Archive for February, 2009

the Water Project update

We got a letter in the mail yesterday from the Water Project.  They are informing us they received our donation and they are on the way to begin building the well in a few short months.  I will post the updates as I receive them. 
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(written below is from the letter above.)
(and yes I realize the picture is backwards.) 

Dear Friends,
I wanted to personally thank you all for your very generous donation to the Water Project.  This gift will be used to dig a new well at a school in Western Kenya.
The team in Kenya is working hard to dig a couple of wells that were funded over the holidays by other generous supporters.  And now that they have two drill rigs up and running, the work should be picking up the pace.  We anticipate work will commence on the well you funded in just a few short months.
Once the location is determined for your well, we will send you the first of a number of updates.  By the end of the project, you’ll have many pictures, GPS coordinates and short reports from the field.
Thank you again for your support.
With Much Gratitude,
R. Peter Chase
President & Founder.

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Ash Wednesday

There is an Ash Wednesday service here at Meadowbrook UMC tonight for all who would like to come.  The service will start at 6:30pm after Bistro.  Rev. Dr. Sylvester Key will be preaching and the McMillan United Methodist Church choir will also be here too.

Prayer Board for February 22nd

These are the prayers written on the prayer board.  If you have any more prayers to add please leave them in the comments to share with everybody. 

Prayer Board for February 22nd
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Awaken: February 22nd

Last night at Awaken we talked about prayer.  We kicked off the night with several songs and then Matt Strom brought us the message for the night.  Matt talked with us about prayer and a little bit about the upcoming Lenten season.  We looked at the book of Joel in the old testament and a little at the Sermon on the Mt. from the book of Matthew.  We talk about how we pray and why we pray.  We shared some prayers too.  Matt encouraged us all this Lenten season to spend some time in prayer each day and then to journal our prayers.  Matt gave us all a prayer journal that we can use to write down our prayers.  (We still have a few of these left if you did not get one and would like to do some prayer journaling.)  This will be helpful for us to remember what we need to pray for and to see how God answers our prayers.  This will kick off a Lenten series on Prayer that we will continue through  to the Easter Sunrise Service on Easter morning.  Come and join us at Awaken next Sunday!  Tell a few friends about it and then bring a couple of them with you when you come.

The Prayer Board from last night will be up on this blog later today, so check back soon and pray with us.

Lenten and Black History Preaching Revival

For the next several nights, at Meadowbrook, we will be having a revival.  Come out and join us each night in the sanctuary at 6:30pm.  We are having guest preachers and special music each night.

REV. DR. ZAN HOLMES, JR. will preach at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 23. His message “Have We Learned The Lesson of The Loaves?” is based on Mark 6:34-52. Dr. Holmes, is Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, where he served for 28 years. He was Adjunct Professor of Preaching at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University for 24 years. Known as much for his community activism as his preaching and teaching, Dr. Holmes was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from 1968-1972, while he also served as a United Methodist District Superintendent. He is a popular author and preacher.
Dr. Holmes graduated from
Huston-Tillotson University in Austin and has two graduate degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In 2001 he was recognized as one of the Civil Rights Movement’s “Invisible Giants” in the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama. Zan and his wife, Carrie, reside in Dallas and Los Angeles.

REV. DR. JOHN HOLBERT will preach on Tuesday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m.“Forgetting to Remember/Remembering to Forget” based on Isaiah 43:15-21 will be Dr. Holbert’s message. Dr. Holbert was born in Indiana, raised in Arizona, and educated in Iowa and Texas, receiving a Ph.D. in Old Testament in 1975. He has been a local church pastor in Louisiana, professor of religion at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and is now Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, where he joined the faculty in 1979.
Dr. Holbert has authored eight books and numerous articles in scholarly and church journals. He was the editor for the Psalms and Canticles material of the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal. He has also served as Interim Senior Minister of two large United Methodist churches, 1st UMC in Fort Worthin the Fall of 1994 and 1st UMC, Dallas, in the spring of 1997. John is married to Diana.

REV. DR. SYLVESTER KEY, SR. will be the guest preacher on Ash Wednesday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. Bistro will be served from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Special music will be provided by the McMillan United Methodist Church Choir. “Marked” will be the message based on Exodus 12:1-12.  Dr. Key is a veteran of the United States Army. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Paul Quinn College. Dr. Key received his Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology and received his Doctorate from Southwest Bible Collegeand Seminary. He has pastored numerous churches in the Central Texas Annual Conference. Rev. Dr. Sylvester Key was appointed to McMillan United Methodist Church in January of 2005. His appointment brought new meaning to the scripture of Romans 8:28 “and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”
Dr. Key’s motto: “If it is not about making Disciples of Christ, then it is foolishness,” has become his approach to doing ministry.

tonight at Awaken (2/22)

Come and join us at Awaken tonight for worship!
Worship starts at 8:00pm
Come out as early as 7:00pm

Tonight Matt Strom will bring us the message.  We will talk a little about lent and prayer.  Bring a friend to join us tonight and we will see you later tonight!

Prayer Board from February 15th

Here is the prayer board from yesterday!
Prayer Board from February 15th
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If you have any prayer concerns that come up throughout the week that you would like everybody to know about and pray for please leave us a comment on this post and tell us about them!  Then check back here soon and often to see the updates!