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Weekly news from WCUMC Feb. 16 2014


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Weekly news from WCUMC Feb. 16 2014

  1. 1. Weekly News from WCUMC-2/16/2014 “Freedom in Christ – A Life of Faith through Grace” A Sermon Series on the Letter to the Galatians “Two Different Paths . . . Only One to True Freedom” Galatians 5 CHRIST WANTS US TO LIVE IN FREEDOM! Christ has set us free for freedom. Therefore stand firm and don't submit to the bondage of slavery again. (Galatians 5:1) True Freedom involves a total surrender of our lives to God. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)
  2. 2. Legalism happens whenever we place certain “human-made” expectations and requirements on people to do things a certain way in order to “truly become a Christian” You were running well--who stopped you from obeying the truth? This line of reasoning doesn't come from the one who calls you. (Galatians 5:7-8) Christian Freedom is not as the world would define it, but as God’s Kingdom designed for it to be. You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don't let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love. All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. (Galatians 5:13-14) Allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct your every thought and action I say be guided by the Spirit and you won't carry out your selfish desires. (Galatians 5:16 ) Two Different Paths . . . Only One to True Freedom __________________________________________________________ Questions for Personal or Group Reflection 1. Why do you think some people feel insecure with “freedom”? 2. “To live by law means to depend on my own strength.” Do you agree? Explain. 3. Does “falling from grace” mean losing our salvation? 4. In practical terms, how does a person go about depending on the Holy Spirit to live the life God wants? 5. How does legalism bring pride and criticism into a church? 6. Why is love necessary to freedom? 7. How is each aspect of the Spirit’s fruit related to love? 8. What will “living by the Spirit” involve for you this week? Next Week: Galatians 6 Pastor Rick Vinther preaching
  3. 3. THIS WEEK AT WCUMC Sunday - 2/16    Financial Peace University, 12:30 - 2:00PM, Room 11 Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room Young Families Group, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Memorial Room Monday - 2/17  OFFICE CLOSED Tuesday - 2/18     Women's Bible Fellowship, 9:20 - 11:30 AM, Gathering Place Men's Bible Study, 9:45 - 11:30 AM, Room 10 Sewing Group, 6:00 PM, Memorial Room Finance Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 11 Wednesday - 2/19  Wed. Women's Bible Study, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Memorial Room Thursday - 2/20  Praying for Adult Children, 7:00 PM, Sanctuary Friday - 2/21 Saturday - 2/22  Men's Group Study, 7:30 AM. Celebration Hall Sunday - 2/23      Adult Sunday School Classes 9:00 AM Nursery Care is available in the Children’s Wing during worship 10:30 AM Worship Service Financial Peace University, 12:30 - 2:00PM, Room 11 Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
  4. 4. Special Prayer Service Prayer for Adult Children Thursday, Feb, 20 7:00 - 8:30 PM No matter how old are children are, as parents we care for them and desire to see God's will accomplished in their lives. Join other parents as we lift up our grown children to the Lord in a special prayer service on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary. We will worship the Lord in song, read scriptures and hear testimonies. Rev. Larry and Audrey Eddings of Wind of the Spirit Ministries will lead us in a focused time of prayer and forgiveness. We will also gather in small groups to share and pray for one another. Com and pray with the power of God's Word over our adult children. We can rest in the providence of God as we turn our children over to His care. Questions? Contact Pastor Rick or Evelyn Carlson. If you have a specific issue that you would like to see addressed in the Prayer for Adult Children, please pass it along to the church. You do not need to include your name. We need your help.
  5. 5. Dr. Alan Kelley of Medical Teams Worldwide spoke recently about his upcoming trip to Africa. He has a connection with a local African pastor and his family, who feed 30 orphaned children in their home. You can contribute to this cause by putting money (change, bills, checks) in the container on the corner of the Information Desk in the foyer. Dr. Kelley will take the funds with him when he goes to Africa at the end of the month and give them to Pastor Sampson. Missions Potluck with Mike and Brigit Adams Sunday, February 23 12:00 PM Celebration Hall We will have a potluck lunch on Sunday, Feb. 23 with Mike and Brigit Adams of First Response Radio. Mike and Brigit are also available to meet with small groups. They will be meeting with the ManardElmore/Johnson Groups on March 6 and will have one of the "radio in a suitcase" to discuss their mission focus. Please contact Deni Johnson at or Mary Jo Elmore at for more details or if you can help with set up and clean up for the potluck lunch.
  6. 6. Indoor Adventure Night Saturday, March 1 5:00 - 9:00 PM Enjoy a fun evening of games, a potluck, a little education, and more games. We'll start at 5:00 PM with a mixer game, then have a potluck dinner, followed by a short slide show of Outdoor Adventures past and future events. The rest of the time will be spent playing games that people bring and enjoying each others company. Ages 4 and up. Please sign up in the Narthex to let us know if you are coming, what dish you're planning to to bring, and any childcare needs you might have. For questions, please call Bob or Sandy Clemence at 425-486-0762. MARK YOUR CALENDARS - June 13 - 15, Dungeness Spit camping, kayaking, hiking weekend. Details to follow. New Women's Bible Studies Begin on March 4 & 5 Tuesday: Women's Bible Fellowship
  7. 7. 9:20 - 11:45 AM, starting March 4 Topic: Nehemiah: Experiencing the Good Hand of God by John MacArther Three major themes are seen in the Book of Nehemiah - careful attention to the reading of God's word in order to do His will; the constant obedience of Nehemiah; repeated enemy opposition. Through it all, God orchestrated the reconstruction of the wall of His city to accomplish His purpose for then and now. Cost: $5. Wednesday Women's Bible Study 10:00 - 11:30 AM Topic: Ephesians: Wholeness for a Broken World You're invited to join us for this study of Ephesians by Andrew T. and Phyllis J. Le Peau. Broken marriages, shattered friendships, racial divisions, war between nations -- we live in a fractured world. How can the pieces be put back together? In Ephesians, Paul lifts the veil form the future to allow us to see God's plan to unite everyone and everything in Christ. Cost: $7. All Church Study Meal - Video - Small Group Discussion This seven-session, video-based study explores the last words of Christ from the Holy Land locations where they were spoken A meal will be served at 6:00 PM, before each session. On March 5, an Ash Wednesday Service will follow the Lent study. On March 19, there will be not Lent study. Join us instead for a
  8. 8. performance by the Watoto Children's Choir. Please notify the church office if you would like to participate in the Lent study. Watoto Children's Choir BEAUTIFUL AFRICA: A NEW GENERATION Wednesday, March 19 - 7:00 PM Watoto Children's Choir is an African children choir based in Kampala, Uganda, at Watoto Church (formerly Kampala Pentecostal Church or KPC). It is composed of about twenty-two children from Uganda. Watoto means "Children" in Swahili language. The choir is made up of children who have lost one or both parents to the AIDS epidemic or to war.[1] The choir has toured Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States with a team of Ugandan adults. Their performances are a unique blend of native African rhythms, contemporary gospel music and ethnic dance. They have released several albums including Mambo Sawa and Beautiful Africa their latest album. Their unique ministry also comprises four children's villages, three babies’ homes, three primary schools, a high school and a vocational school. Can You Help? 1. Help with a dinner for the Children and Team at 5:00 PM on March 19 here at the church. 2. Host 2 - 3 Children and 1 - Chaperone for one night in your home. 3. Volunteer on the Night of the Concert. If you would like to help with any of the above, visit the Watoto display in the church foyer and sign up. You can also contact Evelyn Carlson, or 425-483-5252.
  9. 9. NEEDS THIS WEEK    Rice Beans Canned Fruit Thanks to all who participated in our United in Blue Challenge. No update this week. Financial Snapshot
  10. 10. 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