Happenings @ FaithWestwood

Check back here for the latest events and announcements from FaithWestwood. You'll find our events listed in order of date with current events near the top and ongoing opportunities listed toward the bottom.

Coming Soon @ FaithWestwood

  • I AM worship series - July & August

    I AM

    Sundays, July & August

    9 & 10:45 am, in person & online

    First Saturday, July 6, 5:30pm, upstairs chapel, in person only

    In July and August, we will worship with two concurrent sermon series under the umbrella titled I Am.

    • First Saturday 5:30 pm & Sunday 9 am - We'll visit some of the neglected voices in the Bible, diving deeper into characters and stories we don't hear as much.
    • Sunday 10:45 am - We'll explore the I Am sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of John with a the family-friendly and generational focus.

    Coming Sunday, July 21

    9 am

    Renunciation: I Am Hannah

    1 Samuel 1:9-20

    During her time of worship, Hannah wept and prayed for the LORD to bless her with a child. Her encounter with Eli the Priest allows her to name her pain and hopes. How do we trust in God with all of our hopes and fears? 

    10:45 am

    I Am...The Gate

    John 10:1-10

    As Jesus speaks to the Pharisees, he describes how the one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep! This figure of speech escaped the religious leaders, yet Jesus’ proclamation of being the Gate for the sheep is a powerful one. How might we claim this gate and the abundant (full) life that Jesus offers? 

    Coming Sunday, July 28

    9 am

    Courage...I Am Nathan

    2 Samuel 12:1-14

    King David sinned, and the LORD sent Nathan to speak the truth in love to David. As he utilizes a parable to tell this story, David is convicted of the truth, confesses, and repents. How can we claim courage to speak the truth in love to those that we love as well as to repent of our sin? 

    10:45 am

    I Am...The Good Shepherd

    John 10:11-18

    Jesus declares that the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep who know him. Hired hands run away in times of danger and don’t care for the sheep like the shepherd. Today, how can we, like sheep, listen to the Shepherd’s voice and claim Jesus as the Good Shepherd? 

    Note: For the June, July & August series, there is no study guide for FaithGroups and individuals.

    To see message descriptions for the series, visit faithwestwood.com/messagedescriptions

    Online Worship

    Worshiping with us online? Find us at faithwestwood.com/live, faithwestwood.com/youtube, and on Facebook.

  • Connecting Hearts Summer Is here!

    We're really excited for what God has planned for us this summer!

    As we celebrate the Connecting Hearts Summer, our youngest disciples are going to stay in worship with their families, and we are going to provide some opportunities that connect us as a whole faith family with God, one another, and in worship. This is a fantastic way for FaithWestwood to celebrate community – and if you are online, don’t worry – we’ll have some fun ways for you to connect as well. Nursery will be available up to three years old.

  • What's Next @ FaithWestwood

    All kinds of exciting things are happening at FaithWestwood!

    Mark your calendars now! 

    Watch for details in worship, here on the Happenings page, and in your Monday FaithConnect email

    • Scrip Fundraiser - going on now
    • Connecting Hearts Summer - now through September 1
    • Central Middle School The Zone Drive - now through August 4
    • I Am Worship Series - July & August - 2 Months, 2 Concurrent Series, 2 Services: 9 am - Neglected Voices of the Bible & 10:45 am - The I Am Sayings of Jesus
    • FaithWorks Pantry Potato Dig - Wednesday, July 17, 6 pm & Saturday, July 20, 9 am
    • FaithWorks Pantry July Dates - Saturday, July 27, 10 am - 12 noon; Thursday, August 8, 5 - 7pm; Saturday, August 24, 10 am - 12 pm.
    • First Saturday Worship - Saturday evening worship, first Saturday of every month, 5:30 pm, in the chapel upstairs. Next date: Saturday, August 3.
    • Backpack Blessing - Sunday, August 4, 9 & 10:45 am
    • T.A.C.O. Sunday - Sunday, August 4, after 10:45 am worship, fellowship hall
    • Family Focus Groups - Monday, August 5 & Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, student ministry room, 2nd floor
    • Church & Brunch - All at Once - Sunday, August 25, 9 & 10:45 am
    • Alpha @ FaithWestwood - Mondays, September 9 - November 25. Details to come.
    • Outside the Walls - Save the dates! Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29
  • This Week! FaithWorks Pantry Potato Dig

    I Can DIG It! You Can DIG It! We Can Dig It!

    The FaithWorks Pantry Garden has a garden of potatoes ready be dug and shared with the patrons at FaithWorks Pantry -- so they could really use our help! It's a quick turnaround this time - can you dig it?

    No signup needed! Bring a potato fork if you have one, gloves, water bottle, and bug spray. Refreshments provided.

    TWO DATES - Meet at the FaithWorks Pantry Garden, south of the FW building
    Wednesday July 17 @ 6 pm (refreshments provided)
    Saturday, July 20 @ 9 am (donuts provided)

  • Faithworks Pantry focus - July & august

    Each month, our FaithWorks Pantry offers a special focus item to our pantry patrons in addition to the regular grocery selection. 

    Right now, we are collecting these special items to be distributed on the pantry dates in July & August:

    • For July: The Pantry is continuing to collect picnic items – ketchup, relish, chips, etc. (no mustard - we are stocked) – for distribution on the July 11 & 27 pantry dates.
    • For August: They are now beginning to collect laundry detergent in 46-52 oz sizes for distribution on the August 8 & 24 pantry dates.

    How We Can Help

    Drop off items in the foyer on Sundays or outside the church office during the week.

    Thank you from FaithWestwood's FaithWorks Pantry!

  • Solutions group for family caregivers

    Are you the caregiver of an ill, disabled or aging loved one?

    Solutions Group is the place to share resources and support for the many challenges caregiving brings.

    Solutions Group meets every other month on the 4th Saturday at 10 am, and is led by Nancy Flaherty of Flaherty Senior Consulting. As a Certified Dementia Professional, Nancy can also offer unique resources for family members supporting a loved one beginning from the day of dementia diagnosis.

    For more information, contact Director of Caring Ministries Vikki O'Hara at vikki.ohara@faithwestwood.com or by text/phone to 402-650-9489.

  • middle School Lock-in

    Games, movies, snacks, and lots of overnight fun for our students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grade! 

    Cost is $5 or a donation of 2 food items to the FaithWorks Pantry + snacks to share with everyone

    Sign Up: Students attending the lock-in and Student Ministry leaders are invited to sign up at tinyurl.com/FWMSLOCKIN

  • FaithWorks Pantry July dates

    Upcoming FaithWorks Pantry dates in July are:

    Saturday, July 27, 10 am - 12 noon

    Thursday, August 8, 5 - 7 pm

    Saturday, August 24, 10 am - 12 pm

    For more information about FaithWorks Pantry, please visit faithwestwood.com/faithworks-pantry

    FaithWorks Pantry is an equal-opportunity provider. 

    USDA Non-discrimination Statement

    Would you like to serve at FaithWorks Pantry?
    Help in the Pantry: Pick your task & your days -- as many or as few as you'd like. Two opportunities each month.
    Sign up at tinyurl.com/FWPantry

    Help in the Garden: And the garden is growing! If you're interested in helping in the FWPantry garden, send an email to info@faithwestwood.com.

  • First Saturday Worship - August 3

    Our First Saturday Worship meets this month on August 3 at 5:30 pm in the upstairs chapel on the 2nd floor. Please enter through the west entrance.

    Message description & Scripture:

    Servanthood…I Am Baruch & I Am Phoebe

    Jeremiah 36:1-9 & Romans 16:1-2

    In the Old Testament, Baruch served in a very important role as Jeremiah’s scribe. In the New Testament, Phoebe is lifted up as a deacon, benefactor, and servant of the church. How might these witnesses inspire our servanthood?

  • Backpack blessing August 4

    Students of All Ages!

    You are invited to bring your backpack to worship on Sunday, August 4, at both the 9 and 10:45 services, to receive a special celebration and blessing before the new school year begins!

  • T.A.c.o. Sunday August 4

    What is T.A.C.O.?

    Each year, volunteers from FaithWestwood gather to enjoy tacos then fill goodie bags with treats and supplies for the teachers and staff to our neighbors at Central Middle School. 

    This Year is Different!

    This year, we’re expanding this yearly tradition into an intergenerational potluck event and a chance for all of FaithWestwood to gather in fellowship on August 4 for a taco meal and to fill the goodie bags for CMS.

    It's a Potluck! What Will You Bring?

    The taco meat is arranged, but everyone will have an opportunity to contribute the extras – chips, cheese, sour cream, salsa, etc. – and desserts too. 

    Sign Up TODAY! Go go tinyurl.com/FWTACO2024

  • Help Restock the zone at Central Middle School

    Now through August 4

    The Zone is Central Middle School's in-school shop where kids can pick up needed clothing and hygiene items free of charge.

    Help Restock The Zone

    As a neighbor and mission partner, each year FaithWestwood helps restock The Zone for the coming school year. 

    How We Can Help

    When you're out shopping, consider picking up a NEW item or two from this list. Then drop them off in the labeled bins in the foyer on Sundays or outside the offices during the week.

    Thank you from FaithWestwood's Local Missions and Central Middle School!

  • Family Focus Groups August 5 & 6

    Family Focus Groups
    Monday, August 5 & Tuesday, August 6
    6:30 - 7:30 pm
    Student Ministry rooms, 2nd floor
    For Faith Family Members in Their 20s - 40s + Their Families:
    You're invited to be a part of the conversation as the Strategic Planning team gathers information and sets strategic goals for 20s - 40s and their families at FaithWestwood.
    The groups are led by members of FaithWestwood's Strategic Planning team, and you only need to attend one session. Children are invited to join the conversation, but childcare is also available.

    Will You Be There?

    Sign up today at https://tinyurl.com/RSVPFAMFOCUS and let us know!

    Information: Contact Leah Dinoso at leah.dinoso@faithwestwood.com

  • Scrip Cards are here!

    What is Scrip?

    Scrip is an on-going fundraiser that allows church family with FaithWestwood to purchase Scrip cards for everyday purchases and gift-giving needs. 

    When we purchase Scrip, FaithWestwood earns a portion of each sale -- depending on the merchant, up to 20%! Then, you use the entire value of the cards for your everyday shopping and gift-giving needs. Choices include your favorite spots for general merchandise, pharmacy, gas, restaurants, coffee, home improvement, and more! 

    How Do We Purchase Scrip?

    Cards may be purchased between worship services on Sunday morning, at the GREEN table in the foyer. You may also purchase cards by checking out raiseright.com online and/or by downloading the RaiseRight app to your mobile phone from the app store.

    • To get the unique enrollment code for FaithWestwood, check out your Monday FaithConnect email, Pastor Cindi's Thursday email, or email Brenda Bowers at brenda.bowers@faithwestwood.com

    List of Available Cards at the foyer table

    If you have any questions or need assistance, email Brenda at brenda.bowers@faithwestwood.com.

  • Save the date! Church & Brunch august 25

    Save the Date! Church & Brunch - All at Once is Coming Soon

    Sunday, August 25

    9 & 10:45 am

    Church & Brunch - All at Once is one Sunday each year when we switch it up a bit and eat breakfast, sing and pray, and enjoy worship time together in a new and engaging way. This year's C&B will take place at both 9 and 10:45 am.

    Stay tuned for more details in worship, in your Monday FaithConnect email, and here at faithwestwood.com

  • save the dates! OUtside the Walls - sept 28 & 29

    Mark your calendars! Outside the Walls is coming September 28 & 29!

    What is Outside the Walls?

    In the Bible, Jesus didn't say sit. He said go.

    And September 28 & 29, 2024, that's exactly what we'll do!

    Outside the Walls is an awesome event each year when FaithWestwood steps out of the worship center to focus on projects that serve those in the community. 

    This year, Outside the Walls will have service projects on two days -- Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29. On Sunday, instead of our regular worship services, we'll meet in the sanctuary at 9 am for a short rally before we gather in teams to serve.

    Find out more about Outside the Walls at faithwestwood.com/outsidethewalls.

    Opportunity to sign up for projects coming soon! 

  • FW Insulated Mugs Now on sale!

    While Supplies Last!

    Visit the coffee bar on Sunday to pick up your new FaithWestwood insulated coffee mug (with handle)!
    $10, cash or check

  • Alpha is coming to FaithWestwood September 9

    The Alpha course allows participants the opportunity to explore the meaning of life through the basics of the Christian faith. This is a wonderful refresher course for all Christians!

    Save the Dates
    Alpha will meet on Mondays from September 9 through November 25. 

    Details to come.

    Let Us Know You'll Be There!
    Reach out to Sandi Vyhlidal at info@faithwestwood.com or Pastor Cindi at cindi.stewart@faithwestwood.com if you are interested in coming to Alpha.

    Leadership Opportunity
    We are also seeking church family members to be a part of the Alpha leadership team. If interested, please reach out to Sandi Vyhlidal and/or Pastor Cindi.

Ongoing @ FaithWestwood

  • the July-August 2024 issue of the Upper Room is here!

    Pick up your free copy of The Upper Room devotional on Sunday morning in the foyer or during the week inside the west entrance of FaithWestwood.

  • Visit us on Facebook & Instagram

    Help FaithWestwood Spread the Word!

    Spreading the news about God's love and FaithWestwood can be as easy as clicking a button on your device! 

    Encourage those social media logarithms to reach out to more of our community by sharing, liking, and commenting on FaithWestwood's social media platforms! It really does make a difference!

    Facebook: /FaithWestwoodUMC

    Instagram: @faithwestwoodomaha

  • Tai chi for Balance

    Tai Chi for Balance

    Improve physical health // Connect with others // Gain Confidence

    When: Mondays & Thursdays,  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Where: FaithWestwood UMC, 4814 Oaks Lane, Omaha, NE -- west entrance by large wooden cross

    Instructor: Paula Allen, experienced and certified Tai Chi instructor

    Cost: $3.00 per drop-in session (no charge on first day for new attendees)

    Information: Vikki O'Hara, M.Div. Director of Caring Ministries // vikki.ohara@faithwestwood.com 

    Scheduling Note: There will be no Tai Chi on Thursday, July 4 & Thursday, July 25.

    Weather Policy: If Millard Public Schools close because of inclement weather, Tai Chi for Balance will be cancelled as well. If the FaithWestwood building closes due to weather, illness, or another unexpected reason, look for announcements on the FW website, by text or email, and on Facebook.

  • Four or more for Faithworks pantry

    Introducing Four (or More!) for FaithWorks Pantry!

    How it Works

    • Keep This List: The pantry has put together a list of the 48 items they use the most throughout the year.
    • Shop: When you shop for your groceries each month, add an item or two from this list -- with the goal of a minimum of four items per month.
    • Donate: Bring your donation to the canvas collection bin in the church foyer on Sunday mornings or drop them off by the FW offices during the week.

    If everyone at FaithWestwood participates in Four (or More!), we can significantly reduce our pantry's expenses and continue our commitment to serve the patrons twice a month.

    Thank you for your continued support of FaithWorks Pantry.

  • What is a Faithgroup?

    FaithGroups: Creating Small Caring Communities That Love and Serve Jesus Together

    Becoming a deep, daring, and daily disciple is a life-long journey. If you are looking for people to share your faith and life with, a FaithGroup is the place for you.

    Most groups meet weekly for a time of fellowship, study, and prayer. Some groups meet year-round, some are just starting up again after summer, and some are short-term groups based on a particular topic. 

    There are many FaithGroups looking for new participants. If you're interested in connecting with a FaithGroup, reach out to Pastor Cindi by email to cindi.stewart@faithwestwood.com.

  • Serve with FaithWorks Pantry!

    This is a great serving opportunity for small groups or individuals!

    No experience necessary -- just a warm heart for serving others. Different jobs available for all ages and abilities. 

    Sign up for as many or as few days as you'd like at tinyurl.com/FWPantry

    Details: Contact Pastor Cindi Stewart at cindi.stewart@faithwestwood.com

  • Serving Opportunities at FaithWestwood

    Looking for the perfect way to share your gifts and serve others?

    Check out the tab at the top of faithwestwood.com -- faithwestwood.com/serve

  • Check in for Sunday School with the Kidmin app!

    Did you know you can sign your child into Sunday School each week before you get to church?

    Just follow this link https://dashboard.kidminapp.com/church/faithwestwood-umc/register-guardian or scan the QR code to the left. 

    If this is your first time using the KidMin app, you'll need to download the Kidmin app and create an account -- after that, it's 10-second check-ins every Sunday.

  • Never-ending Yarn drive

    The talented and dedicated members of FaithWestwood's Blanketed with Prayer Ministry create thousands of prayer shawls, prayer blankets, baby afghans, hats, scarves, and other handcrafted items to distribute to the FaithWestwood family and throughout the entire community.

    • To see a flyer with information and a list of the MANY local non-profit, medical, and veterans organizations that receive these items, click or tap here.

    Blanketed with Prayer is for You to Share Too!

    • Racks with white gift bags containing prayer shawls, prayer blankets, and baby afghans in are located in the foyer and inside the west entrance of FaithWestwood. Please feel free to take these items at any time to be gifted to friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members who are welcoming a new baby or are facing an illness, hospitalization, grief, or other challenge. It's free, and as the shelves empty, Blanketed with Prayer will refill them.

    How Can I Help? The Never-Ending Yarn Drive

    • As you can imagine, Blanketed with Prayer uses a LOT of yarn, and the need never ends.
    • Check your closets, ask a friend, keep an eye out at thrift stores and garage sales.
    • New yarn is NOT necessary! Any color, any amount -- as long as it's yarn, it will be put to good use by Blanketed with Prayer. 
    • You can drop off scrap and leftover yarn any time of day in the labeled bin located inside the west entrance of FaithWestwood. 

    Volunteer Information

    For more information about Blanketed with Prayer and how you can participate in this ministry, contact Vikki O’Hara, Director of Caring Ministries, at vikki.ohara@faithwestwood.com 

  • Visit the FaithWestwood Library

    Looking for quiet place to read, study, or just unwind? FaithWestwood has a library located on the second floor, across from the office.

    Our library is open on Sunday mornings and throughout the week -- as long as there isn't a group having a meeting there. We have books on many subjects including devotionals, prayer, Christian life, heaven, parenting, and Christian fiction for adults, teens, and kids.

    To borrow books, please fill out the white card in the back of the book and drop it in the small box on the check-out cabinet. Children’s books do not need return cards. We ask that all books be returned within two to three weeks.

    Come relax in our library and enjoy reading!