Westwood Church Family Update  from Pastor Rob (Nov 20, 2020)

As you have possibly heard already, updated provincial health orders have placed tighter restrictions on human connection points which again challenges "how" Westwood goes about our ministry.  Our "in person" worship services are obviously paused, Life Groups are encouraged to move online, Youth Ministry is mapping a way forward, and we will continue to work diligently at our online weekend worship services.  It would be easy to become increasingly discouraged or frustrated but as those who have placed our trust in Jesus, we are people of hope!  Jesus is ruler of all and so we fix our eyes on Him.  As we adjust once more to the latest health directions, remember Paul's words...
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (Romans 12:11-13 NIV) 

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November 28th, 2:17 pm

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Hi Westwood Family! I am so excited to introduce you one of our Westwood Family who actually grew up at Westwood! Thanks Courtney for sharing with us.

WW: Let's start with you telling us about yourself. Where did you grow up?

C: I grew up in Prince George. I've lived here my entire life, except 4 years in Vancouver for university.

WW: Tell us a bit about what you do.

C: I'm a Registered Dietitian. That means I promote health through food and nutrition. I mainly focus on helping people recover from illness and malnutrition.

WW: What do you do for fun?

C: I like to be active with running, cross-country skiing, skating, and snowshoeing mainly. I also like knitting, quilting, baking and reading.

WW: How long have you been at Westwood Church?

C: I've been at Westwood since I was one year old...so 33 years.

WW: How have you volunteered and served at Westwood?

C: The main area I volunteered in in the past was with the Celebrate Recovery program. Other than that, I have dabbled in various areas such as the Welcome kiosk, youth group, leading a small group, and meal train.

WW: What has life been like for you the last few years?

C: It has been interesting. I have spent a lot of time working, travelling, and generally figuring out more about how God has created me and how I can be used to fulfill his purposes on earth.

WW: What are you appreciating about life right now?

C: I really appreciate that my family all live close by, especially my brother and his family who live right across the street from me. It has made it a lot easier to stay connected within the context of the new restrictions.

WW: What is challenging in life right now? What is God teaching you in this time?

C: I am realizing that I have depended on looking forward to things like travel to get me through hard times. So right now, it is challenging to not have some of those things to look forward to in the near future.

God has been showing me some of the lies I believe about myself and about Him. He has been identifying where I am putting my trust in a shaky foundation rather than depending on him as the strong foundation. He is challenging my view of myself and reminding me of the identity I have in Christ.

Courtenay
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November 28th, 2:15 pm

Hi Westwood Family!  I am so excited to introduce you one of our Westwood Family who actually grew up at Westwood!  Thanks Courtney for sharing with us.

WW: Lets start with you telling us about yourself.  Where did you grow up?

C: I grew up in Prince George.  Ive lived here my entire life, except 4 years in Vancouver for university.

WW: Tell us a bit about what you do.

C: Im a Registered Dietitian.  That means I promote health through food and nutrition.  I mainly focus on helping people recover from illness and malnutrition.

WW: What do you do for fun?

C: I like to be active with running, cross-country skiing, skating, and snowshoeing mainly.  I also like knitting, quilting, baking and reading. 

WW: How long have you been at Westwood Church?

C: Ive been at Westwood since I was one year old...so 33 years.

WW: How have you volunteered and served at Westwood?

C: The main area I volunteered in in the past was with the Celebrate Recovery program.  Other than that, I have dabbled in various areas such as the Welcome kiosk, youth group, leading a small group, and meal train.
  
WW: What has life been like for you the last few years?

C: It has been interesting.  I have spent a lot of time working, travelling, and generally figuring out more about how God has created me and how I can be used to fulfill his purposes on earth.

WW: What are you appreciating about life right now?

C: I really appreciate that my family all live close by, especially my brother and his family who live right across the street from me.  It has made it a lot easier to stay connected within the context of the new restrictions.
  
WW: What is challenging in life right now?  What is God teaching you in this time?

C: I am realizing that I have depended on looking forward to things like travel to get me through hard times.  So right now, it is challenging to not have some of those things to look forward to in the near future.

God has been showing me some of the lies I believe about myself and about Him.  He has been identifying where I am putting my trust in a shaky foundation rather than depending on him as the strong foundation.  He is challenging my view of myself and reminding me of the identity I have in Christ.    

Courtenay

As we enter our Advent Season I pray God has been prepared you to receive from him deep encouragement and joy in this season.

God is always at work, he is active right now and He is working out His plan.

He is an intimate, faithful, loving, merciful, compassionate Father.

May you find time in your weeks during Advent to Sabbath.

Sabbath has four elements.
Rest
Contemplation
Play
Delight

May your spirit revive in the Lord

Isaiah 40:9-11

You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem,lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
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November 28th, 2:11 pm

As we enter our Advent Season I pray God has been prepared you to receive from him deep encouragement and joy in this season. 

God is always at work, he is active right now and He is working out His plan.

He is an intimate, faithful, loving, merciful, compassionate Father.

May you find time in your weeks during Advent  to Sabbath. 

Sabbath has four elements.
Rest
Contemplation
Play 
Delight

May your spirit revive in the Lord 

Isaiah 40:9-11

 You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem,lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”  See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

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November 26th, 10:18 am

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