NEYES stands for the: Nicaragua El Salvador Youth Empowerment Scholarship. In January, we provided scholarships to provide education for four students this year. They are well on their way to attend college. Our collective giving to the Missions Fund makes it possible for these students to receive an education and have hope for a brighter future. To give to the Missions Fund, bring your check or money forward to the communion rail today, place it in the offering plate marked "Missions Fund" or give below.
Would you like to know more about using art to enhance your spiritual life? Beginning February 24, Patrick Lewis will teach “Art & Scripture” in Room 3 from 9:45 - 10:45 am. This 4-week class will combine scriptural contemplation with visual art giving you a process for Biblical interpretation and practices to deepen your faith.
#Arapahoyouth and their parents are invited to come and “Hit The Wall.” Participants will hear a provocative statement and use sticky notes to put ideas on the wall. This enjoyable event challenges youth and parents to react, have questions, use scripture and spark conversation based on what is on the wall.
Celebrate Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday with Arapaho UMC and Day School on Tuesday, March 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This is an all-church and all-Day School families combined event! Pancakes and sausage, games and face painting, a fun event for all ages.
Proceeds go to buy new playground equipment for our kids - bring your donations with you (Cash, Check and Credit Cards accepted).
We hope you'll make plans to come, share in the celebration, and support a great cause!
Arapaho United Methodist Church invites you to our special “Ash Wednesday” service. This 45-minute liturgy is powerful. Come and worship on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and experience the words, music, and ashes that will ground you in grace to start the Lenten season at 7:00 pm in our sanctuary. Childcare is available.
We will explore aspects of Jesus' Jewish heritage and the physical/geographic world in which he lived. Topics will include what it meant to be a Rabbi, life of the certain sects of Judaism, the Jewish outlook on life and scripture and what it was like to live in the first century Levant. The group will end with a traditional Passover meal on April 12. Kids are welcome.
On March 8 at 7:30 pm the UT Dallas Choirs, The Garland High School Choirs and the Arapaho United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will present “Songs From The Holocaust.” Based on research of original music sung by incarcerated inmates in Holocaust concentration camps, this cantata is an emotional, musical journey through one of the bleakest episodes in human history.
Admission Is Free.
Lent marks a pivotal point in the history of the church, when Jesus prepared to give himself for others. Tradition has it that we mark the 40 days of Lent by giving something up, but what if it could be more than that? What if Lent were to become a preparation for a lifetime of big-heartedness? This study focuses on seven key aspects of the early church in the Book of Acts (Brave, United, Gifted, Planted, Responsive, Connected, Forgiven) that will lead us deeper in our devotion.
Intended for people who have already completed the Enneagram Journey course and desire to deepen their journey toward wholeness and essence by working on the issues associated with their own Enneagram numbers. This group will involve making a commitment to a daily practice during Lent, and then meeting weekly to share insights. The practices are number-specific and will be different each week.
Each week in this class we will examine one of the Yamas or Niyamas of yoga and scripture that relates to it. Come dressed for yoga! We will meet before yoga, and discuss the “jewel” of the week, pray and meditate together! Then those who have time, can head in to yoga to practice working through the meditation on the mat!
7 is the true story of how Jen Hatmaker took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence. Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. Come read along and discover a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence.
Icons are powerful tools for prayer and spiritual reflection. We will study the history of icons, how they were made, and the impact they have had on the faith development of people throughout the centuries. We will analyze some interesting icons together! Join us as we learn to pray with icons and experience their value in this small group.
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)
Arapaho UMC has partnered with two other local congregations to provide a monthly Faith and Grief gathering in Richardson. You're invited to join AUMC members and facilitators Bob Nelson, Mary Jane Smith, Sharon Groves and Rev. Holly Reinhart-Marean for 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 hear scripture, a guest speaker's brief reflection, and join a table 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.
If you are a guest 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, February 10th. 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.
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 email@example.com or texting me at (214)952-9649.
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.
On January 26-27th our Austin Street Center food service volunteer team will prepare, deliver and serve food to the 300-400 men, women and children who spend the night at the Austin Street Center.
You may volunteer and assist the team in several ways: by preparing food, serving food or doing both. On January 26th, the food prep volunteers will drop off their food at the kitchen to be stored overnight and then at 5:00 am on the 27th the food service team will make their way to the shelter to serve.
The Labyrinth at Arapaho United Methodist Church invites you to a contemplative and prayerful experience. On January 20th as a part of our “Spiritual Practices” series, the Labyrinth will be set up in the Fellowship Hall from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
About The Labyrinth
The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. It has a single circuitous path that winds its way into the center. The person walking it uses the same path to return from the center and the entrance then becomes the exit. The path is in full view, which allows a person to be quiet and focus internally.
Generally there are three stages to the walk: releasing on the way in, receiving in the center and returning when you follow the return path back out of the labyrinth. Symbolically, and sometimes actually, you are taking back out into the world that which you have received.
There is no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Use the labyrinth in any way that meets what you need while being respectful of others walking. You may go directly to the center to sit quietly -- whatever meets your needs.
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.
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.
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?
Desktops, laptops, servers, LCD monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, and all other computer components.
Camcorders and all non-disposable film and digital cameras.
Fax machines, typewriters, inkjet cartridges, printers, scanners, routers, shredders, and copiers.
Car and home audio equipment, satellite and cable boxes, VCRs, DVD players and recorders, headphones, and multimedia projectors.
DVD and VHS movies, audiobooks, and music CDs. All multimedia items must include original covers.
Cell phones, GPS devices, calculators, portable CD and DVD players, PDAs, and MP3 Players.
Video games, systems, and accessories.
Golf clubs and bags, athletic helmets and pads, baseball bats and gloves, basketball shoes, cleats, hockey sticks, ice skates, and roller blades.
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.
In our sermon series "Practicing the Presence" we are going in-depth with five practices that will help you to experience the sacred in your everyday life. Each week, you will leave inspired and equipped with a new practice or two to help you to live with purpose, pay attention, and encounter the divine daily. Come and experience with it means to "Practice the Presence" each Sunday from January 13th through February 10th at 8:30 and 11:00am.
Please join us!
Consider this, from Parker Palmer: “So what do we do in a circle of trust? We speak our own truth; we listen deceptively 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.
A circle of trust group meeting 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.
Circle of Trust, led by Bob Nelson, will meet on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm for ten weeks beginning January 10th in Room 2.
Join the family of Arapaho United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 30th during the Sunday School hour as acclaimed pianist and music director Rebecca Lowrey, along with her musical friends, presents a Living Room Concert.
These mini-concerts, hosted around the Dallas area, are a fun, unique musical experience using piano and voices to produce a well-known musical typically in a living room. Make plans to join us on December 30th from 9:45 - 10:45 am in the sanctuary.
Join Arapaho United Methodist Church for Christmas Eve on December 24th at 5:30, 7:30 and 11:00 pm.
Join us at 7:30 & 11:00 pm Christmas Eve services for carols and candlelight as we usher in Christmas together as a church family.
Guests are always welcome!
Join Arapaho United Methodist Church for Christmas Eve on December 24th at 5:30, 7:30 and 11:00 pm.
Our Family Service is at 5:30 pm. Parents, children and extended family are all welcome as we celebrate the season together.
Guests are always welcome!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.