Weekly News from WCUMC-3/9/2014
Teachings from the Cross. A Sermon Series.
“Forgiveness ... God's Way”
Luke 23:32 - 34
Jesus showed us what rue love and forgiveness is all about, even in
the midst of His most terrible pain and suffering.
They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. When they
arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him, along with the
criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said,
“Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” They
drew lots as a way of dividing up his clothing.
Jesus calls us to daily pick up our cross and follow Him ... to live and
forgive as He did.
Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my
brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as many as seven
times?” Jesus said, “Not just seven times, but rather as many as
Like Peter, we may ask "what is the extent to which we should
Jesus answered Peter with a parable.
Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle
accounts with his servants. When he began to settle accounts, they
brought to him a servant who owed him ten thousand bags of gold.
Because the servant didn’t have enough to pay it back, the master
ordered that he should be sold, along with his wife and children and
everything he had, and that the proceeds should be used as payment.
But the servant fell down, kneeled before him, and said, ‘Please, be
patient with me, and I’ll pay you back. ‘The master had compassion on
that servant, released him, and forgave the loan. “When that servant
went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one
hundred coins. He grabbed him around the throat and said, ‘Pay me
back what you owe me.’ “Then his fellow servant fell down and begged
him, ‘Be patient with me, and I’ll pay you back.’ But he refused.
Instead, he threw him into prison until he paid back his debt.
“When his fellow servants saw what happened, they were deeply
offended. They came and told their master all that happened. His
master called the first servant and said, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave
you all that debt because you appealed to me. Shouldn’t you also have
mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ His master
was furious and handed him over to the guard responsible for punishing
prisoners, until he had paid the whole debt. “My heavenly Father will
also do the same to you if you don’t forgive your brother or sister from
God offers His forgiveness to ALL of us! Have we offered forgiveness
Questions for Personal or Group Reflection
1. Reflect on Jesus' emotions as He hung on the cross after being beaten
and tortured. Try to imagine His thoughts in regards to those who ad
caused His beating and death? Could you have forgiven them?
2. Is forgiving the same as condoning?
3. Does forgiving dismiss the consequences?
4. How do we forgive someone who has done something serious and who
hasn't repented or asked for forgiveness?
5. Who will you forgive this week? Reflect on God's love for that person
... and how you are called and empowered to love others.
Next Week – “Teachings from the Cross -- Salvation, Part 1” - Luke 23:43
Pastor Rick Vinther preaching
THIS WEEK AT WCUMC
Sunday - 3/9
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 - 3/10
Talk Time, 7:00 PM, Rooms 10 & 11
Men of Integrity, 7:00 PM, Memorial Room
Tuesday - 3/11
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
Ministry Steering Team Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 10
Wednesday - 3/12
Wed. Women's Bible Study, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Room 10
Children's Ministry Team Meeting, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Lent Study, 6:00 - 7:00 PM, Celebration Hall
Choir, 7:15 - 8:30 PM, Sanctuary
Thursday - 3/13
Great Witness Weekend Training, 7:00 PM, Room 11
Friday - 3/14
Prime Timers Dinner, 6:00 PM, Celebration Hall
Saturday - 3/15
Men's Group Study, 7:30 AM. Celebration Hall
Sunday - 3/16
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
All Church Study begins on Ash
Wednesday, March 5
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
performance by the Watoto Children's Choir. Please notify the church
office if you would like to participate in the Lent study.
Tuesday: Women's Bible Fellowship
9:20 - 11:45 AM, starting March 4
Topic: Nehemiah: Experiencing the Good Hand of God by John
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.
Prime Timers Dinner
Friday, March 14
ADVENTURES IN QUEBEC, LABRADOR and NEWFOUNDLAND.
Brad & Lynette Maynard will share through pictures and stories how God
has blessed a land and people with a special outward and inward
beauty. The dinner entree will be provided. Please sign up for side
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. 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
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 - Chaperon 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,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-483-5252.
Saturday, March 29
Bird watching in the Skagit Valley. During Winter and early Spring, there
is a bird watcher's paradise just north of us. Many spectacular types of
winter birds are there - Bald Eagles, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, Snow
Geese, and more. Join us as we carpool from the church to search for
them and enjoy their beauty.
Cost is FREE, but drivers may need the Discovery Pass. there will be
opportunities for some short hikes. This is a great trip for all ages and
Please sign up in the foyer. Contact Bob or Sandy Clemence for details,
Experiencing God's Faithfulness
April 4 - 6, 2014
Be revived, renewed and refreshed.
Women ages 18 - 100 are invited to come to our spring women's
retreat. We'll relax, worship, and be spiritually nourished. Our four
speakers - Laura Cabanillas, Evelyn Carlson, Gaila Palo and Joan Hartzell
- will share stores of God's faithfulness.
The retreat will be held at The Homestead in rural Snohomish. You're
invited to come Friday evening and stay until Sunday morning, but you
also can come for Saturday and Sunday morning or Saturday only.
For more information, contact the church office, or pick up a brochure
at the church.
STOREHOUSE NEEDS THIS WEEK
Rice a Roni
Chili / Ravioli
Income, wk. ending 3/2/14 $ 12.011
Income, weekly avg, year-to-date $ 10,336
Expenses, weekly avg, year-to-date $ 9.646
2014 weekly budgeted expenses $ 9,896
Total Faith Promises pledged, 2013 - 14 $ 90,560
Faith Promise Beginning Balance $ 12,439
Received 11/1/13 - 3/2/14 $ 37,955
Disbursed 11/1/13 - 3/2/14 $ 36,043
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!
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