The United Methodist Church
Monday, April 27, 2015
Open Hearts - Open Minds - Open Doors
Acts 8: 26-40
Philip and the Ethiopian
26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road-the desert road-that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means "queen of the Ethiopians"). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked.
31 "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: "He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth.33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth."[b]34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?" 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?"  [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
Join us next Sunday, May 3, as Pastor Andy preaches about "Phillip and the Ethiopian".
We continue to be in prayer with the people in Nepal and all who are affected by the earthquake including first responders and families of those who have died or are missing. Global Ministries has been in touch with all of our missionaries in the area and confirmed they are safe. UMCOR is preparing a response, working through local and international partners. Donations to support the response to the earthquake in Nepal and other international disasters can be made through UMCOR Advance # 982450. Checks can be made out to your local UMC and write UMCOR Advance #982450 in the memo and put in the offering plate.
is proud to present
Book and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling”, HONK JR. tells the story
of Ugly, an odd-looking baby duck on a quest to find his mother, Ida.
Along the way, he is captured by a crazy cat, meets a beautiful swan & encounters many other wacky barnyard animals!
Friday, May 29th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 30th at 7:00 pm
Sunday, May 31st at 2:00 pm
Presale Tickets are $8 adults and $5 children
At door $10 adults and $7 children.
Honk! JR. Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Our church is hosting the 8th Annual Church World Service
CROP Walk for Hunger
Sunday, May 17
12:30 pm Registration 1:00 pm - Walk
Of the funds raised, 25% will be distributed to our local Samaritan Center and Salvation Army Food Pantry. Invitations are going out to organizations all over Simi Valley to participate. Everyone is welcome! Search for “CROP Hunger Walk” on Facebook to “Like” for online info.
Sign-up to WALK or volunteer to help.
Contact the Church office for more information 805-526-6231
Messy Church is returning — at a different day!
We heard your voice. After soliciting feedback and individual conversations, it became clear that the first Friday model met the needs of some but not all and occasionally ran right into community commitments and conflicts.
Messy Church will continue in the same format —will begin at 5:30 with dinner, proceed to family friendly themed activities, crafts, and games, and conclude with worship and dessert by 7:30 pm.
Join us for these next Messy Church opportunities:
June: 12th: Children Bible Heroes: Samuel
July 10th: Children Bible Heroes: Esther