DEAR WESTMINSTER FAMILY –

One of our values states that “We are a diverse family, therefore we value uniting diverse people to glorify God through the oneness of spirit and purpose.”  It has been so exciting over the years to watch as God has brought people from all around the world to join our church family. While unity is always a work in progress, joining together as followers of Jesus despite apparent differences allows us to demonstrate our faith in powerful and tangible ways.

This Sunday we will spend time in our worship services looking at the Biblical foundations for this value as we celebrate the rich diversity with which we have been blessed. To help with this we want to invite you to wear the native dress from your culture.  We will also take time to honor the life and remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Our services will include special music, personal stories, and a powerful demonstration of what it means to be one in Christ.

After our services, plan to stop by the CLC for our interactive walk-through exhibit celebrating the life of Dr. King.  We hope it serves as an encouraging reminder of where we’ve been and where we are headed as a country and its impact on our diverse community.

This truly will be a Sunday you don’t want to miss.  See you in church!

Pastor Matt

P.S.

Please be in prayer for:
• Our Middle School & High School students who will be in Leavenworth Saturday thru Monday for Winter Blast. Pray for safety and that all involved will come away from the weekend spiritually refreshed.
• Pastor Gary, Howie & Jo-Ann Brant, and Bob Baldwin as they are ministering in Ethiopia….for safety as they travel in the country, for strength & wisdom during a very busy time of teaching, for hearts open to what God has for them.
• Don Mullen and family following the passing of Don’s wife, Joann, on January 16. There will be a celebration of life service for Joann on Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 PM in the sanctuary.

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THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS: January 18 & 19

CELEBRATE RECOVERY – Fridays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Fireside Room: Childcare provided. Contact Neal at 425-747-1461, ext. 147 or WestminsterCR@gmail.com

THE LANDING – 7:30-9:30 PM, Room 311: Celebrate Recovery’s The Landing program for 6th – 12th grade students. Come discover God’s coping skills for life. Questions: WestminsterCR@gmail.com

 

THIS SUNDAY: January 20

WORSHIP SERVICES – 9:00 & 10:45 AM, Sanctuary

WELCOME CENTER – Visit our Welcome Center in the foyer for visitor information and warm hospitality. Limited sermon CDs and Our Daily Bread devotionals are available in the Library.

BREW – Sundays, 9:00 – 11:00 AM, Foyer: Is this your first time here? Stop by our café to enjoy a complimentary coffee. We look forward to meeting you.

UNITY IN DIVERSITY…IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. – Following each morning service, Community Life Center: You are invited to our interactive walk-through exhibit celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We hope it serves as an encouraging reminder of where we’ve been and where we are headed as a country and it’s impact on our diverse community. As you enter the doors of the CLC, it’s a room of REFLECTION.  Please take your time looking at the pictures and reading the quotes, excerpts, and descriptions.  If you feel inspired, we invite you to share your own expression of thanks on the wall provided. The next, is the room of CELEBRATION.  Take a piece of cake and join us in celebrating the life of Dr. King. Finally, the “I Have A Dream” speech will be playing over the stage in our final stop in the exhibit.  Feel free to sit and listen for a while.  We hope you feel inspired and encouraged as you hear the inspirational hopes and DREAMS of Dr. King.

EXPLORING WHO I AM MADE TO BE – Sundays, through February 10, 9:00 AM, Room 307: God has given you a unique “SHAPE” (Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience) Join us for 5 weeks of exploring more of who you are made to be. Questions? Contact Matt Conrad at mattc@westminster.org

WINTER ALPHA – Begins Sunday, January 20, 6-7:45 PM, Atrium: Looking for a safe place to explore and question the meaning of life? Join us Sunday evenings for a fun and open discussion about the Christian faith. Ask anything you like! Free dinner and childcare included. For more information, contact Sylvia at sylviar@westminster.org

 

THIS WEEK:

WESTMINSTER LANGUAGE ACADEMY – Winter Quarter Classes: January 7 – March 25: Encouraging and experienced instructors providing conversational English classes at all levels. Private instruction is also available. More information available at www.WestminsterLanguageAcademy.org or contact Kathie Stabbert at kathies@westminster.org / 425-460-4061.

TUESDAY MORNING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – 9:15 AM, CLC: This year there are 6 electives from which to choose. Prices vary depending on the course you select. For details of each course, and to register, please go to www.westminster.org/woman. Children’s Program (ages birth-Pre K) Cost is $45 for 1 child, $65 for 2 or more. Questions? Contact Jenny at jennyr@westminster.org.

DIVORCE CARE – Wednesdays, January 9 – April 3, 6:30PM, Room 304: If you are experiencing divorce past or present and want a safe, caring place join us for the 13 week course. The group is led by people who have been through divorce and successfully rebuilt their lives. Cost: $20. Questions? Contact Jenny at jennyr@westminster.org

AWANA – Wednesdays, through May 8, 6:30-8:00 PM: Awana reaches kids for Christ through fun, Scripture-rich experiences that lead them to know, love and serve Him. Join us for exciting games, Scripture-based memory work, thrilling stories and awesome awards that help kids develop lifelong faith in Christ. Join us Wednesday nights during the school year from 6:30-8 PM. Our clubs include Cubbies, Sparks and T&T which are for ages pre-school – 5th grade. Questions? Contact Kay Bonikowsky at kbonikowsky@gmail.com. Reserve Your Spot at www.westminster.org/EVENTS.

WEDNESDAY EVENING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – 6:45 PM, CLC: Three choices for Wednesday night studies! Pricing is for the year and varies depending on the study you select. For details go to Westminster.org/women. No childcare available. Contact Jenny at jennyr@westminster.org.

THE GAP (FOR MEN) – Thursdays, 6:30 AM, Fireside Room: This is a weekly bible study available to all men at Westminster. Pastor Gary will be sharing each week from a book entitled, NOT BY SIGHT – A FRESH LOOK AT OLD STORIES OF WALKING BY FAITH. Questions? Contact LuAnne at luannez@westminster.org.

GRIEFSHARE – Thursdays, January 3-March 28, 6:30 PM, Room 307: All those who have lost a loved one to death are welcome to join us for a 13-week course. Our goal is to provide a safe, comforting place to gain the tools to help you navigate through your grief. Cost: $20. Questions? Contact Kathy at kathy@kdtdesigns.com

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

BAPTISM CLASS – Sunday, January 27, 10:45 AM, Large Conference Room upper level offices: Are you ready to take the next step in your walk with Jesus? Or do you have questions about WHY it matters? Baptism is an outward sign of God’s inner work in your life. Register online at https://www.westminster.org/start-here/ and click on “Baptism Form”. Questions? Contact Matt at mattc@westminster.org

YOUR IDENTITY IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD – Saturday, February 16, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, CLC: Guest Speakers Jamie and Donna Winship. Jamie and his wife, Donna, speak around the US and across the globe. Together, they serve as catalysts to help people find their God-given identity and experience a life of freedom. They teach through Biblical teaching and dynamic storytelling and creating experiential life application, in ways that allow people to experience the reality of hearing God’s voice in their daily lives. Their teaching has helped thousands of people discover their true destiny. Cost: $20 per person. To register contact Karen Johnson at karen@centered.org. Questions? Contact Jenny at jennyr@westminster.org

KINGDOM COME: WORSHIP and INTERACTIVE PRAYER GATHERING – Tuesday, February 19, 7:00-8:30 PM, Fireside Room: Experience God’s presence and power through worship, listening prayer, and intercession for the Holy Spirit’s movement in a relaxing candle-lit environment. For more information, contact Noelle at noeller@westminster.org

RE-ENGAGE – Marriage Enrichment Program – Sundays at 9:00 AM (starting February 24) or Wednesdays at 6:30 PM (starting February 27) Room 303: WHAT IS RE|ENGAGE? re|engage is a marriage enrichment program. Marriages in any condition can benefit, whether you are struggling to get along, your marriage is broken, or you simply want to grow closer together as a couple. re|engage examines God’s design for marriage and applies principles from the Bible to guide couples towards growth in their relationship with each other. You can expect to: Receive encouragement by hearing stories from other couples that have experienced victory in the midst of hard times; Be placed in a small group with a facilitator couple and other couples to work through a 16-lesson curriculum. Questions? Contact Holly at hollyp@westminster.org or Steve at stevep@westminster.org

 

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:

TALKTIME: AN EASY WAY TO REACH BEYOND – Thursday, 6:30 PM, Atrium: Serve as an ambassador to our intercultural community. Help guests from around the world practice speaking English over dinner and guided conversation. Questions? Contact Mark Pedrin at markp@westminster.org.

REACH BEYOND! WORK WITH YOUTH – Be a middle or high school leader and impact lives for God. Contact Ceri cerif@westminster.org.

 

RESOURCES/OPPORTUNITIES:

GROW GROUPS – Various times & locations throughout the week: These groups meet in many sites and aim to be places where you can GROW with others. No matter where you are, there is a Grow Group that can help you take your next step in community. Visit www.westminster.org/grow-groups for more information.

BAPTISM – If you would like more information on what it means to be baptized, or about the course itself, you can email Pastor Matt at mattc@westminster.org.

 

WEEKLY GIVING:

As of 1/15/19
Expectation for the Week $55,500
General Giving for the Week* $44,372
Expectation to Date $2,257,700
General Giving to Date* $2,105,506
Annual Expectation $3,600,000
*General giving includes weekly and non-designated special gifts.

NEXT CHAPTER GIVING:
Original Project Cost $22,000,000
Payments to Date $18,796,100
Current Mortgage Balance $3,203,900