July 28, 2017

I hope and pray your summer is going great! When you see Terri Barron, give her a huge thank you for her organizing and administering our Western Hills University this summer. The missionaries who have come through have been awesome and it has helped me understand my need to pray for them as they do God's work in difficult places.
 
This Sunday is a 5th Sunday - which means we get to contribute to the Texas Baptist World Hunger Offering. Check out how our contributions are being used in Laos in this video. It is amazing what our money can do around the world! 100% of this offering goes to help others.
 
Have you have ever been in a conversation with someone who says they don't need church, or maybe you are wondering why attend church? This is a great/short article about why Participating in God's Church is so important.
 
A verse I read this week that spoke to me: Titus 3.4-5 NLT
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.7 Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
Our 101 class will meet 8/13/17, you can find our more info and sign up HERE.

Please be praying for Barry and Ann as they start their mission trip to Vermont on Saturday.
 
Keep an eye out for some exciting ministry opportunities including, marriage enrichment, a food packing mission trip & Celebrate Recovery (HERE is an inspiring article about overcoming addiction and how CR played a part).
 
If you are interested in being baptized, I promise this will not happen - watch and laugh!
https://youtu.be/avmqNtVaJMw

July 14, 2017

As we continue to think, pray and plan about being the healthiest church we can possible be - having both a mission and purpose becomes very important. Both these statements are taken from Jesus' great commandment found in Mark and the great commission found in Matthew. The Bible is always our best guide.
 
The mission of WHCC is to learn together and invite others to become committed followers of Jesus Christ.
 
Purpose Statement - We were each created by God to...
Know God personally, (Worship)
Participate in God's family, (Fellowship)
Grow spiritually, (Discipleship)
Serve God's church (Ministry)
& Share God's love with others. (Evangelism)
 
What would happen if we all gave our lives to these activities? Would our relationships and situations change? (food for thought)
 
A big part of our movement to church health will be facilitated by our CLASS system. If you are more interested in the CLASS descriptions please read here. CLASS 101 is for new members, but 201, 301 and 401 are for everyone! Watch for the next CLASS session.
 
Have you ever discovered a place of ministry where you can serve God's Church? Read this article to get you thinking that way.
 
Here is an article about awkwardness and evangelism (I know none of us have this, lol)
 
Another video that made me smile.
 
Praying for you,

Chris
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