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Weekly news from WCUMC 7 13-2014


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Weekly newsletter from Woodinville Community Church

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Weekly news from WCUMC 7 13-2014

  1. 1. Weekly News from WCUMC-7/13/2014 “God’s Spirit-Filled People” A Sermon Series on Acts “Living and Dying for Christ” Acts 6:8 – 7:60 The best preparation for being willing to die for Jesus, is being prepared to live for Jesus. Acts 6:8-12 Stephen, who stood out among the believers for the way God's grace was at work in his life and for his exceptional endowment with divine power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. Opposition arose from some who belonged to the so-called Synagogue of Former Slaves. Members from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia, and Asia entered into debate with Stephen. However, they couldn't resist the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke. Then they secretly enticed some people to claim, "We heard him insult Moses and God." They stirred up the people, the elders, and the legal experts. They caught Stephen, dragged him away, and brought him before the Jerusalem Council. 13Before the council, they presented false witnesses who testified, "This man never stops speaking against this holy place and the Law. 14In fact, we heard him say that this man Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and alter the customary practices Moses gave us." The opposition was not able to stand against the wisdom and Spirit by which Stephen spoke
  2. 2.  They had a spirit of deceit and dishonesty.  There was a clear character difference between Stephen and those who opposed him. Everyone seated in the council stared at Stephen, and they saw that his face was radiant, just like an angel's. In Acts 7, Stephen did not give a defense for himself --- but rather a proclamation of who God was and what God had done for His people… Acts 7:51-60 "You stubborn people! In your thoughts and hearing, you are like those who have had no part in God's covenant! You continuously set yourself against the Holy Spirit, just like your ancestors did. Was there a single prophet your ancestors didn't harass? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the righteous one, and you've betrayed and murdered him! You received the Law given by angels, but you haven't kept it." Once the council members heard these words, they were enraged and began to grind their teeth at Stephen. But Stephen, enabled by the Holy Spirit, stared into heaven and saw God's majesty and Jesus standing at God's right side. He exclaimed, "Look! I can see heaven on display and the Human One standing at God's right side!" At this, they shrieked and covered their ears. Together, they charged at him, threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses placed their coats in the care of a young man named Saul. As they battered him with stones, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, accept my life!" Falling to his knees, he shouted, "Lord, don't hold this sin against them!" Then he died. Stephen died with the character of Christ only because he had LIVED WITH THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST We can't be concerned with whether we'll be strong enough to die for Christ if we're not first concerned with whether we're committed to LIVE for Christ. Are you living for Christ? For Personal or Group Reflection 1. Describe the character of Stephen mentioned in Acts 6-7… 2. Why do you think opposition arose to what Stephen was speaking? 3. What does Stephen’s words in Acts 6-7 reveal about his respect for the Mosaic Law? 4. Why does Stephen spend so much of his speech, talking about Moses? What parallels does he draw between Moses and Jesus? 5. How does your character compare to that of Stephen? 6. In what ways could the charges that Stephen makes against the leaders be made against you (us)?
  3. 3. Next Week’s Message is on Acts 8 Pastor Rick Vinther preaching THIS WEEK AT WCUMC Sunday - 7/13  Mariner's Game, 1:10 PM, Safeco Field  Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room Monday - 7/14  Talk Time, 7:00 PM, Rooms 9 Tuesday - 7/15  Sewing Group, 6:00 PM, Memorial Room Wednesday - 7/16 Thursday - 7/17 Friday - 7/18 Saturday - 7/19 Sunday - 7/20  Open Door Sunday School Class , 9:00 AM  Nursery Care is available in the Children’s Wing during worship  10:30 AM Worship Service  Ruby Peebles Memorial Service, Avondale Bible Church, 4 PM  Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
  4. 4. Celebrate the Life of Ruby Peebles (former member of WCUMC) Memorial Service Sunday, July 20 4:00 PM Avondale Bible Church 17010 Avondale Road NE Woodinville, WA 98077 Outdoor Adventures Float Trip down the Skykomish River Sunday, July 20 , after Church Bring a sack lunch, water bottle, and put any electronic in a zip lock bag, and get ready to have fun. Join us as we float the scenic Skykomish River between Sultan and Monroe. We'll supply the rafts, paddles and life jackets. Cost is only $5, paid on the day of the trip. Meet at Sultan at 1:00 PM. "We should be done around 6:00 PM or so. Please sign up in the foyer. Any questions, talk to Bob or Sandy Clemence (425-486-0762)
  5. 5. All Church Family Retreat Camp David Jr. on Lake Crescent August 23-26 Join us as we relax in the beauty, experience new adventures, share with friends and family, and trust more in Christ as we learn together. $100 - Adults $40 Kids (6-12) Free( children under 5) REGISTER TODAY - COST GOES UP $25 ON JUNE 30 FAQ Sheet available on display in foyer. For more info, contact Kim Knudsvig, DeAnna Ankrum, or Evelyn Carlson 425-483-5252 or email Kim at "Snoops"
  6. 6. No Auditions / Grades 3 - 8 $150 (discounts available) Monday - Friday, August 4 - 8 9 AM - 3 PM We are in need of volunteers and helpers for Kidshine! you can do more than one position. Ask DeAnna Ankrum for more information at 425-483- 5252, ext, 109. FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE Do you like meeting new people? Do you like praying for people's needs? The Woodinville Storehouse is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to coordinate teams once or twice a month while the food bank is open. Duties include coordinating teams, interviewing and registering new clients, collecting prayer requests and praying with clients. Contact Della at 425-483-1391 or STOREHOUSE NEEDS THIS WEEK  Rice-a-Roni  Peanut Butter  Dried Beans  Ravioli  Tomato Sauce  Chili  Canned Fruit  Rice
  7. 7. Financial Snapshot General Fund Income, wk ending 7/6/14 $ 8,144 Income, weekly avg, year-to-date $ 10,184 Expenses, weekly avg, year-to-date $ 9,771 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 - 7/06/14 $ 67,881 Disbursed 11/1/13 - 7/06/14 $ 60,386 Want to give online? Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account, or processed using your credit or debit card. Simply follow these easy steps: 1. Go to 2. Click on the GIVE NOW button that appears on the top right of the Home Page. 3. Click on the CREATE PROFILE button. 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions to the church. 779,54910,381
  8. 8. 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