9.21.18 It’s Friday…but Sunday’s Coming (Extended Edition)

Dear Westminster Family –

Our lives are filled with transition times. Think about some of those “crossover” experiences in your life. John Huffman lists several of them in his commentary on the Book of Joshua.

“Birth would be one. Some crisis in childhood may be another. Those important decisions we make in our teenage years have that quality. What college should I go to? What career should be mine? Then we tend to settle down, don’t we? A crisis may come. A painful divorce. A financial failure that seriously alters our lifestyle. Or perhaps a financial success that thrusts us into a potentially altered lifestyle.”

He goes on to ask the question that we will ask and answer in the message this week…..”How do we handle crossover experiences and the fear of the unknown that they bring?”

In Joshua 3:1-5:1, the children of Israel find themselves confronted with a crossover challenge. They stand on the edge of the Jordan River. On the other side of the River is the land of Canaan, the land promised to them by God. The Hebrew word “abar,” meaning to “cross over” or to “pass over,” is used 21 times in the story of the crossing. This verb emphasizes the decisive nature of this moment in the history of the Hebrew people and distinguishes it from everything that had gone before. There is a lot that we can learn about our own crossover times by learning from this one.

Also this week…The GAP begins this week on Thursday morning at 6:30 AM in the Fireside Room. This is a weekly bible study available to all men at Westminster. I will be sharing each week from a book entitled, NOT BY SIGHT – A FRESH LOOK AT OLD STORIES OF WALKING BY FAITH.

Also…You may have noticed the offering buckets in the foyer over the past few weeks. Our students have been collecting funds to purchase meal kits from an organization called, “Rise Against Hunger.” The goal is $5000 that translates into 10,000 meal kits to be assembled by our students next Sunday. They have raised a little over $3000. You have been invited to help them reach their goal. I will mention more about this on Sunday. Parents…please note that a Rise Against Hunger participation waiver is required to participate. If you have any questions contact Martha at marthac@westminster.org.

See you in church,

Pastor Gary

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THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS: September 21 & 22

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

 

THIS SUNDAY: September 23

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.

“WHAT IN THE WORLD” LUNCH – 12:15 PM, Atrium: Come celebrate what God is doing in South America through our Outreach Partners, Terry & Carol Thompson. No RSVP needed. $5 donation for lunch.

ALPHA – EXPLORE LIFE, FAITH, MEANING – 6:00 PM, Atrium: A series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith. Contact Sylvia at sylviar@westminster.org

 

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 – Starts September 12, 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) – Begins Thursday, September 27, 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:

BAPTISM CLASS – Sunday, October 14, 10:45 AM, Large Conference Room: Learn what Baptism means and why it is important to our faith. Please fill out the form at Westminster.org/Events. Contact Pastor Matt at mattc@westminster.org.

YOUTH CORN MAZE – Sunday, October 14, 12:15 PM, Youth Level: Grab a friend and get signed up now for an afternoon at Bob’s Corn Maze in Snohomish. Meet after the 2nd service for lunch, then we will head out. $20 per student. Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org.

BOOK SALE – Sunday, October 28, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Library: Stop by as we sell overstock books.  You’ll get some great deals.  Proceeds og toward the purchase books for pastors & leaders in underserved countries and minimal library costs.

 

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:

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.

 

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 9/19/18
Expectation for the Week $51,000
General Giving for the Week* $86,425
Expectation to Date $811,600
General Giving to Date* $817,360
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 $18,729,900
Current Mortgage Balance $3,270,100

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