Weekly News from WCUMC-2/16/2014
“Freedom in Christ – A Life of Faith
A Sermon Series on the Letter to the Galatians
“Two Different Paths . . . Only One to True Freedom”
CHRIST WANTS US TO LIVE IN FREEDOM!
Christ has set us free for freedom. Therefore stand firm and don't
submit to the bondage of slavery again.
True Freedom involves a total surrender of our lives to God.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Legalism happens whenever we place certain “human-made”
expectations and requirements on people to do things a certain way
in order to “truly become a Christian”
You were running well--who stopped you from obeying the truth? This
line of reasoning doesn't come from the one who calls you.
Christian Freedom is not as the world would define it, but as God’s
Kingdom designed for it to be.
You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don't let this
freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve
each other through love. All the Law has been fulfilled in a single
statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct your every thought and
I say be guided by the Spirit and you won't carry out your selfish
(Galatians 5:16 )
Two Different Paths . . . Only One to True Freedom
Questions for Personal or Group Reflection
1. Why do you think some people feel insecure with “freedom”?
2. “To live by law means to depend on my own strength.” Do you
3. Does “falling from grace” mean losing our salvation?
4. In practical terms, how does a person go about depending on the
Holy Spirit to live the life God wants?
5. How does legalism bring pride and criticism into a church?
6. Why is love necessary to freedom?
7. How is each aspect of the Spirit’s fruit related to love?
8. What will “living by the Spirit” involve for you this week?
Next Week: Galatians 6
Pastor Rick Vinther preaching
THIS WEEK AT WCUMC
Sunday - 2/16
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 - 2/17
Tuesday - 2/18
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 - 2/19
Wed. Women's Bible Study, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Memorial Room
Thursday - 2/20
Praying for Adult Children, 7:00 PM, Sanctuary
Friday - 2/21
Saturday - 2/22
Men's Group Study, 7:30 AM. Celebration Hall
Sunday - 2/23
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
Special Prayer Service
Prayer for Adult Children
Thursday, Feb, 20
7:00 - 8:30 PM
No matter how old are children are, as parents we care for them and
desire to see God's will accomplished in their lives. Join other parents
as we lift up our grown children to the Lord in a special prayer service
on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
We will worship the Lord in song, read scriptures and hear
testimonies. Rev. Larry and Audrey Eddings of Wind of the Spirit
Ministries will lead us in a focused time of prayer and forgiveness. We
will also gather in small groups to share and pray for one another.
Com and pray with the power of God's Word over our adult children. We
can rest in the providence of God as we turn our children over to His
Questions? Contact Pastor Rick or Evelyn Carlson.
If you have a specific issue that you would like to see addressed in the
Prayer for Adult Children, please pass it along to the church. You do not
need to include your name.
We need your help.
Dr. Alan Kelley of Medical Teams Worldwide spoke recently about his
upcoming trip to Africa. He has a connection with a local African pastor
and his family, who feed 30 orphaned children in their home. You can
contribute to this cause by putting money (change, bills, checks) in the
container on the corner of the Information Desk in the foyer. Dr. Kelley
will take the funds with him when he goes to Africa at the end of the
month and give them to Pastor Sampson.
Missions Potluck with Mike and Brigit
Sunday, February 23
12:00 PM Celebration Hall
We will have a potluck lunch on Sunday, Feb. 23 with Mike and Brigit
Adams of First Response Radio. Mike and Brigit are also available to
meet with small groups. They will be meeting with the ManardElmore/Johnson Groups on March 6 and will have one of the "radio in a
suitcase" to discuss their mission focus.
Please contact Deni Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org/425-488-1257 or
Mary Jo Elmore at email@example.com for more details or if you can
help with set up and clean up for the potluck lunch.
Indoor Adventure Night
Saturday, March 1
5:00 - 9:00 PM
Enjoy a fun evening of games, a potluck, a little education, and more
games. We'll start at 5:00 PM with a mixer game, then have a potluck
dinner, followed by a short slide show of Outdoor Adventures past and
future events. The rest of the time will be spent playing games that
people bring and enjoying each others company.
Ages 4 and up. Please sign up in the Narthex to let us know if you are
coming, what dish you're planning to to bring, and any childcare needs
you might have.
For questions, please call Bob or Sandy Clemence at 425-486-0762.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS - June 13 - 15, Dungeness Spit camping,
kayaking, hiking weekend. Details to follow.
New Women's Bible Studies Begin on
March 4 & 5
Tuesday: Women's Bible Fellowship
9:20 - 11:45 AM, starting March 4
Topic: Nehemiah: Experiencing the Good Hand of God by John
Three major themes are seen in the Book of Nehemiah - careful
attention to the reading of God's word in order to do His will; the
constant obedience of Nehemiah; repeated enemy opposition. Through
it all, God orchestrated the reconstruction of the wall of His city to
accomplish His purpose for then and now. Cost: $5.
Wednesday Women's Bible Study
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Topic: Ephesians: Wholeness for a Broken World
You're invited to join us for this study of Ephesians by Andrew T. and
Phyllis J. Le Peau. Broken marriages, shattered friendships, racial
divisions, war between nations -- we live in a fractured world. How can
the pieces be put back together? In Ephesians, Paul lifts the veil form
the future to allow us to see God's plan to unite everyone and
everything in Christ. Cost: $7.
All Church Study
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.
Watoto Children's Choir
BEAUTIFUL AFRICA: A NEW GENERATION
Wednesday, March 19 - 7:00 PM
Watoto Children's Choir is an African children choir based in Kampala,
Uganda, at Watoto Church (formerly Kampala Pentecostal Church or
KPC). It is composed of about twenty-two children from Uganda.
Watoto means "Children" in Swahili language. The choir is made up of
children who have lost one or both parents to the AIDS epidemic or to
war. The choir has toured Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China,
Germany, Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom
and the United States with a team of Ugandan adults.
Their performances are a unique blend of native African rhythms,
contemporary gospel music and ethnic dance. They have released
several albums including Mambo Sawa and Beautiful Africa their latest
album. Their unique ministry also comprises four children's villages,
three babies’ homes, three primary schools, a high school and a
Can You Help?
1. Help with a dinner for the Children and Team at 5:00 PM on March 19
here at the church.
2. Host 2 - 3 Children and 1 - Chaperone for one night in your home.
3. Volunteer on the Night of the Concert.
If you would like to help with any of the above, visit the Watoto display
in the church foyer and sign up. You can also contact Evelyn Carlson,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-483-5252.
NEEDS THIS WEEK
Thanks to all who participated in our United in Blue Challenge.
No update this week.
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!
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