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COVID-19 Updates

Please check this page often for updates regarding our response to COVID-19.

In response to COVID-19, all activities in our building are suspended until further notice.

Click here to worship with us Sunday on Facebook Live.

UPDATE - May 29, 2020

Hello Westwood! Happy Friday. I hope everyone is doing well. Please take a look at everything going on this week.

Don’t forget to join us this Sunday Morning for a VERY SPECIAL worship service as we honor our High School Graduates. You will not want to miss it. Join us at 11 a.m. on Facebook Live. Invite your friends to watch as well!

CONTINUING WAYS TO CONNECT EACH WEEK (Email for Zoom links)

Sunday School - Several classes (adults and youth) are meeting via Zoom. If you would like to join a class, please e-mail Pastor Stephen for info.

Sunday Worship - Sundays at 11 a.m. on FACEBOOK LIVE

Our scripture readings this week will be 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13, John 20:19-23, and Acts 2:1-21. We will sing Hymn #74, "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" and hear from and honor our High School Graduates!

Youth Sunday Night Live! - Sundays at 6 p.m. on ZOOM

Kid’s Time with Pastor Bryan - Is taking a break for a few weeks. But look for some exciting opportunities for kids in the coming weeks!

Eat Dinner Together Virtually! - Friday or Saturday night find someone to connect with over dinner!

Kids’ Worship Guides - Kids! Here are the links for the worship bulletins we usually provide on Sunday mornings. Click here for the Preschool version / Click here for the Children's version

Youth Small Groups (Email for Zoom links)

Here is the Youth Small Group meeting schedule through June 12:

  • High School Girls Small Group - Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
  • Youth Guys Small Group - Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Middle School Girls Small Group - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
  • THIS WEEK –May 29-June 5

    Hymn Sing - Christmas in May

    Join us for a Hymn Sing on Sunday, May 31, at 2 pm on Facebook Live. Click here for the Hymn Sheets.

    Food Packing Sunday Afternoon

    All of the slots have been filled for Sunday. Please come to the Narthex at your appointed time. Don’t forget, everyone who comes needs to bring their own mask. Thank you to all who signed up!

    Youth Mystery Mondays (Email for Zoom link)

    Join us on Monday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. on ZOOM.

    Guided Contemplative Prayer

    Join Pastor Bryan on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a time of guided contemplative prayer/meditation. It will be hosted on Facebook Live.

    MORE NEWS

    Graduate Recognition

    We will recognize our graduates in worship this Sunday, May 31.

    2020-2021 Church Budget

    The Finance Committee is finalizing the 2020-2021 Church Budget Proposal as well as procedures about discussion and approval. Look for information in the mail next week.

    Receive the Church Prayer List

    To receive our weekly "Prayer Concerns" email, please send an email to prayer@westwood-baptist.org and ask to be added to the distribution list. You may also send any prayer concerns that you would like to be on the list to the same address.

    Coronavirus Fund

    The Finance Committee has established a new designated fund designed to help those affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. If you have received your check from the stimulus fund and do not need it, consider donating a portion to this fund. The Community Involvement Ministry Group will research and distribute the money to individuals and/or organizations who are in need.

    UPDATE - May 22, 2020

    Hey Westwood! We made it to Memorial Day Weekend. I hope you are able to close the laptop, turn off the news, and enjoy being with family this weekend.

    Don’t forget to join us this Sunday Morning for worship at 11:00 on Facebook Live. Invite your friends to watch as well!

    CONTINUING WAYS TO CONNECT EACH WEEK (Email for Zoom links)

    Sunday School - Several classes (adults and youth) are meeting via Zoom. If you would like to join a class, please e-mail Pastor Stephen for info.

    Sunday Worship - Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on FACEBOOK LIVE

    Youth Sunday Night Live! - Sundays at 6:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Wednesday Night Bible Study - Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Kid’s Time with Pastor Bryan - Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Eat Dinner Together Virtually! - Friday or Saturday night find someone to connect with over dinner!

    Kids’ Worship Guides - Kids! Here are the links for the worship bulletins we usually provide on Sunday mornings. Click here for the Preschool version / Click here for the Children's version

    Youth Small Groups (Email for Zoom links)

    Here is the Youth Small Group meeting schedule through May:

  • High School Girls Small Group - Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
  • Youth Guys Small Group - Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Middle School Girls Small Group - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
  • THIS WEEK –May 22-29

    Hymn Sing

    Join us for a Hymn Sing on Sunday, May 24, at 2:00 pm on Facebook Live. Click here for the Hymn Sheets.

    Ladies’ Zoom Night (Email for Zoom link)

    Calling all women! Would you like to connect with other Westwood women in a relaxing environment? We’ll meet monthly on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 8 p.m. The next meeting is this Sunday, May 24, with a topic of discussion: What good books have you been reading? Come check things out, catch up, and have some fun!

    Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day!

    Youth Mystery Mondays (Email for Zoom link)

    We will not meet on Memorial Day.

    Join us again on Monday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. on ZOOM.

    Guided Contemplative Prayer

    Join Pastor Bryan on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. for a time of guided contemplative prayer. It will be hosted on Facebook Live on our Facebook Page. This is for anyone who wants to learn a little more about contemplative prayer or is just curious as to how it works.

    MORE NEWS

    Graduate Recognition

    We will be recognizing our graduates on Sunday, May 31. Please email Pastor Stephen graduate information for all high school and college/grad. school graduates (name, school graduating from, future plans) by Wednesday, May 27, so we can make sure to recognize everyone. Thanks!

    Receive the Church Prayer List

    To receive our weekly "Prayer Concerns" email, please send an email to prayer@westwood-baptist.org and ask to be added to the distribution list. You may also send any prayer concerns that you would like to be on the list to the same address.

    Coronavirus Fund

    The Finance Committee has established a new designated fund designed to help those affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. If you have received your check from the stimulus fund and do not need it, consider donating a portion to this fund. The Community Involvement Ministry Group will research and distribute the money to individuals and/or organizations who are in need.

    UPDATE - May 15, 2020

    Hello Westwood! Looks like winter has finally left us. We hope you are able to get out and enjoy this weather this weekend.

    We have a lot going on - please take a look...

    Also, pease join us this Sunday Morning for worship at 11:00 on Facebook Live. Invite your friends to watch as well!

    CONTINUING WAYS TO CONNECT EACH WEEK (Email for Zoom links)

    Sunday School - Several classes (adults and youth) are meeting via Zoom. If you would like to join a class, please e-mail Pastor Stephen for info.

    Sunday Worship - Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on FACEBOOK LIVE

    Youth Sunday Night Live! - Sundays at 6:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Wednesday Night Bible Study - Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Kid’s Time with Pastor Bryan - Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Eat Dinner Together Virtually! - Friday or Saturday night find someone to connect with over dinner!

    Kids’ Worship Guides - Kids! Here is the link for the worship bulletin we usually provide on Sunday mornings. Click here and print it out! https://illustratedmin.s3.amazonaws.com/weekly-resources/Easter-Week6.pdf

    Youth Small Groups (Email for Zoom links)

    Here is the Youth Small Group meeting schedule through May:

  • High School Girls Small Group - Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
  • Youth Guys Small Group - Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Middle School Girls Small Group - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
  • THIS WEEK –May 15-22

    Don Forester Scholarships Deadline

    Applications for this year’s Forester Scholarships are now available on the Westwood website. High school seniors and current college undergraduates are eligible to apply. Multiple $1,500 scholarships will be awarded this year. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their applications no later than TODAY, Friday, May 15. Awards will be made in June. Contact Danny Purkey, Chair of the Forester Scholarship Committee, for more information.

    Ask Me Anything

    On Saturday May 16, at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Bryan will be Live on Facebook for an "Ask Me Anything" time. Join us to talk about our thoughts about Westwood reopening or anything else! Just go to our Facebook page at 11:00 a.m.

    Hymn Sing

    Join us for a Hymn Sing on Sunday, May 17, at 2:00 pm on Facebook Live. Click here for the Hymn Sheets.

    Ladies’ Zoom Night (Email for Zoom link)

    Calling all women! Would you like to connect with other Westwood women in a relaxing environment? We’ll be offering a Zoom gathering on Sunday, May 17, at 8 p.m. Come check things out, catch up, and have some fun!

    Youth Mystery Mondays (Email for Zoom link)

    All youth are encouraged tp join us on Monday, May 18, at 8:30 p.m. on Zoom for a fun night of getting to know our church members.

    ECHO News

    As we all cope with the pandemic, ECHO continues the difficult effort of making sure our neighbors who are struggling do not go hungry. Fairfax County and Fastran are helping that effort by holding special "Stuff the Bus" events at multiple sites to benefit the county’s nonprofit organizations.

    On Saturday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fastran buses will be parked at locations throughout Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax to collect food donations. However, unlike past years, the buses will not be parked in grocery store parking lots but will be in areas where donors can comply with social distancing. The locations assigned to ECHO’s food pantry are the David R. Pinn Community Center, 10225 Zion Drive, Fairfax, and Braddock District Supervisor’s Office, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke.

    ECHO can use all kinds of non-perishable canned or boxed foods as well as health and hygiene items, preferably not in giant sizes. See www.echo-inc.org for an up-to-date list of specific needs.

    Graduate Recognition

    We will be recognizing our graduates on Sunday, May 31. Please email Pastor Stephen graduate information for all high school and college/grad. school graduates (name, school graduating from, future plans) as soon as possible so we can make sure to recognize everyone. Thanks!

    Receive the Church Prayer List

    To receive our weekly "Prayer Concerns" email, please send an email to prayer@westwood-baptist.org and ask to be added to the distribution list. You may also send any prayer concerns that you would like to be on the list to the same address.

    Coronavirus Fund

    The Finance Committee has established a new designated fund designed to help those affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. If you have received your check from the stimulus fund and do not need it, consider donating a portion to this fund. The Community Involvement Ministry Group will research and distribute the money to individuals and/or organizations who are in need.

    UPDATE - May 8, 2020

    Hello Westwood! We hope you had a great week and are ready for the weekend! This e-mail is a run-down of everything happening.

    Please note that we have added a new survey! Click the link and let us know your thoughts on returning to worship. We would like your response by Monday night if possible.

    Please join us this Sunday Morning for worship at 11:00 on Facebook Live. Invite your friends to watch as well!

    Continuing Ways to Connect Each Week (Email for Zoom links)

    Sunday School - Several classes (adults and youth) are meeting via Zoom. If you would like to join a class, please e-mail Pastor Stephen for info.

    Sunday Worship - Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on FACEBOOK LIVE

    Youth Sunday Night Live! - No SNL! this Sunday due to Mother’s Day.

    Wednesday Night Bible Study - Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Kid’s Time with Pastor Bryan - Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Eat Dinner Together Virtually! - Friday or Saturday night find someone to connect with over dinner!

    This Week (Email for Zoom links)

    Men on Mission

    Our next Men-on-Mission fellowship will, once again, be online with ZOOM on Saturday, May 9. Sign on a little before 7:30 a.m. to ensure things will work. The lesson is titled "The Creed of Greed" and is based on Luke 12:13-21. It’s a familiar story but always worth discussing.

    Youth Mystery Mondays - Monday, May 11 8:30 p.m. on ZOOM

    Youth Small Groups (Email for Zoom links)

    Here is the Youth Small Group meeting schedule through May:

    High School Girls Small Group - Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

    Youth Guys Small Group - Thursdays at 7 p.m.

    Middle School Girls Small Group - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

    Church Survey!

    We would like your thoughts on re-opening Westwood. Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey which will help us understand what you’re thinking. The survey is anonymous and takes just a minute or two to complete. The more people who answer the better!

    Click here to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WBC-R2C

    Kids’ Worship Guides

    Kids! Here is the link for the worship bulletin we usually provide on Sunday mornings. Click here and print it out! https://illustratedmin.s3.amazonaws.com/weekly-resources/Easter-Week5.pdf

    Graduate Recognition

    We will be recognizing our graduates on Sunday, May 31. Please email Pastor Stephen graduate information for all high school and college/grad. school graduates (name, school graduating from, future plans) as soon as possible so we can make sure to recognize everyone. Thanks!

    Ladies Zoom Night

    Calling all women! Would you like to connect with other Westwood women in a relaxing environment? We’ll be offering a Zoom gathering on Sunday, May 17, at 8 p.m. Keep an eye out for an email this week with all the details!

    Receive the Church Prayer List

    To receive our weekly "Prayer Concerns" email, please send an email to prayer@westwood-baptist.org and ask to be added to the distribution list. You may also send any prayer concerns that you would like to be on the list to the same address.

    Coronavirus Fund

    The Finance Committee has established a new designated fund designed to help those affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. If you have received your check from the stimulus fund and do not need it, consider donating a portion to this fund. The Community Involvement Ministry Group will research and distribute the money to individuals and/or organizations who are in need.

    Reaching Out

    Do you have a story of how you are reaching out to your neighbors? Send an e-mail to Pastor Bryan or Pastor Stephen and let us know!

    Don Forester Scholarships

    Applications for this year’s Forester Scholarships are now available on the Westwood website. High school seniors and current college undergraduates are eligible to apply. Multiple $1,500 scholarships will be awarded this year. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their applications no later than May 15. Awards will be made in June. Contact Danny Purkey, Chair of the Forester Scholarship Committee, for more information.

    UPDATE - May 1, 2020

    Happy Friday, Westwood! We are so happy that you are part of our congregation. This is a run-down of everything happening at Westwood. Have a great weekend!

    Please join us this Sunday Morning for worship at 11:00 on Facebook Live. Invite your friends to watch as well!

    Communion Sunday! We will celebrate communion in our homes on Sunday. Please prepare your elements before our worship starts. You will need some sort of juice and some sort of bread.

    Continuing Ways to Connect Each Week (Email for Zoom links)

    Sunday School - Several classes (adults and youth) are meeting via Zoom. If you would like to join a class, please e-mail Pastor Stephen for info.

    Sunday Worship - Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on FACEBOOK LIVE

    Youth Sunday Night Live! - Sundays at 6:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Wednesday Night Bible Study - NEW TIME! Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Kid’s Time with Pastor Bryan - Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Eat Dinner Together Virtually! - Friday or Saturday night find someone to connect with over dinner!

    This Week (Email for Zoom links)

    Hymn Sing - Sunday, May 3 2:00 pm on Facebook Live. Click here for the Hymn Sheets.

    Youth Mystery Mondays - Monday, May 4 8:30 p.m. on ZOOM

    Church Visioning Council Meeting - Tuesday, May 5 7:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Youth Small Groups (Email for Zoom links)

    Here is the Youth Small Group meeting schedule through May:

  • High School Girls Small Group - Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
  • Youth Guys Small Group - Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Middle School Girls Small Group - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Receive the Church Prayer List

    To receive our weekly "Prayer Concerns" email, please send an email to prayer@westwood-baptist.org and ask to be added to the distribution list. You may also send any prayer concerns that you would like to be on the list to the same address.

    Coronavirus Fund

    The Finance Committee has established a new designated fund designed to help those affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. If you have received your check from the stimulus fund and do not need it, consider donating a portion to this fund. The Community Involvement Ministry Group will research and distribute the money to individuals and/or organizations who are in need.

    Reaching Out

    Do you have a story of how you are reaching out to your neighbors? Send an e-mail to Pastor Bryan or Pastor Stephen and let us know!

    Don Forester Scholarships

    Applications for this year’s Forester Scholarships are now available on the Westwood website. High school seniors and current college undergraduates are eligible to apply. Multiple $1,500 scholarships will be awarded this year. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their applications no later than May 15. Awards will be made in June. Contact Danny Purkey, Chair of the Forester Scholarship Committee, for more information.

    UPDATE - April 24, 2020

    Happy Friday Westwood! We hope this e-mail finds you well. There is A LOT of information in this e-mail. Please read it all or you might miss something!

    Please join us this Sunday Morning for worship at 11:00 on Facebook Live. Invite your friends to watch as well!

    Continuing Ways to Connect Each Week (Email for Zoom links)

    Sunday School - Several classes are meeting via Zoom. If you would like to join a class, please e-mail Pastor Stephen for info.

    Sunday Worship - Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on FACEBOOK LIVE

    Youth Sunday Night Live! - Sundays at 6:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Wednesday Night Bible Study - Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on ZOOM

    Kid’s Time with Pastor Bryan - Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. on ZOOM

    Eat Dinner Together Virtually! - Friday or Saturday night find someone to connect with over dinner!

    Help Hand Out Weekend Snack Bags at Irving Middle School

    We have committed to help pack and hand out Weekend Snack Bags for Irving Middle School through the end of the school year. We need people to sign up to come to Irving on Fridays to hand out bags to students and families that need them. If you are interested in helping please click the link below and sign up for a date! A great opportunity to get out of the house and help!

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094DA5AE29A7FF2-irving1

    Men on Mission, April 25 at 7:30 a.m. via Zoom

    This Saturday (4/25), we will have our Men-on-Mission fellowship via Zoom at 7:30 a.m. The lesson is called "Power Drive" and is based on Matthew 20:20-28.

    Email for Zoom link.

    Hymn Sing This Sunday, April 26

    Join us again this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. on Facebook Live for a hymn sing with Pat and Olga! Click Here for the Hymn Sheets for April 26 Hymn Sing

    Youth Small Groups (Email for Zoom links)

    Here is the Youth Small Group meeting schedule through April:

  • High School Girls Small Group - Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
  • Youth Guys Small Group - Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Middle School Girls Small Group - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Join the Church Prayer List

    To receive our weekly "Prayer Concerns" email, please send an email to prayer@westwood-baptist.org and ask to be added to the distribution list. You may also send any prayer concerns that you would like to be on the list to the same address.

    Coronavirus Fund

    The Finance Committee has established a new designated fund designed to help those affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. If you have received your check from the stimulus fund and do not need it, consider donating a portion to this fund. The Community Involvement Ministry Group will research and distribute the money to individuals and/or organizations who are in need.

    An ECHO story...

    We received this e-mail from a Westwood family who took the suggestion to organize a neighborhood food drive to heart!

    On Sunday, our daughter designed a flyer that we left in the mailboxes of the 10 other homes on our block. We included a list of most needed items and ECHO’s hours and address, in case people wanted to go themselves, but said we would be happy to deliver contributions left on our porch. We had 3 neighbors drop off donations and each was appreciative of ECHO and the offer. We met (at a safe distance) one couple we hadn’t before. So, I would say it was a good experience. We may offer again in a week or so.

    Do you have a story of how you are reaching out to your neighbors? Send an e-mail to Pastor Bryan or Pastor Stephen and let us know!

    Global Missions Offering

    We will continue to receive our Global Missions Offering through April. You may give online (select Spring Global Missions from the fund list) or by sending a check to the church in the mail (designate Global Missions Offering in the memo line). The distribution of these gifts will be as follows: CBF Global Missions 75%; Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 5%; Baptist World Alliance 4%; ServeTrust (India) 4%; BGAV State Missions (Alma Hunt) 4%; ECHO 4%; NorthStar (Dorothy Allport Offering) 4%.

    Don Forester Scholarships

    Applications for this year’s Forester Scholarships are now available on the Westwood website. High school seniors and current college undergraduates are eligible to apply. Multiple $1,500 scholarships will be awarded this year. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their applications no later than May 15. Awards will be made in June. Contact Danny Purkey, Chair of the Forester Scholarship Committee, for more information.

    UPDATE - April 17, 2020

    Happy Friday Westwood! We hope you have had a great week. There is A LOT of information in this e-mail. Please read it all or you might miss something!

    Please join us this Sunday Morning for worship at 11 a.m. on Facebook Live (facebook.com/WestwoodBaptist). Invite your friends to watch as well! Remember, you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch!

    Continuing Ways to Connect Each Week (Email for Zoom links)

    Sunday School - Several Classes are Meeting via Zoom. Your teacher will be in touch! If you would like to join a class, please e-mail Pastor Stephen for info.

    Sunday Worship - Sundays at 11 a.m. FACEBOOK LIVE (facebook.com/WestwoodBaptist)

    Youth Sunday Night Live! - Sunday at 6 p.m. on Zoom

    Wednesday Night Bible Study - Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

    Kid’s Time with Pastor Bryan –Thursdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom

    Eat Dinner Together Virtually! - Friday or Saturday night find someone to connect with over dinner!

    This Sunday, April 19

    Youth Planning Team Meeting (Adults) - 12:15 p.m. (check Rallyhood for details and the Zoom meeting link)

    Hymn Sing with Pat Close and Olga Teutler - 2 p.m. on Facebook Live - CLICK HERE for the Hymn Sheets

    Youth Small Groups (Email for Zoom links)

    Here is the Youth Small Group meeting schedule through April:

  • High School Girls Small Group - Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
  • Youth Guys Small Group - Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Middle School Girls Small Group - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Join the Church Prayer List

    To receive our weekly "Prayer Concerns" email, please send an email to prayer@westwood-baptist.org and ask to be added to the distribution list. You may also send any prayer concerns that you would like to be on the list to the same address.

    Church Conference Voting Report

    Thank you to everyone who voted and participated in the town hall about Westwood’s participation in the Paycheck Protection Program. The motion was approved 77-9.

    Coronavirus Fund

    The Finance Committee has established a new designated fund designed to help those affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. If you have received your check from the stimulus fund and do not need it, consider donating a portion to this fund. The Community Involvement Ministry Group will research and distribute the money to individuals and/or organizations who are in need.

    3 Things to Do for ECHO NOW

    ECHO is experiencing unprecedented demand by our neighbors for rent and food. How can you help?

    1. Send a check (7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield VA 22150) or use PayPal (http://www.echo-inc.org)

    2. Purchase food and drop off at ECHO or order and ship food items to ECHO. Website has the most up-to-date needed list: http://www.echo-inc.org

    3. Kids bored? Make signs or flyers organizing a neighborhood food drive, distribute to neighbors, deliver food items to ECHO!

    Global Missions Offering

    We will continue to receive our Global Missions Offering through April. You may give online (select Spring Global Missions from the fund list) or by sending a check to the church in the mail (designate Global Missions Offering in the memo line). The distribution of these gifts will be as follows: CBF Global Missions 75%; Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 5%; Baptist World Alliance 4%; ServeTrust (India) 4%; BGAV State Missions (Alma Hunt) 4%; ECHO 4%; NorthStar (Dorothy Allport Offering) 4%.

    Don Forester Scholarships

    Applications for this year’s Forester Scholarships are now available on the Westwood website. High school seniors and current college undergraduates are eligible to apply. Multiple $1,500 scholarships will be awarded this year. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their applications no later than May 15. Awards will be made in June. Contact Danny Purkey, Chair of the Forester Scholarship Committee, for more information.

    John Leland Center for Theological Studies Online Open House

    You’re invited to a virtual open house! Come and see online what is new at Leland on Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. RSVP to kmckown@leland.edu and you will receive the Zoom link. For more information, visit www.leland.edu.

    UPDATE - April 10, 2020

    Hey everyone! There is A LOT of information in this e-mail. Please read it all or you might miss something!

  • Please join us on Easter Sunday for worship at 11 a.m. and an Organ Concert at 2 p.m. Join both events on Facebook Live (facebook.com/WestwoodBaptist)
  • Also, if you would like, please take some time this weekend to walk the Virtual Labyrinth –Click here to access: https://vimeo.com/406007577
  • Don’t Forget to send your "Christ is Risen!" video to Pastor Bryan
  • Continuing Ways to Connect Each Week (Email for Zoom links)

    NEW! Men on Mission –Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom

    Sunday School - Several Classes are Meeting via Zoom. Your teacher will be in touch! If you would like to join a class, please e-mail Pastor Stephen for info.

    Sunday Worship - Sundays at 11 a.m. FACEBOOK LIVE (facebook.com/WestwoodBaptist)

    TIME CHANGE THIS WEEK! Youth Sunday Night Live! - Sunday at 4 p.m. on Zoom

    Wednesday Night Bible Study - Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

    TIME CHANGE! Kid’s Time with Pastor Bryan –Thursdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom

    Eat Dinner Together Virtually! - Friday or Saturday night find someone to connect with over dinner!

    Looking Ahead

  • Sunday, April 19 Hymn Sing with Pat Close and Olga Teutler 2:00 pm on Facebook Live
  • Youth Small Groups (Email for Zoom links)

    Here is the Youth Small Group meeting schedule through April:

  • High School Girls Small Group - Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
  • Youth Guys Small Group - Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Middle School Girls Small Group - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Church Conference and Voting

    On Thursday night you should have received an e-mail from the Finance Committee and Church Visioning Council about Westwood participating in the Paycheck Protection Program. Here are the details:

  • We are going to host a virtual town hall for anyone who has questions on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. (Email for link)
  • Voting for church members on the motion will be done through Survey Monkey (Email for link) Voting will take place until midnight on Tuesday, April 14th.
  • Limited Church Office Hours

    The Church staff has begun working from home as much as possible. This means the building will remain closed and we ask people to please NOT enter the building during this time. If do you have to enter the building for ANY reason, please call the office and let us know when you are arriving and what area of the building you will be in. The office phones are being checked every hour during business hours (8:30-3:30 Monday –Thursday and 8:30 –12:30 on Fridays). Also, you can reach any staff member via e-mail or phone.

    Global Missions Offering

    Our Global Missions Offering will be received through Easter. You may give online (select Spring Global Missions from the fund list) or by sending a check to the church in the mail (designate Global Missions Offering in the memo line). The distribution of these gifts will be as follows: CBF Global Missions 75%; Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 5%; Baptist World Alliance 4%; ServeTrust (India) 4%; BGAV State Missions (Alma Hunt) 4%; ECHO 4%; NorthStar (Dorothy Allport Offering) 4%.

    Don Forester Scholarships

    Applications for this year’s Forester Scholarships are now available on the Westwood website. High school seniors and current college undergraduates are eligible to apply. Multiple $1,500 scholarships will be awarded this year. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their applications no later than May 15. Awards will be made in June. Contact Danny Purkey, Chair of the Forester Scholarship Committee, for more information.

    ECHO Needs

    The ECHO food pantry is currently experiencing high demand, and supplies need replenishing as they expect demand to continue to grow in the immediate future. ECHO will be accepting only donations of food, health/cleaning products, and financial contributions. Please do not bring clothing items. Food and health items, especially hand sanitizer and wipes, may be (1) dropped off at the ECHO donation door (7205 Old Keene Mill Rd. Springfield, VA 22150) Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am- 12:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; or (2) left in the grey box outside the church office. (3) Financial donations may be dropped off at ECHO; made on their website www.echo-inc.org using the Donate Money tab; or by a check marked ECHO on the memo line mailed to the church. ECHO is grateful for community contributions to aid their clients (and our neighbors), many of whom are in work situations where leave is not covered by other means.

    Dick Marvin - ECHO Liaison for Westwood

    UPDATE - April 3, 2020 - 10:34 a.m.

    Hey everyone! Welcome to this week’s Friday Update. There is A LOT of information in this update. Please read it all or you might miss something! We have a lot going on as we enter Holy Week. Please join us for as many of these connection points as possible. If you have any questions, please contact us at the church office.

    Continuing Ways to Connect Each Week

    Sunday School - Several Classes are Meeting via Zoom. Your teacher will be in touch! If you would like to join a class, please e-mail Pastor Stephen for info.

    Sunday Worship - Sundays at 11 a.m. FACEBOOK LIVE (facebook.com/WestwoodBaptist)

    Youth Sunday Night Live! - Sundays 6 p.m. ZOOM (email for link)

    Wednesday Night Bible Study - Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. ZOOM (email for link)

    Kid’s Time with Pastor Bryan - Thursdays at 2 p.m. ZOOM (email for link)

    Eat Dinner Together Virtually! - Friday or Saturday night, find someone to connect with over dinner!

    Holy Week Schedule

    Palm Sunday, April 5

    •Worship on FACEBOOK LIVE at 11 a.m.

    •Gospel Hymn Sing on FACEBOOK LIVE at 2 p.m. (Click here for the hymn sheets)

    Wednesday of Holy Week, April 8

    •Bible Study with Pastor Stephen on ZOOM (email for link) at 6:30 p.m.

    Maundy Thursday, April 9

    •Communion Worship on FACEBOOK LIVE at 7 p.m. We are asking everyone to prepare their own bread and juice/wine. Instructions will be e-mailed.

    Good Friday, April 10

    •We are asking everyone to complete the Stations of the Cross videos that will be e-mailed on Good Friday morning.

    Easter Sunday, April 12

    •Worship on FACEBOOK LIVE at 11 a.m.

    •Easter Organ Concert on FACEBOOK LIVE at 2 p.m.

    Youth Small Groups

    Here is the Youth Small Group meeting schedule through April:

    •High School Girls Small Group - Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

    •Youth Guys Small Group - Thursdays at 7 p.m.

    •Middle School Girls Small Group - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

    (Email for links)

    Ask Me Anything

    Pastor Bryan will be hosting a FACEBOOK LIVE AMA this Saturday, April 4, at 11 a.m. We can chat about whatever you like. Just post your question in the comments. Everyone is welcome!

    Palms

    Prior to our current worship situation we ordered palms for use in worship on Palm Sunday. We will not be using these in worship this Sunday, so we want to make them available for you to place on your door. The Palms will be placed on the bench outside door number 3 at the church starting at noon on Friday. You may come by anytime on Friday afternoon or Saturday and pick up a few to decorate your door. Let people know you are celebrating Palm Sunday!

    Gospel Hymn Sing

    This Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m. Pat and Olga will be hosting a Gospel Hymn Sing on Facebook Live! Click here for the song sheets. Pat and Olga will lead the hymns and you can sing as loud as you want in your living room!

    Limited Church Office Hours

    The Church staff has begun working from home as much as possible. This means the building will remain closed and we ask people to please NOT enter the building during this time. If do you have to enter the building for ANY reason, please call the office and let us know when you are arriving and what area of the building you will be in. The office phones are being checked every hour during business hours (8:30-3:30 Monday - Thursday and 8:30 - 12:30 on Fridays). Also, you can reach any staff member via e-mail or phone.

    ECHO Needs

    The ECHO food pantry is currently experiencing high demand, and supplies need replenishing as they expect demand to continue to grow in the immediate future. ECHO will be accepting only donations of food, health/cleaning products, and financial contributions. Please do not bring clothing items. Food and health items, especially hand sanitizer and wipes, may be (1) dropped off at the ECHO donation door (7205 Old Keene Mill Rd. Springfield, VA 22150) Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; or (2) left in the grey box outside the church office. Financial donations may be dropped off at ECHO; made on their website (www.echo-inc.org) using the Donate Money tab; or by a check marked ECHO on the memo line mailed to the church. ECHO is grateful for community contributions to aid their clients (and our neighbors), many of whom are in work situations where leave is not covered by other means.

    Dick Marvin - ECHO Liaison for Westwood

    UPDATE - March 27, 2020 - 11:16 a.m.

    Hello Everyone! Here is your Friday Update from Westwood. Please scroll through and see whats happening and how you can stay connected. As you may have heard, Governor Northam issued an executive order which prohibits gatherings over 10 people through April 23. As a result, your Church Visioning Council has voted to keep Westwood closed through the 23rd of April or until such time as the Governor rescinds the executive order. This is a tough time for all of us. But we do not need to be IN the church to BE the church. Find ways to reach out and be the presence of Christ right where you are. I hope to "see" you on Sunday!

    Pastor Bryan

    Ways To Connect This Coming Week

    Sunday School - Several Classes are Meeting via Zoom. Your teacher will be in touch! If you would like to join a class please e-mail Pastor Stephen for info.

    Sunday Worship - March 29th 11:00 am FACEBOOK LIVE (facebook.com/WestwoodBaptist)

    Youth Sunday Night Live! - March 29th 6:00 pm ZOOM (email for link)

    Wednesday Night Bible Study - April 1st 6:30 pm ZOOM (email for link)

    Irving Middle School Project

    We have been asked to fill 1,000 weekend snack bags for students who need food and to help[ distribute those bags on Friday mornings at Irving. We will be doing the packing on Sunday, March 29th from 1:00 - 5:00. We will use Signup Genius to create 30 minute shifts of 7 people only. We will make sure everyone practices good distancing habits while here so join us!

    Go here to sign up! signupgenius.com/go/805094DA5AE29A7FF2-irving

    Youth Small Groups

    Here is the Youth Small Group Zoom meeting schedule, through April:

    •High School Girls Small Group - Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

    •Youth Guys Small Group - Thursdays at 7 p.m.

    •Middle School Girls Small Group - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

    Contact the Church Office for more information.

    ECHO Needs

    The ECHO food pantry is currently experiencing high demand, and supplies need replenishing at this time as they expect demand to continue to grow in the immediate future. ECHO will be accepting only donations of food, health/cleaning products, and financial contributions. Please do not bring clothing items at this time. Food and health items, especially hand sanitizer and wipes, may be dropped off at the ECHO donation door (7205 Old Keene Mill Rd. Springfield, VA 22150) Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am- 12:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; or left in the grey box outside the church office. Financial donations may be dropped off at ECHO; made on their website (www.echo-inc.org) using the Donate Money tab; or by a check marked ECHO on the memo line mailed to the church. ECHO is grateful for community contributions to aid their clients (and our neighbors), many of whom are in work situations where leave is not covered by other means.

    Dick Marvin - ECHO Liaison for Westwood

    Women on a Mission Update

    The Women on a Mission had a great time at our March meeting. Thanks to everyone’s hard work we stuffed and sewed together 36 mastectomy pillows, which will be donated to the Women’s Hospital at Inova Fairfax. What an accomplishment! Thank you, ladies. We will not have our April meeting. We hope each of you is doing well during this stressful time.

    Judi Kern and Joy Earner

    Green Team Update

    Greetings from the Green Team, and welcome to your new normal! As Bryan discussed in his March 15 Facebook Live sermon, it’s always something. For the Israelites, it was water for themselves and their animals. For us, it’s the corona virus that’s complicating work and home life, not to mention our need to be together physically.

    Some are calling our current predicament the "Green Recession" because humans have not been treating God’s creation very well, resulting in freakish temperatures this winter of 92 degrees in Alaska and 65 in Antarctica.

    You know what you can do, too, because you are doing some of these things now: Drive less. Walk more. Eat less meat, more vegetables. Use less water. Shop sustainably. Use (way) less plastic. Recycle and compost. Turn your thermostat down 1 degree and put on a sweater instead.

    Carbon Offsets

    You can give a little bit back to our earth too. Carbon offsets allow individuals (and companies) to invest in environmental projects around the world in order to balance out their own carbon footprints.

    Each American averages a carbon footprint of 16.6 tons of CO2 per year. That is pure waste that you unfortunately can’t see, so it’s easy to ignore.

    Our carbon footprint is the sum total of how our everyday activities impact the environment, measured in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e). CO2 is one of the most powerful greenhouse gases. Understanding how big your carbon footprint is— or how much your lifestyle impacts the environment— is a key first step in living sustainably. You can’t manage what you don’t measure!

    Think of it in terms of getting a diagnosis of high cholesterol when you visit your doctor.

    1. Your doctor does a blood test to measure your cholesterol levels. (Carbon Footprint Calculator)

    2. If your cholesterol is high, the first thing you might do is try to lower it by changing your lifestyle, with things like exercising more or eating healthier. (Recycling, walking, using less electricity, etc.)

    3. If that’s not enough, you might also need to take medicine to help control your high cholesterol. (Carbon Offsets)

    Clean-up costs are hitting us now, and will certainly affect the lives of our children and grandchildren. You can buy carbon offsets from companies like terrapass.com for $5 per half-ton to fund projects like building wind farms or reducing landfill methane emissions. Also, you can buy renewable energy through Dominion Energy Green Power for a couple extra dollars per month: https://www.dominionenergy.com/home-and-small-business/renewable-energy-programs/va-green-power/green-power-for-my-home

    Please listen to Bryan when he says, "God’s always there to help us!"

    Dave Schmitz - Green Team Rep

    UPDATE - March 16, 2020 - 3:49 p.m.

    Dear Westwood Family,

    What a strange time we are living in. As I mentioned during our live-stream on Sunday morning – this is not normal. We can’t pretend that life is not weird right now - and we can’t pretend that it will be easy to go back to the way things were. The virus that we are all "social-distancing" from will be gone in due time. However, the consequences will affect us for many months to come. We need each other now more than ever. We need to be the church together now more than ever.

    This letter is designed to share with you what Westwood has planned for these next few weeks as we seek to build community. I hope you will take the time to read it and more importantly, find ways to join us as we continue to be the presence of Christ.

    Daily E-mails

    Beginning on Tuesday, March 17th I will be sending a daily e-mail devotional to everyone on our e-mail list each weekday. These e-mails will include scripture, prayers, and a brief devotional along with prayer requests. If you are not getting e-mails from us please send an e-mail to Martha Newman so we can put you on our list. If you would like to request a hard copy of these devotionals, please contact us at the church office and we will send you a batch of them every Friday.

    Kids Time with Pastor Bryan

    Starting on Thursday, March 19 I will be doing a ZOOM call with our kids each Thursday afternoon at 2:00. We will be reading a story and talking about it. We will use ZOOM so that kids can see each other on the conference. For the link to this call, please email us. We will also post a link on Facebook and via e-mail on each morning of the call so kids can log on, listen to a story, and connect with me and each other. Parents feel free to share this link with other families!

    Wednesday Bible Study

    Beginning this Wednesday, March 18th Pastor Stephen will be leading a Facebook Live Bible Study. Join him on Facebook Live at 6:30pm. You can also watch the video replay on our Facebook page if you can’t make it live.

    Sunday Morning Worship

    We will join together on Facebook Live each Sunday morning at 11:00. I strongly encourage you to join us live for these services. It’s important to "connect" with everyone. For those of you who were with us last Sunday, you know that the Holy Spirit bound us together in a unique way. The Spirit works in amazing ways and I am convinced that God is present with us in our time together. Please make Sunday mornings a priority by joining live if at all possible.

    Deacons Meetings

    During our time away from each other our Deacons will meet via ZOOM on a regular basis to touch base on family needs and to pray for our congregation. If you have a concern or a need please do not hesitate to reach out to your deacon.

    Youth Small Groups

    We are working with our Youth Small Group Leaders to be able to have small groups via ZOOM. Each small group leader will be in touch with their students to set up a schedule for meeting weekly.

    Virtual Dinner Parties

    We are encouraging you to try having a virtual dinner party every Friday night! Just pick another family or two, set a time, and join each other for dinner on-line. You can use Skype or Zoom or Facetime. You can also use Facebook Messenger video calls. It’s a great way to stay connected.

    Check on Your Neighbors

    Take some time this week to knock on the door of a neighbor or two. Just stand at the door and ask them if there is anything they might need. Write your name and phone number on a card to give to them. Chances are they won’t need anything, but you will have made a connection. Feel free to share the information about our Facebook Live worship times in case they might want to join us.

    Write a Note or Card

    With all the technology we are using, it’s still nice to get a note from someone! Take a moment two or three times during the week to write a note or card to a church member –especially ones who live alone or might just need a word of encouragement. If you have kids, have them draw pictures to send with the note!

    Giving

    Unfortunately, the expenses of our church continue. If you have not done so yet, please consider on-line giving. It’s quick and easy. Just go to our website and click the Online Giving link. Or, you can give via REALM. Just go to your profile and click give. Additionally, you can mail your check to the church office, or drop it by during office hours (M-Th 8:30-3:30; Friday 8:30-12:30).

    Be The Church

    As I mentioned on Sunday morning, we can continue to be the church even though we are not meeting together. Now is the time to reach out in love to each other and to those who are going to be affected by this pandemic. If you need help, please let us know! We already have offers from people who will go grocery shopping and run other errands as needed. Continue to pray for each other and for our world during these days.

    I am praying for all of you. I’m so happy to be your pastor!

    Bryan

    UPDATE - March 13, 2020 - 9:03 p.m.

    Dear Westwood Family,

    Tonight your Church Visioning Council met via conference call and decided to close our building until March 31, 2020. What this means is:

  • We will not have Sunday School or Worship or SNL on March 15, 22, or 29
  • March Music Sunday will become June Music Sunday
  • All activities in our building will be suspended with the exception of Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous
  • Mama Mia's will be postponed
  • Mother's Day Out will be closed as long as Fairfax Public Schools are closed
  • IBR Congregation will not meet in our building during this time
  • The Church Office will be open in case members need to reach out, but we will be limiting visitors
  • We will be cleaning the building during this time to make sure our facilities are sanitary
  • Here are some things to remember:

  • I will be doing a devotional on Facebook Live each Sunday at 11:00am. You can join us by going to https://www.facebook.com/WestwoodBaptist. We might be doing additional devotionals and Bible Studies so stay tuned.
  • Please forward this message and reach out so that everyone in our congregation knows about our decision.
  • Our Finance Committee wants to remind you that our cash-flow need does not end. Please consider going online to set up online giving OR mail in your regular gift. The online giving link is: onrealm.org/WestwoodBaptist/-/give/now
  • If you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the church or your deacon - or contact me directly.
  • Please check up on each other! We are entering some potentially tough days. We want everyone in our congregation to feel connected and loved!
  • I know these are hard times. It hurts that we will not be together for three Sundays. However, right now, this is how we love our neighbor as ourselves.
  • You will be hearing from me again soon. I hope to see you on Facebook Live this Sunday at 11:00. Until then, take care of each other!

    I am so happy to be your pastor!

    Bryan

    UPDATE - March 13, 2020 - 12:23 p.m.

    Dear Westwood Family,

    What a week it has been. The Covid-19 virus has begun to change our lives in ways that we could not have imagined just a few days ago. I need to share with you several updates regarding life at Westwood. Please take a moment to read this note and share it with others who need to see it.

  • At this point, we WILL have Sunday School and Worship on Sunday. Our March Music presentation will go on as planned. If this changes before Sunday we will let you know.
  • Beginning this Sunday we will no longer have a greeting time in the worship service. If you are greeting people in the Narthex before or after worship, please try to not shake hands and keep an appropriate distance. A smile and a wave work well!
  • Also, starting this Sunday we will no longer be passing the Red Books or the Offering Plates during worship. Instead, plates or baskets will be available at the end of service for you to drop your offering in them. If you have not done so yet, please consider setting up online giving. Just go to this web-page and follow the instructions: onrealm.org/WestwoodBaptist/-/give/now I encourage you to think about making your gift automatic so you don't even have to think about it.
  • Our Greeters have been instructed to open doors for you as you enter the church. Additionally, we will prop open as many doors as possible so you don't have to touch door handles.
  • We will broadcast the service on Facebook Live starting at 11:00. If you are on Facebook, go to our page and press the "like" button so we will show up in your feed. If you are not on Facebook you can still watch online! Just go here on Sunday Morning: facebook.com/WestwoodBaptist/ You will have to scroll down to read the latest post and see the live-stream.
  • We ask that if you are feeling ill on Sunday, please do not come to church. We have a large vulnerable population and caring for them is our first priority.
  • We understand if you feel you need to stay home this Sunday (even if you are not feeling ill). We will see you online!
  • Finally, please check on each other! With people self- isolating, we need community more than ever. If you feel the Spirit prompting you to reach out to someone - please do so! No one should feel alone during these days.
  • These are indeed scary times. But we do not need to be scared people. I'm reminded of this verse from Isaiah 41:10:

    Don’t panic. I’m with you.

    There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.

    I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.

    I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. (The Message Translation)

    God does have a grip on us. Thanks be to God.

    Pastor Bryan

    UPDATE - March 11, 2020 - 3:49 p.m.

    "Faith, Hope, Love, and Coronavirus"

    Earlier this week I wrote a letter to our active deacons about how we can serve in a world that’s gone crazy with fear. I wanted to share a little of those thoughts with you as we move deeper into the unknown with COVID-19.

    First of all, know that we are taking wise precautions to do our part to limit the spread of this virus. We are not going to panic –but we will try and be smart. Remember, check our Facebook page for regular updates.

    The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13 that in the end, after all the fear, all the worry, all the striving, all the "trying to do my best" –three things remain. Faith. Hope. Love.

    We start with FAITH. Faith is that acknowledgement that someone other than us is in control. Faith means putting our trust in the God who created us and this world. Faith is a decision to follow the example of Christ – no matter how strange it may seem in the moment. Faith is a recognition that our past, our present, and our future are all wrapped up in the purpose and plan of God.

    Faith is what leads to HOPE. Without faith, there is no hope. Hope is not wishful thinking. It is instead an undeniable assurance that all is well, all is well, and all manner of things will be well. Hope allows us to not become swamped in fear. It reminds us that God’s “got this” and we don’t have to worry. In fact, all we have to do is rest in the confidence of hope.

    And it is this hope that allows us to LOVE –which Paul reminds us is the greatest of the three. We can love because we have faith and because we have hope. Our faith leads to hope, our hope leads to love, and love is what allows us to open ourselves and serve those around us.

    The world, and your neighbors, could use some love right now. Fear, especially fear of the unknown, can drive people to do some pretty crazy things. (Have you TRIED to buy toilet paper?) Our call as Christians is to be the presence of Christ in the world. This means living in hope and serving in Love.

    Are there things you can do to show love when the world is falling apart? Think of ways to get out of the fear and reach out to those who need to know that they are cared for and loved. I have a feeling your own fear will decrease as a result.

    Pastor Bryan

    UPDATE - March 7, 2020 - 6:32 a.m.

    IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM PASTOR BRYAN

    Hey everyone! I wanted to give you a brief update about the Covid-19 virus and its impacts on Westwood. As you may have heard, this virus seems to impact vulnerable populations more than others. In fact, the CDC tells us that 80% of people who contract the virus will see very mild symptoms. However, we do have members of our congregation who fall into the "vulnerable population" category. We care about these individuals and want to do everything we can to protect them.

    So, here are some steps you can take and we as a church are taking to help limit the spread of Covid-19:

    1. Be people of prayer, not people of panic. When you find yourself listening to too much news coverage or to someone who is sensationalizing, stop and pray. Pray for the spread to slow. Pray for front-line health care workers. Pray for people you know. Prayer is the first step to cutting down fear.

    2. If you are sick, stay home. We love you and want to see you - but we don't want you to spread what you've got! This goes for the regular old flu as well. We know you will be back with us as soon as you are well.

    3. Practice good health habits. We have several hand-sanitizers around the church but the best way to stop the spread of anything is to wash your hands! Robin has a sign up in our bathroom that reads "Wash your hands and say your prayers because Jesus and germs are everywhere." Good advice for all of us!

    4. Make sure the church has your e-mail address and that you have "liked" our Facebook page. These are the primary ways we will communicate with you.

    5. Last Sunday we started replacing handshakes during our Greeting Time with fist bumps or waves. We will continue to do so. When you see someone on Sunday and want to greet them, just give them a first bump or a wave. If there are other things we do at Westwood that need to be modified we will let you know.

    6. If you have not done so already, please consider electronic giving. You can set up a regular gift so when you are away for vacation, sports games, or illness you don't have to worry about it. To check out electronic giving just go to our web-page, westwood-baptist.org, and click the "give" button. Then follow the directions for a one-time or on-going gift. You can also set up electronic giving from your REALM account.

    Again, we want to be a people of prayer, not a people of panic. But we also want to show love and care for those in our church who might be more vulnerable to this virus. Thank you for your help. I'll see you on Sunday - one hour earlier!

    I love being your pastor!

    Sincerely,

    Pastor Bryan

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