Weekly news from WCUMC July 14 2013


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Weekly news from WCUMC July 14 2013

  1. 1. Weekly News from WCUMC-7/14/2013 Sharing the transforming love of Jesus, across the street and around the world. Parables of Jesus Series "The Workers in the Vineyard” Matthew 20:1-16 While Pastor Rick is on a sabbatical, each Sunday we will have a message on selected parables. This week, Ralph Rohwer shared a message on "The Workers in the Vineyard", as well as his own personal story of how he is responding to the "kingdom of heaven" in his life. “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard. About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
  2. 2. When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” What does this parable teach us about the nature of God and the kingdom of heaven? God is holy and sovereign. His ways are not like our ways. God is exceedingly generous. His blessings are poured out to all. God pursues and cares for us. He comes back again and again. God's grace is available to all. All receive His grace regardless of when or how they come to know Him. Understanding God's perspective is essential. How will you respond to the kingdom of heaven in your life? Summer Worship Schedule July 21st - Rev. Lindsey Eklund - The Mustard Seed July 28th - David Snook- -The Sower & 4 Types of Soil 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.
  3. 3. THIS WEEK AT WCUMC Sunday - 7/14 Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room Monday - 7/15 Talk Time, 6:00 PM, Crossfire Room Tuesday - 7/16 VBS Adult Volunteers meeting, 1:00 PM Sewing Group (Beading Class, Part 2), 6:30 PM, Memorial Room Wednesday - 7/17 Prison Ministry meets in Church parking lot at 5:40 PM Crossfire Youth Bowling Night, 6-9 PM. off site Thursday - 7/18 VBS Adult Volunteers meeting, 7:00 PM Friday - 7/19 Outdoor Adventures planning meeting, 7:00 PM. Room 9 Saturday - 7/20 Outdoor Adventures, big 4 Ice Cave Hike, off site Sunday - 7/21 No Adult Sunday School this week. The Open Door Class will resume meeting at 9:00 AM on July 28 in 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
  4. 4. Vacation Bible School July 22-26, 9 AM - 12 PM Cost $20 PreK4 - Grade 6 HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED . . . . . . what it was like to live in Bible times? . . . how people even heard about Jesus before there were phones? . . . . . why people worshiped so many fake gods? Find the answers to these questions and more in ancient Athens. During VBS Day Camp, kids and adults will meet Paul, hear his passion for God, share in his adventures in serving God, and his shocking troubled past. Kids will find that God's life-changing love is ever-present, provides all we need, and is worth sharing with the world. Contact Rev. Lindsay Eklund to sign up or if you want to volunteer to help us experience the joy of showing God's love to our children. SPECIAL ADULT VOLUNTEERS MEETING - Tuesday, 1:00 PM; Thursday, 7:00 PM Share this with someone who doesn't know yet!
  5. 5. Outdoor Adventures Family Day Hike Big Four Ice Caves - Granite Falls Saturday, July 20 Hikers have been marveling at these frozen spectacles of nature for over a century. Reached by one of the most manicured trails in the Cascades, Big Four's famed ice caves can be enjoyed by hikers of all walks. Formed from cascading water and warm winds hollowing out heaps of avalanche- deposited snow, the caves usually appear by midsummer. Join us for this easy hike of >3 miles, round trip, in an awe- inspiring area. Meet at the church at 10:00 AM and carpool up to the trail head. Should be back by 6:00 PM. Cost: FREE. The Open Door Class invites you to a new Sunday School series beginning July 28. Western civilization is becoming increasingly pluralistic, secularized, and biblically illiterate. Many people today have little sense of how their lives have benefited from Christianity's influence, often viewing the church with hostility or resentment. 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.
  6. 6. Photographs, timelines, and charts enhance each chapter. This edition features questions for reflection and discussion for each chapter. Discover for yourself how Christianity can/should change your world. Please contact Don Morgan dsmorg2@comcast.net to order a book for you. Cost: $15. This 10-week study will begin on July 28 and conclude on September 29 (NOTE: The Following God class will resume in October so all members of that class are invited to attend). 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. Please take a moment to see if you can become involved. We are looking for another person to stock shelves for the Food Bank on Mondays at 11:00 AM. There is also a need for a shopper once a month. Interested persons should contact Della at dellahaug@hotmail.com or 206-999-1753. This Week's Needs: Mac & Cheese Hamburger Helper Chili Spaghetti Sauce Thank you for your continued support. www.woodinvillestorehouse.org
  7. 7. This retreat will address the male journey by focusing on the four spiritual movements expressed in the life of Jesus - Chosen, Blessed, Broken, and Given. Join us at the Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way for a learning experience in a beautiful, relaxed environment; a non-judgmental setting that will be conducive to your growth to wholeness. To register for the retreat, go to www.ThisHealingGround.com. Financial Snapshot General Fund Income, week ending 7/13/13 $ 10,234 Income, weekly average, year-to-date $ 10,047 Expenses, weekly average, year-to-date $ 10,040 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 $ 54,087 Disbursed to date $ 67,530
  8. 8. 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.