View Screen-Reader Accessible Site

news ::

Clear Connection Newsletter:

 Download Weekly [ Sunday, November 30, 2014 edition ]

New!! ♦ Download Monthly [ December 2014 ]
//click refresh if you do not see current issue//

or you may search below for ALL news or via CATEGORY ::
RSS Feed

Church Campus Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday


Worship at a Glance

Sunday, November 30
1st Sunday of Advent

Advent Sermon Series - "Sign & Wonders"
"Working in the Silence"

♦ Traditional Worship, Sanctuary

8:15, 9:30 & 11am: Rev. Tony Vinson

♦ Contemporary Worship, Wesley Center
9:30 & 11:00am - Rev. Kevin Johnson

♦ Servicio en Español, Wesley Center
1:45pm - Rev. Alberto Williams

Adult Sunday School Classes - 9:30 & 11am
Children’s and Youth Sunday School – 11am only
Childcare for Pre-K and under will be offered during both 9:30 and 11am worship hours

Acolytes - Traditional Worship
Sunday, November 30
Brienne Grimm
Kathryn DeCourcy
Courtney Kaufman


Clear Connection News

// Sunday, November 30, 2014 Weekly edition //

Also download:
 New! [ December 2014 Monthly Newsletter

//click refresh if you do not see current issue//


Advent Sermon Series

     We celebrate many things during the Advent and Christmas season. For most, it is a time filled with joy and excitement. For some it can be a time of sorrow or loneliness. We all need to be reminded that God is at work in our lives and in the world around us. It can be tempting - amidst the rush and distractions of the season - to miss the ways that God is working, always fulfilling his promises to His people.
     This series will explore the miracles of the Christmas story and remind us all that God is at work - even today - in amazing and wonderful ways.

Week 1 - November 30 - "Working in the Silence"
During the "silent period" between the Old and New Testaments, we have no biblical record of the work of God. However, this period is full of events that changed the course of human history and set the stage for the birth of Christ. We will explore the idea that even when He is silent, God is still working. Even in our loneliness, God is near and will always keep His promise to us.
Week 2 - December 7 - "Miraculous Conception"
Week 3 - December 14 - "Armies of Angels"
Week 4 - December 21 - "A Cosmic Occurrence"
Christmas Eve - December 24 - "The Smallest Miracle" 

Hanging of the Green, Sunday, November 30

Sunday, Nov. 30, Sanctuary, During Traditional Services
The “Hanging of the Green” service is one of the most beloved traditions at Clear Lake UMC. We always begin the Advent season by adorning our Sanctuary with beautiful decorations – Christmas tree, poinsettias, angels, wreaths and garland. This year, Advent begins on Sunday, November 30. “Hanging of the Green” is a service for everyone in our church family.


Amahl and the Night Visitors Sunday, November 30

Abilene Christian University Opera Presents: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Sunday, November 30 at 5pm, Sanctuary

     Presented by the Abilene Christian University Opera Department, Amahl is a Christmas favorite and has the distinction of being the first opera written for television. It is a 50-minute production which has a young child as its central character. A love offering will be received at the end of the presentation.
     There are openings in the chorus (your part must be memorized) for children (grades 2-5), youth and adults. If you are interested, contact or call 832-240-4713. You will be working alongside ACU students who will also be in the chorus. Required rehearsals include Saturday morning and afternoon, November 29 as well as Sunday afternoon, November 30. Join us!


A Walk Through Bethlehem - Booth Sign-ups Now!

6:00-8:30pm each night; Tickets: $1
Walk thru Bethlehem, December 13, 14 & 15, 6pm to 8:30pm. Tickets available at the door!
[ Register to Volunteer ]

Walk through Bethlehem – Volunteer now to work in a booth!
Please sign up online [ ] or you can call the Outreach Office. Connect Groups wanting to be in charge of booths for either one night or all three nights should contact Marcella, 832-240-4708.



Many thanks to all those who gave their time and talents to make our 50th anniversary worship celebration on November 23 such a special, beautiful, and inspiring service. 
- Sally Williams


Commemorative Ornaments for Sale (50th Anniversary) - Sunday, November 30

Last Chance Before Christmas
Fellowship Hall

Crystal Commemorative Christmas ornaments will be available on Sunday, November 30 in recognition of our church’s 50th anniversary in 2014 for $15 each. There is a limited supply of ornaments. They may be purchased in the Fellowship Hall or Wesley Center with cash or check payable to CLUMC.


Come Celebrate Advent With Us

Sermon Series in Traditional, Contemporary & Spanish Services

2014 Advent Calendar & Christmas

Tuesday, December 2 
- Cookies with Santa, 6pm, Wesley Center

Saturday-Monday, December 13-15
- 26th Annual Walk Through Bethlehem 
           - 6:00-8:30pm Nightly; $1

Wednesday, December 17 
- Children’s Christmas Dinner Theater, 6pm,  
   Wesley Center; $7 adult, $3 child, $15/max

Sunday, December 21
- Messiah Sing-Along, 7pm, Sanctuary

Wednesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve Services)
- FX Live! Family Worship Experience, 4pm, Wesley Center
Candlelight & Communion Services: 
- Contemporary Worship, 6pm, Wesley Center
- Traditional Worship, 7, 9 & 11 pm, Sanctuary
- Celebración Servicio en Español, 8pm, Wesley Center

Sunday, December 28 (Regular Sunday Schedule)
- Traditional Worship at 8:15, 9:30 & 11am
- Contemporary Worship at 9:30 & 11am
- Servicio en Español at 1:45pm

- Childcare available 4 & under
- No Sunday School; No Youth Group


Encounter (Youth Group) - Sunday Nights, 6-8pm

Encounter (Youth Group)
6-8pm, Fellowship Hall & Great Hall
Food ($3), Fun & Faith

Snack Supper will be held in the Fellowship Hall, followed by Encounter (Youth Group) in the Great Hall.


Faithful Stewardship

Faithful Stewardship
  Weekly Worship Attendance  
  Sunday, November 23 (am)
50th Worship Celebration (pm) 
  Sunday, November 16 903
  Sunday, November 9 914
  New Members YTD thru 11-23-14    
  Professions of Faith 42
  Transfer (from other Churches) 37
  Total 79
  Weekly Operating Budget Giving (11-23-14) $29,806.00
  50th Anniversary Celebration Giving (11-23-14) $6,772.50
  Monthly Auto-Give (November 2014) $48,819.33
  Monthly Ministry Budget  
  Income Received YTD thru October $2,172,442.00
  Expenses YTD thru October $2,230,753.00
  Net Income (October) ($58,311.00)
  Operating Budget Pledges for 2015  
  Received to Date 287
  Total $1,443,161.00
  If you are interested in signing up for auto give, please contact the Finance Office at 832-240-4700.


United Methodist Women News

     The mission for December 2014 is the Children's Center - Galveston. Our United Methodist Women invite all women to join one of our monthly meetings. See the information below for times and contact persons. We look forward to seeing you! You do not have to be a member to attend. Join us at a time that is convenient for you. Delicious food is always provided at our meetings.  [ Childcare provided upon request ]

UMW December 2014 Meetings

* Wednesday, December 3 – Night Group 4 Meeting, 6pm, Fellowship Hall, Lynda - 713-320-9183
* Thursday, December 4 – Unit Meeting, Election & Installation of Officers, 9:30am, Wesley Center 
* Thursday, December 11 - Day Groups Christmas Gathering - 10:30am; 
- Group 1: Teresa - 281-461-6569
- Group 2: Loa - 281-461-8986
- Group 3: Ernestine - 936-348-4901
* Saturday, December 13 - Group Meeting – 10am, Elrod 311
- Group 6: Sonia – 832-316-7753 (En Español)

For more information you may contact the UMW President, Jean Gates at 281-997-8777, or any group leader.

United Methodist Men: Monthly Meeting - Monday, December 8

United Methodist Men
Monthly Meeting: Monday, December 8

* Monthly Meetings: 2nd Monday of the Month; 6:30-8pm, Fellowship Hall
  Fellowship, refreshments, speakers, community and mission outreach events, bible studies, spiritual growth programs are presented at these meetings. For more information contact Phil Palma at; 281-704-6851 or George Redd at; 713-598-3030 or

* Men’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study - 6:30am, Elrod 311; Vic Sanders at, 281-684-3156.
* Men’s Tuesday Night Bible Study - 7pm, Flanders 420; Jim Brackeen at, 713-419-7831.
* Men’s Breakfast Fellowship - 2nd Saturday of the Month, 8am-9am; Denny’s Restaurant, 2735 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, Texas 77058 (Bay Area Blvd near U of H-Clear Lake); Mike Crane;


Kenya Mission Trip - Info Meeting, Sunday, December 14

Kenya Mission Trip - 2015

Our 2015 mission journey to Kenya will be June 11-27. You are invited to learn about the trip and the cost at this meeting. Please come Sunday, December 14 at 12Noon in Flanders 429. For more information contact Jordie Chalupnik at 281-332-4409.


come visit

16335 El Camino Real
HoustonTX 77062-5208
281-488-5110, Fax 281-488-8218

get social