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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 O C T O B E R V O L U M E

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4 Prayers, Scripture, Ushers & Acolytes UMM Review


Words From Wesley




Communion Sunday Info


This month our church is hosting a community Fall Festival. On Sunday, October 31st the streets of our neighborhood will be filled with rock stars, angels, cartoon characters, furry animals, ninjas, sports figures and so much more. We want to ensure the families in our community have a safe place to bring their children to have fun. There will be games—lots of games—prizes and candy for everyone. No one should go home disappointed. So, make sure to stop by for all the fun from 5-8pm.

through; so, 3) if you have outdoor lighting (flood lights) we can use that would be helpful. Last year we stopped counting after 200 people. There were too many people for us to keep track of. We should expect the same this year—let’s do what we can to make sure of A quick scene from last year’s it! This is a great, easy way to Fall Festival. meet many of the families in our neighborhood. So, please join In order for us to successfully host this event we us. We are also making sure each family gets an invitation to need the help of our join us for our worship service church members and friends. We need 1) peo- and other activities we have planned in the coming months. ple to oversee our games This helps us share the “new life and booths, 2) candy and small prizes. It will be dark in Jesus Christ” we are boldly committed to. by the time we are

Mark your calendar and spread the word! From October 10th through the 19th, there is going to be a 10-day online event that will mobilize passionate people to stand up and be counted for causes they believe in, and you will have a front row seat. It’s called 10-Fold. Each day will feature a different mission project of the General Board of Global Ministries supported through The Advance, the designated giving arm of The United Methodist Church. Through live webcasts, streaming video, online chats, and other media, you will learn about these amazing ministries that are changing people’s lives. We have provided a listing of the 10 emphases highlighted throughout the 10 days of 10-Fold on page 2 of this newsletter. And by visiting daily and registering your interest, you’ll be able help secure tangible support for each project. It’s easy. With one click, you can trigger a $1.00 donation each day of 10-Fold, up $10,000 for each project. Be a part of a movement that multiplies God’s work, be counted, and help create an effect that is 10-Fold in good works.



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 Oct 15 at 7:00 pm.

Messy Living Maybe I’m generalizing; maybe not. For most people, though, church is supposed to be neat and nice—everything in order. Now, we can handle the occasional bulletin misprint or an offnote here and there from the choir. The pastor looses her/his place every now and then, but that’s okay. However, in the event something pressing or tragic needs to be shared please (do tell) let us pray for you.

Just make sure you share it at the appropriate time and keep it to a sentence or two. Let’s not get carried away with ourselves. What an unfortunate attitude to have! Life isn’t always nice and neat; it can get a little messy. Consequently, in our blessed, messy lives our faith stands to get messy, too. Shouldn’t we be able to share that messiness with other messy livers? The Church should be the first place someone can find an

ear, a prayer or support—not judgment, an impatient response or belittling. Also, the last thing someone in a messy spot needs is someone else to say, “If you need anything call me.” Instead, remembering Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40, you be the person to say, “I’m calling; what do you need?” Blessed Beyond Belief,

We Think You Can, We Think You Can

Liturgy comes from the Greek word meaning “work of the people.” For us, a liturgist is someone who helps lead our corporate worship time (our work). Each Sunday our liturgist welcomes everyone to worship, leads our call to worship and opening prayer and reads to us the selected Scripture readings. We would like you to consider being a liturgist at Oak Haven. Yes, you can! Here are 3 good reasons why you can: Theological Word 1. It’s once a month To Know 2. Readings & information are provided before hand Laity 3. We show you how to do it From the Greek word laikos Here are 3 good reasons why you should: meaning “belonging to the 1. It’s once a month & all info is provided before hand people.” This is a term used 2. It’s a great way to connect to Sunday’s lesson for any person who is not an 3. Our guests and new members get to see more of ordained clergy. us working in ministry together So, what do you think? Our worship time is a meaningful part of our Christian faith, and your participation would only add to it. Please contact John Fletcher for more information. First one to respond gets to choose their Sunday!

Believe In • • • • • • • • • •

Haiti Recovery Children’s Health & Wholeness Missionaries in the U.S. Missionaries Around the World Training Church Leaders Church Planting Worldwide Justice for Our Neighbors Clean Water and Sanitation Healthcare in Africa Sustainable Agriculture


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Oak Haven United Methodist Church

October 2010



6 Evening Study 10 Gideon Sunday




Lunch & Meetings 6 Evening Study 17 Umm, umm good basket 6 Evening Study 24 MC2 Newsletter deadline

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5-8 Fall Festival


...prayerfully united...


New church choir director(s), Lisa Spencer, Marry Allen, David Austin, Jeanie Davis, Pattie Crow, Roger Galton, Nancy Raymond & family, Charles Freeman, Debra Randle, Luis Trujillo, Doris Sadler, Wesley Burks, Charlotte La Rocca, Avis Jordan, Charles Chilton, Bea Baker, Brian Deskin, Lorene Hall, Mike Burns, Jim Hallworth, Gottfried Geodottey, Ruth Ann Wilhoite, Jo Sutter, Shanna Acton, Chris McDade, Denise & John Butler, Susanne & Dick Ramsey, Pat Buttery, Herschel Mixom, Louis Munoz, Carl Ryser, Norma Hernandez, Teri & Shane Higgs, Sania Williams, Stephene Williams, Shawn Koogler, Ryan Kinnan, June Montgomery, Bill Glass, Scott Quintana, King family, Bobby Garza, Walburga Kerner, Sue Harris, Nadine Justin, Mike & Michelle Cummings, Lucas Gebert, our missionaries and our military

Ushers and Counters Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer Romans 12:12

Acolytes Oct 3-Ashlei Fletcher

Oct 3 (Team 2)

Oct 10 (Team 3)

Oct 17 (Team 4)

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

Don Kent Mike Matkin Ben Shemo David Triggs Sub: Rebecca Wheeler Counters: Steve Perrin,

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

Oct 24 (Team 1)

Oct 31 (Team 2)

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

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

Nelson Norris Oct 10-Lissette Garcia & Mya Garcia Oct 17-Brittani Fletcher & Hanna Stephens Oct 24-Ashlei Fletcher & Nelson Norris Oct 31-Lissette Garcia & Mya Garcia

Scripture Readings Oct 3 Lamentations 1:1-6 Psalm 137 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10

Oct 10 Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-7 Psalm 66:1-12 2 Timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19

Oct 17 Jeremiah 31:27-34 Psalm 119:97-104 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8

Oct 24 Joel 2:23-32 Psalm 65 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14

Oct 31 Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Psalm 119:137-144 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 Luke 19:1-10



United Methodist Women At our September meeting our new UMW directories were distributed. I would like to thank Rev John Fletcher and Micki Triggs for such a great and unique directory. We are getting very close to our Ladies’ Retreat. The date is set for Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2 at beautiful Lake Bridgeport. If you can make it, and we hope that you can, please see Bonnie Perrin or myself. The cost is $55 person for a bed for one night, 3 delicious meals and the fun and fellowship are free. There will be a carpool leaving the church around 3pm Friday and we will return after the noon meal on Saturday. Also, coming in October is the North Texas Annual Conference UMW meeting held at Dallas First United Methodist Church. There will be a carpool available for this meeting. The date for

the meeting is Saturday, October 16; we will inform you of the time our carpool will leave. We hope that as many of you can attend as possible. This is the first meeting of our newly formed Metro District, formerly known as the DallasDenton District. Our next unit meeting will be Save the Dates on Monday, October 11 at 7pm at Oct 1-2 Ladies Retreat at Bridgeport the church. We invite you all to attend. In the meantime don’t forget Oct 11 Local unit meeting at 7pm about a few of our ongoing projects: Oct 16 North Texas Annual Conference •Campbell’s Soup labels for Dal- at FUMC, Dallas las Bethlehem Center •Current year magazines, puzzles, games, etc for the residents at Ashford Hall Mary Lou Campbell, President

The United Methodist Men held their monthly meeting on Thursday, September 16th. After the opening prayer and reading of the purpose statement the group enjoyed a delicious dinner. UMM president G.W. Kennemer offered a devotional from The Upper Room; you can get a copy of this devotional book for free at the church foyer. There are no changes in our financial report. The group discussed its involvement in the Imagine No Malaria campaign. Also, the group voted and agreed to sponsor Stephen Cooper for his upcoming Walk to Emmaus. Please remember that the Umm, umm good basket is on display each third Sunday of the month. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Finally, we are discussing this year’s Ham Smoke, scheduled for November 18-20. We will need everyone’s help to ensure a successful event. Our next meeting is October 21; we hope to see you guys then! Ricky Campbell, Secretary

Question: What is this guy doing that you could be doing for your community?

You may think you know, but find out for sure in next month’s edition of Under the Oak.



UM church among fastest growing VISTA, Calif. (UMNS) — Outreach Magazine this week released its annual lists of the 100 largest and 100 fast-growing Protestant churches in the U.S. Among the largest were two United Methodist congregations: Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., ranked 62 with an attendance of 7,702; and Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas ranked 93 with an attendance of 5,737. Three United Methodist churches were included among the fastest growing: Morning Star Church in O’Fallon, Mo, ranked 61; Harvest Church in Byron, Ga., ranked 76; and again Highland Park in Dallas ranked 83.

Stories on this page are provided by United Methodist Communications. Summaries of stories, UMTV videos and other information from the United Methodist News Service are received via a weekly email digest. Access the complete versions of the stories at http://

The 2010 “Largest” list includes churches with an attendance of more than 5,500. The largest church, according to the magazine, is Lakewood Church in Houston with an attendance of 43,500. The “Fastest -Growing” list includes churches with attendance greater than 1,000; a numerical gain of 250 or more; and a percentage gain of at least 3 percent. Rankings for fastest growing are determined by factoring both percentage growth and numerical gain. More information, including how to order the complete list, is available at

Words from Wesley

Do justice to your own soul; give it time and means to grow. Do not starve yourself any longer.

Remembering history

First Grace UMC

MADISON, N.J. (UMNS) — Josephine Forman was so dedicated to preserving the history of The United Methodist Church that she fought for years to save what she considered to be the important records of the denomination’s Southwest Texas Annual Conference. Now the late church archivist is being remembered through the Josephine Forman Dedicated Fund of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History. Income from the gift will be used for the training of conference archivists, with a small portion of the principal given each year as a scholarship for a person of color training to be an archivist, says the Rev. Robert Williams, the commission's top executive. The Society of American Archivists has consulted with the commission on the project.

NEW ORLEANS (UMTV) — For more than 150 years, First and Grace United Methodist churches sat just a mile apart but their congregations rarely had any contact. Hurricane Katrina changed that. Members of Grace left their heavily damaged building and merged. The newly formed “First Grace” has quadrupled attendance, and longtime members say the marriage could not be better. The Rev. Shawn Moses Anglim describes the successful partnership as, “the rainbow after the flood.” You can view UMTV’s “New Church after Katrina” at aItVG1. Find this and other UMTV stories on YouTube, and Tangle by typing “UMTV” in the video keyword search. You can also find the latest UMTV videos on Facebook if you become a fan of the page for The UMC.

British Methodist meets Pope

LONDON (UMNS) — The president of the Methodist Conference, the Rev. Alison Tomlin, joined other church leaders in greeting Pope Benedict XVI during his four-day state visit to the United Kingdom. Tomlin was presented to the Pontiff on Sept. 17 at Westminster Abbey during a celebration of evening prayer with the Archbishop of Canterbury. “The Catholic Church has been more ecumenically engaged in this country than in other countries,” Tomlin said. “It would be good if we could build on that.”

The World in the Palm of Our Hands—Susan Stewart Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ! How grand to be a chosen people, a royal priesthood, bondservants to the Most High God, called for His purpose, to do His work on earth! We are the body of Christ. We are His eyes, ears, hands, feet, heart, but particularly during the month of harvest, His voice in the tradition of the prophet Micah, on a mission to call attention to those who are victims of injustice, living in poverty. This month God offers us an opportunity to be global missionaries; every single one of us. If you think you are too old, too young, or too busy to be a missionary, you are mistaken. Right here, right now, right where you are, you have an opportunity to not only save a life, but change the world. Will you choose to be a voice for God? Currently there are 1.2 BILLION people in the world trying to survive on less that $1.25 a day. How many is that? Well if you added the number of people living in the United States, Russia, Mexico, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and the United Kingdom combined you would still be only about halfway to 1.2 billion. Jesus tells us, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.” On 10*10*10 we have an opportunity to join 100 million Christians around the world in prayer and promise for the poor. Micah 2010 is a special campaign to focus on the promise to the poor, ten years after nations around the world committed to halve global poverty by 2015. As Christians we want to declare God's heart for the poor and we want to remind our leaders that action to halve poverty is worth every effort. To forget the poor is to forget Jesus. But with God, nothing is impossible! On 10*10*10, lift up your hands and voices on behalf of those too helpless to do so. Have you been online lately? Most of you probably have; some of you are even reading this online. Make sure you include Oak Haven in your Internet endeavors. Log onto for news, upcoming events and more. You can download recent editions of our newsletter and share them with friends. You can also listen to the sermons you may have missed, or just really, really, really want to hear again Also, we want your photos and videos that include Oak Haven. Your videos can be added to our YouTube channel and shared with everyone. Finally, when you visit our website, make sure to stop by our Facebook Fan Page and “Like” us.

The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday. This is a time when we are reminded that we are called to be the universal, inclusive Church—a great reminder for any month. So, we will celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of this month. As a way to align our piety with that of the larger church we will continue the practice of observing Communion on the first Sunday of each month.


Oct 10 Richard Wheeler Oct 15 Dorene Taylor Oct 17 Blanca Cantu Oct 16 Angelina Perrin Oct 31 Shannon Ozuna 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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Faith is Fun

Reading With the Pastor A Global Odyssey: Bishop James K. Mathews recently passed away. His life was an incredible testament to the love and compassion of Christ. An autobiography, Mathew’s book is a reflection on a life dedicated to Christian mission and service throughout the world. John blogs at:

We are a church family prayerfully united by the Holy Spirit, boldly committed to sharing new life in Jesus Christ.

Under the Oak: October 2010  

The October edition of Under the Oak, the Oak Haven United Methodist Church newsletter

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