You Are Welcome

It can be hard to know if you’re truly welcomed in church. So, just to be clear – here are some examples of who is welcome in our church!

We welcome those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich,

comfortable, or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to crying babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Carrie Underwood or just mutter under your breath. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just visiting,’ just woken up, or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than Billy Graham, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We welcome those who are over 60 but still haven’t grown up, and teenagers who are growing up too fast.

We welcome cross-fit moms, football dads, starving artists, corporate lawyers, vegetarians, and junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems,

are down in the dumps,

or don’t like ‘organized religion.’

(We’ve got some problems with it too!)

We welcome those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because grandma is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, have had religion shoved down their throat as kids or got lost on the highway looking for Denny’s and wound up here by mistake.

We welcome the pious, the outcast, the misfit, the skeptic…and YOU!

December 2017

Dear Westview Family and Friends,

Tis the season to be jolly fa la la la laaa laaaa… You know we must practice care at this time of year. The season of Advent is an amazing time. We look forward to the day our Lord and Savior was born that first Christmas over 2000 years ago. Today though we sometimes lose the specialness of that miraculous birth. Today it seems to simply be a busy time. We have increased traffic, stores are more crowded, cantatas, parties, shopping, decorating, wrapping, baking, cooking, special services, socializing and etcetera.

Stop the Christmas parade! I want to get off. We must practice care not to get lost in the busyness of the season. We need to slow down, take a breath, and look for the ways in which God is working in the world. People are coming together and helping their neighbors. People seem to be smiling more. The Spirit of God in Three Persons is alive and well in our midst. We simply need to slow down enough to notice. This time of year also brings about promises of change in the form of New Year’s resolutions. I hope all of you resolve to grow in Christ and to live in peace. May God bless us each and every one.

Merry Christmas,
Pastor Tom

September 2017

Dear Westview Family and Friends,

Have you heard about…? Wait a minute somebody preached about gossip re-
cently. He said something about Socrates and the three questions of gossip. So let me

go through them. First, is what I want to tell you true? Yes. Second, is what I want to

share good or bad? It is very good. Third, is the information useful? It is useful, espe-
cially if you are concerned about the children of our church. We have hired a new pre-
school director. Her name is Joy Andrist and she is taking the foundation set in place

by Selene and moving forward!
You may have noticed the changes in the church. Offices have been moved and paint has gone
on the halls of the old office wing. The changes occurring ensure that the children in the preschool have
a great experience, prepare for kindergarten, and learn about God. New curriculum was purchased and
the year is off to an amazing start. With all this you may be wondering how to get involved with all this
great work.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Joy through the church office. Also we need
more mulch for the playground. Please consider giving to this worthy cause.
Westview UMC continues to reach out to our neighbors with the loving Spirit of God through
Jesus Christ! In addition to the preschool the garden has produced over 1600 pounds of vegetables this
year! Think of the smiles on people’s faces as they eat fresh veggies they cannot normally afford!

Blessings to You in Christ,
Pastor Tom