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

DEAR WESTMINSTER FAMILY –

One of the saddest words in the English language is the word, “almost.” It’s a word that stirs feelings of frustration and failure. This is particularly true when it is used to describe issues related to our faith. Consider how the word appears in an interaction that the Apostle Paul had with the Jewish king Agrippa recorded in Acts 26:28. The Roman governor, Festus, invited the current Jewish king to hear Paul’s conversion experience and defense of the gospel. At the end of Paul’s presentation, Agrippa, made the following statement, “…..almost you have persuaded me to be a Christian.” (NKJV) As far as we know, Agrippa, never moved from “almost” to “all-in.”

On Sunday I am going to speak to what it means for us to be “all-in” in our relationship with God. Using the backdrop of my experience with believers in Ethiopia, I will attempt to clarify the “all-in” challenge of the Gospel and demonstrate how it should be expressed in our lives. I believe that this will be one of the most important messages that I have ever preached. I hope you will join us this week.

See you in church.

Pastor Gary

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THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS: February 22 & 23

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.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE FOR JOANN MULLEN – Saturday, February 23, 2:00 PM, Sanctuary. Please keep Don and their family in your prayers.

 

THIS SUNDAY: February 24

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.

RE-ENGAGE – Marriage Enrichment Program – Sundays at 9:00 AM (starting February 24), Room 307 or Wednesdays at 6:30 PM (starting February 27) CLC: WHAT IS RE|ENGAGE? re|engage is a marriage enrichment program. Marriages in any condition can benefit, whether you are struggling to get along, your marriage is broken, or you simply want to grow closer together as a couple. re|engage examines God’s design for marriage and applies principles from the Bible to guide couples towards growth in their relationship with each other. You can expect to: Receive encouragement by hearing stories from other couples that have experienced victory in the midst of hard times; Be placed in a small group with a facilitator couple and other couples to work through a 16-lesson curriculum. Questions? Contact Holly at hollyp@westminster.org or Steve at stevep@westminster.org.

WINTER ALPHA – 6:00-7:45 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 sylviar@westminster.org.

 

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 kathies@westminster.org / 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 $30 for 1 child, $45 for 2 or more. Questions? Contact Jenny at jennyr@westminster.org.

KINGDOM COME: WORSHIP and INTERACTIVE PRAYER GATHERING – Tuesday, February 19, 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 in a relaxing candle-lit environment. For more information, contact Noelle at noeller@westminster.org.

RE-ENGAGE – Marriage Enrichment Program – Sundays at 9:00 AM (starting February 24), Room 307 or Wednesdays at 6:30 PM (starting February 27) CLC: WHAT IS RE|ENGAGE? re|engage is a marriage enrichment program. Marriages in any condition can benefit, whether you are struggling to get along, your marriage is broken, or you simply want to grow closer together as a couple. re|engage examines God’s design for marriage and applies principles from the Bible to guide couples towards growth in their relationship with each other. You can expect to: Receive encouragement by hearing stories from other couples that have experienced victory in the midst of hard times; Be placed in a small group with a facilitator couple and other couples to work through a 16-lesson curriculum. Questions? Contact Holly at hollyp@westminster.org or Steve at stevep@westminster.org.

DIVORCE CARE – Wednesdays, through 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.

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: Three 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.

GRIEFSHARE – Thursdays, through 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 kathy@kdtdesigns.com.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SPRING ESOL ALPHA – Fridays starting March 1, 9:45 -11:45 AM, Fireside Room: Discuss your questions of life and faith in easy English with an open, warm environment. ESOL Alpha guests will cover 13 basic topics about the Christian faith. Free continental breakfast and childcare provided. For more information, contact Ellen at ellenminish@comcast.net

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 PM, Sanctuary: The Ash Wednesday service is a time to reflect on our humanity as we begin the Lent season.

FLOURISH@WORK FOR WOMEN – Thursday, March 21, 6:00 PM, Fireside Room: Hear the success story of a small business owner, Nicole Larkin, Bradford USA. Balancing work and motherhood, and most importantly, pursuing God in unexpected places. Cost: $10 – register at westminster.org/events. Contact Jenny at jennyr@westminster.org

“UNCHAINED: KNOWING WHO YOU ARE” 2019 Westminster Chapel Women’s Conference – Friday evening, March 29, 6:30 PM and Saturday, March 30, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, CLC: Join us at the Westminster Women’s Conference and learn how to live out our Kingdom Identity with God and Others. This study helps you see beneath the surface’ that we sometimes settle for’ to knowing your true identity in God’s Kingdom that can lead to powerfully connects with and initiate transformation in your life and the lives of others. It’s God’s “secret sauce.” The game changer. And it can be yours, too. At this conference we will interact in discussion with small groups after watching the video series “Knowing Rediscovered” which includes a Biblical foundation followed by real life stories of God’s amazing power to be present in our lives. Cost: $35 per person – Register at westminster.org/events. Questions? contact Jenny at jennyr@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 2/19/19
Expectation for the Week $38,900
General Giving for the Week* $80,363
Expectation to Date $2,507,600
General Giving to Date* $2,331,999
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 $18,819,000
Current Mortgage Balance $3,181,000

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