White Rock UMC

White Rock UMC

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We are very much in need of volunteers to help with food distribution during Diaper distribution--- especially young people.-- on Sat., Sept 25th from 8:30 till 11:30 or what ever time you can contribute. Come early-leave early. Come later and stay later. Bring your kids to help as a family.

North Texas Food Bank will deliver about 8 pallets of fresh produce, milk, eggs and juice and we will distribute to about 150 cars, some with several families in one car.

Come serve your community with your actions that speak so loudly to help others. Any questions, call Bette at 469-831-6460
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We had an incredible Saturday at Owenwood thanks to our volunteers from WR, Light Church, QuadW, Casa Emanu-El UMC and Care Van giving school shots
This little study guide is great stuff with no fluff and it helps me to review it every now and then... ✌️🙏😎

TONIGHT! Dallas Rally for Unaccompanied Minors:
¡NO ESTAN SOLOS!
In the spirit of humanitarianism, compassion, and kindness, come out for the children who are fleeing dangerous conditions in their home countries to seek safety and opportunity. Let them know that they are not alone! 6:30pm, KBH Convention Center.

Bring signs and your voices!
https://www.facebook.com/events/783555782567583.
Families and youth in the WRUMC community are invited to learn more about Scouting in East Dallas.

https://www.facebook.com/events/149437750303757
God, please tell me it's easier to get into heaven than it is to get your 2nd covid-19 shot at Fair Park
Wanted the church to know that my aunt, Betty Martin Johnson, long-time member of White Rock, passed away Monday afternoon. Her sister, Emma Lee Martin (Emmy) and Ella Mae Bear, could use some pastoral care at this time. They were members of the Senior Sunday School class.
UPDATE: Light Church has postponed their food distribution that was scheduled for this Saturday.
UPDATE: Light Church has had to postpone the food distribution that was scheduled for this Saturday.
UPDATE for those VOLUNTEERS interested in helping Light Church distribute food boxes. They will be distribution food now on Saturday, Feb 6th rather than Friday from 9 to 12. They are located at 2606 John West in Mesquite just down the road from Owenwood.

live local. worship local. serve local.

Operating as usual

09/17/2021

Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar/High Drive by Gordan Duncan

Did you catch this incredible Offertory piece on Sunday? You may want to listen to it over and over again. So so good!

09/16/2021

Soil of God/Holy Ground played by Rebecca Garrett Pace

What a wonderful hymn to ground us for this series (pun inteded). Enjoy Rebecca's lovely rendetion.

Photos from White Rock UMC's post 09/16/2021

How are you staying grounded?

On Sunday we laughed our series “Grounded: Recognizing Everyday Holiness.” We continue the series this coming Sunday. Join us for worship at 10:50am CST.

We are also writing bi-weekly blogs throughout this series and there is a devotional Facebook group that discusses these blogs. You are invited to join the conversation. See links in comments below.

Today (Thursday) we have our monthly Church and Society meeting. Rep. @jasminefor100 will be joining us for the conversation via Zoom at 12:00pm CST. Zoom link also in comments below.

Finally, North Texas Giving day is coming and you can actually donate to @owenwoodcampus now. Again, link in comments below.

#church #worship #dallas #eastdallas #umc #unitedmethodist #churchandsociety #northtexasgivingday #txlege

Photos from White Rock UMC's post 09/15/2021

Church and Society
Rep. @jasminefor100 will be our guest Thursday, Sept. 16 at 12:00pm CST.

Join us to hear her perspective on faith, politics, and the pursuit of #justice.

Link in bio!

#church #churchandsociety #umc #dallas #txlege

09/15/2021

Grounded: Look Up

We kiced off a new series on Sunday, "Grounded: Recognizing Everyday Holiness." Rev. Mitchell Boone kicked off this series by preaching on Exodus 3:1-6, the story of Moses and the burning bush. Mitchell acknowledges the struggles we find ourselves in given the ongoing of this pandemic. In the midst of those struggles he invites us to "look up" and be aware of the holiness in front of us.

09/11/2021

Remember…

A term that is used more than 600 times in the Bible (depending on the translation).
There is power in remembering.

We remember…
To mourn
To honor
To grieve
To not forget
To celebrate

Today we remember…
Lives lost
Security lost
How we unified
Who we demonized
A need to blame
Disinformation
Misinformation
20 years of war
Pain
Anger
Tears

We remember…
So we learn from our past
So we can create a better future

#911memorial #remember

Remember…

A term that is used more than 600 times in the Bible (depending on the translation).
There is power in remembering.

We remember…
To mourn
To honor
To grieve
To not forget
To celebrate

Today we remember…
Lives lost
Security lost
How we unified
Who we demonized
A need to blame
Disinformation
Misinformation
20 years of war
Pain
Anger
Tears

We remember…
So we learn from our past
So we can create a better future

#911memorial #remember

09/09/2021

Cultivating the Fruits of the Spirit

How do you cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit? Ms. Victoria concludes this series offering a couple options. If these options feel overwhelming reach out to trusted adults around you to help you, especially if you need help understanding. When you cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit, you create opportunities to be more who God created you to be... and even be more like God!

09/08/2021

Evidence: Faith Without Works is Dead

Rev. Josh Esparza wrapped up "Evidence: A Series on Faith that Bears Fruit," looking at James 2:14-26. Even if you don't have this text memorized you have surely heard it, and the debate that has emerged from it. Are we justified by our faith or by our works? Josh enters this debate, playing on James reference to Rahab (see Joshua 2) and a look at individual agency - a question that has risen to the top of conversation in the state of Texas given the passing of SB8.

Toward the end of his sermon, Josh references the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church. You can find all the Social Principles, inlcluding what the church says about abortion, here:
https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/124

Photos from White Rock UMC's post 09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day…

Today we celebrate the dignity of work, advocate for the fair and decent treatment of workers, endorse a living wage, and give thanks for all the workers who keep this country operating (often thanklessly!).

#laborday #labordayweekend #dignityofwork #gratitude #work #justice #umc #unitedmethodistchurch #wrumc #dallas #eastdallas

Fireside - Climate Collab: Christianity & Climate 09/04/2021

Fireside - Climate Collab: Christianity & Climate

What is the role of the church in the midst of the climate crisis? Phil Dieke recently joined a podcast to discuss that very question. You can listen here:

Recorded live on Fireside. Have a listen: https://f.chat/Fz16

Fireside - Climate Collab: Christianity & Climate Hosted By: Cait Bagby

09/03/2021

What Will You Fill Your Heart With?

Ms. Victoria talks about putting good things into our bodies, physically and spiritually. The Fruits of the Spirit remind us we need to fill ourselves, and nourish ourselvs with good things. Things that will make us thrive, not things that will make us sick.
What are the icky things you feel sometimes?

09/02/2021

Fruits of the Spirit

What are the Fruits of the Spirit? Ms. Victoria shares the nine Fruits of the Spirit identified in Galatians 5, how they can play a role in our lives, and what we can do when we see people not portraying the Fruits of the Spirit.
What fruit is the most difficult for you?

09/01/2021

Evidence: Enough to Convict?

Rev. Phil Dieke continued our series "Evidence: A Series on Faith that Bears Fruit," preaching on Matthew 25:31-46, often referred to as the Sheep and the Goats, or the Judgment of the Nations. Phil invited us to not only consider this passage as a parable, but how it plays a parabolic role in the overall story of Matthew's Gospel. Jesus call to mercy, and judgment based on mercy, is a critical turning point in the Gospel (and the debate between faith vs. works), but it is not the end of the story. Instead, it points us to the culmination of the story.
Let us know your thoughts on this week's text.

The parable he tells at the beginning is from Peter Rollin's book "The Orthodox Heretic."

Photos from White Rock UMC's post 09/01/2021

Feeling overwhelmed?

So much is happening in the world, and in our city. Compassion fatigue is real. Often it is hard to even know where to begin.

If you want to help, but don’t know where to start, swipe through to see ways you can get involved in helping. There are immediate opportunities, as well as long term investments.

The @umclouisiana is a great way to help those suffering from #HurricaneIda.

@refugeeservicesoftexas is working tirelessly to resettle SIVs and other refugees from Afghanistan (see the interview we had with RST for a church and Society at the link in our bio).

@umc_umcor has had a continual presence in #Haiti and will continue to have a presence.

You can also follow @ntcumc for other conference wide initiatives seeking to relieve suffering and fight for justice in our city and far beyond.

What you do makes a difference. Every little bit.

#refugeeswelcome #love #justice #mercy #relief #umc #dallas #wrumc

08/26/2021

"Sunlight of the Spirit (A Third Step Epode)" by Benjamin Cargill

We always love to hear this song. Many requested the lyrics so here you go:

I cannot remember...
Where did it all start
Talking with my shadow...
Communing with the dark
Seems the only thing that makes sense
Is that it makes no sense at all
Why I don’t seem to listen,
when you call.
Lord. Lord! LORD!
Won’t you hear my prayer?
[hear my prayer tonight]
And I swear. Swear! SWEAR!
I’ll be listening…
Thy will be done. I’ll step into the light.
Alone I hopeless wander.
With guilt consuming me.
Dark clouds are ever present.
Just won’t leave me be.
So, I get down on my knees.
Pray to God, “Please take it all.”
I’m in need of some mercy.
Hear my call. (when I say…)
Lord. Lord! LORD!
Won’t you hear my prayer?
[hear my prayer tonight]
And I swear. Swear! SWEAR!
I’ll be listening…
Thy will be done. I’ll step into the light.
Many times, I’ve wondered…
How I’ll make it through each day.
I’m broke, lost and wounded.
Please show me the way.
So I fall down to my knees
Cry, “there’s a God and it’s not me!”
I’m begging for some mercy
Hear me please.
Lord. Lord! LORD!
Won’t you hear my prayer?
[hear my prayer tonight]
And I swear. Swear! SWEAR!
I’ll be listening…
Thy will be done. I’ll step into the light.

Photos from White Rock UMC's post 08/26/2021

“Just as you did it to one of the least of these… you did it to me.”

Join us Sunday as we turn to Jesus’ description of a “faith that bears fruit,” in Matthew 25:31-40.

Reminder Sunday School and Parent Talks also taking place at 9:30am on Sundays.

Swipe to the end for a little beauty.

#church #evidence #umc #unitedmethodistchurch #dallas #eastdallas #sheep #goats #flowers

08/25/2021

Evidence: Fruits of the Spirit

Rev. Mitchell Boone kicked off "Evidence: A Series on Faith that Bears Fruit," by looking at the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5. Mitchell invites us to look at the fruit of our relationships, to examine how we behave and the implications that has on our relationships.

The Fruits of the Spirit may be all too familiar, something that is even trigging because you were forced to remember these as a kid. How do you find value in the Fruits of the Spirit? What do they have to offer you today?

Timeline Photos 08/22/2021

On Thursday our Church and Society group met with a representative from Refugee Services of Texas - Dallas to discuss the role we can play in welcoming refugees to our community.

If your curious why we do this work, check out this article!

Around the world, refugees are driven from their homes by war and conflicts rooted in colonialism. Our faith calls on us to care for them and show hospitality to them. Learn more: http://ow.ly/LzSb50FTtxX

08/21/2021

Church and Society - Kaitlin Roberson of Refugee Services of Texas

Katilin Roberson, the Dallas & Fort Worth Development Associate for Refugee Services of Texas (RST), joined us to discuss the work of RST. She gives a bit of the history of their work, shares what is happening with the Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) for those in Afghanistan, and how we can get involved in the work of RST.

RST is hosting trainings for new volunteers. If you are interested in joining their work you can create a volunteer profile on their webpage and sign up for a training. You can also make donations or buy supplies off their Amazon wish list. Find more details here:
https://www.rstx.org/locations/dallas.html

And if your curious what the UMC says about refugees, this is the statement from the Social Principles:

Migrants, Immigrants and Refugees
We affirm the dignity, worth and rights of migrants, immigrants and refugees, including displaced and stateless people. In so doing, we acknowledge that the world today is facing an unprecedented crisis related to the displacement of vast numbers of people due to such factors as ongoing wars and other hostilities, foreign interventions, widespread famine and hunger, global warming and climate change, and the failure of nation-states to adequately protect and care for their people. We recognize that displaced people are particularly vulnerable as their inbetween status often provides them with few protections and benefits, leaving them open to exploitation, violence and abuse.

We urge United Methodists to welcome migrants, refugees, and immigrants into their congregations and to commit themselves to providing concrete support, including help with navigating restrictive and often lengthy immigration policies, and assistance with securing food, housing, education, employment and other kinds of support.

We oppose all laws and policies that attempt to criminalize, dehumanize or punish displaced individuals and families based on their status as migrants, immigrants or refugees. Additionally, we decry attempts to detain displaced people and hold them in inhumane and unsanitary conditions. We challenge policies that call for the separation of families, especially parents and minor children, and we oppose the existence of for-profit detention centers for such purposes.

08/21/2021

Brother by Needtobreathe

The Folk Band's rendition of Brother by Needtobreathe.

Photos from White Rock UMC's post 08/19/2021

Proof of evidence… for faith?

This Sunday we kick off “Evidence: a series on faith that bears fruit.” Join us for worship at 10:50am CST in the sanctuary and online.

We also have kids and adult Sunday school at 9:30am on Sundays AND Parent Talks are back. If you’re a parent and feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Join other parents from WRUMC as we journey this difficult and valuable time together - Sundays at 9:30am in the Parlor.

Finally, today at noon we’ll be joined by a representative from @refugeeservicesoftexas to learn about their work and discuss how we can partner with them as well. Find the zoom link on the link in our bio.

08/18/2021

Back to School - The Long Walk Home

Back to School... no matter if you're a student, the parent of a student, a teacher, or have no affiliation with school anymore, there is something about back to school that says Fall is here. As we move into another school year, it may not be the school year we were hoping for. Maybe not the school year we were expecting. As we enter this now third school year affected by Covid-19, this school year may bring with it a sense of disappointment. Rev. Mitchell Boone invites us to consider our disappointment in light of all taking place world-wide, in our communities, our homes, and our own bodies. As he states, "Disappointment is what it means to be in community," because "I will let you down."

Mitchell used the Walk to Emmaus text in Luke 24:13-35 to discuss this idea of disappointment. Disappointment, it turns out, may have something to offer us, indeed it may be part of our Long Walk Home.

Let us know where you are disappointed. And as you work through your disappointment, where you are finding hope. Email us at [email protected].

08/18/2021

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Join us tomorrow for our monthly Church and Society gathering. We'll be hosting Kaitlin Roberson. Katlin is the development lead for the Dallas branch of Refugee Services of Texas.

We'll talk about the United Methodist Social Principles regarding Migrants, Immigrants, and Refugees. Then Kaitlin will share what Refugee Services of Texas is currently doing to welcome refugees, and how we can help.

Join us Thursday, August 19th at 12:00pm CST via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87064856438

https://fb.me/e/1Dv7YgKnB

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Photos from White Rock UMC's post 08/15/2021

What are you afraid of?
And where do you experience God, even in the midst of fear?

Today is Back to School Sunday and our altar is adorned with the responses to the above questions from our congregation back in March of 2020. Yes, 17 months that feels like a decade ago and yet many of your responses feel even more appropriate today than they did then.

How would you answer those questions today? Is your answer different than it was 17 months ago?

You can read the full story on this patchwork quilt on our latest blog here:
https://www.wrumc.org/blog/everythingoldisnew

08/13/2021

Piano Duet - En Bâteau, Debussy

How amazing was this offertory on Sunday?

Photos from White Rock UMC's post 08/12/2021

Back to school, back to school…

Join us this Sunday for Back to School Sunday. We’ll celebrate and bless our life long learners and teachers, give out kids’ Bibles, welcome kids back for Sunday School, and kick off Parent Talks.

It’s a big Sunday. We’re looking forward to kicking off the Fall. Another reminder, while we are in the building masks are required. Let’s keep each other safe and do no harm.

See you Sunday morning.
Sunday School at 9:30.
Worship at 10:50.

08/12/2021

Women in the Bible... why is this tricky?

Ms. Victoria introduces us to Rachel Held Evans. An author and theologan who died far too young, yet in the time she was alive she asked great questions in her church tradition, questions specifically around why women couldn't do the same thing in church that men could do. Ms. Victoria shares how important Rachel's work has been to her and her development.
Have you heard of Rachel Held Evans?
How did her work impact you?

Videos (show all)

Soil of God/Holy Ground played by Rebecca Garrett Pace
Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar/High Drive by Gordan Duncan
Grounded: Look Up
Cultivating the Fruits of the Spirit
Evidence: Faith Without Works is Dead
What Will You Fill Your Heart With?
Fruits of the Spirit
Evidence: Enough to Convict?
"Sunlight of the Spirit (A Third Step Epode)" by Benjamin Cargill
Evidence: Fruits of the Spirit
Church and Society - Kaitlin Roberson of Refugee Services of Texas
Brother by Needtobreathe

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1450 Old Gate Ln
Dallas, TX
75218

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White Rock United Methodist Church - located in one of the most dynamic neighborhoods of Dallas and led by our Senior Pastor, Mitchell Boone, is a traditional church with a contemporary influence. We know that we are called to take care of the gifts God has given us. Yet so often the daily grind of work, family chores and other commitments causes us to forget to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us as well as the huge impact even our smallest decisions can have on the preservation of that natural beauty for years to come. As fortunate as our congregation is to be located amongst some of the most beautiful examples of nature in Dallas (White Rock Lake and the Arboretum to name just a few) this is a concept we should all hold dear. We proudly serve as a true neighborhood church, right in the middle of United Methodist beliefs and traditions as they relate to the worship experience, theology, and political beliefs offering many opportunities for service and growth to our members and community including: The Discovery Center, youth and children's programs, active adult Sunday school classes, service projects that vary by season, United Methodist Women groups, music groups and the opportunity to for even the shyest amongst us to get theatrical every now and then.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 9am - 12pm
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