Memories" party hosted by Kara Ross. Come enjoy food, fun, and fellowship for all ages. Play games, work on puzzles and do a "memories" craft. Snacks and drinks are provided. 

Children are welcome - a parent or guardian must be present. 

Costs: 
$15 per person (over 10 years of age)
$5 for children under 10 (with parent)

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Triumph Sports Camp Begins
Jun
25
12:00 PM12:00

Triumph Sports Camp Begins

An awesome sports program where the main ingredient is FUN! This program includes sports like Basketball, Soccer, Flag Football, and may include other fun games like Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball, and Dodgeball. Participants get lots of exercise while enjoying every minute of it. Every camper receives a Triumph Sports T-shirt.

Register Here

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Vacation Bible School Begins
Jun
25
9:00 AM09:00

Vacation Bible School Begins

Rolling River Rampage invites your child on a white-water rafting adventure to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! Along the river, children discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise, and that they can trust God to be with them through anything. Relevant music, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation, and memorable Bible stories will help kids know that God is always with them as they ride the rapids of amazing grace!

Register Here

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Suitcases For Foster Kids
Jun
24
1:00 PM13:00

Suitcases For Foster Kids

Most Foster Children have no personal bag/suitcase for when they have to move. Help Scout Troop #444 create 150 “First Night Kits” for foster kids by donating a suitcase or duffle bag filled with shampoo, toothpaste, a tooth brush, deodorant, and soap. Leave your donation near one of our entrances on or before June 24th. 

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Special Concert & Testimony Service
Jun
10
11:00 AM11:00

Special Concert & Testimony Service

Join the family at Arapaho United Methodist Church for a special service on June 10th at 11:00 am (no 8:30 service). We will share in music and testimonies as SpiritWind, the Northwest Texas Methodist Conference Youth Choir, performs for us. Additionally, we will hear three unique testimonies from Diane Bricker, Sungmoon Lee and Rev. Lisa Greenwood. 

 

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Circle Of Trust
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Circle Of Trust

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Circle of Trust is based on the idea that, if people get together in an environment marked by trust, honesty and caring, positive spiritual growth will result. The purpose of this group is to experience each other in an authentic, nurturing environment. If you are interested in a stronger sense of purpose and integrity, an expanded capacity to be present for others, or more courage to live authentically, Circle of Trust might be just what you’re looking for. 

Circle of Trust, led by Bob Nelson, will meet on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. for eight weeks, beginning June 6th.

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UMW Circles Gathering
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

UMW Circles Gathering

June 5th, the United Methodist Women’s Circles will host a joint gathering to create welcome gifts for City House of Plano. Email Carter at cektinsley@gmail.com for details - This is a great event if you have never attended a UMW Circle before!

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Interfaith Dinner & Dialogue: Ramadan
May
31
7:15 PM19:15

Interfaith Dinner & Dialogue: Ramadan

A new partnership with the Dialogue Institute of Dallas is allowing us to experience and celebrate other faith traditions. On May 31 at 7:00 pm we will “break fast” with several of our Muslim neighbors as we observe an iftar meal (the evening meal) together in our Fellowship Hall.

The food is free but we do need you to register.

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NOTE: Childcare provided with registration (Click Here To Register for childcare)

 

About the food of Ramadan: 
Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.  Muslims break their fast at the time of the call to prayer for the evening prayer. This is their second meal of the day; the daily fast during Ramadan begins immediately after the pre-dawn meal of Suhur and continues during the daylight hours, ending with sunset with the evening meal of Ifthar.

 

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Visitors Class
May
20
9:45 AM09:45

Visitors Class

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If you are a brand new here or have been visiting for a while we are excited you are here. Our visitor's group "Breakfast With Blair," will be meeting on Sunday, May 20th.  We encourage you to come share a light breakfast with Pastor Blair and learn more about the people, vision and ministries of our community.  Please make plans to join us at 9:45 am in the library (Room 28). For more details or to let us know you are planning to attend, email us here

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Bikes & Movie on the Lawn
May
12
5:30 PM17:30

Bikes & Movie on the Lawn

Bring your kids, grandkids, neighbors and their bikes, scooters and other rolling machines for a night of family fun on the lawn at Arapaho United Methodist Church.

The evening includes a kid's bike and scooter area in our parking lot, an open playground for kids five and under, a picnic/movie area on the lawn (bring a blanket/chairs).  You don't have to ride a bike to attend, bring a blanket and meet some new people. 

Hot Dogs, Chips, popcorn, candy and Soda will be available. This event benefits our youth group mission trip, so please bring a donation and leave your donation at the concession area. 

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Austin Street Shelter Food Service
Apr
22
4:00 AM04:00

Austin Street Shelter Food Service

Throughout the year Arapaho's United Methodist Men organize early morning visits to the Austin Street Shelter to feed breakfast to the residents. Austin Street is a unique shelter, for the amount of space, more people receive regular care than at most similar facilities in the country. Each night they provide sleeping spaces for between 300-400 men, women and children. In addition to a sleeping space they provide showers and clean clothing. Volunteer's are needed to prepare food as well as travel to the shelter to serve the breakfast. 

If you would like to serve as a part of our April 22 team, please fill out the online registration form.

You may assist the team in several ways: by preparing food, serving food or doing both.

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    Annual Church Auction
    Apr
    21
    5:00 PM17:00

    Annual Church Auction

    Each year our Auction is a fun event where our church donates items to benefit a local ministry, then meets together to eat and bid on these fun items. Join us for the auction and dinner (provided by Even Stevens Sandwiches). The silent auction begins at 5:00, dinner is at 6:00 and the live auction will begin at 7:00 pm. 

    Cost: $10.00 per person, email Judy in advance to purchase a dinner ticket. (Children under 10 eat free)

    Visit www.arapahoumc.org/connect to register your donated item

    Notes: 
    Childcare is provided for children under 6 but must be registered for: Register Here

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    #ArapahoYOUth Spring Retreat
    Apr
    20
    to Apr 22

    #ArapahoYOUth Spring Retreat

    Join the Arapaho UMC and Spring Valley UMC at Sky Ranch, in the woods of East Texas, for zip lines, paintball, laser tag, a ropes course as well as study and friends! Along the way we will identify the mountains we need to move in our lives and our communities.

    The cost is $125 per person (credit card processing fees apply). We will leave from Spring Valley UMC on April 20 at 6:00 pm and return on April 22 at 3:00. 

    Note: Medical Releases from Mission Trip 2017 or later are still valid. If you need a Medical Release form see below. Please remember to attach a copy of your insurance card. 

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE WITH A CREDIT CARD (FEES APPLY)

    If you would like to register and pay with a check, please email David Finley

     

    Parents: Download Release Forms Here

     

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    Dobie Literacy Fair
    Apr
    19
    8:00 AM08:00

    Dobie Literacy Fair

    Are you looking for a simple way to volunteer your time and make a big difference? Dobie Primary students and their siblings need twelve volunteers to read and play carnival games from 8:00 am - Noon on April 19. 

    Please sign up at the Connection Center in the Narthex!

    (no online sign up available) 

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    Visitor's Class
    Apr
    15
    9:45 AM09:45

    Visitor's Class

    If you are a brand new here or have been visiting for a while we are excited you are here. Our visitor's group "Breakfast With Blair," will be meeting on Sunday, April 15th.  We encourage you to come share a light breakfast with Pastor Blair and learn more about the people, vision and ministries of our community.  Please make plans to join us at 9:45 am in the library (Room 28). 

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    Women's Retreat
    Apr
    14
    10:00 AM10:00

    Women's Retreat

    What is your story? How is your personal narrative connected to the divine gospel story? Join Rev. Blair Thompson-White for a one-day retreat to learn more about the concepts of story and how to see your own story in a meaningful light. If you are interested in discerning God’s call on your life, seeking connection with the divine, or just curious about the story of our faith, you don’t want to miss this event. Come join women of all ages for conversation, reflection, and rest, and see how God can use the time to shape your story. 

    EVENT IS SOLD OUT

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    Concert: Pergolesi's Stabat Mater
    Mar
    31
    7:00 PM19:00

    Concert: Pergolesi's Stabat Mater

    Join us for a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. It is his last work as he died shortly after composing it, he was only 26 years old when he died, and even though he lived a short life, the Stabat Mater compiles the best of his work! The Stabat Mater prayer is a Catholic Hymn that takes us through the journey of Mary as she witnesses her son’s death, being compassionate about her grief! 

    This work is composed for two soloists and orchestra and will be performed by the Camerata Dallas Young Soloists and soprano Jazmin Luevano and Mezzo Birla Santiago, to be conducted by Luis Rodriguez. 

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    Maundy Thursday Service
    Mar
    29
    7:00 PM19:00

    Maundy Thursday Service

    Join the family at Arapaho United Methodist Church for our Maundy Thursday service. 

    Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment." As recorded in John's gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). This is why services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration.

    While John's gospel does not record the institution of the Lord's Supper among the events of this night, the other gospels do. Christians therefore keep this night with celebrations both at the basin (footwashing) and at the Lord's Table (Holy Communion).

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    Easter Egg Hunt
    Mar
    25
    12:15 PM12:15

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Bring a basket and get ready to find some eggs! Arapaho Kids invites you, your kids, grandkids and neighbors to join us just after our 11:00 am worship service on March 25 (Palm Sunday) to our annual Easter Egg hunt. 

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    Socrates Circle
    Mar
    23
    7:00 PM19:00

    Socrates Circle

    Are you looking for a group of people willing to talk and more importantly listen to each other? Come join a group of people for an insightful night. Socrates Café are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central theme of Socratizing.

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    New Circle Of Trust Begins
    Mar
    22
    7:00 PM19:00

    New Circle Of Trust Begins

    Circle of Trust is based on the idea that, if people get together in an environment marked by trust, honesty and caring, positive spiritual growth will result. The purpose of this group is to experience each other in an authentic, nurturing environment. Consider this, from Parker Palmer: “So what do we do in a circle of trust? We speak our own truth; we listen receptively to the truth of others; we ask each other honest, open questions instead of giving counsel; and we offer each other the healing and empowering gifts of silence and laughter.” If you are interested in a stronger sense of purpose and integrity, an expanded capacity to be present for others, or more courage to live authentically, Circle of Trust might be just what you’re looking for. 

    Circle of Trust, led by Bob Nelson, will meet on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm for seven weeks, beginning March 23. 

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    The Old Testament (4-week Class) Begins
    Feb
    28
    6:30 PM18:30

    The Old Testament (4-week Class) Begins

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    The stories of the Old Testament lay the groundwork for understanding the New Testament. The stories of four characters in particular - Abraham, Moses, David and Elijah - are vital to our understanding of faith as Jesus knew it and the mindsets of the writers of much of the New Testament. This class will spend one week on each of these characters, delving into what the Bible has to say about them and how a better comprehension of their narratives can help us see the New Testament with new eyes. 

    The Four Horsemen of the Old Testament class, led by David Finley, will meet on Wednesday nights for four weeks, starting February 28, from 6:30-7:30. 

    Childcare Is Provided with Registration: Register Here

    There is also a children's lent activity each week for children ages 6-10 - register your child(ren) here

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    Social Media Wellness (One Night Class)
    Feb
    21
    6:30 PM18:30

    Social Media Wellness (One Night Class)

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    Today’s students face a challenging paradox: the digital tools they need to complete their work are often the source of their biggest distractions. Students can quickly become overwhelmed trying to manage the daily confluence of online interactions with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and family life. 

    This one night class will use noted author and educator Ana Homayoun’s book Social Media Wellness as a guide to decode the language of social media for parents and educators and provide pragmatic solutions to help students manage distractions, improve time-management, become more organized, decrease stress and build empathy. 

    While you don’t need to purchase the book to take the class, we recommend getting a copy (click here to purchase) to read and reference as you and your teenager work to put the ideas into practice to promote healthy socialization, effective self-regulation and overall safety and wellness. 

    Social Media Wellness, led by David Finley, will meet on Wednesday, February 21, from 6:30 to 7:30. 

    Childcare Is Provided with Registration: Register Here

    There is also a children's lent activity each week for children ages 6-10 - register your child(ren) here

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    Christian Meditation Class Begins
    Feb
    21
    6:30 PM18:30

    Christian Meditation Class Begins

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    Christianity is a religion of the heart; but all too often we make it about the head, that is, we make it about beliefs. Jesus teaches: “Out of the believer’s heart [belly] shall flow rivers of living waters.” Now he said this about the Spirit which believers in Him were to receive. (John 7:38).

    Regardless whether one interprets this passage as heart or belly it clearly points to a place other than one’s head. In this brief exploration of the meditative practices of Christianity we will further our journey into the heart, a journey deeper into the heart of God. Meditative practices help us subdue the busyness of our thoughts so that we can access the soul, the home of the Spirit.

    This 5-week class, led by Dave Dinneen, will practice praying with scripture, praying with imagery, praying with our breath, and centering prayer.

    Register For The Class Here

    Additional Details
    Cost: Free

    Childcare Is Provided with Registration: Register Here

    There is also a children's lent activity each week for children ages 6-10 - register your child(ren) here

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