Archive for August, 2010

Good September…

Tomorrow night at Awaken we will be back to full band and full audio system after a nice break for the summer.  We spent the summer thinking about all the energy we use and taking a little break from using it as much.  This is going to be a great night and you will not want to miss it.  Come and find out about and get excited about worship this Fall and be inspired!  The message for tomorrow night, entitled “Good September”, will be on how we can find God in difficult transitions.  Many of us are starting back to school/or going for the first semester or searching for a new job or maybe even being forced into transition that we were not prepared to make or in times when the future unknown.  These transitions ARE difficult.  We will talk about how we can find God in these times and how to use this time to grow in your faith.  We will also be introducing a couple of new songs in the next couple of weeks, so get excited about that too!  I want to encourage each of you to invite a friend and tell somebody about Awaken.  Invite them to come out and worship with us!  There are so many outlets to use to reach out and invite a friend.  Try inviting somebody to join our Facebook fan page.  Once they see all the great things this community does and takes part in, they will want to be a part of it all too.  Worship starts at 8:00pm.  See you soon!

we planted…

August 24th was planting day!  During the summer, at Awaken, we talked about Creation Care.  We talked about our role as care-takers and then discussed together things that we can do for Creation.  Each Thursday we participated in a “Do Your Part” blog series in which we had suggestions on how to better care for God’s Creation.  Throughout the summer we collected money to buy and plant a tree at the end of our Creation Care series.  We did it!  We got together and planted the tree at Awaken last Tuesday.  The tree is a live oak tree.  When the live oak tree is mature it grows upwards of 60 feet tall and 70 feet wide!  We are excited about what this tree could look like in the future.  The tree can be found out by the garage behind the church.  After planting the tree we had a blessing over the tree and then watered it together for the first time.  Then it rained – giving it much more needed water!  This series has opened up our awareness when it comes to caring for Creation.  We all have a responsibility to be taking care of ALL of Creation.  Below are several pictures of the tree and planting day!

Do Your Part #10

This is the final “Do Your Part” in this series.  We have made this easy for you.  Go back and check this stuff out.  If you have any suggestions of things that people could be doing that is not already listed in the previous weeks “Do Your Part” then please drop us a comment on this post.

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Do Your Part #9

Awaken: August 24th

Yesterday was Planting Day!  And it was awesome.  We began our worship yesterday by coming together and singing several songs and we had some time for prayer and uses of our prayer board.  After that we planted.  We planted our tree by the garage at the church.  It is really nice looking, so if you have not already seen it then you need to head on up here and check it out!  We said a blessing over our tree and watered it together for the first time!  Come and join us next week at Awaken.  We will be talking about times when we find ourselves in (and sometimes thrown into) transition.  Invite a couple of friends to join us next week and we will see you soon.  Check out the prayer board below and be looking back here for a story on Planting Day!

Prayer Board for August 24th

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If you have anything to add to our prayer board then please leave us a comment on this post.  We hope that you will be in prayer with us this week!


The Creation Care Photo Contest has come to an end and the winner was announced earlier tonight in worship.  It was a whole lot of fun!  Thank you very much to all who participated.  Matt Strom took first place with the winning photo.  This photo was taken in mid-July outside of First United Methodist Church in Junction, Texas while he was volunteering on a Jr. High mission trip.  Thanks for the submission and congratulations on the win!

Planting Day!

Planting Day is happening this Tuesday night.  Come on our and plant with us!  The money that you have given is being used to purchase what we will be planting.  As a community we will plant a tree to celebrate God’s creation.  Tell a friend and bring them to join us!  We will begin at 8:00pm as always.  This is an exciting time and we are very excited about Planting Day and hope to see you there.

Church Goes Green (UMTV)

Check out this video from UMTV on The Rock United Methodist Church in Austin.  The Rock UMC is a church that went green and this video will show you some of the things that they are doing!

Do Your Part #9

This week’s Do Your Part has to do with the Church.

We talked on Tuesday about how to share the gospel using Creation as a tool.  Know this.  When the opportunity arises be ready.  Creation is evidence of God’s grace and goodness.

Brainstorm on some ways that our church can be more active in Creation care.  We talked about several things that we could be doing.  I want to challenge you to be the ground work for a movement.  A movement to bring the help the church be more aware and active in caring for God’s creation.  Think about how Awaken can be more active in caring for Creation.  What are some things that we can be doing.  Now that you have thought about it… Share it with us.  We want to hear your ideas.  You can leave them on this post, tell us on Tuesday, or email us at

This week I would like to encourage you to go back and look at some of the old post in the “Do Your Part” series and see what you can be doing.  See what you are doing.  Remember some of the things that you said you were going to do, and start over… and this time do them.

Awaken: August 17th

Last night we concluded the discussion part of our summer series on Creation Care.  We began our worship with several songs and prayer.  Then we jumped into our time for conversation on Creation Care.  Last night we talked about the Church as a whole.  The previous weeks this summer we have been talking about Creation Care when it comes to us as individuals.  Last night we talked about what it would look like for the Church to be active in Creation Care.  We talked about how to use Creation to share the gospel with others.  Creation is evidence of God’s grace and goodness.  We talked about some things that the church could do and then talked about how we do them.  We don’t want to be just about the knowledge of Creation Care, but be a movement to actively care for Creation as a community. Come and join us next week as we celebrate Creation.  August 24th will be Planting Day.  We have collected money all summer long and we will be using it to plant a tree as a group.  The winner of the Creation Care Photo Contest will also be announced.  This is going to be an exciting time of worship and fellowship that you will not want to miss.  If I was you, I know I would be so proud of what we have been doing that I would invite several friends to come and see what we have been up to.  See you next week.  Planting Day!

Prayer Board for August 17th

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If you have any joys, concerns, celebrations, or requests to add to the prayer board please drop us a comment on this post.  We hope that you will be in prayer with us this week.  Use this board to see the requests from others for the week.

Creation Care Photo Contest over!

The submission time for our Creation Care Photo Contest has come to an end.  Thank you so much to all of you who participated in the contest.  We have some great photos and they will go to the judges very soon.  We will announce a winner at our August 24th Planting Day Celebration, so come on out and be a part of it and we will reveal the winner.

We hope that as you participated in this contest you saw something great.  The purpose of our contest was to encourage you to be outside with creation all around you.  We hope that it gave you a chance to see (and take a pic) of God’s creation when you see it the best.  We left the interpretation up to you, and we are impressed with what you came up with.  See you on Planting Day!

August 2010

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