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
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:
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,