Easter Reminders & Challenge
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.
“I Need a Miracle” (3-24-17)
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!
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 family! Eric 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.
- 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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