Faith@Home

We are excited to once again open the doors to our church for in-person worship!


It's exciting, but we know that many of you will choose to remain connected with us online, and that is ok. We understand, and we remain committed to staying connected with everyone in our whole church family, whether we see you online or in the worship center.


So, keep checking back to Faith@Home for links to online worship, spiritual health, helping links, book recommendations, and other resources to help us thrive in this ever-changing world.


Two Great Ways to Worship with FaithWestwood

Online + In Person

For our In-Person Worshipers:

  • For now, there is one service, Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
  • PLEASE REGISTER -- it's required. To register for each service, go to faithwestwood.com/inpersonworship. Registration is not about reserving a spot -- registration lets staff know how many worshipers to expect each week AND provides an attendance list and contact information in case we need to communicate with attendees for health reasons after the service. 
  • WHAT TO EXPECT -- thanks to COVID, in-person worship looks a little different than it used to. To make it a little easier, we've prepared a list of the changes you can expect to see and a few important things to know before you arrive.  We created a sneak peak video too.

For our Online Worshipers:


Even as we gratefully return to the worship center on Sunday morning, we know that COVID has changed the way we worship together. And not necessarily in a bad way. It's actually expanded our possibilities for coming together to worship our Lord -- online worship allows us to gather with anyone who wants to be with us, even if being at the church isn't possible for one reason or another. Now, nothing can get in the way -- not weather, illness, distance, or anything.


For now, online worship will continue the same as it has been, and you can join in worship from the same places you're used to:

Schedule + viewing: faithwestwood.com/watch-read/messages and on Facebook or from the FaithWestwood app

Order of Service, prayer requests, connection card, giving: faithwestwood.com/service

Instructions for at-home Communion: faithwestwood.com/communionathome


Over the next few weeks, we will gradually transition to a livestream service that shows the service live from the worship center. We'll keep you posted.


Children's Bulletins for Sunday Children's Time

Ms. Leah has Children's bulletins to go along with Steve's Children's Time message each week


Giving

If you would like to include giving as a part of your worship, you'll find instructions for multiple ways to do that on our website giving page.


Movies to Watch


Pastor Steve has suggested two places to go to see outstanding portrayals of Jesus's life and ministry:

  • Jesusfilm.org to see the Jesus Film Project -- the most-watched movie of all time (click on the Watch tab at top to view)
  • vidAngel.com to see The Chosen series -- Steve feels this may be the best portrait of Jesus's life on film. 

An Opportunity to Listen

In his message on July 5, Pastor Steve included an excerpt from a panel discussion with faith family members Kenny Johnson, Jeff Sparrock, and Brian Dinoso.


Click the photo at left to see the discussion in its entirety. We hope you'll take time to listen to and appreciate what these men have to share.

What Can YOU Do?


As United Methodists, we are urged to take action against the sin of racism -- and one place to begin is by reading books from different perspectives. 


To help everyone begin this journey, the United Methodist Publishing House and the General Commission on Religion and Race have gathered a list of books they recommend to get started.


From The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2016, paragraph 5:


The United Methodist Church proclaims the value of each person as a unique child of God and commits itself to the healing and wholeness of all persons. The United Methodist Church recognizes that the sin of racism has been destructive to its unity throughout its history. Racism continues to cause painful division and marginalization. The United Methodist Church shall confront and seek to eliminate racism, whether in organizations or in individuals, in every facet of its life and in society at large. The United Methodist Church shall work collaboratively with others to address concerns that threaten the cause of racial justice at all times and in all places.

Emotional & Spiritual Wellness

So much has changed lately -- and so suddenly too. It can be a challenge to balance everything, learn new schedules, take care of loved ones, and absorb all the new events while still maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit.


Director of Caring Ministries Vikki O'Hara has collected a number of links to websites, books, online courses, and other resources we can all use to help us reduce stress, cope with challenging situations, and find hope and joy in these uncertain times. To see the collection, click here.


Vikki will be adding new resources to the list as time goes on, so be sure to check back often.

Children's Ministry


Director of Children's Ministry Director Leah Dinoso has a huge heart for our kids and she's always on the hunt for valuable, faith-based resources you can use to keep your kids feeling connected to their church and looking to their God for support -- and of course, occupied.


Children's Ministry on Facebook

For even more encouragement and connection with Leah and the Children's Ministry, be sure to like and follow the FW Children's Ministry page.


Check out these important links!

NEW!!! PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST PDF HERE

Have fun this Halloween -- Carve Out Time with Jesus Devotional

CHECK OUT THE LATEST EPISODE OF THE PETE & REPETE SHOW!

Click here to see the I-SPY game for when you're with us in the Worship Center!


Sunday School Resources for Kids and Parents


Children's bulletins for worship

Sunday School Online

Parent Guides


Other Resources from Children's Ministry


Back to School Blessing Cards

A set of 12 cards with blessings to offer in prayer for our students, parents, teachers, and school administrators.


Support for Parents and Kids During Covid-19

For a wealth of resources to help parents talk with and support their kids at this time, click this link from childmind.org.


Talking with Kids About Race

It can be hard for kids to process and understand all the grown-up conflicts that they see on the news and hear in conversations -- and helping them understand can be difficult. Here, Leah has collected a number of resources that may help you start the conversation with your kids and help them understand race and what's happening around the country.


booksforlittles.com/racial-diversity - suggested children's books that celebrate diversity and spark conversation

cupofjo.com - guidance for talking with your kids about race

theparentcue.org - raising kids to recognize and initiate racial equality


Happy Birthday from Pete&RePete!

If your child has a birthday coming up, let Ms. Leah know the date and the address at leah.dinoso@faithwestwood.com. A birthday sign will appear in your yard the day before or the day of your birthday! It can stay there a couple of days until it's time to move to the next birthday kid!


Bible House Hunt

Look up Bible verses, fill in the missing word in the verse, then find the object around your house!

Bible House Hunt

Bible House Hunt - Older Kids

Bible House Hunt Jr. - Preschool


Hope in the Home Daily Activity

If you don't receive Leah's emails, but would like to see daily suggestions for activities your family can do, pray, and enjoy together, contact Leah at leah.dinoso@faithwestwood.com and she'll get you on the list. 


Children's Ministry on Facebook

For even more encouragement and connection with Leah and the Children's Ministry, be sure to like and follow the FW Children's Ministry page.


Pastor Steve's Poem for Children's Time

Did you know Pastor Steve is also a poet? 

Read "I Can Worship Anywhere" and "I Miss My Church" here.


RightNow Media

RightNow Media has a huge library of faith-based videos for everyone -- kids, too -- all aimed at helping you grow. You can access RightNow Media whenever and wherever you want, on any device, and on your TV at home. It's like Netflix, but for bible study. Find out more at our RightNow Media page on the FW website.


Anxiety Conversation Guides

Helping a child with anxiety is a challenge. Parents can download these age-appropriate resources to find tips and practical ways to help their children.


School Time Resources

Elementary educator and faith family member Liz Polivka has shared a ton of education resources that parents can use to supplement their kids' education during their time away from school. Find the list at faithwestwood.com/schooltime.

Student Ministry

Student Ministry Director Polly Pierce knows keeping our middle school and high school students connected with God and with each other is important when face-to-face time is limited. So, she puts her boundless energy and heart for our kids into creating online and safe-distance experiences they enjoy.


The Student Ministry Parent Newsletter

Bookmark this page -- https://newsletter.dymapps.com/featured/4311 -- and check back often. Updated regularly, it's where parents can find the latest happenings in Student Ministry.




Books To Inspire

The staff at FaithWestwood has a list of books we'd love to share with you. Each one has encouraged and inspired us in some way -- and we believe they might do the same for you.


Pastor Steve

How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Greig


Brenda Bowers -- Executive Assistant to the Pastor

The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth by Christopher L. Heuertz


Leah Dinoso -- Director of Children's Ministry

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker


Alan Hanson -- Director of Building Administration

1. If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg

2. Spirituality of Golf by Scott Peck

3. The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson


Jen Robinson -- Director of Guest Connections

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown


Donna Sandoval -- Director of Worship

The Enneagram of Belonging: A Compassionate Journey to Self-Acceptance by Christopher L. Heuertz


Vikki O'Hara -- Director of Caring Ministries

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voscamp


His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham (release date 8.20.20; preorders available now)


The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross by Jon Meacham


Polly Pierce -- Director of Student Ministry

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist


Holly Timberlake -- Director of Adult & Family Discipleship

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Gron & Suzanne Stabile


Live Love Now: Relieve the Pressure and Find Real Connection with Our Kids by Rachel Macy Stafford


Jenny Beukenhorst -- Director of Communications

Luke for Everyone by N.T. Wright


Prayer/Discipleship

Look here for ways to connect with your faith family through prayer, scripture, music, and other discipleship opportunities.


Prayer Requests

As always -- but especially in these uncertain times -- we would love to pray for you, your family, or anyone you know.


We invite you to submit your prayer requests, joys, and thanksgivings to our ministry directors and our prayer chain in one of these ways:


Email Communication from FaithWestwood

If you don't receive email communications from FaithWestwood already -- including a weekly email from Pastor Steve and FaithConnect, our weekly email newsletter -- sign up by sending an email to brenda.bowers@faithwestwood.


Do You Need a Mask?

14,000 face masks and counting!


That's how many face masks our determined and talented Masketeers have created since March! And they want to create masks for the congregation and their family members too.


To Request a Mask: 


If you would like to request a mask or masks for yourself or your family, please fill out this request form. Be sure to click 'submit' at the end of the form.


Please do not send requests for masks via email or text.


You will receive a confirmation email after you submit the form. Once Vikki O'Hara receives your request, she will contact you with information about delivery.


If you have a question about the form itself, contact Vikki by email at vikki.ohara@faithwestwood.com.


From the Health & Wellness Ministry: Tips for Caring for Your Mask


RightNow Media

RightNow Media has a HUGE library of faith-based videos, bible studies, and family-friendly content for everyone -- kids, youth, parents, couples, college students, single adults, working professionals -- all aimed at helping you grow. You can access RightNow Media whenever and wherever you want on any device. 


FaithWestwood subscribes to RightNow Media, but you'll need to sign up for access. It's easy! Just go to the RightNow Media page on our website to find out how.


For more information, email Holly Timberlake at holly.timberlake@faithwestwood.com.


Some Resources to Check Out at RightNow Media:


For Kids: 

Worship Sing-alongs - a way to worship at home as a family


For Grown-ups:


The Color of Compromise

12 sessions -- videos 5-26 min long


Overcoming Anxiety During COVID19 by Jonathan Pokluda

Videos under 10 min.

Free Discussion Guide


Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen

Videos under 20 min.

Leader/discussion booklet available for a charge


The Book of Colossians by Louie Giglio

Videos under 18 min.


For Parents:

Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony

6 sessions -- under 60 min each


For Marriage:

Love Talk by Les & Leslie Parrot

Videos under 17 min


FaithGroups

Protecting our health and community doesn't have to prevent our FaithGroups from staying connected.


Meeting Online

We have suggestions for ways your FaithGroup can continue to get together online -- just click here.


Hosting a Group on Facebook

For instructions on hosting a FaithGroup on Facebook, click here: Hosting a Group on Facebook


For information on starting a new FaithGroup or joining an existing one, contact Director of Adult + Family Discipleship Holly Timberlake at holly.timberlake@faithwestwood.com.

Helping Resources

Help with Errands + Other Needs

Support Your NEighbor COVID-19 is an non-profit organization offering FREE assistance with obtaining groceries, medicine and other essentials so you don't have to leave home. For more information, check out their flyer, or head straight to their website www.supportyourneighborcovid19.org or give them a call at 402-522-6394.