6.8.18 It’s Friday…but Sunday’s Coming (Expanded Edition)

​Dear Westminster Family:

Pursuit – It’s a word that means striving for or chasing after. Seeking after God in this way is a common theme in the Bible. Acts 17:26-28 says, “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’”

A few times a year our worship service takes on a slightly different look as we set aside time to join together in our “Pursuit” of God. Through extended times of worship and prayer, we hope to more clearly hear the voice of God in our lives and understand what it means to strive for and chase after Him. This Sunday is one of those opportunities. Our time together will be focused on 2 Timothy 3:14-16 and the importance of God’s Word in our lives. We will also celebrate together as throughout the morning we witness thirteen people express their faith through baptism.

This Sunday is also “Move Up Sunday” in our Family Ministries Department as we end the school year and transition our children and youth up a grade level. In addition to our extended time of worship and prayer, we will also bring some of this celebration into the Sanctuary as we highlight and pray for those making these significant transitions.

I hope you will join us and will prepare your hearts in advance for our time together.

See you in church!

Pastor Matt

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THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS: June 8 & 9

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

MEN’S SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY – Saturdays at 7:30-9:00 AM, Room 307: We are a group of guys who enjoy a time of studying God’s Word and sharing life together on Saturday morning.

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THIS SUNDAY: June 10

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.

JOIN THE JOURNEY! Be a part of our Sunday morning ministries by working with our youngest members of Westminster Chapel. Their regular leaders are taking a break over the summer and we would love to have you on board. Join the Journey by signing up June 10th in the lobby or contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org.

MOVE UP SUNDAY – June 10, both services: Students in grades 1-12 are invited to meet in their regular classes. They will come to the main service together where they will be prayed for. Seniors will be honored for their achievements as well, then students will head back to their classrooms to move up a grade!

SNACK CHAT: SERVE WHERE YOU LIVE – Sunday, June 10, between services, Community Life Center: This is an opportunity for all of us to look ahead to the summer months, and to talk about some specific ways we can be the best neighbors where we live, work and play. Plus we have donuts and bagels! See you between services on the 10th.

ELEMENTARY SUMMER CELEBRATION – June 10, 12:15 PM, High School Room: Families with Elementary students are invited for a potluck to celebrate Summer. Join us in the High School room at 12:15. Questions? Contact Martha at marthac@westminster.org

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THIS WEEK:

GOD OF THE MATRIARCHS – 6-week study for women, Wednesdays (beginning May 16), 6:30 PM, Fireside Room: The topic is “The God of the Matriarchs.” Dig into Genesis in a new way! This study focuses on how God used the faith of the women in Genesis to birth redemption for all humanity in His Son, Jesus. Lectures will explore the world of the ancients for deeper understanding of the text, and discussions will develop fresh insights on God’s Word. Homework is optional. No childcare is available. It will be taught by Kay Bonikowsky. Questions? Contact Kay at kbonikowsky@gmail.com. $5 material cost. Register at westminster.org/events

MEN’S JOURNEY STUDY GROUP – Wednesdays, 6:45-8:15 PM, Room 307: Questions? Contact Jenny at jennyr@westminster.org

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DICK BENSKIN – Friday, June 15, 1:00 PM, Sanctuary: Please keep Myrna and their family in your prayers.

MS OVERNIGHTER – June 15, 6:00 pm – June 16, 9:00 AM: Middle Schoolers (including current 5th graders) are invited to an overnight event. We will meet at the church and head to Tukwila to the Flying Circus Trampoline Park. We will then return to the church for snacks, Nerf Wars, games and much more! Questions? Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org or Josh at joshd@westminster.org Register at westminster.org/events

GULBRANSON GRATITUDE GALA – Saturday, June 16, 6:00 PM, Westminster: SAVE THE DATE! You’re invited to celebrate 25 years of ministry with Pastor Gary and Jorie! It’s the Gulbranson Gratitude Gala! We have a fun evening planned with music, stories, and treats.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

8TH GRADE TRIP – June 22, 10:00 AM – June 24, 5:00 PM: All students graduating from 8th grade this June are invited to join us for a celebration trip to Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho. We will be camping at Farragut State Park. The cost is $165. This includes admission to the park and meals for the week. Register online at Westminster.org/events  Questions? Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org

MARK WEBSTER RETIREMENT SERVICE & RECEPTION – Saturday June 23, 2:00 PM, Westminster: You are invited to a retirement service and celebration, for Pastor Mark Webster who has been ministering on the Eastside for over 42 years; beginning at Westminster & helping found Antioch Bible Church. If you know Mark, and would like share a note about how he has made an impact on your life, please send it to Elizabeth Webster at liz.wbstr@gmail.com.

GROWING YOUNG LISTENING FORUM 65+:  Sunday, June 24, 10:45AM, Fireside Room

BLOOD AND BONE MARROW DRIVE – June 24, 8:30 AM -12:30 PM, CLC: DID YOU KNOW? Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for our community supply? Help ensure this precious resource is available for ill and injured people in our community by giving blood. Donors will have pre-scheduled appointments. Each appointment will last 45 minutes. Register at www.bloodworksnw.org. If you are a first-time donor age 16 or 17 will need to fill out a parent consent form.

KIDS CAMP – July 9-13, For students entering grades 4 & 5 in the fall of 2018: Times: Day camp: 8:30-4:30 July 9-11 & Overnighter: 8:30 AM on July 12-4:30 PM on July 13 Cost: Day camp is $175/$225 after camp sign up day; Full week is $300/$375 after camp sign up day. What: Day camp will be excursions around Seattle area. Overnighter will be at Great Wolf Lodge. Vision: Help incoming 4th & 5th graders grow closer to each other and learn that a relationship with Jesus is a Great Adventure. Questions? Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org.

MOMENTUM | Camp for students entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2018 – July 23-27, Cascades Camp and Conference Center: Join us for a great week of fun, friends, and growth at camp. Our theme this year is Family. Cost: $425 (Early Bird $395 before April 30) Sign up at Westminster.org/events Questions? Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – August 6-9, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM: REGISTER – Registration is open and filling quickly! www.westminster.org/VBS2018 VBS is August 6-9 and will be for students going into 1st to 5th grade this fall. Registration will be limited to 350 students and the cost will be $15/student or $30/family which includes a T-shirt. Students will provide their own lunch.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2018 – August 9 & 10, Bellevue Presbyterian Church: The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow Creek’s campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. You are invited to join an expected 450,000 people committed to getting better as leaders in 2018. To find out about the speakers or to register, go to willowcreek.com/summit. To get our reduced rate of $109, register by June 26 with the priority code PARTNERCH.  The price will increase to $139 after midnight CT on June 26. Questions, Contact LuAnne at luannez@westminster.org or 425.747.1461 ext. 110

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SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:

VOLUNTEER FOR VBS – August 6-9, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Sign up to volunteer and your children can come for free! Make a long-term impact on children and families! Opportunities for adults of all ages and students (6th -12th grades in the fall) both during VBS and outside VBS hours. Childcare provided for all volunteer’s children too young for VBS. Here is the link to register as a volunteer: https://westminster.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/122208. More information about the many ways that you can volunteer are available online. Questions? Contact Martha at marthac@westminster.org.

SERVE WITH OUR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS – Sundays, 9:00 AM, Bi-weekly or Monthly: Be a 2nd grade Sunday school teacher every other week. Assist in a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade class once or twice a month. We have elementary students looking for relationships with adults who want to share God’s Word with them. We provide training and supplies. Want more information? Contact Martha at marthac@westminster.org

RECYCLE AND REPURPOSE!! Your old sheets could become part of a beautiful handmade quilt by the Helping Hands ministry. You may drop off your donated sheets at the Welcome Center. Be sure to label them for Helping Hands. Questions? Contact Marilyn at baxtermarilyn1@gmail.com

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 at cerif@westminster.org

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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/belong for more information.

PRAYER – If you would like to be prayed for, please see someone down front at the end of the service. Questions? Holly at hollyp@westminster.org

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

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WEEKLY GIVING:

As of 6/5/18 
Expectation for the Week $58,500
General Giving for the Week* $58,039
Expectation to Date $58,500
General Giving to Date* $58,039
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 $18,681,300
Current Mortgage Balance $3,318,700

 

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