Christmas Cookie Walk

The Annual Cookie Walk will be December 2nd from 9am to 2pm in the Family Life Center.  Booth space is available by contacting Cathy Jo at 219-608-4747.

Cookies will be yummy

All are Welcome

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October Words from the Pastor

Greetings Westville UMC Family!

My family and I are so very blessed to be a part of this great family!  This is an amazing congregation.  As I get to know everyone better, I just praise God for having the opportunity to serve here.

As we go into October, as Westville United Methodist Church, we have a lot to celebrate.  This coming year we will celebrate our 150th Anniversary throughout the whole year.  We are planning a potluck on Sunday, October 22nd after worship.  Food, fun, fellowship, and sharing ideas for celebrating our 150th Anniversary.  Please come with your ideas and bring food!

I would like to recognize and give “Thanks” for the many ways that God works through Westville UMC:

When Hurricane Harvey decided to damage Texas, our Resale Shop stepped up and sent all of their summer clothes to Texas.  What an amazing group of volunteers!  The store looks amazing.  Remember, they can always use help if you have time to donate, please contact the Resale Shop.

The Farmer’s Market on Monday evenings has given us a chance to meet people in our community.  Members of this congregation and members of the community bring produce and other items to share with one another.  What a great way to give.  I am sorry to see this end as we go into Fall.  Thank you to everyone who played a part in this ministry.

Our “Care & Share” backpack ministry is up and running.  We are currently providing food for about 43 students each week.  Thank you to everyone who has donated food items, their time, and money to make this ministry a reality.  Thank you to the Resale Shop for providing funds to help with this ministry, as well.  You are invited to help keep this ministry going week after week.

Thank you for stepping up and helping to pay off the mortgage on our Family Life Center.  We are more than halfway there.  If you are able to give a little beyond your regular giving, please do.  Once we have paid this mortgage off, we will be able to focus on Missions.

Thank you to all of our current leaders for staying in your position of leadership for at least one more year as I get more accustomed to Westville UMC.  I am truly amazed by our leadership here.  Thank you to Marian McCuen for stepping up to chair our Missions’ Team and to Missy Buehrer for saying “Yes” to leading our youth.

As we continue to move forward, don’t ever forget that with everything going on in this world, along with our own personal concerns, we are not alone.  The Great Shepherd walks with us every day on our journey.  Keep these words from Jesus in your heart:  “…surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).  Reach out, take His hand, and let Him be your guide every moment of every day.

Love & Blessings to you and yours,  Pastor Cathy Allison

 

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Words from the Pastor

 

Greetings Westville UMC Family!              IMG_2849

It’s hard to believe how time is flying by.  It seems like I just wrote the August Pastoral Letter for the Word and now I’m writing it for September.  I hope this letter finds you well and looking forward to Fall.  Fall is my favorite season.  Nature’s colors just burst into our lives with all their magnificence.  Take time for yourself to slow down and enjoy the scenery before it passes you by.

There are many things that I want to write about in this letter.  Hopefully, it will all fit.  These are not in order of importance.

First, I want to share that I am doing a sermon series on “An Ordinary Day with Jesus.”  Do you take Jesus with you throughout your day?  When you rise?  When you go to bed?  While you work?  While you play? And so on.  This sermon series will start on Sunday, September 10th.

Second, a few weeks ago I talked about holding Bible classes for different age groups.  The Bible class is called “Journey to the Center of the Bible.”  This class will help us to understand how to read the Bible; how it came to be; the authors; how it’s broken down; and so on.  Look for more information to come in the near future.

Third, I have set Sunday mornings aside, for the time being, for a “Meet & Greet with your Pastor” (Couldn’t think of a better title, so there you have it).  This will start on Sunday, August 27th.   We will meet in the Family Life Center from 9:00a.m.—until 9:50a.m.  I want to get to know you, whether you are a member of Westville UMC or not.  I don’t want to take anyone away from their Sunday School Class.  If a Sunday School Class would like me to “Meet & Greet” the whole class some Sunday, let me know and I will put it on the calendar.  Let’s take time to get to know one another better; let’s take time to build relationships.

Finally, because of the current events of our day & age, we need God more than ever.  I plan on intentionally giving us more opportunities to come together and pray for our country and for our world.  Would you like more days where the Sanctuary is open for everyone to come in and pray throughout the day?  Would you like to have specific times set up where we gather together during the week for devotion; worship; and prayer?   Let me know what your thoughts are or what God has placed on your heart.

We are the church at all times, no matter where we are or who we are with, we are the church.  Proverbs 3:5, 6 says, “Trust in the LORD will all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge HIM, and HE will make your paths straight.”  Don’t despair!  God is with us!

Love & Blessings to you and yours, Pastor Cathy Allison

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Westville United Methodist Church

Service Times Sunday Morning:

9 am Sunday School  for all ages

10:am to 10:13 am Social Time

10:15 am Church Service Sanctuary

Office Email: secretarywumc@csinet.net

 

Office Hours Monday – Wednesday 8-3pm & Thurs. 8 to noon – Pastor

Secretary Monday -Thurs. 5:15 – 7:15pm

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Hours & Info
(219) 785-2314
Sunday School 9 am
Worship Church Service 10:15am

Church Office Hours:
3:15 PM to 7:15 PM