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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May 3, 2020- ONLINE SERVICE ONLY - watch the livestream service starting at 10 AM.
We will be participating in the Lord’s Supper together (virtual, of course) on Sunday so be sure to have some juice and bread on hand.

Worship Book, May 24

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

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He is risen! He is risen indeed!

 

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WPC Coronavirus Response
A message from Pastor Kevin (posted May 22, 2020)

 

1  So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2  complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.        Philippians 2:1-4 (ESV)
 
Just a quick note about the subject of re-opening.  We still do not know when we will be able to return to corporate worship but we know it is coming and the WPC leaders are making preparations for our doors being opened once again.  We recently sent out a survey to try to gauge where our congregation stands as we prepare to return.  What I really want to address is the heart of the passage above – a call for unity in the church that is dependent upon the Spirit of Christ helping us to be loving towards and considerate of one another.  The mandate is to do something that is very difficult to do – to put the interests of others before our own.  I believe this instruction will be crucial for us as we start coming back together as a church family.  In an article released last week, Brett McCraken writes:

  
At a time when self-idolatry is being exposed in ugly ways, the church has an opportunity to model love that places the interests of others above the self. For example, someone might find it personally difficult—even maddening—to have to wear a mask during church and stay six feet away from everyone at all times. You might think these precautions are a needless overreaction. But here’s the thing: even if it turns out you’re right, can you not sacrifice your ideal for a season, out of love for others who believe the precautions are necessary? Even if you personally think it is silly, or even cowardly, for someone to stay home even after the church is open again on Sundays, can you not heed Paul’s wisdom in Romans 14: “Let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother”? Or 1 Corinthians 8:9: “Be careful, however, that your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” (Brett McCracken, “Church, Don’t Let Coronavirus Divide You” May 15, 2020.       https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/church-dont-let-coronavirus-divide/ ).
 
Even in the church, things can get ugly between people who hold different views on the subject of returning to corporate worship.  We all have our preferences and theories about when we should come back together.  Some of us believe that the government may be overreaching and that it does not have the right to keep us from assembling for worship.  Others of us may believe that we need to be very cautious and follow the instructions of our leaders and the experts to the tee.  Here is my take:  the most important thing that we can do is consider others before ourselves.  You may say to yourself, “When we finally go back, I want things to be the same and you’ll never get me to wear a mask in church!”  However, have you stopped to think about the person who desires to come back to church but is very fearful and cautious?  Will you wear a mask for their sake?   The way we display unity in the Spirit and show love for one another honors Christ primarily because it runs contrary to fallen human nature that tells us that our personal rights are sacred.  That’s the point, isn’t it:  Followers of Christ are different because we are guided and gifted by the Holy Spirit to honor Christ in all we do.  We are called to die to ourselves and live for Him.  As we prepare to re-open our doors, won’t you join me in asking God to give us a special dose of grace so that we might show more love to, and respect for, one another?  We can’t do this this but God can!
 
In His Grace,  Pastor Kevin
 
P.S.  Are you on Facebook?  Be sure to check out our Facebook page.  We have just hired Jessica Ferguson to be our Digital Media Coordinator and she is introducing some new and innovative ideas to our online presence.  Be sure to “like” the page and also share it with others.   

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- Gathering 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.