Westland Free Methodist Church
Kingdom Shifts (10-11-18)

Last Jan/Feb, our leadership team began looking at the question “What would it take to reach more people for Jesus who may not walk through our doors on a Sunday morning?” After praying and discerning for several months, we felt led to make several missional shifts in the coming year or so. Here are some of the things we came up with and are working on, in no particular order:  

  1. Simulcast our services and other events. Thanks to a generous donation, this is already happening. Currently 70-80 people have been joining us live, and 100-200 additional people a week are experiencing the good news about Jesus through these initiatives!
  2. Micro-sites. There are people in our community who may not go to a traditional church service, so we are looking to take the good news to them! We have a couple opportunities in the new year to start a unique church experience in our community. 
  3. Greater involvement in our schools. We’ve been providing recycling bags for Schwietzer Elementary for a couple years now, and Pastor Eric and I have been serving there on some of our days off. We also just completed an initiative with Merge Church where we provided much needed clothing at Hamilton Elementary. We are looking at taking these partnerships to a new level in the coming months.
  4. Back Yard BBQs. We are planning on empowering folks this year to connect in deeper ways with friends and neighbors. You’ll hear more about this exciting opportunity come spring.  
You’ll hear more about these initiatives and have a chance to get involved from the ground up in the coming months. We are also designing some space on Sunday November 25, to share about these topics.
Many of the things we are currently doing such as the Norwayne Cleanup Day, Life Remodeled, Tears, current missional support, will still. However, there may be some things that we choose to pass on because the financial and time investment will take away from focusing on the major things God is calling us to. One event that is affected right away is the Family Fall Festival (indoor trunk or treat). The funding towards this event will be reallocated to the new initiatives. FFF will be replace by a Fall Church Family Event.
As we shift our missional focus and add new outreach initiatives, we also want to find a better balance than we’ve had in past years with events for the church family to grow together relationally. This year on November 18th, we will be having a meal together after church, followed by 4 hours of fun including things like: crafts, kids games, a corn-hole tournament, bonfire, and much more. Events like this, as well as Pizza & Trivia, Super Bowl Party, Family Game Nights, and more will be sprinkled in each semester. Can’t wait to get more feedback as we offer additional opportunities to connect as a church family!
LOOKING BACK: Great kickoff to the fall!!! Attendance is the highest it’s been since Easter; we have 100-200 additional people a week engaging online; and over 80 people in Growth Groups. It’s not too late to join a group, learn more at groups.livesarechanging.com. Student and Children’s ministries are thriving and adding people to the team as well. We’ve also had students inviting friends and those friends finding a home at WFMC! In addition, an awesome team of volunteers resealed our parking lot.
COMING UP: This week we’ll be kicking off a new series that will carry us until Advent on the Beatitudes. In Matthew Chapter 5, Jesus talks about things like blessings in mourning that lead to comfort, and blessings in being persecuted. We believe that as we dive deeper into these words of Jesus, He will show us some major keys to experiencing His blessings here on Earth. Can’t wait to see what God has in store!
Anchor (Student Ministries) runs Thursday nights from 7 - 8:30pm (doors open at 6:30). Oct. 20th they will be traveling to DeBuck’s Corn Maze. Cost is $15, they’ll be leaving at 5 and returning by 9pm.

November 18th is a big day!!! We will have our Annual Harvest Offering. This opportunity to give will enter us into phase 2 of a 3 phase plan to address the lobby, bathrooms, and sanctuary. You’ll hear more about this in a separate letter. We’ll also have a luncheon together followed by a ton of fun in the afternoon! 

There really isn’t enough space here to highlight all that God is doing in and through all of you. Lives are truly changing, and hopefully these updates give you a glimpse into what God is up to, and builds your expectation as God continues to direct our paths.
We have a lot going on this weekend!!! Our entire services will be streaming live over the internet for the first time ever! If you aren't able to join us, you can watch along at by clicking the "Watch Live" button at livesarechanging.com or by watching live on Facebook at facebook.com/westlandfmc. On Facebook you can click on the get reminder button for Sunday's service and you will be notified in your app when we go live. You can also share the video with your friends online, which is an awesome way to share the gospel!! Please pray that God's love will impact those who tune in.
Tomorrow is Country week in our Faith that Sounds Like series. We have TJ Thomas & Kentucky Strait leading worship and playing some other country tracks during our service. It's going to be a great time together, which will be followed by Papa John's pizza and trivia after church. You'll also get a glimpse into our incredible lineup of Fall Growth Groups.
If you're able to join us live, you'll notice we're missing something. Our parking lot is getting sealed today. The lines won't be there tomorrow, but will return in the next week. Thanks so much to our team led by Alan Clark. They have been getting the lot cleaned up for weeks and we are saving us 6-10 thousand by sealing it ourselves today!
Can't wait to worship tomorrow!

#REGROUP (9-10-18)
Fall is right around the corner. The temperatures are starting to change and soon the leaves will change colors. The change of seasons usually gets us thinking about things we could change in our own lives.
One of the things that is at the core of who we are as followers of God, is pursuing Jesus in community. The best way to do that at WFMC is through our Growth Groups. There you will find a place to belong, believe, and become who God has created you to be! Groups are the place where faith and community collide, and great things happen as a result.
We hope you’ll explore the 8 groups we have, and get connected this Fall! There are groups for all ages, life stages, and interests. You can stop by our group display table in the lobby or go to groups.livesarechanging.com for more information. The semester begins the week of Sept 30 - Oct 5, so there is still plenty of time to signup.
If you’re unsure, but want to learn more, join us at our 2nd Annual Pizza and Trivia. It’s Sunday, Sept 23rd at noon following worship. Come to enjoy some pizza, salad, and a round of trivia. You will also hear from our incredible growth group leaders as they preview this semester’s groups. A gluten-free option will be available. 

We also have some great partnership groups from Lifecare Christian Center. Every Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 PM they have a time of worship as well as 6 breakout groups with various studies. They also have their Stretch and Strength classes Monday nights at 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to pursue getting fit this Fall! For more information visit lifecarechristiancenter.org
  • A team of 7 went from WFMC and 46 people overall went on this year’s WOMBAT ride. As a church we raised over $1000 overall at our luncheon for Haiti!!
  • Kids Quest Bibles for 1st graders - This past Sunday, our teachers handed out bibles to our new 1st graders. If your 1st grader did not receive a bible, please email info@livesarechanging.com with the name of the child.
  • Anchor had a great summer full of fun events!
  • People continue to find a home at WFMC and people of all ages are making commitments to Christ!
  • Baby Charlie is now home!!
COMING UP: This is week 2 our new series called: “Faith that Sounds Like.”   Music is one of the primary ways that people have experienced a deeper relationship with God since the beginning of time. Each genre of music offers unique    perspectives on life and faith. Each week of the series will feature a different music style and some great talent from our church and the surrounding area. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we can’t wait to see what God has in store as we gather together to worship Him!
School is back in session, which means Anchor (Student Ministries) is back Thursday nights from 7 - 8pm (doors open at 6:30). Each evening features games, food, friends, and some time in   prayer and growing in faith. They are kicking things off with a series called “I Am.” The first Destination Unknown is Oct. 11 and on Oct. 20th they will be traveling to DeBuck’s Corn Maze. Cost is $15, they’ll be leaving at 5 and returning by 9pm.

We have a great opportunity to partner with Hamilton Elementary this fall. In the lobby you’ll see our giving tree which has items representing pants and socks to bless the kids there. We are partnering with Merge Community church to bless these students!

LifeRemodeled is taking place this year Oct. 1 - 6. They have made a four year commitment to improving the neighborhood surrounding Durfee K-8 and Central High School in Detroit. It’s going to be an incredible week of impacting our neighbors. We’ll leave Monday at approximately 8:30am returning by 5pm at the latest. Let Pastor Tyson know if you’d like to serve with us that day!

We are working at trying to finish off last year’s Harvest Offering projects. Final touches on our lobby floor are scheduled to take place in the next few weeks. We continue to get rave reviews on the floor! And, our signage team is in the final stages of placing new signage in the lobby. You will notice some sample signs, as we ensure the correct size, placement, and design before we hang the final product. Thank you to our signage team for all of their hard work. Can’t wait to see the continued fruit of your amazing generosity!
This weekend is our kickoff for fall group sign-ups! By the weekend our site at groups.livesarechanging.com will be updated with quite a number of WFMC and Partnership groups to plug into. There are so many amazing opportunities to pursue Jesus in community with the many wonderful people that make up our church family.
All kinds of other things are happening this fall too: Anchor is kicking off with a carnival day in September, Life Remodeled is happening in Detroit the first week of October, many kids are moving up from Pre-K/Nursery, Pizza and Trivia is back on Sep. 23, and much more. We'll also be kicking off a new series in September talking about how we connect with faith through music. Each week will feature a different music style and some great talent from our church and the surrounding area.
I'm going into surgery (multiple procedures on nasal septum, sinuses, etc) in a couple hours here and will be down for a couple weeks. If you need anything during that time, please contact Pastor Eric at eric@livesarechanging.com or Shari Doktor our Congregational Care Director at sdoktor@rocketmail.com. Looking forward to being back soon and breathing better! Please keep us in prayers during recovery.
Can't wait for all that God has in store for us this fall!!!

The Reel Deal (6-20-18)
Summer is officially upon us. We just finished up our series on the Lord’s Prayer, and it was so encouraging to see people better understand who they are as a child of God and be empowered to deepen their prayer lives.
This week we kick off our new series called: “Reel Messages.” So far this year, movies have grossed over $5.6 Billion at the box office. We believe that on top of the entertainment value, there are some great lessons for life and faith that we can find on film. This was one of your favorite series last year and we’re looking forward to having some fun together while growing in our faith. Thanks so much to Brandon Guenther for our series artwork!
We encourage you to invite a friend this summer as we look to find at some faith connections in the following movies: Pirates of the Caribbean (6/24, we’ll have pirates in the building and we’ll be firing a real cannon!), Beauty & the Beast (7/1), Greatest Showman (7/8), I Can Only Imagine (7/15), and Harry Potter (7/22). We’ll also have free popcorn (from the Detroit Popcorn Co.) and coffee every week. Every week will also involve a door prize and some unique elements related to the film. We can’t wait!!
  • So much has happened these last few months! We are one of 3 churches across the Southern MI Conference who where awarded a “Missional Church Award” at this year’s Annual Conference! So proud of all that each of you do to spread the love of God throughout Southern MI and to the ends of the earth! Your prayers, giving, and serving are making a tremendous impact! 
  • We had a great Spring serving at Dinner Church in Detroit. Around 100 of you came together to provide crafts for kids, meals or gift cards for fresh produce, or went to Detroit to serve families. Your generosity and hearts for Jesus made a big impact on Detroit and will be felt for quite some time!
  • After 12 weeks of training a group of 12 people from WFMC finished all completed a 5K at the Canton Liberty Fest! We’re proud of our “Run for God” team and looking forward to another team kicking off to run, jog, or walk this fall.
  • We had a strong spring and summer in Growith Groups with so many positive stories of what God is doing!
  • Pastor Eric and our children’s leaders implemented a new check-in system for our kid’s ministry. The new stickers have been much more comfortable for the children over the old clip name tags, and it should help us better track and stay connected with families as time goes on. We’re also continuing to tweak that area as well as other spaces to continue to make them feel more kid friendly.
  • Upward Soccer has had a strong season and so much positive growth has happened in these young soccer players and their families!
  • We partnered with the Tears Foundation and Merge Community Church to host a rummage sale in our gym that brought in over $2,000. This will help minister to an additional 4 families this year who experience the loss of a child or infant.
  • We welcomed Cindy Bemis, Charlie & Joan Hopkins, Bill Leininger, John Moore Jr. & Karie Daroczy to membership in the last couple months! We also celebrated with Justin Butler and Sue Shaw as they were baptized
 COMING UP: Here’s an overview of what the next couple of months hold:
School may be out, but Anchor (Student Ministries) has some fun events going, here’s a snapshot:
  • June 27 (W, 8:30am - 4pm): Serving in Detroit with the youth from our sister church in Hillsdale, MI
  • July 11 (W, 3:45pm - 10:30pm, cost $5): Somerset Beach trip. Bonfire, hayrides, games, music, and more!
  • July 26 (R, 6:30pm - 9:30pm): Backyard bonfire, game, and movie night at the Rose home!
  • August 16 (R, 10:30am - 4:30pm, cost $20): Red Oaks Waterpark trip!  
Reminder, those entering 6th grade are eligible to join the group for the summer fun!

Sunday, July 8, we will be joining other churches from around the conference to hold a baptism service at 4pm at Somerset Beach campground. If you’ve never experienced the camp, you should come out that day and check it out! If you’d like to learn more about getting baptized in the lake there, see Pastor Tyson for details. 

Sunday, July 29, after service we will be having Spaghetti to support our Wombat team. Each year riders take a couple hundred mile bike ride across MI to raise money for the Eye & Dental Clinic in Haiti. Join us for a great lunch and to support this great work!
Looking forward to an amazing summer!!

Probably the most recognizable prayer of all time is what we refer to as "The Lord's Prayer." Jesus taught these words to His followers not to give them words to methodically recite, but as a guide to revolutionize their prayer lives. Starting tomorrow, we are going to take several weeks and unpack these powerful words together trusting that God will doing something incredible in our lives as we deepen our prayer life! Can't wait!
We also have a lot coming up. Summer Growth group (Goliath Must Fall starting on May 31) is right around the corner as well as our summer Youth events. We are hosting a garage sale to benefit Tears on May 25/26 and our annual Norwayne Cleanup Day is Saturday June 9. We also have Run for God on the 16 of June. Also, Upward Soccer is in full swing, we encourage you to come out on a Saturday or Sunday and be a part of the action.
So thankful to follow Jesus alongside all of you. God bless!!

On Mission Together (3-14-18)
We’ve talked since Annual Conference last June about the 10/36 Vision that God has given the Southern Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church. That vision is to see 10 new churches birthed in 36 months. God has been moving as we’ve sought to continue reaching people and making disciples together.
One of the locations God is most at work, is in redeeming and casting hope into the city of Detroit. Mark & Mary Cryderman, who we support as missionaries to Detroit, have seen 4 new sites birthed in the last year! We are eager to link arms and participate in greater ways in what God is doing. Here’s what the means for the next couple months:
Sunday 4.8.18. We will be gathering after worship to eat a meal together and to prepare some craft activities to minister to the children at the various sites.
Sunday 4.22.18 we will be receiving food to help out with meals at the sites. We will be providing 9x13 tins starting this Sunday at the Welcome Center. We are looking for those to be returned to us on the 22nd with 10 pans of lasagna, 5 pans of meatballs, and 5 pans of mashed potatoes. We are also looking for 5 desserts and 5 $15 gift cards to Randazzos (6701 N Newburgh Rd, Westland)
where they can get ingredients for salads. This will all be delivered to them on Monday the 23rd where they can store/freeze the food and bring it out to bless the various sites in the coming months!
We will then travel to the various sites to serve with the teams. There will be opportunities to pray, help with crafts, hold babies so overwhelmed moms can eat, and much more. Here are the dates for travel together in the white van:
Monday 3.26.18 Leaving WFMC around 4pm, returning around 7pm
Tuesday 4.17.18 Leaving WFMC at around 5:15pm, returning around 7:30pm
Wednesday 5.2.18 Leaving WFMC around 4:15pm, returning around 7pm
We look forward to what God has in store for the coming months as we serve together with our brothers and sisters from across Southern Michigan!!! Thanks to our Outreach Director Chris Miller for helping pull all this together!
  • We had a good turnout despite the weather for our Super Bowl Party. Congrats to Carole Cole on winning this years chili cook-off. Our first pizza & trivia Sunday was a hit as well. We had around 80 people show, got some great vision on our growth groups, and the Kopplebergers and Gloria pulled out a close victory in trivia.
  • We had a wonderful start to small groups. Great overall participation, and Pastor Eric and I are hearing stories every single week about some of the great things that are happening as people are pursuing Jesus in community.
  • We had several people attend the National Prayer Summit and Multiplication Conference. Both were inspiring and challenging times together. We look forward to how God will use those experiences in the coming months.
  • Many people took some great steps forward during our financial series on Sunday mornings.
COMING UP: From the beginning of time, God has made promises to His people. And to this day, not one of them has failed! The next several weeks we are going to journey together through the Old Testament book of Exodus. There, we will   explore some ancient promises, and talk about how we can see the promises of God unleashed in our own lives. You won't want to miss a week!!
Holy Week Schedule:
  • Journey to the Cross is an interactive prayer experience for all ages. It will be open Thursday, March 29, from Noon till 8 PM and Friday, March 30, from noon - 6 PM. The 6 stations will provide you with an interactive, multisensory opportunity to reflect on the last week in the life of Jesus, and a time of quiet in the midst of our busy lives. This journey begins in the church lobby. 
  • Good Friday Service Friday, March 30 @ 7 PM will be a silent and reflective time of scripture, drama, singing, and receiving of Holy Communion together. You don't want to miss this incredible service. 
  • Easter Flowers - decorate the church for easter to honor a loved one. Proceeds will go to support our missionaries the Van Tifflins. Lillis = $13; Tulips = $11. Place your order on the flyer in the bulletin and drop payment in the bulletin or drop boxes. Make checks out to WFMC; memo line "Spring Flowers"
  • Sunday Morning (4/1) we will celebrate with refreshments beginning at 9:30 and service at 10:30. There will be invite cards at the welcome center on Sunday 3/25 to invite someone who needs to hear the good news!
There are still spots open for Women’s Retreat (4/13-4/15), it’s going to be a refreshing getaway! Also, we are a host site for this years Blended & Blessed Conference on 4/21, click here to learn more. Anchor (Student Ministries, 6-12th grade) is growing and thriving, join us Thursdays nights. Also, stop by the nursery to check out the renovations, thanks to the Cole family for helping transform this area. So thankful for how God is moving and to get to be a part of it with all of you! - Pastor Tyson   

New Series This Weekend! (2-16-18)
We are starting a new series tomorrow on the "Keys to $uccess." God has tons of advice for us in His Word in terms of successfully navigating the area of our finances. I can't wait to see what He does as we explore some of these live changing insights together!!
We'll also be having a get together after service for people who want to explore membership at WFMC. It's a great opportunity to get to know more people and more about where we've been and where we are headed.
We are so excited to be together again this week after missing last Sunday due to what some people have called "snowmageddon." The monster storm actually caused damage to our toddler room. We will be shifting kids around a bit while we work on repairs, but will have a space for everyone.
I believe this is only our second Sunday we've missed in the last 6 years. When we miss a week it can be a challenge to catch up. If you are able to help us stay on mission, you can give any planned (for last week) or spontaneous gift by clicking here. Online you can give a gift through Paypal or our new ChurchTrac hub. ChurchTrac is not only saving us over $2000 a year, but we are also way happier with it than our previous software. There are some great giving options included like: debit/credit card gifts, direct withdrawal setup through bank accounts, and even giving through text messages! I've tried out the text to give option myself. It's pretty easy to setup and works really slick. So excited for these additional options that we have.

I don't know about you, but it's felt like it's been months since we last worship[ed together, I missed being with all of you! Can't wait to see you tomorrow!!

Better Together! (2-1-18)
The Bible has a lot to say about growing and doing life together. Here are a couple of my favorite verses on the topic: Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24–25)
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
It’s amazing the benefits that come from pursing Jesus in community. In community we are not alone but a part of something bigger, a family. In community our faith grows stronger as we pray for each other and explore the Word together. In community we learn to live beyond ourselves as we serve together and support one another.
This semester we have some incredible groups to connect into, put together by Pastor Eric and the team. The difficult part, is narrowing down what group to attend! There are also great options on Tuesday nights through LifeCare’s Transformational Groups, and their exercise classes on Monday nights. Both nights are at WFMC. You can explore more and signup at: groups.livesarechanging.com!
LOOKING BACK: God blessed 2017 like crazy. We saw highs in involvement in every age group of ministry, growth group participation, serving, and your generosity was overwhelming. We can’t wait to see what 2018 holds!!!
  • Christmas was wonderful. We enjoyed hanging out with all of you at the Pastor’s open house. Our Christmas Eve services were incredible. Robby did a wonderful job directing the play and the cast shined. Many people braved the weather to get to the evening service and it was a moving way to usher in Christmas.
  • In the last month, a church who was closing gave us a beautiful baby grand piano for pennies on the dollar. PTL!!!
  • Our new lobby floor is coming along. We’ve got some work to do yet in terms of repainting and the boarder, but it’s looking phenomenal. Thanks for your generosity which made it possible. Also thanks to Alan Clark who has coordinated the various aspects of the project.

COMING UP: This Sunday is Football Sunday. At 10:30 we’ll gather together and experience what God is doing in the lives of professional athletes like Carson Wentz, Matt Forte, and Demario Davis. Last year 3217 churches participated and over 15,000 people made first time commitments to Jesus Christ!
We’ll come back together around 6pm to gather for the big game. We’ll have the chili cook off, the bounce house setup for the kids, the game going in the sanctuary, games in the parlor, and more. It’s going to be a great time to be together whether you are wanting to watch the game with friends, or just hang out.
Upward Soccer is right around the corner. Last year we had over 40 kids participate and we are looking forward to a larger group this year. The league is for kids Pre-K through 6th grade and you can learn more at: upward.livesarechanging.com

Anchor (Student Ministries, 6-12th grade) Winter Jam (a Christian concert featuring Skillet, Kari Jobe, Building 429, with awesome speakers) is coming up Sunday February 11 at Little Caesars Arena at 6:00PM. We’ll be leaving the church at 3:30PM, and be back by 9:15. See a youth leader for more info.
Also, there are a couple world class conferences coming to our area through the SMC. The National Prayer Summit will be in Spring Arbor February 22-24. You can get more info and signup here. There is also a conference on multiplying leaders, churches, and ministry coming up in Detroit on March 8-9. You can get more info and signup here. Pastor Eric and I will be attending both of these, if you’d like to coordinate riding together drop one of us a note.
You’ll also be hearing more in the coming weeks about opportunities to serve together in Detroit with our sister churches. 2018 is just getting started, anticipating great things!
O Come Let us Adore Him! (12-1-17)
I’ve been meditating on the word “Adore” the last month, and I wanted to share what it means as we focus on Jesus this Christmas:
Adore (verb):
1. to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
2. to pay divine honor to; worship: to adore God.
This weekend we kick off the season of Advent. Advent is a time when we anticipate & celebration the arrival of the King that very first Christmas. We also look forward to His coming again some day, what a day that will be!!
As we journey through Jesus first coming to earth we are going to take a fresh look at the Christmas story through the eyes of some of those who sought out the newborn King. We’ll explore how they honored, loved Him, and worshiped Him. This verb “adore” captures how God wants us to come before Him each and every Christmas. We can’t wait to celebrate the reason for the season throughout December together!
LOOKING BACK: God is moving, here are a couple highlights from the past several weeks: 
  • Here are some stats from our quarterly report to the SMC: We had 18 new people jump into ministry this last quarter, including 5 people jump into new leadership roles. We also had 21 of 24 first time guests return. Your continued hospitality is a big part of that! 
  • We had over 300 people come to this year’s Family Fall Festival. Thanks to David & Erin and all of you who prayed, donated candy, or served at the outreach event!
  • Your generosity through this years Harvest Offering was incredible!!! You smashed the $7000 goal by giving over $12000! The first 10% will go to the Bishop’s relief fund to help with recent natural disasters. The remainer will be used to replace the lobby floor (January 2 -  5), help purchase a machine to clean the floors, help with lobby signage, and keep us moving on our multiyear plan. These gifts will allow us to continue to move the mission of Jesus forward together in some fun ways in the coming years. Thanks so much for your generosity!
  • We had great turnouts for our outdoor picnic in October with our friends from Warren Road FM and our Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday the 19th. Both events turned out to be wonderful opportunities to grow together.
  • The Nofzinger and Rose family were deeply moved by your love and generosity this fall to our families!
  • Many have been challenged and invigorated as we dug into Proverbs together.
COMING UP: There is so much going on this Christmas Season, here’s a snapshot:
12/3 - Adore Him Series Kicks Off, SEED is at WFMC
12/10 - Pastor’s Open House from 3-5pm at the Nofzinger’s Home (Drop in to say hi, relax, and spend time together!)
12/13 & 20 Christmas Eve Choir Practice @ 7pm
12/17 - Society Meeting hitting on positive momentum, 2018 budget, and updated Articles of Incorporation
12/24 - Our Christmas play put on by Robby, RuthAnn, and the team; a very special Christmas Eve service
Each week will feature Advent readings, Christmas music, and more. Christmas Eve in the evening will feature 2 new additions to an already spectacular evening. The front of the church will be lit with luminaries in memory of loved ones who have gone before us. You can sign up for one in our lobby on Sunday or throughout the week. We will also be receiving an offering that evening for the first time. 100% of the gifts that night will go to purchase lifetime water filters, animals, and more through I.C.C.M. (http://www.childcareministries.org).
As you arrive at church over the next month you’ll see it decorated for Christmas. Thanks to Joyce Balcom and the Worship Team for helping us get in the spirit of the season! You can find more details on everything Christmas at Christmas.livesarechanging.com. Thanks to Meghan Rose for developing this new site as our holiday hub!
Anchor (Student Ministries, 6-12th grade) Winter Retreat is coming up January 19-21 and features Ryan Holbrook at the key speaker! If you’re interested in attending this incredible weekend, see a youth leader today. We also have another “Destination Unknown” coming up Dec. 7 at 6:30pm. The youth group is growing by leaps and bounds both numerically and spiritually!

Make sure to stop by our Welcome Center for an invite card! 63% of people surveyed said they feel like they should attend church around Christmas. Let’s not keep this incredible gift we’ve been given to ourselves, let’s share Jesus with our neighbors!  
"Harvest Offering Results & Happy Thanksgiving" (11-25-17)
Hope you had a blessed day yesterday!
Last year on Black Friday people spend $656,0000,0000,000 (Billion!) on stuff! Last weekend you smashed the goal ($7K) and invested over $12,000 in the Kingdom of God! Thanks so much for your generous investment in moving the mission of Jesus forward!
In the immediate future: Over $1200 will go to help with recent natural disaster recovery efforts. And our lobby floor will be remodeled the first week of January and should be ready for Sunday the 7th.
As a staff we have been talking a lot about how blessed we are to serve at WFMC. Our families were blown away by your generosity in last weeks offering. We felt humbled by your outpouring of love to us during pastor's appreciation month. The video and many cards we all received were great reminders of how loved we are and how lucky we are to do life and faith with all of you. We feel no one rivals your passion for pursuing Jesus and spreading His love.
As we think of things we are thankful for, having the privilege of pursuing Jesus with all of you rises to the top of our list. May you all be blessed and know how loved you are by your heavenly Father and by our families this holiday season!
The Nofzingers & Roses

"Harvest Offering & Meal" (11-17-17)
Can't wait for this Sunday!

We have our annual Harvest Offering this Sunday, which will go towards a new floor in the lobby (possible other lobby updates depending on the amount) and also helping with relief efforts from recent disasters. Can you believe that we are already over $2000 towards our goal of $7000+ and we haven't even taken up the offering yet?! If you are able to help us work towards this years goals, you can give in one of 3 ways:

1) This Sunday during our offering by marking any giving that you'd like to go towards the Harvest Offering under the other category on the envelopes. Or by marking the amount designated Harvest on your memo line on your check.
2) You can mail in a check or cash donation to the church office with a note to designate it for the Harvest Offering.
3) By clicking here to donate online. For online donations please note that it is for the Harvest Offering in the "designate" section.

We also have a meal after the church service to celebrate this season of thankfulness together as a church family. We'd love to have everyone join us for a fun time of food and fellowship. (We also worked hard this week to get the Lions game setup for background noise.)

Thanks in advance for your generosity, looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!!!

The Pursuit of Wisdom (10-12-17)
Proverbs 3:13 says: “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,”
Albert Einstein once said: “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong
attempt to acquire it.”
There is no shortage of resources out there offering to give us advice. However, as we pursue wisdom for the various areas in life, one source vastly separates itself from the pack: The Bible! The words we find in the Bible are just as relevant today as the day they were written.
Therefore, next weekend (Oct. 22) we are kicking off our new series examining the Old Testament book of Proverbs. Over several weeks we’ll explore the pursuit of wisdom areas like: how we choose our friends, our words, avoiding temptation, caring for our souls, and more. We believe that God has big things in store for our time together!!
LOOKING BACK: God is moving, here are a couple highlights from the past month: 
  • Growth Groups have kicked off and we have 85 people participating!!!
  • Participation in youth group is up dramatically and we continue to see new kids on Sundays!
  • We installed a new roof for a family in the church!!
  • Lifecare has begun meeting Tuesday nights at WFMC. Visit lifecarechristiancenter.org to learn more about this impactful ministry or to get connected. 
  • Many have been challenged and invigorated as we dug into Song of Solomon together.
COMING UP: In a couple weeks we have our annual fall outreach the Family Fall Festival. It’s a safe alternative to Halloween and features lots (and lots) of candy, bounce houses, games, a laser maze, food, an enchanted forest, and more! It will take place on Halloween (Tuesday the 31) from 6:30 - 8:30pm. We’d love to have you there. We’d also love to have you join our team for the night. We average 500 - 1000 people and it’s an awesome opportunity for us to be hospitable to our neighbors! You can signup at the Welcome Center or by clicking here.
Anchor (Student Ministries, 6-12th grade) has had a great kickoff this fall and meets Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30pm. They also have a couple great events coming up in the next few weeks. On Oct. 19 they will leave the church at 7:15 for “Destination Unknown.” It’s an evening you won’t want to miss! And on Saturday Oct. 28 they will be traveling to Debuck’s Corn Maze. This event costs $13 and we’ll be leaving around 5:30pm. You’ll experience corn mazes, pedal go carts, bounce houses, a super slide, and more!

It’s not too late to join a group. Visit groups.livesarechanging.com for more info!
Our annual Harvest Offering is coming up on Sunday Nov. 19! This is a once a year giving opportunity to see some major advancements in ministry and mission. This year our goal is to raise $7000 - $10,000 to do some renovations in our lobby, with the main update being the lobby floor. We have already had someone offer to match the first $1500 that comes in, PTL! We will also be tithing (giving 10%) off of the total amount given and that money will go to the Bishop’s Relief Fund to help with recovery efforts with the recent natural disasters. See the two post below this one for a video talking about the Harvest Offering and our Letter to folks talking about this years goals. We can’t wait to see what God does! Thanks in advance for seeking God on how He would have you respond and for your generosity!

Last but not least, we’ll be having an outdoor picnic at Jefferson Barnes Community Center on Sunday October  22 after church. We’ll be joined by our friends at Warren Road FMC for fun and fellowship. The event will feature a simple lunch of hotdogs and chips, followed by outdoor fun including whiffle ball, kick ball, cornhole, Viking Kubb, and more. We hope to see you there!
Harvest Offering & Vision Updates (10-8-17)

HARVEST OFFERING Letter 2017 (10-6-17)
God is on the move at WFMC! This last year has been pretty incredible. Here are a few highlights:
  • The Rose family has joined us in the mission of reaching people for Jesus
  • We have 85 people involved in growth groups at the moment
  • Growth is also happening in children’s & youth ministry
  • We have increased our mission involvement locally and overseas, including an increased partnership with Lifecare
  • Dozens of new people have found a church home with us
People are coming to Jesus, getting discipled, and getting baptized throughout the year. Maturing believers are taking their commitment to God and community to new levels. And the community and world around us are seeing the love of God through us as we live on mission.
The last 5 years around Thanksgiving we have taken up a special 1 time offering that has helped us improve our reach into the community as well as enhance our ability to minister on-site. Through these offerings we have created our first handicap accessible restroom, added a ramp to our gym, added monthly funds for benevolence, given to mission initiatives, fixed our sound system, created better access for the hearing impaired, and much more!
Our leadership team has assessed our current opportunities to fix or enhance ministry and came away with these three priorities. These are also the three that we get the most feedback on from guests and current attenders:
1) Lobby: The biggest need here is for new flooring in the lobby. At this point the carpet is a definite eye sore with sun damage and staining, and it’s also a physical liability as it is tearing in several sections. Our hope this year would be to replace the carpet with an epoxy type concrete floor similar to the one pictured here. It would give us a great look, be low maintenance, and potentially last through our lifetimes. We’d also like to update signage, coffee station, etc, but the floor is the first priority. The cost of the floor alone will be $7-10K, so that number is our goal for this year.

2) Bathrooms: - We are looking at ways to increase the look and functionality of our men’s and women’s restrooms. Along with the carpet, they consistently get the lowest ratings in the facility. The men’s in particular is in need of an overhaul for the stalls to be more accessible. We have several ideas that we are exploring as to how to improve this in the interim.

3) Worship Space: We’d love to update the look of our seating, lighting, etc in there. However, we feel like the other two items are more of a priority.
Our goal is to get all 3 areas addressed over the next 3-5 years. We would prefer not to take on additional debt or do a capital campaign at this time, but to keep seeing what the Lord does through our Harvest Offerings. If that means that we save money over several years, we are good with that!  In addition, the Board of Ministry had the idea that a tithe (10%) of this years Harvest offering will go to support the hurricane relief efforts through the Bishop’s relief fund of the Free Methodist Church.
You’ll be hearing more about the Harvest Offering, what God is doing, and what we believe He has in store for outreach and expansion both inside and outside the walls of the facility He’s blessed us with in the coming months. We believe these updates will provide needed fixes, remove obstacles for guests, and enable us to     enhance our facility as we continue to build disciples and strive to reach the lost!
We look forward to pausing during this upcoming season of thankfulness and praising God for the many ways that He has blessed us! Please join us in prayer as we approach this Harvest Offering, and ask God how He’d have you respond. We’re trusting we’ll meet our goal of 4.5K to cover our weekly needs. So, for Sunday Nov. 19, we ask that you mark giving that is above your normal giving as “Harvest Offering” on the envelopes in the pews. We are so thankful for how God has moved in the last year. And, we can’t wait to see what God has in store as we continue to seek and serve Him together! 

Let’s Get is Started! (8-30-17)
Colossians 2:6–7 (NASB95) “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him…”  When the    Bible says “walk in Him,” it is literally telling us to go…walk…take a next step with Jesus.
Bible Commentator William MacDonald says that: “The word walk is one that is often used of the Christian life. It speaks of action and progress. You cannot walk and remain in the same place. So it is in the Christian life; we are either going forward or backward.”
One of our goals at WFMC is to help you move forward with Jesus. There are more ways to do that this fall then we have room for in this letter! Please dive into the updates below, check out our website, and let us know how we can help you as you pursue Jesus this fall. This fall is going to be epic!
LOOKING BACK: These last few months have been amazing! Thanks to everyone who has given, prayed, and served to help people experience Jesus!
· Since hosting the Van Tifflins who we support as FMC missionaries to Asia, God has resourced them 100% and they are now on the field full-time!
· Several families had a great time growing in God together at Family Camp.
· We had our first “Reel Messages” series that was highlighted by a Star Wars weekend, plenty of popcorn, lots of visitors, and some decisions to follow Jesus. Thanks to everyone who made that series a success!
· We sent 8 people to downtown Detroit to help with Life Remodeled. It was a great experience and we made a good dent in helping out the community! Here’s an update from the Life Remodeled team: “Thanks to your help, more than 11,000 volunteers removed blight from 367 city blocks, boarded up 534 vacant houses and Life Remodeled is on the way to completing 53 home repairs.” Wohoo!
· We sent 4 riders and 1 SAG on the WOMBAT biking trip across MI. Several thousands of dollars were raised that will allow people in Haiti to get much needed eye and dental care and hear the good news about Jesus!
· We are helping sponsor the Fresh Grounded Faith Women’s Conference on October 20-21 in Detroit. So far we have sold 25 tickets and have 5 left at the sale price of $34. To reserve a ticket contact the office. To learn more visit our website or go to freshgroundedfaith.com.

 COMING UP: Join us this September as we explore the keys to love and romance! “The Song” series will include verses from the  Song of Solomon and throughout the Bible, and will feature something for you regardless of your age or relationship status. We’ll explore how to become the best version of yourself, how to navigate different relationship stages, how to deal with conflict, God’s design for sex, and more! The Song is based off a series concept on Life.Church. We can’t wait to see what God does as we dive into His design for Love and Romance!

Anchor (Student Ministries, 6-12th grade) is kicking off this Thursday September 7th at 6:30 PM with a  Carnival! The night will feature Hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, and lots of games Come and meet your leaders and fellow teens as we kick off the school year right!

The fall is right around the corner and that means Growth Groups are kicking off too! We have groups starting for everyone on a variety of topics. It really will be one of our best semesters yet! You can learn more or sign-up online at: groups.livesarechanging.com 

This fall also marks something new in terms of groups. We are partnering with LifeCare Christian Center (http://lifecarechristiancenter.org), who is a leader in the area in terms of helping people find hope and wholeness. They will be using WFMC as their hub for their “Transformational Groups.” You can find out more about these groups at their website or by clicking on the “Partnership Groups” link on our groups page. We are excited to partner with them on a new level and can’t wait to see what God does!

We also have a new partnership with Family Life that will allow you to attend their “Weekend to Remember” conferences for $100 off by using the promo code WFMC! They are coming back to Detroit for the first time in 6-7 years on November 10-12. It’s an incredible opportunity to take your relationship to the next level or find hope and healing if things have gotten stale. Learn more by visiting http://familylife.com/weekend-to-remember

Becoming What We Believe (6-28-17)
As we close out our series on Ephesians, I find myself echoing Paul’s prayer for the church (3:16-21) as we continue to strive to  “become what we believe”: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
LOOKING BACK: These last couple of months have been amazing!
· We had 6 people get baptized!
· We had our first summer group semester in many years and over 20 signed up for the group!
· We hosted the Van Tifflins who we support as FMC missionaries to Asia. We raised an additional $440 in support for them in 2017 and sponsored 7 kids!
· We finished our Upward season where over 40 kids were impacted with the good news and grew in their confidence and abilities through soccer and awesome coaching!
· We held our second annual cleanup day in Norwayne where around 30 went from WFMC and over 40 from the community joined us. We far surpassed the goals for the day and they put us on additional projects. The mayor personally came out to thanks us, which was a real treat for the team. On top of that, we got to pray with residents, as well as see one person we met that day come to faith in Jesus!
· We also elected to new people into leadership as Shari Doktor was elected as our Director of Congregational Care and Alan Clark as our Director of Facilities. So thankful to have these two gifted and passionate people join our Board of Ministry!
Thanks to everyone who has given, prayed, and served to help people experience Jesus!
COMING UP: Summer is officially upon us. This is the last week in our Ephesians series and next week kicks off our new series called: “Reel Messages.” So far this year, movies have grossed over $4.6 Billion at the box office. We believe that on top of the entertainment value, there are some great lessons for life and faith that we can find on film. We encourage you to invite a friend this summer as we look to find some inspiration through the following movies: Trolls (7/9), Star Wars (7/16, we’ll have live Star Wars characters for this one!), Brave (7/23), Batman (8/6), and the classic The Princess Bride (8/13). We’ll also have free popcorn and coffee every week, hope to see you there!
Anchor (Student Ministries) is going to Rolling Hills Water Park on July 20th. Cost is $10 to get in and $10 for lunch. It’s going to be an awesome time! Email Pastor Eric at eric@livesarechanging.com for more info.

Our new ramp is now functional in the gym and so it’s time to celebrate. What better way than with food? We are going to host a pancake breakfast on Sunday July 9th from 8 - 10:15am. All donations will go to support the Eye and Dental Clinic in Haiti through our Wombat team.  Last year we sent a number of people to Detroit to help with Life Remodeled. It was an incredible experience for our team, and so inspiring to be a part of helping revitalize Detroit. This year we will be heading to help out again on Monday July 31st and leaving from WFMC.

Also, our hearing assist devices have been available for a while now. If you need one to help with Sunday’s worship services please see an usher and they will get you all setup! A group of guys are heading to a Tigers game on Saturday July 29th. For more info or to see if we still have tickets available contact Bill Cole at: WCCJfamily@aol.com. There’s always something around the corner, Onward & Upward!!!
Big Weekend! (6-16-17)

Hope you are all enjoying this heat! We have a big weekend in store! 
Saturday morning we have our year ending games and celebration for Upwards. Games start at 9am and the celebration will begin at 10 and follow through the second game. This ministry has had a big impact on our community this year and it's a great opportunity to be a part of that on Saturday. 
We also have our Norwayne cleanup going on. That will begin around 10, please be there around 9:30. We are meeting at the Jefferson Barnes Community and Vitality Center on Dorsey. No need to bring anything, just come ready to serve and be a blessing to our neighbors. We will be having lunch together at noon.
Also, on Sunday Seth Van Tifflin and his family will be worshiping with us. They are Free Methodist missionaries with a particular focus on ending trafficking. They will help us get a better picture of what God is up to as we partner with them. It's going to be a great weekend to worship and serve together!
New Series (5-12-17)
This weekend at 10:30am we are closing out our series on "The Miracles of Jesus." It's going to be an epic service you won't want to miss, as we will hear story after story of some of the incredible things God has done in the life of our congregation directly from the people who have experienced God at work in some amazing ways!
The week after we are starting a series on the book of Ephesians that we believe will have a huge impact on our church family. Our summer small group at the Rose home will kick off in a couple weeks as well. It will be a great time to pursue Jesus in community. Next week we are hosting a garage sale to support the TEARS Foundation. Also, our annual Norway Cleanup day is scheduled for Saturday June 17th. You can find out more about these opportunities to grow and serve here on the website! 

Easter Reminders & Challenge (4-13-17)
This week we celebrate that the tomb was empty on Easter morning. And that same Jesus that came back to life on the very first Easter, can bring life to us. We are trusting that God is going to work in some incredible ways this Easter! We will have a reflective service on Good Friday (14th) at 7pm. There you will experience the emotion of the cross and have a chance to reflect through powerful music and communion. The stage has been set and it's an experience you won't want to miss. On Sunday (16th) at 10:30am we will be celebrating the resurrection together and looking to what God can do in our life as a result. We believe He has some great moments in store as we gather together this weekend. Join us a bit early on Sunday for coffee and refreshments

We also wanted to issue a couple challenges for Easter morning. Easter is all about life and one way that we bring life to our community is through emergency food assistance. We want to challenge everyone to bring one item for our food pantry. Here is a list of our current needs as of March 28: Soup, Instant Potatoes, Pork and Beans, Canned Tuna, Canned Chicken, Jelly/Jam,  Cereal, Crackers, Mac’n’Cheese, Rice-A-Roni, Juice, Jello, Pudding, Toilet Paper, Deodorant, Hand Soap, Razors, and Toothpaste. These items can be dropped off at the bin by the drinking fountain in the lobby. 

One last challenge...who it that God wants you to invite to hear the good news this weekend? I've invited 5 people so far, and I'm praying for the Spirit to work in them. We've prepared the overflow rooms and we are ready to share the good news! Let's give life as we celebrate the life we've been given! Happy Easter everyone, hope to see you there! 

I Need a Miracle (3-24-17)
One of my favorite Bands is Third Day and as we approach Easter I haven’t been able to get their song about miracles out of my head. Here are a few of the lyrics: “Well no matter who you are and no matter what you've done, there will come a time when you can't make it on your own. And in your hour of desperation, know you're not the only one praying Lord above, I need a miracle.”
We often find ourselves in situations that are beyond our ability to navigate them for any number of reasons. And when that happens, as the song says, we often cry out to God looking for a miracle. The great news is that we follow a God that is fully capable of doing the miraculous!

Exodus 15:11 (GNB) says: “Lord, who among the gods is like you? Who is like you, wonderful in holiness? Who can work miracles and mighty acts like yours?”
Starting this weekend we are going to explore some of  The Miracles of Jesus. There really is no one like Him. And as we explore His miraculous works we are trusting that He will awaken a spark in your hearts to trust Him to work in your life in some incredible ways!
LOOKING BACK: We’ve seen so much fruit this Spring! We have over 70 people who have participated in Growth Groups this Semester. God is doing some incredible things as we pursue Jesus in community together! We’ve had 7 people declare they are all in as new members and more signed up for upcoming classes. We had a large showing for our Superbowl party in February. Congrats to Alan Clark on first place in the chili cook off! We had no problem staffing Friday nights to minister at the Warming Center, it’s so great to see people excited to show the love of Christ to their neighbors. God is on the move, Hallelujah!
COMING UP: It’s so hard to believe not only is it a new year, but Easter is almost here!!!

We will be experiencing the Lord’s Supper together twice in the next month on Sunday the 26th and at our Good Friday Service on the 14th of April. Pastor Eric and Parker Kirchinger are leading a worship experience on Good Friday at 7pm. It will be a great time to remember the sacrifice of our Lord and take our Easter experience to a new level. Also, Easter invited will be available soon, please be praying about someone to invite to hear the good news about the resurrection of Jesus!

There will also be plenty of opportunities to take Next Steps spiritually. We’ll be having a baptism service on Palm Sunday, April 9th . Pastor Eric is setting aside time the next couple of Sunday mornings around 10am in the Parlor if you’d like to learn more about baptism or ask any questions. Upward Soccer is kicking off too. There are still opportunities to plug in with coaching, as a ref, with devotionals, on the prayer team, and more!

Our new sound board is installed! Thanks for your generosity which made that, our new monitor system, new tables, and our hearing assist devices possible! If you are in need of a hearing assist device for a service you can see an usher and they will check one out to you for the service. This will be a great tool for some to get the clarity they are looking for at the volume they are looking for. Can’t wait to see them in action! A special thanks to Steve Holbrook for researching and installing these tools which will help us better minister!

A few other notes: Women’s Retreat is set for the weekend of the 31st. It’s not too late to signup at our website. Great things are happening in Student and Children’s ministry. Thanks to all who are building disciples and sending them out to impact their friends! Also, As it warms up outside we are also looking at more some great opportunities to partner with our community and again in Detroit. There’s always something around the corner, so thankful to partner with all of you in life and ministry!  

New Series Kicking Off: 
New Series: ​As we enter into the new year we often think about what we want to do to better our lives. But what if the goal of life was to prepare for the next? The afterlife seems mysterious and unknown. Over the next several weeks we we be exploring what happens to the body and soul, what heaven and hell are like, and many frequently asked questions about the after life. We will also learn how it can change how we live in the here and now! 
Society Meeting: We will be having a short meeting after the service to review the 2017 budget. We have continued to tweak things throughout the week and here is what the BOM settled on this week. We are excited about God's provision in 2016 and look forward to major kingdom impact in 2017! Thanks to all of you who gave financially in 2016, you changed people's lives in some incredible ways! 
Basement Flooding: On Thursday the City of Westland experienced a sewer line blockage on Hazelwood St. This blockage has caused backups in homes on that street as well as affecting the church basement. The city has done a great job responding and cleared it by late afternoon. Our insurance company helped get the ball rolling on cleanup. The carpet has all been removed and the majority of the contents have been salvaged. However the basement will be out of commission as repairs take place. This Sunday the 1st - 5th graders will be in worship with the adults. If repairs continue throughout next weekend we will look at creating a temporary space for kids church. 
Group Signups: Checkout groups.livesarechanging.com to explore and signup for a growth group today! Groups are kicking off in the next couple weeks and are the best avenue to find community and grow deeper in your walk with Jesus.    
Looking forward to all God has in store in 2017 and to experiencing it with all of you! 

Here are a couple numbers from FFF: We had over 400 people attend, 39 families were new and 47 want to learn more about WFMC! Thanks to David, Erin, and Chris for leading the charge! And thanks to all of you who served, gave, and prayed for the event. It was a huge success and your hospitality is the biggest reason why!!!
From Roxanne Henke: I need some help with hosting the quiz meet on Saturday, November 12. I need help with set up Friday night at 7pm, set up and serving lunch starting about 1030am through 1pm and cleanup including vacuuming gym and take down at 330pm. please let me know via email (RoxDeFox@eid55.com) or FB messenger. thanks
We announced last weekend we want to be covering our nation, missionaries, church family, state, etc in prayer during Monday/Tuesday the 7th/8th. Sunday we are going to hand out some points to pray on during those days and we are asking people to sign up to pray for a minimum of 15 minutes during Monday or Tuesday. These are critical days ahead. However you are feeling we can be hopeful. Jesus reminds us to "take heart because He has overcome the world." Whatever lies ahead Jesus is in control and His kingdom will prevail. Let's continue to look to Him as we cover our nation, leaders, and future leaders in prayer this election season! You can signup in the prayer room for a time slot or just commit to one if you can't make it in. It would also be cool to see some groups committing to praying together. Looking forward to what God is going to continue to do as we go deeper in our prayer life together.
We have great news! After many months of seeking God and interviewing candidates, God has brought us an amazing family to join the WFMC familyEric and Meghan Rose, and their daughter Ainsley will be joining the WFMC family on November 7 and worshiping with us for the first time on the 13th! They have over 10 years ministry experience (in missions, youth, worship, and adult ministry) and are incredible people. Eric is an ordained Elder in the Free Methodist Church and they have been officially appointed at WFMC by our Conference Leadership. They are eager to get to know all of you better and we can't wait for you to meet them. God's hand has been all over this process and we can't wait to share more! 
Also, In a couple of weeks just over a week, we will be having our annual Family Fall Festival
Here are some stats from David and Erin Espinoza: Last year we had over 150 families and 36 of them wanted more information about WFMC. Over 500 non church members across 9 cities came out. This event NEEDS volunteers to function. We are also in need of candy, lots of it! Please take a moment to sign up and help by clicking here. What a great opportunity we have to build relationships with our community!
Looking forward to diving deeper into our prayer lives tomorrow and sharing some vision on what's ahead! God bless!


Week 2 Series info - Here's the sermon teaser for the weekend: In Matthew 24:3, the disciples asked Jesus: “When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” In response, Jesus gave them really detailed specifics about what the world will look like prior to His second coming. Tomorrow we'll explore Jesus words to His disciples, and what they mean for the future. We're also going to open with an old hit song about signs, you won't want to miss it! I can't wait!

Norwayne Cleanup - We are super excited to be partnering with Christian LifeCare and the City of Westland to help clean up some of the residences and pick up the trash along the roads and in the parks. We will be meeting at Jefferson Barnes at 10:30AM. Lunch will be provided at 1 o’clock. We need 30 - 50 volunteers and you can sign-up at the welcome desk, on your connection card, or here on our website by clicking here. Also, if you have a pick-up truck and/or a rake and are thinking "Let's take this volunteer thing up a notch!" then please bring those with you. We will provide garbage bags and gloves. We are incredibly blessed to have this opportunity to help those in need in our community. See you there!

Leadership Nominations - Here is a letter explaining the process behind our yearly nominations for leadership at WFMC. You can find the forms on the website by clicking here, or get hard copies at the Welcome Center.


Could we be the generation that gets to see God’s plan fulfilled? That has been the question for thousands of years, as every generation since Jesus return to heaven has eagerly anticipated His return.  For the next several weeks we are going to explore the words of Jesus, John, and Paul, in regards to the second coming of Christ. There are some very clear signs the Bible tells us will alert us to the season of His return. I can’t wait to explore them together! Tomorrow we'll kick it off with communion and some great worship.

Also, hope to see you all at the Norwayne Cleanup day on Saturday the 23rd. This really is a great opportunity to partner with our community to make a difference and put our faith to action. We'll meet at Jefferson Barnes at 10:30 and finish with lunch at 1pm. Come serve with some old friends and meet some new ones.

A Sound Mind (1-28-16)
Proverbs 14:30 (The Message) “A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones.”
Managing our emotions can be one of the most difficult challenges of any given day. There are ups and downs that can bring out a variety of emotions like joy, anger, disgust, fear, and sadness. Sometimes we wish the highs of the day would continue, and other days we feel lucky to just survive.

Several thousand years ago, the first people were made in the “image and likeness” of God. And we can find these emotions packed throughout every story of His Word.
In our upcoming series “Inside Out,” based on the recent Disney film, we’ll explore what the Bible has to say about these emotions. By the time we’re done, we’ll learn how to navigate the complexities of our emotions according to the Bible. There is a lot of wisdom in there that can help us transform these God given emotions into working for us instead of against us! We can’t wait to dive into each week with you!
LOOKING BACK: We had a great Christmas and start to the new year. The team did a great job with the Christmas play this year! It was fun to see the Christmas story told in a fresh way. It was also wonderful to experience Christmas Eve with over 200 people at this year’s service!
COMING UP: This spring is jam packed, there are always new things around the corner!

Are you looking for a place to make friends and grow in your faith this spring? If so, we have the place for you! There are
7 new “growth groups” kicking off, and we've saved you a spot! We've got groups for just guys or gals, a group on prayer, a group for parents of young kids, groups for anyone, an exercise group, and more! Check out the groups and sign-up today by going to groups.livesarechanging.com. Groups kick off Sunday January 31st and throughout the week.

Staring this Sunday, we're going to join with the city of Westland and people around the US, and make a push to help the people of Flint out. The next two weekends, and throughout next week we’ll be gathering water at WFMC to help out in these trying days. Bring cases of water only please, as they are easier to stack and transport. Together we can make a big difference!!!
Super Bowl Sunday is going to be epic! Sunday morning at 10:30 we’ll have a simulcast featuring former and  current football players, including onsite interviews with players. Drew Brees and Thomas Davis III will be just a couple of the players featured. This exciting presentation will blend faith and football, and give you an exclusive look into how God is working in the NFL. At church we'll be wearing our favorite pro, college, or high school jersey or shirts.

Sunday evening at 5:30 we’ll be having a Super Bowl Party here at WFMC that will include food, football, and games. Let us know if you want to participate in the chili cook-off! Invite your co-workers, friends, and neighbors to both events on Football Sunday, Feb 7!
Save the date for our Annual Women’s Retreat, it will take place March 18-20th. The ladies have been working hard on the planning. It’s going to be a great time to relax and get refreshed!!!

Our new family bathroom is coming along. We should be ready for flooring by next weekend, and we’re hoping to have the project done before March! We’re also working with two companies to get the best price and quality of work done on the new gym door. Thanks again for making these dreams a reality!
Also, make sure to take advantage of our new InFellowship program. It will take your level of connectedness with your WFMC family to new heights! Looking forward to growing with all of you as we seek God together this Spring!

Giving Thanks (11-27-15)
The Bible tells us to: “Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, NIV).
Often the way we view life comes down to a choice...our choice. I’ve found that in my own life I can focus on the few things that are frustrating, or I can choose give thanks for the many ways that God has blessed me. It’s a challenge some days, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, I can choose to “give thanks in all circumstances.
This Thanksgiving and Christmas season I choose to be thankful...thankful for:
A God who loves me so much that He chose to humble Himself by leaving His throne in heaven, and gave Himself in my place on the cross. I’m thankful that His love for me wasn’t conditional on my deserving it, that He has released me from the bondage of sin, and made me His own.
I’m thankful for an amazing family. For parents and siblings who’ve modeled love, hard work, integrity, and more. A gifted and beautiful wife who loves me unconditionally and in-spite of all my quirks. A wife who loves Jesus and is a wonderful model for our kids. I’m thankful for 3 incredible daughters who are so loving and forgiving, and who seek after God in so many ways. I feel so lucky to be their dad.
I’m thankful for God sending us to Michigan. For surrounding us with a church family who is encouraging and loving. And who love God and want His love to be made known. You are an amazing group of people and we are blessed to serve and do life with you.
I’m thankful that God always meets our needs. Sometimes in incredible ways.
Which path will you choose? And what are you thankful for this season? I challenge you to make a list, and thank God for the many blessings He sends your way. It always helps me put life and His blessings in perspective!
LOOKING BACK: It’s so amazing that you all gave over $20,000 on one Sunday!!! I can’t wait to see how God expands our church  family as our facility becomes more inviting for those who experience physical challenges. It was great to see those sledge hammers go through the wall at our “groundbreaking!” I’ll be meeting with the plumber on Monday and will keep you all in the loop on timelines for the various projects.  

Our Family Fall Festival was a hit! Thanks to David and Erin for their leadership. Thanks also to those of you who gave candy, served at, or prayed for the event. It was an awesome opportunity to spend time with hundreds of people from our community!
COMING UP: Advent kicks off this Sunday! It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here, which means that 2015 will soon be in the rearview mirror. This Christmas we will focus on the “fear not” statements in the Christmas story in our new series called Fear Not, which kicks off December 6th.  
I’m also looking forward to our Christmas play on December 13th called “All I Want for Christmas is Jesus.” Ruth Ann and the team have been working hard, and are excited to help us experience the joy of the season!
We’ll also have our traditional Christmas Eve Service at 6pm, which is always a great time to slow down and celebrate the birth of our Savior together.
We’ll be presenting the 2016 budget on Sunday December 6th at 9:45 in the morning. We’ll also be having a S.E.E.D representative that day if you want to get some great gifts for the holidays and support God driven microenterprise. Additionally, we’ll be providing opportunities to give to International Childcare as we remember those in need this Christmas season.

Also, make sure to take advantage of our new InFellowship program. It will take your level of connectedness with your WFMC family to new heights!

Looking forward to experiencing all the joys of the Christmas season with you!
Harvest Offering 2015 (10-27-15)

What an exciting fall we have ahead of us! Last year we prayed that God would allow us to realize some dreams this fall that have been on our hearts for many years. Well, He has answered those prayers! Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, and your faithful giving, every goal we set in the budget to minister to people here in Westland, in Wayne County, and to the ends of the earth, has been realized. In fact, we’ve been able to do even more than we set out to do.

Last year we put together a list of the many ministry initiatives we could possibly pursue this year. In June we got that list down to around 15 things, and narrowed it to 4 in September. God has shown us favor through quotes and relationships that are making some long-term dreams real possibilities!
So…here it is…this is the list the Board of Ministry, Cabinet, and the Pastors have came up with after praying and seeking council for over a year. The Harvest Offering will take place Sunday Nov. 22:

Our total goal is - $15,000. We’ve prioritized it in the following order. We acknowledge there are other things we could do, but we felt like God wants these initiatives to be our priority for this year:

A) Handicap Accessible Family Restroom - $6440. As a Free Methodist Congregation, God has called us to “Embrace All.” Right now, there is a portion of our congregation and community that are currently left out when it comes to our bathroom facilities. It has broken our hearts to see what some of those folks have gone through over the years. So we can’t wait to open a new family restroom this winter, for the purpose of handicap accessibility, at the end of the hall near the Children’s Ministry Check-in!

B) New Door for Gym - $5400. This new door would go through the brick wall right off the parking lot. It would provide ground level entry and only an 18” drop which could be easily spanned with a small ramp. It would allow youth who are wheelchair bound to join Anchor, and everyone to participate in classes, potlucks, and more. It would be a 4’ door and can also serve as an easy spot to take chairs, tables, and stage pieces, etc in and out.

C) Needy Fund - $2400. We would like to build up this existing fund through the budget in the coming years. Until then, we’d like to have money set aside that would allow us to distribute an average of $200 a month. This would happen through an application process and go to people in the congregation, and possibly in the community, who fall on hard times throughout the year.

D) Roof Debt - $760. We still owe over 60K on our roof loan. Given the Biblical call to not carry debt, we felt led to start putting some extra towards the principal.

Please join us in prayer as we approach this Harvest Offering, and ask God how He’d have you respond. We’re trusting we’ll meet our goal of 4K to cover our weekly needs. For Sunday Nov. 22, we ask that you mark giving above your normal giving as “Harvest Offering” on the envelopes in the pews. We are so thankful for how God has moved in the last year. And, we can’t wait to enhance the worship experience for existing members and for a whole new group of people whom God will send our way!

If you want to participate online CLICK HERE TO GIVE NOW!

Something Old, Something New (9-9-15)
In Acts chapter 2 (42-46) we see the church adding some intentionality to how they follow God. They “devoted   themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...and every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together”…

The pattern was: they gathered together in a large group to see what God had to say to them through the study of the Word, and then they further explored the Bible and worshipped together in their homes throughout the week. The church has been following this format ever since!

So, this fall something old is kicking off! Small Groups! But it is also new! We’ve got a new name and a new format. Our “Growth Groups” are now running in semesters (fall, spring, and summer). And instead of a lifetime commitment, we’re asking people to jump into a group for anywhere from 4-10 weeks at a time. The semester approach allows us to keep the groups and  topics fresh and to always have the opportunity right around the corner for new people to jump into a group.

As the early church followed this format, they reported that miracles happened, as well as spiritual and practical needs got met. And that resulted in people deepening their walk with God, developing meaningful relationships, and finding joy in life! We’re trusting God will do the same for us as we follow this pattern He’s given us!!!

The fall semester runs September 27 - December 6. You can find a list of the groups online or in the lobby. Sign up today in the lobby or online and find the true community that God created you for! Can’t wait to see you there! If you have questions or need help getting connected, please contact Selena May (Director of Groups) at Selena.Marie.May@gmail.com.

Looking Back:
  • Thanks to everyone who made our outdoor service at Jefferson Barnes a success! We had 17 guests. Two made first time commitments to Jesus and six recommitted their life to Him! The weather was beautiful and the food and fellowship was great. 
  • Our “Questions” series was a hit again. Thanks so much for giving us such great material to work through together. It was also great to kick off the fall with a prayer service on the 6th. As we keep a posture of humility and anticipation, I believe God is going to do amazing things!  
Coming Up: This weekend we’ll be kicking off a new series called “The Deep End!” Sometimes it’s more comfortable to stay in the kiddie pool, but the real fun is found in the deep end. The spiritual deep end is the place where we encounter God in ways that challenge us...but the deep end also provides the biggest thrills possible this side of heaven! I can’t wait to go deeper together!
Mark your calendar’s for Saturday October 10th!  We’re meeting at WFMC for a “Road Rally”. This will be a scavenger hunt for all ages! 
Please be in prayer for our Pre-school as they kick off this Fall. God has brought 29 kids this year! Extra staff has been added, and they are ready to roll!!!
Also, if you miss a Sunday you can catch up with bulletins, sermons, giving, and more online! Visit our website at livesarechanging.com or facebook.com/westlandfmc to stay connected to your church family through the business of life.
On a personal note: I’m so excited about what God is up to at WFMC! God is really moving in the areas of discipleship and outreach and I can’t wait to see what all He has in store for us this year! I don’t know about you, but summer flew by for me, and all of a sudden school is in session and the kids are a year older. I’m trying to enjoy each and every day, knowing that time only seems to accelerate!
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