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Sunday          

Worship          11:00 am
Bible Study       9:30 am
Children's

Church            11:15 am



Directions:  Westover Baptist Church is conveniently located at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Patrick Henry Drive in Arlington, Virginia, across the street from Swanson Middle School.  For more detailed directions, go here.

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.

 

ESTIMATE OF GIVING CARDS

It’s not too late to turn in your Estimate of Giving card for 2015.  You can drop it in the offering plate, mail it to the office, or hand it to a staff member. 

2014 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS

2014 Contribution Statements will be mailed on or before January 31, 2015.  If you do not receive one, please contact the Church Office.

 

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
JANUARY 2015

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.   Proverbs 23:18

To My Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!  I praise and thank God for his loving kindness towards us and thank Him for each blessing that He has given to us in 2014.  The wisdom of Proverbs 23:18 offers us great hope as we look ahead in 2015 for what God has in store for us individually and collectively as the people who are “the called out ones”, the ecclesia, which is the Greek word used in Scripture that is translated as "church" in our English bibles, (1 Peter 2:9).  God says to us “without question, surely there is hope for you, and your hope is not in vain, it is not for naught.  In Romans chapter 5, we are told that through our tribulations God perfects our patience, our patience provides us with the experience that God is Lord of all and that He is at work in our lives to shape and mold us into the image of Jesus, His son.  Tribulations build our patience, patience builds our experience and this experience perfects our hope in God.  No matter what your tribulations were in 2014, we have hope?? that God will work all things for our good.

Jeremiah 29:11 (The Living Bible): For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  God has plans for us, Westover Church, and these plans are for our good, plans for a future and hope.  The view of the path into 2015 also includes reflection on 2014 and its joys and sorrows.  We miss the earthly presence of our sisters and brothers who are now with the Lord.  They along with all of the saints who have preceded us to receive their reward now serve as the Cloud of Witnesses spoken of in Hebrews 12:1.  We will continue to build on their prayers and work for the Kingdom of God.  Our thoughts and prayers also include our former Pastor, Terry Barber, Debbie, and their family.  May God continue to strengthen, bless and keep them in His love.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Proverbs 29:18

In view of my calling as Senior Pastor, it is justifiable to ask, “Lord what is your will?”  For several months I have sought God, asking Him to allow me to clearly know and understand His will for Westover, and my ministry and leadership.  God is the head of Jesus and Jesus is the head of the church, this is a clear line of authority.  Jesus identified two essentials for the people of God, The Great Commission and the Great Commandment.  The Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”  The Great Commandment is found in Matthew 22:37-39 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”  Over the next few weeks, together we will prayerfully begin the process to identify our Mission, Vision, and Purpose statements.  In general, the following briefly describes each element:

  • Mission (drives us).  Our mission statement is what we do to accomplish our purpose, what difference we make, and what change will happen.  Our mission is what drives us every day to fulfill our purpose.  It is a direct path between our purpose and vision.  Mission is doing what really matters and eliminating the distractions.
  • Purpose (guides us).  The Purpose statement articulates why we do what we do, why Westover Church exists, and why we serve a higher purpose (our cause).
  • Vision (is what we aspire to). Our vision statement is where we will be in the distant future, the results we want to achieve, or the measurable impact we want to make. Vision aligns Westover’s leadership and congregation. It is an ongoing process of aligning our mission to our purpose. Vision keeps us on course, to fulfill our purpose.

This process may seem like a tall order to fill and we will not complete it overnight.  However, God will enable us to complete this important and essential task as we go forward to meet His Great Commandment and Great Commission.  We will meet after morning worship this month to accomplish our work.  Your participation in this process is vital.  Please join us as we seek God’s will for Westover Church, we who are the “called out ones,” His church.

May God richly bless and keep you,

Reverend Michael Youngblood,

Senior Pastor

Sunday Morning
Bible Study
Adults
Adults meet for Bible study Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to 10:45 am in Room 220.  Rev. Youngblood is teaching from the LifeWay literature.  Currently, they are studying Psalms and the how the letters of Paul teach us to respond to crisis in our lives.  This class opens with hymns and prayer and is a great place to look deeper at the Word.  Visitors are always welcome; this study is a good way to get to know people at Westover.
 
Children
Children meet for Bible study Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to 10:45 am in Room 208.  They use the Cokesbury's One Room curriculum.  This is a fun, age appropriate class where chilldren can explore God's Word.  Children ages 3 -  5th grade are welcome to attend.
 
During Worship, there is Nursery care for children through age 3 and Children's Church for ages 3 - 5th grade in Room 208.  The children start in the worship service and leave with their leader after participating in the opening of worship.
 
Youth
Youth meet for Bible study Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to 10:45 am in Room 320.  They use the LifeWay Youth curriculum and are led by Jan Clements.  They mix fellowship, mission, and the study of scripture together.
 
 

Westover Baptist Church
1125 Patrick Henry Drive | Arlington VA 22205-3517
P 703.237.8292 | F 703.237.3864