PASTOR’S REPORT

 

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

See, I am doing a new thing!

    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness

    and streams in the wasteland. - Isaiah 43: 1b, 19

 

You are such a loving church and I wish we could grow so more could experience the loving Westview Family.  I feel like God has plans for us to reach out and grow.  I feel God wants to do something new.  God has provided once again for our Westview family, for we ended the year in the black a second year in a row.  We are a small church, yet you all are so loving and committed to Christ. I can’t help but feel God is providing for us and wants to do something new in our midst.  I can’t help but feel God wants to use our church to reach out with God’s love to more people in our area. 

 

Our leadership team met for a retreat on 1/28/17 and we felt God was leading us to:

 

A hope would be to reach out better to our surrounding neighborhood of mostly low-income Hispanic families and to local retirement communities with the hope of bringing these two communities that don’t naturally intersect, together through our tutoring club.  It would provide meaningful service for seniors while providing needed tutoring and mentoring for economically and educationally disadvantaged youth and children—a mutual transformation!

 

 Some specific ways to build bridges to these retirement communities:

 

Please be in prayer for our church, that we would continue to hear God’s voice, follow God’s leading, and reach out in love to more people.

 

In 2016 you have sought to care for so many by reaching out with love and generosity!  Here is a list of some of the things our leadership team was grateful for from 2016:

 

We have so much to be grateful for. God has truly blessed us!

 

You continue to care well for our members who are grieving the loss of loved ones.  Thank you for all you do to organize the services, receptions and bereavement care!  This year we celebrated the lives of Elwyn Murata, Yukio Nagata, Nancy Yamamoto.

May God bless and comfort all who are mourning the loss of these and other dear members of the Westview Family.

 

You are a wonderful church family and I am very grateful for the privilege of being your pastor.  As your pastor I hope you learn from me as much as I feel loved by you and learn about God’s love from you.  Again please hold our dear church in your prayers and continue to seek God’s guidance about how we can all reach more with the immense love of Christ!

 

Grace and peace to you,

Pastor Dan


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