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…