- Sermon Title: “The Most Important Question You Will Ever Have to Answer”
Dr. Dale Schultz
Sunday March 15, 2015
Scriptures: Luke 9:20
- Sermon Title: “Revolutionary Lifestyle”
Dr. Dale Schultz
Sunday March 8, 2015
Scriptures: Isaiah 61:4
- The Beginning of Lent
- Renegade Gospel Lenten Bible/Book Study
Thursdays, 12 p.m. Starting February 19, 2015 EMC 11
Save the date for our Lenten Bible/Book Study, starting February 19. Bring your Bible and a copy of Renegade Gospel (copies are available in print and for E-readers through your favorite bookseller). For the first session, please read the first chapter. More details to follow. See you there!
- St. Philip’s Missions Golf Invitational
April 25, 2015 1:30 p.m. shotgun start, $85/person
Support our mission teams this summer by playing golf. Gather your four-some for a round of golf at Avery Ranch Golf Club. For more info check out the flyers taped to the doors of our buildings around campus. Invitation cards coming soon!
- Missonal Community FAQ
by Adam Ribbeck, Discipleship Minister
There’s a lot of people around us today who are asking spiritual questions, seeking truth and meaning, and in a sense they are pursuing God. They are our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and our family members.
What they are not doing, however, is they aren’t waking up on Sunday morning saying “Ya know, I really need a sermon today, I think I’ll go to church!” That’s just not in their frame of reference anymore. There are still those for whom Sunday morning worship will be the “front door” of the church; but many people need a new doorway into the Christian community.
So how do we reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
The missional community is a group of friends who are committed to living a “sent” lifestyle. Friends who live out their “sentness” together, inviting people who are unsure about Christianity to join them along the way. Over the last four months, the Missional Community Pilot Program has been learning about how to live in these groups, and how to launch them this Spring.
In this space, I’ll be writing some more about missional communities so that you can catch the vision and join us as we launch them at St. Philip’s. If you’re curious or you want to get involved, get in touch with me at email@example.com or on my cell, 512-784-1127.
- Love The Rock – Recap
Recap of the Love the Rock Campaign
- 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:
- 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!
- CTCYM Louisiana Mission Trip
June 14-20, 2015 – Cost $235 if sign up by 3/5/15
Sign up for the popular summer mission trip! Early registration ends on 3/5/15, and after that the price goes up! Go to our website at www.stphilipsumc.org/ctcym for instructions to sign up. Talk to Jeff for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
- Summer Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendar and join St. Philip’s June 22-26, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., for Vacation Bible School!
- Panama Mission Trip Opportunity
July 4-12 2015, 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
March 13-16, 2015
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.