Weekly Bulletin

Winchester Friends Church Welcomes You to Our 21st Annual
Friendship Sunday
September 22, 2019   10:30 AM    Randolph County Fairgrounds

If you are a visitor with us today, please be sure to sign the guestbook near the dining hall entrance. 
We welcome you to join us for worship, study, and fellowship at Winchester Friends each Sunday at 9:15 AM.

Whole-Person Discipleship
A disciple is a person who learns to live the life his or her Teacher lives.  It is more than getting to know what the Teacher knows — it is working to become what the Teacher is.  That will happen only through revelation (a life-giving encounter with the living Spirit of Christ), information (accurate knowledge of the basics of the Gospel message), and formation (active participation in Christ’s mission and our own spiritual growth, in submission to Christ). 
–adapted from Juan Carlos Ortiz, Disciple
Jesus called people to evaluate the product of their lives.  The great commission He gave the Church is to “make disciples of every creature” (Matt. 28:19).  The disciples were to go out into the world and help others become what they themselves were — disciples of Jesus Christ, people so moved by His commission that they not only followed, but also committed themselves to assisting others to follow His way.  When will we realize that discipleship and discipling are not done by something, but by someone?  The discipleship the Church needs is not found in better methods, but in transformed people — people who know the Redeemer by something more than hearsay, people who see His vision and feel His passion for the world, people who are willing to be nothing in order that Christ might be everything.
–adapted from Robert Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism
Meeting for Worship
Welcome, Announcements                                                                                          Tony Kritsch
Call to Worship
Hymn                                 O Worship the King                                                            Kathy Simmons
Choir                                           Let Your Light Shine                                                 Brian Lilly, Mary Clark
Let your light shine, shine, shine for Jesus all the time, time, time. 
Walk in the light, beautiful light of His love! 
Let your voices praise, praise, praise!  Let your love for Jesus raise! 
Walk in the light, beautiful light of His love!
Come to the light, heavenly light:  Jesus is the light of the world!  Shine every day, let your spirit say, Jesus is the light of the world. 
Come to the One; glory in the Son, All the debt for sin is paid.  Let your voices sing, for we know the King; Jesus is the truth and way!
Shine your light, heavenly light; Walk in the light of His love…..
–Mary McDonald   (CCLI 649965)
M&O Care Group Activity — Please locate your name in one of the groups on the M&O Care Group insert in your bulletin, then gather around the M&O member listed as your group’s leader.  Visitors, please meet with the group of the person who invited you today. 
Whole-Person Discipleship
1)  Circle the six names who were not Jesus’ original disciples:
Simon the Zealot               Albertus                         Judas Iscariot
Claudius                             Philip                               James
Bartholomew                     Monty                             Bartoleus
Thomas                               Judas (or Thaddeus)    *Matthias
Andrew                               Cirilleus                           Simon Peter
Oscar                                  John                                Matthew
James (son of Alphaeus)
2)  Define what a disciple is:                                                          
3)  What personal qualities are commonly shared by Jesus’ disciples? 
Are special skills required to be a disciple?
4)  How does someone become a disciple of Jesus?
5)  What does a disciple do?  Try writing a job description:
6)  Is being a disciple the same as being a Christian?

Offertory Prayer                                                                                                                       Tony Kritsch
Offertory                                                                                                                                   Mary Clark
Hymn                       They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love                                   Kathy Simmons
Message                                                     John 15:1-8                                                         Ron Ferguson
Unprogrammed Worship     17th century Friends taught that “Jesus has come to teach His people Himself,” and they made that truth the centerpiece of their lives by spending significant periods of time, individually and in gatherings for worship, to listen to their Inward Teacher and obey what they heard. 
Hymn                                                   Jesus Is Lord of All                                                     Kathy Simmons
Prayer Concerns                                                        
Closing Prayer
Please write your name on the Peace Prayer Card in your bulletin today (see below), take it home, take it on a vacation or business trip, and sometime soon leave it with a restaurant tip, or in an airline magazine, or in some other creative public place to see how far we can spread the message of shalom “in hopes for a world made new in Christ’s love.”  Extra Peace Prayer Cards are available, if you’d like to distribute more than one.
Everyone is welcome for the Fall Picnic Lunch in the dining hall right after worship.  Special thanks to the Welcome/William Penn Class and the Christian Fellowship Committee for their organization and work on the meal, to the excellent cooks of our Meeting for sharing their specialties with everyone today, to the Ministry & Oversight for sponsoring Friendship Sunday, and to the County Extension office for making these facilities available for today’s gathering!  After lunch, you are welcome to play some games, explore the fairgrounds, or just visit as long as you like. 

Thank you for attending Friendship Sunday 2019!

September 23 – September 29

Ezekiel 40-48; Daniel 1-12


WHAT?  NO BALLOONS?!  For the first time since 2001, the Ministry & Oversight decided not to release Peace Prayer balloons today, due to rising global concern over plastics littering the environment that risk harm to animals and humans, boats, and farm equipment.  Part of serious discipleship and a credible peace testimony is choosing not to harm God’s creation and creatures.  As an alternative means of delivery, please carry the Peace Prayer Card (in today’s bulletin) home, put your name on it, and think about a strategic place you could leave it as you travel around living life, in hopes that someone who needs its message will pick it up, read it, and pass it on to others. 
BOOK CROSSING:  A second method for distributing our Peace Prayer Cards is being tried for the first time at this year’s Friendship Sunday.  The money previously spent on helium and balloons has been spent instead on at least eight different books with a clear peace message.  Inside their covers is a copy of the Peace Prayer and information about Winchester Friends, and also a special numbered bookplate provided by BookCrossing.com that has registered that book in our name on its website.  Friends are invited to take one of the books, read it, then leave it in a thoughtful place where another reader will find it.  The bookplate asks the finder to go online to report where and when they found the book (enabling us to track its journey), then read the book before leaving it in another appropriate place for someone else to find. 


21st Annual Friendship Sunday
September 22, 2019
Randolph County (IN) Fairgrounds
card left  by
of Winchester Friends Church,
124 E. Washington St.,
Winchester IN  47394       (765-584-8276) <winchesterfriends@juno.com>
For 20 years, these cards have been released on helium-filled balloons.
In concern for a healthy Earth, this year we are delivering them by hand.
Peace Is Possible

If You Find or Receive this Card,
–please read it
–please contact us to tell where and when you found it, and whose name is on it
–please pass it on to someone else and help us see how far the message of peace can be spread!

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
In memory of all who have died due to the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the USA and in the subsequent conflicts around the world;
with prayers for their grieving loved ones, and in hope and longing for a world made new by Christ’s love.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. 
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
–St. Francis of Assisi, 1181-1226