SATURDAY EVENING ZOOM SOCIALS CONTINUE SATURDAY AT 5:00 PM
For all of us who are able to make Saturday at 5 pm, it will be lovely to see you at our weekly WHCC Saturday Social. If there is any good thing at all to come out of our current situation, it will be that we are spending time together and making some new friendships which may not have happened otherwise.
Here’s how you can join us on Zoom. To join via your laptop/tablet/smartphone click here: SOCIAL GATHERING. To join via your telephone, call 669-900-6833 and then – when prompted for the Meeting ID – enter 834 932 1961.
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
Please join our virtual service this Sunday (May 24) at 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time Live on Facebook. The piano prelude starts at 9:45 am. Navigate to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/whccucc/) and wait for the live broadcast to start.
WORSHIP TEAM MEETING MAY 31 AT 11:30 AM
The May Worship Team meeting will be held this Sunday, May 31 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The meeting will be on Zoom. To attend, click on this link: WHCC WORSHIP TEAM.
The meeting will review our online worship experience to date, talk about our plans for summer worship, and preparations for our return to on-site worship in September. Questions? Contact Julie Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“DISCOVERING OUR CHOICES” MAY 31
On of the most dangerous aspects of codependency is that it makes you feel as if you were trapped in a miserable situation. We feel as if all of our choices have been taken away by something (or someone) beyond our control. It causes us to feel an overwhelming sense of hopelessness or despair.
The fact is that in nearly every area of our life we DO have some degree of choice. In order to realize that, however, we have to let go of the fears that would convince us otherwise.
How do we get to the place where we claim the choices we DO have in life?
Join us for Creating Healthy Relationships this Sunday (May 31) from 6:00-7:00 PM as Pastor Craig facilitates a conversation that helps address this question.
To attend on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on this link: CREATING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS. If the link doesn’t work for you, you can join by phone by calling 669-900-6833 and – when prompted for the Meeting ID – enter 181 714 179
ONLINE COFFEE HOUR ADDED AFTER SUNDAY SERVICE
WHCC has added a weekly coffee hour following the conclusion of the Sunday service. In order to attend via your computer, smartphone, or tablet; just click on this link: WHCC COFFEE HOUR.
If you have trouble getting on via your computer, smartphone, or tablet and would like to attend by telephone, just call 1-669-900-6833. When prompted for the Meeting ID, enter 826-1091-6453. When asked for the password, enter 355448.
3:00 PM COFFEE WEEKDAYS
WHCC is revising its coffee hour program. When it was started on March 23, the coffee was offered 7 days a week at 3:00 PM. As the programming needs evolved over the past five weeks, the Leadership Team and Pastor Craig decided to offer the coffee on weekdays only. The Saturday social will meet the need for community on Saturdays and Creating Healthy Relationships will meet the need for community on Sundays.
Pastor Craig will lead the coffees on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. A church participant will lead the coffees on Wednesdays and Thursdays (Pastor Craig’s days off).
To attend via your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on this link: WHCC COFFEE. If the link doesn’t work for you, you can join by phone by calling 669-900-6833 and – when prompted for the Meeting ID – enter 524 747 168.
MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY JUNE 1
WHCC has a weekly Bible study on Monday nights. Each week we look at the four lectionary (or assigned) readings for the upcoming Sunday. The Bible study not only gives us new Progressive tools for reading Scripture: it also helps enrich our worship experience for the following Sunday. This Monday we’ll be looking at the four pieces of Scripture: Psalm 8: 1-9, Genesis 1:1-2:4a, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, and Matthew 28:16-20 Pastor Craig leads the Bible study.
“THE WAY” MEETS JUNE 2 AT 9:00 AM
“DOES GOD EXIST?”
This week, “the Way” (WHCC’s alternative worship gathering) will explore a wonderful and provocative devotion by Marchae Grair titled “Does God Exist?”. The devotion is based upon 1 Corinthians 13:13.
BI-ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING JUNE 28
Make sure you are in (Zoom) church on June 28th. All members of the church are needed to vote on three very important issues that will impact the future of our church
First, two leadership team members are going off the team and are being replaced. The congregations needs to vote to approve Lyn Owen, who is taking over Position 3 for Nita Standke, and Walter Nasarenko who is taking over for Position 4, Larry Moad. Secondly, we need to vote for Pastor Craig’s new call. We are thrilled that he chose to stay with us, and we need to make it official. Third, and possibly most importantly, we need to approve the budget for the second half of 2020. We passed a 6 month budget in January, and now it’s time to approve the budget for the rest of the year. Please attend via Zoom on June 28th. Those on the phone or on Facebook will have a much harder time casting a vote.
SECOND SUNDAY BRUNCH UPDATE
Due to the current situation and the need for social distancing they are postponing fundraisers until further notice. We can still visit them to show our support with curbside pick up and delivery options….and you can do it on your own schedule for now! They have a menu on line, and some great specials too- please join us in letting them know you’re from the Second Sunday Brunch Crowd and thank them for their support! Once this has passed, we’ll get the Brunch program back up and running.
PARTICIPANT DIRECTORY BRINGING US TOGETHER
During the “stay at home” order, we have learned the importance of the Participant Directory. You can find the directory by going to http://www.instantchurchdirectory.com and entering the email address on record with the church office and your password. If you would like to update your picture or your contact information, please contact the church office at email@example.com or 818-346-0820.
STAYING CONNECTED THROUGH THESE TIMES
Pastor Craig is working hard to keep the church as connected as possible during this time of physical distancing. With this in mind, he would like individuals to create a short 1-3 minute video on their smartphone or computer that could be posted to the church’s Facebook page. You can send a few words of hello and let folks know you are okay. Please send your video to Pastor Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org. This project will only work with participation from the people. If you would like to keep up with the latest developments at the church during this crisis, you can visit the church’s Facebook page: facebook.com/whccucc. When you find the page, make sure you “Follow” it. This will make it easier for you to follow the updates. Updates will come almost daily. The updates will include links so you can join us online for worship services and attend church programs and meetings. We hope you will visit this site often.
WAYS TO CONTINUE YOUR GIVING TO WHCC
While the physical gathering for Sunday worship may be interrupted for a while due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the church is still responsible for meeting its financial commitments. We hope you will continue to make your 2020 financial contribution to the church during the “stay at home” order. You can make your financial contribution to the church in one of three ways. First, you can mail your contribution to WHCC, 21338 Dumetz Rd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364. Second, you can make your contribution through the church website by clicking on the following link: GIVE TO WHCC. Third, you can have your bank or financial institution send a payment through its bill pay feature. The church is working very hard to be there for you in the midst of these challenging times. We hope you will be there for the church as well.
WRITTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS
If you have an upcoming event and would like to have it included in the Thursday email, Sunday bulletin and on the church website make sure you send a written announcement with all details to the church office at email@example.com by Tuesday at 5:00 PM. If an announcement is not provided to the church office, then no written notice of the event will appear in any of the church materials.
WEST VALLEY FOOD PANTRY
West Valley Food Pantry is in need of volunteers to help out during this difficult time of increasing need. While the Food Pantry is still giving out food to those in need, they are doing so observing all of the safety requirements necessary. They have particular needs for those who can lift boxes and those who can do data entry. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the West Valley Food Pantry at (818)346-5554 or WHCC’s Food Pantry representative, Kitty Sarkissian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EASY WAY TO INCREASE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO WHCC WITHOUT COSTING YOU A PENNY!
Did you know that WHCC is one of the Community Rewards Partners with Ralph’s and Food4Less? What does that mean? It means if you register your Ralph’s card online, a percentage of your spending at the store can go to benefit WHCC. All you have to do is go to the store’s website (Ralph’s), create an online account and/or sign in, and then click on “Community Rewards”. Then select WHCC from the list of eligible charities. The church’s organization number is RW127. Once you have done that, Ralph’s will track your spending and send WHCC a check each quarter that covers the proceeds from all those from the church who’ve signed up for the program. Make sure you look carefully when you select the charitable organization, however. The church’s Nursery School is also a Community Rewards Partner. Our accounts are entirely separate. If you choose Woodland Hills Community Church Nursery School – and not Woodland Hills Community Church – the church will not receive any of the proceeds.