What to Expect: Sunday Worship Service includes the singing of hymns, a children's message, prayer, a reading from the Scripture, and a message from the Pastor. Our desire is for you to experience the presence of God and the fellowship of believers.
PASTOR INSTALLATION SERVICES
Sunday, March 1st
11:00 am and 2:30 pm
Join us Sunday, March 1st as we officially install Reverend Michael Youngblood as our Senior Pastor. During the morning worship, US Senate Chaplain, Rear Admiral Barry Black (Ret. USN), will bring the morning message. The congregation will have lunch together after worship. At the afternoon service, Reverend Youngblood will be officially installed during a worship service filled with music, scripture, prayer, and a message brought by Dr. Jeffrey Willetts, Professor of Divinity, John Leland Center for Theological Studies. A reception will follow the worship service in Hardison Hall.
US SENATE CHAPLAIN SPEAKING
Join us for worship and hear a message from Rear Admiral Barry Black (Ret. USN), Chaplain of the US Senate since 2003.
QUARTERLY BUSINESS MEETING
The Quarterly Business Meeting reporting on the last quarter of 2014 will be held after worship in the Sanctuary. Plan to stay and hear about what has been happening at Westover.
To the family of former Westover member Mabel Nicholas who died February 9th in Lawton Iowa. Services were held February 13th in Iowa. Memorial gifts can be sent to Community Presbyterian Church, 417 E Birch St, Lawton IA 51030, marked "Nicholas Memorial Fund".
God’s blessings to you. Happy March! On March 8, daylight saving time takes effect and we will gain an increase of available hours of daylight. On March 12, 1912, the Girl Scouts of America humbly started with a meeting of 28 girls in Savannah, Georgia under the leadership of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low; five years later, the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project and starting a tradition that we enjoy today.
With the beginning of Lenten season, we give attention to the Passion Week of Jesus, which starts this year with Palm Sunday on March 29. In Christianity, the Passion is the short final period in the life of Jesus covering his entrance into Jerusalem and ending with his execution by crucifixion. During your devotional time this month, please read the following scriptures for the biblical accounts of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:29-38, and John 12:12-15. How would you respond to these questions? How does Matthew’s account differ from the other gospels when describing the colt? Why did Jesus provide a script for the two disciples to use when they responded to questions about their commandeering of the colt? “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.'”
The gospels are individual accounts of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. As such, it is natural that they recounted different details of this event. However, none of the gospel writers mentions that the disciples received further questioning or objections to taking the colt for use by Jesus.
Dr. Thom S. Rainer, researcher, speaker, and current president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, reported in a recent article titled, “The Unchurched Next Door: A New Look At The Challenge” that survey results revealed More than nine out of 10 of the unchurched said they would come to church if they were invited. In another report, Philip Nation of LifeWay Research, stated more than 15,000 adults revealed that about two-thirds are willing to receive information about a local church from a family member and 56 percent from a friend or neighbor. The message is clear that the unchurched are open to conversations about church.” If you are not, I encourage you to invite your relatives and friends to attend our church. Would you agree that Westover is a loving and supportive church, who faithfully proclaims Jesus Christ and his message?
In a similar manner, these accounts of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem say to us, we have resources that Christ needs for his kingdom work within our world. Jesus asked us to give our Time, Talent, and Treasure. A number of you have provided admirable financial support for the operation of Westover, and we thank you very much. For each of us, in addition to monetary support, God requests our contributions of our time and talent. Please prayerfully consider your contributions to the church. Is there a contribution that you can give? Could you volunteer to help by giving your time during our upcoming Vacation Bible School, help prepare bulletins for distribution, temporarily provide assistance in the church office?
Finally, James 5:16b says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Would you join me each day in prayer for our church? As you pray, pray for those listed on our prayer list and also the needs expressed. God’s power is received through faith by prayer.
May Jesus ever sustain and keep you,
Reverend Michael Youngblood