DEAR WESTMINSTER FAMILY –

I hope 2019 is off to a good start for you and your family. The new year often brings an opportunity for us to reflect on our lives and resolve to make changes. For many this is tied to a desire to lose weight, exercise more, overcome bad habits, and things of this nature, but it should also cause us to reflect on our relationship with God and how we are living out our faith. How are we growing? What have we seen God do in our lives? What do we want Him to do in the future?

This coming Sunday is one of our quarterly Grow Sundays at Westminster. These weeks are designed to provide opportunities for us to evaluate our faith and commit to taking steps in God’s direction. This week we will be addressing the question “Who are you made to be?” by thinking about how we can grow healthier by developing a right view of God, self, others and the barriers that get in our way. Holly Pankratz, our Minister of Care and Equipping, will be speaking and helping us understand this from God’s point of view. We will also hear some power stories of God at work in the lives of some of our Westminster church family and will learn about some of the ministries we have that can aid in this process.

As you prepare for our time together in worship, let me encourage you to think through the following questions as you consider the unique ways in which God has designed you. Are you aware of your spiritual gifts and how are you using them? What types of things stir your heart and fill you with passion? Do you have special talents and abilities that you can use to bring God glory and impact others? How are you personally wired to navigate life? As you think about your past what experiences, both positive and negative, have you seen God use or could be used by Him in the future? We look forward to considering these things more deeply in our time together.

See you in church.

Pastor Matt

 

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THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS: January 4 & 5

CELEBRATE RECOVERY – Fridays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Fireside Room: Childcare provided. Contact Neal at 425-747-1461, ext. 147 or moc.l1665038200iamg@1665038200RCret1665038200snimt1665038200seW1665038200

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: moc.l1665038200iamg@1665038200RCret1665038200snimt1665038200seW1665038200

 

THIS SUNDAY: January 6

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.

 

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 gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@seih1665038200tak1665038200 / 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 gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@rynn1665038200ej1665038200.

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 gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@rynn1665038200ej1665038200

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 moc.l1665038200iamg@1665038200ykswo1665038200kinob1665038200k1665038200. Reserve Your Spot at www.westminster.org/EVENTS.

WEDNESDAY EVENING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – 6:45 PM, CLC: 3 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 gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@rynn1665038200ej1665038200.

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 gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@zenn1665038200aul1665038200.

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 moc.s1665038200ngise1665038200dtdk@1665038200yhtak1665038200

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EXPLORING WHO I AM MADE TO BE – Sundays, January 13 – 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 gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@ctta1665038200m1665038200

KINGDOM COME: WORSHIP and INTERACTIVE PRAYER GATHERING – Tuesday, January 15th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, 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 gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@rell1665038200eon1665038200

FLOURISH@WORK FOR WOMEN – Thursday, January 17, 6:00 PM, Fireside Room: The topic of “Mindful Mentoring” will be discussed by the speaker Kristen Voetmann, Ph.D. – Staff Consultant -Scontrino-Powell, Inc. Specifically, how can women of faith use a mentoring relationship in their work? Cost $10 per person

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 gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@raiv1665038200lys1665038200

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 gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@ctta1665038200m1665038200

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 gro.d1665038200eretn1665038200ec@ne1665038200rak1665038200. Questions? Contact Jenny at jgro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@rynn1665038200e1665038200

WINTERBLAST – January 19-21: MS and HS Students are invited to spend the MLK weekend at Tierra Retreat Center in Leavenworth. We will play in the snow, hangout with friends and grow in our relationships with God and each other. Sign up at Westminster.org/events. Questions? Contact Ceri at gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@fire1665038200c1665038200.

 

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 gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@pkra1665038200m1665038200.

REACH BEYOND! WORK WITH YOUTH – Be a middle or high school leader and impact lives for God. Contact Ceri gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@fire1665038200c1665038200.

 

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 gro.r1665038200etsni1665038200mtsew1665038200@ctta1665038200m1665038200.

 

WEEKLY GIVING:

As of 1/2/19
Expectation for the Week $130,900
General Giving for the Week* $119,687
Expectation to Date $2,163,800
General Giving to Date* $1,954,651
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 $18,779,600
Current Mortgage Balance $3,220,400