March 20, 2017

Dear Friends,
 
I wanted to update you on a few things and let you know of some upcoming events.
1. Our new church signs have been ordered and should be installed prior to Easter. As we mentioned in a previous note, the Deacons have been working on obtaining the required ‘Doing Business As’ documents for Western Hills Community Church. This is the first big step as we move forward into God’s future serving our community. We are planning to have the sign up just prior to Easter.
2. We have begun to spruce up the Fellowship Hall with new blinds and light covers. We will also be replacing all of the light bulbs in the Sanctuary. These are all important steps in our overall plan of reaching out to our community. In fact a visitor to our church mentioned recently to me that we need to replace the burned out light bulbs. The appearance of our building is very important as it lets people know we care about where we meet and want to have a nice place for our guests. (Thanks to all who have pitched in to help out!)
 
Upcoming Events –
In response to the Deacon request, we will hold a Western Hills 101 class on Sunday 4/2 & 4/9 in the Fellowship hall at 9.30am. This will help any who are interested see how we are staying true to our theological roots and will continue to partner with Baptist Mission efforts. The class will also orient attenders and guests to our church strategy. Please email office@westernhillsbc.com if you are going to be attending so we can print resources
 
The Miracle of Mercy, spiritual growth campaign will begin on Easter Sunday and run for 8 weeks. This spiritual growth campaign will help us all gain a deeper appreciation for the mercy God has given us and help us share that mercy with other people. Our Connection Groups will focus on this topic and will be a great place to invite others. The Connection Groups will not be tied to the sermon, so those who do not attend our church would be able to be involved beautifully. Please begin to pray for our church to grow during this emphasis.
 
On Easter Sunday we will have our annual Easter Egg Hunt on our front lawn (near the Welcome Center) at 10am prior to the service. This will be a unique opportunity to reach out to our community and invite them to church. We will be providing some refreshments and having family pictures made. Please stop by the church office and pick up some plastic eggs to fill! We will have the egg bin out on Sunday so you can pick up some empty eggs as well.
 
God loves our community and it is such a pleasure to be able to serve with you!

Onward
 
– Pastor Chris

November 18, 2016

Good Friday Morning!
Last Sunday we had a great #bringyour1 service. We had 5 guests who were with us for worship directly due to a simple friendly invitation. We had one of our children invite a friend, you may have noticed the little girl dressed in pink sining on Sunday, she was an invited guest! I have heard from several others that they invited people who did not come for one reason or another. This is a HUGE WIN for our church. We are the 'pipeline' where people enter the church. Our invitations to other are so powerful and will be the primary activity to move our church into the future. I fully believe that God has a plan and purpose of our church here at 8500 Chapin. We will have another #bringyour1 day on Christmas Eve. We have an invite card printed and on the way, so start praying for someone you can invite to either or 3.15pm (kids focused) or 5pm (candlelight) Christmas Eve service. We will have a cookie and cocoa fellowship between services. Christmas time is a great time to invite people to church! Start praying about someone to invite to Christmas Eve or one of our advent services, #bringyour1.
 
I read this article about emotional intelligence and found it very helpful and interesting. I think something we neglect is tending to our own emotional intelligence.
http://careynieuwhof.com/2016/10/5-emotional-intelligence-hacks-that-can-immediately-improve-your-leadership/?utm_content=buffer48984&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer 
 
 
Here is a podcast that I found very helpful to our church situation. I think the point of continuing to return to the great commission is very important.
http://thomrainer.com/2016/11/5-ways-stop-decline-church-rainer-leadership-278/ 
 
[16] Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
[17] And when they saw him they worshiped him,
but some doubted. [18] And Jesus came and said
to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to
observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always,
to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20 ESV)
 
I am praying that the Lord bless and refreshes you this Christmas season, and on Thanksgiving Day I will be giving thanks for each of you.
 
Onward!
 
Pastor Chris

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