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The Window

Volume 70, Issue 6 June 2018

The Window Winstanley Family, Twila and I have been amazed by the warm welcome we have received by the Winstanley Baptist Church family. We have only been with you for a few weeks, but you have already made us feel like “family.” God’s Spirit is definitely present at WBC. I want to remind you that I am not a master at remembering names and faces. Please continue to be patient with me. Please continue to tell me your names so…

Volume 70, Issue 6 June 2018

On the topic of prayer, please lift up our students and leaders for summer camp this year. On June 11 we travel to Bolivar, Missouri for a week of fellowship, worship, Bible study, and other activities. Ask the Lord to bring students to saving faith and to grow us in our relationship with him. I’m encouraged that the leaders of this summer camp (Super Summer) place a high priority on prayer. They sent me a bracelet for each student and…

Volume 69, Issue 1 January 2018

ONE LAST WORD How often have you heard it said, “Winstanley is not like any other church I know”? That is what I was told when I came here as pastor seventeen years ago, and I still believe it to be true. I know Winstanley is not like any other church I have pastored. With its choir, unique missions focus, openness to the community, and unique collection of believers, so far as I know, it is not like any other…

Volume 68, Issue 11 November 2017

To My Winstanley Family: You hear it from me often. “I am grateful to be your pastor.” You are my people and I love you. I love your stories, your laughter over meals shared, your obedient service to Christ, your compassionate ministering. I love how you make up after squabbling. I love watching you grow in love for Jesus. I love your praise, your music-making, and your worship. I love mis-sion tripping with you. I love to hear you pray.…
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Volume 68, Issue 12 December 2017

ONCE MORE, AT CHRISTMAS I hardly need to remind you how special Advent and Christmas are at Winstanley. Most of you know by virtue of having lived through it before. You are aware of much that is coming. This year, however, the season already has been accentuated by a powerful missionary message from our longtime friend and Executive Director of Woman’s Missionary Union, Sandy Wisdom-Martin. When she spoke to us last Sunday, November 26, she memorably set the tone for…

Volume 68, Issue 10 – October 2017

On Following Jesus I am at that juncture in life when I find it useful to re-read books that have particularly impacted my life. One such book is Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy. I should tell you upfront that it is an extremely challenging book. The late Willard was professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He took a backseat to no one in terms of his understanding of philosophy and occasionally that fact bleeds through. At the…

Volume 68, Issue 9 – September 2017

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW As a consequence of the West Virginia mission trip, Winstanley has received lovely thank you cards from the Mercer County Day Report Center and the SAFE ministry in Welch, West Virginia. You may view these cards on the bulletin board. By now you will have noticed the addition of furniture and wall hangings in the church. The decorating committee, composed of Cindy Holderfield, Linda Spradling, Connie Rutledge, and Joni Garrison, is responsible for the work…
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Volume 68, Issue 9 September 2017

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN! It seems as though it was just the other day when Winstanley Baptist Church celebrated its one hundredth birthday. But, actually, it was ten years ago and in a few short weeks we will celebrate our 110th! Every year we find something special to acknowledge and celebrate. This year, however, we will be completing our evening celebration in the church parking lot, where we will burn the note on the 2000 building project. With a total…
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Volume 68, Issue 4 April 2017

WHERE WILL YOU BE DURING WINSTANLEY HOLY WEEK? Believe me, there is plenty else I could say about what is happening around Winstanley Baptist Church.  If you read the rest of The Window, you will discover that. As we approach the most important time in the life of the church and in the Christian year, however, I want to talk about nothing else than Holy Week. It’s not merely that we commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus, valuable as that is. It’s not that we make…