Christmas Giving
Nov
25
to Dec 16

Christmas Giving

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Each year our congregation supports the families of Dobie Primary School by giving through our Dobie Angel Tree. The students and families are represented by ornaments on our Angel Tree which will be up in the church lobby beginning November 25th. Simply select an ornament, purchase and wrap the items and return by December 16th. 

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Ugly Sweater Fundraiser
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

Ugly Sweater Fundraiser

Wear your "ugliest" or "most highly decorated" sweater and come enjoy a relaxing, carefree afternoon with holiday treats and drinks provided. We will decorate cookies for Dobie Teachers and local fire stations. 

We will vote and receive awards for the sweaters!

This event is a missions’ fundraiser. Cost is $20.00

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Children's Christmas Pageant
Dec
16
9:45 AM09:45

Children's Christmas Pageant

Each December the children’s choir at Arapaho United Methodist Church performs a wonderful Christmas pageant entitled “Back To Basics” in the Sunday School hour. On December 16th at 9:45 am in the sanctuary, our kids will perform an original program with live music, costumes and more.

Come and be blessed this holiday season as our kids point us to the real meaning of Christmas.

Written and Directed by Pam Wood

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Recycling Drive
Jan
13
to Jan 27

Recycling Drive

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Do you have old, defective, obsolete or spare electronics at your home or business you need to get rid of?  January is your opportunity to do so in a way that is environmentally friendly, provides a little income for church ministries, and serves as a potential tax deduction for donors. Collection boxes will be set up near the church office starting on January 13.  

Items may be placed in these boxes any time the church is open through January 27.  Please stop by the church office during weekday office hours if you would like a tax receipt.


What can you donate?

Computers 
Desktops, laptops, servers, LCD monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, and all other computer components.

Cameras 
Camcorders and all non-disposable film and digital cameras.

Office Equipment 
Fax machines, typewriters, inkjet cartridges, printers, scanners, routers, shredders, and copiers.

Entertainment Electronics 
Car and home audio equipment, satellite and cable boxes, VCRs, DVD players and recorders, headphones, and multimedia projectors.

Multimedia 
DVD and VHS movies, audiobooks, and music CDs. All multimedia items must include original covers.

Portable Electronics 
Cell phones, GPS devices, calculators, portable CD and DVD players, PDAs, and MP3 Players.

Video Games 
Video games, systems, and accessories.

Sporting Goods 
Golf clubs and bags, athletic helmets and pads, baseball bats and gloves, basketball shoes, cleats, hockey sticks, ice skates, and roller blades.

Musical Instruments 
Guitars, percussion, strings, woodwinds, brass, and electric keyboards.

Home and Garden 
Air purifiers, baby monitors, vacuum cleaners, power tools, electric razors, sewing machines, and medical equipment.


Items may be in any condition – damaged, non-working, or fully operational.


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The Hunger Game
Jan
13
6:30 PM18:30

The Hunger Game

Compete for resources. Overcome the odds. Create a meal. Join #ArapahoYouth on January 13th at 6:30 pm in the youth room for a unique experience where teams will work together as they compete for food items and resources to build a meal. 

Parents and their Youth in grades 7-12 are welcome.

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Midwinter Retreat
Feb
8
to Feb 10

Midwinter Retreat

All students in grades 7-12 are invited to join the #ArapahoYouth at Bridgeport Camp for Midwinter on February 8-10th! This year’s theme is hALLidays — we'll be exploring ALL of the holidays in small groups, big games and worship together, so get ready to experience a year's worth of anticipation and celebration in one jam-packed weekend!

Please pay attention to the following:

  • The medical release.  You must fill out the medical release even if you have one on file at AUMC.

  • Anyone 18 and over must have Ministry Safe training – that includes high school seniors.  All our adult volunteers are already Ministry Safe certified.

  • When you hit the “Register” button you will be taken to the Camp Bridgeport web site.  Be sure to scroll down to MidWinter.  Don’t accidentally sign up for Confirmation Connection 2019.

  • Please put “Arapaho UMC” on the registration form where it asks for church.

  • Please notify me that you’ve registered by sending an email to david@arapahoumc.org or texting me at (214)952-9649.

Other information:

  • Even though we are registering separately, we will travel together and be together at the event.

  • David Finley and Shea Harrington will be the adults on the trip. 

  • There is financial aid available.  We never want cost to keep someone from participating in any of our programs and neither does the North Texas Annual Conference. 

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Youth 2019
Jul
10
to Jul 14

Youth 2019

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Join thousands of youth from across the country for 4 days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and life-changing fun! Expect inspiration, support, and challenges to grow authentically as a world-changing disciple of Jesus Christ.

The YOUTH Event is the National Gathering for United Methodist Youth, it will be in 2019 and traces its’ roots all the way back to the first YOUTH event of 1988. YOUTH 2019 will provide youth and their leaders with chances to connect with each other, denominational leaders, and connectional agencies to help them discover the wide variety of ministries of the United Methodist Church.

(Registration Coming Soon)

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Advent In Action Talk Back
Dec
9
12:15 PM12:15

Advent In Action Talk Back

After worship on Dec. 9th, join Pastor Blair and Pastor David to talk about "Advent in Action." All are welcome to stay after worship from 12:15 to 12:45 for cookies and Q&A in Room 4. Visitors: this is a great opportunity to get to know our pastors and meet other members of our congregation. No need to RSVP, just show up for an engaging conversation. 

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Choir Christmas Cantata
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Choir Christmas Cantata

Join the Arapaho United Methodist Church choir as we celebrate Christmas with the singing of hymns and carols on December 9th. The choir will perform "The Many Moods of Christmas" - a collection of traditional Christmas songs arranged by Robert Shaw and divided into 4 suites, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Texas and powerful testimonies at this 11:00 am worship service. 

You are invited to join us in Room #4 immediately following the service for our Sermon Series talkback session.

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Pancakes & Crafts
Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

Pancakes & Crafts

The Day School invites your kids and grandkids to come enjoy breakfast and crafts with Santa on December 8th from 9:00 - 11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall at Arapaho United Methodist Church. Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Dobie Primary School and bring your own camera for pictures with Santa.

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A More Spiritual Season
Dec
2
9:45 AM09:45

A More Spiritual Season

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Join us on December 2nd at 9:45 am in our sanctuary as Dr. Ruben Habito leads us in spiritual exercises for Advent and Christmas. Dr. Habito is a Professor of World Religions and Spirituality as well as the Director of Spiritual Formation at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. This one-hour class will provide you with practical prayer and meditative practices for the season.

Dr. Habito’s books include…

:: Zen and the Spiritual Exercises: Paths of Awakening and Transformation. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2013.

:: The Gospel Among Religions: ChristianMinistry, Theology and Spirituality in a Multireligious World. Co-edited with David R. Brockman. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2010.

:: Healing Breath: Zen for Buddhists and Christians in a Wounded World. 3rd ed., rev. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2006

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Hanging Of The Greens
Nov
25
5:00 PM17:00

Hanging Of The Greens

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Begin the Advent Season with us on Sunday, November 25th, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at a great event for all ages. Come enjoy some delicious food as we eat together and prepare for the coming season.  Our All-church Potluck begins at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  

We will divide from there as our kids and their parents will go to the Advent Workshop where they will play games and create some Christmas decor.  The remaining adults will be doing some "Hanging of the Greens" and decorating the sanctuary.  

So wear an ugly Christmas sweater, bring your favorite entrée or side dish.  Just bring enough to share and kick this season off right. 

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JFON Citizenship Day
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

JFON Citizenship Day

Arapaho United Methodist Church has partnered with Justice For Our Neighbors DFW (JFON) to create a “Citizenship Day” on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Individuals or families seeking citizenship may attend and fill out all of the paperwork required to file for United States citizenship in a single day.

For participants seeking citizenship, click here for a list of what to bring.

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Dusk2Dawn
Nov
16
to Nov 17

Dusk2Dawn

Dusk 2 Dawn, our annual overnight adventure, begins at Arapaho UMC on November 16th at 8:30 pm and goes all night! To sign up, register below.

NOTES:
- Registration is $50 per person
- You must fill out the release form(s) unless you filled out a medical release for mission trip 2018 or afterwards.   (download here)
- If you are going to the football game, you can join the Dusk 2 Dawn group after the game. Please call David Finley at (214)952-9649 to let me know to expect them.

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Faith & Grief Meeting
Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00

Faith & Grief Meeting

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Arapaho UMC has partnered with two other local congregations to provide a monthly Faith and Grief gathering in Richardson. You're invited to come to lunch on the third Thursday of the month from noon to 1:00 pm at  First Presbyterian Church, Heritage Hall, 271 Walton Street, Richardson, TX. Over lunch, you'll be grouped into tables of 4 or 6 to talk about one of many topics related to grieving while sharing experiences and support. Contact Pastor Blair for more information. 

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Dinner & Documentary
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Dinner & Documentary

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The Arapaho United Methodist Church Dinner & Documentary Series in partnership with UTD’s Galerstein Gender Center present National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution": A Journey With Katie Couric.”

Katie Couric explores our evolving understanding of gender identity, speaking with transgender and intersex individuals about their experiences. We will watch the documentary together and listen to a response panel following.

Dinner will be provided, please bring a cash donation to help us offset the cost.

Click Here To Register

Need Childcare? (Register here)

Watch The Trailer:

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Visitor's Class
Nov
11
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, Nov. 11th.  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 Pastor Blair.

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All Church Potluck
Nov
4
12:30 PM12:30

All Church Potluck

Potluck Lunch and Presentation after worship on November 4

Bring a dish to share (drop off in the kitchen or fellowship hall before the service) and join us in the Fellowship Hall for a presentation looking back at all the wonderful things God has done this year and looking forward to all that is to come and how you can become involved.

Childcare will be provided.

Note: The Cowboys play on Monday Night Football on Nov. 5

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Short-term Class
Nov
4
to Nov 18

Short-term Class

In November, our sermon series is about Methodism and we are thrilled that we have Dr. Mark Stamm, professor at Perkins School of Theology, offer a three-week Sunday School study class on Methodism.

Many of our members do not come from the Methodist tradition and are interested in learning more. Whether you are new to being Methodist or were born into it, come join SMU Perkins School of Theology Professor Dr. Mark Stamm as we explore ‘being Methodist’ together.

Join us in Room 3 from 9:45 - 10:45 am on November 4, 11 & 18th.

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Mission Of The Month
Nov
1
to Nov 30

Mission Of The Month

Wesley Rankin

The Mission of the month for November is Wesley Rankin community center. They believe in education and developing caring relationships.  As a faith-based 501C3, they know community transformation takes place when we are able to open our hearts to the fact that we all have something to teach and learn.

At this Center of Community, they welcome diversity, sharing and the common work for equity. Through caring relationships,  Wesley-Rankin Community Center partners with our West Dallas neighbors providing education and resources to drive community transformation. 

We at AUMC have given to this center for many years because they have been helping to transform West Dallas over the years. They offer many after school programs for children, youth, adults and seniors. With your donation this month, we help continue transforming our world through their efforts. Please mark your donation with MOM, put it in the celebration basket, give it to the ushers during the service, or donate on-line during the month of November.

 To learn more or volunteer visit http://www.wesleyrankin.org/

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Dobie Tutor Training Meeting
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Dobie Tutor Training Meeting

The Kindergarten students at Dobie Primary often need additional support with their english, reading and math. Each year we partner reading tutors with kindergarten students at Dobie Primary School to provide this support. The tutoring takes place during school hours on weekdays. If you would like to help, come to a tutor training meeting on October 29th. To register sign up below or sign up at the Connection Center.

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Holy Land Trip Meeting
Oct
28
9:45 AM09:45

Holy Land Trip Meeting

Invitation to Travel to the Holy Land with Pastor Blair

On Sunday, October 28th at 9:45 am in the library, Pastor Blair will share a Sunday School lesson on "Spiritual Travel" that will conclude with an information session about an opportunity to travel with Pastor Blair, Rev. Cathy Sweeney and members of Christ UMC Plano, in January 2020. If you can't attend the class and info session but are interested in learning more about the trip, contact Pastor Blair at blair@arapahoumc.org.

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Serving The Homeless
Oct
28
5:00 AM05:00

Serving The Homeless

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. 

You may assist the team in several ways: by preparing food, serving food or doing both. If you would like to serve as a part of our team click the button below.




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Neighborhood Walk + Souls to the Polls
Oct
27
to Oct 28

Neighborhood Walk + Souls to the Polls

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Neighborhood walk on October 27th and 'Souls to the Polls' on October 28th

Our Faith In Texas partnership is encouraging all congregations to go to the polls on Sunday, October 28th to vote early. Our Dallas County location is at the Fretz Park Library and opens at 1:00 pm on the 28th. We will carpool at 12:45 pm from the church, vote, and meet up for lunch at Torchy's Tacos at Beltline and Preston after. Remember to bring your ID.

You can also join Faith in Texas in a Neighborhood Listening walk to gather information about affordable housing from our neighbors, starting at our church on Saturday, Oct. 27th, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. For more information, contact Melissa.

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Donate Some Treats
Oct
24
8:00 AM08:00

Donate Some Treats

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The Dobie team invites you to support the teachers and staff of Dobie Primary by providing baked goods and other treats on October 24th. Just select an item, mark it with a “dobie” label and drop it by the church on October 21-23.

For more details, email Cliff Clark. Let us know what you are bringing below…

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Monthly Visitor's Meeting
Oct
21
9:45 AM09:45

Monthly Visitor's Meeting

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, October 21st.  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 fill out the form below to email us.

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Faith & Grief
Oct
18
12:00 PM12:00

Faith & Grief

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Arapaho UMC has partnered with two other local congregations to provide a monthly Faith and Grief gathering in Richardson. You're invited to come to lunch on the third Thursday of the month from noon to 1:00 pm at  First Presbyterian Church, Heritage Hall, 271 Walton Street, Richardson, TX. Over lunch, you'll be grouped into tables of 4 or 6 to talk about one of many topics related to grieving while sharing experiences and support. Contact Pastor Blair for more information. 

Remaining Meetings for 2018:

October 18

November 15

No December Meeting

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Short Term Sunday School Class
Oct
7
to Oct 28

Short Term Sunday School Class

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Each Sunday in October this class will foster a discussion relating religious themes in art and the use of religious arts for worship, particularly the study of Christian values as related to art in history and contemporary society. Visit Room 3 in our adult wing for Visual Faith: The Arts in Worship.

Schedule:

October 7, 14, 21, & 28

Time: 9:45 - 10:45 am

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Mission Of The Month
Oct
1
to Oct 31

Mission Of The Month

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In 2016, two separate organizations, Hope’s Door and New Beginning Center, merged together to form one agency. Services are provided to their clients at no charge. Hope’s Door provides hope and healing to victims of domestic violence and their children. In 2017, their crisis advocates answered 5,854 calls to their emergency hotline and they had 470 adults and children in residence at their emergency shelters over the year. Once those individuals were ready to move to their own place they assisted 150 families through their transitional housing program. 

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Fifth Sunday Speaker Series
Sep
30
9:45 AM09:45

Fifth Sunday Speaker Series

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Danielle Shroyer is an author, speaker, blogger and ordained pastor. Danielle served as the pastor of one of the nation’s first independent emerging communities of faith. 

 

Danielle will be speaking to us about her latest book   "Original Blessing: Putting Sin in its Rightful Place" at 9:45 am in the sanctuary on September 30th. 

 

About Danielle Shroyer

Danielle Shroyer is an author, speaker, blogger and ordained pastor. A founding member in the emerging church movement, Danielle served as the pastor of one of the nation’s first independent emerging communities of faith. She traveled the country often to speak about new forms of faith and offer help to struggling and transitioning congregations. Danielleparticipated in a number of leadership positions in Emergent Village before serving as national co-director for two years.

Danielle is the author of Original Blessing: Putting Sin in its Rightful Place (Fotress Press, 2016), Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminations on the Lord’s Prayer in the Holy Land (Paraclete Press, 2016), and The Boundary-Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise (Jossey-Bass, 2009). She is a contributor to the Common English Bible Women’s Edition (2016), and Faith of Our Mothers, Living Still (2017), an overview of the history of women at Princeton Theological Seminary. She has been featured in magazines such as The Christian Century and Immerse youth ministry journal and a number of podcasts and radio shows, including Minnesota Public Radio.

Danielle lives with her husband and two children in Dallas, Texas. When she’s not writing or speaking, you can often find her at the yoga studio or reading a book. She holds a BA from Baylor University and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Fundraiser Party
Sep
29
4:00 PM16:00

Fundraiser Party

The auction party board invites you to sign up for our next party on the calendar: College Gameday Tailgating Party at The Cummings’ home! On Saturday, September 29th from 4:00-8:00 pm come enjoy tailgating games, multiple games on TV’s and tailgating food!

Who is invited to attend? up to 25 adults (no kids please).

Cost: $25 per person

Proceeds benefit the ministries of our church

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Pumpkin Patch
Sep
29
to Oct 29

Pumpkin Patch

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The annual Arapaho United Methodist Church pumpkin patch at the corner of Arapaho and Coit Rd. in Richardson opens on September 29th. The proceeds from each pumpkin go to support Navajo Farms in New Mexico and additional ministries of our church community.

The patch is open daily beginning September 29th, around noon.

Monday-Friday & Sundays: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturdays: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tag us on social media: @arapahoumc

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Faith And Justice
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Faith And Justice

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This class brings together leaders in the church who are working on social justice issues in our community to share about how their faith informs their pursuit of justice. Beginning with an overview of the United Methodist Church's position on justice and the role of Church and Society,  Special guest speakers include: Joe Swanson (Faith in Texas--community organizing), Rev. Jonathan Grace, (CitySquare--poverty and homeless), Brittany Burrows (Synergy Wesley--gender equality), and Rev. Isabel DoCampo (SMU--workers rights). Join us as we thoughtfully explore key issues today and discern the ways we can make a difference as a community of faith.

Faith and Justice: A Speaker and Discussion Series, facilitated by Brandi Manes, will meet on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm for five weeks beginning Sept. 20th.

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