Weekly news from WCUMC 12 8-13


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Weekly news from WCUMC 12 8-13

  1. 1. Weekly News from WCUMC12/08/2013 Sharing the transforming love of Jesus, across the street and around the world. 2nd Sunday of Advent 2013 “Preparing the Way for Jesus” Matthew 3:1-12 God is constantly helping us prepare for the next step in being His holy people… We must be willing to prepare to be holy Advent means "coming" 1. 2. 3. The coming of Christ in the flesh 2000 years ago. The coming of Christ in Word and Spirit in our own personal lives and hearts. The coming of Christ in glory at the end of time. Matthew 3:1-12 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, “Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!" He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said: The voice of one shouting in the wilderness, "Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight."
  2. 2. John wore clothes made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey. People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, "You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. And don't even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham's children from these stones. The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I'm not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can't be put out." The preparation that John spoke of focused on confession and repentance and an individual’s recognized need for a personal Savior. Our culture tries to minimize the need for confession and repentance – to minimize the need to change from our sinful and self-centered ways. The Gospel offends the ways of the world. It challenges all of us to give up our own self-centered interests… and that is offensive to people of this world. Questions for Personal or Group Reflection: 1. Reflect on what John’s message in Matthew 3:1-12 means for people today. 2. What angered John so much about the Pharisees and the Sadducees? What about them do you see in your own life? 3. Who has been a “John the Baptist” in your own life? 4. What did that person do to prepare you to meet (accept) Jesus? 5. How is repentance linked to your own experience of salvation? 6. Where does confession and repentance to God (and/or to others) still need to happen in your life? 7. How have you been a “John the Baptist” to others? 8. How has God affirmed you as His child in Christ? Next Week’s message: Children’s Christmas Presentation, “Just a Little Christmas” THIS WEEK AT WCUMC
  3. 3. Sunday - 12/08  Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room Monday - 12/09   Talk Time. 7:00 PM, Rooms 10 and 11 Men of Integrity, 7:00 PM, Memorial Room Tuesday - 12/10      Women's Bible Fellowship, 9:20 - 11:45 AM, Room 10 Women's Bible Fellowship Potluck, 12:00 - 2:00 PM, CH Men's Bible Study, 9:20 - 11:30 AM, Sanctuary Sewing Group, 6:30 PM, Memorial Room Ministry Steering Team, 7:00 PM, Room 10 Wednesday - 12/11     Wed. Women's Bible Study, 10:00 - 11:00 AM, Memorial Room Children's Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 6:00 PM. Sanctuary Youth Group/Crossfire, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Crossfire Room Choir, 7:15 - 8:30 PM. Sanctuary Thursday - 12/12 Friday - 12/13  Prime Timer's Dinner, 5:30 PM, Celebration Hall Saturday - 12/14   Men's Group Study, 7:30 AM. Celebration Hall Nibble of Nicaragua & Dessert Auction, 6 - 8 PM, CH Sunday - 12/15     Adult Sunday School Classes, 9:00 AM Nursery Care is available in the Children’s Wing during worship 10:30 AM Worship Service Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room Families with Children Group, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Memorial Room Prime Timers Christmas Dinner
  4. 4. December 13 - Celebration Hall Appetizers at 5:30 PM Catered Dinner at 6:00 PM European Christmas Music by Phillip & Birgit Ages Tickets are $10 each and available at the Display Table in the foyer. Save The Date - Mark Your Calendar Tenth Annual Nibble of Nicaragua Dessert Auction Saturday, December 14
  5. 5. Please join us for a evening of good food, great fun and delectable desserts on Saturday, December 14 from 6 - 8 PM. All proceeds go to support Alongside Ministries, Halle and Kathy August, missionaries in Nicaragua. Church Administrative Assistant Position Available At the end of 2013, Denise Caldwell will be leaving her position as Church Administrative Assistant. We are grateful for her five years of dedicated service to this church, and will be having a reception in her honor in December. We will soon begin interviewing for a replacement. This is a part-time
  6. 6. position of approximately 25 hours per week. An applicant needs to be a Christian who supports the vision of Woodinville Community United Methodist Church and its leadership team. Job requirements include: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Ability to be hospitable, caring & helpful to callers and visitors to the office. Demonstrated ability to organize multiple tasks concurrently and be detail oriented. Ability to work in team situations as well as independently. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, with correct grammar and spelling. Proficiency in basic computer skills plus a willingness to learn new computer programs (knowledge of In-Design is a plus). An eye for layout and design. Basic bookkeeping skills. Applications are available in the church office. Applicants may also submit a resume to Evelyn Carlson, ecarlson@wcumc.org. The Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank is looking for a few more volunteer bakers to bake cookies for our clients. The cookies will be collected on or before Sunday, December 15. We also need volunteers to help in the Food Bank on Christmas Eve for 3:00 4:30 PM. No experience is necessary. This is a great opportunity for families to volunteer together. Please contact Della Haug at 425-4831391 or dellahaug@hotmail.com to bake cookies or help on Christmas Eve.
  7. 7. This Week's Needs:    Spaghetti sauce Cereal Peanut Butter Thank you for your continued support. www.woodinvillestorehouse.org Tuesday Night Sewing Group Dec. 10 6:00 PM The Sewing group will be making: Folded Star Pot Pads. These make great Christmas gifts! We will meet at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 10th in the Memorial Room. Come join us. Supplies you will need to bring:     Sewing machine / foot paddle 4-5 1/2 yard pieces of color coordinated fabrics - one being a solid Sewing supplies: pins, thread, scissors etc. Matching bias tape 1/2” double
  8. 8. Join missionary, Wesley Steeb, granddaughter of Don and Barbara Steeb, on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 PM in Room 11 for an illustrated talk on her experiences at New Hope Uganda, a community for Ugandan orphans. Financial Snapshot General Fund Income, week ended 12/01/13 Income, weekly average, year-to-date Expenses, weekly average, year-to-date Weekly average, budgeted expenses $ 17,209 $ 9,790 $ 9,625 $ 10,413 Faith Promise Total Faith Promises pledged Faith Promise beginning balance Received as of 12/1/13 Disbursed as of12/1/13 $ 90,560 $ 12,439 $ 8,978 $ 9,580 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.