West County October Newsletter
A Message from Deacon Coordinator Spencer Thomas
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” –Matthew 25:40
West County is approaching the 2-year mark since establishing an organized deacon ministry! This is a huge praise! Our team is definitely still learning and growing, but what a privilege it is to have men and women dedicated to serving our church.
As the ministry becomes more established, we are seeking to expand our sphere of influence for the betterment of His church. Currently, we are working towards organizing and streamlining the church’s ministry to vulnerable and orphaned children.
On October 15th at 10 AM, we will be hosting a gathering in the back conference room to help this ministry gain some momentum. We plan to spotlight some of the current strategies our church has undertaken to serve the orphaned and vulnerable children in our midst as well as brainstorm new ways to improve our efforts. We hope to see you there!
Occasionally, the need arises in our church to find housing for someone who has fallen upon hard times. This can happen for many reasons, but one thing that remains true is that these requests are rather time sensitive.
This usually results in a scramble of emails and phone calls as we seek to find a place that fits the need. In an effort to be more proactive in this type of hospitality, we are seeking to form a "First Contact" list of people who are able and potentially willing to host people in their home short term. We realize that hosting is complicated.
Please know that if you do sign up, there will be further training and support from The Journey, and that right now we are simply assessing willingness and availability from you all, our church congregation.
Please email Spencer Thomas to let us know you’re interested in serving the church in this way. After we have gathered folks who are interested, he will then reach out with more details. Thank you for your consideration!
Staff | Elder Spotlight
Describe your role at WC:
I am an elder at The Journey WC
Tell us about your family:
I have been married to Gretchen for 23 years. We have two children, Caleb 17 and Kalei 16. They attend Westminster Christian Academy.
Favorite restaurant in West County:
Describe your ideal Saturday:
Rise early, grab a cup of coffee, sit on the porch and let my thoughts settle — they often settle on God, then I talk to God and let him talk to me. After about an hour on the porch with God, I go to the gym and work out, then I return home and invite my wife to the porch with coffee and we talk for 1-2 hours, then my kids come out to the porch, say good morning and offer hugs. I then go to do yard work for a few hours, take a shower and then take the fam to dinner. Once back home, Gretchen and I spend the rest of the night together.
How can we, your church family, be praying for you?
- to financially be able to put both of our kids through college without us or them going into debt
- that I would be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to get angry
- discernment, direction, wisdom, patience
- protection for me and my African American son
Do you have any recent book recommendations?
- (Shameless Plug) Dear White Christian -Aaron Layton
- Small Great Things -Jodi Picoult
- Hillbilly Elegy -JD Vance
- The End of White Christian America -Robert P. Jones
—from elder Josh Jaworowski—
Did you know there are over 230 holidays that are celebrated by at least someone here in the United States? You might roll your eyes at some of them — Buffet Day, Organize Your Home Day, Thesaurus Day... but what about Puppy Day, Donut Day or the most recently, Coffee Day? Don’t try to deny it — we’ve seen the photos on social media!! The month of October brings about a special celebration — a whole month dedicated to celebrating our pastors!
The life of a pastor is full of ups and downs. Being a pastor is often referred to as one of the most difficult and demanding vocations out there. A pastor’s work can be hard to measure. How exactly do you assess spiritual growth within a congregation? And the demands of caring for the flock can be overwhelming —sickness, broken relationships, tragedy, death.
The local congregation is uniquely positioned to be of great encouragement to their pastors, but can also unknowingly wound them. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to read the following articles that highlight some of the ways we, as the church, can lift up our pastors and avoid hurting them as they strive to honor the Lord and serve the local church through their work.
Let’s spend October honoring our pastors and their families who have devoted so much of their lives to serving us!
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