Weekly news from WCUMC 7- 20-14


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Weekly news from WCUMC 7- 20-14

  1. 1. Weekly News from WCUMC-7/20/2014 “God’s Spirit-Filled People” A Sermon Series on Acts “Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ” Acts 8 Acts 8:5-8 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 happen!! Acts 8:14-25 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
  2. 2. 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 the way. Repentance and authentic change is evident in the hearts and lives of true believers! Acts 8:26-40 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. Meanwhile, 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 queen.) 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 humiliation 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 through that area, preaching the good news in all the cities until he reached Caesarea. 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 meaningful way. ________________________________________________________ For Personal or Group Reflection
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 10:30 AM Worship Service After Church Families Picnic, Wilmot Gateway Park, after service Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room Happy Birthday 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 him. Celebrate the Life of Ruby Peebles (former member of WCUMC) Memorial Service Sunday, July 20 4:00 PM Avondale Bible Church 17010 Avondale Road NE Woodinville, WA 98077
  5. 5. All Church Family Retreat Camp David Jr. on Lake Crescent August 23-26 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 or email Kim at crossfirelife@gmail.com
  6. 6. "Snoops" 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
  7. 7. clients, collecting prayer requests and praying with clients. Contact Della at 425-483-1391 or dellahaug@hotmail.com. STOREHOUSE NEEDS THIS WEEK Rice-a-Roni Peanut Butter Dried Beans Ravioli Spaghetti Sauce Chili Canned Fruit Rice Financial Snapshot General Fund 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 Faith Promise 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 Want to give online? Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account, or processed using your credit or debit card.
  8. 8. Simply follow these easy steps: 1. Go to www.wcumc.org 2. Click on the GIVE NOW button that appears on the top right of the Home Page. 3. Click on the CREATE PROFILE button. 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions to the church. 779,54910,381 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.