July Newsletter

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Dear Westview Family and Friends,

The summer seems to have just started and the stores are already having back to school sales. I hope everyone is getting some good rest, fun, and relaxation this summer! Westview Church has been busy preparing for the Music Machine as our VBS next week. This extravaganza is being headed up by wonderful volunteers. More volunteers are always appreciated see Jill Turpin or Sarah Timmons if interested.

Financial Peace University is also coming up. It will begin August 6th. This class is for everyone that has ever had to deal with their finances. Learn to control of your finances so that your finances don’t control you. Our Bible study is also starting that week on August 9th.

The study, “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” is based on Martin Thielen’s book. It will meet twice a week. Once on Wednesday morning at First District Coffee at 9 am and again at the church that evening at 6:30 following the Wonderful Westview Wednesday meal and time of fellowship.

I ask each of you to commit to participating in as many church and fellowship events as possible. We are working on becoming Christ’s disciples so that we can share the love of God with our neighbors more fully and completely than ever before. One person may not make a difference in the life of the world but one person can make a world of difference in the life of a neighbor.

Along that same line I ask that you prayerfully consider serving on committees. It takes us all working together to make Westview UMC function properly. We are an active church and need all of our voices to unite in call, witness, and love to our community and our church. I ask that you consider leadership as a way to help develop discipleship not only in your own faith walk but in the walks of others

Blessings to you all,

Pastor Tom

 

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Dear Friends of Westview UMC,

It is amazing to me that whenever I get caught up in my own issues and problems and begin feeling sorry for myself something happens that makes me realize the smallness of my issues. I woke up Wednesday morning feeling tired having just finished Annual Conference in Brentwood. While the conference was great and I got to see friends old and new it was still three full days of conferencing. I then woke up and realized I still had all of the responsibilities of planning worship and facing issues of the church. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed then I turned on the news; another shooting.

Our society has taking a sharp turn over the last twenty or so years. There was a time that people could settle their differences through compromise or even agreeing to disagree yet remaining cordial. Over the last twenty years that has changed dramatically. The vitriol and rhetoric coming out of elected officials, televisions, radios, and seemingly every aspect of our society is slowly turning to violence. Why are we surprised that people begin to use violence when society has been demonizing groups of people. Our words have created a climate of us versus them not only in our leadership but in our culture. We have gone astray! Whether we were led astray or charged forth in the guise of righteousness we have gone forth from the straight and narrow that God wishes us to follow.

I truly hope that this situation does not get politicized. People will surely throw stones back and forth, name calling, demanding gun control, or better mental health. However at the core of the problem is our behavior, our dislike, and our having gone astray. It is time that everyone did something to curb the plague of vitriol and violence facing us. Let us get back on the path and behaviors in which God wants us to engage.

We are having a Summer of Transformation at Westview UMC. We are looking at ways to address our own sins, having Financial Peace classes, and doing a book study on Martin Thielin’s book What’s the Least I Need to Believe to be a Christian? The Financial Peace classes will begin in August and the book study will begin the second week of July.

Let us take this opportunity to investigate our lives to ensure we are following the path that God desires for us. Let us delve into deeper relationship with our Savior so that we can help others see Christ (at least glimpses) through our actions.

 

Blessings in Jesus Christ,

Pastor Tom

Newsletter Letter

This is simply the letter I wrote for the Westview Newsletter.

Dear Friends of Westview UMC,

I am thankful to be returning to Westview UMC for another year as was announced on Palm Sunday. I cherish the relationships that have been forming here and look forward to our future together. We have a lot happening this month with Holy Week and Easter. Maundy Thursday marks the turn in Jesus’ ministry where he is betrayed and arrested. Good Friday marks the suffering of our Lord and Savior. We have services both nights at 6:30pm. Easter Morning begins early with a service at 6 am at Bowie Park followed by breakfast (back at Westview); our regular services and a potluck lunch and egg hunt. I hope you will join us as we walk with Jesus and grow in our relationships with God and each other.

There have been some rumors floating around that I’m going to attempt to stop. We are having a Vacation Bible School this July from the 23rd to the 29th. This year may look different from previous years but I can only imagine what Sarah and Jill have planned for the children. If you would like to help out please talk with one of them. As for rumors; we need to work on communications within our church. If you hear a rumor find out if it is true before you share it with others. This is an act of Christian love that can save people’s feelings and efforts. If there are misunderstandings please go to the people that can help correct the situation but if things are going well share with all who will listen. Seriously! People tend to find what they look for. If you plant the seed that something tremendously good is happening people will tend to see good stuff.

Again I look forward to serving with you in the coming years.

Blessings in Christ’s Name,

Pastor Tom