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

DEAR WESTMINSTER FAMILY –

On this Sunday we will commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem that took place the week before He was put to death on the cross. The journey is depicted in the Scripture as a moment of joyful celebration…..but the celebration did not last. The hopeful cries of “hosanna” on that first Palm Sunday soon turned to cries of anger and despair on the first Good Friday. How sad for us and for the rest of the world if our celebration of Jesus had ended at the cross. The Apostle Paul said it well…”if in this life only we have hope, we are of all people most miserable”…… However, the resurrection of Jesus changed everything. We have cause to celebrate forever because He lives forever.

This week we will focus our attention on the discipline of celebration. Richard Foster in his book, CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE, reminds us…..”that the discipline of celebration gives us the strength to live in all the other disciplines. The other disciplines, faithfully pursued, bring us deliverance from those things that have made our lives miserable for years. Thus is formed an unbroken circle of life and power.”

Easter is just the right occasion to revive the spirit of celebration in our lives. Think creatively. How can you make this Easter a true celebration….one that will carry you through the whole year. It is our intention to offer you a number of experiences that should enhance your celebration of the season.

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)
9:00 & 10:45 AM Sanctuary (Nursery: birth-5 years)

I look forward to sharing these times of celebration with you.

Pastor Gary

P.S.

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 marthac@westminster.org.

NEEDS FOR CONGREGATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS – We are low on lunch supplies for CFH guests who are staying with us this month. We specifically need tangerines, chips, cheese/crackers, nuts and bottled water. If you can make a donation of any of these items, please drop them off on the metal table outside the gym kitchen. THANK YOU!!!

EASTSIDE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER GATHERING – Thursday, May 2, 6:30-8:00 AM, CLC: This is a great opportunity to gather to pray for our nation, state, local government and churches. The theme this year is “Love One Another.” For more information, contact Steve Hall at 206.595.5109 or stevehall_irm@msn.com

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 luannez@westminster.org.

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THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS: April 12 & 13

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: April 14

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.

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

KINGDOM COME – WORSHIP & INTERACTIVE PRAYER GATHERING: Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Fireside Room: Experience God’s presence and power through worship in song, 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

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 with Pastor Gary that is available to all men at Westminster. Questions? Contact LuAnne at luannez@westminster.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 ellenminish@comcast.net

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

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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 jhoward@abchurch.org or kpayne@abchurch.org. 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 mattc@westminster.org

VETERAN’S PIZZA NIGHT – Sunday, April 28, CLC, 6 – 8:00 PM: Join a group of military Veterans for pizza and connection as we hear from a special guest Speaker Dan Hickman from the Union Gospel Mission.
Questions? Contact Tiffany at tiffanys@westminster.org

PRAYER COURSE – Sundays, Starting May 19, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, Room 310: Journey through the Lord’s prayer with an interactive 6 week video series designed to fuel open discussion and deepen the power of your prayer life.
For more details, contact Noelle at noeller@westminster.org

EASTSIDE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER GATHERING – Thursday, May 2, 6:30-8:00 AM, CLC: This is a great opportunity to gather to pray for our nation, state, local government, churches. The theme this year is “Love One Another.” For more information, contact Steve Hall at 206.595.5109 or stevehall_irm@msn.com

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 sylviar@westminster.org.

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 marthac@westminster.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 luannez@westminster.org

 

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:

NEEDS FOR CONGREGATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS – We are low on lunch supplies for CFH guests who are staying with us this month. We specifically need tangerines, chips, cheese/crackers, nuts and bottled water. If you can make a donation of any of these items, please drop them off on the metal table outside the gym kitchen. THANK YOU!!!

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 4/9/19
Expectation for the Week $59,500
General Giving for the Week* $122,187
Expectation to Date $2,896,900
General Giving to Date* $2,772,317
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

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