Here’s what’s happening at West!
Posted: Jan 18, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Hey there West family!

Hope all is well with you.  Are you enjoying the cooler weather yet?  I know we are!  Even thought the weather is cooling down, things are heating up here at West and we wanted to make sure you were “in the loop” as to what is going on.
1. We are in the middle of a series at West called, “First Things First.”  We have been talking about things vital to our goal of making 2013 the best year yet!  We have talked about prayer and what to do when you feel like you are running on empty.  This weekend, we will be talking about growth.  Healthy things grow.  God desires for your relationship with him to be a journey.  What areas of your life need some growth?  We will also be launching a brand new class called, “Foundations,” that we will be telling you about this weekend.  The purpose of Foundations is to help those who have recently committed their life to Christ or are new to West discover what having a relationship with Christ truly looks like and how they can get the most out of their experience at West.
2. January 26-27 will be our “Life Group Weekend,” at West.  Life Group Weekend is going to be an opportunity for you to get signed up for one of our 30+ life groups offered at West.  God designed us for relationships.  So many of our problems today can be traced back to negative influences that we have in our lives.  Some of our Life groups will take place in homes all around Cape Coral.  Some are more activity based.  All are designed to help you connect to other Christ followers which will help your relationship with God grow.  Don’t miss next weekend!
3. On February 2-3, we will be starting a brand new series at West called, “Life, Money & Hope.”  During this series, we will be talking about stewardship and how you and I can balance our financial lives better.  I guarantee that every person reading this email wishes they had more money coming in each month than they currently do.  God’s Word has a GREAT deal to say about money.  This will not be your typical church series on finances.  While giving will certainly be a point of discussion, the main theme will be centered around helping you become financially healthy so that God can filter His blessings through you in a greater way.  Sounds like a win to me!  In addition to this series, we are offering a class called Financial Peace University that is designed to help you get out of debt, save for emergencies and invest for your future.  Find out more info about F.P.U. this weekend at West.
I hope that you enjoy your long weekend.  Don’t forget to ask a few people to come to church with you this weekend.  This could be the weekend that changes their life forever!
Words can’t describe how proud and humbled I am to get the chance to be your pastor.  If there is ever anything that I can do for you or your family, please make sure to contact me anytime.  If I’ve never gotten the chance to meet you personally, make sure to come up and say hello after one of the services this weekend.
With Expectancy!
Pastor Corey

Posted: Jan 12, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

I really don’t think it’s possible for it to be any nicer outside than it is today.  Absolutely beautiful.  This time of the year is why we all live in Florida.  I hope that you have gotten the opportunity to get outside for a bit these last few days.  As is always the case, we have a bunch of things going on at West over the course of the next week and we wanted to make sure you knew the skinny.

First off, this weekend we will be continuing our “First Things First” series with a message called, “Refilling the Tanks.”  Have you ever found yourself running on empty in life?  It happens to all of us.  Did you know God’s Word speaks about what to do in moments like that?  We are going to be looking at the life of a man in the Bible that found himself running on empty.  What did he do in that situation and how can that help us in our journey?  Come find out this weekend.  The key to a great 2013 for you may be as simple as learning how to rest.  Don’t think you have enough time for more rest?  I beg to differ.  Come find out more this weekend and as always, make sure to bring as many people to church with you as you can.
This Sunday evening, we will be having a meeting at the church for all who are interested in leading a life group at West.  Life groups are absolutely VITAL to our efforts of getting people plugged in once they begin attending West.  We have groups for all interest levels spanning the gap between home groups and activity groups.  I guarantee we have a group for you.  In order to make these groups run, we need leaders and lots of them.  Coming to this meeting doesn’t sign you up for being a leader.  We just want to give you more information.  The meeting starts at 6. It should last for around an hour and we will have pizza for all who come.
As we talked about at West last weekend, prayer is absolutely vital for our relationships with God.  We are on a journey over the course of the next 21 days of devoted time to seeking after God.  We have encouraged you to do your best to fast and pray for the next 3 weeks both for your own needs as well as those of West as a whole.  If you would like to stay connected to us on this journey, text WEST to 313131 for daily updates that get sent out at 3:20 in the afternoon every day.  Also, we will be having a prayer meeting at the church this Monday night at 7 p.m. that will last approximately 1 hour.  Let’s seek after God and see what happens!
I can’t wait to see what God has in store for all of us in 2013.  I believe it will be the best year yet not only for West, but also for you and your family.  We hope to see you this Saturday night at 6:30 or Sunday morning at 9:30 or 11:15.
With Expectancy!
Pastor Corey

New Year’s Message to West
Posted: Jan 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Happy New Year everybody!

There is something so amazing about the start of a new year.  It’s fresh.  It’s exciting.  It’s new.  It reminds me so much of the grace that God offers us.  He makes all things new for us when we come to Him to seek relationship.  As the new year has began, we have several things happening at West that we wanted to make sure you are aware of.

Beginning this Monday, West is officially launching a new ministry called “Mom’s Day out.”  This will be an opportunity for moms or dads to drop off your kids at West Monday – Friday starting each day at 8 am and going until 3.  There will be a suggested donation for each day that your child is there.  If you are looking to get back to work but are unsure what to do with our little ones during the day, let us be a part of your solution!  Please see Pastor Matt Francis (our children’s pastor) this weekend for more information.

We are very excited about starting our newest session of Life Groups here at West in just a few weeks.  If you are not currently in a group, you need to be!  Life groups meet throughout the week in various locations around Cape Coral.  Some of them are Bible studies.  Some are activity based.  All of them are focused on building relationships with each other in order to help us grow our relationship with God.  If you are currently a life group leader or are interested in becoming one, please come to a meeting that we will be having at the church on Sunday night, January 12th at 6 pm.  Dinner will be included

We are looking forward to beginning a new series this weekend at West called, “First Things First.”  We will be looking at the subject of prayer and why it is incredibly vital to us.  God desires a relationship with you and prayer is one of the ways God communicates to us.  If you don’t know how to pray, or for whatever reason have had a tough time understanding prayer or establishing a prayer life of your own, this weekend will be VITAL for you.  In addition, our church is going to be participating in a 21 day fast beginning next week to coincide with this series.  I will be explaining this much more in detail this weekend.

We hope to see you this weekend at any one of our 3 weekend services.  Those times are Saturday night at 6:30 or Sunday morning at 9:30 or 11:15.  I truly believe 2013 is going to be the best year we have ever had at West and I am so glad to be able to work together with each of you as we partner together with God to reach the hopeless in our community.

With Expectancy!

Pastor Corey

message to West
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