August 14, 2016

WESTWOOD STAFFING The Elder team is considering the possibility of adding to our Staff. Pastor Tom Welch has joined our teaching team, is assisting with vision casting and worship planning as a volunteer, and is leading a community group. We believe he would be a great asset as an official member of our Staff. Tom’s primary responsibilities would be training and equipping the Body to be missional both in community here at Westwood and in our areas of accountability. Our Alliance Southeast District leadership has agreed to supplement a part-time salaried position for one year. We need to increase giving so we can increase our budget $1,000/month in order to manage the financial commitment. Please pray with us about God’s clear direction. Though this seems like a perfect fit and ideal solution, without firm commitments of additional giving we will not be able to proceed.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU A great big THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered for the Family Day yesterday at the Orlando Bridge. Westwood folks served the men and their families through concessions and “tattoos.” Everyone had a great time and it was a wonderful chance to “be The Church” for the men at The Bridge and their families.

Another big THANK YOU to everyone who donated school supplies for the teachers and students at Prairie Lake Elementary School. They were delivered this past week. Pray for the school as the kids return tomorrow.

GREAT COMMISSION OFFERING Additional funds came in during the week and increased our total to almost $3000 for the GCF Special Offering. Thank you to all who contributed! Our gift will be added to those of C&MA churches throughout the country, and will be sent directly to International Ministries which are taking the Gospel to places of spiritual darkness around the world.

YOU ARE THE BRANCHES Last month’s message series was “You are the Branches.” We trust you were challenged to find where your “branch” fits into a ministry at Westwood. We want to help! If you did not fill out a form that was passed out last week, you can find it on our website, Go to the Resources tab, and select You Are the Branches from the drop-down menu. Fill out and submit the form, and we’ll help you get plugged in to a place of ministry.

RED STUDENTS RED students will join the 1st Alliance youth for Nerf Gun War on August 26th, 6-9 pm (those riding together will leave Westwood at 5:15pm). Cost is just $5, which covers food and darts. BYOG (bring your own gun).

SUMMER WOMEN’S EVENT All Westwood women are encouraged to join us for Fun in the Sun at Pine Island on Saturday, August 27th. Sign up at the Information Desk.