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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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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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!

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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.

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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

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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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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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    Belonging & Becoming Class Begins
    Feb
    21
    6:30 PM18:30

    Belonging & Becoming Class Begins

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    Many of us feel overwhelmed about the prospect of raising children in our high-performance, rapid-pace culture. Reflecting on difficulties from our own families of origin can increase our doubt and insecurity about being a good parent. Many of us feel overwhelmed about the prospect of raising children in our high-performance, rapid-pace culture. Reflecting on difficulties from our own families of origin can increase our doubt and insecurity about being a good parent.

    But it doesn’t have to be this way! A thriving family is a place of belonging and becoming, where each person feels safe, cared for and loved, and is supported to develop who they are for the good of the world. Perhaps the highest aspiration a family can have is to help one another discover the whole and integrated lives we were created for. 

    Using the book Belonging and Becoming: Creating a Thriving Family Culture by Mark and Lisa Scandrette as a guide, this five-week class invites you into an intensive and practical process of cultivating skills for creating a thriving family culture. Working through the steps with a group can provide the solidarity and support needed for lasting change while providing a profound sense of community. 

    Belonging and Becoming, facilitated by Brandi and Aaron Manes, will meet on Wednesday nights at 6:30 for five weeks, beginning February 21.  Cost is $20 and you receive a book.

    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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    Women's Lenten Bible Study Begins
    Feb
    21
    9:30 AM09:30

    Women's Lenten Bible Study Begins

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    Are you familiar with the monastic tradition of praying the hours? This Lenten season come join a small group of women and learn about this ancient spiritual practice with a contemporary twist. Pause for prayer during this 5-week class (Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 am) and invite the Holy Spirit into your life.

    Register Here

    No Childcare Provided

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    Ash Wednesday
    Feb
    14
    6:30 PM18:30

    Ash Wednesday

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    The family at Arapaho United Methodist Church invites you to begin the Lenten journey with us on February 14 for our Ash Wednesday service at 6:30 PM in our Sanctuary. We will participate in readings and songs as well as receiving ashes. 

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.

    Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    During some Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins.

    It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service to burn to produce ashes for this service. Sometimes a small card or piece of paper is distributed on which each person writes a sin or hurtful or unjust characteristic. The cards are then brought to the altar to be burned with the palm branches. The ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins.

    — Adapted from The United Methodist Book of Worship

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    Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
    Feb
    13
    6:30 PM18:30

    Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

    Before we take our ashes and begin our Lenten Journey - Let's eat pancakes! Join the family at Arapaho United Methodist Church for a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner featuring Mardi Gras-esque Jazz by the Dixieland Band and of course, a whole lot of pancakes! Dinner is served at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall and the music begins around 6:45 PM. 

    Proceeds go to benefit The Synergy Wesley Foundation (Donations appreciated)!

     

     

    What is Shrove Tuesday?

    Shrove Tuesday (also known in Commonwealth countries and Ireland as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake day) is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of "fat eating" or "gorging" before the fasting period of Lent.

    This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "absolve".[1] Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including AnglicansLutheransMethodists and Roman Catholics,[2] who "make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with."[3]

    Being the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide, before the penitentialseason of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent. The term Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

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    Help Provide Snacks for The Dobie Teachers and Staff
    Feb
    12
    8:30 AM08:30

    Help Provide Snacks for The Dobie Teachers and Staff

    The AUMC Dobie committee has been tasked with providing snacks for 100 teachers and staff members on Monday, February 12. Please sign up in the Connection Center. Snacks must be delivered by 10:00 am on February 12, and can also be left in the kitchen on Sunday, February 11th; label all drop-off’s with “Dobie”.

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    Potluck and Postcards
    Feb
    11
    12:30 PM12:30

    Potluck and Postcards

    Are you interested in a service opportunity for the whole family? Join Simplicity Circle for Potluck and Postcards on February 11, right after church in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to share a potluck lunch and then work together to create postcards for “Nickel From Nicole”, a movement designed to educate and promote safe and responsible driving to new teenage drivers. Bring a side dish and plan to bring the whole family to participate in this fun service event.

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