Weekly news from WCUMC Sept 22 2013


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Weekly news from WCUMC Sept 22 2013

  1. 1. Weekly News from WCUMC-9/22/2013 Sharing the transforming love of Jesus, across the street and around the world. “Living God’s Grace in an Unbelieving World” A Sermon Series on 1 Peter “A New Kind of Witness to the World” 1 Peter 2:11-25 Peter calls us to a new way of living . . . a life of Christ-like Submission to God’s Authority. This passage presents three motives for submitting to authority and living a faithful, obedient life: 1. For the sake of the unbelieving world (the Lost) Dear friends, since you are immigrants and strangers in the world, I urge that you avoid worldly desires that wage war against your lives. Live honorably among the unbelievers. Today, they defame you, as if you were doing evil. But in the day when God visits to judge they will glorify him, because they have observed your honorable deeds. 1 Peter 2:11-12 We are immigrants and strangers in this world. (Citizens of Heaven) Our real battle is spiritual … our really enemy is Satan
  2. 2. We must combine godly living with a loving witness to the world 2. For the Sake of the Lord For the sake of the Lord submit to every human institution. Do this whether it means submitting to the emperor as supreme ruler, or to governors as those sent by the emperor. They are sent to punish those doing evil and to praise those doing good. Submit to them because it’s God’s will that by doing good you will silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Do this as God’s slaves, and yet also as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil. Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Have respectful fear of God. Honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:13-17 As representatives of Jesus Christ … we must do what He did, submitting to the authority that God gave to human government. We must respect the office even though we may not agree with the person in the office. Christians must submit themselves to human authority for the sake of the Lord… it’s what Jesus did. 3. For the Sake of Believers (US) Household slaves, submit by accepting the authority of your masters with all respect. Do this not only to good and kind masters but also to those who are harsh. Now, it is commendable if, because of one’s understanding of God, someone should endure pain through suffering unjustly. But what praise comes from enduring patiently when you have sinned and are beaten for it? But if you endure steadfastly when you’ve done well and suffer for it, this is commendable before God. You were called to this kind of endurance, because Christ suffered on your behalf. He left you an example so that you might follow in his footsteps. He committed no sin, nor did he ever speak in ways meant to deceive. When he was insulted, he did not reply with insults. When he suffered, he did not threaten revenge. Instead, he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He carried in his own body on the cross the sins we committed. He did this so that we might live in righteousness, having nothing to do with sin. By his wounds you were healed. Though you were like straying sheep, you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your lives. 1 Peter 2:18-25 To encourage us in our suffering, Peter gives 3 images of Jesus: 1. He is our example in His life (vs. 21-23) 2. He is our substitute in His death. (v. 24) 3. He is our Shepherd and Guardian in Heaven (v. 25) _______________________________________________
  3. 3. Questions for Personal or Group Reflection: (Reread 1 Peter 2:11-25) 1. What do you think of when you hear the word submission? Why? 2. What should submission to the authorities mean to you as a follower of Jesus? 3. What is our responsibility to government and public leaders whom we don’t always agree with? 4. In taking Peter’s advice to slaves, how can you apply his principles to your current workplace? 5. How does Jesus Christ’s life give you a motivation for submitting to authority? 6. What kind of authority do you have most trouble with? Why? 7. What will you do this week to best follow Peter’s instructions in this passage? Next Week’s message – “A New, Godly Marriage” 1 Peter 3:1-7 Pastor Rick Vinther preaching THIS WEEK AT WCUMC Sunday - 9/22 Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room Young Parents Group Meeting, 7:00 PM. Memorial Room Monday - 9/23 Talk Time, 6:00 PM, Crossfire Room Men of Integrity, 7:00 PM, Memorial Room Tuesday - 9/24 Women's Bible Fellowship, 9:20 - 11:45 AM, Gathering Place Men's Bible Study, 9:45 - 11:15 AM, Room 10 Sewing Group, 6:30 PM, Memorial Room Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 10
  4. 4. SPR Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 9 Wednesday - 9/25 Wednesday Women's Bible Study, 10:00 - 11:00 AM, Memorial Room Prison Ministry meets in Church parking lot at 5:40 PM Youth Group/Crossfire, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Crossfire Room Evening Women's Bible Study, 7:00 PM, Room 9 Choir, 7:15 - 8:30 PM. Sanctuary Thursday - 9/26 Friday - 9/27 Outdoor Adventures Planning Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 9 Saturday - 9/28 Men's Group Study, 7:30 AM. Celebration Hall Outdoor Adventures Mt. Rainer Train Trip, 9:00 AM, meet in church parking lot Sunday - 9/29 The Open Door Class, 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 Young Parents Group Meeting Join other young families for fellowship, community and fun! We'll have our first meeting this evening, September 22 at 7:00 PM in the Memorial Room. If you want more information, contact Gaila Palo at 425-314- 4409.
  5. 5. New Evening Women's Bible Study Begins This Week. If you've been looking for an Evening Women's Bible Study, then join us on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 PM in Room 9. At the initial meeting, we will discuss the type of study we want, how often to meet, and other details. We will also read and discuss a scripture passage. More info? Contact Evelyn ecarlson@wcumc.org. Woodinville Store House Fall Food Drive Goal = 1,000 items
  6. 6. Help us make our goal by putting an extra item or two in your cart today? The Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank serves our community by serving practical needs, building relationships, and joining people in prayer. As part of Mission Emphasis, we have launched a drive to re-stock our shelves with 1,000 non-perishable items. A weekly donation shopping list of needed items in always shown in our church bulletin and in this newsletter. This Week's Needs: Tuna Canned Meat Canned Veggies Peanut Butter Thank you for your continued support. www.woodinvillestorehouse.org Warm Greetings Espresso Stand We're looking for coffee-loving, people-loving volunteers to working the church coffee stand. Commitment can be weekly, monthly, or as needed, with after Service help most needed. Youth 14 and older are welcome. Please contact Mary Sutton at matermary@hotmail.com.
  7. 7. Kim and DeAnna are planning a safe, indoor Halloween alternative. There will be free food, games, prizes, live music and more! Plan to join us and invite your family, friends and neighbors of all ages. We will be collecting individually wrapped candy donations starting this week. There is a box in the foyer marked for the candy. There are also sign-up sheets for anyone who is willing to help make this a fantastic event. Outdoor Adventures Get on Board with Outdoor Adventures as we board the Mount Rainer Scenic Railroad, Saturday, September 28.
  8. 8. The train operates on a scenic route from Elbe to Mineral. The ride lasts about 40 minutes each way. We spend approximately 45 minutes at our destination during regular excursions before returning to the depot. At the destination in Mineral, there is a collection of historic logging locomotives, rail cards, and equipment and camp buildings. Allow 2 hours for regular excursions. We will carpool from the church at 9:00 AM, returning about 5:00 PM. Cost: $25 - Male checks payable to the church with OA-Train on the memo line. You can bring a lunch to eat on the train or purchase one there. Please sign up in the foyer as space may be limited. October is Mission Emphasis Month October 6 - Storehouse Food Bank Fall Food Drive Dedication Bring your food donation between now and October 6th when we will dedicate them. October 13 - Special Guest Speaker - Brookes August Brookes is the son of Kathy and Halle August, members of WCUMC and missionaries to Nicaragua. He seved as an intern with the WCUMC Youth Dept. and with Youth for Christ. He is now a Youth Pastor at Northview Community Church in Mill Creek. October 18/19 - Missions Fest Each year our church helps to sponsor Missions Fest Seattle. This year it
  9. 9. will be held at Northside Baptist Church and Eastside Foursquare Church on Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19. Come and find out what God is doing around the world and how you can be involved inthe harvest! October 20 - Mission Display Sunday There will be mission displays before and after the service and short interviews with some of our missionaries and ministry representatives during the morning service. Come and find out how God is using these specail people our congregation supports. October 25 - Mission Banquet On Friday, October 25, a festive Mission Banquet is planned, catered b Alexa's of Bothell. Featured speaker will be Dr. Tim Dearborn, formerly a VP of World Vision International and former professor of theology and Dean of the Chapel at SPU. He is currently the Director of the Lloyd Ogilvie Institute of Preaching that is in association with Fuller Seminary. Tickets for the banquet go on sale September 29. $10 per adult and $5 for children 4-12 years old. October 27 - Faith Commitment Sunday Sunday, October 27 will be our Faith Commitment Sunday. Dr. Dearborn will again speak and challenge us to take the next step as individuals and as a congregation in reaching the world for Christ. Celebrate and support missions by helping at our Church Missions Banquet on Friday, October 25! This catered banquet is for the whole church, and will take place on Friday, October 25 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm in the sanctuary. Would you be willing to help in any of the following ways? Help with table decorations (plan & assemble in advance) Set-up tables in the sanctuary on Thursday and take tables down on Friday evening Set-up sanctuary chairs on Saturday morning (day after banquet) Wash dishes Saturday morning (day after banquet) Set tables (tablecloths, dishes, etc.) on Friday morning Serve as host/hostess at a table (2 at each h table)Responsibilities include welcoming people, making sure water glasses are filled, keeping carafes of coffee filled, removing dishes after the dinner and serving the cupcakes. Make cupcakes for the dinner Alexa’s is catering the dinner, but our church will provide the desserts. Please fill out the form in the church foyer or contact the office to volunteer. Thank you! Questions? Contact the church office, 425-483-5252.
  10. 10. Financial Snapshot General Fund Income, week ended 9/15/13 $ 5,356 Income, weekly average, year-to-date $ 9,837 Expenses, weekly average, year-to-date $ 9,880 Weekly average, budgeted expenses $ 10,413 Faith Promise Total Faith Promises pledged $ 90,342 Faith Promise beginning balance $ 21,016 Received as of 9/15/13 $ 65,380 Disbursed as of 9/15/13 $ 80,720 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.