​Dear Westminster Family:

One of the principles in Stephen Covey’s popular book, THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE, asserts that every worthwhile enterprise/activity should begin with “the end in mind.” Pastor Matt speaks to this principle on Sunday. His message is entitled, “Final Destination” and focuses on the “end” that God has in mind for all those who successfully navigate their way through this broken world.  Let me encourage you to read I Peter 4:7-11 as you prepare for worship this week.

It is hard to believe that we are already half-way through the Summer. I trust that the season has provided some refreshment for you. I know that a number of you are traveling. In fact, Jorie and I “hit the road” this week for our highly anticipated anniversary trip. Thanks again to all of you who helped make this trip possible.

I realize that the summer months disrupt some of our well-established patterns, but it is still important to remember the things that remain the same. Family ministry is one of those regular activities that actually ramps up in the summer. Your regular financial stewardship is both necessary and appreciated. Our general fund “dipped” below our anticipated giving last week for the first time in months. Just a gentle reminder to remember your church in your summer plans.

Our middle school and high school students leave for camp on Monday. Please pray for Katharine and Josh as they lead this effort, for the many volunteers who come alongside our kids, for the ministry staff who will handle the speaking, and for the students who will have time to reflect on their relationship to God and each other.

Blessings to you all…

Pastor Gary

P.S.
SUMMER SUNDAYS, serve in Birth through 5th Grade – July 15-September 2: Join the Journey and step into the lives of children and youth this summer! Get to know other the kids in our church family, and to say “thank you” to our regular teachers who take this time off. We’ll train you and give you all the supplies you need…just be willing and loving. Sign Up Here! You’ll be blessed – AND will have a blast! Questions, contact gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@dnet1656250323srijk1656250323 or gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@caht1656250323ram1656250323.

VBS DONATIONS – July 15-July 29
We have a few items that can be donated to help us keep the cost of VBS down. More information can be found at www.westminster.org/VBS2018 or in the Children’s Lobby. Donations need to be returned to the Children’s Lobby by July 29.
Questions? Contact Martha at gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@caht1656250323ram1656250323 or go to www.westminster.org/VBS2018.

VOLUNTEER FOR VSB – August 6-9, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Sign up to volunteer and your children can come for free! VBS registration for kids is now CLOSED except for children of volunteers. Make a long term impact on children and families! Be a small group leader, help with registration, make lunch or snacks for volunteers or students, assist with crafts, or welcome families to VBS. These are all ways to help. We have more than 60 opportunities for adults of all ages and students (6th -12th grades in the fall) both during VBS and outside VBS hours. Childcare provided for all volunteer’s children too young for VBS. Register as a volunteer here: https://westminster.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/122208. More information about the many ways that you can volunteer are available online.

A Closer look with Gary Gulbranson

KCIS 630 AM – A CLOSER LOOK
Hear 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: July 20 & 21

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: moc.l1656250323iamg@1656250323RCret1656250323snimt1656250323seW1656250323

CELEBRATE RECOVERY – Fridays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Fireside Room: Childcare provided. Contact Neal at 425-747-1461, ext. 147 or moc.l1656250323iamg@1656250323RCret1656250323snimt1656250323seW1656250323.

THIS SUNDAY: July 22

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:

MOMENTUM | Camp for students entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2018 – July 23-27, Cascades Camp and Conference Center: Join us for a great week of fun, friends, and growth at camp. Our theme this year is Family. Cost: $425 (Early Bird $395 before April 30) Sign up at Westminster.org/events Questions? Contact Ceri at gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@fire1656250323c1656250323

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MARY RUTH MELROSE – Wednesday, July 25, 11:00 AM: Please keep Mary Ruth’s family in your prayers.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – July 29-August 19, Drop off in Foyer on Sundays: We partner with UGM Hope Place by providing families with school supplies they need for success. A list of needed supplies is available at the Welcome Center. Contact: Martha Anderson at moc.r1656250323eitno1656250323rf@6.165625032361nho1656250323j.aht1656250323ram1656250323

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2018 – August 9 & 10, Bellevue Presbyterian Church: The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow Creek’s campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. You are invited to join an expected 450,000 people committed to getting better as leaders in 2018. To find out about the speakers or to register, go to willowcreek.com/summit. Contact LuAnne at gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@zenn1656250323aul1656250323 or 425.747.1461 ext. 110 if you would like to attend.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR IVAN BARLOW – Saturday, August 11, 1:00 PM, Sanctuary:  Please keep Ruth Barlow, Marlene, Ed & Chris Flagel and the rest of their family in your prayers.

FRANKLIN GRAHAM “DECISION AMERICA” PACIFIC NORTHWEST TOUR – August 13, 7:30 PM, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe: Bring your family and friends to an exciting evening featuring prayer, music by Jeremy Camp, and a message of hope from Franklin Graham. Free admission. For more information go to DecisionPacificNW.com.

SNACKCHAT: JAPAN – Sunday, August 19, 10:15 AM, CLC: Come greet our Outreach Partners, Tim & Wakako Clark, Makoto and Hero, and be encouraged with their ministry. Contact gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@keib1656250323ba1656250323

JUBILEE SERVICE DAY – Saturday, August 25, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM: Join Eastside churches, businesses & community members to serve the community as one body. Choose Cherry Crest or Sherwood Forest, the two schools that Westminster is helping. Register at www.jubileereach.org. Contact gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@pkra1656250323m1656250323

WORSHIP IN THE PARK – Sunday, August 26, 9:45 AM, Downtown Bellevue Park: Join us for a worship service with several other local churches. No services at Westminster this Sunday.

GROW SUNDAY – Sunday, September 9, Both services: Discover opportunities to become who God is calling you to be.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:

SUMMER SUNDAYS, serve in Birth through 5th Grade: July 15-September 2 Join the Journey and step into the lives of children and youth this summer! Get to know other the kids in our church family, and to say “thank you” to our regular teachers who take this time off. We’ll train you and give you all the supplies you need…just be willing and loving. Sign Up Here! You’ll be blessed – AND will have a blast! Questions, contact gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@dnet1656250323srijk1656250323 or gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@caht1656250323ram1656250323.

VOLUNTEER FOR VBS – August 6-9, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Sign up to volunteer and your children can come for free! Make a long-term impact on children and families! Opportunities for adults of all ages and students (6th -12th grades in the fall) both during VBS and outside VBS hours. Childcare provided for all volunteer’s children too young for VBS. Here is the link to register as a volunteer: https://westminster.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/122208. More information about the many ways that you can volunteer are available online. Questions? Contact Martha at gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@caht1656250323ram1656250323.

RECYCLE AND REPURPOSE!! Your old sheets could become part of a beautiful handmade quilt by the Helping Hands ministry. You may drop off your donated sheets at the Welcome Center. Be sure to label them for Helping Hands. Questions? Contact Marilyn at moc.l1656250323iamg@16562503231nyli1656250323ramre1656250323txab1656250323

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 gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@pkra1656250323m1656250323

REACH BEYOND! WORK WITH YOUTH – Be a middle or high school leader and impact lives for God. Contact Ceri at gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@fire1656250323c1656250323

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT WESTMINSTER CHAPEL:

IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR A FULL-TIME CUSTODIAN – We are looking for a strong, detail-oriented, service-minded person:Find the Job Description and downloadable application on our website, www.westminster.org (select CONNECT, click on EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES). Submit applications Sondra Beck, Executive Minister of Operations, or contact her at gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@bard1656250323nos1656250323

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/belong 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 gro.r1656250323etsni1656250323mtsew1656250323@ctta1656250323m1656250323

WEEKLY GIVING:

As of 7/16/18
Expectation for the Week $61,300
General Giving for the Week* $37,821
Expectation to Date $373,500
General Giving to Date* $355,163
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 $18,697,500
Current Mortgage Balance $3,302,500