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

DEAR WESTMINSTER FAMILY –

PERSPECTIVE….(Definition) “a broad view of events or ideas in their true nature and relationships.”

“Perspective” is a good word to describe our services this Sunday. We are going to take some time to hear stories from you about God’s faithfulness over this past year. Our experiences with God’s presence and power will give us perspective as we move into 2019.

“Perspective” is also a word that fits my message this week. We have been in an Advent series focused on the 1st century participants in the Nativity. We have looked at the journeys of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, and even Jesus, Himself.  On Sunday we will talk about the angels, who in their journeys from heaven, offered a unique perspective to the events happening on earth.

Also…I encourage you to prayerfully consider how you might help us address our year-end giving challenge. I have included ways that you can give at the end of this e-mail.

See you in church.

Pastor Gary

P.S

YEAR-END GIVING: As we approach the end of the calendar year, many of you choose to give donations of stock. The following may be of help:
• Transfer stock to Westminster Chapel’s account at Charles Schwab: account BV93376060, DTC0164.
• Notify Tim Huffman (425) 460-4015 or email timh@westminster.org of the company and number of shares given. A letter acknowledging the receipt of the stock will be sent to you. Wait until you get this letter before you do your taxes or your deduction may be disallowed.
• Visit https://www.westminster.org and click on GIVING for additional methods of giving.
• Locked Safe Available For Year-End Gifts…On December 31st – for your convenience, a safe will be outside the front entrance of the church to drop off year-end donations.
• Donations must be received by Westminster Chapel or postmarked no later than December 31, 2018, to make them eligible for tax deductions for 2018.

 

A Closer look with Gary Gulbranson

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THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS: December 28 & 29

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: December 30

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 CHAPEL WILL BE CLOSED on New Year’s Day – Tuesday, January 1.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GRIEFSHARE – Starts January 3, 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

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.

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

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 mattc@westminster.org

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.

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 cerif@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 12/26/18
Expectation for the Week $195,500
General Giving for the Week* $171,586
Expectation to Date $2,032,900
General Giving to Date* $1,834,965
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

 

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