DEAR WESTMINSTER FAMILY –
Our focus this Sunday is on the discipline of solitude. Let me offer you a definition. The discipline of solitude is expressed by “restraining from interacting with other people in order to be alone with God and to be found by Him.” Like the discipline of sabbath, this one is hard for us to understand and embrace. It requires us to find a “place” that removes us from the noise, clatter, and confusion of our world.
This challenge reminded me of a song that I learned many years ago that describes that “place”.
There is a quiet place
Far from the rapid pace
Where God can soothe my troubled mind.
Sheltered by tree and flower
There in my quiet hour
With Him my cares are left behind.
Whether a garden small
Or on a mountain tall
New strength and courage there I find;
Then from this quiet place
I go prepared to face a new day
With love for all mankind.
Where is your “quiet place”? My goal on Sunday is to help you find it and to understand its importance in your life.
See you in church.
Also….As we approach the end of our church’s fiscal year and move into a new year, we are faced with a significant financial challenge. We need to finish this year with strength and set a financial foundation that will serve all the issues in transition. Let me ask you to prayerfully consider how you might adjust your stewardship plan to help us address this challenge. Thank you in advance for your involvement in this area.
VOLUNTEER FOR PANCAKES & EGGS – Saturday, April 20: We are still looking for 40 volunteers for Pancakes & Eggs which is Saturday, April 20 from 9:00 to 11:30 AM. Run a game at the carnival, welcome families, or serve breakfast. We provide supplies and training for all volunteers. More specific information along with a place to sign up online are available at https://westminster.churchcenter.com/people/forms/24581. Questions? Contact Martha Clay at email@example.com.
PANCAKES & EGGS DONATIONS NEEDED – Sunday, April 7, Foyer: Pancakes & Eggs is our FREE pancake breakfast, Easter egg hunts and carnival for the whole family on Saturday, April 20 from 9:00 – 11:30 AM. We are close to being able to fill 5,500 Easter Eggs and to feed 500 people. Help us finish getting ready by donating wrapped NUT FREE Candy (Kisses, Smarties, etc.) and Costco or Amazon gift cards. This is our last Sunday collecting donations in the foyer. Questions? Contact Martha Clay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KCIS 630 AM – A CLOSER LOOK
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Thursdays at 1:00-1:30 PM
Sundays at 9:00-9:30 AM
THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS: April 5 & 6
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.
PRODIGALS INTERNATIONAL’S RESTORING HEARTS WOMEN’S CONFERENCE – Saturday, April 6, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Westminster Chapel CLC: Prodigals International offers this unique one-day conference for women who are facing the startling discovery of their husband’s sexual unfaithfulness – from pornography use to extramarital affairs – or a fiancée, son or father. This is a safe place where women can connect with other women who understand the challenges they face. This conference will provide information, tools, resources, and an important message of hope for women in all stages of the healing journey. TOPIC – “Bravery After Betrayal: It Takes Fierce Strength,” presented by Dr. Sheri Keffer ,Ph.D, author of Intimate Deception – Healing the Wounds of Sexual Betrayal, will present two in-depth breakout sessions, and an inspiring keynote message. For more information and to purchase tickets go to www.restoringheartsconference.org. Tickets cannot be purchased through Westminster Chapel.
THIS SUNDAY: April 7
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.
GETTING YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER – Sunday, April 7, 12:30 PM, CLC: You are invited to a lunch and a casual discussion regarding planning for the future. We will have three highly qualified professionals coming over to answer questions and to provide guidance on arrangements and getting your affairs in order. (They are not selling their services, just providing information!) Visiting us are:
o Michael Parks from Dignity Memorial to discuss final arrangements for traditional burials and cremations. Having a conversation about the process and all of the preparations needed.
o Ashley McAlhaney, an attorney with Tallgrass Northwest, answering questions on estate planning including wills, power of attorney, escrow, and taxes.
o Kent MacLachlan of MacLachlan Wealth Management. Kent helps families coordinate and organize every aspect of their financial wellbeing. Kent specializes in creating steady and predictable income streams for those in or nearing retirement.
These three professionals are excited to visit us at Westminster Chapel and will be providing lunch and want to listen to our group’s needs and wants. I hope you can take advantage of this opportunity.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
THE GAP (FOR MEN) – Thursdays, 6:30 AM, Fireside Room: This is a weekly bible study with Pastor Gary that is available to all men at Westminster. Questions? Contact LuAnne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING ESOL ALPHA – Fridays, 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 email@example.com
EASTER EGG STUFFING PARTY – Sunday, April 14, 9:00 AM – Noon, Gym: Help us stuff 4,000 Easter Eggs for Pancakes and Eggs! We provide the eggs. You stuff them with treats! Come for 10 minutes or an hour, your choice. Contact Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SNACKCHAT: HOMELESSNESS – April 14, 10:15-10:45 AM, CLC: Homelessness is an important issue in our community. How can our church love where we live in response to this need? If you would like to learn about the success our community partners are seeing, and explore specific ways you can make a difference, join us for this SnackChat.
WHY EASTER? – Sunday, April 14, 6 – 8:00 PM, Atrium: Is Easter just bunnies, chocolates, and pastel colors? Join us for dinner and an open discussion around Easter and its impact on real, everyday people. No pressure and no charge! Childcare available for infants through 5th grade. Contact Noelle at email@example.com.
SAVIOUR FEATURING NEW MUSIC FROM “THORNS” – Thursday, April 18 & Friday, April 19, 7:30 PM, Sanctuary: Saviour is a stunning oratorio that fuses classical and contemporary styles into a masterpiece. THORNS is a work composed by Pastor Laurence Berteig with focus on the humanity of Jesus. Presented by the Westminster Chapel Choir & Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra. Free. No childcare.
PANCAKES & EGGS – Saturday, April 20, 9 – 11:30 AM, CLC: FREE pancake breakfast, Easter egg hunts and carnival for the whole family. Invite your friends and neighbors. Help by volunteering or donating supplies. More information at www.westminster.org/Pancakes&Eggs2019
EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES – Sunday, April 21
6:00 AM Sunrise service – Atrium (light breakfast provided)
9 & 10:45 AM Sanctuary (Nursery: birth-5 years)
WORLDVIEW APOLOGETICS CONFERENCE – April 26 & 27, (Friday 7-10 PM, Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM), Westminster Chapel: This conference is designed to reach people who are thirsty to learn more about what the biblical worldview has to say and how to defend and impart these truths to others. The content will be biblically and culturally relevant and thought provoking. Our speakers are nationally and internationally recognized within their areas of expertise. Join us for cutting edge presentations that challenge your thinking to effectively make your case for Christ. Speakers include: Greg Koukl, Josh McDowell, Dr. Sean McDowell, Dr. Doug Geivett, Dan Kreft & Duane Morris; Cost: $30 – Students, $40 – Adults, $150 maximum for immediate family (4+). Register online at http://www.abchurch.org. For more information contact Jan Howard or Karl Payne at 425.556.5905 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Brochures are available at the Welcome Center.
BAPTISM CLASS – Sunday, April 28, 10:45 AM, Large Conference Room: This class provides information about the value of baptism and what it means as part of our relationship with Jesus. Learn why it is important expression of our faith. Contact Matt Conrad at firstname.lastname@example.org
GUATEMALA POVERTY & SOCIAL JUSTICE EXPOSURE TRIP – June 22-30, 2019: Join the intergenerational W.I.N.D. Guatemala Poverty & Social Justice Exposure trip and experience the difference relationships make! Find the information you need about this unique trip here: http://wind-guatemala.org/teams/poverty-and-social-justice/ and then register at: http://wind-guatemala.org/teams/ Or contact Sylvia at email@example.com.
VBS 2019 | Aug 5-8, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM: “There’s a Monster Under My Bed! Shining God’s Light on My Fears” – For students going into 1st to 5th grades in fall 2019; Cost is $15/student or $30/family (Cost includes t-shirt and snacks. Students need to bring their own NUT FREE lunch). Registration opens May 1st and will be limited to 350 students. Volunteers can begin registering March 31 and register their children early for FREE. Contact Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org
WESTMINSTER CHAPEL WEEK AT CANNON BEACH – August 18-24, 2019: Enjoy a week away in a beautiful setting…with others from Westminster…and teaching from Pastor Gary each day! To find out more about Cannon Beach Conference Center lodging, rates, etc. go to www.cbcc.net. To register, contact the Cannon Beach front desk at 503.436.1501 or toll-free 800.745.1546 or click here to submit an online registration request. Each registration request will be followed up with a phone call and/or e-mail from one of Cannon Beach’s registration specialists to confirm information and process the registration. When you register, mention that you attend Westminster Chapel and you will get a 10% discount. Questions? Contact LuAnne at email@example.com
APRIL 2019 CONGREGATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS MEAL MINISTRY – Each April, Westminster hosts a group of men with Congregations for the Homeless (CFH). For the entire month, teams of people volunteer to provide dinner and sack lunches for the men. This is a great way to love where we live! Both individuals and groups (5-8 people, kids welcome) can sign up to provide a meal. To sign up or for more information, visit www.westminster.org/aprilmeals.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
REACH BEYOND! WORK WITH YOUTH – Be a middle or high school leader and impact lives for God. Contact Ceri email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of 3/31/19
Expectation for the Week $49,700
General Giving for the Week* $32,630
Expectation to Date $2,837,400
General Giving to Date* $2,650,130
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 $18,853,400
Current Mortgage Balance $3,146,600