Woodland Shores Weekly Update 4/2/2028 - 4/8/2018

THESE ARE THE LAST DAYS...

Okay, I'm not talking about the "Last Days" in the traditional sense, but this Sunday is the last day you can order or register a few things. So don't miss out!

First, Sunday is the last day to order a t-shirt or sweatshirt. You can find order forms in the lobby as well as sample sizes of similar shirts. 

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Second, this is the last week to sign up your special recipe for the Soup/Chili Cook-off or to sign up your donated service or item. If you are planning on coming and eating, please sign up as well so we can have a good estimate on the food we will need. This is a great fundraiser to support our Teen's Summer Mission Trip.

This isn't the last week to register for the Garden, the next Women's Ministry event, but sign-ups have begun. There is also a list of suggested donations for this event.

At our last Church Family Meeting we announced that we would be launching Small Groups in the Fall. If you are interested in being a small group leader, then sign up for the required training in fellowship hall.

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There's a lot more happening at WSBC so make sure that you keep your eyes pealed for other updates here or in the bulletin or announcements. 

Remember, Above All, YOU ARE LOVED!

-Pastor JIm

Weekly Update 3/26/2018-4/1/2018

LET'S CELEBRATE TOGETHER

This is going to be an amazing day for families that you won't want to miss! We will be focusing on the greatest event in history and how it communicates the Love of God to all people. Our sermon text is Romans 5:6-8 so read ahead and prepare your heart. 

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ALSO...

Don't forget about the Good Friday Service this Friday at First Baptist Church in St. Joseph.It starts at 7pm and will feature Pastor John Hosler sharing the message. We hope to see you there.

Weekly Update 3/19/2018 - 3/25/2018

BIG CHANGES THIS WEEK

At our Church Family Meeting this past Sunday we rolled out the NEW logo for our church and new logos for all our ministries as well.

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Not only that but we also shared our upcoming changes for ABF, Small Groups, Discipleship, and more. Stay tuned and you'll hear more and more about that in the coming months!

BAPTISMS THIS WEEK!

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Come celebrate NEW life with us during our Education Hour (11am) and welcome these brothers and sisters into the WSBC family.

EASTER IS COMING!

Friday the 30th will be a GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE at First Baptist Church in St. Joseph. Pastor John Hosler will be preaching.

Don't forget to invite friends, neighbors, co-workers, complete strangers, waiters, waitresses, old college friends, and whoever else you can think of to our Easter Service.

ALSO, DON'T FORGET to sign up for the breakfast if you're coming! 

Remember, Above all, YOU ARE LOVED!

- Pastor Jim

Woodland Shores Weekly Update 3/5/2018-3/11/2018

JUST TWO THINGS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!

MEN: BEAST FEAST IS IN TWO DAYS!

You can still let us know what you plan to bring via email or phone! Let us know ASAP! You are also welcome to just come and eat, vote on the best dishes, play games, and enjoy a short devotion. Prizes for the best dishes in one of our four categories (Smoky, Sweet, Savory, and Spicy). Don't miss this! It's going to be Wild!

BAPTISM CLASS IS THIS SUNDAY!

Have you trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but you have yet to take the next step of obedience and be baptized? If you are considering being baptized, please come to this week's Baptism Class. Even if you didn't fill out a Connection Card indicating your interest and may have forgotten to let the office know you are interested, please feel free to come to the class which will take place during the ABF hour this Sunday. Even if you decide you're not ready for baptism after this class, that's okay, we won't force you to do it. However, if you are ready then you need to take this class so you can be baptized on Palm Sunday, March 25th during the ABF hour. It's going to be a great celebration of the good work God has done in you and your brothers and sisters in Christ. 

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That is all! Remember, there is a lot more information on our website and in your bulletin on many other things happening this week at WSBC. We can't wait to see you this Sunday! 
Remember, above all, YOU ARE LOVED!

-Pastor Jim

Woodland Shores Weekly Update - 2/26/2018 - 3/4/2018

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WE STAND CORRECTED!

Some of the invitations and posters have the wrong date for our first ever Beast Feast! We don't know how it all went awry, but the correct date is the 10th of March. That's coming soon - only 10 days! Men, sign up your best dishes in the categories of Smoky, Spicy, Sweet, and Savory. You'll get to taste and vote on your favorites. The winner gets a special prize! Even if you don't cook anything, you are more than welcome to come eat till the food runs out! There will also be games and a short devotion! If you are bringing a dish please sign up this week, mark your calendars, and practice your dishes! We look forward to this epic Beast Feast! 

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THE GOOD NEWS IS...

We can't forget the date of Easter this year - It's on April Fools Day, April 1. No, I'm not kidding. Now, you can't forget to mark your calendar and invite your friends and family. Breakfast will be at 9:00 am, Easter Egg Hunt at 9:45 am, and Service at 10:15 am. 

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Are you a Christ-follower? Have you followed Him into baptism? If you have been thinking about it, then please consider our upcoming opportunity for baptism on the March 25, Palm Sunday. It's a great way to kick off Easter week. If you decide that you would like to be baptized then, please sign up for our class on March 11

 

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Help make our Easter celebration an amazing outreach. We will have invites for you to share with your friends and family. You can also make the celebration special by contributing candy to the Easter Egg Hunt. We need the candy by March 18th so we can load up the eggs. 

 

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On March 18th, we are having a very special day. 

We will be celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Woodland Shores with cake between the Worship Service and our Church Family Meeting. It will be a great time looking at where we have come from, where we are now, and where God is leading us.

 

Can't wait to see you this weekend! God bless your week! Remember, YOU ARE LOVED!

-Pastor Jim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodland Shores Weekly Update - 2/19/2018 - 2/25/2018

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We can't wait to see you this Sunday! 

We are finishing off our series Journey through John this week. It has been a great trek. You don't want to miss this conclusion. 

The first week in March we are starting a new series in the book of Acts called "In Search of Church."  We will look back at the early church to understand where we came from, who we are, and where we are going.

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Are you a Christ-follower? Have you followed Him into baptism? If you have been thinking about it, then please consider our upcoming opportunity for baptism on the 25th of March, Palm Sunday. It's a great way to kick off Easter week. If you decide that you would like to be baptized then, please sign up for our class on March 11. 

 

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Help make our Easter celebration an amazing outreach. We will have invites for you to share with your friends and family. You can also make the celebration special by contributing candy to the Easter Egg hunt. We need the candy by March 18th so we can load up the eggs. 

 

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On March 18th, we are having a very special day. 

We will be celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Woodland Shores with cake between the worship service and our Church Family Meeting. It will be a great time looking at where we have come from, where we are now, and where God is leading us.

 

Again, can't wait to see you this weekend! God bless your week! Remember, YOU ARE LOVED!

-Pastor Jim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodland Shores Weekly Update 2/12/2018-2/18/2018

COMING ATTRACTIONS!

Don't miss out on these exciting events this week and coming soon to WSBC!

 THIS SUNDAY - Even if you haven't signed up for our membership class, you can still come. you don't have to become a member after taking this class, but you do have to take this class to be a member. Class will be held in room 116. 

THIS SUNDAY - Even if you haven't signed up for our membership class, you can still come. you don't have to become a member after taking this class, but you do have to take this class to be a member. Class will be held in room 116. 

 Invite your friends and neighbors. Bring your pillows, blankets, bean bag chairs, etc. Popcorn and Lemonade provided! We will camp in Fellowship Hall.

Invite your friends and neighbors. Bring your pillows, blankets, bean bag chairs, etc. Popcorn and Lemonade provided! We will camp in Fellowship Hall.

 It's never too early to sign up for Baptism Class! It is one of the most important steps of obedience for a believer. Come to the class and plan on being baptized on Palm Sunday, March 25th. 

It's never too early to sign up for Baptism Class! It is one of the most important steps of obedience for a believer. Come to the class and plan on being baptized on Palm Sunday, March 25th. 

 Men, you don't want to miss the BEAST FEAST! It is an opportunity for food, games, a short devotion, giveaways, good times. We will have a competition for best manly food dish you can bring. Whether you caught it, killed it, or just cooked it, bring it to be shared. Some categories to be judged for prizes include: Smokey, Spicy, Savory, and Sweet.

Men, you don't want to miss the BEAST FEAST! It is an opportunity for food, games, a short devotion, giveaways, good times. We will have a competition for best manly food dish you can bring. Whether you caught it, killed it, or just cooked it, bring it to be shared. Some categories to be judged for prizes include: Smokey, Spicy, Savory, and Sweet.

 It's hard to believe that our church has been around so long! We are celebrating our Anniversary on March 18th with a special treat during Coffee break (between services) and an exciting Church Family Meeting to follow. Praise God for all he has done and will yet to do here at WSBC.

It's hard to believe that our church has been around so long! We are celebrating our Anniversary on March 18th with a special treat during Coffee break (between services) and an exciting Church Family Meeting to follow. Praise God for all he has done and will yet to do here at WSBC.

Woodland Shores Weekly Update 1/29/2018 - 2/4/2018

5 Reasons to Become a Church Member

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  1. For the sake of the pastors. It lets the pastors know who you are, and makes them responsible for you (see Acts 20:28; Heb. 13:17).
  2. For the sake of obedience to Jesus. Jesus did not give you the keys of the kingdom for binding and loosing. He gave the keys to the apostolic local church (Matt. 16:13-20; 18:15-20). You don’t have the authority to baptize yourself or feed yourself the Lord’s Supper. It requires a church to affirm your profession of faith, which is what membership is at its very heart (see Acts 2:38).
  3. For the sake of other believers. Joining makes you responsible for one local congregation, and they for you. You now own or have a share in their discipleship to Christ. That is, you are now responsible for their growth and professions of faith, insofar as you are responsible for the church’s faithful gospel preaching (Gal. 1) and that individual’s discipline (Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 5).
  4. For one’s own spiritual good and safety. Suppose YOU ever become that lamb who wanders away from the fold (Matt. 18:12-14). It’s your church that Jesus will send after you (Matt. 18:15-20).
  5. For the sake of non-Christian neighbors. Membership helps to protect and promote the reputation of Christ on earth by guarding the church’s witness (see Matt. 5:13-16; 28:18-20; John 13:34-35). Membership is how the world knows who represents Jesus!

These reasons are taken from an excerpt from an excellent article on 9Marks.org by Jonathan Leeman find the whole article here.

Please Consider our Church Membership Class February 18th and 28th. 

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Don't forget about our college students this week! Pray for them as they get ready study hard and donate snacks, stationary, or anything that will let our 14 college students know they are loved. Everything is due this Sunday so the teens can pack the boxes and get them out before Valentines Day.

 

We have a lot of other events coming up on our calendar like our Family Movie Night! Please save this picture below and share it on social media or forward this email on to your friends and family who live in the area. This is a great opportunity for us to connect with many who might not regularly attend Sunday mornings. (This movie was chosen by vote and received good ratings for all ages on pluggedin.com and Dove.com.)

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God bless you this week! I can't wait to see you Sunday! 

You are Loved!

-Pastor Jim

Woodland Shores Weekly Update 1/22/2018 - 1/28/2018

YOU'RE ALMOST TOO LATE!

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You could say that I am familiar with procrastination. Most of my life, for some irrational reason, I fought tooth and nail against doing things that I thought were too much work or were not enough fun. The result of that is that I would find myself in a bind later. From Elementary to High School, I resisted doing homework and studying and my grades clearly demonstrated that. You could have changed my name to "Late" because that is what was written on the top of many of my papers. You see, I would wait until the deadline was upon me and would then have to rush like mad to get something done. Then it would be such poor quality and I'd be ashamed of it and not turn it in. I would consistently ignore it when my father would encourage me to "follow through", and, "Get it done, you'll feel so good once it's done."

You know what. He was right. I discovered this in my first youth ministry post and then on a greater level in Seminary. It felt good to plan ahead, work ahead, and get stuff done. I could have unhindered fun after finishing! I didn't have to worry or scramble. It cost me a lot less energy than when I fought so hard before. Not only that, but my work was far more thoughtful and I found myself growing in confidence as my skill and knowledge exploded. 

Even though I've learned how to fight much of my lazy procrastination, I still feel the pull and I still mess up. Thing is, now I hate it. Now I fight it. 

How about you? What are you putting off? Is there something you need to follow through on that you haven't been for one lame reason or another. Maybe it's something that you know is good for you like joining a gym or eating right. Maybe you need to get to the doctor for that new pain that you just noticed. What are the consequences for putting it off? Don't say, "I don't know". Think it through. Some things have unseen consequences that we can't see at first glance. Some things have a cumulative effect, that if neglected will not add up as they are supposed to. 

This is especially true in Spiritual Growth. You may not immediately feel much different for skipping church last Sunday or for not reading your Bible all week. You will, unfortunately, begin to feel disconnected from God and His people. You will begin to drift away from your convictions about the truth. It will just be a subtle but compounded change over time, but it will be significant. Then, you will begin to wonder where God is or why your prayer life feels more like talking to a wall than an authentic relationship.

It doesn't have to be like that. Embrace those daily spiritual disciplines of prayer and scripture reading. Seek out any spiritual growth opportunity whatever the cost. Chase down chances to serve and love others. Prepare your heart and mind for potential times when you will have the privilege of sharing God's grace with someone. It will bless you richly, but don't only do these things for the amazing benefits to you, do it because Jesus is worth your life! 

One cay we will all have to stand before God and give an accounting for how we have used the gift of life we have been given. For further study I encourage you to meditate on 1 Corinthians 3:9-15. How are you building on the foundation? 

On another note, at Woodland Shores we try to create and direct you towards opportunities to grow spiritually. We want to see everyone that we interact with take the next step in their faith whatever that may be. 

Here are some of those great opportunities that you don't want to miss out on.

 SIGN UP BEFORE SUNDAY!!! We will have a computer in the lobby again this week so you can sign up, but don't wait till then. Click on the image above and go right to the registration site!

SIGN UP BEFORE SUNDAY!!! We will have a computer in the lobby again this week so you can sign up, but don't wait till then. Click on the image above and go right to the registration site!

 Sign up with the Church Office to let us know you are thinking of becoming a member. In order to become a member you must take this class, but you don't have to become a member after taking this class. It's a good thing to consider though! 

Sign up with the Church Office to let us know you are thinking of becoming a member. In order to become a member you must take this class, but you don't have to become a member after taking this class. It's a good thing to consider though! 

 Make sure you get your donations in to the table in fellowship hall so we can send them to our beloved college students!

Make sure you get your donations in to the table in fellowship hall so we can send them to our beloved college students!

Remember, above all, YOU ARE LOVED!

- Pastor Jim

Woodland Shores Weekly Update 1/15/18- 1/21/18

FEELING STUCK?

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I have encountered many, especially in the midst of a cold bleak winter, who feel like they are stuck spiritually. They feel like somehow God, just like the weather, has turned a cold shoulder to them. It seems like He is as distant as the idea of summer in January - you have a memory of what it felt like to be warm, but it seems like a passing dream. 

Spiritually, this can feel like a sort of numbness towards God and the things of God. You may still be attending church, engaged in scripture study, prayer, and the like, but you feel like you're just spinning your wheels - getting nowhere. Soon, you begin to wonder if God is even there or real and if He is, does He care to listen when you do cry out.  

I don't pretend to know exactly how you feel or how you got there. I do know how it feels for me and how many others have told me it happens. Still, despite how much I care about you, I can't always help you get unstuck. I can offer some helpful thoughts and diagnostic questions to help you see some potential snares that may have contributed to your present stuck state.  Understanding these may help you rock yourself out this rut or where you can find help.

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The first thought I usually have when someone says they feel like God is distant is... you're not alone. Many have gone through times of spiritual frustration or dryness. It's normal, don't freak out! 

The second thought is... He's not distant. Our emotions are not accurate measurements of God's proximity to us or His existence. Especially during the cold, dragging, and frankly depressing months of winter we need to be careful not to let our emotions get the best of us. If you've just careened through a stressful holiday season, you may be find that you're feeling tired, irritable, and a little burnt out. We underestimate how much busyness and stress impact our emotions and thus, if we are measuring our relationship with God by our emotions, our spiritual walk. So, in this time remember to hold on to the truth that you have buried in your heart (Psalm 145:18, Psalm 34:18, James 4:8, Hebrews 13:5) even when you don't feel it. 

That is a frequent theme in my life, to preach to myself the unchanging truth of God when my emotions and senses feel like the world is spinning around me. Measure your relationship with God based on the promises of God, not by your feelings. These promises can help you confront some unmet or even unrealistic expectations that you may have regarding God's work in your life. 

As you preach the Gospel to yourself, don't forget to confront sin. Sometimes unrepentant sin in our life creates disharmony with God that can be discouraging. Is there something you have done that you know is wrong, but you have shrugged it off and excused it? Is there something you know you should have done or said that you ignored or procrastinated to do? Do you need to seek forgiveness from someone you wronged? Do you need to forgive someone who wronged you? Asking yourself these kind of check-up questions from time-to-time is incredibly healthy for a believer. 

Realize also, that apart from busyness, stress, depression, emotional deception, unrealistic or unmet expectations, or unrepented sin, you may also be experiencing spiritual warfare. The enemy likes to paint God as distant and uncaring. Remember the Garden of Eden? He loves getting you to doubt God's goodness and desires for you. Fight back with truth and keep fighting the good fight. You will find God lifting you out of your mud and mire Psalm 40:2

Friend, I hope you can see that feeling stuck isn't a simple thing. You have to examine the factors that got you there to see how you might get unstuck. If your tracks aren't that obvious, then cry out to God. Ask him to reveal help around you. Talk to some wise counsel. Keep praying and digging into God's word. Keep reminding yourself of His truth and set your heart to delight in it even when you feel dry or alone. He will deliver you. He is an expert at that kind of rescue. 

Hang in there, you're not alone. You will come through this. I'm praying for you!

ON ANOTHER NOTE!

This week is the last one to sign up for Women's Mini Retreat! 

MEN, Technically you have two weeks to register for the Men's No Regrets Conference. We will have computers available in the lobby for you to sign up this week - don't forget. Don't regret missing this amazing conference. 

That is all for this week! Remember, above all: YOU ARE LOVED!

-Pastor Jim

Woodland Shores Weekly Update 1/8/2018 - 1/14/2018

WHY DO YOU PRAY?

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     I've known many people who wrestle with prayer. Some feel like it's just talking into the air or a waste of time since they don't hear an audible answer back or see immediate fruit from their prayers. Others feel like it's pointless because God is sovereign and will do what he wills to do however he wills and He need not be distracted or swayed by our puny voices.

     Honestly, I don't blame them or anyone else for these feelings. I've had them too. However, I've also had times of great refreshing through prayer where I definitely sensed God's Spirit speaking to me. Those times are not as often as I would like and there are many times I have pleaded with the Lord for things I truly believed were in His will that didn't come to pass (at least not how or when I desired them to). That is why I truly like C. S. Lewis's quote above.

     I pray not because of the answers I experience - I know He answers all prayers with either "yes", "no", or "Wait". (sometimes all of the above at different times in response to a particular prayer.) I may not see that answer or hear it audibly, but I still entrust it into His capable hands. I pray not because I think I am smarter than God and can inform him on when and how he should act on my behalf - I trust Him to always do what is right and good. Like Lewis, I pray because I recognize my absolute need for God in my life. Most of all I pray because it tunes my heart to beat in time with God's heart. Prayer reminds me to surrender, to trust, to believe that He is for me, not against me. 

Here are some other good reasons to pray. 

     Pray because It is how we grow as believers. It always has been since the beginning of the church. We Talk to our Maker and Savior through prayer and we read/listen to His word in order to grow in our faith. These are the bare essentials. Without these spiritual disciplines I will stagnate in my faith and it will die a slow death.

      Pray because Jesus expects it. In Matthew 6:5-9, Jesus repeatedly says "when you pray". That's because he expects us to pray. As we have journeyed through John we have seen that prayer is a critical part of being connected to the mission and life of God. Jesus expects us to ask for things "in my name" and to believe that we will receive these things. Of course we have said again and again that praying "in his name" is no magical incantation that bends God's will to ours. Instead it is us praying according to his reputation, character, and power - believing he is able and willing to do the best thing. Jesus also says in Luke 11:9 that we should "Ask... Seek... Knock..." all of which are continuous actions, never ceasing, but always pursuing him knowing he is the good judge who will hear our case and act in his sovereign timing just as he did for the persistent widow in Luke 18.

 Pray because God’s Word Makes it Clear that we should. In Colossians 4:2, we are urged to be devoted to prayer. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we are told to pray continuously (rejoicing and thanking) that this is God's will for your life in Christ Jesus. 

As you pray, hold on to these reasons. Surrender your will to His. Trust the one who knows best. Acknowledge your dependence. Be obedient to his commands. Tune your heart to His and be changed. 

Blessings,

- Pastor Jim

P.S. This article is not intended to be the final word on prayer. Many have written much better and much more than I have. Still, I hope it blesses you. Some of the content was adapted from Donald S. Whitney's Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life.

NOW DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER! 

Register for these amazing spiritual growth opportunities soon! You really can't find such quality events for such a low price. Don't miss them! They'll be here before you know it! 

You can click on the images above for more information about these events.

See you Sunday!

YOU ARE LOVED!

Woodland Shores Weekly Update 1/1/2018 - 1/7/2018

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RESOLVED

Jonathan Edwards was a reformed revival preacher in the 1700s and played a key part in shaping the First Great Awakening in the United States. He is famous for his inspiring (and terrifying) sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" and his book Religious Affections that still impacts the world today. When he was a young man he was something of a prodigy. He attended Yale at 13 years old. began writing up resolutions regarding how he would live his life. He recorded up with 70 statements in his diary indicating his spiritual intentions. For a young man these were some strong resolutions that most of us would doubtfully begin to aspire to. Still, they bear some consideration. Pastor John Piper formerly of Bethlehem Baptist in Minnesota shared them on his blog which you can check out here. Just as a taste, here is his first. 

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

I encourage you to check the rest of them out. Also check out the announcements below. Hopefully this isn't the first you've heard about them. 

Can't wait to see you Sunday! Remember, Above all, YOU ARE LOVED!

What are you waiting for? Register now for the No Regrets Men's conference. You will be blessed by some fantastic national speakers sharing in the main sessions as well as some local pastors leading breakout sessions - including our very own Knute Larson. You don't want to miss this opportunity to keep growing in your faith and developing good friendships with other men. Make sure you sign up before the deadline on The Chapel's website

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The Sweet Life is waiting for you at our women's mini retreat this February. You will love the small group focus, the thoughtful worship, and engaging activities for this two day mini retreat here at Woodland Shores. You can also give an admission ticket as a Christmas gift if you register soon. Sign ups end on January 21 so, make sure you get signed up this Sunday!

Woodland Shores Weekly Update 12/25/2017 - 12/31/2017

We know 2018 is not here yet, but we are too excited and want to be the first to wish you...

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Many people have given up making New Years resolutions because they often fail to keep them. I know I have struggled to keep mine in the past, but there are a lot of reasons for that. A good resolution should be something that is deeply significant to you. There are many spiritual growth resolutions that you may want to consider.  Consider writing out your reasons for that goal to keep your motivation fresh. Sometimes my resolutions weren't specific enough or didn't include a plan, other times they were so specific they didn't allow for much grace. Finding a good balance is key. Also, keeping them always before you can help, but beware just becoming blind to that post-it on your bathroom mirror. When you notice yourself slipping- redesign it, re-position it, or re-write it.  

1 Timothy 4:88 "for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

NEED AN IDEA?

Having a hard time thinking of a good spiritual resolutions? Here are a few you may want to consider:

  • Read my bible daily
  • Pray for my family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, church, community, and world more regularly.
  • Invite a friend to church.
  • Increase the regularity of your attendance at WSBC.
  • Be diligent in tithing.
  • Get into a Bible Study.
  • Memorize scripture pertaining to a particularly relevant topic.
  • Look for a new way to serve Jesus, his bride, and the "least of these".
  • Discuss spiritual things with someone (evangelistic).  

What are you waiting for? Register now for the No Regrets Men's conference. You will be blessed by some fantastic national speakers sharing in the main sessions as well as some local pastors leading breakout sessions - including our very own Knute Larson. You don't want to miss this opportunity to keep growing in your faith and developing good friendships with other men. Make sure you sign up before the deadline! 

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The Sweet Life is waiting for you at our women's mini retreat this February. You will love the small group focus, the thoughtful worship, and engaging activities for this two day mini retreat here at Woodland Shores. You can also give an admission ticket as a Christmas gift if you register soon. Sign ups end on January 21 so, make sure you get signed up this Sunday!

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As the 2017 comes to a close we have the opportunity to end the year strong, but that depends on you. Would you  consider a year end gift to help us end 2017 well into the Black? Don't forget that you can give online at www.wsbchurch.com.

THANK YOU

Thank you all for an amazing Christmas celebration. It was a blessing to worship with you and your family. I know this season is only going to get colder, but let's not forsake meeting together throughout 2018. Remember, above all, YOU ARE LOVED!

- Pastor Jim

Woodland Shores Weekly Update 12/18/2017 - 12/24/2017

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Frohe Weihnachten! Joyous Incarnation Day! 

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Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Frohe Weihnachten! Joyous Incarnation Day! 

It's hard to believe but this week is Christmas! That means that you only have one week to invite your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and acquaintances to join us for our Christmas Eve service at 5:30 this Sunday. We will open up the overflow area with hopes to even overflow that area! One way or another it will be great celebration of the joy we have because of what God has done for us in sending Jesus to show us most clearly who God is, how to live in fellowship with God, and then making it possible through his sacrificial death for our sins. I hope you will come out for this Joy centered time. Child care will be provided for children from nursery to preschool.  

Don't delay, register now for the No Regrets Men's conference. You will be blessed by some fantastic national speakers sharing in the main sessions as well as some local pastors leading breakout sessions - including our very own Knute Larson. You don't want to miss this opportunity to keep growing in your faith and developing good friendships with other men. Make sure you sign up before the deadline! 

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Connect to the sweet life at our women's mini retreat this February. You will love the small group focus, the thoughtful worship, and engaging activities for this two day mini retreat here at Woodland Shores. You can also give an admission ticket as a Christmas gift if you register soon. Sign ups end on January 21 so, make sure you get signed up this Sunday!

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As the 2017 comes to a close we have the opportunity to end the year strong, but that depends on you. Would you  consider a year end gift to help us end 2017 well into the Black? Don't forget that you can give online at www.wsbchurch.com.

I look forward to celebrating Christmas with you this year! God bless you this week! 

Woodland Shores Weekly Update - December 11-17

DON'T WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE!

Time is running short for you to invite your friends, family, co-workers, classmates, and acquaintances to next Sunday's Christmas Eve service. Invites will still be in the bulletin and you can invite them through our facebook event. 

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S MINISTRIES

Another thing we are incredibly excited about is the upcoming Women's Mini Retreat called the Sweet Life Cafe.  Be refreshed at Sweet Life Cafe! A cafe-themed retreat on February 16-17 for all women ages 13 and up. Cost is only $25. Sign up by January 21. Check out our booth in the Fellowship Hall for more details and registration. Gift certificates are also available for purchase at our booth if you would like to bless someone with attending this retreat!

The other event we are excited about is The Chapel's annual Men's Conference "No Regrets." It's a one day conference with internationally known speakers streamed in as well as local pastors leading break-out sessions. One of those local pastors is our very own Pastor Knute Larson. You don't want to miss this great opportunity at a fantastic price. Register online at the Chapel's website by January 28 and only pay $20.

May God bless you this week. I can't wait to see you Sunday. Don't forget to read ahead in John. We're going to be in the end of chapter 15, starting with verse 18 and carrying on till 16:6. Jesus is transitioning from talking about our relationship with each other to talking about our response to how the rest of the world may perceive us.  God bless you as you dig into His word! 

-Pastor Jim