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Under the Oak Oak Haven United Methodist Church Newsletter “Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us.” Joshua 24:27 J U N E V O L U M E





Prayers, Scripture, Ushers & Acolytes


UMW Review


Words From Wesley




Early Church Meets New Church


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Prayer Service Praying is an important part of any congregation— especially one that is “prayerfully united.” We have an ongoing prayer listing in our weekly bulletin and in every edition of Under the Oak. Now, our church is looking to provide a meaningful time for members and friends to be in prayer together outside of our typical Sunday morning schedule. To that end we would like to invite members and

vices to be held at Oak Haven. We need people who will gather resources (provided) and put together a time of prayer. There are many options and the possibilities are endless. You don’t need any prior experience. So, everyone is encouraged to strongly consider stepping out and becoming a part of We are looking for volunteers our church praying for each to construct a new prayer service at Oak Haven. other, our communities and friends to consider becom- the world. Contact John Fletcher if you have questions ing a part of the planning and preparing of prayer ser- or would like to participate.

Members of the United Methodist Men’s group got to work and finished a big part of an ongoing project. The men put a new roof over the smoker and the newly extended area around it. This year’s Ham Smoke will be that much more comfortable!




Everyone is invited to our monthly Chips, Dips and Discussion time. We will gather in the church meeting room. Paul Perrin will lead our discussion. Join us Friday June 20 at 7:00 pm.

Being Good Enough Growing up, I never played basketball. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the game. In fact, I loved playing. In my mind, however, I was never good at it. Later I realized I might have been better than I thought. You want to know what my problem was? Surprisingly, at hard as I tried, I never made every shot. Ridiculous? Maybe, but my young eyes saw every professional shot go straight through the hoop. How could I ever

play a game like that? Just the same, we often set ourselves up the when it comes to a life of faith. Trust me, none of us get it right all the time—no matter what you think. There are times of failure, missed opportunities and just being wrong. That doesn’t mean, though, that we’re not good enough. The great thing about faith is it isn’t a game. There are no winners or losers; no one is keeping score, trying

to defeat you. We have been shown the great power of God’s love. There is no earning it or being good enough to attain it. You accept it and learn to live in the fullness of it. So, get out and play! Blessed Beyond Belief,

Volunteers Make Website Happen!

We are excited to introduce David and Mickie Triggs as our new webmasters. For over a year Oak Haven’s website ( has been a valuable resource for members and friends to stay informed and to share information with othTheological Word ers in the community. By searching for Methodist To Know churches in Irving visitors have been directed to our website and found invitations to some of our activiHomiletics: ties. Needless to say, having a website is an imporThe consideration of the tant tool for a church to reach out to the community. When someone visits our webpreparation, structure and site they are able to get up-to-date information about our church, view newsletters, delivery of sermons. It is read a daily devotional, hear past sermons and/or find answers to some of the basic the study of sermons (like what all church members do questions people have about becoming a part of Oak Haven. It’s important, then, to maintain our website; David & Mickie accepted an invitation to with every sermon!). do just that. If you have questions or concerns, or would like to contribute to our website, please contact David or Mickie at the church or by sending an email to Make sure you let them know you appreciate their work! Next month we’ll fill you in on our church showing it’s face….book.



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7Choir Rehearsal 10 10 Bible Study


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...prayerfully united...


Continued prayers for: Chris McDade, Ruth Ann Wilhoite, Shannon Ozuna, Mary Lou Campbell, Eric Stuchlik, Debra Randle, Bill Glass, Grady Birdwell, Shawn Koogler, Jacqualea Cooley, Mike King, Pauline Segura, Stephene, Sania Williams, Robbie, Debbie and Creed Roberts, Doris Sadler, Sarah Patrick and her parents, Bobby Garza, Earlene Matkin, Roy Revis, Eva Guenther, Walburga Kerner, Cathy Smith, Susan Perrin, Cecil Patrick, Julius Egbele, Betty Roberts, Lynn Wolstenburg, Mary Ester Trotter, Sue Harris, Fay Jones, Gardenia Hull, Nadine Justin, Stella Okolie, John Oglethorpe, Mike & Michelle Cummings, Robert & Linda Wright, Peter Arnold, our missionaries and our military Prayers of healing: Michaila DavidsonFaggard family, Ken Robinson, Jo Sutter, Debbie Meek, Shanna Acton, Emma Grace Wilson, Ashley Waggoner, Norma Hernandez, Claude Reynolds, Louis Munoz, Carl Ryser, Shane Higgs, June Montgomery, Cindy Hogman, Della Fennell, Linda Duncan, Sam, Beverly Johnson Prayers of Support: Brenda Smith & family, Gottfried Geodottey, Kitty Sultan, family of Bob Fitzsimmon, family of Shaunia Mejia, family of Juanita Juarez (nephew passed away)

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you Jeremiah 29:12

Acolytes June 6-Brittani Fletcher June 13-Ashlei Fletcher June 20-Lissette Garcia June 27-Mya Garcia

Ushers and Counters June 6 (Team 3)

June 13th (Team 4)

Mary Lou Campbell Don Kent Mike Matkin Ben Shemo Sub: Rebecca Wheeler Counters: Mary Lou Campbell, Stella Jones

Ricky Campbell Stella Jones Don Kent Rebecca Wheeler Sub: Mary Lou Campbell Counters: Steve Perrin, Dorene Taylor

June 20th (Team 1)

June 27th (Team 2)

Mary Lou Campbell Ricky Campbell Ronnie Crow Don Kent Sub: Stella Jones Counters: Mary Owen, Bonnie Perrin

Mary Lou Campbell Ricky Campbell Jonathan Perrin Rebecca Wheeler Sub: Mike Matkin Counters: Ann Kent, Steve Perrin

Scripture Readings June 6th 1Kings 17:8-24 Psalm 146 Galatians 1:11-24 Luke 7:11-17

June 13th 1Kings 21:1-21a Psalm 5:1-8 Galatians 2:15-21 Luke 7:36-8:3

June 20th 1Kings 19:1-15a Psalm 42 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39

June 27th 2Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Luke 9:51-62


United Methodist Women the “Christmas in July” for Ashford Hall is still in full swing. The good news is—and thank you to those who have donated toiletries—we have more than enough items for this year. The bad news is we still need about 27 more fleece lap blankets or shawls to reach our goal of 100 for the gift bags. Please let me know if you July 17th 2-3pm Christmas in July at Ashford Hall can help with this effort, or if you have information where we can purchase fleece July 26-29 38th Annual School of for a cheap price. My phone number is Christian Mission at FUMC, Plano 972.255.3152. The date for our visit is July 17, 2010 from 2-3pm. We will meet at the Sat Sept 11 Dallas Denton District church at 1:15 that day and pack the gift Annual Meeting at FUMC, Denton (this bags, load up and travel to Ashford Hall. meeting was changed from Sept 18) Everyone is welcome to join us. Oct 1-2 Ladies Retreat at Bridgeport The Ladies Tea on May 8th was a big We are confirmed at Bridgeport Lake for our Ladies Retreat Friday Oct 1 and Satur- Sat Oct 16 North Texas Annual success. Thanks to all of you ladies day Oct 2. The cost is $55 per person; this Conference at FUMC, Dallas and gentlemen that worked so hard covers the evening meal on Friday and breakfast and lunch for Saturday, plus a bed for so long to make it happen. I would like to give a special thanks to to sleep on. The fellowship and fun are free! See Bonnie Perrin for more information. our chairman, Pattie Crow, for giving so freely of your time and talents Remember you are welcome to participate in our reading program. to ensure the event’s success. Our See our UMW library located in the Seekers Sunday School room. Our next unit meeting is August 9 at 7pm. Hope you all have a great mission project “Shoes for Schools” and blessed summer. will have a healthy start for the new school year coming up. Mary Lou Campbell, President With that said and moving forward,

Our April Unit meeting began with the reciting of the UMW Purpose, followed by prayer for our joys and concerns. Rebecca Wheeler presented a thoughtful devotional entitled “You Can’t Take it With You” from God’s Little Devotional Book. Following the business meeting we were treated to some delicious strawberry pie made by Stella Jones. Our program, give by Dorene Taylor, entitle “Creating a Child’s Tower of Peace” was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to all of you for all you do.

United Methodist Men Our UMM group began our May meeting with the reciting of the group’s purpose statement, followed by prayer and, of course, a delicious dinner. Thanks gentlemen for always bringing enough food for everyone. Rev John Fletcher presented our devotional. Comparing a portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with an article by Lee Strobel entitled Living in the ‘90s, he reminded us that worrying keeps us from trusting God more. Our current balance is $6,722 and our unit raised the $150 quarterly mark for May. We are in discussion on holding a neighborhood blood drive sponsored through the American Red Cross; our church would need to ensure at least 15 people would be able to give blood. After our meeting, the group looked at the condition of the roof of the smoker and decided to complete the work it needed by the end of the month. On May 22nd the group finished (see pictures on pg.7)! A special thanks to all who volunteered their time and muscle to make this happen. Our next meeting will be June 17th at 7pm. Hope to see you there! Ricky Campbell, Secretary



Research: Child mortality rates declining


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NEW YORK (UMNS) — A new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington published today in The Lancet medical journal reports that the number of deaths of children under age 5 decreased from 16 million in 1970 to 11.9 million deaths in 1990 to 7.7 million deaths in 2010. The study examined the decline in death rates of children under five in 187 countries from 1970 to 2010 using data from all available sources. Improvement in the under-5 mortality rate was shown in all regions of the world. Dr. Cherian Thomas, assistant general secretary for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, said that working with United Methodist clinics and hospitals and community-based programs to reduce under-5 mortality and maternal mortality is a major focus for UMCOR. Thomas said that one factor contributing to the decline might be that mothers are getting better care during pregnancy, births are more often handled by skilled health care workers, and hospitals and clinics may be more accessible. “The second factor is definitely the availability of bed nets and the treatment of malaria,” Thomas said. “Other causes may be more effective treatment of pneumonia and diarrhea.”

Words from Wesley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Discipleship will be there when the World Cup brings soccer fans from around the globe to South Africa. One of the board’s divisions, Upper Room Ministries, will give away thousands of copies of its Upper Room daily devotional guide to fans during the World Cup from June 11 to July 11. This is the first time the Board of Discipleship has attempted such a project, and it will help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Upper Room Ministries, said Sarah Wilke, publisher of The Upper Room.

Oil Spill in Perspective Korean UM Website WASHINGTON (UMNS). — A Web-based resource to help congregations address the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been developed by the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society at The resource offers diverse information intended to help church members understand the tragedy that took 11 lives and is threatening shorelines and marine life. Prayers for worship and resources appropriate for small group studies also are online.

Electronic Book Explores “As to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think.”

Promise of Campus Ministry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)––United Methodist Communications has launched a new Web presence for Korean members of the denomination. The site,, is actually a re-launch that provides a more accessible and attractive Web presence for the agency’s Korean Resources Team. It includes news, commentaries, events, information for laypersons, sermon ideas for clergy, questions and answers about the denomination and copies of a monthly newsletter and a bimonthly magazine.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — “The Promise of Campus Ministry: Theological Explorations,” is a new electronic book that explores campus ministry as “a calling from God framed in the Wesleyan tradition,” said the Rev. Bridgette Young, one of the book’s editors. Young is executive for Campus Ministry and College Chaplaincy, United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. “The chapters, each of which contains an essay and response, may be taken together as a full book, or separately, based on the reader’s interest in a particular topic,” she added. To read or download the free book, visit

Father’s Day at a Glance


The first observance of Father's Day is believed to have been held on June 19, 1910 as a result of the efforts of Sonora Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, who was inspired by her father, William Smart, a widower and Civil War veteran, who had singlehandedly raised all six of his children. Soon, the idea of Father's Day caught on throughout the rest of the country to became an unofficial US holiday, However, it would be decades before President Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation in 1966 designating the third Sunday in June to be Father's Day, and it only became a national holiday when President Nixon signed the official proclamation in 1972. Today, Father's Day is celebrated in various ways and on different days around the world. The German tradition for honoring fathers, for example, is on Ascension Day in May (with lots of wine and beer!) and in some Roman Catholic countries St. Joseph's Day on March 19 is the customary day to honor all fathers. In Russia, fathers are customarily honored on "Defender of the Fatherland Day" on February 23. However, worldwide - from the US, Canada, and Europe to countries as far-flung as China and Zimbabwe. - the third Sunday in June remains the most traditional day to celebrate Father's Day. In 2010, Father's Day is celebrated on Sunday, June 20.

The Early Church Meets the New Church Participants of the Thursday morning Bible study have continued through four volumes of Faith Lessons by Ray Vander Laan. This month they will begin the fifth volume entitled Early Church. The study will take time to consider how the first Christians lived out their faith that changed a world. Speaking of living out your faith, Stephen Cooper has volunteered to lead the new study. A member of Oak Haven for just over a year, Stephen has been looking for ways to become “a better member.” He has taken a great interest in the lessons and has an eagerness to continue the series; he is also looking forward to the opportunity of leading the class and Stephen Cooper is leading our new study learning from other participants. Join Stephen and the entitled Early Church. others Thursdays at 10 am.

June 4 Don Kent June 16 Betty Guenter June 16 Joyce Eckles June 20 Paul Perrin June 22 Neta DeLeon June 30 Raymond DeLeon We are giving every effort to update our list. If your name should be here, please let us know. If you know of a name we have missed please contact Minnette Puckett or John Fletcher.


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