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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 M A R C H V O L U M E

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Pancake Supper INSIDE THIS ISSUE: What Begins March 6th at 6?




Prayers, 4 Scripture, Ushers & Acolytes UMM Review


Words From Wesley


A Blast From The Past




The United Methodist Men are stirring something up. That’s right; it’s time for the batter, bacon and fixins’! On Tuesday, March 8th from 6pm-8pm, the men’s group is hosting its 3rd annual Pancake Supper. This tradition is connected to the celebration and festivities of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. On Fat Tuesday, in other traditions called Shrove Tuesday, there is a final feasting of richer, fatty foods just prior to the beginning of Lent, which is traditionally a season of fasting. So, join us as we bring out the pancakes, sausage, ba-

thing you bring will help benefit the work of Irving Cares. If each person gives one or more of these items we’ll be able to help families who are in need here in Irving. Monetary donations are always accepted as well, and will be used for Irving Cares as well. However, this is Let our men’s group serve up our way of addressing a specific all the pancakes you can eat! need of the organization. Everyone is invited to attend. con and celebrate with us. This year’s event is a little There’ll be plenty of people to different from other years. share your meal with, and a lot of fun to be had. Bring your Oh, don’t worry; we’ll family and/or friends to share in have everything you need the festivities. You can come as to enjoy a great pancake meal. Your price of admis- early or late as you are able and stay for as long as you like. If sion, though, is a jar of you have questions please conpeanut butter and/or canned meat item. Every- tact our office. See you there!

Time Change Song God of sleep, and God of slumber, help us not be late, we ask: Changing clocks one forward number, may we not forget this task. Choir directors, preachers, teachers, all will bless your holy name if to Sunday church on time we came. Move Your Clocks One Hour Ahead Sunday, March 13th

Worship Service Wednesday, March 9 7pm



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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 March 18 at 7:00 pm.

Theological Word To Know Sanctus Latin for “holy.” This is also a title given to the angelic hymn of Isaiah 6:3 when the angels sang, “Holy, holy, holy.” We also use it in our communion services: holy, holy, holy Lord…….

22:21). Jesus offers the parable of the Good Samaritan as an example of what it means to be a neighbor to the stranger. 3 John is a short letter with an acknowledgement of the community’s treatment of strangers (Verse 5). After his resurrection, Jesus joined two disciples as they walked to Emmaus. He spoke with them and taught them, yet they didn’t recognize him. It wasn’t until they stopped and shared Communion with the stranger that they realized who he was. Our assumptions

Stranger Danger We teach our children the value of knowing “Stranger Danger.” Obviously, there are safety reasons for doing so. Just the same, adults employ tactics to prevent danger and to ensure protection from someone who might cause harm. Again, who can argue with that? Think, though, about how strangers are addressed in the Bible? Aliens, or strangers, are given to the charge of God’s people (Exodus

Join us for a new Lenten study, beginning March 6th. It’s Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back provides a look at the transcendent struggle in the lives of believers, while helping us to enter the continually crumbling world surrounding Jesus and the disciples in the days preceding Easter. It is free to attend each session for conversation, prayer and song. You can purchase the book for $9. Session titles include: The Dance; When Worlds Collide; Dancing with Holes in Your Moccasins. We think you will appreciate this opportunity to share and hear this new study with us. The study begins at 6pm.

about strangers can often keep us from seeing who they really are. We can even forget they are just as much loved by God as us. Those words, then, from 3 John can be a charge (Now would be a good time to look them up). As a community of faith, in our worship, activities and programs how do we view strangers? Remember, we could be entertaining angels.

Blessed Beyond Belief,

Working Together in Faith Since 2001 Great Days of Service is a faith‑based association of Irving congregations which are united in serving God and community by renewing Irving neighborhoods and aiding qualified Irving homeowners in the restoration of their properties For more information on how you can participate visit or call (972) 510-5084 .

Our Social Principles: Women’s Rights We affirm the importance of women in decision-making positions at all levels of Church and society, and urge such bodies to guarantee their presence through policies of employment and recruitment.

Oak Haven United Methodist Church Phone: 972.438.1431 Email:


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6 Communion Sunday Transfiguration Sunday

4:30 Youth Group

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13 Daylight Savings Lunch & Meetings

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March: Jewish Festival of Lots-20th


...prayerfully united...


***Please help us keep this list updated*** Birdwell family, Davetta Cuthrell, Susan Terni-Love, Nancy Lumbardo, Carol Dupree, Jamie Peart, Claude & Maria Reynolds, Gary Alderson, Lisa Dameron, Liz Baltierra, Melvin Knight family, Pat Triggs, Mr. & Mrs Chapman, Debra Randle, Pam Deskin, Micki Triggs, Susan Love, Tracey Robertson, Neta DeLeon, Ely Eckles, Crystal Quintero, Cooper family, Sue Nungesser, Bob & Connie Ramsey, Nadine Jester, Laura Sirmon, Kyle Dupree, Doyle Hall, Danny Siegel, Valerie Milano, Martha Davis, Jesse Ford, Ellie Ruiz, Michael Vogan, Mr. & Mrs. Dennie Foster, family of Bonnie Simons, Ray Lowery, family of Curtis & Sandra Doyle, Martha Davis, New church choir director(s), Marry Allen, David Austin, Jeanie Davis, Roger Dalton, Wesley Burks, Charles Chilton, Bea Baker, Brian Deskin, Lorene Hall, Mike Burns, Jim Hallworth, Ruth Ann Wilhoite, Shanna Acton, Chris McDade, Denise & John Butler, Susanne & Dick Ramsey, Pat Buttery, Herschel Mixom, Louis Munoz, Norma Hernandez, Teri & Shane Higgs, Shawn Koogler, Ryan Kinnan, Bill Glass, Scott Quintana, King family, Bobby Garza, Walburga Kerner, Sue Harris, Nadine Justin, Mike & Michelle Cummings, our missionaries & military

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do and [God] will show you the right way. - Proverbs 3:5-6, TEV

Acolytes Mar 6-Brittani Fletcher

Ushers and Counters Mar 6 (Team 4)

Mar 13 (Team 1)

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

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

Mar 20 (Team 2)

Mar 27 (Team 3)

Mary Lou Campbell Jonathan Perrin Rob Scully Ben Shemo Sub: Mike Matkin Counters: Ann Kent, Steve Perrin

Don Kent Mike Matkin Ben Shemo David Triggs Sub: Mary Lou Campbell Counters: Mary Lou Campbell, Stella Jones

& Hanna Stephens Mar 13-Mya Garcia & Lissette Garcia Mar 20-Ashlei Fletcher & Jade Vela Mar 27-Hanna Stephens & Nelson Norris

Scripture Readings Mar 6 Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 99 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9

Mar 13 Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11

Mar 20 Genesis 12:1-4a Psalm 121 Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 John 3:1-17

Mar 27 Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 95 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42


Our February meeting was held on Feb 14, 2011. Many thanks to all of you who attended. Special thanks to Micki Triggs for the devotional she gave, Dorene Taylor for an excellent program and last, but not least, the delicious refreshments served by Minnette Puckett. Thank you ladies for all that you do. Pattie Crow, our tea chairperson and her tea cabinet are in full swing with plans for our 11th Annual Ladies Tea to be held Sat., March 5, 2011 from 2 -4 pm at Oak Haven UMC. Tickets are $10.00 each; Minnette Puckett is in charge of ticket sales. This year’s theme is Mardi Gras. There will be entertainment, food and a style show. Proceeds from this year’s Tea will go to support our local missions. If you have any questions or need tickets you can contact Pattie, Minnette or myself. Please keep in mind our ongoing projects: 1) “Christmas in July” for residents of Ashford Hall, the items needed are small toiletry items, magazines, games and puzzle books. The box for these is on the table next to the nursery. 2) Also, Campbell’s Soup Labels for Dallas Bethlehem Center to help purchase supplies for their school. Our next meeting is March 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the church. I hope to see you all there.

Almost Tea Time!

Mary Lou Campbell March 5 March 14 July 18 -21 July 22 – 24 Sept. 24 Oct 7-8 Oct. 8

Save The Date 2-4 pm UMW Ladies 11th Annual Tea 7 pm UMW Unit Meeting School of Christian Mission Weekend Cooperative Mission Event Metro District Annual Meeting First UMC, Richardson Oak Haven Annual Ladies Retreat at Bridgeport NTC UMW Annual Meeting- First Denton UMC, Denton

The United Methodist Men’s (UMM) group met for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thurs, Feb. 17, 2011 for a time of fellowship. We shared an opening prayer and followed with a delicious dinner provided by various members of the group. The UMM purpose statement was recited and last month’s minutes were reviewed. Rev. Fletcher led a meaningful devotional based on a reading from 1 Kings 19. The devotional recalled Elijah’s experience with God in the “sheer silence.” Like Elijah, we can get overwhelmed with many of life’s obstacles and sometimes need to step back in silence to meditate our minds, spirit, and soul so that we can cherish the silence God gives us. Rev. Fletcher also mentioned a book called “Methodism in Recovery,” which describes how Christians can cherish the “silence” God blesses us daily. The financial report is current with a balance of 7,797.34, and the quarterly amount has been paid this past month. Our group agreed to send a financial gift to The Great Days of Service, scheduled for March 18-19 and 25-26. This is a wonderful opportunity to help Irving residents. Information is still available if you are interested. Our next UMM meeting will be March 17, 2011 at 7pm on Thursday night and any member/visitor are welcome to attend. We hope to see you then! Ricky Campbell, Secretary




UM Film Wins Emmy

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - A short film funded by a United Methodist Board of Discipleship grant won a regional Emmy. The Rev. Steve HorswillJohnston, the producer-director, received the award for "Digital Diary: Christine" on Jan. 29. The Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gave the honor. Horswill-Johnston, the board's executive director of communications and brand strategy, described the 12-minute story of a woman trying desperately to save her marriage as a "bringbrain" film. It invites "people to think, to explore and to discuss ... to unwrap Jesus' teachings and see their application in our own lives in a whole new way," he said. The "Digital Diary: Christine" DVD and a 32-page discussion guide may be purchased through Cokesbury or ordered online at

Words from Wesley

God is so great, that he communicates greatness to the least thing that is done for his service.

Young People’s Ministry Burdens or blessings? A multimedia United Methodist News Service series explores the current state of rural churches in the U.S. and ideas to keep them alive and well. The series is available at DURHAM, N.C. (UMTV) - When a church exists in an area where there are fewer than 200

people per square mile, it is considered rural. There are about 20,000 United Methodist rural congregations in the U.S.- more than 60 percent of the denomination in the U.S. Despite these significant numbers, a 2010 survey revealed that rural church members often feel unheard and misunderstood.

DISCIPLE Bible Study to be Offered to Inmates

Pastor Known for Super Bowl Sermons Dies

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (UMNS) –– Representatives from the United Methodist Tennessee, Memphis and Holston annual (regional) conferences will recruit and train people to take Disciple Bible Study to 14 Tennessee state prisons housing 20,000 inmates. The effort to introduce the 34week study into Tennessee prisons is coordinated by Rev. Mark Hicks, executive director of DISCIPLE Bible Outreach Ministries of North Carolina, and Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the Nashville-based Commission on United Methodist Men.

FORT WORTH, Texas (UMNS) — The Rev. Ken Diehm, a United Methodist pastor famed for his Super Bowl-themed sermons, died of internal bleeding and acute leukemia on Feb. 19 at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. He was 52. Diehm, the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Grapevine, gained denomination-wide attention for his annual sermons on the messages “we wish were in the previous Sunday’s Super Bowl.” He died before he could deliver this year’s sermon.

Global Church Membership Tops 12 Million NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — While The United Methodist Church’s U.S. membership has continued to shrink, its growth elsewhere in the world has put it over the 12 million-member mark for the first time, newly released statistics show. The church's membership in Africa, Europe and Asia grew from 3.5 million to 4.4 million in the five years ending in 2009, according to the denomination's General Council on Finance and Administration.

A Blast From the Past


In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sunday are not included in the count). Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. During some Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The Bible does not mention Ash Wednesday or the custom of Lent, however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21. Copyright General Board of Discipleship. Used by permission.

Youth Group Our youth group has been meeting for several months. We are very excited to have the opportunity to be in ministry with our young people, and trust you are as well. The group meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 4:30-5:45. It’s a time of fellowship, singing, praying and much more. Please know you are an important part of our youth ministry. So, here are four easy ways you can participate with us: 1) Pray: Pray that our activities will be a way to teach and share the gospel. Pray for the families and concerns of our young people. 2) Join Us: We love guests. Sit in on a meeting. Read scripture or pray with us. It is important for the students to know their church cares for them. 3) Provide Food: We share a small meal together at each meeting. Consider preparing a meal or providing snacks for the group to have. 4) Write a letter of encouragement: Let the students know you are praying for them. Write a personal note or card to the group or to a particular student. Several of our church members have already helped us in different ways. For that we say, “Thanks!” We appreciate your care for our young people and look forward to working more together.

Happy Birthday! March 12 Stephen Cooper March 26 Stella Jones March 28 Ricky Campbell March 28 Rob Scully

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.


Oak Haven United Methodist Church 1600 N. Irving Heights Irving, TX 75061


MARCH 2011

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Faith is Fun

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Under the Oak: March 2011  

The March 2011 edition of our monthly newsletter.