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Westwood Reopening

In response to Governor Holcomb loosening the restrictions for gatherings, we will be hosting in-person services beginning Sunday, May 10th, in addition to our livestream.  In order to facilitate these services in a manner that both protects attenders and abides by the necessary guidelines, we will now be now having worship services at 9:00am and 10:30am.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the church office (812-424-2110) or email connect@mywestwood.org.  You can read more about the Governor’s recommendations for churches HERE.

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March 17th
COVID-19 Update

Westwood Church family,

We would like update you on church activities since the situation with COVID-19 continues to be both unprecedented and fluid. Recently, the CDC offered guidelines for gatherings that reduced the number of people in a single space to 10. This is a drastic change from the 250-person benchmark that was suggested only last week. Since we are five days away from Sunday, I have five points of contact for our church family: biblical principles, online services, new ministries, prayer, and support.

First, allow me to submit a biblical response to such a request. There are two major biblical principles that give us clarity. One is the issues of honoring our governing authorities when they direct in ways that are not immoral or clearly contradictory to scripture. Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resist what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgement. (ESV Rm 13:1-2)

The second biblical principle pertains to the preservation of life. God’s people will always do what allows for the preservation and flourishing of life. This theme is underscored in amazing ways in Exodus 21 and Deuteronomy 22, but no greater example is found in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who gave His life a ransom for many so that all who believe in Him might have eternal life. Jesus preserves life by giving His, and therefore, the application is clear. If God demands we do everything in our power to preserve life, and if Jesus was willing to accept major change to His life — even to the point of death, how much more should we willingly adjust our life patterns in regard to this new virus? Our governing authorities have asked us to pause our social activities for a season in order to minimize potential life-threatening exposure to our vulnerable sector. It is our Christian duty to listen, and dare we impress this word upon our American conscience, obey our leaders.

Second, how will Westwood adjust? Last week we asked some to participate online, and whoever was comfortable participating in person at Westwood was welcome. This week, to honor what has been asked of us only those who are directly responsible for facilitating the worship service and streaming service will be in attendance. Thank you for all, past and present, that prepared this platform for disseminating God’s Word

Third, next Wednesday at 7:00pm we will begin offering a 30-minute time of teaching online (HERE) that will continue to facilitate your growth in Christ. It will be a lot of fun. Join us! Also, and just to have some fun in this pause to social activity, we aren’t sure what to call it, so submit a name online (HERE) for our new online teaching ministry. We will post the names submitted on the Westwood web page and ask you to vote for your favorite name. The winner will get…a case of toilet paper! Well, probably not, but we will have a fun gift for the winner.

Fourth, please, please, continue to submit your prayer requests. We want to pray for your specific needs. You can submit these requests online anytime!

Fifth, thank you for continuing to support Westwood financially. We could not accomplish the work God has called us to without your worship of God through giving.

We are maintaining office hours with a skeleton crew in case there is need. Westwood staff, or your assigned deacon will call you to make sure your family is cared for. If you have an emergency that we can help with, or need pastoral care, we will be available.

Thank you, Westwood Church, you are loved.

Pastor Dave

Announcements

A NEW WAY TO SUPPORT MINISTRY AT WESTWOOD

Westwood Church is now registered on AmazonSmile. Click HERE to select Westwood as your designated charity, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases made at "smile.amazon.com". Note that this does not apply to purchases made on Amazon.com or the Amazon mobile app. The "smile" URL must be used. Please contact Kory Poland for questions or assistance creating an AmazonSmile bookmark on your phone's home screen.

HIDDEN - WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP

The monthly Women’s Ministry Fellowship meeting will be Sunday, November 10, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a sweet or salty snack.

HONDURAS PREP PARTY

The Honduras Medical Mission Team will be hosting a prep party on Saturday, January 4, from 9:00am to 1:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Come help prepare supplies for the upcoming trip. Lunch will be provided.
Click here to register

COME PRAY WITH US

Every Friday morning at 6:00am in the sanctuary, gather together as the Body of Christ to pray.


OFFICE HOURS

The Church Office hours will be as follows for: Monday, Wednesday-Friday; 8am to 12pm. The church office will be closed on Tuesdays.

CORE YOUTH GROUP

CORE will meet every Wednesday at 6:00pm to 8:00pm and will follow EVSC's schedule. We ask that all students be picked up by 8:20pm. Please see Aaron or Kori Fitzwater for more information.

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