Announcements for Sunday, Jan. 7

LIVE THE NEW YEAR IN JOY!

The coming of Jesus, our Messiah, and our hope in His redemptive work produces the truest of all joy. We pray that all gathered today in worship of the living God experience that joy, not only in 2018 but for a lifetime! Whether you are a mature Christian, new to your faith in the living God, or still just seeking answers, we are delighted you are here. You are invited to any of our activities, classes and fellowship gatherings. We look forward to meeting you!

FELLOWSHIP MEAL

Today following the service we continue the hospitality of the Lord’s Table with a Fellowship Meal in Howell Auditorium. Everyone is invited to join in breaking bread and enjoying fellowship with our church family. A Children’s Corner play area will offer a fun spot for kids as well!

DISTRICT LUNCHEONS

Those in Family Districts 7 and 12 are cordially invited to lunch hosted by your Deacons on Sunday, January 14 in Howell Auditorium following after-service fellowship. Please let your Deacon know if you have special dietary needs.
Other District Luncheons:
January 21 – Districts 2, 3, 5 & 8
February 11 – Districts 9, 13 & 14
February 18 – Districts 6, 10 & 11
March 18 – Districts 1, 4 & 15
District numbers are in the church directory, the map at the front door, or online.

WOMEN’S CIRCLES

Circle Lydia will meet at church on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30. All ladies are welcome. Call Ruth.

THURSDAY WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

Thursday Women’s Bible Study begins Thursday, January 18 at 9:30am in Lewis Hall using the Life Guide Study Meeting Jesus. For info call Karen Schroedel or Lilliana Ryckman.

BEAUTIFY OUR SANCTUARY

Using the flowers God created in our worship services both honors and thanks Him for His gifts to us. No need to spend lots of cash – use foliage and flowers from your yard, a plant on sale at Costco, etc.! Sign up for a date special to you on the 2018 Flower Calendar in the front hall.

WEST SIDE SENIOR FELLOWSHIP

Save the date – Saturday, January 20, 6:00pm for our next gathering. More info to follow.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS ARTIST NEEDED

Could you create a visual showing Jesus being condemned by the Sanhedrin for our Lenten Stations of the Cross project? A meeting will take place on January 21, 11:15-12:30pm, for us to touch base about what we are doing. Questions? Contact Bonnie Bennedsen eabennedsen@gmail.com.

LOST & FOUND

What Was Lost……We have found a wide array of “left-behind stuff” over the past several months. Check on the table outside of Howell to see if any of it is yours and get it back to its rightful home!

ANGEL TREE THANKS

With your gifts, West Side made 20 children (age 1–16) who have an incarcerated parent a little happier this Christmas. What a joy it was to see the smiling faces of the families! Extra food, toys and games were given to one family who seemed in particularly dire circumstances. Thank you all for your generosity – and thank Mike Morishima and Sandra Hiramatsu for all of their work in organizing the Angel Tree project this year.

2018 TITHE ENVELOPES

Tithe Envelopes are available to be picked up today on tables across from the elevator. If you have not used envelopes and would like to, please note it on the back of your attendance card or notify the office. Please discard any leftover 2017 envelopes as the numbers change each year.

WEST SIDE FINANCIAL UPDATES

Christmas Mission Needs Met – God has blessed West Side once again! We received $12,985 from the Christmas offering, perfectly covering the $12,670 of proposed mission projects. Thank you for your generosity. The WSPC Mission Committee

2017 Year End Financial Report – Thanks be to God! Your faithful giving to West Side has brought us to 82% of the 2017 Funding Guide which allows us to support our building, staff, outreach ministries and missions. While we need your continued prayers and financial support, we are thankful for your generous gifts and the positive momentum as we enter 2018. Blessings to you all!

Funding Guide $ 1,275,533
Unified Giving $ 1,049,710 (82%)
Difference ($ 225,823)

ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES

Sunday Class Starting January 7 @ 9am
Godspeed: The Pace of Being Known (an 11 week study) – What if the future of the church depends on our ability to slow down and get to know people? Godspeed looks at what happens when a Seattle city boy learns about “God’s speed” in a Scotland parish. Each session has video, Scripture, meditation, and lively group discussion. An optional Study Guide is available for $13.00.

Women’s Wednesday Evening Class Starting January 10 (6:30-7:45pm)
Redeemed: a Tool for Sharing Your Story of Redemption (a study designed specifically for women) – Do you desire God use you to communicate His love to others? Sharing your story of God’s redemption is a powerful way to do it. Using Scripture stories, we’ll see God’s work in our own lives and then practice communicating that work to others. Our own stories will be a highlight of the journey together. A class workbook ($24) is needed; homework between sessions will deepen understanding. Register for the class and childcare at http://wspc.org/adult-classes/.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Church Time for 3 Year Old through 2nd Grade in Room 6

Today – Katie Batts & Maddie Gardner
January 14 – Carla Gawthrop & Anja Vander Hijde

YOUTH NEWS (Grades 6-12)

Sun. (7) – Sunday School, 9:00am – High School in Room 5, Middle School in Room 3
Sun. (7) – YLT Meeting, 5:00-6:15pm
Sun. (7) – Quest / Discipleship Groups, 6:30-8:00pm
Sat. (13) – All Youth Clue Night, 7-10:30pm

LOOKING AHEAD
Jan. 18 – Prayer Partner Party, 7pm
Jan. 21 – Garage Sale Unloading begins! 4-6pm

SERVICE NOTES

Guest Preacher – Dr. Keith Tanis is a retired Executive Presbyter of Olympia Presbytery, where he coached pastors and churches to better reach their communities with Jesus’ transforming love. He has been a pastor at a number of churches. He and his family reside in West Seattle.

Assisting in Worship – Sue Nealson is a CPA and Chief Financial Officer for an estate planning firm and an elder serving in the Christian Education department including Women’s Ministries.

Flowers today are given to the glory of God.

READ THE BIBLE IN A YEAR

This week: Genesis 23-46.

CALENDAR

Sun. (7)
9:00am Adult Class: Godspeed
9:00am Children/Youth Sunday School
10:00am Worship Service (Communion)
11:00am Fellowship Meal
4:00pm Pastor Nominating Committee
5:00pm Youth Leadership Team
6:30pm Youth Quest/Discipleship Groups

Mon. (8) Church Building Closed

Tues. (9)
6:30am Men’s Koinonia Prayer & Breakfast
10:30am West Seattle Bible Study
6:30pm Stewardship & Finance
7:00pm Department Meetings

Wed. (10)
9:30am Circle Lydia
10:00am Circle Mary
11:00am Staff Prayer and Meeting
1-5pm West Side Wednesdays
6:45pm Women’s Class: Redeemed
7:00pm Bible Study & Prayer

Thurs. (11)
10:00am Garage Sale Department Leader Meeting
6:00pm Girl Scouts
7:00pm Adult Choir

Fri. (12)

Sat. (13)
8:00am Oasis Men’s Group
7:00pm Middle/High School Clue Night

Sun. (14)
9:00am Adult, Children & Youth Sunday School
10:00am Worship Service
11:30am Luncheon for Districts 7 & 12

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