Faith@Home

In the interest of the health and safety of our faith family and our community, our building will remain closed for now.


But, FaithWestwood is not a building -- FaithWestwood is a church. And a church is a body of people who love and share and worship our God together. 


No virus can ever close that



It is in that spirit of connection as a church that we've created Faith@Home -- your one-stop source for all the links, resources, encouragement, and support that the individual ministry directors may be sharing with you.


If your inbox is full and you're not sure where you saw that link you wanted to check out, it'll be in Faith@Home.

Worship@Home

Pastor Steve's Sunday message is available to view each Sunday morning, starting at 9:00 a.m -- and then any time after that. His message begins with a Children's Time.


Sunday Message Resources

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

Order of Service: faithwestwood.com/service

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


EACH SUNDAY: Order of Service + Connection Card


Head to faithwestwood.com/service to:

  • See an order of service
  • Fill out a connection card
  • Request prayer
  • Worship through giving
  • Find song lists on Spotify


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.


Steve's Psalm 23

The last time we met in worship at church, Steve shared a personal interpretation of Psalm 23 that he created during a challenging time. Find a copy of it here.


Movies to Watch

In his March 22 message, Pastor Steve 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. Currently, the series is being offered to view on YouTube for free. 

For weekly updates on the goings-on with our faith family, look for FaithConnect in your email inbox every Monday morning!


FaithConnect is the place to see:

  • Good news and updates from the different ministries within FaithWestwood
  • Instructions and sign-ups for donations, drop-offs, volunteer opportunities, and other good stuff
  • Links for prayer requests and giving to both our weekly Mission focus and the general Ministry Fund
  • A sneak peak at next week's Sunday message

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 brenda.bowers@faithwestwood.com and she'll make sure you're on the list.

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.


NEW!!! 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!


What's For Dinner -- Quarantine Edition

Remember when we did that What's For Dinner activity where we ate dinner as a family, prayed, played games, asked each other questions and made dinner a fun, engaging place to connect, grow, and learn together? Yeah? IT'S BACK!

Click here to see What's For Dinner -- Quarantine Edition


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 Bulletins for Sunday Children's Time

Leah has Children's bulletins to go along with her Children's Time message each week:


Sunday School Online

The folks behind Orange -- our Sunday School curriculum have put each week's Bible lessons to watch at home. You'll find videos for pre-schoolers with Ollie the Owl, another for elementary kiddos, and a third for the preteens -- Pete&RePete love this one.


May 31: https://bit.ly/2XCuzj4

June 7: https://bit.ly/3ct7FAf



Parent Cues for Story and Worship Experiences

These are easy-to-use guides with fun activities and discussion prompts, so families can review the videos above and talk about what they've learned. 

May 24: preschool, elementary, preteen

May 31: preschool, elementary, preteen

June 7: preschool, elementary, preteen



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


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


Jenny Beukenhorst -- Director of Communications

Luke for Everyone by N.T. Wright


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


Periodically, we'll recommend a few videos you might be interested in. This week, Holly recommends:


For Kids: 

Superbook Bible-based Adventures

Each episode 27 min

Free App + Superbook Devotional


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 Marriage:

Love Talk by Les & Leslie Parrot

Videos under 17 min


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:


Daily Devotional Texts

If you would like to receive a daily text with scripture and a little prayer from Steve:


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.


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.




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.