Woodland Shores Weekly Update: November 13-19

ARE YOU INCREASINGLY THANKFUL?

Believe it or not, gratitude is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. It is a powerful weapon in spiritual warfare. It can transform broken relationships, rescue marriages, improve your mood, boost your health, and so much more. You must not underestimate the power of thankfulness. It is awesome. 

That's why I'm glad that our forefathers had the foresight to make it a national holiday. They recognized how they were blessed and created an annual event to remind us of that fact. What they may or may not have been consciously aware of is that WE WERE MADE FOR THANKSGIVING (the attitude, not the holiday). 

Think about it, the core of worship is an attitude of thanksgiving. This is exactly what our lives as humans and more so, as believers, is supposed to be all about. The wise writers of the Westminster Catechism say that we were made to worship - "the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever." I agree! Do you? 

Are you increasingly thankful to God for who He is and what He has done in your life? That is the greatest gift we have. Take time and meditate on the truth of the Gospel. Let it seep into your bones. I guarantee that you will begin to be more and more grateful, and thus more joyful, every day if you do that. 

What about for all the people He has brought into your life? You wouldn't be where you are without them. God put them there to bless and challenge you so that you might grow to be more Christlike. It may be difficult, but thanking God even for the difficult people may be just what you soul needs today. 

Consider also your circumstances. I know, they're sometimes less than ideal (understatement of the year, right?). It's not easy to take James 1: 2-4 to heart when you're in the eye of the storm, but I challenge you to grab hold of the truth in that passage, no matter how bad it may be right now. When we look back on our lives, it's so much easier to see how God has carried us through so much. How much more will He carry us through? What is yet to come? 

Friends, we have a lot to be thankful for at Woodland Shores this year and plenty of opportunities to celebrate God's goodness together. I just want to highlight a few.

We have the  THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON this Sunday after service at 11am. I know that's early, but we are hoping it helps people stay after and not head home immediately after the service. A BIG THANKS in advanced for all who have already and all who will be working hard to make this a great church family event. Also, after the luncheon, we are having a packing party/ collection for...

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD! We would love to have tons of people join us for that. It's not too late to pack a box to bring, either! 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE  All five of the local North American Baptist Churches are gathering at Woodland Shores for a special Thanksgiving Eve service. Pastor Duane Anderson will be preaching and our worship team will be leading us into God's presence with thanksgiving. We will also be taking an offering for Forgotten Man Ministries, a great ministry to those in jail or prison, and their families.

Of course I can't forget to mention our Pictorial Directory and the Holiday Arts & Craft Fair happening this weekend. You don't want to miss these great events. Click through the links to more information on all of these events. 

Last but not least... If you've been procrastinating on enrolling in the Perspectives on World Missions class that we are hosting starting in January, don't forget that if you apply before the end of the month you get an additional $50 off this college-credited course. Perspectives promises to broaden your worldview and give you a better sense of how God has moved in the world in the past, how He is moving now in world missions, and how He can use you in the future wherever He calls you to be. 

There's so much to engage in this holiday season that it can't all be contained here. So much to be thankful for! Keep checking the website and reading your bulletin for more information. 

I'm so thankful for all of you! YOU ARE LOVED!

-Pastor Jim

Woodland Shores Weekly Update 11/6/2017 - 11/12/2017

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Woodland Shores Family,

This week our hearts are saddened by the recent attack on the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. It was shocking and heartbreaking for our brothers and sisters of that church, but also something of a reminder for us.

Our Lord reminded us that this world we live in isn’t safe. Jesus tells us that we will be hated and that violent persecution should not be unexpected in Mark 13:12-13 (and Matthew 10:22, Luke 21:16-17) 12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

Everyone is reaching for a definitive answer as to why and how this could happened in a small town like ours. By solving the puzzle and locking down all the variables we inwardly hope we will be able to completely comprehend the terrible "why" of this situation and then be able to prevent any such acts in the future. It's not always that simple. This is a compound problem. However, there are lessons we can learn and steps we can take to be wise in these troubled times.   

We want to assure you that we are taking measures to protect ourselves. In fact, for some time we have been working on our security plan. We have already started instituting some of it including locking certain outside entries, particularly down by the Family Life Center once service has begun. We have background screenings for all who help in Children’s and Youth ministry. For your present piece of mind, you can know that we have several police officers and medical professionals in the congregation who are prepared in case of emergency. Additionally, we hope to communicate more details of our plan to the congregation in the coming months.

In the meanwhile here are seven simple “Do’s and Don’ts” as we respond to this tragedy.

  1. Do pray for protection all churches everywhere.
  2. Do pray for First Baptist of Sutherland Springs and the families connected with it.
  3. Do not doubt that God’s goodness, protection, or control over all things. It may seem chaotic and unstable, but this is still Our Father’s World. (Psalm 19, 27:1, 46:1)
  4. Do not retreat – avoiding meeting together is exactly what the enemy wants. Don’t give in to fear and let him intimidate you. Our God is bigger than any threat and our hope transcends any crisis. (Hebrews 10:25)
  5. Continue spreading the Gospel of peace with all you meet. That is our one mission that we are called to lay down our life doing.  (Matthew 28:16-20)
  6. Make sure you are right with God today so that you don’t have to worry about whatever may happen tomorrow.
  7. Continue to invite and welcome others to Church showing them love because our God can turn Saul into Paul. (Acts 9)

OTHER UNRELATED REMINDERS

Don’t miss the Echoes of Happiness concert this Saturday at 6pm.

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Sign up to be part of the pictorial Directory

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NOMINATION NEWS

Lastly, I want to thank you for your suggestions for Nominating Committee. We have seriously considered your suggestions and added those who were qualified to the list. What are the qualifications for a Deacon? Glad you asked! First, there are the biblical qualifications from 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Second, they must be a member of WSBC, be willing to consider the commitment seriously, and they must agree to abide with the board’s covenant and expectations – signing off on said covenant and statement of faith. Then they will be presented to you, the congregation, to affirm. That’s it in a nutshell. I know that the committee’s list of qualified candidates that we are working through is full of excellent men and women of God and I look forward to your affirmations. Thank you for your input!

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

-Pastor Jim

Woodland Shores Weekly Update: October 30-November 5

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A BIG THANK YOU...

...to everyone who made this year’s Fall Festival amazing! We had 633 people! That is about 200 more than we usually have. Without excellent volunteers spending themselves for the glory of God we couldn't have done this. Our reputation as a family friendly church is growing in our community and it's all because of you! Thank you for all you did. Thank you for your donations, your investment, and love. You Rock!

 

Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday!

We're FALLING BACK in time once again so, if you set your clocks right you will be rested and refreshed, ready to worship with all your might on Sunday Morning. Also, don't forget that we will have the special monthly Benevolence Offering too!

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Coming Soon: Opportunities for Generosity

It is the giving season when we celebrate the greatest Gift ever given to mankind - Jesus. In that spirit, we want to provide you with plenty of options to exercise your gratitude towards God and express your generosity. Here are just a few things to put on your Christmas lists.

Operation Christmas Child - Check out the OCC table in the fellowship hall for more information on what kind of things to fill a gift box for an underprivileged child who may never have received a Christmas gift before. 

Wonderland Toy Store - donate new (in the box, with price tag still on) toys valuing between $10-50 to bless families in our community in financial need have the opportunity to purchase those toys at a huge discount at the Wonderland Toy Store. Bring them to the fellowship hall by December 3rd. 

New Day Stewardship - Check your mailboxes at church for a special flyer and letter regarding our continuing New Day initiatives developed by the Stewardship Committee. Consider how the Lord will lead you to give as you consider your end-of-year giving. 

There is so much going on at WSBC as the Holidays come close. Please make sure to make the most of these great opportunities. Thank you for all you do! I can't wait to see you Sunday! YOU ARE LOVED!

-Pastor Jim

Woodland Shores Weekly Update for October 23-29, 2017

Your Weekly Update on what is happening at WSBC

Your Weekly Update on what is happening at WSBC

Woodland Shores Family,

Even with all the rain we’ve had this past week, our excitement for Fall Fest is not dampened! We are still praying for God to bring hundreds of people from around our area to this event. More than that, we are praying for our church family to make meaningful connections to our friends and neighbors who attend. Did you run out of invites? Don’t worry! You can always share this with your friends on Facebook. Click here to go to our Facebook page and share the online invitation!

Since we’re asking people to check-in on Facebook each week, we want to make sure that you feel safe doing that. So, when you check in, make sure that you aren’t sharing your location with the whole world by selecting your audience. It’s easy to do. On your Facebook page, just click on the icon, like in the picture (below), and select who you want to invite. Publishing to the “public” setting will send out your status to the world. If you don’t want people you don’t trust to know where you are, simply select the "friends" option in the drop-down box. If you don’t trust all your friends, then you can be selective of who gets to see your check-in or share invites. Share safely and share often! Your friends need Jesus and WSBC is a great place to get to know Him!

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ON ANOTHER NOTE…