DEAR WESTMINSTER FAMILY  –

I am very excited about the focus of our services this weekend. For several years, we have taken the first part of November to address the issues of orphan and foster care in our culture. This Sunday I have asked someone on our staff to address this important topic. Arlene Finley will be speaking in both of our services. You know her. You have experienced her passion for the Lord in worship. What you may not know is her commitment to the Word of God and her expertise in sharing that Word with others. Arlene brings a special sense of credibility to this discussion. You need to hear what she has to say.

Also in our services this week, Mark Pedrin will interview an individual from Olive Crest, an organization that works in the arena of orphan and foster care. You will have the opportunity to visit a booth in our foyer as well as to sign up for a seminar (Foster Care 101: Questions and Answers) to be held on Saturday, November 17, from 10 AM to 12 PM at Westminster. I hope that several of you will make the effort to attend this gathering.

Also this weekend….There is still an opportunity to attend our Veteran’s Day Breakfast on Saturday at 8:30 AM. This breakfast is open to everyone, but you do need to let us know you are coming. We want to make sure that we have breakfast available for you. I can guarantee that you will be challenged by our special speaker. Click here to register.

Jorie and I would also like you to support us in prayer as we speak this weekend at Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center. I have been asked to be the keynote speaker for a seminar on Blended Families. We will be speaking on this issue in four sessions over the weekend.

Bless you, as you continue to serve Jesus in these “interesting” times.

Pastor Gary

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THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS: November 9 & 10

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

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

VETERANS DAY BREAKFAST – Saturday, November 10, 8:30 AM, Atrium: Attention Veterans of the Military! Join us for breakfast as we hear from special guest speaker, Major Joe Crecca. He served in Viet Nam, was shot down, and captured. He spent 6 years in the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison. No cost to attend, but RSVP at Westminster.org/events/ or click EVENTS on the APP. Contact Tiffany at tiffanys@westminster.org.

 

THIS SUNDAY: November 11

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.

ORPHAN SUNDAY – November 11: On Orphan Sunday, we celebrate God’s deep love for the fatherless…and for each of us as well. We also explore ways to inspire and equip one another for action—from adoption, foster care and mentoring to global orphan care.

 

THIS WEEK:

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.

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: 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 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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

INTERCULTURAL THANKGIVING – Saturday, November 15, 6:30 PM, Atrium: Our Intercultural community is invited to a special evening celebrating a traditional Thanksgiving holiday. A potluck dinner where we will provide the turkey and your bring your favorite dish to share with 8 or 10 people. Games, conversation and cooking demonstrations. Contact: Noelle at noeller@westminster.org.

FOSTER CARE 101 – Saturday, November 17, 10:00 AM-Noon, Fireside Room: Is God calling you to host a foster child in your home, either short or long-term? Join us for this 2-hour seminar to explore next steps you can take.  Sign up for the informational class by clicking here.

CHRISTMAS FOR OUTREACH PARTNERS – Sunday, November 18 & 25, Outreach Wall, Foyer: Visit the table in front of the Outreach Wall on November 18 or 25 after services and select an Outreach Partner/Family to provide their Christmas wish list. Contact: Ron & Tina at r3025mcare@outlook.com

KINGDOM COME WORSHIP AND PRAYER GATHERING – Tuesday, November 20, 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. Contact: noeller@westminster.org

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE – Wednesday, November 21, 6:30 PM, Sanctuary: A time to reflect and give thanks to God for all He has done. Contact: Bree at breew@westminster.org.

MS/HS OPEN HOUSE PARENT MEETING – Sunday, December 2, 9:00-10:15 AM, High School Room: Middle and High School parents are invited to join us for our Youth programming from 9-10:15 on December 2nd in the High School Room. You will participate in worship, our teaching time and a small group set up just for you.  Questions? Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY CHRISTMAS PARTY (Potluck) – Sunday, December 2 from 12:15 – 1:30 PM in the High School Room: JOIN US FOR A POTLUCK LUNCH CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS! Families with children birth – 5th grade are invited to come celebrate Christmas together. We will gather for lunch and fellowship. The Children’s Choir will be performing for us. It is a short time and a great opportunity to meet other families. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert to serve 10 to 12 people. Your whole family is welcome.We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, decorations, and clean up. Want to volunteer or have questions? Contact Martha at marthac@westminster.org or Kjirsten at kjirstend@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 11/6/18
Expectation for the Week $62,300
General Giving for the Week* $60,502
Expectation to Date $1,212,100
General Giving to Date* $1,195,448
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 $18,762,900
Current Mortgage Balance $3,237,100