- Title: “Faithfulness
- Title: “Goodness”
- 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.
- Fields of Faith
Wednesday, October 8, 6pm-8pm
Dell Diamond The annual Fields of Faith event at Dell Diamond is coming soon! This is a collaboration between Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Round Rock area youth pas-tors. The evening includes a night of music worship, student testimonies, a short message, and prayer. Students from all over the area come to be a part of this, and we hope that you set time aside in your calendar to be a part of this special night as well. Adult chaperones are needed to drive us there.
- Save the Date for October 25 – Love The Rock
Christians from over 20 churches in the Rou nd Rock area will be uniting on October 25th for a day of service and blessing to our city in an event called “Love the Rock.”
As St. Philip’s is called to be a missional people, we are encouraging everyone to keep this date open, so we can be involved in this event that will leave a lasting impression in our community of the power of the love of Jesus. Check www.StPhils.us for details.
- 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:
- 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 email@example.com
- Be Up to the Minute on What’s at New St. Philip’s
St. Philip’s is now able to give you updates via text message based on what you’re interested in being involved in. So to get those updates texted to your phone, you just need to text one of the following keywords to St. Philip’s texting number
• For daily Bible readings sent to your phone text BIBLE
• For information on our Chapel services text CHAPEL
• For information on our Family Life Center service text 930SERVICE
• For information on how St. Philip’s is getting involved in the community text OUTREACH
• For information on Wednesday night activities, text SSPACE
- Volunteers Needed
Teachers and subs continue to be needed for preschool and elementary Sunday School. Please contact Kyren Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 512-244-2175 to discuss possibilities. Thank you so much!
- 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.