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  • 1. Weekly News from WCUMC-3/16/2014 9 Teachings from the Cross. A Sermon Series for Lent. “Salvation... Eternal life with God” Luke 23:39-43 One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus insulted him, "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" Responding, the other criminal spoke harshly to him, "Don't you fear God, seeing that you've also been sentenced to die? We are rightly condemned, for we are receiving the appropriate sentence for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus replied, "I assure you that today you will be with me in paradise." The criminal who repented and asked to be with Jesus in His kingdom… is with Him right now! In John 3:1-21, Nicodemus asked Jesus what it meant to be born anew… (or born again) Salvation does not come through human effort. It comes only through the power of the Holy Spirit. … unless someone is born anew, it's not possible to see God's kingdom… Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. IT ALL STARTS WITH GOD AND HIS LOVE! "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son… Kingdom Living is initiated by God’s love … and followed by our faith
  • 2. in what He did for us; so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won't perish but will have eternal life. Living by the truth gives evidence that all we do is done through the power of God Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God." __________________________________________________________ Questions for Personal or Group Reflection 1. In Luke 23:39-43 we see the story of the two criminals crucified next to Jesus. Can you relate to either one of them? To both? How? 2. How do you (we) “categorize” sins? Is there a sin too great for forgiveness? 3. What does it mean to you to be “born anew”? 4. Can you recall the point at which you were “born anew”? Was it one specific event… or a process? Explain… 5. Describe how you began to see God as saving you, rather than condemning you. (John 3:17) 6. How would you describe your “new life in Christ” to others? 7. Does the way you live give evidence that the power of God is transforming you? Explain… Next Week’s Message – “Salvation – Eternal Life starts TODAY”, Luke 23:43 THIS WEEK AT WCUMC Sunday - 3/16  Financial Peace University, 12:30 - 2:00PM, Room 11  Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room  Young Families Group, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Memorial Room Monday - 3/17  Talk Time, 7:00 PM, Rooms 10 & 11
  • 3. Tuesday - 3/18  Women's Bible Fellowship, 9:20 - 11:30 AM, Gathering Place  Men's Bible Study, 9:45 - 11:30 AM, Room 10  Sewing Group, 6:00 PM, Memorial Room  Finance Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 11 Wednesday - 3/19  Wed. Women's Bible Study, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Room 10  Children's Ministry Team Meeting, 5:00 - 6:00 PM  Watoto Children's Choir, 7:00 PM, Sanctuary Thursday - 3/20  Women's Retreat Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 11 Friday - 3/21 Saturday - 3/22  Men's Group Study, 7:30 AM. Celebration Hall Sunday - 3/23  Adult Sunday School Classes 9:00 AM  Nursery Care is available in the Children’s Wing during worship  10:30 AM Worship Service  Financial Peace University, 12:30 - 2:00PM, Room 11  Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
  • 4. All Church Study every Wednesday, 6:00 PM Meal - Video - Small Group Discussion This seven-session, video-based study explores the last words of Christ from the Holy Land locations where they were spoken. A meal will be served at 6:00 PM, before each session. On March 5, an Ash Wednesday Service will follow the Lent study. On March 19, there will be not Lent study. Join us instead for a performance by the Watoto Children's Choir. Please notify the church office if you would like to participate in the Lent study. Outdoor Adventures Bird Watching Saturday, March 29 Bird watching in the Skagit Valley. During Winter and early Spring, there is a bird watcher's paradise just north of us. Many spectacular types of winter birds are there - Bald Eagles, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, and more. Join us as we carpool from the church to search for them and enjoy their beauty. Cost is FREE, but drivers may need the Discovery Pass. there will be opportunities for some short hikes. This is a great trip for all ages and activity levels. Please sign up in the foyer. Contact Bob or Sandy Clemence for details, 425-486-0762.
  • 5. STOREHOUSE NEEDS THIS WEEK  Canned Vegetables  Canned Fruit  Peanut Butter  Chili / Ravioli Experiencing God's Faithfulness April 4 - 6, 2014 Be revived, renewed and refreshed. Women ages 18 - 100 are invited to come to our spring women's retreat. We'll relax, worship, and be spiritually nourished. Our four speakers - Laura Cabanillas, Evelyn Carlson, Gaila Palo and Joan Hartzell - will share stores of God's faithfulness. The retreat will be held at The Homestead in rural Snohomish. You're invited to come Friday evening and stay until Sunday morning, but you also can come for Saturday and Sunday morning or Saturday only.
  • 6. For more information, contact the church office, or pick up a brochure at the church. Financial Snapshot General Fund Income, wk ending 3/9/14 $ 12.057 Income, weekly avg, year-to-date $ 10,509 Expenses, weekly avg, year-to-date $ 8,670 2014 weekly budgeted expenses $ 9,896 Faith Promise Total Faith Promises pledged, 2013 - 14 $ 90,560 Faith Promise Beginning Balance $ 12,439 Received 11/1/13 - 3/2/14 $ 39,055 Disbursed 11/1/13 - 3/2/14 $ 36,043 Prayer Chain Requests Prayer Chain requests call Barbara Clark 425-483-3885. After 6:00 PM call Mary Harvey at 425-827-2883 or call the church at 425-483-5252 during office hours. We hope to see you in church this Sunday and God Bless. Have a great week! This newsletter is published by Woodinville Community United Methodist Church for our members, friends and all who love Jesus. Our vision is "To Share the Transforming Love of Jesus Christ Across the Street and Around the World". If you are looking for a church home with loving, devoted followers of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we invite you to attend our Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 each Sunday. We are located at 17110 140th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072. Learn more at www.wcumc.org.