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! 

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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

Woodland Shores Weekly Update - December 4-10, 2017

Hey Woodland Shores Church family and potential visitors!

We are excited to present our annual Children's Christmas Musical, "Jingle Bell Beach." This Sunday morning, come on out for the service at 9:30 and stick around for the musical at 11:00. It's going to be a great holiday celebration for the whole family. You don't want to miss this!

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Don't forget to intentionally mix up your seating every week this month during Draw-Together December. You will not only get a new perspective on the service, but you can also get to know some other friends and family that attend. Keep in mind that we want to keep the back rows and sides of the sanctuary open for those who might be visiting us for the first time. Thanks for drawing together!

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The Holiday season is a great time to flex your generosity muscles and consider giving above and beyond regular tithing to help with the new Stewardship Vision Campaign. 

So far, we have already reached two of our goals! We have raised the full $2000 pledged to support the Blessings in a Backpack ministry!  Additionally the Perspectives class goal of $2000 was also fulfilled! Thank you to all those who supported this great objectives. We still have one more goal that we would like to see happen in 2018. That is the Video Upgrade Project. This project would greatly increase the clarity and visibility of our worship slides as well as prepare us for future needs for overflow spaces, and even streaming our services online. Additionally, it allows our cross to be visible throughout service as well. You can read all about these endeavors in the Stewardship Vision tri-fold brochure which you should have received in your mailbox at church. If you didn't get one, you can pick one up at the Welcome Center or at the church office.

The last thing I want to bring your attention to is our Christmas Eve Service. We are praying that God will flood our church with visitors and that we won't have any choice but to use all of the overflow and beyond. So many people who we live next door to, work with, or go to school with are lost in despair and are searching for something more substantial than passing happiness. They are searching for Joy. They don't know that Jesus is the answer to their pursuit. All it may take is a simple invitation for them to come and discover Jesus. Please be in prayer about who you will invite and then muster your courage to invite them. Who knows what God will do through your invitation!

Happy Holidays WSBC family! YOU ARE LOVED!

- Pastor Jim

 

 

Woodland Shores Weekly Update - November 27-December 3

Here's the weekly scoop on what is happening here at Woodland Shores Baptist Church for the week of November 27-December 3 and beyond. There's always a lot happening here so don't forget to check back on our webpage often! 

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The CONGREGATIONAL BUSINESS MEETING is this Sunday at 11:00 am in the sanctuary.

We will be voting to affirm new members of the Board of Deacons and the Nominating Committee, approve the 2018 Ministry Operating Budget, and vote on Audra Oakley as Worship Director.

Just a note on how the Nominating Committee nominates the potential candidates for the standing boards (in this case Deacons and 2018 Nominating Committee). The Nominating Committee is comprised of the Senior Pastor, The Deacon Board Chairman, and three congregation approved lay members.

Nominating Committee looks for Deacons who fit these qualifications:

  • They must be members in good standing.
  • They must fit the descriptions of Deacons laid out in 1 Timothy and Titus.
  • They must be willing and able to fill the role. (Signified by a signed covenant)

Nominating Committee then looks for candidates for the Nominating Committee of the next year who are also members in good standing and who are willing and able to fill the role.

This year's Nominating Committee took this job very seriously and prayed hard about who God desires to be in these positions. We believe that the candidates that are on this year's ballot are godly people who love their Woodland Shores church family and will faithfully work hard to see God glorified here. Please keep all of the church leadership in prayer through this process.   

Draw Together December is an initiative intending to do two things. First, draw regular attenders closer by... well... sitting closer together and by changing up where we sit so that we can 

Draw Together December is an initiative intending to do two things. First, draw regular attenders closer by... well... sitting closer together and by changing up where we sit so that we can 

Draw Together December is an initiative intending to do two things. First, draw regular attenders closer by... well... sitting closer together and by changing up where we sit so that we can get to know others in our congregation better. Second, even though we are one of the friendliest churches in the area, we want to make sure that any visitor that walks through our doors doesn't feel awkward when they enter the sanctuary. That they can find a seat towards the back or side aisles easily. Right now, many of us like to sit towards the back which isn't inherently a bad thing, but imagine you are that friend, co-worker or family member that you've been praying would come to church and you only see seating available towards the front. How comfortable would you be, being the new person in a strange new place, sitting up front and center? Probably not very comfortable, right? Now you see why we are doing this! As we enter the holiday season when people are either visiting church for the first time, or the first time in a long time, this is very important for us to keep in mind. Also, don't forget to keep that loving, welcoming attitude we are famous for. It's going to be a great Christmas and New Year season.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – “JINGLE BELL BEACH,” which will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 11:00 am. The dress rehearsal and Christmas party will be this Saturday, 9:30 am-1:00 pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – “JINGLE BELL BEACH,” which will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 11:00 am. The dress rehearsal and Christmas party will be this Saturday, 9:30 am-1:00 pm.

THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – “JINGLE BELL BEACH,”  

Sunday, December 10 at 11:00 am.

There will be a rehearsal this Saturday the 2nd from 10 am -12 pm and also a dress rehearsal and Christmas party Saturday the 9th, 9:30 am-1:00 pm.

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE Invite your friends and family to our Christmas Eve Services. We will be having our regular morning service at 9:30 am as well as a Candlelight Service at 5:30 pm.

PERSPECTIVES IN MISSIONS It's not too late to sign up for Perspectives! Contact the office as soon as possible Classes start in January. 

PERSPECTIVES IN MISSIONS It's not too late to sign up for Perspectives! Contact the office as soon as possible Classes start in January. 

Woodland Shores Weekly Update - November 20-26

Woodland Shores Family,

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I am so grateful for all of you. I praise God for all He is doing in us and is yet to do through us. As we prepare the various reports, ballot, and budget information for our Congregational Business Meeting on December 3rd, I have been recounting all that has happened in the last 7 months since I received the call to serve here. I know, it's crazy to think it's been 7 blessed months! Since then, so much has happened!  Come to the upcoming meeting or grab one of our report packets (which will be available later this week) to hear more about all the good things God is doing and our exciting vision for this next year!

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Audra and I are so grateful for your love, support, and generosity. We just want to say a BIG THANK YOU! From the bottom of our hearts! I especially want to thank you for your generosity that made my new tractor possible. It's beautiful. I can't wait to mow, plow, and use it year round!

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe you need help thinking of things to be thankful for this week. Come on out to our Community Thanksgiving Eve Celebration. It's Wednesday at 7 pm in our Sanctuary. All 5 local churches in our North American Baptist Conference are going to be participating. You won't want to miss this great time of worship and praise together. 

  

DO YOU NEED HELP THINKING OF THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR THIS WEEK? 

Here's a little Scriptural Primer!

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PARTING SHOT

One last thing I want to let you know is that we are going to be building the unity of our church through an upcoming initiative that we can all be involved in. We're calling it Draw-Together December. The holidays are all about family and we can't think of any way to celebrate it better than Drawing Together.

Remember, above all, YOU ARE LOVED!

-Pastor Jim

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…