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Weekly news from WCUMC Sept 8 2013


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weekly news letter from Woodinville Community Church

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Weekly news from WCUMC Sept 8 2013

  1. 1. Weekly News from WCUMC-9/08/2013 Sharing the transforming love of Jesus, across the street and around the world. “Living God’s Grace in an Unbelieving World” A Sermon Series on 1 Peter “A New, Living Hope” 1 Peter 1:1-12 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s chosen strangers in the world of the diaspora, who live in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. God the Father chose you because of what he knew beforehand. He chose you through the Holy Spirit’s work of making you holy and because of the faithful obedience and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. May God’s grace and peace be multiplied to you. May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. You have a pure and enduring inheritance that cannot perish—an inheritance that is presently kept safe in heaven for you. We have New Birth because of God’s initiative… He CHOSE us!! The New Birth gives us a LIVING HOPE because our Lord Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead and is ALIVE right now! Believers are guarded for Glory (v. 5) Through his faithfulness, you are guarded by God’s power so that you can receive the salvation he is ready to reveal in the last time. God is FAITHFUL . . . He will guard us for our eternal place in
  2. 2. heaven!! Believers are being prepared for Glory (vs. 6-7) You now rejoice in this hope, even if it’s necessary for you to be distressed for a short time by various trials. This is necessary so that your faith may be found genuine. (Your faith is more valuable than gold, which will be destroyed even though it is itself tested by fire.) Your genuine faith will result in praise, glory, and honor for you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Believers can benefit from the glory NOW (vs. 8-12) Although you’ve never seen him, you love him. Even though you don’t see him now, you trust him and so rejoice with a glorious joy that is too much for words. You are receiving the goal of your faith: your salvation. The prophets, who long ago foretold the grace that you’ve received, searched and explored, inquiring carefully about this salvation. They wondered what the Spirit of Christ within them was saying when he bore witness beforehand about the suffering that would happen to Christ and the glory that would follow. They wondered what sort of person or what sort of time they were speaking about. It was revealed to them that in their search they were not serving themselves but you. These things, which even angels long to examine, have now been proclaimed to you by those who brought you the good news. They did this in the power of the Holy Spirit, who was sent from heaven. Believers can: Love Him… NOW Trust Him… NOW Rejoice in Him… NOW Receive from Him… NOW _______________________________________________ (Reread 1 Peter 1:1-12) Questions for Personal or Group Reflection: 1. Why did Peter call his readers “strangers”… and how are believers “strangers” today? 2. In verse 2, what does each of the statements about the members of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) mean? 3. How does Peter describe our spiritual birth? 4. How would you describe the HOPE we have that Peter talks about? What impact does that have on the trials you face? 5. How does the assurance of the sovereignty of God affect the way you face trials in life? 6. How can you respond to the trials you face in this life? Why? 7. How and why does this text (1 Peter 1:1-12) help you personally? If not, why not? Next Week’s message – “Can We Really Live a Holy Life?” 1 Peter 1:13 - 2:10 Pastor Rick Vinther preaching
  3. 3. THIS WEEK AT WCUMC Sunday - 9/8 Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room Monday - 9/9 Talk Time, 6:00 PM, Crossfire Room Men of Integrity Planning Meeting, 7:00 PM, Memorial Room Tuesday - 9/10 Women's Bible Fellowship, 9:20 - 11:45 AM, Gatering Place Men's Bible Study, 9:45 - 11:15 AM, Room 10 Sewing Group, 6:30 PM, Memorial Room Wednesday - 9/11 Wednesday Women's Bible Study, 10:00 - 11:00 AM, Memorial Room Prison Ministry meets in Church parking lot at 5:40 PM Youth Group/Crossfire, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Crossfire Room Choir, 7:15 - 8:30 PM. Sanctuary Thursday - 9/12 Friday - 9/13 Prime Timers Dinner & Game Night - CANCELLED Saturday - 9/14 Men's Group Study, 7:30 AM. Celebration Hall Sunday - 9/8 The Open Door Class, 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 Gathering in Honor of Rev. Lindsey Eklund, 12:00, Gathering Place 12:00 - 2:00 PM, All-Church cook-out and ice cream social Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
  4. 4. ATTENTION PRIME TIMERS: The Fall Fellowship Gathering scheduled for Friday, September 13, has been cancelled. We will have our Game and Pizza night on October 11 instead. See you then. The week of September 8 is filled with events and opportunities to connect: Monday, September 9 Men of Integrity Planning Meeting All men are invited to join our Bible Study and discussion group on Mondays at 7:00 PM in the Memorial Room. Come on Sept. 9 to help us plan our study and schedule. Tuesday, September 10 Women's Bible Fellowship Meets Tuesday mornings, 9:20 - 11:45 AM. Topic: Philippians, a study by Kay Smith. Sign up in the church foyer. Childcare available on request. Book cost: $8.00. Men's Bible Study "The Harmony of the Gospels" study resumes on Tuesday at 9:45 AM in Room 10. Dick Zornes will be teaching. Wednesday, September 11 Wednesday Women's Bible Study Meets Wednesday mornings, 10 - 11:30 AM. Study: "Forever Touched: Significant Women in Jesus' Life". Sign up in the church foyer. Childcare available on request. Book cost: $7.00.
  5. 5. Choir Practice Do you like to sing? Just us at our first choir practice on Wednesday, September 11, from 7:15 - 8:30 PM in the Sanctuary. Questions? contact Deni Johnson at 425-488-1257. Fleece Needed. Our church sewing group is collecting fleece to make hats for Operation Nightwatch in Seattle. If you have fleece you can donate, please bring it to the church office.
  6. 6. Warm Greetings Espresso Stand We’re looking for coffee-loving, people-loving volunteers to work in the church coffee stand. Commitment can be weekly, monthly, or as needed, with after Service help most needed. Youth 14 and older are welcome. Please contact Mary Sutton at Outdoor Adventures Get on Board with Outdoor Adventures as we board the Mount Rainer Scenic Railroad, Saturday, September 28. The train operates on a scenic route from Elbe to Mineral. The ride lasts about 40 minutes each way. We spend approximately 45 minutes at our destination during regular excursions before returning to the depot. At the destination in Mineral, there is a collection of historic logging locomotives, rail cards, and equipment and camp buildings. Allow 2 hours for regular excursions. We will carpool from the church at 9:00 AM, returning about 5:00 PM.
  7. 7. Cost: $25 - Make checks payable to the church with OA-Train on the memo line. You can bring a lunch to eat on the train or purchase one there. Please sign up in the foyer as space may be limited. 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. This Week's Needs: Canned Veggies (no green beans) Tuna Canned Meat Thank you for your continued support. Would you consider making an impact in the life of a student? We are looking for help with the youth ministry to pour the love of Jesus Christ into the lives of students aged 10-16. The latest Barna Study indicates that nearly half (43%) of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ
  8. 8. as their Savior do so before the age of 13. Almost two out of three (64%) of born-again Christians made that commitment to Christ before their 18th birthday. You can help in many ways: Chaperon retreats Mentor student leaders Lead weekly Crossfire events - play games, eat together, share the Gospel Pray for our students Teach "tweeners' Sunday School once a month Contact Youth Director Kim Knudsvig for more info. 206-794-6871, or ENDLESS SUMMER OPEN HOUSE Wesley Homes Des Moines 816 S. 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198 206.824.5000 or 866.937.5390 toll-free Sunday, September 29, 2013 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wesley Homes Lea Hill 32049 109th Pl SE, Auburn, WA 98092 253.876.6000 Sunday, October 6, 2013 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Enter drawings for your chance to win these awesome prizes: Staycation 1 night at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel with breakfast for 2 at Maxwell's Gift certificate for Tulio’s restaurant near the hotel Admission for 2 to Seattle Aquarium Admission for 2 to the great wheel Be sure to visit the SAM Sculpture Park
  9. 9. Gift certificates to local restaurants and local activities Plus see a variety of cottages and apartments, visit with residents and enjoy the groovy festivities. So slip on your coolest threads and shades and come score some primo fun! Financial Snapshot General Fund Income, week ended 9/1/13 $ 11,998 Income, weekly average, year-to-date $ 9,883 Expenses, weekly average, year-to-date $ 9,990 Weekly average, budgeted expenses $ 10,413 Faith Promise Total Faith Promises pledged $ 90,342 Faith Promise beginning balance $ 21,016 Received as of 8/18/13 $ 61,865 Disbursed as of 8/18/13 $ 80,720 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