Weekly news from WCUMC 7 28-13


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Weekly news from WCUMC 7 28-13

  1. 1. Weekly News from WCUMC-7/28/2013 Sharing the transforming love of Jesus, across the street and around the world. Parables of Jesus Series "If you have to be dirt, be good dirt” The Parable of the Sower Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 While Pastor Rick is on a sabbatical, each Sunday we will have a message on selected parables. This week, David Snook shared a message on "The Parable of the Sower" - the characters, the meaning, and his recommendations on how to understand and apply the message in this parable. He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one: “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Matthew 13:3-9 In this story, Jesus is the sower, and we are the dirt. He scatters His seeds to everyone, but only those who listen and understand bear fruit, We should remember that we are not the heroes of this story, God is the hero. We are merely the dirt. But we are more than just the ground,
  2. 2. we are the battlefield. Obedient, godly actions that spread the message are the plants that grow in good soil. Are you hard-packed and resistant to God's message? Are you rocky soil that doesn't allow the roots of the message to grow deep? Is your life full of thorns and worries? Or are you good dirt that produces more seeds? Here are some recommendations that we can draw from this parable. Relax: you're just the dirt. With God's help, we can choose to be good dirt. Don't judge other dirt. Be enthusiastic, but discerning. Make room for God Be happy dirt. It is all about choice, so choose now to be good dirt! Summer Worship Schedule 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. THIS WEEK AT WCUMC Sunday - 7/28 Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room Monday - 7/29 Talk Time, 6:00 PM, Crossfire Room Tuesday - 7/30 Sewing Group (Beading Class, Part 2), 6:30 PM, Memorial Room SPR Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 9
  3. 3. Wednesday - 7/31 Prison Ministry meets in Church parking lot at 5:40 PM Thursday - 8/01 Friday - 8/02 Saturday - 8/03 Sunday - 8/04 You can still join the Adult Sunday School class this week - "How Christianity Changed the World". 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 Vacation Bible School Camp Thanks to all the workers, volunteers, and especially to the campers who made this year's VBS a great success! The Open Door Class invites you our new Sunday School series. It's not too late to join us for this exciting study.
  4. 4. 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. Discover for yourself how Christianity can/should change your world. Please contact Don Morgan dsmorg2@comcast.net to order a book. Cost: $15. Upcoming Children's Ministry Day Camps SECRETS OF THE KINGDOM - The Parables of Jesus - August 5-9 (Grades K-6) MEGA SPORTS CAMP August 19-23 (Grades preK4 - 6) Outdoor Adventures - Camping Trip Join our Outdoor Adventures Group for a camping trip to Mt. St. Helens on August 9 - 11. Explore the Ape Caves south of Mt St Helens. These are giant lava tubes that extend for miles underground. But you can go into the caves as far as you feel comfortable. We’ll be camping at Seaquest State Park, north of Longview - off of I-5. We’ll explore the south side of Mount St. Helens on Saturday (including
  5. 5. the caves), and the north side on Sunday. On Sunday morning, there will be a church service where we will worship the Creator of the wonders we’ll be exploring. Cost is $10 per person for the 2 nights of camping. We have limited camping spots so please sign up soon in the Narthex. Contact Bob or Sandy Clemence if you have any questions. 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. OUR STOCKS ARE VERY LOW. PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING TO THE FOOD BANK TODAY! This Week's Needs: Spaghetti Sauce Mac and Cheese Peanut Butter Rice Hamburger Helper Thank you for your continued support. www.woodinvillestorehouse.org Financial Snapshot General Fund Income, week ending 7/13/13 $ 9,134 Income, weekly average, year-to-date $ 9,954 Expenses, weekly average, year-to-date $ 9,951 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 $ 56,345 Disbursed to date $ 74,125
  6. 6. 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.