St. Stephen's United Methodist Church 9203 Braddock Rd., Burke, VA 22015 • (703) 978-8724 St. Stephen's Preschool: (703) 978-9024 Sunday Worship: 8:30 AM (Traditional) | 9:45 AM (Contemporary) 11:00 AM (Classic) | 6:30 PM (Chapel)
The Lord’s Day
“Go Fly a Kite”
–Pastor Jeff Mickle
Mark 14:51-52 (NIV)
51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.
Acts 15:36-39 (NIV)
Disagreement Between Paul and Barnabas
36 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
2 Timothy 4:9-11 (NIV)
9 Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.
Get ready for some summer fun in our sermon series! On July 21, we shift gears with the Vacation Bible School theme about loving our neighbors. We will begin a series including movie clips from recent films, developed around Jesus’ Great Commandment, called “Jesus’ Creed.”
Sermon Series: Jesus’ Creed
July 21 – “A Fresh Start” (Luke 19:1-10); Pastor Abi preaching
July 28 – “With All You Got” (Mark 12:28-31)
August 4, “The Ripple Effect
August 11, “The Face in the Mirror”
FAITHFLIX (movie and a dinner)
As part of the Jesus’ Creed sermon series, we will be seeing brief movie clips from recent movies during the sermon on Sunday mornings. We invite all interested persons to come back in the evening for dinner and a movie to see the full-length movie and, if you want to stay, have conversation about the movie. It begins on Sunday evening, July 28, at 5:30 p.m. Children’s movies will also be available.
“Outreach Sunday: Celebrating 50 Years of Outreach”
–WITNESSES: 8:30 AM: Jim Allison, Jeanette Parham, Gene Pettit 9:45 AM: Mauricio Vargas, Becky Rock, Derek Reinhard 11:00 AM: Lorac Lawton, Dave Williams, Gary Klinger
Luke 12:13-21 (NIV) The Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Luke 14:15-24 (NIV) The Parable of the Great Banquet
15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”
Luke 10:25-37 (NIV) The Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
–Rev. Ken Jackson, Alexandria District Superintendent
Acts 6:8-15 (NIV)
8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.
11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”
12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”
15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
6 With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Changing your central heating and air conditioning filters (ideally every month) can have a big impact on your energy bill. If your house is dusty or if you have pets, a dirty filter means your furnace or AC runs inefficiently (wasting energy and costing you extra money). Regular filter replacement will reduce allergy problems in your home, extend the life of your HVAC system and reduce your energy bill 2% (which means new filters more than pay for themselves). And a MERV 9 HVAC filter can be washed out so it’s a permanent replacement for disposable filters.
During sunny days, keep the shades down when the air conditioning is on. Sunny windows and the heat they allow in account for 40% of unwanted heat during the summer and can force your air conditioning system to work two to three times harder than it should need to.
About 1/3rd of the $2,000 that a typical US household spends each year on utility bills goes to heating and cooling outside of the house. That’s due to poor insulation and especially plenty of leaks and drafts. Caulking leaks around windows and joints is a good place to start. And when you caulk, what you use can make a big difference. Most caulk contains formaldehyde—which is toxic. For the same price, you can choose caulking material that is both Eco-friendly and healthier yet still works just as well.
The average American gets 560 pieces of junk mail a year and each household receives unsolicited junk mail equivalent to 1.5 trees every year (or more than 100 million trees for all US households combined). Americans pay $370 million annual to dispose of junk mail that isn’t recycled. On average, Americans spend 8 months opening junk mail in the course of their lives. But you can reduce the amount of annoying junk mail you get very year and help the environment and save energy. Start by registering your name with the DMA Choice (https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/regist.action) of the Direct Marketing Association. This is similar to the “do not call” list established by the Federal Government. DMA will list you in its database in the “Do not mail” category. You can also go to www.optoutprescreen.com which removes your name from the lists that mortgage, credit card and insurance companies use to mail offers. It’s a centralized website run by the major credit bureaus in the United States.
Ever think about converting to Compact Fluorescent Lights (or CFLs)? Unlike the older generation CFLs, the new ones provide bright light instantly with no noise. For the average US home, conversion to CFLs from conventional light bulbs in just 10 often-used lights will save $50 per year since CFL’s use up to 75% less energy than regular light bulbs. Plus, CFL’s last longer—the average lifespan of a CFL would require 13 equivalent incandescent light bulbs—so over the long-term CFLs are cheaper.
Plastic bottles or aluminum soda cans—which is the most Eco-friendly way to serve your soda? A six pack of aluminum soda cans holds about 72 ounces, a two liter bottle about 68 so content is roughly the same but environmental impact is very different. Mining bauxite (to get aluminum) is very environmentally destructive and it takes 3 times as much energy to produce your six-pack than it does the 2-liter bottle. Both containers are easy to recycle. As long as you recycle (and use environmentally friendly cups), a 2-liter bottle is a better environmental choice than aluminum cans.
Ceiling fans can save you a lot of energy. Ceiling fans can reduce air conditioning costs as much as 25%. Regardless of what your thermostat says, a ceiling fan can make it seem up to 10 degrees cooler to your body with the gentle current of air. But make sure the fan is turning in the correct direction (most fans have a switch to change the direction). If the fan is blowing air down it will seem cooler.
Set the temperature on your hot water heater to 120 degrees. Most are automatically set to 140 degrees when installed. And to save even more money, wrap your hot water heater in an insulation blanket—it will prevent heat loss (so your hot water stays hotter longer and you use less energy heating water). And finally, you can set a timer on your hot water heat, have all the hot water you want when you want it yet effectively have it shut off (and not heating water) for 18 out of 24 hours a day—a tremendous savings!