Planning Center Giving

Planning Center Giving

Did you notice there’s a new way to do your tithes and donations? We’ve launched new relationship software to make staying connected easier! Just click the heart, or this link –
https://wumcfairview.churchcenter.com/giving to use the secure form to give.

We encourage you to make decisions about your gifts to the church when you make your budget, not right before the time of offering. Consider setting a recurring donation to simplify the process.


You can also download the Church Center App for iPhones or Android here:

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Look for Westview UMC of Fairview.

A Church For Everyone

Hi, I’m Jill. I am the current Lay Leader of Westview United Methodist Church, and I welcome everyone to our congregation.

However, I need to make a few things clear before you come.

We are a church for everyone. If that makes you uncomfortable, you might want to seek fellowship elsewhere.

What does it mean that we are a church for everyone? It means that we don’t believe in drawing up battle lines and picking sides. We believe the body of Christ is strongest when we are together in all our beautiful, messy diversity, loving each other even when we disagree.

What does it mean that we are a church for everyone? It means that if you need an accommodation that we don’t currently have in order to fully participate in our services and ministries, we will do everything in our power to understand your needs and make our church accessible to you.

What does it mean that we are a church for everyone? It means if you are LGBTQ+ you are welcomed fully into our fellowship, as brothers and sisters in Christ. You may participate in ministries and in all levels of local leadership, but you must understand that the United Methodist Church is still wrestling with your full inclusion. That means we as a denomination do not currently ordain individuals that are openly gay, nor do we marry same sex couples. Individual congregations take different stances on these issues, and things are changing fast, but as a denomination, these are the current policies and we understand you need this clarity upfront.

What does it mean that we are a church for everyone? It means that we respect your right to follow your own deeply held convictions on matters that divide us, and trust that we can hold our beliefs while behaving in a loving and grace-filled way. We believe that God is the only judge of our sin, and we encourage each other to live holy lives within our own personal understanding of what God has called us to. We ask that people on both sides of any issue use their differences to show the world the power of Christ’s love, rather than conflict and hatred.

What does it mean that we are a church for everyone? It means that you don’t have to figure out how to be “like” us to fellowship, worship and grow with us. We want you to come, and bring everything you have, your strengths, your weaknesses, your flaws and your complications, your openness and your bias, and lay everything at the foot of the cross so we can grow together into the diverse body of Christ we are meant to be.

Online Giving

At Westview, we want to encourage you to give intentionally, with prayerful consideration of what God is asking of you, in line with your planned family budget. (We have many resources from Dave Ramsey in our library, that you are more than welcome to check out!)

To make intentional giving a little easier, we’ve added online tithing, via secure website portal or app. You can even set up your giving as a recurring debit so it will always be the priority it should be.

If you are getting receipts emailed to you, we are transitioning to this new system as the old application is no longer supported. You can always opt out of these emails by clicking the button in the email. Send questions directly to me! Thanks!

https://wumcfairview.churchcenter.com/giving/to/general

Keep it Positive!

Our Staff Parish Relations Committee recently

At Westview UMC we believe that gossip is detrimental to our church family and the world around us. We ask everyone involved at Westview to refrain from bringing negative issues to anyone who isn’t directly involved or who can’t solve the problem. We expect our staff and leaders to refrain from gossip.

How do you deal with the negativity in your life?

My Worship Rules

Over the last few years the worship team has strived to make sure as many people are ministered to by the service as possible, from those who connect best with the old hymns to those who have gospel music deep in their soul, to those who are in step with the latest praise songs they sing on their morning commutes. It’s really hard to accommodate everyone, but it is my sincere desire that we support each other in our mutual effort to worship our God.

But recently I have received some complaints. In considering this feedback I realized that while I have tried to communicate any changes we have made, and I have believed we are getting enough feedback as we go along, I have not made the effort to communicate WHY we make changes. Why our worship service is the way it is. This song or that song, this style or that style, doesn’t make much of a difference to me personally.  When I think about worship, and lead the way in worship for our church, I follow my own set of rules that have nothing to do with style or tempo. Worship can be very cultural, but all of these “rules” supersede any cultural decisions a church may make. These are the things I believe deep in my core. These are my non-negotiables.

 

My rules for worship?

 

  1. Sing to the LORD a new song. Worship must be fresh, because we must be fully present when we worship God. This doesn’t mean you have to sing new songs all the time. But if your routines are lulling you into a comfortable pattern, it might be time for a new approach. A new song. Bring something new to the sanctuary – God is worth the effort.

Psalm 96

Sing to the LORD a new song;

sing to the LORD all the earth.

 

  1. God hears the heart. There’s a whole sermon series in this one verse, but let’s just say for now that God knows the truth of what is in your heart, and does not care how well you can hit that high note. You may feel like you’re hiding, tucked back in that pew, but He sees you just as if you’re singing all alone, twirling ‘round on a mountaintop with your arms stretched out.

John 4:24

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

 

  1. Take it seriously. This doesn’t mean you can’t laugh. It doesn’t mean you have to be super-religious about everything. It means you are standing before the creator of the universe. How you approach Him does matter. The feeling we’re going for is “awe.”

Hebrews 12:28, 29

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

 

  1. Give of your very best. Everything you are is a sacrifice in worship to God. He’s not asking for what the church expects of you. He’s asking for much more. He’s asking for absolutely everything you are capable of giving.

Romans 12:1

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.

 

  1. It’s okay to go big. We’re worshiping the creator of all the noises. He likes our noises when they are used to praise him with deep joy. Any instrument that is available and any style of music. Not everything for every church. We have to find our own “right” way, which may be itself a noisy process involving lots of opinions, but we should do that together – in love.

Psalm 150:3-6

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

praise him with the harp and lyre,

Praise him with tambourine and dancing,

praise him with the strings and flute,

Praise him with the clash of cymbals,

praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

 

To be very clear here, I am NOT asking for support of any instrument or any music style. The worship team doesn’t need encouragement, or discouragement, or anything in-between. We will do what is best for our congregation as a whole, under the leadership of the current minister, mindful of our history, our liturgy and discipline, but looking toward a hopeful future that includes new faces and new perspectives.

 

But I want to hear from you. When do you worship best? What brings you the closest to God during a service? What can we do more of, or less of, to help more people find a moment alone with their Creator amidst the crowd?

 

-Jill Turpin