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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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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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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