- Debt Retirement Celebration
January 11, 2015 10:00 a.m.
We will combine our three worship services into one glorious celebration. We are celebrating the fact that St. Philip’s is now completely debt free! Yay! Amen! Many people worked to see this come to pass, and we ask that everyone come out to honor this accomplishment.
Worship will be led by our choir and praise bands, and Bishop Mike Lowry will be teaching and leading us in Holy Communion.
Worship will be followed by a mortgage bonfire. At 12:00 we will have a Celebration Feast. All events will be taking place in the Family Life Center.
- Families Restored
Saturday, January 10, St. Philip’s is hosting this event in partnership with St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church. The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To register, visit www.familiesrestored.com
Addiction and alcoholism are ever-present facts of life in our time. Fortunately, resources are available! Some of them are spiritual ones. This conference hopes to raise awareness not only of the “culture of addiction” but also specifically of what spiritual re-sources might be available to mitigate the worst features of that culture.
- Sermon Title: “Re-Place the Christmas Decorations”
Dr. Dale Schultz
Sunday Nov 30, 2014
Scriptures: Isaiah 64:1-9
Video during Sermon is from CenterLine Media: Click Here
- Christmas Bible Study: Under Wraps
Starting December 2nd & 3rd, we will be offer-ing a new Bible Study on Tuesdays at noon, and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. The Tuesday daytime study will be in Family Life Center Room 16 and the Wednesday night study will be in Education Ministry Center Room 11.
This is an exciting experience where we will look at some of God’s unexpected characteristics as revealed in the story of the the birth of Jesus. It is sure to help you experience Christmas this year in a fresh new way.
- Celebrate Christmas All Month Long!
Dec. 13 – Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Pageant 4:00 – 6:00 PM – Family Life Center
Dec. 14 – Choir Christmas Cantata 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM – Chapel
Dec. 18 – Traveler’s Candlelight Service 7:00 PM – Chapel
Dec. 21 – Holy Mackerel’s Musical Gift 9:30 Service – Family Life Center Longest Night Gathering 7:00 PM – Family Life Center
Dec. 22 – Christmas Piano Concert 7:00 PM – Family Life Center
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Services
4:00 PM Children & Family Christmas – Family Life Center 5:30 PM Traditional Service – Chapel 7:00 PM Contemplative Service – Family Life Center 9:00 PM Christmas Bells Service – Chapel 11:00 PM Traditional Service – Chapel
- Title: “How to Give”
Dr. Dale Schultz
Sunday November 16, 2014
Scriptures: Matthew 6:1-6
- Breakfast with Santa
Join us for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, November 29 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.! This is a wonderful photo opportunity while your children chat with Santa, and a delicious breakfast will be available from our United Methodist Men for only $6.00 per person ($20 maximum per family)
- Love The Rock – Recap
Recap of the Love the Rock Campaign
- Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Pageant
St. Phil’s Kids is gearing up for Advent! We’re preparing a “Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Pageant” and will need actors, actresses and parents to pull this off! Please join us TODAY at our first meeting from 3 – 4 p.m. in the FLC.
- Covenant Bible Study
Starts Tuesday, September 9, 7 p.m.
Covenant is an in-depth group Bible Study that centers around our relationships with God, with each other, and with the world. Dr. Dale Schultz will be leading a small group through this program.
It differs from other Bible studies in that it emphasizes the biblical concept of Covenant—the enduring commitment between God and people—as a unifying pattern throughout the entire Bible. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses with us as God’s people.
The 24-week study covers the whole Bible by moving between the Old and New Testaments—discussing books from each in a way that shows the interconnectedness of scripture as a whole. Sign up at www.StPhils.us.
- Looking For Ministry Opportunities?
In September, we will be kicking off the pilot program for “Missional Communities.” Missional Communities are a key component in our new discipleship path that we’re calling “Our Path to 3D Christianity.” If you’re interested in finding out what a missional community is, and being involved in the pilot program this fall, please contact Dr. Schultz or Adam Ribbeck to find out more about it.
- World Service Fund – Your dollars make a difference!
“Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 10:39, NRSV
Basic to the financial program of The United Methodist Church, the World Service Fund is the primary way to support the denomination ’s global mission and ministry. This vital fund connects local churches with ministries across the denomination through church agencies and other national and international programs.
Giving to the World Service Fund enables the people of The United Methodist Church to play an active
role in reaching the denomination’s four areas of focus. The World Service Fund equips United Methodist
boards and agencies to work in developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world, creating new places for new people and renewing existing congregations, engaging in ministry with the poor, and stamping out killer diseases of poverty by improving health globally.
The World Service Fund truly demonstrates the mission of The United Methodist Church by supporting work
with children, youth, students, people with mental and physical challenges, adults and older adults.
The fund also provides leadership and coordination for denominational ministry with youth and continues its commitment to quality under-graduate and post-graduate education, as well as giving certification to United Methodist professional Christian educators, communicators and musicians.
The World Service Fund makes sure that United Methodists speak and work to encourage a more ethical, just and humane world. World Service maintains a proud tradition of cooperation and dialogue with other faith traditions through interdenominational and ecumenical work.
St. Philip’s helps support the World Service Fund through our United Methodist Connectional Giving.
These apportionments for 2014 total $77,131, which is 9.5% of our Budget. Thank you for your faithful, generous, and consistent gifting!
- Starry Ministry – Finding the Light of Hope in the Darkest Hours
STARRY’s goal is to be a beacon of light for children, youth and families in the midst of crisis by nurturing children, strengthening families and restoring hope. To learn more about Starry and the various programs visit their website at www.starryonline.org
- Questions for Discussion
- The Bible mentions that God loves a cheerful giver and that generosity is a spiritual gift. What does it mean to be a cheerful giver? What do the words “generosity” and “generous” mean? Do you consider your gift to be a “generous” amount of money?
- How does it feel to be used by God to help others?
- What did you learn about the mission or the project that you decided to sponsor?
- Do you have any ideas for future projects?
- Paper Pals Meets at St. Philip’s
First & third Friday’s, 7:00 – 11:00 pm, Children’s Ministry
Building; All day Saturday Scraps throughout the year Paper Pals is a scrapbooking, stamping, and crafting group that meets on the first and third Fridays of each month from 7:00 – 11:00 pm, in the Children’s Ministry Building (CMC). Additional information may be found on the group website at:
- Volunteers Needed
Teachers and subs continue to be needed for preschool and elementary Sunday School. Please contact Kyren Schultz at email@example.com or call the church office at 512-244-2175 to discuss possibilities. Thank you so much!
- Panama Mission Trip Opportunity
July 4-12, Cost $1400
If you are interested in being a part of our Panama mission team this summer, sign up at our website at www.stphilipsumc.org/youth/panama. The age limit for this trip is from Fall 2015 High School students and above. Adults are encouraged to go, even if you have no youth. After signing up you will receive more details about the mission. The last date to sign up / drop out of the trip is January 30, 2015.
- Spring Break Mission Weekend
Mark your calendars now for our annual Spring Break Mission Weekend. We will be joining forces with St. John’s UMC, FUMC Georgetown, and Hutto Discovery UMC for a weekend of service in surrounding areas. Start off your spring break on the right foot with this great opportunity.
- Youth Text Messaging Available
To sign up text: @pulses to the number 512-865-4843. This service allows us to keep you informed on up to date info regarding our student ministry activities.
- News from St. Phil’s Kids
Last Sunday was amazing in The Tree House! During both Sunday School hours, the children assembled 60 “Blessings Bags” for the less fortunate. We talked about Matthew 22:37-39 “He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself,” which is the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke.
The Blessing Bags include bottled water, peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, granola bars, a pair of socks, a comb and toothbrush, and a small first aid kit. The bags are to be kept in the car and shared with someone less fortunate. The kids all took bags and also shared them with the adult Sunday School classes in the EMC. Thank you to the many people who donated items and to Ginnie Colbert, Mark Wood and Deanna Feil who helped Sunday morning.