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VOL. spot for all the January happenings at Westwood


string around your finger remember the essentials

Beginning on the weekend of Jan 12–13, Pastor Joel Johnson will present an 11-week message series entitled, “String Around Your Finger.” This important series will be a study of the New Testament book of Second Peter. Written near the end of Peter’s life, the letter to believers emphasizes those essentials of our faith that must be remembered and held on to. “Don’t forget to remember the important things,” he seemed to be saying. In this series, Pastor Joel will highlight themes such as the resources available to us in Christ, assurance of salvation, doubts, discerning truth from false teaching, and eternity.

“STRING AROUND YOUR FINGER” MESSAGES Jan 12-13

Forget cheap imitations

Jan 19-20

Forget scarcity

Jan 26-27

Forget the trivial and the temporary

Feb 2-3

Forget losing

Feb 9-10

Forget wavering

Feb 16-17

Forget confusion

Feb 23-24

Forget being a bit player

Mar 2-3

Forget dark alleys

Mar 9-10

Forget the timing

Mar 16-17

Forget rear view mirrors

Mar 23-24

Forget the veneer

WESTWOOD COMMUNITY CHURCH Purpose Statement Vision Statement

Values

The purpose of Westwood Community Church is to honor God by enjoying Him through reaching people with the love of Jesus Christ.

Our purpose and vision exist because:

We demonstrate God’s love in creative and compelling ways that lead people to know God, worship Him authentically, grow spiritually, serve joyfully and connect relationally. We are a community with open hands, receiving from God all He wants to give, believing He wants to give us a lot. And with open hands we give it away, believing we cannot out-give God.

We love God with all that we are, have and do. We love all people because all people matter to God.

To see Westwood’s Statement of Faith go to www.westwoodcc.org/links.


Volume One 

at a glance

ADULTS

CHILDREN/STUDENTS

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPTIONS

(pages 4–19)

(pages 20–23)

(pages 24–25)

Under the ADULTS section find:

Under the CHILDREN or STUDENTS sections find:

Find opportunities under these categories:

Classes

Service Information

Adult Ministries

Operations

Bible studies

Volunteer Opportunities

Children’s Ministry

Outreach

Ministry Teams

Event Highlights

Student Ministry

Community Care

Event Highlights

Ministry Teams

Worship Arts

Connection

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ACTS Team ������������������������������� 10 Adults: 20s–30s �������������������������� 4 Adults: 60+ ��������������������������������� 4 Alpha�������������������������������������������� 6

Gardening/Landscaping Team����� 7 Getting Acquainted���������������������� 7 Getting Married at Westwood���� 17 Graphic Arts Team������������������������ 7 Great Relationships�������������������� 14 Greeter Team�������������������������������� 7 GriefShare for Women���������������� 16 Grow Spiritually Ministry (Singles)4 Guardian Angels/Merge�������������� 20

Pastoral Care������������������������������ 12 Photography Team��������������������� 12 Prayer Ministry: Needing Prayer� 12 Prayer Shawl Ministry����������������� 12 Precious In His Sight������������������ 15 Preschool����������������������������������� 20 Prison Outreach�������������������������� 10 Program Stuffing Team��������������� 12 Pursuing Christ Together������������ 16

Volunteer Opportunities (Current) ����������������������������������������������� 24

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HomeFront��������������������������������� 21 Hospitality Ministry����������������������� 7

Respite Events��������������������������� 20 Rhythm Section�������������������������� 19 Rock Your Relationship for Singles/ Dating Couples������������������������� 8

B Baptism���������������������������������������� 5 Beginning the Journey����������������� 6 Bible Study: Men�������������������������� 5 Bible Study: Women��������������������� 5 Birth/Child Dedications ������������ 20

C Cafe Connection/Brew Crew�������� 6 Care Partners Ministry������������������ 6 Central Asia Team���������������������� 10 Child Dedication Orientation Class ����������������������������������������������� 20 Children�������������������������������� 20, 21 Children’s Music and Art������������ 21 Choir������������������������������������������� 19 Classes����������������������������������������� 6 Communion���������������������������������� 7 Communion Team������������������������ 7 Connection Team (Women)�������� 18 Connect Relationally Ministry (Singles)������������������������������������ 4 Contacts at Westwood����� 28/Back Cornerstone���������������������������������� 4

D Digging Deeper Bible Study for Young Adults�������������������������� 13 Digging Deeper Sermon Discussion Small Group��������� 13

E East Asia Team��������������������������� 10 Engaged Couples Class: Rock Your Relationship��������������������� 8

F Facebook for Westwood������������ 27 Fellowship-oriented Men’s Group ����������������������������������������������� 14 Foundations: The Good Book������ 6 Friends of Honduras������������������� 10 Funeral Hospitality������������������������ 7

I Instrumental Ensembles������������� 19 ISO (International Student Outreach)�������������������������������� 11

J Jordan Ministry��������������������������� 10

L Lamplighters Men’s Groups������� 14 Lamplighters Women’s Group���� 15 LifeKeys���������������������������������������� 6 Love INC��������������������������������������� 8

M Malawi Ministry��������������������������� 10 Marriage Ministry�������������������������� 8 Media Team���������������������������������� 9 Medical Support Team����������������� 9 Membership Seminar������������������� 9 Men’s Ministry������������������������������ 9 Minnetonka Area Small Group��� 13 Missionary Care Team���������������� 10 Mobile Hunger Pack������������������� 10 MOMSnext��������������������������������� 18 MOPS����������������������������������������� 18 Music. See Worship Arts������������ 19

O Orchestra������������������������������������ 19 Outreach��������������������������������10-12

S Safety Team�������������������������������� 12 Serve Joyfully Ministry (Singles)��� 4 Serve On Saturday (S.O.S.)�������� 11 Simply Relevant–Spiritual Girlfriends������������������������������� 15 Singles 30+����������������������������������� 4 Small Groups�������������������������13-15 Special Families Ministries��������� 20 Spiritual Mentoring��������������������� 16 Steppin’ Out������������������������������� 18 Students������������������������������������� 22 Success Through Scriptures (Men) ������������������������������������������������� 9 Summerwood of Chanhassen���� 19 Support Groups�������������������������� 16

T Technical Arts Team������������������� 17 The Table Project������������������������ 27 Traffic Team�������������������������������� 17 TWIST (The Westwood Information Systems Team)����������������������� 17 Twitter����������������������������������������� 27

U Urban Ethnic������������������������������� 11 Understanding Domestic Abuse 16 Ushers���������������������������������������� 17

W Wedding Ministry������������������������ 17 Weekend Services���������������������� 26 Weekly E-Newsletter������������������ 27 Wellspring Leadership Development Team����������������� 17 West End Connection����������������� 13 Westwood and ELEMENTS Websites��������������������������������� 27 Westwood App��������������������������� 27 Westwood Wheelers������������������� 11 Women’s Ministry����������������������� 18 Woodwind and String Ensemble19 Worship Arts������������������������������� 19 Worship Services������������������������ 26 Writing Team������������������������������� 19

Y Young Adults�������������������������������� 4 Young Professionals������������������� 14 You’re Not Alone II���������������������� 15


Adults /

Adults

Adults: 20s–30s (Young Adults) Westwood’s Young Adults Ministry is a place for young adults to develop and build relationships with God and one another–a place of community during a season of new experiences and transitions in life. Follow us on Facebook, search “Westwood Young Adults Ministry.”

Young Adults Mailing List Want to receive Westwood Young Adult emails? Contact Cassie to be added to the list! INFO: Cassie McCullum, cemccullum@gmail.com, www.westwoodyoungadults.com

Event on

6:00–7:30pm

Tuesday, Jan 15

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN (SINGLES 30+) The Singles 30+ group will be going to Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) on January 15 from 6:00–7:30pm. FMSC is a non-profit Christian organization that helps package food sent to nearly 70 countries around the word for malnourished children. Find out more at their website. INFO/RSVP: westwoodsingles@yahoo.com

Adults: 60+ (Cornerstone) Cornerstone provides opportunities for adults around age 60 and over to experience friendship, growth in their relationship with Christ and service in ministry to others. INFO: Pastor Brian Suter, brian.suter@westwoodcc.org, 952-224-7340

Event on

Saturday, Jan 26

6:00pm–Midnight, Bayview Event Center (Minnetonka)

NEW YEARS BEGINNING AT BAYVIEW (SINGLES 30+)

Adults: Singles 30+ We are a community where singles can experience God’s love and grow in their faith, while developing friendships and supporting each other. Subscribe to the Singles Newsletter (see Find Community Online on page 27 for more information) and participate in the exciting events we have going on!

Grow Spiritually Ministry Facilitates a Fall, Winter and Spring book study. The focus for the studies is upward relationship with our Lord and Savior, outward in our relationship with others and inward with our self-growth and improvement.

Pastor Brian Suter will be speaking on the topic of “Open Hearts & Open Doors.”

Join other Singles 30 and up for an event at Bayview Event Center (Minnetonka). Event includes an icebreaker, dinner, and a message from Brian Suter, along with music from “The Jam Band.” Cost is $25.00. *Register online. INFO: westwoodsingles@yahoo.com

Serve Joyfully Ministry Provides volunteer services into the community through the Ronald McDonald House, Love INC, Feed My Starving Children, Chaska’s Auburn Manor and Serve on Saturday.

Connect Relationally Ministry Feb 3, 4:30–9:30pm, Super Bowl Party, Joyce Peter’s Home Extends Christian fellowship to singles in a safe, fun and friendly environment through special events.

Great Relationships Join Great Relationships, a Sunday night small group specifically for Singles 30+. A new book study will begin in January. See Small Groups: Singles on page 14 for more info.

Event on

4:30–9:30pm

Feb 3

CONNECT RELATIONALLY EVENT (SINGLES 30+)

Come for a Super Bowl party at Joyce Peter’s home. Please bring something to share. INFO/RSVP: westwoodsingles@yahoo.com

INFO: Jane Starnes, 612-327-8804, westwoodsingles@yahoo.com

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*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

Social Media

ADULTS Facebook 20s–30’s Search: “Westwood Young Adults” Singles 30+ Search: “Westwood Singles”

Newsletter Singles 30+: See page 27 to subscribe.

VOLUME ONE


Adults /

Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break

Baptism At Westwood we believe that baptism is for everyone who believes in Christ and has chosen to follow Him. Baptism is a time of celebration! In baptism, people express faith in Christ and publicly acknowledge their commitment to Him. Baptism symbolizes the believer’s union with Christ, spiritual cleansing and forgiveness, and promised resurrection into eternal life. Westwood celebrates baptism together in community in June and September at area lakes as well as periodic occasions in our Worship Center. Classes are offered prior to the summer and fall baptism services. INFO: Sabrina Downey, 952-224-7314, baptism@westwoodcc.org

Bible Study: Men

By Kelly Minter Includes bonus Easter study on Colossians Cost: $29 before January 6, $34 first day of class Nehemiah will inspire you to listen to what God has put in your own heart to do. Study includes two workbooks, DVD teaching, and small group discussion time.

TUESDAY PM: JAN 22-APRIL 16, 7:00-9:00PM Here and Now…There and Then

By Beth Moore – A study on the book of Revelation. Cost: $14 before January 6, $19 first day of class In this lecture series, Beth Moore presents differing points of view of this prophetic book while helping us to grasp and apply it’s meaning. Study includes study guide, DVD lecture, and small group discussion.

Men’s Tuesday Night Bible Study

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm, Jan 22–March 12, Westwood Men of Westwood–please join us for the James Macdonald Gripped by the Greatness of God bible study. Expounding on Isaiah’s encounters with God, this study prods you to rediscover the wonder of God’s holiness, awesomeness, sovereignty, and other attributes that draw forth worship and result in changed lives. This study will spur you to detest apathy and mediocrity in your spiritual walk. Cost $15 per person. *Register online beginning Jan 3. INFO: Contact andyhakanson@yahoo.com For similar options, go to Small Groups: Men on page 14.

Anointed, Transformed, and Redeemed

By Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, and Kay Arthur Includes bonus study on Women of the Bible – Live Teaching! Cost: $18 before January 6, $23 first day of class This study explores the life of David at three different stages: as a young man anointed, a middle-aged man transformed, and as an older man redeemed. See how God transforms David so he can move on past devastation in brave obedience. Study includes: workbook, DVD teaching, small group discussion and live teaching by a Westwood Bible teacher.

SATURDAY AM: BEGINS JAN 26, 8:30–10:30AM

Bible Study: Women The following Bible studies offered for women are held on campus at Westwood and are offered during three different times: Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM and Saturday AM. *Register online by January 6. INFO: Tracy Snader: dtsnader@aol.com

TUESDAY AM: JAN 22-APRIL 23, 9:30-11:30AM Heaven: A LifeWay Bible Study Includes Live Teaching!

By Randy Alcorn Cost: $17 before January 6, $22 first day of class This Bible study will open your eyes to the wonder and beauty of eternity, as Scripture describes – it will surprise you, spark your imagination, and change how you live today. Study includes workbook, small group discussion and live teaching by a Westwood Bible teacher.

JANUARY 2013

Baptism–Bible Study

Walking in Grace: A First Place for Health Study Series Cost: $21 before January 6, $26 first day of class Class meets: January 26-April 27

First Place 4 Health invites you to try the most complete Christcentered healthy living program available. Learn how grace can free you from the bondage of doing everything in your own strength. Transforming results of weight loss and total health from the inside out! Study includes study guide and small group discussion.

The Book of Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy By Kelly Minter Cost: $18 before January 6, $23 first day of class Class Meets: January 26-March 23

Have you ever felt devastated, struggled as a stranger, longed to be loved or wept along the way? Because of Ruth’s exquisite journey, her story becomes a remarkable setting for us to engage with God about our own stories. Study includes study guide and small group discussion.

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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Adults /

Cafe Connection–Classes

Cafe Connection/Brew Crew

Child Dedication Orientation Class

Cafe Connection/Brew Crew teams provide a warm and welcoming environment for guests and attendees by preparing, serving and maintaining a beverage station for weekend services.

Dynamic Determination (Wellspring Class)

Sunday Morning INFO: Alisa Butler, 612-616-1490, alisa@alacartedesign.net ELEMENTS 5:00pm Saturday INFO: Roberta Nichols, 952-224-7462, roberta.nichols@westwoodcc.org ELEMENTS 5:00pm Sunday INFO: Mary Yount, 952-448-9060, myount@comcast.net

Care Partners Ministry Each one of us has opportunities to share the love of Christ with others through presence, listening, prayer and encouragement. Care Partners are individuals who walk alongside another during a time of loss, transition or personal challenge. INFO: Joyce Peper, 952-224-7322

Classes Alpha

Tuesdays, Jan 8–March 26, 6:00–9:00pm Investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more. Alpha is a 12-week course where Christianity is explored in a relational, relaxed environment. Includes dinner, dynamic speakers and small group discussions. Childcare not provided. Course materials: $17. Dinner is served, a donation of $5 per dinner is appreciated. *Register online by Jan 22. INFO: Kim Martinek, 612-532-7937, kimmartinek@yahoo.com

Beginning the Journey

Westwood new/renewed believer gathering Sunday Morning: Jan 27, 9:45am After ELEMENTS: Jan 26 and Jan 27, 6:30pm If you are new to following Christ, or returning to your Christian roots, Christianity and the church today can seem overwhelming. Where do I start? What are the basics of trusting in Jesus? Are their roots to my relationship with God that can sustain me in my growth in Christ? Beginning the Journey is a gathering that will help you begin to develop four simple practices–prayer, Scripture reading, worship and serving–that will keep you close to Christ the rest of your life. Please join us for a time of interactive learning on how to walk with Christ. *Register online by Jan 27.

“I saw a need for having a purposeful faith vs. lazy faith. Part of that responsibility is finding gifts and talents and in that your purpose.” -Kristin, a LifeKeys participant 6

See Children on page 20.

Sunday, Feb 24, 9:45am, Prairie Room

Leaders, are you facing headwinds in life or ministry? Have you ever been discouraged or felt there were barriers too hard to overcome? Leaders often face obstacles and challenges as they attempt to move forward, whether in everyday life or in ministry. Overcoming those obstacles and finding energy and motivation to push ahead, despite hardships, are marks of dynamic determination. Westwood’s Wellspring Leadership Ministry offers this 1-hour course, facilitated by Dan Dye, to help you understand how, with God’s help, you can persevere and overcome to reach your goals. *Register online beginning Jan 3. INFO: Michele, 952-448-3336, christenson.michele@gmail.com

Foundations: The Good Book

Thursdays, 7:00–8:30pm, Room B122 5 weeks Jan 10–Feb 7 Do you have questions about why we put so much faith into the Bible? We will discuss how we can know that the Bible is indeed the Word of God by examining the Book through a logical, historical and philosophical lens. After we have established the credibility of the Bible we will learn about the different types of English translations of the Bible and how one should approach studying it to hear what God is trying to tell us. *Register online by Jan 17. INFO: Mike Sommer, 952-380-6854, sommerfami@gmail.com

Intellectual Flexibility (Wellspring Class) Sunday, Feb 3, 9:45am, Prairie Room

Leaders, how can you gain godly insight into your leadership situations? Attend this class. As leaders, we have been taught by culture to rely on human understandings during complex times of decision making, whether at home, at work, or in ministry. Investigate this underlying force in our world today and determine how to tap into godly intellect for the most creative results. Westwood’s Wellspring Leadership Ministry offers this 1-hour course, facilitated by Jeanine Parolini, to help you seek godly wisdom to reach your goals. *Register online beginning Jan 3. INFO: Michele, 952-448-3336, christenson.michele@gmail.com

LifeKeys

Tuesdays, Jan 15–March 5, 7:00–9:00pm Discover God’s unique purpose for you. Join an 8-week session using the book, LifeKeys: ‘Discover Who You Are.’ This insightful tool, grounded in biblical principles, will help uncover your unique blend of talents, spiritual gifts, passions, values and personality—all that God made you to be. Designed for adults of any life-stage. Cost: $24 for materials (available at 1st session). *Register online by Jan 15. INFO: Jody Mayer, mayer55345@comcast.net, 952-250-1952

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

VOLUME ONE


Adults /

Communion–Hospitality Ministry

Communion We observe Communion the first Sunday of the month at all our services. All those who believe in Jesus Christ are welcome to participate. If you would like a pastor to assist you in clarifying the meaning of the Lord’s Supper, please call the church office (952-224-7300).

Communion Team

Event

Sunday, Jan 20

9:45, 11:05am and 12:10pm, Prairie Room

GETTING ACQUAINTED Getting Acquainted is a casual gathering offered the third Sunday of most months for newcomers and those exploring opportunities for connection at Westwood. Contact Ross.

The Communion set up and kitchen teams work behind the scenes to prepare the elements. Communion is served by church members.

Graphic Arts Team

INFO: Roberta Nichols, 952-224-7462, roberta.nichols@westwoodcc.org

Support the publications and other communication vehicles of Westwood with professional level graphic design.

Funeral Hospitality

INFO: Amy Hazen, 952-224-7358, amy.hazen@westwoodcc.org

Westwood’s Funeral Hospitality Teams serve and support family members and friends by hosting and greeting the family at Westwood. This includes preparing and serving a luncheon following each funeral service held at Westwood.

Greeter Team

Preparing for a Funeral or Memorial Service?

Serve with a smile and provide a warm welcome at an entrance to the building; Extra care is offered to assist those with special needs for families with young children.

Westwood comes alongside families who are in bereavement by providing pastoral support, funeral services and hospitality.

Morning INFO: Dave Meyer, 952-443-5023, david.meyer@mailhandling.com

INFO: Joyce Peper, 952-224-7322, joyce.peper@westwoodcc.org

ELEMENTS 5pm Saturday INFO: Laura Apt, lapt@nationalsalon.com

Gardening/Landscaping Team

ELEMENTS 5pm Sunday INFO: Courtney Volbey, courtneyvolby@hotmail.com, 952-200-1681

If you enjoy gardening, working outside, and/or beautifying outdoor spaces, then the Gardening and Landscaping Team is a great fit for you! Enjoy fellowship with others as we make the Westwood campus as beautiful on the outside as on the inside. Tasks may include painting, planting, weeding, or mulching. Experience always welcome, but not necessary! No long-term commitment required; attend work sessions as you are able. Team will meet again in Spring! INFO: Wendy Weiss, 952-388-8555, wweiss@mchsi.com

GriefShare for Women See Support Groups on page 16 for more information.

Hospitality Ministry

Getting Acquainted is a casual gathering offered the third Sunday of most months for newcomers and those exploring opportunities for connection at Westwood. Children’s programming (birth–Grade 5) is available at the 9:45 and 11:05am gatherings.

Westwood’s growing Hospitality Ministry means we have openings for 20 new people with gifts of encouragement, hospitality, helps, organization and leadership. If you enjoy making others feel welcome, fostering a “sense of belonging” and creating positive first impressions, we’re looking for YOU! Opportunities include: Ushers, Greeters, Hosts, Cafe Connection, and Welcome Center Hosts. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, if you have a heart to help people feel welcomed and valued, we have a place for you!

INFO: Ross Abrams, 952-237-5900, rossabrams@live.com

INFO: Monica Held, 952-224-7350, monica.held@westwoodcc.org

Getting Acquainted

JANUARY 2013

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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Adults /

Hospitality–Marriage Ministry Rock Your Relationship for Singles/Dating Couples

LifeKeys

Meets on Fridays Mar 8–April 5 from 7:00–8:30pm at Caribou Coffee Conference Room (4717 Highway 101, Minnetonka)

See Classes on page 6 for more information.

Love INC Westwood’s partnership with Love INC (In the Name of Christ) offers opportunities to donate goods and services to those in need within Carver County. Check out www.loveincecc.org for serving opportunities, including volunteering at the Furnishare Warehouse on Saturdays, 9:00am–1:00pm and the Clearinghouse on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 9:00am–2:00pm. INFO: Jackie Johnson, 952-224-7356 or Love INC Eastern Carver County, 952-448-2508, info@loveinc.org

This 5-week group provides a fun way to develop friendships with other singles and teaches you how to build Christ-centered relationships with the opposite sex. We’ll give you a proven attachment model that becomes a road map for building healthy relationships, while enabling you to date smarter and with purpose. As an added bonus, you’ll discover a lot about yourself in the process. We guarantee that you’ll leave this class with more insight and lots of tools to enrich your relationships. Handouts are provided each week. Please RSVP to rockyourrelationship@gmail.com. INFO: Barbara Mackintosh, 612-618-2205

Marriage Ministry Engaged Couples Class: Rock Your Relationship

Sundays, Jan 13–Feb 10, 6:30–8:10pm, home of Barbara and Kent Mackintosh (Chanhassen) It is Westwood’s intent to support and equip engaged couples to grow in a Christ-centered marriage. Couples are encouraged to deepen their dependence upon Jesus Christ as the foundation for their personal life and couple relationship. Meet Westwood’s premarital requirements by registering for Rock Your Relationship. Cost: $100. Space is limited. (Future dates: April 7–May 5, July 9–Aug 6) INFO/Registration: RockYourRelationship@gmail.com, 612-618-2205

Event

Couples night out

Feb 15 Couples Night Out

March 8–10

FAMILY LIFE WEEKEND TO REMEMBER

March 8–10, 7:30–9:15pm, Minneapolis Marriott City Center Life has a way of overwhelming a marriage. Jobs, kids, activities, errands. Before you know it, checking your e-mail is more important than carving out a date night. FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway is a chance to make a change. It’s a time to rediscover each other and find more intimacy in your life together. The Weekend to Remember getaway is not a large counseling session, and you will not be asked to participate in small groups. Rather, you will receive marriage-changing principles that you can take home and apply to your daily lives that will strengthen your marriage. Event Speakers: Tim & Darcy Kimmel and Ben & Janet Burns. Cost is $180, lodging and meals not included (group discount: $179.98 per couple). INFO: Sara and Chad Underwood, 817-917-8103, thefamilyunderwood@gmail.com or www.familylife.com

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Dessert & music by sara Renner Event

Friday, Feb 15

VALENTINE’S COUPLES NIGHT OUT 7:30–9:15pm

You and your sweetheart are invited to spend a fun, inspiring, and romantic evening with us. We are serving up delectable deserts, live entertainment–featuring local celebrity Sara Renner and much more! *Register online beginning Jan 17, $25 per couple. Space is limited so reserve your seats early! INFO: Connie Vanderzanden, connie@connievhome.com

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

VOLUME ONE


Adults / Media Team–Men’s Ministry Media Team

Mobile Hunger Pack

Produce and distribute audio and video recordings of the services to spread the ministry of Westwood. Volunteer roles include camera operators, video directors, running lights, stagehand and more. Training is provided for anyone that is interested in joining.

See Outreach: Local on page 10 for more information.

INFO: Andrew Gustafson, Andrew.Gustafson@westwoodcc.org, 952-224-7320

See Worship Arts on 21.

Medical Support Team This team is made up of medical professionals who respond appropriately to medical emergencies and non-emergencies in order to foster a safe and comfortable environment for Westwood attenders. They equip staff and Children’s Ministry and all Hospitality Team volunteers with the necessary training to support medical situations that arise. INFO: Cindy Alness, 612-716-0601 or Laena Farniok, westwoodmedicalteam@gmail.com

Membership Seminar

Music

Saturday, Jan 12 MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR 8:45am–Noon Event

If you are ready to step into membership at Westwood, please join us. During this session, participants will learn about the values, mission and beliefs of Westwood in this essential step toward membership. *Register online (no childcare available). INFO: Sabrina Downey, sabrina.downey@westwoodcc.org

Membership at Westwood means being a follower of Jesus Christ aligned with Westwood’s beliefs, values and goals. See box to the right for the next Membership Seminar. INFO: Sabrina Downey, sabrina.downey@westwoodcc.org

Men’s Ministry Westwood Men’s Ministry exists to draw men close to the heart of God, to help them be men of honor by experiencing the joy of life together in serving Christ. Our core values are: • Seeking the Lord first in prayer • Cherishing the Word of God • Following God’s will through the Holy Spirit • Encouraging men in their faith • Lifting up the Lord in praise • Loving the Lord with all our hearts, minds and souls.

Men’s Bible Studies

Saturday, Feb 2 MEN’S BREAKFAST Event

7:30–9:30am

See Bible Studies: Men on page 5.

Success Through Scriptures Are you a guy who loves the outdoors and wants to grow in your faith? Success Through Scriptures (STS) is a ministry for outdoor enthusiasts who love to fish, hunt, snowmobile, canoe, or camp. INFO: Mike Schachterle, 612-867-8469, www.stsretreats.org

Come, listen to Jay Coughlin. Mr. Coughlin is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of XRS Corporation, a leading provider of mobile compliance and fleet management software solutions to the trucking industry. Jay will share his compelling life story that is a message from the heart of hope and forgiveness. Come with your son or invite a friend(s). You’ll experience a great breakfast again this year catered by Joe and Jennifer Cox, & music and camaraderie with other men from Westwood! Reserve your spot or table for up to 7 people. Breakfast $15.00 *Register online. INFO: Jay, 952-294-1246 or Dave, 612-961-8533

JANUARY 2013

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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Outreach–Outreach: Local

Outreach

Jordan Ministry

The Outreach Ministry is here to equip and engage Westwooders to draw others to faith in God through the love of Jesus Christ, helping to sustain their faith by assimilating them into Westwood Community Church or another faith-nurturing community of believers.

INFO: Jackie, 952-224-7356, jackie.johnson@westwoodcc.org

Westwood is recruiting for a new volunteer team focused on our developing ministry in the country of Jordan.

Outreach: Local

INFO: Outreach Office, 952-224-7356

Missionary Care Team

ACTS Team

Second Sunday of every month, 12:30pm Provides support to Westwood missionaries and their families through prayer, encouragement and regular communication along with “hosting” events while they are home.

ACTS is an acronym for Assisting Communities Through Service and it is the goal of this team to serve needy families and the underprivileged in our area through practical assistance provided in the name of and with the love of Christ.

“Host” a missionary: If you are able to assist with providing a residence for missionaries while on home assignment contact the missionary care team.

INFO: 952-224-7356, outreachministry@westwoodcc.org

“Adopt a missionary”: If your family or small group is interested in hosting a “get-to-know-our-missionary” night at your home contact the missionary care team.

See Classes on page 6 for more information.

INFO: Jean Willems, 612-327-0981, jean_willems2000@yahoo.com

Outreach Coach

Do you have gifts of shepherding, teaching, administration or encouragement? Coaches are needed to help resource and serve as a liaison for Outreach ministry teams. INFO: Jackie, 952-224-7356, jackie.johnson@westwoodcc.org

Outreach Classes • Alpha (Tuesdays, Jan 8–March 26, 6:00–9:00pm) • Beginning the Journey (Sunday, Jan 27, 9:45am)

Alpha Love INC See Love INC on page 8 for more information.

Mobile Hunger Pack Annually, Westwood partners with Stop Hunger Now, a local food packing organization, to fight against world hunger. Serve alongside friends and family to help package food and learn about poverty and hunger, all while sharing the love of Christ. With a goal of packing 100,000+ meals, we need your help! INFO: Mike Blanchfield, 952-212-8536, mike.blanchfield@mchsi.com

See Classes on page 6 for more information.

Outreach: Global Central Asia Team

In 1998, Westwood “adopted,” as an unreached people group, the Uyghurs, committing our resources to help God build an indigenous church among this nominally Muslim group of nine million in Central Asia.

East Asia Team

Committed to bringing the message and love of Christ to university students and professionals in a major capital city of east Asia.

Friends of Honduras

Partnering with the people of Honduras since 1998 when Hurricane Mitch devastated the region.

Malawi Ministry

Partnering with World Relief to help the church in Malawi, Africa, bring relief and hope to a country devastated by the affects of AIDS/HIV.

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A Closer Look MOBILE HUNGER PACK IN DECEMBER This past December, Westwood held our annual Mobile Hunger Pack event and packaged food to help end world hunger. The event was a success and many people were able to serve for the first time. Check out pictures from this last event on the Westwood Outreach Facebook page!

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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Outreach: Local

Prison Outreach

Westwood conducts a worship service and Bible study for residents of the Shakopee Women’s Correctional Facility. Individuals also spiritually mentor men and women prisoners. INFO: Steve Taborek, 952-294-1158

Serve On Saturday (S.O.S.)

Upcoming S.O.S. dates: Feb 9, 2013 and May 18, 2013. Three Saturday mornings a year there are opportunities to join a crew for a specific project and serve at Westwood or at Westwood supporting organizations in the city and our community. Serve On Saturday is a great way to learn of some of the needs and opportunities around us where God is working and where the love of Christ needs to be shown.

Event

Saturday, Feb 9

Westwood

SERVE ON SATURDAY Save the date for the next Serve on Saturday (SOS). SOS is a serving opportunity on a Saturday morning. You can sign up for various projects online that will help both Westwood and supported organizations in our city and community. *Registration online begins January 19.

Social Media

INFO: Rebecca, 952-224-7388, rebecca.petersen@westwoodcc.org

OUTREACH

Westwood Wheelers This team at Westwood combines their love of cars with a desire to reach out and serve others with the love of Christ. The team meets throughout the year for social gatherings and sponsors our annual car show. The team has come alongside an organization in Chaska for young single mothers, providing oil changes and car repairs.

Facebook Search: Westwood Outreach 2012–2013

Newsletter

INFO: Jim Theis, 952-224-7378, jim.theis@westwoodcc.org

PRAYER REQUEST: “That God would use us to encourage hearts and strengthen hands.”

JANUARY 2013

See page 27 for how to subscribe.

A Closer Look MISSIONARY HIGHLIGHT: DAN AND JENNY HIGGINS 1. What is your name and family members? Dan and Jenny Higgins. Jackson (12), Emma (10), Luke (8), Will (6) and Lauren (4) 2. What organization do you work for? Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) Global Missions 3. What is your favorite… Food? Korean BBQ (Dan) Popcorn shrimp (Jenny) Movie? Brave Heart (Dan) The Devil Wears Prada (Jenny) Musician? Mat Kearney (Dan) Natalie grant (Jenny) 4. One fun fact about you and/or your family? Some of the Higgins Children are famous voice actors and fashion models ... in China. 5. What is your ministry focus? • Mobilizing the world’s greatest messengers (college students) • With the world’s greatest message (the Gospel) • To the places in the world with the greatest need.

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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Outreach: Local and International–Safety Team

Outreach: Local and International ISO (International Student Outreach) Team Provides spiritual and practical support to students at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Camp Tanadoona. It is a fun and culturally-enriching seasonal ministry that takes place April–November. INFO: Dawn Beitel, dawn.beitel@earthlink.net, 612-281-9517

Urban Ethnic

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Third Monday of every month, 7:00–8:30pm, in The Link Join us as we knit, pray and chat while we create beautiful prayer shawls. The shawls are given to those in need of a tangible reminder of God’s infinite love. Beginners and gifted knitters are welcome! INFO: Mary, 952-443-2203, mrj2203@gmail.com or Sandy, 952-471-9623, grammasandyh@aol.com

Program Stuffing Team

Fridays, 9:30–10:30am, Prairie Room

We partner and serve with various urban ministries and churches to help impact inner-city Minneapolis with the love of Christ, including immigrants and refugees through our partnership with World Relief and other agencies. INFO: Jackie, 952-224-7356, jackie.johnson@westwoodcc.org

Pastoral Care Westwood seeks to demonstrate the love of Christ to increase hope in response to the changes and challenges of life. It’s our joy to provide pastoral care of a spiritual nature to individuals, couples or families from within the Westwood congregation. If assistance is needed beyond the scope of pastoral care, referrals are provided to professional Christian counselors. The pastors of Westwood are available for crisis needs and for those needing spiritual assistance. Hospital visits, anointing with oil for healing, and prayer are all ministries available through our pastors.

Join the Program Stuffing Team to prepare the weekly Program for handout by the ushers.

Monday, Jan 21 PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY Event

7:00–8:30pm, in the Link

Join us as we knit, pray and chat while we create beautiful prayer shawls. The shawls are given to those in need of a tangible reminder of God’s infinite love. Beginners and gifted knitters are welcome! Contact Mary or Sandy.

INFO: Joyce Peper, 952-224-7322 or Pastor Dave Trautmann, 952-224-7304, dave.trautmann@westwoodcc.org

INFO: Kelli Fleck, 952-224-7320, kelli.fleck@westwoodcc.org

Photography Team

The Safety Team meets Westwood’s desire to provide a safe, secure and peaceful place of worship.

Telling the story of God working in and through Westwood through compelling photography that is utilized in print, visual and electronic media. Have photos from an event here at Westwood? The Communications team would love to see your photos. Send your photos to communications@westwoodcc.org. Also, join the Photography Team on the Table.

Safety Team INFO: Jim Theis, jim.theis@westwoodcc.org

INFO: Amy Hazen, 952-224-7358, amy.hazen@westwoodcc.org

Prayer Ministry: Needing Prayer Westwood is a community that is dependent upon God through prayer. Submit requests on the Info Card in the weekly Program, the Table (www.westwood.tableproject.org) or our website (www.westwoodcc.org/prayer). Prayer teams are available after each service on Saturday and Sunday. INFO: Joyce Peper, 952-224-7322, joyce.peper@westwoodcc.org

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*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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Small Groups

Small Groups Joining a small group is easy! Each study provides a leader who you can contact to join that study. If you need more direction, contact Brian Suter. INFO: Brian Suter, 952-224-7340, brian.suter@westwoodcc.org

Good Seeds

Small Groups: Adults

Begins Jan 8, Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30pm, Room B123

20/30’s Couples Small Group

2nd & 4th Wednesday, Jan–Aug, 7:00–8:30pm (Eden Prairie) This small group Bible Study will meet in our home in Eden Prairie on Wednesday evenings. We will begin a new study on the book of Hebrews using a book from N.T. Wright. If you are looking for a Bible study that focuses on growing in your faith and building relationships with other Westwood couples then this group is for you!

This small group will begin a new study on the book of Romans. Each week a chapter is read together and discussion about hearing from God and the Spirit follows. Come join others who seek to know Christ better while studying His Word. All adults are welcome and no prior Bible study experience is needed. No cost and no curriculum. INFO/Registration: Mike Sommer, 952-380-6854, sommerfami@gmail.com

INFO: John & Shannan Penaflor, 763-442-9103, john.penaflor@gmail.com

Mixed Nuts

Digging Deeper Sermon Discussion Small Group

All adults are welcome. No cost. No curriculum. We simply read a chapter of the Bible together each week and try to discover the truth that God and the Spirit wants us to hear. Come join us as we discover what it means to be a Christ follower today. We will begin a new study of 1 Corinthians for January.

Sunday evenings, 7:00–8:30pm, Room B114

Are you ready to take a step in applying biblical principles from Westwood’s teaching series to your own life? Join a mixed small group as we dig deeper into God’s Word and the current message series. Each week we’ll meet to read Scripture, discuss the sermon, and apply what is learned. If you’ve never been in a small group before, this is a great way to ‘test the waters.’ INFO/Registration: Dan Ryan, 952-250-5322, daniel.ryan@yahoo.com

INFO/Registration: Mike Sommer, 952-380-6854, sommerfami@gmail.com

Waconia Small Group

1st and 3rd Thursday, 7:00–8:30pm

Digging Deeper Bible Study for Young Adults Sundays, 1:00–3:00pm, Caribou (Chanhassen)

A relaxed Bible Study studying and applying Joel’s message. We will also be reading through the Bible in a year and holding each other accountable through this study. You are welcome to join us. INFO/Registration: Alex Bloomquist, sn0wb0arder113@gmail.com (The “o’s” are zeros.)

East of Westwood-Area Young Family Small Group Wednesdays, 7:00–9:00pm

Our desire is to develop community with other couples walking through life with little ones. Our hope is to deepen our faith and marriages by meeting weekly or bi-weekly, without children, to study God’s Word and gain encouragement from one another. We also look forward to fellowship and ‘doing life together’ with kids while participating in family-friendly activities and service projects. We’d love to have you join us! INFO/Registration: Chad and Sara Underwood, thefamilyunderwood@gmail.com

JANUARY 2013

Begins Jan 10, Thursdays, 7:00–8:30pm, Room B121

This existing small group currently has twelve adults (single & married) and three churches represented. We are all empty nesters, but open for any age serious about studying the Bible. Our focus is on discovering what the Bible says as we ask questions about its content and search for answers in our studies and life application. We are doing “Be Hopeful...How to make the best of times out of your worst of times” by Warren Wiersbe, a study of 1 Peter. If this sounds like where you are, come join us! INFO/Registration: Bob & Bonnie Oleson, 952-442-4879, oleson192@gmail.com

West End Connection

Every other Sunday evening, 6:30–8:30pm (Waconia) This existing fellowship/study group is made up of couples & singles in their 40s to 50s who desire to deepen their faith in studying God’s Word, praying for one another, and enjoying friendship over a hot cup of coffee. We have openings for 2 people. We also enjoy occasional planned activities and service projects beyond the scheduled small group times. INFO/Registration: Bill and DelRae Swanson, 952-292-3301, bill@oflora.net

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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Small Groups Young Professionals

Small Groups: Men

Tuesdays, 7:00–8:00pm, Room B121 Join us for a men’s Bible study, primarily consisting of men in their 20s and 30s. We will examine a book of the Bible and apply it to both our personal and professional lives. This small group study will be held at Westwood Tuesday evenings and will run 13 weeks. A $10 fee covers study material. INFO/Registration: Andrew Leone, 612-325-1853, AndrewJLeone@gmail.com

Fellowship-oriented Men’s Group

Friday mornings, 6:30–7:45am, Byerly’s (Chanhassen)

Small Groups: Singles 30+

Westwood men and non-Westwood men come together weekly for Bible study, fellowship and prayer. Members also do things together socially such as movie nights, camping, etc. The group is open to new members. INFO/Registration: Dave Sumners, dsumners@travellianceinc.com

Lamplighters Men’s Groups

• Proverbs: Mondays, 7:00–8:00pm, Seedlings Bookstore (Chanhassen) • Proverbs: Tuesdays, 7:00–8:00am, Dunn Brothers (Excelsior) • Gospel of John: Thursdays, 7:30–8:30am, Hazellewood Restaurant (Excelsior)

Lamplighter’s Bible study groups meet in the area on several weekday mornings and evenings. It is a great opportunity to study Scripture, make new friends, grow spiritually, and learn how to be a disciple for Christ. INFO/Registration: Roger Andersen, rda53@aol.com

Where 2 or 3 are Gathered

Great Relationships

Sundays beginning Jan 6, 6:40–8:30pm, Room B102 The Enemy uses our circumstances to rob us of treasures like passion, joy, peace, strength and dreams. Experience a video series by the author of One Month to Live, Kerry Shook, Pastor of Woodlands Church in Texas. Discover the ways we can reclaim the treasures God intended for us. Topics include Stolen Inheritance, Stolen Strength, Stolen Peace, Stolen Dreams, Stolen Joy, and Stolen Passion. Study takes place after the Sunday evening Elements service. INFO/Registration: westwoodsingles@yahoo.com

Saturdays, beginning Jan 6, 7:15–8:30am, Prairie Room We are a men’s small group that will begin a study on the book of Hebrews. Come join us as we look into Scripture to discover how God’s Word comes alive in practical and helpful ways for our daily lives. No cost or registration required. Just come with your Bible and be prepared to hear God’s voice. INFO: Jim Anderson, 952-368-2841, jim_a_anderson@cargill.com

Way of the Wild Heart

Every other Saturday, beginning Jan 12, 7:30–9:00am, Dunn Brothers Coffee (8107 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie) A Men’s Fellowship/Study group that will discuss and explore the six stages of manhood as outlined by John Eldredge in his book,The Way of the Wild Heart. Join other men who want to pursue spiritual strength, develop strong relationships, and live courageously. Bring your own copy of the book. INFO/Registration: Kent Mackintosh, 612-618-8367, mackintoshgroup@gmail.com

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*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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Small Groups Simply Relevant–Spiritual Girlfriends

Small Groups: Women

Every other Saturday, 9:00–10:30am, Room: B121 Are you in ‘mid-life’ and looking for an opportunity to connect with other women? This small group will focus on providing a forum for women to come together to build Christ-centered relationships with one another. Group focus will be to review a book by Nicole Johnson, Fresh Brewed Life, and discuss issues relevant to Christian women today. The group meets at Westwood bi-weekly on Saturday mornings for 90 minutes, and newcomers are always welcome! INFO/Registration: Laura, longacre.laura@gmail.com

There are many choices for joining Women’s Small Groups and we want to make joining a small group easy for you! If a study interests you, please contact the leader of that group. If you need more direction, contact Monica Held. INFO: Monica Held, 952-224-7350, monica.held@westwoodcc.org

Lamplighters Women’s Group

Colossians: Wednesdays, 6:00–7:00pm, Seedlings Bookstore (Chanhassen) or Hebrews: Fridays, 9:30–10:30am, Hazellewood Restaurant (Excelsior) We have both men’s and women’s groups meeting in the area on several weekday mornings and evenings. It is a great opportunity to study Scripture, make new friends, grow spiritually, and learn how to be a disciple for Christ.

You’re Not Alone II

Every other Thursday, 7:00–8:30pm, Prairie Room This existing small group is designed for married women whose spouses do not share their same spiritual journey, and who would benefit from encouragement and support from an intimate group of friends. It is a safe environment for women of faith to journey together. Join us as we take a step toward discovering God’s guiding presence in our lives through His Word, Christian books, uplifting fellowship and service opportunities. We have openings for three additional women. “Therefore encourage one another, and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5:11. INFO/Registration: Jan Peterson, 952-224-7318, jan.peterson@westwoodcc.org

INFO/Registration: Joline Stewart, jolines@lamplightersusa.org

Precious in His Sight

Saturday mornings, 7:30–9:00am (Waconia) This small group seeks to minister and bring encouragement to women who have the physical scars of breast cancer or have endured the emotional scars of relationship wounds. We will foster an environment for women who are interested in growing in their faith and connecting with other women who understand. We are in a 14-week book study: “Your Scars are Beautiful to God” by Sharon Jaynes. If you’re in this place and desire to gain friendships with other women who may understand the importance of seeking God’s healing and wholeness, we welcome you. INFO/Registration: Bonnie, 952-679-4213, bonnie1077prov@live.com

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*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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Spiritual Mentoring–Support Groups Spiritual Mentoring

Spiritual Mentoring Pursuing Christ Together Pursuing Christ Together is an invitation to strengthen your walk with God. By meeting consistently with one other person, you will be encouraged to follow Jesus Christ more closely. You will meet with an individual equipped to encourage you in your pursuit of Christ. Together you will select curriculum designed to facilitate Bible study and life application. The initial commitment is six to eight weeks. Time, location, and number of sessions are defined by the two of you to fit your specific situation. This ministry provides one-to-one/two opportunities for learning the basics of faith, Scripture and spiritual life. INFO (men): Dan Hazen, 952-448-6382 INFO (women): Cindy Lippert, 612-910-2765

A Closer Look SPIRITUAL MENTORING Spiritual mentoring means being encouraged in your faith through:

Support Groups GriefShare for Women

Mondays, Jan 7–March 11, 10:30am–12:00pm, Prairie Room A Christ-centered support group for women experiencing grief and loss. Sessions include personal reflection and group interaction encouraging one another and learning about the grieving process. Walk-ins are welcome. Cost: $25. INFO: Chris Jackson, 952-473-2929, jcjackson9@gmail.com

Understanding Domestic Abuse

Every Other Thursday, Jan 10–April 4, 6:30–8:00pm

• Bible reading and discussion • Mutual encouragement • Connecting faith and life issues • Prayer and reflection Through Pursuing Christ Together you will learn what it means to follow Christ and grow to understand the connection between a faith relationship with Christ and the real world. You will learn how to nurture a closer walk with God. Contact Dan (for men) or Cindy (for women) if you would like to find a mentor or be one!

Would you like to help someone you love caught in an abusive relationship? You are not alone. The Lord gives us guidance with His Word about relationships. Healthy relationships honor Him. We encourage each other, explore books and Scripture that educate and guide us, and provide referrals to community programs that support survivors. Walk-ins are welcome. Cost: $15 (for book). INFO/Registration: Shannon, 763-479-9970

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Technical Arts Team–Wellspring

Technical Arts Team

TWIST (The Westwood Information Systems Team)

The Westwood Technical Arts Team is here to produce the best possible atmosphere through creative lighting, video and visual presentation, and audio support throughout the services. We work directly with event leaders and worship producers to create the best possible look and feel for every event, ultimately glorifying God through providing excellent audio, visual, and lighting support.

Applies information technologies to increase the effectiveness of Westwood’s staff and ministries.

Saturday and Sunday services

First Monday of every month, 7:00pm, Westwood

INFO: Andrew Gustafson, 952-224-7324, andrew.gustafson@westwoodcc.org

INFO: Mark Teslow, 952-224-7368, mark.teslow@westwoodcc.org

Understanding Domestic Abuse See Support Groups to the left for more information.

Ushers Welcome and seat people in the Worship Center and serve to foster a positive worship experience for attenders. Serve during one service. Sunday Morning INFO: Carolyn Quam, 763-682-2310, cjquam@earthlink.net ELEMENTS 5:00pm Saturday INFO: Dean Held, 952-200-6043, deanheld@hotmail.com ELEMENTS 5:00pm Sunday INFO: Al Tarman, 952-237-0456, alantarman@comcast.net

Tech Team A Closer Look TECHNICAL ARTS TEAM Come join the Technical Arts Team here at Westwood. You don’t need to be a professional, training is provided. Help set up lighting and video. Control audio and visual presentations. Contact Andrew Gustafson for more information.

Wedding Ministry Partnering with couples getting married at Westwood to assist with coordinating wedding and facility details. INFO: 612-247-7441, lhdnels@gmail.com

Getting Married at Westwood? Wedding information at www.westwoodcc.org/adult/marriage/weddings. INFO: Joyce Peper, 952-224-7322, joyce.peper@westwoodcc.org

Welcome Center Hosts Traffic Team Do you love the outdoors? Are you looking for a way to serve under God’s wonderful sunshine (or snow)? The traffic team is seeking additional team members to help on Sunday mornings. Provides assistance, direction and safety to Westwood attenders as they navigate the parking lot. INFO: James McFarland, 952-470-4486, james.mcfarland@mchsi.com or jim.mcfarland@rbcbain.com

Help make Westwood a warm and welcoming environment on Sunday mornings, 1–2 times per month. Team members provide personal interaction with visitors and attenders by answering questions, offering a Westwood information packet and personal escort to their destination in the building. INFO: Jan Peterson, 952-224-7318, jan.peterson@westwoodcc.org

Wellspring Leadership Development Team Seeks to increase leadership capacity and infrastructure in order to discover, develop and connect people to ministry. See Classes on page 6. INFO: Bob Lippert, 612-910-2766, crlippert@gmail.com

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*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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Women’s Ministry

Women’s Ministry (Women Connecting with Women) Women’s Ministry at Westwood offers a wide range of opportunities for growth and connection. Our offerings include Bible studies, special events, small groups, MOPS, and MOMSnext. It’s about more than signing up for a Bible study or attending an event. It’s about finding others who share a common interest, and learning and growing together in Christ. It’s building a community of friends you can call upon for prayer and support. We are passionate about helping women find ways to connect and grow. Our newly formed Connection Team will help you discover the next steps in your journey. Find your place to grow and connect. INFO: Cissy Horstman, 952-905-6912, chorstman@mchsi.com

Women’s Bible Studies

Tuesday AM and PM sessions begin Jan 22. Saturday AM sessions begin Jan 26. See Bible Study: Women on page 5 for a full list of studies. INFO: Tracy Snader, dtsnader@aol.com

Connection Team The purpose is to help women discover what their next steps are at Westwood—whether to develop friendships, join a small group, take a class or volunteer to serve. We want to encourage women to know God personally, to worship Him authentically, to connect relationally, to grow spiritually and to serve joyfully. INFO: Kim Hanson, 612-247-6709, kim82457@aol.com

MOMSnext

Fridays, Feb 1–May 17, 9:00–11:00am (Session 2) MOMSnext is a way to connect, grow your faith and learn to parent through the K–grade 12 years. Learn from speakers, book studies and lively small group discussion on topics such as parenting, faith and friendships. MOMSnext registration does not close, you are always welcome to join us! *Register online. Fee charged, scholarships available, childcare not available. INFO: www.westwoodmomsnext.blogspot.com or Tammy Hakanson, tammyhakanson@yahoo.com, 952-607-1730

MOPS

Online registration is open January 17 for the Spring Session. Spring Session begins in February. (Group A begins Feb 14 & Group B and Evening begin Feb 7) MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is designed to meet the unique needs of moms with children from birth to Kindergarten who all share a similar desire: to be the very best they can be! Cost: $60 per session plus childcare fees (no childcare available for Evening MOPS). Scholarships available. INFO: Karen Connell, westwoodmops@westwoodcc.org

Steppin’ Out A connection ministry for women of all ages in all seasons of life. Designed to help you get to know other Westwood women, Steppin’ Out! will help direct you to a place of belonging. Each free event is a great ladie’s night out, full of fun, food and laughter. INFO: Kristi, 612-615-2233, kristi.rothenberger@yahoo.com

A Closer Look WHAT IS MOMSNEXT?

RELAX! This is a time that you can focus on you! Relax with coffee and a light breakfast. Breathe, unwind and get real! CONNECT! Find support, friendship and connection with other moms in this same stage of life. Find a place to fit in and find yourself!

MOMSnext is designed to meet the unique needs of moms with children K– grade 12 and provides a place for busy moms to...

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LEARN! From guest speakers, mentors and other moms sharing our experiences as we navigate families, schools and life! Book studies tie together the speaker topic and conversation. Two different books each session. GROW! Experienced “Mentor Moms” give insight from their own years of mothering and encourage moms with Biblical truths.

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

Social Media

WOMEN’S MINISTRY Facebook MOMSnext search: “Westwood MOMSnext” MOPS search: “Westwood MOPS”

Blog MOMSnext: www.westwoodmomsnext. blogspot.com

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Worship Arts–Writing Team

Worship Arts The purpose of the Worship Arts ministry is to grow the believer and reach the unbeliever. We exist to honor God and enjoy Him through the expression of lay artists in teams who use their gifts and talents to reach others with the love of Jesus Christ. See Children or Students on pages 20–23 for more music offerings. INFO: Vicki Turner, except where noted, 952-224-7396, vicki.turner@westwoodcc.org

Choir

Event

Thursday, Jan 3

SUMMERWOOD OF CHANHASSEN 9:45–10:45am

Greet or assist with leading a worship service for residents of Summerwood Senior Campus, Chanhassen.

Westwood Worship Leading Choir Begins Jan 16, 6:30pm, Worship Center

INFO: Laura Sorensen, laura.sorensen@westwoodcc.org

A large group vocal ensemble open to all adults age 16+. The choir sings in services about once a month as well as for holidays and special events. No fee. *Register online. We will be working on music for Easter and also upcoming Sundays. Join us for one Sunday or the full season!

Instrumental Ensembles Holy Horns is a small instrumental ensemble open by audition to brass players.

Rhythm Section A small team of rhythm players open by audition. Rhythm sections include piano, bass, drums, guitar, synth and percussion.

Summerwood of Chanhassen

First Thursday of each month, 9:45–10:45am Greet or assist with leading a worship service for residents of Summerwood Senior Campus, Chanhassen. INFO: Laura Sorensen, laura.sorensen@westwoodcc.org

Woodwind and String Ensemble A small instrumental ensemble open by audition to string and woodwind players.

Orchestra

Westwood Worship Leading Orchestra Begins Jan 16, 6:30pm, Worship Center A large group instrumental ensemble open by audition to adults 16+ who play any orchestral instrument. The orchestra plays about once a month, as well as for holidays and special events. No fee. *Register online. We will be working on music for Easter and also upcoming Sundays. Join us for one Sunday or the full season!

A Closer Look SUMMERWOOD OF CHANHASSEN For the last six years, a group of volunteers from Westwood have provided a monthly worship service for the residents of Summerwood of Chanhassen. In addition to a thirty minute worship service, volunteers spend time chatting with residents, provide a special Christmas service along with a gift and treats, and pray for the seniors. Everyone and every age is welcome to participate. Join us the first Thursday of each month at 10:00am. Contact Laura Sorensen. Photo by Bob Erickson.

Writing Team Telling the story of God working in and through Westwood by way of print, digital newsletter, and web. INFO: Amy Hazen, 952-224-7358, amy.hazen@westwoodcc.org

JANUARY 2013

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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Children Sundays AM Children/Age Birth–2 Years Parents can feel comfortable attending the morning services knowing their little ones are well cared for by loving, trained Westwood adult volunteers. Programs include: • Little Blessings Nursery (birth–12 months) • Little Bits 1 (12–24 months) • Little Bits 2 (24–36 months) INFO: Jane Pears, 952-224-7425, jane.pears@westwoodcc.org

Children/Age 3–5 Years Provides opportunities for children to learn and grow socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually in God’s grace. INFO: Kelli Hollerich, 952-224-7352, kelli.hollerich@westwoodcc.org

Children/Grades K–1 Provides opportunities for children to learn and grow socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually in God’s grace. INFO: Vicki Stahlke, 952-224-7456, vicki.stahlke@westwoodcc.org

Children/Grades 2–5

Birth/Child Dedications

Special Families Ministries

We dedicate children on the first Sunday of each month during the services. This is a formal, wonderful way to give thanks to God for the precious gifts He has bestowed upon us.

Helping families with children who have special needs to grow closer to God and to connect further at Westwood.

Child Dedication Orientation Class

Guardian Angels/Merge Allows families, who have children with special needs, the opportunity to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through participation in worship and Sunday School.

Parents who are dedicating children for the first time at Westwood are strongly encouraged to attend this one time informational class.

Respite Events

The class is held on the second Sunday of each month at 9:45am. Please meet at the Children’s desk on the lower level.

Provides fun programming for children with special needs, while parents have time off. INFO: Randi Mitchell, 952-224-7316, randi.mitchell@westwoodcc.org

Next class is Sunday, Jan 13 at 9:45am. INFO: Jane Pears, 952-224-7425, jane.pears@westwoodcc.org

Event

Sunday, Jan 13 CHILD DEDICATION ORIENTATION CLASS 9:45am

Event

SPECIAL FAMILIES PARENTS 5:00pm, B121

Attend this one-time informational class if you are considering dedicating your child/children for the first time. Contact Jane Pears for more information.

Children’s Welcome Desk

Special Families Parents-Come join other parents of children with special needs for a time to connect, learn and be encouraged in your journey! We will meet initially for two Sundays, January 13 & 27. *Register online by Jan 9 for each parent attending, and for a Guardian Angel (if needed) for your child. Contact Randi Mitchell.

Designed for today’s visually-oriented children. It’s fast-paced, energetic and full of surprises!

Providing a warm welcome to all guests is this team’s specialty! They greet people as they arrive, help with registration and guide guests to their classrooms.

INFO: Katie Rosenow, 952-224-7454, katie.rosenow@westwoodcc.org

INFO: Jane Pears, 952-224-7425, jane.pears@westwoodcc.org

Event

Sundays PM

Preschool

6:00–8:30pm

Children’s ELEMENTS Services

Saturday and Sunday, 5:00pm, birth–grade 5. Saturday INFO: Kelli Hollerich, 952224-7352, kelli.hollerich@westwoodcc.org Sunday INFO: Sophia, 952-224-7450, sophia.hedberg@westwoodcc.org

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Enrollment for AM and PM classes begins Monday, Jan 28. Options include morning or afternoon programs for ages 33 months–5 years (2, 3 or 4 days per week), or an all-day program for ages 4–5 years (3 days per week, 9:00am–3:00pm). For a tour of the building call Kristi at 952-224-7426.

Sundays, Jan 13 & 27

Friday, Jan 11 SNOW BLAST Snow Blast! Westwood’s 4th and 5th graders are invited to join us on for a night of sledding at Camp Tanadoona! *Register online by Jan 9. Cost: $10. INFO: Jordan Greenside, 952-224-7466, jordan.greenside@westwoodcc.org

INFO: www.westwoodpreschool.org *Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

VOLUME ONE


Children Children’s Music and Art

Event

Winter guitar lessons: Tuesdays, Jan 8–Feb 26. Beginning and Intermediate lessons offered for grade 2–adults. Cost: $120 for 8 group lessons.

K–grade 5 musical theater discipleship ministries JELLYS, JAM and WiNK begin Sunday, Jan 20. There is no fee to register. Show is on Saturday, May 4. Meeting locations: JELLYS (K–grade 1) at 5:00pm in B118 JAM (grade 2–3) at 5:00pm in B102 WiNK (grade 4–5) at 4:45 pm in A111

Something to Say is a vocal ensemble for girls in grade 5–12. Rehearsals are on Sunday from 9:30–10:45am in the Student Intersection. Winter session begins Sunday, Jan 20.

7:00pm (8:00pm, show only) or 9:30am (10:30am, show only)

Prepare Ye! The 6th-12th grade musical theater group W.A.T.C.H. (Westwood Arts and Theater Company for Him) will stage “Godspell” on January 25, 2013 at 7:00pm for dessert and show, and Saturday, January 26, 9:30am for breakfast and show. “Godspell” features 50 students in a rollicking rendition of the parables from the Gospel of Matthew. “Finding my story through HIStory” is the goal of the Westwood Worship Arts Musical Theater ministries which are designed to develop students’ musical and artistic talents to prepare them for a lifetime of serving God. *Tickets online for show/food combo ($10) or for show only ($5).

INFO: Laura Sorensen, 952-224-7458, laura.sorensen@westwoodcc.org

Event

Friday and Saturday, Jan 25 & 26

WATCH PRESENTS GODSPELL: PREPARE YE!

Helping children and students to “Find My Story Through His Story” is the goal of the theater arts ministry. JELLYS, JAM and WiNK spring season begins Sunday, Jan 20. *Register online.

INFO: Laura Sorensen, 952-224-7458, laura.sorensen@westwoodcc.org

PARENTING WORKSHOP: “TAMING THE TECHNOLOGY

Thursday, Jan 31

MONSTER IN YOUR HOME!” 7:00pm–8:30pm Kids are spending more time in the potent world of technology than ever before. Your children were created to make a difference in that world, not be swept away by it’s influence. Guiding them well requires good knowledge of what’s going on in the world of technology, and a strong, connected relationship built on emotional safety and love. This workshop imparts powerful principles and practical tools for equipping parents to address screen time, Internet, and cell phone use, and their impact on children’s values and beliefs. This session is taught by Jim & Lynne Jackson, well-known speakers and authors of “Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart;” and founders of Connected Families. *Register online.

INFO: Teri Braun, 952-224-7330, teri.braun@westwoodcc.org

Parenting Resource

HOMEFRONT

is a monthly spiritual parenting resource. Print out as much or as little as you like right from your own computer! HOMEFRONT MONTHLY is also now available as a FREE APP in the Apple Store or Android Marketplace for your smart phone or iPad. *Find it online.

JANUARY 2013

This Summer...

College Students, looking for a meaningful way to spend your summer with students? Apply for the current job openings. Go online for forms and information at www.westwoodcc.org/employment.

JOB OPENINGS

Summer Associate (Birth–Grade 5)

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

Social Media

CHILDREN Facebook Children’s Ministry Search: “Westwood Children’s Ministry”

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Students Wednesdays PM

Sundays AM

*Register online. For important dates, see Dates to Know below.

We invite students to trust Jesus, and to experience life in all of its fullness. Join us on Sunday mornings at 11:05!

Boost (grades 6–8) 6:45–8:00pm Middle school students gather to explore faith, have fun and engage in small group conversation. All are welcome!

Upper Room (grade 9) 8:00–9:30pm This theology and Christian doctrine class helps 9th graders solidify their faith beliefs. Students build relationships in small groups while discussing faith questions. Students, please bring your Bibles. All are welcome!

En Route (grades 10–12) 8:00–9:30pm The theme and focus for the year is “Our Identity in Christ”. We have an impressive list of guest speakers helping us explore how this impacts our lives. Each week consists of worship, a message, and small group connection. Come join us!

Half of all kids in youth groups

Dates to Know

JAN 9

Programming resumes.

Xchange (grades 6–8) 11:05am, Room A112 We worship together, participate in discussion groups with caring adult leaders, play games & mixers to get moving, and hear a message related to middle school students. Students bring your Bibles!

HSM “High School Ministry” (grades 9–12) 11:05am, Room A111 We are using The Gospel Project, a Christ-centered curriculum that examines the grand narrative of Scripture and how the Gospel transforms lives of those it touches. Come for a time of worship and learning the theology that grounds our faith from Genesis to Revelation.

INFO: Pam, 952-224-7362, pam.schwarz@westwoodcc.org

FEB 22

Girls only event for grades 6–8, more details to come.

MARCH 13–14

Upper Room Spring Retreat

will walk away from their faith. We can help... Event Mondays, Jan 7, 14 & 21 DYNAMIC FAITH WORKSHOP 7:00–8:30pm, Room A111 (Check in: 6:45pm) Join us for a three-week workshop to explore how to foster a growing, lasting, “sticky” faith in your student!

On Monday, January 7, hear from nationally

recognized speaker Tiger McLuen. He’ll equip parents to build “sticky” faith and realize the power of community in raising healthy, faithful young people through “The 5:1 Difference” concept.

On Monday, January 14 & 21, the

conversation continues. Hear how Westwood, in partnership with parents, is addressing this issue and helping students build “sticky faith.” Dianne Cotten DeKoning (Pastor of Student Ministry, grades 6–8) and Jim Anderson (Executive Pastor) will facilitate. *Register online by Jan 7. INFO: Pam Schwarz, 952-224-7362, pam.schwarz@westwoodcc.org

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*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

Tiger McLuen is Executive Director of Youth Leadership in Minneapolis and a professor at Bethel Seminary.

VOLUME ONE


Students Students Music and Art Worship Arts for students is designed to build student’s artistic skills and use them to glorify God. *Register online.

Something To Say

Sundays, 9:30–10:45am, the Student Intersection •

Something to Say is a vocal ensemble for girls in grades 5–12. Winter session begins Sunday, Jan 20.

INFO: Laura, 952-224-7458, laura.sorensen@westwoodcc.org

Event

May 2013

FIND YOUR FIT LifeKeys for Teens is coming May 2013. LifeKeys will be using the book Find Your Fit by Jane Kise and Kevin Johnson. Students will explore their talents, spiritual gifts and personality types. INFO: Gary Kriegel, kriegs92@gmail.com

Hype 2012

A Closer Look HYPE 2012: QUOTES FROM OUR STUDENTS

“Even if something really bad happens, you shouldn’t leave God.” -Belle “Open your heart to God.” -Elizabeth “When I grow up, I’m feeling like God is calling me to be a pastor.” -Ian

This Summer...

Mission Trips Green Bay (grades 6–8)

July 14–19

Chicago (grades 9–12)

July 21–27

Summer Camp Hype (grades 6–8) Unite (grade 9) 

College Students, looking for a meaningful way to spend your summer with students? Apply for the current job openings. Go online for forms and information at www.westwoodcc.org/employment.

JOB OPENINGS June 16–June 20

July 2013, exact dates coming soon

Summer Associate (grades 6–8) Summer Associate (grades 9–12) Summer Associate (College Ministry)

Colorado (grades 10–12)June 27–July 3

“God will always forgive.” -Ashley “I learned how to trust God more.” -Jared “With the power of Christ, you can change.” -Caleb

Social Media

STUDENTS Facebook

Boost search: “WSM Middle School Parents” & “WSM Middle School Students,” Upper Room search: “Westwood Upper Room” En Route search: “We are En Route”

Twitter

@WSMParentLink or @enroutewcc

Newsletter

www.westwoodcc.org/students

JANUARY 2013

*Register online at www.westwoodcc.org/links

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CURRENT VOLUNTEER Adult Ministries • Adult Small Group Leaders

Facilitate small groups of various types; help others grow in their faith Gifts: encouragement, discernment, leadership, shepherding INFO: Brian Suter, 952-224-7340, brian.suter@westwoodcc.org Women’s Ministry Facilitate Bible Studies and/or small groups, and or help women connect and grow in their faith Gifts: encouragement, discernment, leadership, shepherding INFO: Cissy Horstman, 952-905-6912, chorstman@mchsi.com Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) or MOMS Next MENTORS Support and encourage mothers in all seasons of parenting. Gifts: encouragement/counseling, discernment, shepherding, hospitality INFO: Jill Caulfield (952) 361-3362 m_jcaulfield@yahoo.com Women’s Special Events Support special events Gifts: organization, administration, creativity and/or leadership. INFO: Lisa Mendez, 952-949-3443 lisamendez53@aol.com Men’s Ministry Facilitate Bible studies and or/small groups, help men grow in their faith Gifts: encouragement, discernment, leadership, shepherding INFO: Brian Suter, 952-224-7340, brian.suter@westwoodcc.org

GIFTS? Want to know what your spiritual gifts are? Take LifeKeys (see Classes on page 6). Finding out your gifts will help you know where the best place for you is in ministry here at Westwood.

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Children’s Ministry

INFO: Danise McMillen, 952-224-7342; danise.mcmillen@westwoodcc.org Gifts: encouragement, helps, teaching, administration • Early Childhood Helper Love, care for, read to and play with children birth–35 months old • Preschool Lead Teacher Supervise classroom activities, teach lesson plans for children • Preschool Grade 1 Helper Play with children, encourage participation in activities • Elementary Coaches Shepherd a group up to 8 children; Build relationships, facilitate lesson application and activity, and pray for kids • Elementary Greeter Greet parents and kids and direct kids to their small group • Weekday Helper Supervise classroom activities, teach lesson plan during MOPS, etc. • Guardian Angel Provide 1:1 care for children with special needs

Connection (Volunteers needed to serve in the area of hospitality, representing multiple teams) INFO: Monica Held, 952-224-7350; monica.held@westwoodcc.org

• Welcome Center

Communications

INFO: communications@westwoodcc.org • Photography Team Looking for individuals who would like to be on a monthly contact list that will include options for taking photos used for Volume ONE

Community Care

INFO: Dave Trautmann, 952-224-7304, dave.trautmann@westwoodcc.org or Joyce Peper, 952-224-7322, joyce.peper@westwoodcc.org

• •

Prayer Team Leaders and Team Members Pray with people after services. Gifts: faith, encouragement/ counseling, evangelism, mercy Care Partners Marriage Support Provide one-on-one marriage support Gifts: encouragement/counseling, wisdom, faith, mercy

Funeral Hospitality Leaders and Team Members Host, purchase food, and coordinate volunteers Gifts: hospitality, helps, administration

Inform people of what is available at Westwood; personal interaction with new visitors; offer a welcome packet; accompany guests to their destination. Gifts: hospitality, helps Greeters Serve with a smile and create a warm and welcoming environment at the entrances to our campus; positive first impressions are important! Gifts: hospitality, helps Ushers Welcome and seat people, create positive worship experience; assist with offering; attend to needs that arise in the Worship Center Gifts: hospitality, helps Café Connection/Brew Crew Help create a welcoming environment through preparing and serving beverages before and after worship services; expect a complete orientation and experience a solid “fun” team work environment. Gifts: hospitality, helps Medical Support Team Medical professionals who respond appropriately to medical emergencies during services and special events. We require our team at a minimum to be CPR certified. We are looking for Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, and First Responders. Gifts: administration, leadership, helps INFO: Cindy Alness, 612-716-0601 or Laena Farniok, 612-532-3362; WestwoodMedicalTeam@gmail.com

VOLUME ONE


OPPORTUNITIES • Getting Acquainted Team

Host newcomer events the 3rd Sunday of the month. Help them ‘take a next step’ by understanding their needs and interests as they navigate the many ministry opportunities at Westwood. Gifts: hospitality, helps. INFO: Ross Abrams, 952-237-5900, rossabrams@live.com Life Keys Team Member This active ministry team is looking to expand with additional Table Leaders who facilitate discussion, come alongside others and help enrich the experience of attenders. An 8-week session is offered every season. Prerequisite: must have attended LifeKeys Gifts: encouragement/counseling, shepherding, discernment, teaching, leadership INFO: Jody Mayer, 952-250-1952, mayer55345@comcast.net

Operations

INFO: Jim Theis, 952-224-7378, jim.theis@westwoodcc.org

Traffic Team — provide assistance, direction, safety in parking lot Gifts: helps, discernment, leadership

• •

Prison Ministry Worship leaders, church service organizers, encouraging letter writers Gifts: hospitality, helps, encouragement, mercy Serve On Saturday (SOS) Crew Leaders Gifts: administration, helps, leadership, shepherding Outreach Graphic Designer Help design outreach material for special projects Gifts: artistic life gifts, creative

JANUARY 2013

Student Ministry

INFO: Dianne Cotten DeKoning, 952-224-7308, dianne.dekoning@westwoodcc.org

Outreach

INFO: Jackie Johnson, 952-224-7356, jackie.johnson@westwoodcc.org or Rebecca Petersen, 952-224-7388, rebecca.petersen@westwoodcc.org

Outreach Hospitality Teams Help events run smoothly, assist with set up and take down, create friendly environment. Gifts: hospitality, helps

Small Group Leaders Wednesday evenings for High School (Grades 10–12), Grade 9, and Middle School (Grades 6–8); shepherding role focused on building relationships with students. Gifts: shepherding, leadership, mercy, encouragement, teaching, helps, hospitality, etc. Parent Presence Team Wednesday evenings during Boost (6:45-8:00pm); monitor halls and be a presence to our students for assistance Gifts: helps, shepherding, hospitality AV/Tech Wednesday evenings — behind the scenes role assists with sound and audio visuals. Gifts: helps, administration, leadership Xchange Discussion Group Leaders (Grades 6–8) Sunday, 11:05am — engage students in a conversation about our topic, be a presence and get to know students Gifts: shepherding, leadership, mercy, encouragement, teaching, helps, hospitality, etc. Café Team Sundays (10:00–11:30 am) – help serve beverages on Sunday mornings in the Intersection, interact with students Gifts: helps, hospitality

Welcome Station Sundays (10:00–11:15 am) – welcome new students and families, answer questions, be a friendly face, assist in helping students be introduced to other students and leaders Gifts: hospitality, helps, mercy, leadership, shepherding, etc.

Worship Arts

INFO: Adult programs: Vicki Turner, 952-224-7396, vicki.turner@westwoodcc.org; Children and student programs/ Summerwood: Laura Sorensen, 952-224-7458, laura.sorensen@westwoodcc.org; Media Team: Andrew Gustafson, 952-224-7324, andrew.gustafson@westwoodcc.org

• • • •

Worship Choir, Vocal Ensembles, Orchestra, Children’s and Students’ Theater Arts Communion Prepare and serve communion Media Team Camera operators, video directors, running lights, stagehand and more; training provided Summerwood of Chanhassen Senior Worship First Thursday of every month, 9:45–10:45am

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Weekend Services Saturday 5:00pm

Sunday 8:30, 9:45, 11:05am & 5:00pm

Worship Services Westwood services are dynamic and inspiring. As we express our worship to God, the music is celebratory though the style is varied. At our morning services (8:30, 9:45 and 11:05) you’ll experience a variety of updated traditional hymns, along with the songs of today. At our 5:00 Saturday and Sunday evening ELEMENTS services, the environment is relaxed and the music is a blend of soulful songs that are both relevant and reverent. All our services feature thought-provoking messages that present biblical truth that you can apply to your life.

The Saturday Night service was added this past year to help free up space on Sunday for our worship guests. Come experience a similar service to Sunday nights with music from Ben Rosenbush and the ELEMENTS band.

INFO: www.westwoodcc.org

Students Services Westwood’s Student Ministry nurtures students in grades 6-12 to experience a dynamic love relationship with Jesus Christ. Our professional and volunteer staff model the journey of faith and life in Christ and encourage the students to journey further in their own relationships with God. Students are free to ask questions, challenge answers and experience God personally and honestly.

Children Services Westwood is a great place to be a kid! It’s a place where kids begin to discover their great big God and the world He created for them. A place where faith, learning and imagination go hand in hand. Faith comes alive as kids experience age-specific learning through exciting story-telling that is biblically-based, interactive music that gets kids moving and hands-on crafts that reinforce key Bible concepts!

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INFO: www.elementsatwestwood.org

Sunday Morning

Wednesday Night

Grades 6–8, 11:05am in Room A112 Grades 9–12,11:05am in Room A111

Boost (Grades 6–8) 6:45pm–8:00pm in Room A112 Upper Room (Grade 9) 8:00pm–9:30pm in Room A112 En Route (Grades 10–12) 8:00pm–9:30pm in Room A111

Sunday Morning (All Services)

Saturday and Sunday Evening

Little Blessings Nursery (birth–12 months) Little Bits 1 (12–24 months) Little Bits 2 (24–36 months) TruWonder (Ages 3–5) TruWonder (K–Grade 1) Children Grades 2–5 (TruStory)

Children’s ELEMENTS (birth–Grade 5), 5:00pm

VOLUME ONE


Find Community Online Westwood App 2200 people have downloaded our new app for iPhone, iPad and Android! Use it to view or listen to messages, access our social media sites, learn about upcoming events, even give to Westwood! In your App store search for “Westwood Community Church.”

The Table Project The Table, Westwood’s online community, is the place to find other Westwooders through a directory, find small groups, ministries, serving opportunities, growth tools and so much more. It’s the place to learn of prayer requests within the body and post needs of your own. As well, the Table Project integrates with Facebook and Twitter and allows you to customize your own personal page with web content you want. Plus you can find great Westwood content like podcasts of messages, photos and discussions. Don’t miss out as The Table helps us to be the church together in between Sundays. If you are a regular attender or member of Westwood, you are invited to join The Table at www.westwood.tableproject.org.

Westwood and ELEMENTS Websites The Westwood and ELEMENTS websites contain each week’s messages in audio and video formats so you can catch up on messages you’ve missed. You can also access or subscribe to the audio podcasts on iTunes.

Westwood Website: www.westwoodcc.org

Elements Website:

www.elementsatwestwood.org

Weekly E-Newsletter Subscribe to various E-Newsletters within the community of Westwood. Go to: www.westwoodcc.org/Pages/Resources/ ElectronicSubscriptions.aspx • Weekly Email–Receive information about happenings at Westwood Community Church, along with stories and videos from ministries and events. • Singles 30-50–Learn about current events and information for Singles • Westwood Wheelers–Learn more about Westwood’s car enthusiasts

Twitter

Facebook

Follow: @westwoodccinfo @WSMParentLink @enroutewcc on Twitter.

Facebook is one of the ways ministry teams here at Westwood communicate. There are many pages on Facebook for our ministries and we have provided a list below to help you know what is out there. Search the following items in Facebook to find each ministry’s page: • Westwood Community Church • ELEMENTS at Westwood • Fusion: Westwood College Age Ministry • We Are En Route • Westwood ALPHA • Westwood Children’s Ministry • Westwood Jesus the Arts and Me (JAM) • Westwood MOMSnext • Westwood Outreach 2012–2013 • Westwood Singles • Westwood Young Adults Ministry • WSM Middle School Parents • WSM Middle School Students

Giving through Fellowship One Fellowship One allows you to give online and view your giving history. Go to westwoodcc.infellowship.com to log in. Simply click on “Your Giving” and find your statement or click on “schedule giving”.

Give online You may set up one-time or recurring contributions from a checking account or credit card that is linked to your checking account.

View your Westwood giving history You will need to log in to view or create an InFellowship account. You already have an InFellowship account if you have gone online and registered your child or yourself for an event at Westwood since January 2012. INFO: F1@westwoodcc.org, 952-224-7312

JANUARY 2013

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January Events

Contacts

Thursday, Jan 3

Kate Peabody: 952-224-7376

Jan 13 & 27

Summerwood of Chanhassen Pg 19

Pg 20

Dynamic Faith Workshop (for parents of students) Pg 22

Tuesday, Jan 8

Alpha (Class begins)  Pg 6

Thursday, Jan 10

Foundations: The Good Book (Class begins) 

Pg 6

LifeKeys (Class begins) 

Pg 6

Tuesday, Jan 15

Singles 30+ At Feed My Starving Children Pg 4

Wednesday, Jan 16

Pg 20

Saturday, Jan 12

Membership Seminar 

Pg 9

Engaged Couples (Class begins) Pg 8

Jan 25 & Jan 26

WATCH presents Godspell: Prepare Ye!  Pg 21

Saturday, Jan 26

Sunday, Jan 20

Jan 26 & Jan 27

Sunday, Jan 20

JELLYS, JAM, WiNK and Something to Say Spring Season Begins  Pg 21

Monday, Jan 21

Sunday, Jan 13

Women’s Bible Studies Begin Pg 5

Choir and Orchestra Spring Season Begins  Pg 19 Getting Acquainted Pg 7

Friday, Jan 11

Men’s Bible Study Begins Pg 5

Jan 22 & 26

Tuesday, Jan 15

Jan 7, 14 & 21

Snow Blast (for grades 4–5)

Special Families Parents Event

Tuesday, Jan 22

Singles 30+ At Bayview  Pg 4 Beginning the Journey (Class) Pg 6

Thursday, Jan 31

Taming the Technology Monster Workshop (for parents of children)  Pg 21

Business Administration Baptisms

Sabrina Downey: 952-224-7314, baptism@westwoodcc.org

Birth Announcement Jane Pears: 952-224-7425

Child Dedications Jane Pears: 952-224-7425

Communications Tim Remington: 952-224-7360

Facility Use Laurie Aasen: 952-224-7332

Fax

952-224-7301

Funerals Joyce Peper: 952-224-7322

Guest Services (PM and Weekend) 952-224-7394

Membership Seminar

Sabrina Downey: 952-224-7314, membership@westwoodcc.org

Hospital Visit

Prayer Shawl Ministry  Pg 12

Joyce Peper: 952-224-7322

Leadership Board Denny Laufenburger: 952-975-9059

Sunday, Jan 13

Child Dedication Orientation Class Pg 20

Pastor on Call 952-224-7300

Prayer Requests Church Office: 952-224-7300

Future Events Friday, Feb 1 MOMSnext Begins Saturday, Feb 2 Men’s Breakfast Sunday, Feb 3 Singles 30+ Connect Relationally Event

Sunday, Feb 3 Intellectual Flexibility (Wellspring Class)

Sunday, Feb 24 Dynamic Determination (Wellspring Class)

Feb 7 & 14 MOPS Begins

Friday, March 8 Rock Your Relationship for Singles/Dating Couples (Class begins)

Saturday, Feb 9 Serve on Saturday (SOS) Friday, Feb 15 Valentine’s Couples Night Out

May 2013 LifeKeys for Teens

Westwood Preschool Kristi Swier: 952-224-7426

A/V Technology Support

Andrew Gustafson: 952-224-7324

Website

www.westwoodcc.org

Weddings Joyce Peper: 952-224-7322

Worship Support

Vicki Turner: 952-224-7396

3121 Westwood Drive, Excelsior, MN 55331 • 952-224-7300 • www.westwoodcc.org

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