Weekly News from WCUMC-1/12/2014
"Changed . . . by the Grace of God”
From Paul, an apostle who is not sent from human authority or
commissioned through human agency, but sent through Jesus Christ and
God the Father who raised him from the dead; and from all the
brothers and sisters with me. To the churches in Galatia. Grace and
peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave
himself for our sins, so he could deliver us from this present evil age,
according to the will of our God and Father. To God be the glory
forever and always! Amen.
I'm amazed that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by
the grace of Christ to follow another gospel. It's not really another
gospel, but certain people are confusing you and they want to change
the gospel of Christ. However, even if we ourselves or a heavenly angel
should ever preach anything different from what we preached to you,
they should be under a curse. I'm repeating what we've said before: if
anyone preaches something different from what you received, they
should be under a curse! Am I trying to win over human beings or God?
Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I
wouldn't be Christ's slave.
Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that the gospel I preached isn't
human in origin. I didn't receive it or learn it from a human. It came
through a revelation from Jesus Christ. You heard about my previous
life in Judaism, how severely I harassed God's church and tried to
destroy it. I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my peers, because I
was much more militant about the traditions of my ancestors. But God
had set me apart from birth and called me through his grace. He was
pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might preach about him to the
Gentiles. I didn't immediately consult with any human being. I didn't go
up to Jerusalem to see the men who were apostles before me either,
but I went away into Arabia and I returned again to Damascus. Then
after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed
with him fifteen days. But I didn't see any other of the apostles except
James the brother of the Lord. Before God, I'm not lying about the
things that I'm writing to you! Then I went into the regions of Syria and
Cilicia, but I wasn't known personally by the Christian churches in
Judea. They only heard a report about me: "The man who used to
harass us now preaches the faith that he once tried to destroy."
So they were glorifying God because of me.
Paul was sent not from men… but by God.
From Paul… not sent from human authority … but sent through Jesus
Christ and God the Father…
Paul urged them to reject the tendency to turn to “another gospel”.
… you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of
Christ to follow another gospel. It's not really another gospel, but
certain people are confusing you and they want to change the gospel of
… I'm repeating what we've said before: if anyone preaches something
different from what you received, they should be under a curse!
We should focus on pleasing God… not people.
Am I trying to win over human beings or God? Or am I trying to please
people? If I were still trying to please people, I wouldn't be Christ's
Good News of Jesus Christ came only from God
Brothers and sisters; I want you to know that the gospel I preached
isn't human in origin. I didn't receive it or learn it from a human.
It came through a revelation from Jesus Christ.
Only God’s power can bring Change and Life Transformation
You heard about my previous life in Judaism, how severely I
harassed God's church and tried to destroy it…
… I wasn't known personally by the Christian churches in Judea.
They only heard a report about me: "The man who used to harass
us now preaches the faith that he once tried to destroy." So they
were glorifying God because of me…
Questions for Personal or Group Reflection
1. Why did Paul stress the origin of his message?
2. Why did Paul feel it necessary to share his conversion experience?
3. What does that say about the importance of your own conversion
experience in your witness to others?
4. Reflect on the times you’ve been told you need to earn your way to
salvation. How did that affect your daily faith?
5. Are you still trying to earn your way to Christ? Explain how…
Sermon text on January 26th
Galatians 2, Rick Vinther preaching
THIS WEEK AT WCUMC
Sunday - 1/19
Financial Peace University, 12:30 - 2:00PM, Room 11
Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
Young FamiliesGroup, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Memorial Room
Monday - 1/20
Talk Time, 6:00 PM, Rooms 10 & 11
Tuesday - 1/21
Women's Bible Fellowship, 9:20 - 11:30 AM, Gathering Place
Men's Bible Study, 9:20 - 11:45 AM, Room 10
Sewing Group, 6:00 PM, Memorial Room
Wednesday - 1/22
Wed. Women's Bible Study, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Memorial Room
Youth Group/Crossfire, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Crossfire Room
Choir, 7:15 - 8:30 PM, Sanctuary
Thursday - 1/23
Friday - 1/24
Saturday - 1/25
Men's Group Study, 7:30 AM. Celebration Hall
Sunday - 1/26
Adult Sunday School Classes 9:00 AM
Nursery Care is available in the Children’s Wingduring worship
10:30 AM Worship Service
Financial Peace University, 12:30 - 2:00PM, Room 11
Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
DATES/TIMES: Sundays, Jan. 19 - March 16 from 12:30 - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Room 11 Downstairs
COST: $93 for individual or couple
New Open Door Class Adult Study
Begins Sunday, January 26
Life Lessons: The Book of
By Max Lucado
The book of Revelation need not be so
complicated and confusing when boiled down
to its core. This study examines it as a book of
assurances for believers, confirming that when
the smoke of the final battle clears, the Son
of God, Jesus, will stand triumphant.
Each of the 12 lessons has a Scripture passage,
an inspirational passage, questions to answer,
space for journaling, and a prayer.
Join the Open Door Class for this new study, beginning Sunday,
January 26. Contact Don Morgan at email@example.com to order a
book. Cost is $10.
Church Mission Potluck
Dr. Alan Kelley in Kenya
Everyone is invited to a potluck lunch next Sunday, January 26, after the
worship service. Dr. Alan Kelley, a member of our congregation and
head of Medical Teams Worldwide, will share about his recent trip to
Kenya. Dr. Kelley will also speak briefly in the worship service. Bring a
dish to share and join us in the Celebration Hall downstairs.
Women's Retreat Planning Meeting
January 30, 2014
We are excited to announce that we will hold a Spring Women's Retreat
on April 4-6 at The Homestead in Snohomish. There will be a planning
meeting on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 PM in Room 9. If you are
interested in joining the planning team, please contact Evelyn Carlson,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Cabinallas, email@example.com.
Important Parent's Meeting - January
All parents of teens and pre-teens (5-12 graders) are invited to a parentleader meeting on January 26, from 12 - 1. Lunch will be
provided. Please contact Kim if you cannot attend so that she can have
you answer a few questions. 425-483-5252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoor Adventure Snow Day
Saturday, February 8
We are planning a day of adventure in the snow on Saturday, February 8
at one of the passes, exact location to be determined. We have
identified three options:
Cross Country Skiing - easy to learn and not as expensive as
downhill skiing. Cost to rent equipment about $15 per adult.
Snow Shoeing - easy to learn and good exercise. Cost to rent your
equipment about $15 per adult.
Sledding and just playing in the snow. No rental necessary.
We'll supply basic lessons for snow shoeing or cross country skiing. Open
to people of all ages, a great activity for your whole family. If you are
interested in any of these three options, please sign up in the Narthex
with your preference..
For more information, contact Bob or Sandy Clemence at 425-486-0762.
NEEDS THIS WEEK
WCUMC Trustees have begun a Capital Improvement project to reduce
our energy footprint and expenses by replacing all outdoor and indoor
overhead lights (except Sanctuary) with LED lights, and replacing all T12 florescent bulbs with T-8 florescent bulbs. T-8 bulbs will last 10
years , will not flicker and buzz, and will reduce energy cost by 25% 50%.
Additionally, PSE has announced a Rebate Program to encourage
retrofit. WCUMC estimated rebate will be $9,000, and retrofit should
generate savings of approximately $4,500 per year.
A Designated Fund to raise the $26,500 needed for the full project has
If you want to make a donation to this fund, please write your checks
to WCUMC with Lighting Project on the memo line.
More details will be shared during the Sunday morning worship service,
and a special display will be set up in the Narthex.
Income, week ended 1/12/14
Income, weekly average, year-to-date
Expenses, weekly average, year-to-date
Weekly average, budgeted expenses
Total Faith Promises pledged
Faith Promise beginning balance
Received as of 12/29/13
Disbursed as of12/22/13
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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