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our life together
ANNOUNCEMENTS (continued) As we look forward to the overhaul of our Media Ministry this Fall, new positions and ministry opportunities will open. All interested in serving are welcome to an orientation/training meeting on September 22 in the Media Room (Balcony, baptistry side). You can also email us at media@sligochurch. org<mailto:email@example.com> Bulletin Information Deadline is Monday evening! E-mail information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN & YOUTH The 2013-14 Pathfinder year has begun. Club registration will only be open until September 15. Adventurer Club: Yes, it’s that exciting time again! Adventurer Club is ready to begin it’s new year! Pre-registration will be held in the Atrium today. Our first meeting is scheduled for Sabbath, September 14 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Alvin Fuentes at 301.455.6799 Pony Sligo basketball church league team: Do you play basketball? Are you in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade? Then sign up and be part of our Sligo basketball church league team. Practices will begin soon to prepare for the upcoming season. For more information please contact Pr. Lopez at 301.270.6777 or email@example.com. The Sligo Underground Choir meets every Friday from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Youth Room, beginning September 6. No musical experience required to join. For any inquiries, contact our choir director, Matt Daley: firstname.lastname@example.org. 2014 Youth Mission Trip: Registration for the 2014 Youth Mission Trip is now open! We will be going to the Dominican Republic from July 20 - 27, 2014, with International Children’s Care, an Adventist organization that helps orphaned and disadvantaged youth. The cost of the trip is $1000 and a $100 deposit is due by September 30. If you are interested, please contact the Youth Department for more information. Our new youth year begins this weekend! We have some exciting things planned for this school year. You do not want to miss any of these events! So, pick up a parent information packet in the Youth Room to get full descriptions and calendar of all of our youth programs
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calendar of events September 8, Sunday 55+ Club Brunch Potluck, Fellowship Hall A, 10:00 a.m. Sligo Federated Music Club Piano Concert, Atrium, 4:00 p.m. September 9, Monday Regeneration Ministries, Office Conf. Room, 7:00 p.m. September 10, Tuesday Prayer Gathering, Sanctuary, 7:00 p.m. September 11, Wednesday Revelation Seminar, Fellowship Hall A, 7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 7:30 p.m.
worship schedule September 13 & 14
Sept. 13 Sept. 14
Reflections, Fellowship Hall A, 7:30 p.m. Communion, Sanctuary, 8:45 & 11:15 a.m., Speaker: Charles A. Tapp Sligo Underground, Youth Room, 11:15 a.m., (Youth & Young Adult Service) Crossroads, WAU Activity Center, 11:15 a.m., (WAU Collegiate Service) Mizo Service, Office Chapel, 11:15 a.m. Sligo by the Sea in Ocean City, 11:00 a.m., Speaker: Mark Sigue
There are many challenges to the acceptance of a belief in a God that is all powerful and all loving. But probably none is more challenging than that of the presence of suffering in our world and God’s apparent unwillingness to bring it to an end. But as challenging as this is for the nonbeliever, in many cases it is just as challenging for the believer. Because despite man’s belief in a loving God, when confronted with the evil face of suffering, he too begins to question, not in God’s existence, but in His care and concern for the sufferer. In today’s message we examine the age old question, “Why does God allow suffering?” with the message, The Gospel of Suffering.
AUGUST 31, 2013
Summary of our Beliefs The Bible is the inspired word of God and our only rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Jesus Christ is the Divine Son of God and our personal Savior from sin by grace through faith. (John 1:1-3; Ephesians 2:8). Having been saved, followers of Jesus live in obedience to Him by observing the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20: 1-17; John 14:15). The Sabbath – the seventh day of the week- established by God at creation and honored by Jesus in His earthly ministry, is to be observed by the followers of Jesus. (Exodus 20:8-11; 1 Peter 2:21). Jesus is coming back to earth personally and visibly to raise the righteous dead and give His faithful children of all ages immortality in an earth made new. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 22:12; 21:1-3).
CHURCH BUDGET: This offering pays for the outreach and
profile of giving
nurture ministries of the church and the church school, along with necessary expenses such as utilities and maintenance of the church building. Last Year: Sept. 1 $ 8,318.61 Aug. Online $ 11,678.34 Sept. 1 YTD $347,041.26 BUDGET FOR AUGUST 31 YTD:
This Year: Aug. 31 $ 7,592.20 Aug. Online $ 10,014.29 Aug. 31 YTD $ 355,016.89 $379,775.00
Media Projects: Aug. 31 & Online $ 3,252.00 Total Raised $ 7,572.25 Goal $45,000.00 Needed $ 37,427.75 Tithe: All of these funds are sent to the Potomac Conference. July 2013 contributions are $ 256,550.99 July 2012 contributions are $ 207,709.06 Today’s designated offering goes to Local Church Budget. Loose offering goes to Church Budget.
at worship THE CHURCH
P: 301.270.6777 EMERGENCY: 301.980.1009 F: 301.270.3518 E: email@example.com DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE: 240.777.4000 SENIOR PASTOR Charles A. Tapp, ext. 126
ADMINISTRATIVE & ADULT MINISTRIES PASTOR Don McFarlane, ext. 116 firstname.lastname@example.org CONGREGATIONAL CARE PASTOR Debbie Eisele, ext. 127
YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS PASTOR Pranitha Fielder, ext. 119
MEDIA AND OUTREACH PASTOR Paolo Esposito, ext. 126
CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES PASTOR Gerardo Lopez, ext. 122 email@example.com HEAD ELDER Erwin Mack
For additional information on support staff and church officers visit www.sligochurch.org 7700 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912 I 301.270.6777
8:45 & 11:15 A.M.
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a seventh-day adventist church The Washington Adventist University Church
OUR MISSION We s eek to g row passi onate d i sc i pl es of J es us th ro ugh wor shi p of God , nur ture of o ne a noth er,and outreach to the worl d .
THE CHURCH AT STUDY
THE CHURCH AT WORSHIP Postlude All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name / Joseph Prentiss
we gather in his name SANCTUARY – 8:45 A.M. AND 11:15 A.M.
Prelude This is My Father’s World / Lucy Ann Warriner +Song of Gathering Standing on the Promises / No. 518 Welcome and Church Life Debbie Eisele +Baptism Debbie Eisele Tracey Augusta Earl
we honor and praise him The Lord in Zion Reigneth / No. 7 Prayer
Glory / Nordeman Anjali Christian, soloist
Scripture Luke 13:1-5 (NIV) Sermon The Gospel of Suffering
Carla Conway Adrienne Matthew +Tracey Earl Charles A. Tapp
Invitation to Give Charles A. Tapp Offertory Wonderful Merciful Saviour / Rodgers and Wyse Anjali Christian, soloist
we go to serve *Hymn of Reflection
Charles A. Tapp
Adult Sabbath School SANCTUARY – 10:00 A.M.
Theme Song Higher Ground / No. 625
Scripture & Prayer
Sylvan Coke & Jean Ott, deacon & deaconess on duty
Mission Feature Lesson Study Class Leaders Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change
Carla Conway sees potential for beauty in the commonplace. Carla’s designs include the layout of our bulletin and our Easter and Christmas postcards. Carla also adds her artistic touch to many events such as decorating for First Monday. Her innovation extends to serving on a hospitality team and ministry as a deaconess.
Benediction & Offering
Lysle Follette, IV
Fred Weber, organist
We celebrate with Tracey Earl as she is baptized today! Already Tracey has mobilized her God-given talents to be a part of a Sligo Homes for Hope team and is involved with our women’s ministry. Because Tracey has experienced transformation- she has been involved in numerous ministries throughout her life that bring transformation to others. Adrienne Matthews has three daughters and has just welcomed more than 200 additional daughters into her homeHalcyon Hall. She is an unstoppable and vibrant daughter of God-involved in women’s ministry, through Scholarshipping our Sisters, the women’s book club, and the Women in the Word Sabbath School class.
Tonight: Sept. 14:
Let us hear from you! To write the pastors a note, make a prayer request, or inquire about becoming a member of Sligo Church, please use a card from the hymnal rack. ANNOUNCEMENTS Simple Truths for Life: Sligo’s Radio Ministry, can be heard each Sabbath morning from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. on WGTS 91.9 FM. Listen with a friend, then invite them to come to church in person at 11:15 a.m. We hold in prayer those who: Request healing: Poleta Hutchinson, Dharam Thamby & David Lazarus Have lost loved ones: Alicia Robertson Sanctuary Flowers: *If you would like to enhance the beauty of our worship by providing flowers, please contact Flor Balay at the Church Office, 301-270-6777, ext. 114. Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sabbath, September 14. This is a time of reflection on our relationship with our heavenly Father, as well as a time when we celebrate our freedom from sin, made possible by the sacrifice of our Lord. If you know anyone who needs to have communion brought to his or her home, please call Erwin Mack at 301-434-1622.
Cecil David loves to study God’s word and to teach. He is a person who searches for deeper meaning in Scripture and presents his rich insights in a compelling way. He taught in Seventhday Adventist schools and colleges for 35 years. He shares his gift of music with our Tuesday night Prayer Gathering.
All the Way / No. 516
Leading our music today are: Victor Phillips Jr., organist Jon Gilbertson, chorister
Anjali Christian is in 12th grade at Howard High School. She first started singing in church when she was 2 1/2 years old. Anjali loves singing praises to God, using the gift He has given her to enlarge His kingdom.
*Hymn of Praise
*Congregation is standing Congregation is kneeling where possible + 11:15 service only
OUR LIFE TOGETHER
“... as God’s kindness overflows in the lives of many people, it will produce even more thanksgiving to the glory of God. That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day. Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine.” 2 CORINTHIANS 4:15-17 GWT
Sligo Federated Music Club will have the first recital of its season tomorrow, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sligo Church atrium. Janice Wood, a pianist studying at Catholic University, will be the featured soloist. Come, enjoy the concert and consider joining the club for the rest of its outstanding performances this season! Sligo Women’s Ministries Book Club will meet on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Discipleship Room to discuss “The House at the End of the Road” by W. Ralph Eubanks. Potomac Conference Women’s Retreat: September 14 - 15. Registration is necessary! Pick up a flyer at the Information Desk today to see how you will be pampered and refreshed! Family 2 Family, a 12-week series for caregivers of persons with brain disorders will be held from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. in the Washington Adventist University Music Building – Room #008, every Thursday evening, starting September 12, except November 7 and November 28. Call the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill at 301.949.5852 to register for the series. Flyers will also be available at the Information Desk.