December 9, 2018

THANK YOU FOR BEING THE CHURCH! - Thanks for making a difference in our community!

Just a couple of weeks ago many of you contributed and made 40 Thanksgiving Baskets, sharing the love of Christ with the less fortunate.

Last week you brought in Angel Tree gifts for the children of the Bridges men. Your generosity made it possible for these men to experience the joy of their children receiving and opening gifts, something they haven’t been a part of for years.

Yesterday some of you represented Westwood at the Bridge Christmas Family Day sharing the love of Christ. You brought smiles and happiness to the adults and children you served concessions to.

Finally, many of you donated garage sale items over the last couple of weeks. Special thanks to those who worked hard to put on the garage sale yesterday. All the proceeds will go to help Carmelle Beausejour’s Haitii Mission

YOU ARE THE CHURCH!

SOAPING WEEKLY - In order to prepare your spirit for the message each week, S.O.A.P. through a passage (read the Scripture, make your Observation, find a specific Application, and write a Prayer) in advance of Sunday service. Suggested SOAPing Scripture passages for the next few weeks are: Dec 16 – Abundance of Hope – Romans 15:13 & 8:18-25; Dec 23 – Blessed Hope – Titus 2:11-14; Dec 30 – Christ our Hope – I Timothy 6:17-19.

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE - The Christmas Eve Service will be Monday, December 24th, at 6:00 pm. As always, children are welcome to come in their pjs.

Our office will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s (December 25th – January 1st). Staff will check emails and voicemails regularly, so if you have concerns that need to be addressed during that week, please email or call and we will get back to you promptly.

GOOD NEWS CLUB - Good News Club continues growing strong with 84 kids registered in the current school year. More than 40% of our children are continuing from prior years including many who have been with us since the club’s inception 2 years ago. With a new little soul added to the kingdom this week, we’ve already seen six of our kids make decisions to accept God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus and many others are asking questions about becoming followers of Christ. With so many children attending each week, our club is in serious need of additional adult and student volunteers. Please pray and ask God if He would have you become a part of this vital ministry. It’s about a 2.5 hour per week investment of time (12 weeks in the first semester, 12 weeks in the second semester) that pays the best dividends! Donna Rodgers has all the details and is anxiously awaiting an opportunity to talk with you should the Lord be calling you to take the next step in being The Church to this abundant ministry field.

FINANCES 12/06/18 – YTD DATA

OPERATING BUDGET $ 327,458

OPERATING INCOME $ 287,895

OPERATING INCOME OVER/UNDER BUDGET - $39,563

MISSIONS GIVING $ 15,177

BENEVOLENT GIVING $ 3,185

December 2, 2018

ANGEL TREE FOR BRIDGE KIDS - The Bridge Family Day Christmas celebration is this coming Saturday, December 8th. If you can volunteer your time to help with concessions or face painting (any time between 8:30 am and 1 pm), please let Pastor Dan know. Angel Tree gifts should have been returned today. If you forgot, please let Pastor Dan know before you leave today, and then bring your gift by the office Monday or Tuesday. Gifts should be wrapped with the angel tag taped on the bottom.

GARAGE SALE FOR HAITI - This Saturday, December 8th, the Wednesday night Community Group will host their garage sale to benefit the ministry in La Gonave, Haiti. They will continue to receive donated items through this week. Please bring small household items and clothing. Keep in mind we are not equipped to store of move large items like furniture. If you would like to help with preparation, or on the day of, please contact Carol Rich to see how you can serve.

SOAPING WEEKLY - In order to prepare your spirit for the message each week, S.O.A.P. through a passage (read the Scripture, make your Observation, find a specific Application, and write a Prayer) in advance of Sunday service. Suggested SOAPing Scripture passages for the next few weeks are: Dec 9 – Hope of the Nations – Isaiah 60:1-9; Dec 16 – Abundance of Hope – Romans 15:13 & 8:18-25; Dec 23 – Blessed Hope – Titus 2:11-14; Dec 30 – Christ our Hope – I Timothy 6:17-19.

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE - The Christmas Eve Service will be Monday, December 24th, at 6:00 pm. As always, children are welcome to come in their pjs.

Our office will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s (December 25th – January 1st). Staff will check emails and voicemails regularly, so if you have concerns that need to be addressed during that week, please email or call and we will get back to you promptly.

GOOD NEWS CLUB - Good News Club continues growing strong with 84 kids registered in the current school year. More than 40% of our children are continuing from prior years including many who have been with us since the club’s inception 2 years ago. With a new little soul added to the kingdom this week, we’ve already seen six of our kids make decisions to accept God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus and many others are asking questions about becoming followers of Christ. With so many children attending each week, our club is in serious need of additional adult and student volunteers. Please pray and ask God if He would have you become a part of this vital ministry. It’s about a 2.5 hour per week investment of time (12 weeks in the first semester, 12 weeks in the second semester) that pays the best dividends! Donna Rodgers has all the details and is anxiously awaiting an opportunity to talk with you should the Lord be calling you to take the next step in being The Church to this abundant ministry field.

FINANCES 11/22/18 – YTD DATA

OPERATING BUDGET $ 311,226

OPERATING INCOME $ 274,789

OPERATING INCOME OVER/UNDER BUDGET - $36,437

MISSIONS GIVING $ 14,132

BENEVOLENT GIVING $ 3,039