Child painting cross

Painting Party

Child painting cross
Is your inner Picasso ready to create something special? Join us for a churchwide Painting Party at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Dec. 11. Whether you consider yourself artistic or not, come have fun and create a painting to keep. We’ll use the cross from our sanctuary stained glass window as inspiration. Artsy helpers will be available to guide you along each step, and all materials will be provided!
 
We will offer dinner that evening at 5:15 p.m. and will require reservations for the meal and painting so that we have enough food and materials for everyone. (Please note that the permanent Wednesday night meal reservations will not apply to this evening.) To register for painting and dinner, please contact Emily Hayne via email (emily@woodhaven.org).

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Christ-followers Read

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by David Stratton
Who has time for Bible reading? All faithful Christ-followers realize that regular Bible reading and study must be an important discipline in their living. Yet it can be very tough in our time-poor, distraction-filled culture to develop such a discipline. Here are a couple of tips that might help:
 
Bible reading plans may help. Google “Bible reading plan,” or “Bible reading schedule,” and you’ll find many links to schedules that can help to hold you accountable to regular Bible reading. At biblegateway.com, there are numerous Bible reading plans you can subscribe to and get a reminder email daily. Biblegateway plans include an Old Testament/ New Testament plan (which gives a short reading from each testament daily), a chronological plan, a start from the beginning plan, a 90-day plan, etc.
 
Try Bible listening. You can listen to the Bible for free through the Bible Gateway website or through an app offered by Bible Gateway. I’ve been listening to a Bible a lot lately and I have been truly shocked at how much Bible “reading” I can accomplish by listening to the scriptures on the go. While on the road or tending to routine, rote chores, you can absorb the scriptures well by listening to them. If you’re “old school,” numerous Bible translations are available on audio CD at relatively low prices compared to the not too distant past.
 
For years I tried various approaches to reading through the Bible in a year and failed. I would fall behind and give up. Then one year I once again fell behind. But I decided not to give up that year. In the end, I managed to get caught up and reach my goal. After that, the discipline became easier. So, don’t quit! Keep trying different approaches to reading the Bible regularly until you find something that works for you.

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Micro Mission Day

Micro Mission Day

Micro Mission Day
Can you join us on Sunday, Nov. 24? We’ll be honoring and serving God through worship and giving gifts of food and money to help others. This will be the culmination of our World Hunger Offering.
 
On this day, please bring nonperishable food items or gift cards to be shared with Western Wake Crisis Ministry. Take them to the sanctuary. Also, please bring your food banks! We will have a time during the worship service to collect the banks at the offering table.
 
Sunday School will begin at 9:10AM. We’ll dismiss at 10:00AM for another mission adventure: Go to the Multipurpose Room in the Preschool Building to put together toiletry bags for the Dorcas Ministry. We’ll follow with some time for fellowship in the Welcome Room.
 
At 10:30AM, join us for a special time of praise and thanksgiving to God for his great and wonderful gifts. We will include a time to bless the food, banks and kits that will be shared in our community and world. We hope you can join us!

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Hunger Offering

Person holding bank
Woodhaven’s annual Hunger Offering is underway! Pick up your bread-shaped bank in the narthex outside of the sanctuary. We encourage you to take the bank home, fill it with cash, checks and change above your normal tithe, and return it on November 24, the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Note “Hunger Offering on checks for this special offering.
 
This offering will be shared with global groups like the Hunger Fund of CBFNC and the Hunger Emphasis of Baptist World Aid and with local groups like Dorcas Ministries, Western Wake Crisis Ministries, and Lost Sheep Ministry. These groups distribute funds both locally and internationally to those in need of hunger relief.
 
Our offering goal is $3,500. 

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Fall Festival Coming Soon

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Where can you find FREE hot dogs, a cake walk, bouncy house, and family-friendly fun? At Woodhaven’s annual Fall Festival, of course1 This year, it falls on Sunday, October 20, from 5 – 7 p.m. Kids (and young-at-heart adults) can wear costumes and enjoy games, prizes and Trunk or Treat. Friends, neighborhoods and community members are welcome! Got questions? Call 919-362-0127.
 

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Shake It Up… Again!

October 6: Shake It Up Sunday is back! Part 2. It will be a fruit basket turnover kind of day on October 6. It all starts with breakfast at 8:30 a.m., continues with Bible Study at 9:10 a.m., and winds up with worship service at 10:30 a.m. that will be out of the ordinary. In a good way! Be there to help shake it up, and bring a friend!

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Ten Hard Conversations to Have with Your Teen

Puzzle illustration mom and teen
Remember your teenage years? The fears, the anxieties, the temptations, the questions, the pressures? There’s good stuff, too, but many of the changes in and around teens can be overwhelming… for young people and the adults who care about them.
 
Come join family and teen experts Tim Horvath and Katie Anderson Horvath during our regularly scheduled SNL (Sunday Night Live) time for five Sundays of growing together through communicating well about hard conversations. Each evening, Tim and Katie will lead us in a group time, and then youth and parents will separate for breakout sessions.
 
This opportunity is a joint project between Outreach and Youth Ministries. Please invite friends and parents! God cares deeply about the well-being of families and young people. Let us commit to this time of learning and loving together!
 
5 Sundays: September 16-October 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Light catered dinner provided: $5.00 per person, $15.00 family maximum. Reservations only by Wednesday. Call 919.362.0127

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WonderFull World Women’s Retreat

Art for WonderFull World Retreat

Ladies, ready for a trip around the world? Well, maybe Oak Island will do! Join us Oct. 10-13 for a women’s retreat packed with friendship and relaxing time to study God’s word.

WonderFull World is a Bible-based women’s retreat program designed to help women grow in their relationship with God and develop lasting friendships with each other. On this “journey,” women explore “I wonder” questions about their purpose and identity, and discover God’s world-covering love together.
 
The cost for the retreat is $160. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due at the time of registration.
 
Sign up after Sunday worship services, or contact the church office at 919-362-0127. Contact Terri Stratton for more information.
 
 

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New Church Year Kickoff

Sky with sun behind clouds
September marks the beginning of our new church year, so we’re planning a New Year’s party, of sorts, to kick off our new theme! Our theme will help guide our spiritual growth and worship experiences throughout the year, with challenges to find personal applications for God’s word. Join us for the unveiling of the theme on Sunday, Aug. 25, with Bible Study at 9:10 a.m. and Worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck feast. Bring your favorite dishes to the church fellowship hall before the worship service. See you then, and Happy New Year!

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Summer Son! Youth Girls’ Retreat

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It’s new… and it will be awesome! Summer Son! is an overnight retreat for middle and high school girls. And here’s the cool part: it will be led by two of our own youth girls, Katherine Little and Casey Davis. The retreat will be based on the Christian material Lies Girls Believe.
 
Others tell us all sorts of lies about who we are. Jesus sees us in a different light! Let’s get together and talk about that.
 
The retreat will be held at Heather Simmons’ house. Stay tuned for details, but go ahead and sign up by emailing caseyedavis52@gmail.com. Hope you can come!
 
 

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