Two red canoes with kids and adults on the river

Gather at the River – Oct. 28

Two red canoes with kids and adults on the river
NEW PLAN! Due to Hurricane Florence’s iimpact on the Cape Fear River, we must postpone our Casual Sunday & Gathering at the River. Mark your calendar for Oct. 28.
 
But that doesn’t mean that this Sunday, Sept. 23 won’t be extra special. Join us for Bible study at 9:10 a.m., followed by a dedication of the new courtyard at 10 a.m.
 
We will celebrate a baptism during our Worship at 10:30 a.m. And the celebration will continue after the service with an onsite catered lunch.
 
If you already RSVP-ed for the River, there’s no need to RSVP for lunch. Otherwise, please contact the church office ASAP to let us know you’re coming.

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Balloons in clear sky over Woodhaven steeple

Happy Birthday, Woodhaven!

Balloons in clear sky over Woodhaven steeple
Help us celebrate 30 years on Sept. 5. We’ll kick off our Wednesdays at Woodhaven with a birthday party and lots of other good things. 
 
Dinner will begin at 5:15 p.m. with cake and ice cream at 5:55 p.m. (The usual meal charges will apply.) 
 
At 6 p.m., we’ll enjoy stories, a trivia contest and more. Then at 6:20 p.m., we’ll unwrap what’s new this fall. (The Worship Choir will rehearse as usual at 6:45 p.m.)
 
Sign up on the communication card in the Sunday bulletin or here.

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Train cars at Camp Willow Run in Littleton, NC

All Aboard for Camp Willow Run

Train cars at Camp Willow Run in Littleton, NC

All children in grades 3 – 5 (2018-19) are invited to a fall retreat Sept. 14 – 16 at Camp Willow Run on Lake Gaston in Littleton, N.C. We’ll enjoy swimming, canoeing, crafts, games and the low ropes course, as well as small group Bible studies and worship. Kids also pick two activities for “Camper’s Choice.” Another highlight is sleeping in the converted train cars circling the camp.

The retreat is organized by children’s ministers from 13 local Baptist churches to promote Bible study, camp activities and fellowship. This year, we’ll focus on 1 John 4:7a, “Dear friends, let us love one another.” We’ll learn how scripture teaches us to be a friend, help a friend and accept a friend.

To register, bring the registration form and medical release form to Woodhaven by Sunday, Aug. 12, with a check for $135 made out to Woodhaven Baptist Church. (Please note “Willow Run Retreat” on the memo line.) We will also need a copy of the front and back of the child’s insurance card.

Got questions? Please contact Emily Hayne at emily@woodhaven.org. All aboard!

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Launch Day is Coming Aug. 26!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug. 26. During worship at 10:30 a.m., we’ll reveal our new theme for the 2018-19 church year. After, we’ll celebrate with an indoor picnic at Woodhaven. We’ll provide the meal, and we invite you to bring homemade ice cream and desserts. Sign up now!

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Illustration of outdoor movie screen with Cars 3

Movies by Moonlight

Illustration of outdoor movie screen with Cars 3

Families and friends, let’s get together for a fun movie under the stars! Join us on Friday, Aug. 3, at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary to see the movie Cars 3. The gates open at 7 p.m., and the movie starts around 8:30 p.m. Kids under 12 are free; 12 and up are $5 each.

Bring blankets or chairs to sit on the lawn. You can bring a picnic or your favorite movie snacks. (No pets allowed.) Look for the Woodhaven “Joy Rising” sign.

A portion of the Movies by Moonlight proceeds will benefit the WakeMed Children’s Hospital. You can purchase tickets online in advance or at the amphitheatre on Aug. 3.

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Colored pencils, glue and craft supplies

Donate Supplies for Cuba Missions

Colored pencils, glue and craft supplies

The Cuban mission trip is approaching, and our team needs your help in collecting some school supplies for the trip. Our team will not be able to purchase these supplies in Cuba, so our trip organizer, Tom Beam, has asked our church to help collect items. If you are able to help by donating any of the below items, please drop them off in the church office through July 1. Thank you!

  • 4 packs regular markers
  • 4 packs fine tip markers
  • Regular size craft sticks
  • 20 children’s scissors
  • Composition books
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Metric school rulers
  • Loose notebook paper
  • Construction paper (all colors)
Please continue to pray for our youth and chaperones as we prepare for the 2018 Deep Impact Cuba trip.

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Floor to ceiling tree made from carpet rolls

Come Aboard for VBS!

Floor to ceiling tree made from carpet rolls

Our tropical transformation is underway… It’s almost time for VBS! This year’s theme, “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus,”  will help kids learn that Jesus rescues us when we’re lonely, worried, struggling, do wrong, and feel powerless. 

 
Join us Sunday, June 24 – Thursday, June 28, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Woodhaven. Vacation Bible School is free and open to the community, so bring friends and invite your neighbors! Register for VBS here. 
 
Woodhaven’s adult crew leaders will guide children ages 3-12 in music, Bible stories, Imagination Station (where they’ll receive fun science-y gizmos that illustrate the daily Bible point), Shipwrecked Games, and KidVid Cinema (where they’ll see modern day kids apply the Bible point to their lives). Even the snack each night will be Shipwrecked-flavored!
 
Speaking of food… All families are invited to join us for dinner each night from 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is $3/person, and reservations are required. (Sunday – Pizza, salad and fruit, Monday – Hamburger, fries, salad and fruit, Tuesday – Spaghetti, salad and fruit, Wednesday – Taco bar, salad and fruit, Thursday – Hot dog, chips, dessert and fruit) Sign up for VBS meals below.
 
Don’t miss the boat!
 

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Woodhaven children singing

Wednesday Night Show & Tell

Woodhaven children singing
Ever wonder what the children are doing while the youth and adults are in Bible studies and other classes on Wednesday nights? This is your opportunity to find out! Join us on May 9 at 6:30 p.m. for the last Wednesday Night program of the school year.
 
The children will be sharing in music, video and in person exactly what they’ve been up to on Wednesday nights. Come see what they’ve learned in Bible study, missions and Ways to Praise music time. After dinner (reservations required), we’ll gather in the Sanctuary for this celebration. Please join us!

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Shipwrecked VBS Logo

Looking for the VBS Crew

Shipwrecked VBS Logo
We need all hands on deck for this summer’s Vacation Bible School: “Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus.” Our children’s minister, Emily Hayne, is looking for a good crew with all kinds of interests and skills. Can you greet parents and kids with a smile? We need you! Can you help a preschooler glue Popsicle sticks? We need you! Can you sing, dance or make a joyful noise with goofy enthusiasm? We need you! Most important, can you share Jesus’ love with children? If you said “Aye-aye,” please contact Emily to let her know you’re ready to come aboard! 

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Woman with "Cuddler" name badge

Joy-Joy Win-Win

Woman with "Cuddler" name badge
I’ve done a lot of thinking about our Joy Rising theme at Woodhaven. What brings me joy? What causes my joy to rise? Can I give others joy or cause their joy to rise?
 
There are a lot of things that give me joy and cause my joy to rise. Mostly I have faith in Jesus as my Lord and Savior, so as the song Old Church Choir by Zach Williams says, “Ain’t Nothing Going to Steal My Joy!” I always have joy in my heart. There are times it’s a little harder to access than others, but I know it is always there.
 
Jesus is my source of joy, but on a lesser level there are other things that bring me joy. Sometimes joy comes in a song, a call or note from a friend, a hug, the unconditional greeting of my dog, or a luscious piece of chocolate cake. Part of my joy comes from the privilege of serving at Woodhaven. I love being able to talk with the kids, teach them, and share life with them (and you) at Woodhaven.
 
Recently I’ve begun a new volunteer job. My joy is definitely rising, and I believe I’m helping others to feel some joy as well. I’m volunteering for a couple of hours each week at UNC Children’s Hospital. My official job title is “Cuddler.” I find babies (sometimes older children) who need to be rocked, held, and talked to or sung to. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the little ones.
 
Hopefully, the attention I’ve shared with them has given them, their parents and the medical staff some joy, as well. The little ones are getting some needed one on one attention that has nothing to do with their medical condition. Rather than a win-win situation, I like to think of it as a joy-joy situation. I get joy, and others get joy, too! Can you find a way to help your joy and the joy of others rise?

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