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Welcome to August!

08.04.19 | by Keith Russell

Welcome to August!

    WELCOME TO AUGUST! I turned the page on my calendar last Thursday and got excited about what I saw. August is a transition month. Summer is coming to a close. School is about to start. Fall is on the horizon. This has been a summer of transition for Westside, and that is coming to a close too. Here’s what is about to happen!

    WESTSIDE CARES: SCHOOL EDITION is this Friday, August 9, at 6 p.m. at The Bridge. Our goal is to give away at least 200 backpacks filled with school supplies this Friday evening. We will register all who attend, greet them with a smile, serve them a snack, introduce them to our ministries, give them a backpack, and look for an opportunity to talk to them about Jesus. We cannot do any of that without your help! I encourage you to participate in this event at some level. If you cannot provide all of the supplies or a backpack, do what you can. This is our way of saying “Westside cares!”

    PROMOTION DAY FOR CONNECTION GROUPS is next Sunday, August 11. Our Connection Groups are age-graded, and that is the day to promote up to the next age group. Now, that may not mean much to the adults, but it means a lot to the preschoolers, children, and young people; they like getting older! However, our adult Connection Groups are age-graded too, and it is time for some to move on up! Promotion is good for the health and growth of the Connection Groups. I’m calling it, “Back to School/Back to Church” Sunday. I encourage you to make every effort to be here and invite someone to come with you.

    CHOIRS WILL BEGIN on Wednesday, August 14, at 6 p.m. for preschoolers, children, and youth. It’s also time to get “Back to Choir.” The Adult Choir and Orchestra will be having the JCC Premiere the following Wednesday night, August 21, at 7 p.m. Music is an important ministry in our church. If you like to sing or can play an instrument, I encourage you to use your talent for the Lord. It will be a blessing to you and to our church.

    OUR SUMMER OF RENOVATION should be coming to close by the end of August. I have enjoyed worshipping in the Family Life Center the last few months, but I am ready to get back into the Worship Center. The goal is to be there on Sunday, September 8. I believe in finishing strong, so let’s make this the best August we have ever had.