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Pastor Rob Dyck

WELCOME!

Thinking back over 2020, several key phrases come to mind as your pastor.  Seismic shift.  Constant adaptation.  Mental fatigue.  I think that might describe most organizations and many leaders.  It may describe you.  When the reality hit in mid March that we were stepping into a pandemic, it felt like everything just stopped (of course, it did) and that somehow all of our wonderful ministry plans were deleted and therefore God had stopped (of course, He hadn’t)...

WHERE ARE WE GOING?

At points along the way through 2020, it has felt like we were trying to simply get through the day.  The push to create content for online was immediate.  The constant adaptation to changing protocols and restrictions was exhausting.  The pressure from congregation and leadership was palpable.  The polarization of emotions within church and culture was vast.  These realities remain to varying degrees but we have probably become more accustomed to them as the months have unfolded.  So where are we going?  And what will we be focusing on in the coming season of ministry at Westwood?  Check out the video below to find out.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

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Twyla Morgan
Children's Ministry Leader

While 2020 was a different year for all of us, 2021 is shaping up to be one filled with more hope and anticipation of good things to come.  Be encouraged by the work of the Holy Spirit in our church, in our city, and in our nation.

Our Children’s Ministry programming ended abruptly last March for our kids and our many wonderful volunteers.  And, while the next 5 months were challenging, I was excited to get back to work in September...

YOUTH MINISTRY

No one imagined that Pastor David’s introduction to youth ministry would be what it was!  New marriage, new city, new baby, new into ministry and two months in…COVID-19!  What do you do?  Put on your creative hat, stay positive, trust the Lord and leadership, and PRAY lots!  David and his team have worked diligently to stay connected with youth and continue to serve them amidst the huge challenges they face with relational ministry.  Thanks for hanging in there.  Check out the video below to hear more.

WORSHIP ARTS MINISTRY

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Pastor Corinne Wiebe

Worship Arts ministry looked drastically different in 2020. When the pandemic reached our province and things shut down, we found our way into the new-to-us tech world of filming and recording. It almost felt like every week that we recorded, we were learning something new, or trying out a new idea. For various reasons, we kept our team small and consistent...

ONLINE & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

Strategic Priorities: PRAY

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Obviously corporate, in-person prayer has been curtailed in 2020.  But God is still working.  2020 has provided an opportunity for God's people to slow down and truly linger in God's presence, be more intentional about stillness, and resting in God's sovereignty over our very lives.  As we continue to grow as a people of prayer, these are a few things for which to watch...

Key Dashboard Indicators

STORIES
Are we hearing stories of God at work through prayer?

Continue to choose to “pray now” when someone shares something with you!

    SPACE
    Are we intentionally giving space for prayer throughout our ministry?

    Join others for focused prayer on Wednesdays at 8:30 am through Zoom.

    Start prayer walking around Park Village & Pine Glen Apartments with other Westwooders.

        LISTENING
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        re we as intent as listening to what God is saying to us as we are intent on talking to Him?

        Practice the disciplines of stillness, rest, and journaling.  They contribute to a posture of listening to what God is saying to us through His Word and by His Spirit.

          Strategic Priorities:

          MAKE DISCIPLES

          Following Jesus is what making disciples is all about.  Disciple are invited to follow Jesus personally while inviting others to do the same.  We believe that Life Groups are the most effective way to integrate individuals into a discipleship pathway and we desire our Life Groups to be expressions of the local church where worship, mission, discipleship, and community are experienced.  Listen to an update from Pastor Ryan on our Life Group direction moving forward in the following video.

          From a young adult at Westwood:

          "My roommates and siblings have actually enjoyed deepening our faith together over the past few months…we worship together on Sundays and we have slowly been working through the book of Mark together during the week.  Lately we have also been listening to God in our finances and celebrated with each other as we obediently tithe and give as God asks.  It is incredible to see the fruit of this obedience.  With nothing to do in the evenings, it has been a joy to meet together almost every night to pray for each other and study together.  I mean, we often play games or watch movies or play volleyball in the living room…we just move all the furniture and take down the breakables before we start swinging and digging…but we always end each evening with a passage from Mark, a testimony, or prayer.  Sometimes I feel like I'm in the early church as described in the book of Acts - I've never really experienced anything like it.  Who would have thought that this would be one of the perks of a pandemic?  I say all this to encourage us that the church is still growing and moving and serving even in the midst of this pandemic!"

          Strategic Priorities:

          DEVELOP LEADERS

          Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task (I Tim. 3:1)

          Key Dashboard Indicators

          • Heart – becoming more like Jesus (character transformation)
          • Head – growing in knowledge, understanding, and application of God’s Word
          • Hands – practical skills needed for a life of service to others and to the local church

          As a strategic priority, leadership development must be pursue with diligence in the coming years.  Prayer and intentional discipleship will be a part of this development pathway.  Additionally, we will foster an environment of learning where courses/seminars together with mentoring shape a person’s life and leadership.  And we will continue to encourage our younger generation to be equipped through Bible College training and providing opportunities to serve among us.  Meet some of our younger Westwooders currently in Ministry Training.

          NOLAN HANSON is working towards his Master of Divinity through Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary.

          Nolan will be a Pastoral Intern  from Sept. 2021 through Apr. 2022.

          EMILY ROGERS is working towards her Bachelor of Art in Applied Leadership through Columbia Bible College (CBC).

          Emily is a recipient of a matching grant with Westwood and CBC.

          TERRI HARBUT is working towards her Bachelor of Theology through London School of Theology

          Terri serves with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Prince George.

          Strategic Priorities:

          BOLD OUTREACH

          While we desire every disciple of Jesus to grow in their witness of Him, actively living and proclaiming our faith “as they go… (Matthew 28:19-20), there are several ministry initiatives that we pursue collectively as a church family.  Our partnership with MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) and several apartment complexes in Prince George is one of them.  And God is working mightily in this ministry!

          Did you know we have an incredible ministry relationship with Mennonite Central Committee in Prince George through numerous apartment complexes?  Did you know that many Westwooders are actively engaged with this ministry?

          Established in 2012, the MCC Legacy Trust group of companies is composed of donated assets that function like an endowment, with the purpose of generating ongoing revenue to ensure support for the full spectrum of MCC’s local and global relief, development, and peace programs for generations.

          On a provincial level MCC BC, together with Westwood Church and MCC Legacy envision a safe and healthy environment in which community members thrive...

          FINANCIAL REPORT

          “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

          When I think of 2020, this verse really strikes home.  As the pandemic involved laying off some staff, including me, it really made me think about my personal situation.  With family issues and health issues for both me and Sandra, I retired officially as of July 31, although I continued as part of the finance team, under Stan Schellenberg’s leadership.

          The COVID-19 pandemic created a lot of uncertainty for many of us.  Will we have enough to provide for our families?  Will we still have a job?  Will we become apathetic in our faith?  Will the church family survive the isolation and the lack of a chance to gather?

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