November 11, 2018

THANKSGIVING BASKETS - As we look toward Thanksgiving (November 22nd), we are making plans to again bless 40 families at Prairie Lake Elementary with a full Thanksgiving dinner. This year, you will have the option to purchase a complete meal by contributing $25 (or ½ meal for $12.50), and we will do the shopping for you. If you prefer to do your own shopping, and maybe find those BOGO deals, there are baskets on the Information Desk with tickets for needed items. Take as many as you can, and please be sure to return all items by next Sunday, November 18th, when baskets will be assembled, and then distributed to families the Monday & Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Please note: If you choose to bring dinner rolls, they should be fresh (not packaged/refrigerated), and should not be purchased before the November 18th weekend. Thank you for your generosity in giving others even more reason for thankfulness!

GARAGE SALE FOR HAITI - Again this year, the Wednesday night Women’s Community Group will host a garage sale to benefit the ministry in La Gonave, Haiti. Carmelle Beausejour is spearheading that ministry, and the needs are great. We are looking to you to bring any saleable items you can donate to be sold at the community garage sale on Saturday, December 8th. Bring your items with you when you come for service or group. We will store everything until the day of the sale, which will be held here at Westwood. Since we are not equipped to store or move large items like furniture, please bring only smaller household items, clothing, etc. If you would like to help with preparation or on the day of, please contact Carol Rich to see how you can serve.

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.

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: Nov 18 – God’s Faithfulness & Dependability Ps 89:1-2; I Thes 5:23-24; Ps 119:89-91; Nov 25 – God’s Worthiness & Glory Rev 5:12-14; Ps 96:7-10; Is 9:6-7.