Weekly News from WCUMC-7/20/2014
“God’s Spirit-Filled People”
A Sermon Series on Acts
“Sharing the Good News of
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and began to preach Christ to
them. The crowds were united by what they heard Philip say and the
signs they saw him perform, and they gave him their undivided
attention. With loud shrieks, unclean spirits came out of many people,
and many who were paralyzed or crippled were healed. There was great
rejoicing in that city.
Where the truth of Christ’s Good News is preached… amazing things
When Simon perceived that the Spirit was given through the laying on of
the apostles’ hands, he offered them money. He said, “Give me this
authority too so that anyone on whom I lay my hands will receive the
Holy Spirit.” Peter responded, “May your money be condemned to hell
along with you because you believed you could buy God’s gift with
money! You can have no part or share in God’s word because your heart
isn’t right with God. Therefore, change your heart and life! Turn from
your wickedness! Plead with the Lord in the hope that your wicked intent
can be forgiven, for I see that your bitterness has poisoned you and evil
has you in chains.” Simon replied, “All of you, please, plead to the Lord
for me so that nothing of what you have said will happen to me!” After
the apostles had testified and proclaimed the Lord’s word, they returned
to Jerusalem, preaching the good news to many Samaritan villages along
Repentance and authentic change is evident in the hearts and lives of
An angel from the Lord spoke to Philip, “At noon, take the road that
leads from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) So he did.
an Ethiopian man was on his way home from Jerusalem, where he had
come to worship. He was a eunuch and an official responsible for the
entire treasury of Candace. (Candace is the title given to the Ethiopian
He was reading the prophet Isaiah while sitting in his carriage. The
Spirit told Philip, “Approach this carriage and stay with it.” Running up
to the carriage, Philip heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah. He
asked, “Do you really understand what you are reading?” The man
replied, “Without someone to guide me, how could I?” Then he invited
Philip to climb up and sit with him. This was the passage of scripture he
was reading: Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb
before its shearer is silent so he didn’t open his mouth. In his
justice was taken away from him. Who can tell the story of his
descendants because his life was taken from the earth?
The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, about whom does the prophet say
this? Is he talking about himself or someone else?” Starting with that
passage, Philip proclaimed the good news about Jesus to him. As they
went down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, “Look!
Water! What would keep me from being baptized?” He ordered that the
carriage halt. Both Philip and the eunuch went down to the water, where
Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Lord’s
Spirit suddenly took Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but
went on his way rejoicing. Philip found himself in Azotus. He traveled
that area, preaching the good news in all the cities until he reached
God calls us to make ourselves available, to approach others with care
and concern, allowing them to invite us into their lives. It’s then that
we can share the Good News of Jesus Christ in a fruitful and
For Personal or Group Reflection
1. Think of the people in your life who have shared the Good News of
Jesus with you. What is memorable about their character? Why?
2. The Samaritans were considered outcasts by the Jews. Why would
Peter and John come to them? Why did the Father delay pouring out the
Holy Spirit until they got there? What lesson does that teach us?
3. How does Simon’s reaction to the apostles in vs. 18-19 show his
misunderstanding about the Gospel? Explain.
4. Reflect on Philip’s interaction with the Ethiopian man. How does this
story cause you to reflect on how to relate to others in your own life?
Next Week’s Message is on Acts 9 – “The Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit”
Pastor Rick Vinther preaching
THIS WEEK AT WCUMC
Sunday - 7/20
Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
Monday - 7/21
Talk Time, 7:00 PM, Room 9
Tuesday - 7/22
Sewing Group, 6:00 PM, Memorial Room
Staff Parish Relations Committee, 7:00 PM, Rm. 9
Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM, Rm. 11
Wednesday - 7/23
Thursday - 7/24
Worship Team Rehearsal, 7:00 PM, Sanctuary
Friday - 7/25
Saturday - 7/26
Sunday - 7/27
Open Door Sunday School Class , 9:00 AM
Nursery Care is available in the Children’s Wing during worship
10:30 AM Worship Service
After Church Families Picnic, Wilmot Gateway Park, after service
Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
Pastor Rick Vinther
If you missed sharing birthday cake with
Pastor 'Rick today, be sure to wish him a
happy birthday the next time you see
Celebrate the Life of Ruby Peebles
(former member of WCUMC)
Sunday, July 20 4:00 PM
Avondale Bible Church
17010 Avondale Road NE
Woodinville, WA 98077
All Church Family Retreat
Camp David Jr. on Lake Crescent
Join us as we relax in the beauty, experience new adventures, share with
friends and family, and trust more in Christ as we learn together.
$100 - Adults $40 Kids (6-12) Free( children under 5)
REGISTER TODAY - COST GOES UP $25 ON JUNE 30
FAQ Sheet available on display in foyer. For more info, contact Kim
Knudsvig, DeAnna Ankrum, or Evelyn Carlson 425-483-5252
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No Auditions / Grades 3 - 8
$150 (discounts available)
Monday - Friday, August 4 - 8
9 AM - 3 PM
We are in need of volunteers and helpers for Kidshine! You can do more
than one position. Ask DeAnna Ankrum for more information at 425-483-
5252, ext, 109.
FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER
OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE
Do you like meeting new people? Do you like praying for people's needs?
The Woodinville Storehouse is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to
coordinate teams once or twice a month while the food bank is open.
Duties include coordinating teams, interviewing and registering new
clients, collecting prayer requests and praying with clients.
Contact Della at 425-483-1391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STOREHOUSE NEEDS THIS WEEK
Income, wk ending 7/6/14 $ 8,823
Income, weekly avg, year-to-date $ 10,135
Expenses, weekly avg, year-to-date $ 9,442
2014 weekly budgeted expenses $ 9,896
Total Faith Promises pledged, 2013 - 14 $ 90,560
Faith Promise Beginning Balance $ 12,439
Received 11/1/13 - 7/06/14 $ 70,441
Disbursed 11/1/13 - 7/06/14 $ 60,409
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We hope to see you in church this Sunday and God Bless.
Have a great week!
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