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.
June 22 - 26, 2015
Westover’s Easter Offering is one of three offerings we collect each year to further support the mission and ministry of our church beyond our tithes. Our goal is $1000. There are envelopes in your April offering pack or the pew racks to contribute.
PREACHING IN APRIL
On the Sundays after Easter, we will have a series of guest preachers. This will allow Pastor Youngblood to do some advance planning for worship for the remainder of the year.
Sunday, April 12th
Rev. Moyer comes to us from Convergence in Alexandria where she was Director of Events, Facilities, and Congregational Care. She is an ordained minister and her calling is to help others navigate transitions and grief. Pam also served as Moderator for the NorthStar Church Network.
Sunday, April 19th
Rev. Unzicker, a native of Northern Virginia, serves as a pastor at the Summit Church in the Raleigh/Durham area. Pastor Todd and his wife, Ashley, have been married seven years, and have three children: Georgia (4), JD (3), & Trey (7 months). Along with pastoring, Todd has served as a Director of Missions working in Japan, Peru, Central Asia, and Kenya and spent two years living in Honduras as a missionary. Todd and Ashley have a passion to see the Gospel go to every tribe, tongue, and nation. He is the grandson of Aileen Unzicker and cousin of Carol Basile.
Sunday, April 26th
Rev. Fears is a graduate of Wesley Seminary. She is an ordained Baptist minister and noted speaker and teacher. Rev. Fears is the fifth preacher in her family and the first female. Patti also actively participates in the DC Baptist Convention.
To the family of Betty Sherman-Ours who passed away March 9th at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church. Services were private.
To Carol Basile and Aileen Unzicker in the death of Carol's mother and Aileen's sister, Ruth Basile, on March 12th at Virginia Hospital Center. Services will be held Monday, March 16th at the Chapel of National Funeral Home in Falls Church. Visitation will be at 10:00 am and the service will follow at 11:00 am.
Dear Westover Church Family and Friends,
Greetings in the mighty name of our God and Savior, Jesus the Christ. I pray for you to have God’s grace and blessings, as we welcome April and the seasonal joys of spring. We celebrate two significant historical events this month, on April 3, 1995, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman to preside over the Court, and on April 4, 1887, Susanna M. Salter was the first woman mayor elected in the U.S., as she became mayor of Argonia, Kansas.
This month we observe God’s ultimate act of love for us as we remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God’s love and blessings come to us each and every day. Our Lord bestowed a number of blessings on Westover Church during the month of March. On March 1,
we conducted my installation service starting with morning worship when Chaplain Barry Black, Chaplain, United States Senate, delivered a powerful sermon, and members and visitors enjoyed a wonderful fellowship following the service.
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Willets, Pastor Calvary Hill Baptist Church and Professor of Divinity John Leland Center for Theological Studies, delivered the afternoon sermon for the program with support from Rev. Dr. Dee Whitten, Executive Director of NorthStar Church Network;
Rev. Pamela Chisholm, Pastor, Greenbrier Baptist Church; Rev. Trisha Miller-Manarin, Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Rev. Dr. Daniel Dapaah, Associate Professor of Divinity, Leland Center for Theological Studies; Rev. John McClain, Pastor, Eternity Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. Morris Shearin, Sr., Pastor, Israel Baptist Church; and the Senior Choir, Zion Baptist Church. I sincerely thank each participant for their unique contribution to my spiritual and academic development, and the ability to serve as the pastor of Westover Church. We concluded this day with dinner and fellowship in Hardison Hall. The contributions of WBC Members and the full time church staff ensured each event executed perfectly. Also in March, you increased your tithes and offerings and enabled our church to meet its budget goal for the Annie Armstrong and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We experienced our highest level of attendance for a non-special program Sunday worship service for 2014, and to date in 2015. Westover Baptist Church is truly blessed to have members and supporting partners who unselfishly contribute to its ministries.
Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection are the pillars of our faith. John the Baptist said as Jesus approached him to be baptized, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). On that Friday over 2,000 years ago, Jesus the Lamb of God in obedience to God, was crucified and his death on the cross paid in full our sin debt, past, present, and future. Consider the words of the hymn, “Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow. The lyrics of another hymn encourages us with the words, the blood that Jesus shed for me, “Way back on Calvary; The blood that gives me strength from day to day. It will never lose its power. It soothes my doubts and calms my fears, and it dries all my tears; the blood that gives me strength from day to day. It will never lose its power. Every day we must live in the power of Jesus’s death on the cross. Satan and sin no longer have power over us if we have repented of our sins, believe that Jesus is the son of God, and that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9). Finally, we rejoice for the hope that we have because Jesus was raised from the dead, we have eternal life in him (1 Peter 1).
Please pray for our church, its leadership, and work. As you pray, pray for those listed on our prayer list and the needs expressed. God’s power is received through faith by prayer.
May Jesus ever sustain and keep you,
Reverend Michael Youngblood