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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…

Volume 68, Issue 12 December 2017

From the Minister to Students and Education This past month our youth spent some time volunteering at the Fairview Heights Food Pantry for the Canned Food Drive. We are especially thankful to Nancy Idoux for alerting us to this opportunity to serve the community.  If you have never worked at the Food Pantry, you might wonder exactly what we do there. Let me take a second…

Volume 68, Issue 11 November 2017

From the Minister to Students and Education Over the past couple of months, I have profited greatly from study-ing Scripture with a small group of Winstanley men. Every Tuesday evening we gather in my home for about an hour and a half to study the book of Colossians before ending with a short time of prayer. I have found our discussions to be rich and meaningful as we…

Volume 68, Issue 10 – October 2017

From the Minister of Student and Education  One of my tasks as a youth minister has been to “seek an effective leadership team gifted in build-ing relationships with students.” In my first several months at Winstanley I felt a bit of anxiety over whether or not I would be able to recruit such a team of volunteers. But I am happy to tell you that the Lord has provided…

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…
From the Minister to Students and Education  It’s back to school season. Actually, students have already been back in the classroom for about two weeks by now. This is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts. Teachers and coaches will challenge kids to grow academically, socially, and physically this year. As adults, we ought to recognize our own need for growth as…

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,…