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Weekly News from WCUMC-7/28/2013
Sharing the transforming love of Jesus, across the street and around the world.
Parables of Jesus Series
"If you have to be dirt, be good dirt”
The Parable of the Sower
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
While Pastor Rick is on a sabbatical, each Sunday we will have a message
on selected parables. This week, David Snook shared a message on "The
Parable of the Sower" - the characters, the meaning, and his
recommendations on how to understand and apply the message in this
He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them
across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and
ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The
seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon
wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they
died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the
tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a
crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had
been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
In this story, Jesus is the sower, and we are the dirt. He scatters His
seeds to everyone, but only those who listen and understand bear fruit,
We should remember that we are not the heroes of this story, God is the
hero. We are merely the dirt. But we are more than just the ground,
we are the battlefield. Obedient, godly actions that spread the message
are the plants that grow in good soil.
Are you hard-packed and resistant to God's message? Are you rocky soil
that doesn't allow the roots of the message to grow deep? Is your life
full of thorns and worries? Or are you good dirt that produces more
Here are some recommendations that we can draw from this parable.
Relax: you're just the dirt. With God's help, we can choose to be
Don't judge other dirt.
Be enthusiastic, but discerning.
Make room for God
Be happy dirt.
It is all about choice, so choose now to be good dirt!
Summer Worship Schedule
August 4th - Lee Palo - The Rich Man & Lazarus
August 11th - Gaila Palo- -The Prodigal Son
August 18th - Gary Carlson - The Pharisee & Tax Collector
Remember that while Pastor Rick is on sabbatical, pastoral duties are
being covered by qualified staff members on a rotating basis. Please call
the church office at (425)483-5252 if you need pastoral assistance.
THIS WEEK AT WCUMC
Sunday - 7/28
Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
Monday - 7/29
Talk Time, 6:00 PM, Crossfire Room
Tuesday - 7/30
Sewing Group (Beading Class, Part 2), 6:30 PM, Memorial Room
SPR Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 9
Wednesday - 7/31
Prison Ministry meets in Church parking lot at 5:40 PM
Thursday - 8/01
Friday - 8/02
Saturday - 8/03
Sunday - 8/04
You can still join the Adult Sunday School class this week -
"How Christianity Changed the World". 9:00 AM, Room 11
Nursery Care is available in the Children’s Wing during worship
10:30 AM Worship Service
Tweeners Class for 5th-8th graders, 11:00 AM, Memorial Room
Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
Vacation Bible School Camp
Thanks to all the workers, volunteers, and especially to the campers who
made this year's VBS a great success!
The Open Door Class invites you our new
Sunday School series. It's not too late to join us
for this exciting study.
How Christianity Changed the World is a
topically arranged Christian history for Christians
and non-Christians. Grounded in solid research
and written in a popular style, this book is both a
helpful tool in talking with unbelievers and a
source of evidence for why Christianity deserves
credit for many of the humane, social, scientific,
and cultural advances in the Western world in the
last two thousand years.
Discover for yourself how Christianity
can/should change your world.
Please contact Don Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org to order a book. Cost:
Upcoming Children's Ministry
SECRETS OF THE KINGDOM - The Parables of Jesus -
August 5-9 (Grades K-6)
MEGA SPORTS CAMP
August 19-23 (Grades preK4 - 6)
Outdoor Adventures - Camping Trip
Join our Outdoor Adventures Group for a camping trip to Mt. St. Helens
on August 9 - 11.
Explore the Ape Caves south of Mt St Helens. These are giant lava tubes
that extend for miles underground. But you can go into the caves as far
as you feel comfortable. We’ll be camping at Seaquest State Park, north
of Longview - off of I-5.
We’ll explore the south side of Mount St. Helens on Saturday (including
the caves), and the north side on Sunday. On Sunday morning, there will
be a church service where we will worship the Creator of the wonders
we’ll be exploring.
Cost is $10 per person for the 2 nights of camping. We have limited
camping spots so please sign up soon in the Narthex.
Contact Bob or Sandy Clemence if you have any questions.
The Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank serves
our community by serving practical needs,
building relationships, and joining people in
prayer. A weekly donation shopping list of
needed items in always shown in our church
bulletin and in this newsletter.
OUR STOCKS ARE VERY LOW. PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING TO THE FOOD
This Week's Needs:
Mac and Cheese
Thank you for your continued support.
Income, week ending 7/13/13 $ 9,134
Income, weekly average, year-to-date $ 9,954
Expenses, weekly average, year-to-date $ 9,951
Weekly average budgeted expenses $ 10,413
Faith Promise Monthly Support
Total Faith Promise Pledges $ 90,342
Faith Promise beginning balance $ 21,016
Received to date $ 56,345
Disbursed to date $ 74,125
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
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.