Roof torn off by Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence Response

Roof torn off by Hurricane Florence
Woodhaven’s missions resources are supporting North Carolina Baptists on Mission (NCBoM) who are at work responding to needs for food and care in hurricane-affected areas. NCBoM is nationally known and praised for their skills, organization and quality of care in disaster response situations.
 
Woodhaven on Mission is also preparing our disaster response trailer in order to offer assistance in a coordinated care effort through Baptists on Mission and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
 
How can you help? Please consider making our church your first place for giving in response to Hurricane Florence. Offerings over and above your tithe, if designated on your offering envelope, will go directly to disaster relief efforts.
 
Additionally, a portion of your tithe automatically goes to the Woodhaven on Mission budget, which makes purchases of tools, supplies and equipment for missions projects now and in the future.
 
Thank you, church family, for your time, talents and resources. Please continue to pray for the helpers and responders and all who are adversely affected by the hurricane.
 
For updates, visit Baptists on Mission.
 
Sincerely,
Jay Hayne, chair, Woodhaven on Mission
Ray Beale, minister liaison, Woodhaven on Mission

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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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Collage of mountain lodge themed objects

Sneak Away to the Mountains

Collage of mountain lodge themed objects
Need to slow down, savor a warm beverage while chatting with friends, and enjoy time with God? Then join us at Cozy Mountain Lodge! It’s a mountain lodge themed women’s retreat you won’t want to miss. Through the stories of Naomi and Ruth, reflect on the ways we can count on God as our firm foundation.
 
Join us for the Fall Women’s Retreat in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Nov. 8 – 11. The cost is $200/person. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required with registration. Space is limited to 20 ladies, so get your registration in early!
 
Register at the Cozy Mountain Lodge table in the lobby outside the Sanctuary. Contact Terri Stratton if you need more information.

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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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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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Tshirt with NC Baptists on Mission Cuba design

Mission Sunday

Tshirt with NC Baptists on Mission Cuba design
Join us for our mission emphasis during worship on Sunday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. Our youth mission teams will share about their work and experiences with Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in Jonesville, Virginia, and with NC Baptists on Mission in Holguin, Cuba. We’re grateful to the many Woodhaven members and friends who provided generous support, as well as supplies and prayers for these trips!

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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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What makes me, me? question on Starbucks cup

Coffee and the Irresistible Life

What makes me, me? question on Starbucks cup
How would you answer these questions: What makes me, me? And you, you? In your life, where do you feel a sense of belonging?
 
Now, think about yourself as a Christian. How would you answer these questions? Did your answers change any this second time?
 
Recently, 8,000 Starbucks stores closed for four hours to ask their employees these questions. My daughter works at Starbucks and graduates from high school in a few days. We hope she’s learned what she needs to know for the next leg of life. At home, we’re not as big on learning “all the answers” as we are on asking the kinds of questions that need to be asked, because we believe a really good question can lead to some powerful answers.
 
Church outreach ministers are hopefully conscientious about studying the bold moves that star companies make in order to right their wrongs, improve trust in the company and create energy for what their products represent. I shouldn’t be surprised that Starbucks has schooled me on the basics of my own role here at church. 
 
Their questions are so good that, as a people of Christ, we need to ask them of ourselves. Those questions get to the heart of the irresistible life that we are in pursuit of here at Woodhaven.
 
The irresistible life is knowing what makes me, me: I am me because the beautiful imagination of God went about the work of making me. The saving work of Jesus makes me the me that cannot be separated from the Father. The Holy Spirit makes me the me that I am capable of being. 
 
Where do I feel a sense of belonging? Wherever I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. That’s where I find the irresistible life. I wonder if we Christians asked more great open-ended questions, would Starbucks need to?
– Ray Beale

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