- “God Want Us in Heaven with Him”
Dr. Dale Schultz
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Scripture: Luke 14:12-24
- “God Asks Us to Count the Cost of Being a Disciple of Jesus”
August 3, 2014
Scripture: Luke 14:25-35
- RRISD is requesting the following items
We will begin collecting them in the Chapel and FLC be-ginning August 3rd. Please note that although the official school supply distribution is early in Au-gust this year, the school district is always in need of supplies to distribute to needy students.
Crayola crayons, 24 count
Crayola markers, 8 count washable
Crayola watercolors, 8 count washable
Crayola colored pencils, 7” pre sharpened, 12 count
Elmer’s glue sticks
Elmer’s school glue (no gel or no-run)
No. 2 pencils
Folders with pockets/brads
Spiral notebooks, 70 count
Manila paper, 50 count
Construction paper, 12 x 18, assorted, 50 count
12 x 18 white paper
Beveled pink erasers
Composition books, black and white, EPI
Spiral notebooks, 100 count wide-ruled
Pencil cap erasers
Wide-ruled notebook paper
Recloseable bags, quart and gallon size
Ballpoint pens-blue, black, red
Index tab dividers 8-tab
Dry erase markers, 4 count
In addition, there is an opportunity to volunteer in the distribution of these items from August 7th to the 9th. To sign up to volunteer, go to https://rrisd.wufoo.com/forms/2014-school-supplies-distribution/
- 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!
- We’ve All Got Issues
Our summer Bible study will be focusing on seven issues that we’ve se-lected through online voting. These are issues that are controversial, and they are issues that non-Christians find very objectionable about our faith often times.
St. Philip’s is seeking to provide a respectful, safe forum for discussing and looking at the biblical perspective on these issues.
We will be offering two times each week: 7 pm on Tuesday, and 12 pm on Wednesday. Please call the church office to reserve childcare if needed. For the Wednesday time slot, feel free to bring your lunch.
Schedule for the Study
July 1 & 2: Is faith irrational?
July 8 & 9: Science and Christianity
July 15 & 16: Is spirituality enough?
July 22 & 23: The death penalty.
July 29 & 30: Why does God allow suffering? August 5 & 6: Politics and religion in America.
August 12 & 13: The Christian view of homosexuality.
August 19 & 20: What about other religions?
- Layette Kits For UMCOR
Since there is always a need for these kits and the congregation has responded so positively, St. Philip’s United Methodist Women will once again
collect layette items for United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Each of the last three years, the number of kits sent to UMCOR has increased. Last year, your generosity provided enough items to complete 135
kits to be used by first responders in disaster areas.
This year, we will be collecting items June 29 through July 31. A complete kit consists of:
-1 sweater or jacket
-2 receiving blankets 30”x30” or 32”x32”
-2 gowns or sleepers
-2 undershirts or onesies
-6 cloth diapers
-2 diaper pins with protecting plastic closures
-2 infant wash cloths
(sizes 0-3 months and 0-6 months, no larger than 9 months)
We welcome single items as well as complete kits.
Cash gifts are also appreciated.
Be watching for our display!
- Spiritual Life Retreat
July 25-27, Port Aransas, TX, $150
Otherwise known as Beach Retreat! Mark your calendars. This retreat is for students going into High School thru 12th grade, including recently graduated seniors. More information coming soon.
- Family Summer Sunday School: Parable ME!
This Sunday, our Children’s Ministry begins a grand experiment: Family Summer Sunday School: Parable ME! for parents and children in PreK-5th Grade, at 11:00 am in the Education Ministry Center. Families are encouraged to worship together at the 9:30 am service, then attend Sunday School together at 11:00 am. There will not be children’s Sunday school concurrent with the 9:30 am worship service, because we want families to worship God and learn about God together this summer. The nursery will still be available to children birth – 4 years old.
Thank you for your support of our children’s ministry!
- 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:
- Our Worship Services on Sundays
All of our Worship Services are directed to God who is revealed to us through the love and life of Jesus Christ.
- 8:15 am A traditional, liturgical style of Worship in our historic Chapel.
- 9:30 am A contemporary style of Worship using multi-media in our Family Life Center.
- 11:00 am A traditional, liturgical style of Worship in our historic Chapel.
- Share the Joy of Giving
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full.” (Proverbs 19:17)
When shopping with your children this holiday season, ask them to take some of their money along to donate to the charities whose representatives are ringing bells outside stores. As you make a donation, allow your children to put their own money in the kettle and experience the joy of giving to others.
- Addresses Needed For Our Military
Each week, we acknowledge and pray for military personnel on our Sunday Guide Prayer List. The St. Philip’s Prayer Team would like to send these folks a Christmas card. Please provide the mailing address of anyone that you have placed on the military portion of the Prayer List to the church office at 512-244-2175, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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!
- Back to School Bash
- Movie Tuesday
July 15, 6pm, Cost $2, Cinemark Movies 8 on North Mays Join us this Tuesday to go watch Heaven Is
For Real at the Round Rock discount movie theater on North Mays. Movie starts at 6:45pm. Meet at the church at 6pm if you want a ride, or you can meet us there! Cost of movie $2.
- Beach Retreat
July 25-27, Port Aransas, TX, $150
For incoming high school students through graduating seniors. Join us for fun at the beach, plus some great times of worship. Go to www.stphilipsumc.org/beachretreat to sign up.
- 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.