WELCOME TO THE FAMILY

Welcome to Woodland Presbyterian Church!!!   If you are looking for a place of fellowship and worship, please join us this Sunday. It is our intention to reflect the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord, in all that we do.  Our chief aim is to glorify God in our local community and the world.  We invite you to celebrate, grow in your faith, and worship God with us.  

Blessings to you and your loved ones!

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Holy Week at WPC
 This is Holy Week.  “Encounters with Jesus” is a virtual prayer journey to use at your convenience and in preparation for our Easter/Resurrection service.  I would suggest either Maundy Thursday or Good Friday might be the best time to make this prayer journey (‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin for “mandate” and reminds us of Jesus’ command to love one another which he gave to His disciples at the Passover meal).
Blessings, Pastor Kevin
 

Downloadable Journal-Available soon
 
Prayer & Fasting Guide Suggested Prayers Book of Common Prayers
 

 

Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020- ONLINE SERVICE ONLY - watch the livestream of the service starting at 10 AM.

Worship Book, April 12

Past recorded sermons are also available on the Worship page on our website.

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WPC Coronavirus Response-A message from Pastor Kevin (posted April 3, 2020)

For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.        Colossians 2:5 (ESV)

How difficult it is to listen to discouraging reports on the news day after day concerning COVID-19 and not be able to physically gather together as a church family in order to support one another.  And yet, the Apostle Paul found himself in a similar situation, being imprisoned for the sake of the Gospel.  He was unable to visit the churches that were very much upon his heart.  Though he could not visit the churches in person, he was able to encourage his flock in a few significant ways.

 First of all, he wrote letters and used human couriers to communicate during a very difficult period in his life.  From his prison cell, he was able to teach, admonish, and rejoice with the body of Christ – though miles apart.  It may seem like we are miles apart at this time because of our ‘quarantine’.  Yet, like Paul, we are communicating in various ways (means that Paul certainly did not have in his day).  Our members are caring for one another by phone, by cards and letters, and through the computer with Skype, Zoom and other tools of social media.  This morning, I met with a group of pastors from Massachusetts for a time of prayer and mutual encouragement.  We even broke off into pairs and prayed for each other for a few minutes.  Next week, I hope to get our Tuesday morning Bible study back together over the internet using the Zoom meeting application.  Certainly, it is not the same as being together in one room, but under the circumstances, it is a great way to meet.

Secondly, of course, we know that we are always together in the Spirit through prayers - even while we are absent in body.  In these days, I am sensing your prayers impacting my life and I hope you are feeling the same as our church family is praying for one another.  When anxieties are on the rise, my mind is drawn back to Christ and the promises of God that come to us through our Savior.  I attribute that renewed focus to our glorious God working through the prayers of His people.  I am confident that God is building up His Church in a time when conventional, worldly wisdom would say otherwise - that this virus will only tear the Church apart.  We know that chains, prison bars, viruses, quarantines – and the gates of Hell – will never hinder the work of the Gospel and cannot impede the transforming work of the Spirit in the lives of the Lord’s people.

No matter how terrible it seems in our world, do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God.  Trust also in Christ, our Savior.  And rejoice in knowing that Jesus will keep your feet on steady ground!

The Lord bless and keep you!  Pastor Kevin

Here are a few announcements concerning Holy Week:

1.       This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday.  You might want to a few things in preparation.  Hang some palms or greens on your front door to honor Christ our King.  Also, have some palms (greens or paper palms) to wave during the live streamed service. 

2.      This Sunday is also the first Sunday of the month and we will be sharing the Lord’s Supper.  That means you should have juice and bread available as we will eat the bread and drink the cup together (in preparation, read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34).  If you do not have grape juice available and are hesitant to go out to the store, feel free to use whatever juice is available.  Bread or crackers are appropriate.  The elements are merely the symbols that remind us of the real presence of Jesus in our midst.

3.      Next week is Holy Week.  Monday, we will be putting a virtual “prayer walk” on our church website.  You will be able to use this “Encounters with Jesus” prayer journey at your convenience and in preparation for our Easter/Resurrection service.  I would suggest either Maundy Thursday or Good Friday might be the best time to make this prayer journey (‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin for “mandate” and reminds us of Jesus’ command to love one another which he gave to His disciples at the Passover meal).

4.      Our EPC Stated Clerk, Jeff Jeremiah, has called our churches to join together in a day of fasting and prayer on April 10, Good Friday.   Our denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), will be joining with the members of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) in this time of prayer and fasting.  The materials for this day and some prayer guides are attached in this email and will be available on our website.

 

Time of Prayer - in the Sanctuary
Temporarily Suspended

 

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS
Prayer Burst
Would you like to be added to the prayer chain now renamed the Prayer Burst? You can be contacted by text, email, or phone and receive messages about prayer requests. This is another way to connect our church family and reach more people wanting to pray for one another. This is open to anyone in the congregation who would like to join together in prayer. Contact Sherry Bozorth or the church office to be added to the Burst.

The Encouraging Word
If you would like to be on an email list to receive a weekly notice of those who have requested prayer on Sunday morning, please contact Claralee Williams. This is another great way to remember the people who have requested prayer.

Prayer Journaling-Temporarily suspended: Stay Home-Stay Healthy - a perfect time for prayer journaling
Those interested in prayer journaling will be gathering weekly on Thursdays at 9:30 AM. This will be a time of sharing ideas, discussing the "how to's," and exploring creative ways to help you grow in your quiet time and personal relationship with God through journaling. All are welcome. First-time participaants will receive a free journal along with some handouts to help you get started.