Winchester Friends Church Welcomes You to Our 21st Annual
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.
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
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.
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?
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!
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.
card left by
_________________________________________of Winchester Friends Church, 124 E. Washington St., Winchester IN 47394 (765-584-8276) <email@example.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