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Posted: Nov 15, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Hey Everybody!

Hope you are doing well.  We are now just a week away from my favorite day of the year!  I absolutely love Thanksgiving and all that is associated with it. I love friends, food, football and even the Macy’s Day Parade.  I love that Thanksgiving is the official start of the holiday season.  I love that we can all gather around the country on this day and focus on all of the amazing things we have to be thankful for.  I wish every day was Thanksgiving Day!

As the holiday’s approach, we recognize that for some, this is a very difficult time.  Some have lost loved ones this year.  Some have lost a job or have had to endure a pay cut.  We want to be able to help people that have fallen into circumstances like this especially during the holiday’s.  If you volunteered to provide food for a needy family this Thanksgiving, please don’t forget to bring it with you to church this weekend.  If you know of a family that could use assistance, please let us know asap as those spots are filling up quickly!  We know that during the holiday’s, there are so many opportunities to help out.  Thanks to our amazing church family, 420 shoeboxes were filled to be sent as Christmas gifts to needy children all around the world this Christmas!  Amazing!  In addition to the shoeboxes, we are partnering with an amazing ministry here in Cape Coral that provides Christmas gifts to over 1,000 children that live right here in our city.  If you would like to help with this, please bring an unwrapped toy with you to West over the course of the next 2 weekends into one of the drop off stations in the lobby.
For the 2nd year in a row, West will be hosting Winter Wonder Land.  We have some new and exciting things this year including bounce houses, horse and carriage rides, activities under a big top tent, great food and much, much more.  Mark your calendars for Sunday evening, September 9th from 6-9 PM here at West for this great event.  If you have been looking for a “non churcy” way to invite your friends to something to break the ice (no pun intended) for the gospel.  We have several opportunities for you to help out with this event and we will be talking about this quite a bit at West over the course of the next 2 weeks.  We can’t wait to turn our property here at West into a Winter Wonder Land on Sunday Night, December 9th.
This Sunday evening at 6 pm, West is hosting our “Thrive” night of worship.  This is an incredible opportunity for us as a church, on the eve of Thanksgiving week, to come together to thank God for all He has done at our church over the course of the last year.  We have much to be thankful for.  This event will last approximately 1 hour and childcare will be provided.  If you are going through a season of difficulty, or just want to come say thanks to God for a little bit, don’t miss this night.  It truly is amazing to watch and see what happens when God’s people gather to sing praises to their creator.  I can’t wait!
As far as the weekend services are concerned, we will be continuing our “Practical Christianity” series at West this weekend as we study the book of James.  This has been a great series and I truly believe that many people have been encouraged by the incredibly practical thoughts from God’s Word.  This weekend’s message is called, “The Big Mystery” and we will be talking about the sometimes confusing topic of God’s Will.  What does God want me to do?  When is He going to come through for my situation?  When is He going to answer my request and need?  We have all had questions surrounding these things in our life.  I believe God’s Will doesn’t have to be “The Big Mystery.”  If you are in a season of life that needs a little bit of clarity, make sure to get to one of our services here at West this weekend.  Bring someone with ya!  I’m sure you have a friend or 2 who would be helped by this message. :)
Can’t wait to see you and your family this weekend!
With Expectancy!
Pastor Corey

Posted: Nov 10, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments |
I have heard from several people over the course of the last few weeks how excited they were for the cooler weather to start rolling in.  They have gotten their wish.  I couldn’t believe it this morning when i woke up and it was 50 degrees outside!  Of course, that didn’t last long as it was 80 a few hours later but nevertheless…….the cold weather felt nice.  With the cooler weather rolling in, we have tons of things coming up at West that we want to make sure you are aware of.
1. Every year, we devote an entire weekend to talking about the importance of foreign missions.  Jesus gave us a very clear mandate.  Go into ALL THE WORLD and make disciples.  We take that task very seriously at West.  There are billions of people spread across this planet of ours that have no idea who Jesus is.  We may not be able to physically tell all of them, but we can certainly pray for them as well as financially support those whom God has called to go.  This weekend, we will be hearing from a favorite of ours.  Kurt Holthus is a missionary to the Dominican Republic and is the founder and CEO of Hope International Ministries.  Come hear how God is using Kurt and Debbie to literally transform an entire island!  Whatever you do, don’t miss out this weekend.  Together, we are making a difference all across the globe.
2. For the past several years, West has partnered with Operation Christmas child to send Christmas gifts to needy children all around the world.  This year, we are attempting to fill 500 shoeboxes in order to send to kids who without the shoeboxes, would have nothing to open up this Christmas.  These shoeboxes are being collected this weekend.  If you have signed up to fill a box, please don’t forget to bring it with you.  What a fitting time to collect these boxes!  In more ways than one, you have a chance this weekend at West to literally reach the 4 corners of the globe with the grace of Jesus.  Don’t miss it!
3. Thanksgiving is truly one of my favorite times of the year.  I love seeing the trend on Facebook of people using the entire month of November to list a different thing they are thankful for every day.  I believe with all of my heart that the seeds of depression cannot take root in a grateful heart.  We have so much to be grateful for!  I realize, however that Thanksgiving can be a challenging time for many that are dealing with financial difficulty.  Because of that, West is trying to feed 30 needy Cape Coral families this Thanksgiving.  If you would like to help volunteer to provide everything except the turkey for a family of 6 this Thanksgiving, please sign up this weekend at West.  Also, if you have a family you would like to nominate for getting assistance this Thanksgiving, you can do that as well at West this weekend.
4. God is doing some PHENOMENAL things every week at our Saturday night service. We are so proud of all those who have been willing to give up their Sunday morning seat but coming on Saturday’s and joining the Nightshift.  Statistics reveal that most unchurched people are most willing to attend on Sunday mornings.  In order to free up some seats during our Sunday morning services, we are in need of several more families at West who currently attend on Sunday’s to agree to come Saturday nights instead.  This is an incredibly practical way for you to take part in helping us reach our community for Christ!
5. Last but certainly not least, we will be honoring our Veterans at West this weekend in honor of Veterans Day.  We are so proud of all of have served, are currently serving, or is married to someone currently serving.  If you have been in the military in the past or know someone who has served, please do what you can to get them to come to one of our services this weekend.
Can’t wait to see ya on Saturday night at 6:30 or Sunday morning at 9:30 or 11:15
With Expectancy!
Pastor Corey