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A little about us The Inside Scoop to Volume One The Volume One publication was started this past year to create a central location for all that happens at Westwood Community Church, including information on Westwood’s many ministry teams within every area at Westwood (Womens, Mens, Student, Childrens, etc). These teams are available for you as a way to grow spiritually and get involved at Westwood.

Unsure of Westwood and are new? Come to Getting Acquainted. (info on page 7)

Want to know what is the best place for you to get involved? Take the LifeKeys class. (info on page 6) Some other interesting features of Volume One include the “A Closer Look” sections. On page 12, get to know one of Westwood’s missionaries. Each month a new missionary is highlighted.

Four-week message series in April Undercover boss: faith goes to work

Check out the online issue of Volume One in an easy, interactive layout through Issuu online reading. A direct link is available on the homepage of Westwood’s website (

In the TV series, “Undercover Boss,” a CEO will go undercover, playing the part of an average Joe in the workplace. Could knowing a supportive God is your CEO change the way you live and interact with others at work? Come hear Pastor Joel Johnson teach about how faith interacts with work.

Saturdays, 5:00pm Sundays, 8:30, 9:45, 11:05am and 5:00pm

Sunday AM Service – 8:30, 9:45 & 11:05am • ELEMENTS PM Service – 5:00pm More details on page 26 or 20–23 for children and students ministry times.

Purpose Statement

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

Vision Statement

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.


Our purpose and vision exist because: We love God with all that we are, have and do. We love all people because all people matter to God. Westwood’s Statement of Faith is available online at

Volume One

at a glance




(pages 4–18)

(pages 19–23)

(pages 24–25)

Under the ADULTS section find:

Under the CHILDREN or STUDENTS sections find:

Did you know that each serving opportunity references spiritual gifts? Check out which opportunities fit your gifts!

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Classes Bible studies Ministry Teams Event Highlights

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Service Information Event Highlights Ministry Teams

at a deeper glance




Adults: 20s–30s���������������������������� 4 Adults: 60+����������������������������������� 5 Adults: Singles 30+���������������������� 4 Alpha�������������������������������������������� 6

Gardening/Landscaping Team����� 7 Getting Acquainted���������������������� 7 Graphic Arts Team������������������������ 8 Greeter Team�������������������������������� 8

Online and Social Media Resources������������������������������ 26 Orchestra������������������������������������ 18 Outreach������������������������������������� 10





Baptism���������������������������������������� 5 Bible Study����������������������������������� 5 Birth Announcements����������������� 21

Hospitality Ministry����������������������� 8

Urban Ethnic Ministry����������������� 10 Ushers���������������������������������������� 16


Pastoral Care������������������������������ 12 Photography Team��������������������� 13 Prayer and Planning������������������� 12 Prayer Ministry: Needing Prayer� 13 Prayer Shawl Ministry����������������� 13 Preschool����������������������������������� 21 Prison Outreach�������������������������� 11 Program Stuffing Team��������������� 13

Jordan Ministry��������������������������� 12



Rhythm Section�������������������������� 18

LifeKeys������������������������������������ 6, 8 LifeKeys for Teens���������������������� 22 Love INC��������������������������������������� 8


C Cafe Connection/Brew Crew�������� 5 Care Partners Ministry������������������ 5 Central Asia Team���������������������� 12 Child Dedications����������������������� 21 Children’s Ministry���������������������� 20 Children’s Welcome Center Team ����������������������������������������������� 21 Choir������������������������������������������� 18 Classes����������������������������������������� 6 Communion/Communion Team��� 7 Contacts������������������������������������� 28

E East Asia Team��������������������������� 12

F Faith and Work Conference�������� 27 Friends of Honduras������������������� 12 Funeral Hospitality������������������������ 7

I Information Systems Team����������� 8 Instrumental Ensembles������������� 18 ISO (International Student Outreach) Team���������������������� 10

M Malawi Ministry��������������������������� 12 Marriage Ministry�������������������������� 8 Media Team���������������������������������� 9 Medical Support Team����������������� 9 Membership Seminar������������������� 9 Men’s Ministry������������������������������ 9 Missionary Care Team���������������� 10 Missions������������������������������������� 10 MOMSnext��������������������������������� 17 MOPS����������������������������������������� 17 Music������������������������������������������ 18

Safety Team�������������������������������� 13 Serve on Saturday���������������������� 11 Small Groups������������������������������ 14 Special Families Ministries��������� 21 Spiritual Mentoring��������������������� 16 Steppin’ Out������������������������������� 17 Students Ministry����������������������� 22 SummerWood Services�������������� 18 Support Groups�������������������������� 16

T Technical Arts Team������������������� 16 Tour of Tables����������������������������� 17 Traffic Team�������������������������������� 16

V Vacation Bible School (VBS)������� 20 Volunteer Opportunities�������������� 24

W Wedding Ministry������������������������ 16 Welcome Center Hosts�������������� 16 Wellspring Leadership Development Team����������������� 16 Westwood Wheelers������������������� 11 Women’s Ministry����������������������� 17 Women’s Ministry Connection Team��������������������������������������� 17 Woodwind and String Ensemble18 Worship and Theater Arts for Children���������������������������������� 21 Worship and Theatre Arts for Students��������������������������������� 22 Worship Arts������������������������������� 18 Worship Services������������������������ 26 Writing Team������������������������������� 18


Adults Great Relationships

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.

Join Great Relationships, a Sunday night small group specifically for Singles 30+. See Small Groups on page 14 for more info. INFO: Jane Starnes, 612.327.8804,

Social Media

Caribou Life Group Join a small group for Young Adults on Sunday afternoons from 1:00–3:00pm at Caribou (Chanhassen). Look at Small Groups on page 14 for more information.

Facebook Singles 30+ Search: “Westwood Singles” Singles 30+ Newsletter: See page 26 for how to subscribe to newsletters.

Social Media Facebook Search: Westwood Young Adults

Saturday, April 6

Young Adults Mailing List


Want to receive Westwood Young Adult emails? Contact Cassie to be added to the list!


INFO: Cassie McCullum,,


Saturday, April 6


6:30–9:30pm, 2605 Arrowhead Lane, Chanhassen Join us for a night of your favorite games! Bring a new game and let’s try it out–or an old classic. Please bring a small snack to share! We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Cassie with questions (info to the left).

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 (info below) 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.

5:30–6:00 (Fellowship), 6:00–9:30 (Dinner, Contest, and Games), Westwood

Get ready for an evening of fellowship, fun, games and laughter! Bring a dish to share. If you’re interested in competing in the Chili Cook-Off, bring a slow-cooker of your best chili! If not, then if your last name begins with A-H bring salad, I-P bring cornbread or other bread for chilis, Q-Z bring dessert. We’ll taste and vote on the chilis, enjoying the salads, breads and desserts. Prizes go to the top 3 winners! Afterwards, we’ll play board games, spoons, cards (or bring your favorite group games or conversational games). It will be a BLAST! Cost: $5 with food, $10 without food. *Register online by April 3. INFO:


Saturday, May 4


(SINGLES 30+) 4:45pm sharp! (11528 Leona Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55344) For an unforgettable, entertaining dining experience, sit at the hibachi grill and see our teppanyaki chefs put on a show. INFO/Registration:

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 Extends Christian fellowship to singles in a safe, fun and friendly environment through special events.


*Register online at



Adults–Care Partners

Adults: 60+ (Cornerstone)

Cafe Connection/Brew Crew

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.

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.

Home Small Group

Sunday Morning INFO: Alisa Butler, 612.616.1490, ELEMENTS 5:00pm Saturday INFO: Roberta Nichols, 952.224.7462, ELEMENTS 5:00pm Sunday INFO: Mary Yount, 952.448.9060,

A new small group for Adults 60+ has begun. Look at Small Groups on page 14 for more information. INFO: Pastor Brian Suter,, 952.224.7340

Alpha See Classes on page 6.

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,


Bible Study: Men Winter Bible Studies now in session. For similar options, go to Small Groups: Men on page 15.

Bible Study: Women

Tuesday AM: Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30am Tuesday PM: Tuesdays, 7:00–9:00pm Saturday AM: Saturdays, 8:30–10:30am All Bible studies are currently in session. Curriculum for Fall studies will be announced in the next issue of Volume One. If you desire to join a Bible study that is already in session, please check Westwood’s website for course content and contact Tracy Snader for availability. INFO: Tracy Snader,, 952.250.8539

There are several teams that prepare the coffee on Sunday mornings. Join the brew crew and spend time laughing and enjoying the art of coffee with others. You can join a team for any service hour. This is a great opportunity to get to know others at Westwood!

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

APRIL 2013

*Register online at





Twelve Step Christianity: Open Meeting


Come join a community of Christ followers to discuss life issues as they relate to the 12 Steps. Principles from the book: The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Journey will be covered. All are welcome! No previous experience or attendance necessary. We look forward to seeing you!

Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm, Restoration Ministries (Chanhassen)

Begins Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 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. Alpha Facebook search: Westwood Alpha INFO: Kim Martinek, 612.532.7937,

Caring for Persons in Recovery

Thursday, April 25, 6:00–7:30pm, Room B100 Come explore insights and principles of caring for persons in recovery. Consider the effects of addiction upon individuals and loved ones, and discover ways of responding with loving support. Guest presenters include Debbie & Mark Laaser, founders of Faithful & True in Eden Prairie. Faithful & True is a Christian counseling ministry to individuals and couples in recovery. *Register online.

INFO/Registration: or Brenda,, 612.867.3169

The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Journey

Sundays, April 14-June 16, 4:00–5:30pm, Restoration Ministries (Chanhassen) This program offers a healing journey designed for everyone. Based on biblical principles, The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Journey points the way through structured steps toward wholeness and healing. You do not need to be in formal recovery from an addiction in order to participate. All of us experience the effects of sin and separation from God. This recovery journey allows us to reveal our brokenness and draw closer to God in order that we may be made whole. INFO/Registration: or Brenda,, 612.867.3169

INFO: Joyce Peper, 952.224.7322,

Child Dedication Orientation Class


See Children on page 21.

The Leader’s Emotional Health (Wellspring)

Come to the “Caring for Persons in Recovery” class this April (info to the left). Hear from Debbie and Mark Lasser as they speak on the topic of addiction and its affects on those we love. Debbie and Mark are the founders of Faithful & True Christian counseling ministry.

Sunday, April 28, 9:45am, Prairie Room

A leader’s passion to serve can be best expressed through empathy, understanding and discernment as you help those around you to grow in Christ and move toward the vision. Join this study, facilitated by Jeanine Parolini, of the leader’s emotional health to develop these skills in serving and leading others. Westwood’s Wellspring Leadership Ministry offers this 1-hour course to help you understand the elements of godly emotional well-being. *Register online. INFO: Michele Christenson, 952.448.3336,


Tuesdays, April 9–May 28 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). *Registration open through April 9. INFO: Jody Mayer,, 952.250.1952


*Register online at



Communion–Getting Acquainted


Getting Acquainted

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 clarify the meaning of the Lord’s Supper, please call the church office (952.224.7300).

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 this 9:45am gathering.

Communion Team

INFO: Ross Abrams, 952.237.5900,

The Communion set up and kitchen teams work behind the scenes to prepare the elements. Communion is served by church members. INFO: Roberta Nichols, 952.224.7462,

Funeral Hospitality 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.

Preparing for a Funeral or Memorial Service? Westwood comes alongside families who are in bereavement by providing pastoral support, funeral services and hospitality. INFO: Joyce Peper, 952.224.7322,

Gardening/Landscaping Team

Next S.O.S. campus cleanup: Saturday, May 18. 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 while we make the Westwood campus as beautiful on the outside as it is 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.


Sunday, April 21

GETTING ACQUAINTED 9:45–10:45am, Prairie Room

Are you new to Westwood? Come join others who are also new, meet with staff and enjoy refreshments as you get acquainted to Westwood. There is childcare available. *Register online. Contact Ross (info above) with questions.

INFO: Wendy Weiss, 952.388.8555,

“I’m glad I attended the casual 1 hour of Getting Acquainted! The information and personal conversations were just what I needed to help make this church feel smaller.” - Getting Acquainted Guest

APRIL 2013

*Register online at



Graphic Arts Team–Love INC

Graphic Arts Team

Love INC

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

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 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: Amy Hazen, 952.224.7358,

Greeter Team 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.

INFO: Mary Morley, 952.448.3262, or Love INC Eastern Carver County, 952.448.2508,

Morning INFO: Dave Meyer, 952.443.5023, ELEMENTS 5pm Saturday INFO: Laura Apt, ELEMENTS 5pm Sunday INFO: Courtney Volby, 952.200.1681,

Hospitality Ministry 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: Monica Held, 952.224.7350,

Information Systems Team

First Monday of every month, 7:00pm, Westwood TWIST (The Westwood Information Systems Team) applies information technologies to increase the effectiveness of Westwood’s staff and ministries. INFO: Mark Teslow, 952.224.7368,

LifeKeys See Classes on page 6.


Wednesday, April 10


7:00–8:30pm, Mt. Olivet West (7150 Rolling Acres Rd, Victoria, MN 5533) Come and learn what Love INC is doing to help people in Easter Carver County, and how you can become involved. INFO: Mary Morley, 952.448.3262,,


Thursday, May 2

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE Any time between 6:00–8:30pm, Valley Free Church (150 Engler Blvd, Chaska, MN, 55318)

Come for an evening service of prayer with Love INC. Take a journey through prayer stations based on the Lord’s prayer. Families are welcome and nursery care is provided. INFO: Mary Morley, 952.448.3262,,


*Register online at



Marriage Ministry–Men’s Ministry

Marriage Ministry

Men’s Ministry

Engaged Couples Class: Rock Your Relationship

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.

April 7–May 5, July 16–30, and Oct 6–Nov 3

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: $135. Space is limited. INFO/Registration:, 612.618.2205

Men’s Bible Studies

Media Team 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. INFO: Andrew Gustafson,, 952.224.7320

Winter Bible Studies now in session. For similar options, go to Small Groups: Men on page 15.

Men’s Softball Four separate teams play in three southwest metro cities. The mission of Westwood softball is to increase the reputation of Jesus Christ in the community through competitive and recreational play, where godly sportsmanship and team spirit are demonstrated. *Register online now. INFO: Kevin Shiffer, 952.221.4260 or Dan Vassar, 612.644.3673

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.

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,

INFO: Cindy Alness, 612.716.0601 or Laena Farniok,

Membership Seminar Membership at Westwood means being a follower of Jesus Christ aligned with Westwood’s beliefs, values and goals. Next membership dates are: May 6 & 13, 7:00–9:00pm each night. Childcare is available through pre-registration. INFO: Sabrina Downey,


Mondays, May 6 & 13

MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR 7:00–9:00pm each night

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. Childcare is available for both evenings (birth–grade 5) through pre-registration for $10/child. INFO: Sabrina Downey,

June 16–21, 21-25 & 24-28 2013 CANADIAN FISHING ADVENTURES Event

Three Trips sponsored by Success Through Scriptures

Trip #1 from June 16–21, Red Rock Bible Camp Fishing Retreat in Manitoba, Canada, Cost is $495 Trip #2 from June 21-25 costs $625, Crow Duck Lake Camp Trip #3 from June 24-28 costs $525, Crow Duck Lake Camp A $300 deposit to reserve your spot is due May 1. Join all trips at a combined cost. For questions, please contact Mike (info above) or visit

APRIL 2013

*Register online at





Outreach: Local and International

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.

ISO (International Student Outreach) Team

INFO: Outreach Office, 952.224.7404

Provides spiritual and practical support to students at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Camp Tanadoona. It is a fun and culturallyenriching seasonal ministry that takes place April–November. INFO: Dawn Beitel,, 612.281.9517

Missionary Care Team

Third Sunday of every month, 12:30pm Provides support to Westwood’s global missionaries and their families through prayer, encouragement and regular communication, along with “hosting” events while they are home. Contact Jean if you are interested in joining the team, want to learn more about global missions or for one of the following opportunities:

“Host” a missionary: Opportunity includes providing a residence for missionaries while they are on home assignment this summer

“Adopt a missionary”: Your family or small group could host a “getto-know-our-missionary” night in your home.

Urban Ethnic Ministry 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: Rebecca, 952.224.7388,

INFO: Jean Willems, 612.327.0981,

Outreach Classes See Classes on pages 6.

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: Rebecca, 952.224.7388,

Social Media • Outreach Facebook search: Westwood Outreach 2012–2013 • Newsletter: See page 26 to subscribe. A Closer Look SHORT-TERM TRIP OPPORTUNITIES Are you interested in serving overseas and reaching others with the love of Christ? Upcoming teams will minister in Jordan, Malawi and Honduras. It is helpful for us to know now who is interested in joining a team! There is no commitment if the dates don’t work out once they’re announced. Contact Outreach Pastor Mark Bendell at 952.224.7404 or


April 27–May 17


Westwood is sponsoring “The Garden of New Beginnings” to bless parents in need in our community. Stop by the lower level link to pick up a flower, indicating an item needed. Drop off purchased items by Friday, May 17. Westwood is not able to accept cash/check donations for this project. INFO: Sarah Rosenow,, 952.738.2478


*Register online at




Outreach: Local

Serve on Saturday


INFO: Lynn Carlson, 952.470.5763

Save the date for the next S.O.S event: May 18, 2013.

See Classes on page 6 for more information. (next session starts Sep 24, 2013)

Love INC

See Love INC on page 8 for more information.

Mobile Hunger Pack Once a year, Westwood partners with local food packing organizations to fight against world hunger. Volunteers will learn about poverty and hunger, package food to feed thousands of starving people around the world, and share the love of Christ while serving alongside others. INFO: Mike Blanchfield, 952.212.8536,

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,


Saturday, May 18



8:30am–noon, pizza party to immediately follow

Prison Outreach is looking for talented guitar players and singers to join our worship team. This team leads a contemporary worship set at services held at the women’s prison in Shakopee on Saturday evenings twice a month. A rotating team allows individuals to serve once a month or as their schedules permit. If you like to use your talents for worship and want to be a part of a dynamic prison ministry team, please contact Steve for more information (info above).

Join an S.O.S. crew and demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ through hands-on service. This event is open to all ages and is a great way for individuals, families and small groups to spend a few hours making a difference in God’s Kingdom. *Register online at the end of April with many options to choose from. INFO: Lynn Carlson,, 952.470.5763,

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. INFO: Jim Theis, 952.224.7378,

APRIL 2013

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Outreach–Pastoral Care

Outreach: Global Central Asia Team

Second Thursday of every month, 7:00pm

Prayer Request

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.

Pray that I may have a joyful and rich walk with Christ and that it would overflow into the girls that I disciple at St. Thomas.

INFO: Mindy Conradi, 612.309.1994,

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. INFO: Chaz Nichols, 952.465.8807,

Friends of Honduras

Partnering with the people of Honduras since 1998 when Hurricane Mitch devastated the region. INFO: Amy Pluth, 612.210.7242,

Jordan Ministry Westwood is recruiting for a new volunteer team focused on our developing ministry in the country of Jordan. Trip is April 27–May 4. INFO: Rebecca, 952.224.7388,

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. A Westwood team will travel to Malawi after August of 2013 (exact dates to be determined) and will provide memory book training, home visits, childcare teacher training and pastoral training. INFO: Craig Larsen,, 612.805.6048


• Organization: Campus Outreach • Ministry Focus: Campus Outreach is a discipleship

based ministry that seeks to raise up those that love and labor for the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the college campus. I disciple 10-12 college-age women, teaching and modeling how to study their Bible, share the good news of Christ with their classmates, and praying that these patterns will play out for the rest of their lives.

• Favorite Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, A. Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and anything by Tim Keller or C.S. Lewis. I love to read!

Prayer and Planning Join us for regular prayer and planning for outreach teams. INFO: Rebecca, 952.224.7388,

• One fun fact: I’ve been at Westwood since I was 7 years old! My dad is the Pastor of Worship so I’ve been around since I was a little girl.

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. INFO: Joyce Peper, 952.224.7322 or Pastor Dave Trautmann, 952.224.7304,


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Pastoral Care–Safety Team

Photography Team

Program Stuffing Team

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 Also, join the Photography Team on the Table. INFO: Amy Hazen, 952.224.7358,

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 ( or our website ( Prayer teams are available after each service on Saturday and Sunday.

Fridays, 9:30–10:30am, Prairie Room Join the Program Stuffing Team to prepare the weekly Program for handout by the ushers. INFO: Kelli Fleck, 952.224.7320,

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

INFO: Joyce, 952.224.7322,


Monday, April 22

GATHERING OF PRAYER 7:00–8:15pm, Room B100

A gathering of seekers eager for God to move in our lives and through the ministries of Westwood. Come join in praying for the presence and love of Christ to transform our hearts and our community. All are welcome, especially those just beginning the journey in prayer. Facilitated by Katie Blomquist, Yomarie Olson, and Pastor Dave Trautmann. *Register online. INFO: Joyce, 952.224.7322,

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Third Monday of every month, 7:00–8:30pm, in the Upper Link


Thursday, May 2


See info below.

7:00–9:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm) University of Minnesota Mariucci Arena


Monday, April 15

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY 7:00–8:30pm, in the Upper 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!

Come for a time of prayer led by evangelist Nick Hall and worship led by Matthew West and the United Twin Cities Worship Band. The event is also joined by the Twin Cities Worship Leading Choir and area pastors. This is a free event for all ages. Also, see Love INC National Day of Prayer event on page 8.

INFO: Mary, 612.812.0703, or Sandy, 952.471.9623,

APRIL 2013

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Small Groups Great Relationships (Singles 30+)

Sundays through April 21, 6:45–8:30pm, Room B102 The Singles 30+ group will be starting a new book Study on Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado. Max Lucado asks a question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace? Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.

Small Groups A Closer Look COMMUNITY AT WESTWOOD

Study guide (required) is $10 and study book in hardcover is $25 or ebook is $9.50 (encouraged but optional). Registration closed, contact Bob about joining or if you have any questions.

Joining a small group is easy! Each study provides a leader with whom you can contact to join. If you need more direction, contact Brian.

INFO: Bob Oatley,

INFO: Brian Suter, 952.224.7340,

Thursdays, 7:00–8:30pm, Room B121

Mixed Nuts

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 are now studying 1 Corinthians.

Small Groups: Adults Caribou Life Group

Sundays, 1:00–3:00pm, Caribou Coffee (Chanhassen) Come join us to discuss life topics from a Christ-centered point of view. We are here to “...spur one another on toward love and good deeds...” (Hebrews 10:24), and want you to help! This group is primarily 20s & 30s, but everyone is welcome! INFO/Registration: Alex Bloomquist,

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 familyfriendly activities and service projects. We’d love to have you join us! INFO/Registration: Chad and Sara Underwood,

Good Seeds

Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30pm, Room B123 This small group will begin a new study of 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: Brian White, 612.327.9320,

Waconia Small Group

1st and 3rd Thursday, 7:00–8:30pm This existing small group currently has 12 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 or Bonnie, 952.442.4879,

West of Westwood Area Young Family Small Group Every other Wednesday, 7:00–9:00pm

If this stage of life with young children has you feeling disconnected, this group can be the catalyst to encourage you to put God first. We would love to have you join us for this couple’s small group Bible study as we desire to grow in faith, to support one another in parenting, and to strengthen our marriages through God’s Word in our time together. We will meet, without children, for a time of fellowship, study, and conversation. We also would like the “whole” family to participate in occasional activities and service projects. Come join us! INFO: Kelsey or Jeff,

INFO/Registration: Mike Sommer, 952.380.6854,


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Small Groups

Small Groups: Men

Small Groups: Women

Fellowship-oriented Men’s Group

Lamplighters Women’s Group

Friday mornings, 6:30–7:45am, Byerlys (Chanhassen) Westwood and non-Westwood men meet 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,

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,

Way of the Wild Heart

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. INFO/Registration: Joline Stewart,

Precious in His Sight

Begins April 6, 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. 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. Coffee and morning snacks provided. Book: $11 (ordered a week prior to April 6). INFO/Registration: Bonnie, 952.679.4213,

Every other Saturday, 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, 612.618.8367,

Where 2 or 3 are Gathered

Saturdays, 7:15–8:30am, Prairie Room We are a men’s small group studying the book of Ecclesiastes, covering one chapter each week. 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.

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,

INFO: Jim Anderson, 952.368.2841,

APRIL 2013

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Spiritual Mentoring–Wellspring

Spiritual Mentoring


Pursuing Christ Together

Welcome and seat people in the Worship Center and serve to foster a positive worship experience for attenders. Serve during one service.

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.

Sunday Morning INFO: Carolyn Quam, 763.682.2310,

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.

ELEMENTS 5:00pm Sunday INFO: Al Tarman, 952.237.0456,

INFO (men): Dan Hazen, 952.448.6382 INFO (women): Cindy Lippert, 612.910.2765

ELEMENTS 5:00pm Saturday INFO: Dean Held, 952.200.6043,

Wedding Ministry Partnering with couples getting married at Westwood to assist with coordinating wedding and facility details. INFO: 612.247.7441,

Support Groups

Getting Married at Westwood?

Understanding Domestic Abuse

Every Other Thursday, ends April 25, 6:30–8:00pm We recognize the need and want to respond to those dealing with issues of domestic abuse. Whether it is a loved one or yourself, you are not alone. For confidential support, contact Shannon. INFO/Registration: Shannon Bruce, 952.224.7312,

Technical Arts Team Saturday and Sunday services

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. INFO: Andrew Gustafson, 952.224.7324,

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, or

Wedding information at INFO: Joyce Peper, 952.224.7322,

Welcome Center Hosts 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,

Wellspring Leadership Development Team Wellspring is Westwood’s leadership development team. Its purpose is to dramatically increase our ability to identify or develop, and sustain spiritually mature, theologically aligned, competent high capacity leaders to help us fulfill our mission. There are four areas of emphasis:

Leadership Discovery (identify, recruit and network leaders for development and service at Westwood)

Leadership Development (increase leadership capacity and succession at Westwood by inspiring, developing and equipping leaders to lead with spiritual maturity and transforming impact)

Leadership Connection (connect leaders with ministries that fit their giftedness and fuel their passion for ministry excellence)

Leader Support (encourage, grow and align Westwood leaders at all levels so they are better equipped to lead transformationally)

As part of its development arena, Wellspring offers classes on many Sunday mornings. See Classes on page 6 for current offerings.

• The Leader’s Emotional Health class Sunday, April 28, 9:45am, Prairie Room

INFO: Bob Lippert, 612.910.2766,


*Register online at



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. Women’s Ministry at Westwood is 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. INFO: Monica Held,, 952.224.7350

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,

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. We offer a Spring and Fall event each year. Our Spring event, Tour of Tables, will be on Saturday, April 27. Table decorators and hostesses needed! INFO: Kristi, 612.615.2233,

Women’s Bible Studies

Tuesday AM: Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30am Tuesday PM: Tuesdays, 7:00–9:00pm Saturday AM: Saturdays, 8:30–10:30am All Bible studies are currently in session. Curriculum for Fall studies will be announced in the next issue of Volume One. If you desire to join a Bible study that is already in session, please check Westwood’s website for course content and contact Tracy Snader for availability. INFO: Tracy Snader,, 952.250.8439


Fridays, ends 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. MOMSnext Facebook search: “Westwood MOMSnext” MOMSnext blog: INFO: Tammy Hakanson,, 952.607.1730


Group A (every other Thursday, 9:30–11:30am) Group B (every other Thursday, 9:30–11:30am) Evening (one Thursday a month, 6:30–8:30pm) 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. Registration for current session closed, contact Karen for info/questions. MOPS Facebook search: “Westwood MOPS” INFO: Karen Connell,


Saturday, April 27

WOMEN’S MINISTRY TOUR OF TABLES Brunch and Fashion Show, 9:30am–noon, Westwood

Come to the Brunch & Fashion Show. This year’s theme is “Blessed be the Ties.” You will enjoy fellowship, food & fashion. Be encouraged by the music and testimony of Billy Steele! Bring a friend! If you would like to bless someone in need, we will be taking donations of toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, or shampoo & conditioner for Love Inc. *Purchase tickets ($18). Tickets are limited so sign up early! INFO: Kristi,, 612.615.2233

APRIL 2013

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Worship Arts

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, 952.224.7396,

Choir (Westwood Worship Leading Choir) Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Worship Center

A large group vocal ensemble open to all adults age 16+. The choir sings in AM services about once a month as well as for holidays and special events. No fee. To pick up music, contact Vicki Turner.

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 Services

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: Joyce Peper, 952.224.7322,

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


Thursday, April 4


9:45–10:45am, SummerWood Senior Campus (Chanhassen) Greet or assist with leading a worship service for residents of SummerWood Senior Campus, Chanhassen. In addition to a 30-minute worship service, volunteers spend time visiting with residents and praying for the seniors. Everyone is welcome! INFO: Joyce, 952.224.7322,

Orchestra (Westwood Worship Leading Orchestra) Wednesdays, 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. To pick up music, contact Vicki Turner.

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,


*Register online at


Children Hear ye! Hear ye! Calling all lads and lasses! The time is at hand for Vacation Bible School online registration to commence! VBS 2013 will henceforth be known as “Kingdom Rock – Where Kids Stand Strong For God!”

All knights-in-training will have epic Bible Adventures! Knights will also frolic at Tournament Games, Kingdom crafts, enjoy snacks from the King’s Kitchen, and rock out to Realm Rocking Praise & Worship!

No jesting–it’s going to be the greatest time in the Kingdom! Event

June 24–27

Early Bird Special Price:


$25 per child from April 11–May 12 $35 per child from May 13–June 16 $40 per child for walk-ins during VBS

Monday–Thursday, 6:00–8:30pm

MAKE HASTE! Early Bird online registration begins April 11. *Register online to attend or serve (must be 14 years or older to serve, or accompanied by a parent if younger). *A special program for children ages birth – 3 years will be provided when both parents are serving at all four nights of VBS.

Cost includes all supplies, a mightly allergy-friendly snack, resources for the week and a super-cool t-shirt!

INFO: Teri Braun, 952.224.7330 or

Ages 4 through those just finishing 4th grade.

Who can go? What age?

‘Twill be thrilling! Don’t miss it! APRIL 2013

*Register online at


Children Sunday Mornings Children/Age Birth–2 Years Parents can feel comfortable attending the services knowing their little ones are well cared for by loving, trained Westwood staff. 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,

Children/Age 3–5 Years Provides fun and creative opportunities for children to learn and grow socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually in God’s grace.

April 25 CYBER SAFETY Thursday, 7:00–8:30pm Event

INFO: Molly Gildow, 952.224.7366

Children/Grades K–1 Provides fun and creative opportunities for children to learn and grow socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually in God’s grace. INFO: Vicki Stahlke, 952.224.7456,

Children/Grades 2–5 Designed for today’s visually-oriented children. It’s fast-paced, energetic and full of surprises! INFO: Katie Rosenow, 952.224.7454,

Join Westwood’s own Dave Eisenmann as he speaks on the timely topic of helping kids to safely and responsibly navigate the world of technology. Dave is Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services at Minnetonka Public Schools. A dad of four kids himself, Dave will address cyber-bullying, harassment, and the possible dangers within technology. Participants will hear valuable strategies for helping kids to manage their personal information online, with special awareness of the permanency of their digital record when using Facebook, Twitter and more. *Register online. INFO: Teri Braun, 952.224.733,

Children’s ELEMENTS Saturdays and Sundays, 5:00pm

Programming for birth–grade 5 is offered during ELEMENTS on Saturday and Sunday at 5:00pm. Saturday INFO: Katie Rosenow,, 952.224.7454 Sunday INFO: Sophia Hedberg, 952.224.7450,

A helpful resource... Event

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


Friday, April 26


Fourth and fifth graders, you are invited to join us for this year’s Spring Spectacular treasure hunt party at Westwood! COST: $5. *Register online. INFO: Jordan Greenside, 952.224.7466,

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Children Birth Announcements

We love celebrating the birth or adoption of children at Westwood. To have us share your joyous news in the weekly Program distributed on Sunday mornings, please contact Jane. INFO: Jane Pears, 952.224.7425,

Child Dedications

We dedicate children on the second Sunday of each month during the services. See class below if you are interested in dedicating your child.


Westwood Preschool

Enrollment is open for the 2013-2014 preschool year. Westwood offers excellent 2, 3 or 4 half-day programs as well as a 3 full-day program. Options for half-day include morning (9:00–11:30am) or afternoon (12:30–3:00pm) programs: • 2 days M/W for 3-4 yrs • 3 days M/W/F for 3-5 yrs • 4 days M/T/W/F for 4-5 yrs A full day option for ages 4+ through 5+ years: • 3 days M/W/F 9:00am–3:00pm For more information or to schedule a tour during preschool hours call Kristi or Becky. INFO: Kristi, 952.224.7426 or Becky, 952.224.7452,

9:45am, meet at the Children’s Desk (lower level)

Parents who are dedicating children for the first time at Westwood are strongly encouraged to attend this one-time informational class. This is a formal, wonderful way to give thanks to God for the precious gifts He has bestowed upon us.

Worship and Theater Arts for Children

INFO/Registration: Jane Pears, 952.224.7425,

K–grade 5 musical theater discipleship ministries JELLYS, JAM and WiNK meet Sundays during ELEMENTS. (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 A112)

Spring season has begun for worship arts activities.


Children’s Welcome Center Team

Something to Say

INFO: Jane Pears, 952.224.7425,

INFO: Krista Petersen,

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.

Something to Say is a vocal ensemble for girls in grade 5–12. Rehearsals Sundays from 9:30–10:45am in the Student Intersection. This group will sing with the choir for Easter.

Special Families Ministries

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

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. See the Volunteer section on page 24 for opportunities to be a guardian angel!

Respite Events

Provides fun programming for children with special needs, while parents have time off. INFO: Randi Mitchell, 952.224.7316,


6:00–8:30pm, Westwood

Children with special needs, their siblings & volunteers are invited to our “Baseball Home Opener” themed Respite Night! Parents, plan your own evening away while your children enjoy a ball-park supper, followed by baseball fun & games. Event is free of charge. *Register online to attend/volunteer. Contact Randi (info above).

APRIL 2013


Saturday, May 4

JAM, JELLYS, WINK SPRING MUSICAL 10:00am, Westwood Worship Center

Children’s musical groups will perform May 4 at 10:00am at Westwood! The first show, “Spend Awhile on the Nile,” features JAM and JELLYS (K–grade 3), and then WiNK (grades 4–5) will don western gear (and accents) and tell the tale of Jonah like you’ve never heard it before! The show features a live band and ends with 110 voices to close the show! *Tickets ($8) available April 11! Contact Krista (info above.)

*Register online at


Students Wednesdays PM Sundays AM Boost (grades 6–8) 6:45–8:00pm

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

Middle school students gather to explore faith, have fun and engage in small group conversation. In April students will submit questions they have about God or for God. We’ll explore biblical answers together. All are welcome! *Register online.

11:05am, Room A111

We are learning about “Sticky Faith.” Each week we’ll discuss a question to help students consider their faith now and for the future.

INFO: Krista Petersen, 952.224.7458, or Jasmine Loveland, 952.224.7354

INFO: Pam Schwarz (info to the left)

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! *Register online.

Social media Facebook Search Boost: “WSM Middle School Parents” & “WSM Middle School Students” Upper Room: “Westwood Upper Room” En Route: “We are En Route”

INFO: Pam, 952.224.7362,

Twitter @WSMParentLink or @enroutewcc Newsletter

APRIL 13 & 14

Upper Room Spring Retreat

APRIL 19 & 20

Moonlight Madness


All photos must be digital–scan photos if needed. Include student’s first and last name, as well as their plans for the fall. Please send them in an email as an attachment. Direct these emails to Jasmine (info below). You will receive an email confirmation that she has received your photo. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call Jasmine.

INFO: Jasmine Loveland, 952.224.7354,

Cyber Safety (on pg 20)

MAY 18 & 19

Senior Recognition Weekend

-LifeKeys for Teens Testimony

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

We would like a senior photo of each of our graduating students by April 15. Instructions and guidelines:


“It’s been a couple of good weeks and has helped me out a lot.”



WATCH Westwood Arts and Theater Company for Him (grades 6–12). Resumes in the Fall. Contact Krista.

HSM “High School Ministry” (grades 9–12)

En Route (grades 10–12) 8:00–9:30pm

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Student Worship Teams for grades 7–12 lead worship every Sunday for grades K–12. If interested in serving (vocals, instruments or tech), contact Jasmine.

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!

This theology and Christian doctrine class helps solidify faith beliefs. Students build relationships in small groups while discussing faith questions. Students, please bring your Bibles. All are welcome! *Register online.

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Something to Say is a vocal ensemble for girls in grades 5–12. Rehearsals Sundays from 9:30–10:45am in the Student Intersection. Contact Krista.

Xchange (grades 6–8) 11:05am, Room A112

Upper Room (grade 9) 8:00–9:30pm

Dates to Know

Worship and Theatre Arts for Students

May 15–June 12 LIFEKEYS FOR TEENS Event

6:30–8:30pm, Room A112

LifeKeys for Teens is coming in May, 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,

*Register online at


Students Summer Experiences Summer experiences are filling up fast. Waiting lists are available online for mission trips and Colorado. Below is a reference of what is offered this summer and times. Grades are based on Fall 2013. More information can be found online at INFO: Pam, 952.224.7362,

Mission Trips July 14-19


July 21–27


Summer Camps June 16–20


July 11–15


June 27–July 3



Saturday and Sunday

This event is for students currently registered in the Upper Room Wednesday night program. We will leave early Saturday morning and return Sunday late afternoon. The weekend is a re-cap of our entire year, time will be spent creating an individual Statement of Faith, as well as a group Statement of Faith. Of course there will be time for fun games. Cost: $98 (non-refundable) *Register online. INFO: Pam, 952.224.7362,

Don’t miss out.. Upper Room Students

Spring Retreat

Middle School Students

Moonlight Madness

April 19–20 MOONLIGHT MADNESS (GRADES 6–8) 9:15pm Friday to 7:15am Saturday Event

Join Dianne and her leaders for a fun-filled night. We will head to 3 different places during this adventure. Details and registration are available online. Cost: $40.


Cyber Safety class! (see page 20) Seniors

Senior Recognition weekend

INFO: Pam, 952.224.7362,

APRIL 2013

*Register online at

All Students

LifeKeys for Teens 23

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,

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,

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,

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: Monica Held, 952.224.7350,

Women’s Special Events

Support special events Gifts: organization, administration, creativity and/or leadership. INFO: Lisa Mendez, 952.949.3443

Children’s Ministry

INFO: Danise McMillen, 952.224.7342,

Gifts: encouragement, helps, teaching, administration

Guardian Angel: 2 Opportunities

Adult buddy needed for 23 year old male with autism during Sunday, 5:00pm service. Half time responsibility for an 11 year-old boy with autism during Sunday 9:45am service. INFO: Randi Mitchell,


Early Childhood Helper


Love, care for, read to and play with children birth–35 months old

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

Preschool Lead Teacher

Supervise classroom activities, teach lesson plans for children


Preschool Grade 1 Helper

Welcome and seat people, create positive worship experience; assist with offering; attend to needs that arise in the Worship Center Gifts: hospitality, helps

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

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

Elementary Greeter

Greet parents and kids and direct kids to their small group

Weekday Helper

Supervise classroom activities, teach lesson plan during MOPS, etc.

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,

Community Care

INFO: Dave Trautmann, 952.224.7304, or Joyce Peper, 952.224.7322,

Prayer Team Leaders and Team Members

Pray with people after services. Gifts: faith, encouragement/counseling, evangelism, mercy

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,

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

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,


(Volunteers needed to serve in the area of hospitality, representing multiple teams) INFO: Roberta Nichols, 952.224.7462,

Welcome Center

Inform people of what is available at Westwood; personal interaction with new visitors; accompany guests to their destination. Gifts: hospitality, helps



INFO: Jim Theis, 952.224.7378,

Traffic Team

Provide assistance, direction, safety in parking lot Gifts: helps, discernment, leadership


INFO: Mark Bendell, 952.224.7404, or Rebecca Petersen, 952.224.7388,

Prison Ministry

Worship leaders (see page 11 for additional details), church service organizers, encouraging letter writers Gifts: hospitality, encouragement, helps mercy

Serve On Saturday (SOS) Crew Leaders Gifts: administration, leadership, helps, shepherding

Outreach Graphic Designer

Help design outreach material for special projects Gifts: artistic life gifts, creative

Outreach Hospitality Teams

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

Short Term Travelers

Jordan, Malawi, or Honduras

Spanish Translators

Translate to help occasionally with emails, docs and web content. S to E and/or E to S. Sometimes just to check accuracy of online translators. Help from home or at WCC. Contact Mark Bendell (info above).

With Our Partners

Student Ministry

INFO: Dianne Cotten DeKoning, 952.224.7308,

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

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


Wednesday evenings–Behind the scenes role assists with sound and audio visuals. Gifts: helps, administration, leadership

Worship Arts

INFO: Vicki Turner, 952.224.7396,; Joyce Peper, 952.224.7322,; Andrew Gustafson, 952.224.7324,

Worship Choir, Vocal Ensembles, Orchestra, Children’s and Students’ Theater Arts Contact Vicki Turner (info above).


Prepare and serve communion.

Media Team

Camera operators, video directors, running lights, stagehand and more; training provided. Contact Andrew Gustafson (info above).

SummerWood of Chanhassen Senior Worship

First Thursday of every month, 9:45–10:45am. Contact Joyce Peper (info above).

Xchange Discussion Group Leaders

Sunday, 11:05am–Engage students in grades 6–8 in a conversation about our topic, be a presence and get to know students. Gifts: shepherding, leadership, mercy, encouragement, teaching, helps, hospitality

Café Team

Sundays (10:00–11:30am) – help serve beverages on Sunday mornings in the Intersection, interact with students. Gifts: helps, hospitalityWelcome Station Sundays (10:00–11:15am) – 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

Help serve with Heres Life (, World Relief (, Love INC (pg 8) or Teen Challenge ( Gifts: hospitality, helps, encouragement

Are you gifted in... encouragement? Try serving

as a small group leader, serving in Children’s ministry or as a LifeKeys team member.

discernment? Try serving with the Traffic Team in our parking lot, or if you are a guy, serve under Men’s Ministry and facilitate a Bible Study.

hospitality? Try serving on Sunday

mornings with the Brew Crew or at the Welcome Station for Student Ministries. If you are a gal, serve under Women’s ministry and help organize events. There are also gifts such as teaching, shepherding, helps and more. Need more direction on what your gifts are? Take LifeKeys (see Classes on page 6).

APRIL 2013


Come worship with us Worship Services

Westwood services are dynamic and inspiring. As we express our worship to God, the music is celebratory though the style is varied.

Sunday morning services (8:30, 9:45 & 11:05am)

On Sunday mornings, you will experience a variety of updated traditional hymns, along with the songs of today.

Saturday and Sunday ELEMENTS services (5:00pm)

The environment is relaxed and the music is a blend of soulful songs that are both relevant and reverent. All our services feature thoughtprovoking messages that present biblical truth that you can apply to your life.

Find information on children and students ministries on pages 20–23.

Engage with us online Westwood App

Westwood and ELEMENTS Websites 2900 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 Westwood attenders through a directory. You can also 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.

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:

Weekly E-Newsletter Subscribe to various E-Newsletters within the community of Westwood. Online you will find various newsletters from ministries like Westwood Wheelers or the Singles 30+ group. To subscribe, go to: Westwood Community Church Weekly Email Receive information about happenings at Westwood Community Church, along with stories and videos from ministries and events.

Online Giving Fellowship One allows you to give online and view your giving history. Go to

Facebook Facebook is one of the ways ministry teams here at Westwood communicate. There are many pages on Facebook for our ministries. If the ministry you are looking for has a Facebook page, it will be listed under their ministry team in this issue. Look for Westwood’s page by searching “Westwood Community Church.”


Give online

View your giving history

Set up one-time or recurring contributions from a checking account or a credit card linked to a checking account.

You need to create an InFellowship account. You have an account if you have registered your child or yourself for an event at Westwood.

INFO:, 952.224.7312

LinkedIn Westwood is now on LinkedIn!

Twitter Follow Westwood @westwoodccinfo



“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23


Saturday, April 20


Having trouble connecting Sunday to Monday? The Connect Faith and Work Conference can help! It features: • inspiring keynotes • helpful resources you can take with you

• your choice of five breakout sessions by some of the area’s most influential leaders

Keynote Speakers Larry Julian is a consultant and speaker specializing in biblically-based leadership development and strategic planning. Larry’s mission is to help business people integrate their work and faith, transform their adversity into their destiny, and revolutionize their life into their legacy. He’s the author of nationally-acclaimed books God Is My CEO, God Is My Success, and God Is My Coach.

Breakout Session Speakers Mark McCloskey (Bethel University): leadership developer, author and educator. Rich Meiss (Meiss Education Institute, Lead Like Jesus): trainer on 4 continents, consultant, facilitator and author. Tom Rheineck (Lamplighters International): discipler and leadership developer. Becky Pluth (Bob Pike Group): trainer, facilitator, speaker. Roger Andersen (retired executive) author, speaker Jim Nichols (Crown College): educator, former small business owner. Whether you are a student preparing to enter the work force or an experienced professional, the Connect Faith and Work Conference will give you tools and resources to enhance your work through faith.

Os Hillman has encouraged thousands of men and women to seek God’s calling on their own vocational lives and to view their work as ministry. Marketplace Leaders and the T.G.I.F. (Today God is First) devotionals help men and women fulfill their calling and purpose in their work and life. Os has written 12 books and spoken in more than 25 countries.

For more information and to register scan the QR code or go to

Reader’s Choice Awards The Sun Newspaper recently conducted a poll of its readers in Excelsior, Shorewood and Chanhassen asking them to list their favorite stores, schools, restaurants, etc. We were surprised to discover that they included churches and delighted to be notified that Westwood received three awards; for best pastor, best church choir/music program and best place of worship. We all know that this is a place richly blessed by God. It’s gratifying to know that many others are taking notice, and we give God all the glory–great things He has done!

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name.” Psalm 96:8 APRIL 2013


April Events Thursday, April 4

SummerWood Senior Worship Service pg 18

Saturday, April 6

Singles 30+ Chili Cookoff and Game Night pg 4

Saturday, April 6

Young Adults Game Night pg 4

Sunday, April 7

Engaged Couples Class begins pg 9

Tuesday, April 9

LifeKeys class begins pg 6

Wednesday, April 10 Love INC Orientation Meeting pg 8

Friday, April 12 Special Families Respite Night pg 21

April 13–14

Ninth Grade (Upper Room) Spring Retreat pg 21

Sunday, April 14

Child Dedication Class pg 21

Sunday, April 14

The Twelve Steps class begins pg 6

Monday, April 15

Contacts Business Administration

Monday, April 22

Gathering of Prayer pg 13


Thursday, April 25

Birth Announcement

Cyber Safety class pg 20

Thursday, April 25

Caring for Persons in Recovery class pg 6

Friday, April 26

Prayer Shawl Ministry pg 13

Children’s Treasure Hunt pg 20

April 19–20

Saturday, April 27

Moonlight Madness Grades 6–8 pg 13

Saturday, April 20 Faith and Work Conference pg 27

Sunday, April 21

Getting Acquainted pg 7

Kate Peabody: 952.224.7376

Women’s Tour of Tables pg 17

April 27–May 17

The Garden of New Beginnings pg 10

Sunday, April 28

The Leader’s Emotional Health class pg 6

Sabrina Downey: 952.224.7314,

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



Funerals Joyce Peper: 952.224.7322

Guest Services (PM and Weekend) 952.224.7394

Membership Seminar

Sabrina Downey: 952.224.7314,

Hospital Visit Joyce Peper: 952.224.7322

Leadership Board Denny Laufenburger: 952.975.9059

Pastor on Call 952.224.7300

Prayer Requests

Future Events

May 2 National Day of Prayer Event with Love INC May 4 Dining Out at Osaka Hibachi Grill May 4 JAM, JELLYS, WiNK Spring Musical May 6 & 13 Membership Seminar

Church Office: 952.224.7300

May 15–June 12 LifeKeys for Teens

July 11–15 Unite Retreat (gr 9)

May 18 Serve on Saturday

July 14–19 Green Bay Mission Trip (gr 6–8)

Kristi Swier: 952.224.7426

July 16 Engaged Couples Class begins


June 16–20 Hype Retreat (gr 6–8) June 16–21, 21–25, 24–28 Men’s Fishing Adventure June 24-27 Vacation Bible School June 27–July 3 Colorado Retreat (gr 10–12)

July 21–27 Chicago Mission Trip (gr 9–12)

Westwood Preschool A/V Technology Support

Andrew Gustafson: 952.224.7324

Weddings Joyce Peper: 952.224.7322

Worship Support

Vicki Turner: 952.224.7396

3121 Westwood Drive, Excelsior, MN 55331 • 952.224.7300 •

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