4.19.19 It’s Good Friday…but Easter Sunday is Coming (Expanded Edition)

DEAR WESTMINSTER FAMILY –

On this important day in the history of mankind I want to offer some material for your thoughtful consideration.

“Easter frees us to think about other things far beyond our own personal fate, about the meaning of all life, suffering, and events; and we lay hold of a great hope.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:1-5

“The concept of substitution lies at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for man. – John Stott

“We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He (God) made Him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God.” – II Corinthians 5:20b-21

“The key to Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. That is the heart of the matter. For Christianity does not claim that Jesus was a good teacher and a fine man. It maintains that in Jesus, God broke into our world. His whole life was a demonstration of what God is like. And when men crucified Him through envy and hatred on that first Good Friday, God raised Him from the dead on Easter Day, vindicating His claims, His teaching, His life, and His sacrificial death.” – Michael Green

“If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep (died). – I Corinthians 15:19-20

“MAY THE GOD OF HOPE FILL YOU WITH ALL JOY AND PEACE IN BELIEVING, SO THAT BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT YOU MAY ABOUND IN HOPE.” – Romans 15:13

See you in church.

Pastor Gary

P.S.

THIS WEEKEND:
• SAVIOUR FEATURING NEW MUSIC FROM “THORNS” –  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: Pancakes & Eggs is our FREE pancake breakfast, Easter egg hunts, and carnival for the whole family. Invite your friends. Come early so you don’t miss out on the fun. Questions? Contact Martha at marthac@westminster.org.
o Breakfast 9:00 – 10:30 AM
o Egg Hunts 9:30-11:00 AM (Children are assigned to one of 16 age appropriate egg hunts)
o Carnival 9:30-11:30 AM (Special drawing at 11:15 AM)

• EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES – Sunday, April 21
o 6:00 AM Sunrise service – Atrium (light breakfast provided)
o 9 & 10:45 AM Sanctuary (Nursery: birth-5 years)

• EASTER HOLY WEEK EXPERIENCE – THIS Sunday, April 21, After 9:00 & 10:45 services, Elementary classrooms: Experience the events of Holy Week as a family. We will have a special EASTER HOLY WEEK EXPERIENCE after the 9:00 and 10:45 services. Learn about and participate in The Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, Calvary, and the Resurrection. Each event of Holy Week will take place in Elementary classrooms. Experience the Lord’s Supper in 210B. Pray together in the Garden in 210A. Remember Calvary in 208. Celebrate the Resurrection in the Children’s Theater. This experience should take 40 minutes to complete. Please join us! Questions? Contact Martha 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.

A Closer look with Gary Gulbranson

KCIS 630 AM – A CLOSER LOOK
Hear Pastor Gary on the radio with co-host Pete Talbott
Thursdays at 1:00-1:30 PM
Sundays at 9:00-9:30 AM

 

THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS: April 18 & 19

SAVIOUR FEATURING NEW MUSIC FROM “THORNS” – 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.

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.

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. More information at www.westminster.org/Pancakes&Eggs2019

 

THIS SUNDAY: April 21

EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES
6:00 AM Sunrise service – Atrium (light breakfast provided)
9 & 10:45 AM Sanctuary (Nursery: birth-5 years)

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:

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.

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

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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

CAMP SIGN UP DAY – April 28, Main Lobby: Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sign up with an early bird discount for Kids Camp (July 8-12) and Momentum (July 22-26). Computers will be available in the lobby throughout the morning to register. Questions? Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org

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 4/15/19
Expectation for the Week $49,800
General Giving for the Week* $64,817
Expectation to Date $2,946,700
General Giving to Date* $2,837,133
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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