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What IS Virtual Donut?
A big part of what makes FaithWestwood who we are is community. We genuinely like each other and we enjoy being together -- especially on Sunday morning, greeting and laughing and connecting over donuts and coffee.
So, Virtual Donut is an online solution to a real-life challenge -- it's kind of a virtual fellowship hall. We greet each other, say hello, and catch up. We answer a few fun discussion questions, and we enjoy a little breath of community. Not the same as a big hug, but close enough in these times.
Come, Sit, Grab a Donut
Virtual Donut meets Sundays from 10:10 - 10:30 a.m. on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 849 6216 4742
Call in #: 1-312-626-6799
(Unfortunately, you must bring your own donut.)
Contact Holly Timberlake at email@example.com
9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Pre-register for each service at faithwestwood.com/inpersonworship
9:00 a.m. only
To Join Worship:
For Order of Service, prayer requests, connection card, giving: faithwestwood.com/service
Instructions for at-home Communion: faithwestwood.com/communionathome
To include giving as a part of your worship, visit our website giving page.
Especially in these uncertain times, we would love to pray for you, your family, or anyone you know going through difficult challenges of any kind.
When submitting your prayer request, please include your name and whether you would like the prayer to remain confidential -- meaning your request will be held in prayer with just our staff and prayer team but not shared with the congregation-wide prayer list.
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.
Visit the 0-18yrs@FW page on our website for more information about FaithWestwood's commitment to kids and young people.
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.
Sunday School Resources for Kids and Parents
Children's bulletins for worship
- Feb 21: 3-6 Children's Bulletin
- Feb 21: 7-12 Children's Bulletin
- Feb 28: 3-6 Children's Bulletin
- Feb 28: 7-12 Children's Bulletin
Sunday School Online
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
Bible House Hunt
Look up Bible verses, fill in the missing word in the verse, then find the object around your house!
Pastor Steve's Poem for Children's Time
Did you know Pastor Steve is also a poet?
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.
For weekly updates on the goings-on with our faith family, look for FaithConnect in your email inbox every Monday morning!
If you receive Steve's Thursday email, you should also be getting FaithConnect on Monday morning.
If you're not receiving these two weekly emails, contact Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll make sure you're on the list.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Some Resources to Check Out at RightNow Media:
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.
Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony
6 sessions -- under 60 min each
Love Talk by Les & Leslie Parrot
Videos under 17 min
Inspired by Honest to God -- his 12-week message series on the Psalms that concluded March 29 -- Pastor Steve has paired some of his favorite psalms with photos he has taken in his travels.
Here is just a few as a sample. Click the < or > on the left or right side of each photo to scroll through.
To see the entire collection -- we have a special page for that.
Protecting our health and community doesn't have to prevent our FaithGroups from staying connected.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.