October 2019

Dear Friends of Westview,

I was talking to a group of people, at the rec center, the other night and mentioned that I was a pastor at the church across the street. One of the parents said, “Oh you are the pastor at the Boy Scout Church!” That is a great way to be known. The Boy Scout Church, the Meals on Wheels Church, the FCE Church, the A.A. church, and many more names are great ways to let God be known. We reach out into our community in so many ways and that reaching out is an awesome way to witness to the love and generosity of God. We have opened the building that God has provided to the community as a way of reaching the people God wants us to reach. Is it enough?

The short answer is no, it is not enough. It is a start but ministry is as passive as letting others do things. So we must do more than opening our spaces to people. We need to talk with people and develop relationships that are deep and meaningful. As these relationships develop we share what and how God has blessed us. We share what we know about God and listen to how God is blessing the other person. The important and great thing about this is that we can do this with all of the people we encounter. People that do not look like us, act like us, believe like us, love like us, vote like us, and are different from us can teach us a whole lot about the power
of God’s love, grace, and mercy.

To that end I ask that you go forth from your comfort zones and talk to your neighbor or the clerk at the store and invite them to church so that they can join our family and be a part of something that is great and wonderful.

Blessings in Jesus’ Name,
Pastor Tom

The Good News – July 2017

Dear Westview Family and Friends,

The summer seems to have just started and the stores are already having back
to school sales. I hope everyone is getting some good rest, fun, and relaxation this
summer! Westview Church has been busy preparing for the Music Machine as our
VBS next week. This extravaganza is being headed up by wonderful volunteers. More
volunteers are always appreciated see Jill Turpin or Sarah Timmons if interested.
Financial Peace University is also coming up. It will begin August 6th. This
class is for everyone that has ever had to deal with their finances. Learn to control of
your finances so that your finances don’t control you. Our Bible study is also starting
that week on August 9th
.

The study, “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” is based on Martin
Thielen’s book. It will meet twice a week. Once on Wednesday morning at First District Coffee at 9 am
and again at the church that evening at 6:30 following the Wonderful Westview Wednesday meal and
time of fellowship.
I ask each of you to commit to participating in as many church and fellowship events as possible.
We are working on becoming Christ’s disciples so that we can share the love of God with our neighbors
more fully and completely than ever before. One person may not make a difference in the life of the
world but one person can make a world of difference in the life of a neighbor.
Along that same line I ask that you prayerfully consider serving on committees. It takes us all
working together to make Westview UMC function properly. We are an active church and need all of
our voices to unite in call, witness, and love to our community and our church. I ask that you consider

leadership as a way to help develop discipleship not only in your own faith walk but in the walks of oth-
ers.

Blessings to you all, Pastor Tom