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Weekly news from WCUMC 3 9-2014

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Weekly news from WCUMC 3 9-2014

  1. 1. Weekly News from WCUMC-3/9/2014 9 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. Luke 23:32-34 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. Matthew 18:21-22 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 seventy-seven times. Like Peter, we may ask "what is the extent to which we should forgive others?". Jesus answered Peter with a parable. Matthew 18:23-35 Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle accounts, they
  2. 2. 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 your heart.” God offers His forgiveness to ALL of us! Have we offered forgiveness to others? __________________________________________________________ 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Tuesday: Women's Bible Fellowship 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. Prime Timers Dinner Friday, March 14 ADVENTURES IN QUEBEC, LABRADOR and NEWFOUNDLAND.
  6. 6. 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 dishes. 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 - 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, ecarlson@wcumc.org or 425-483-5252.
  7. 7. Outdoor Adventures Bird Watching 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 activity levels. Please sign up in the foyer. Contact Bob or Sandy Clemence for details, 425-486-0762.
  8. 8. 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  Tomato Sauce  Rice a Roni  Rice  Peanut Butter  Canned Fruit
  9. 9.  Cereal  Hamburger Helper  Chili / Ravioli Financial Snapshot General Fund 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 Faith Promise 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! 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.

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