---Welcome!

 

We want to glorify God, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in everything we do.

 
Woodhaven is a place where many doors are always open, where you can explore the seemingly simple idea of living with the joy of Christ in our lives. You’re welcome to worship, grow, serve and fellowship with us!
 
Steeple of Woodhaven Baptist Church
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Worship

 

Gather with us on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. as we “seek God’s face” as reflected in the beautiful words from Hebrews 12:28: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe.”   
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Grow

 

No matter how young or how old, we all have room to grow in love and learn from the life and ministry of Jesus. Let’s grow up together!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Serve

 

From its beginnings, Woodhaven has encouraged people of all ages to follow Jesus’ example to be ministers to one another, to our community and to our world. How will you serve?
 
 
 
 

 

 

--- Our Pastor

 

Dave Stratton is pastor of Woodhaven Baptist Church.

“Love God. Love each other.”

When you boil it all down, it’s a pretty simple recipe for irresistible life. Our goal at Woodhaven is to offer you ample opportunities to get to know God and each other a little better. You’re welcomed to join us in that pursuit! (By the way, you’ll find the “recipe” in Matthew 22:36-40.)
 

 

 

--- We’re all Ministers

 
Woodhaven's youth and parents serve a hot, homemade breakfast to homeless in Raleigh.
 
Ever thought of yourself as a minister? It might sound exciting or a little scary. At Woodhaven, we believe that all members can be ministers. Talk with us about ways that you’d like to grow and serve in the spirit of Christ.
 
 
 
 

---From The Gallery 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WAYS 2 PRAISE CHILDREN
AT ADVENT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SONSHINE IN THE PARK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOVE FEAST
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PAINTING OUR JOY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
YOUTH MISSION TRIP
 
 
 
 
 

 

---Upcoming Events

 
 

Spaghetti Fundraiser & Church Conference

Sunday, May 20 @ 11:30 am

 
  
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Graduate Recognition Sunday 

Sunday, June 10 @ 11:30 am

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Vacation Bible School

June 24-28
 
 

 

 

--- From The Blog

 
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Do You Do Lent?

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I still consider myself to be learning about Lent. Growing up as a Baptist in the rural south, Lent was not a part of my faith tradition for much of my life. On the rare occasions Lent came up in the Baptist circles I traveled in during my younger days, the discipline was typically dismissed as an unbiblical, Roman Catholic practice.

While in some ways I feel like I’m still trying to get the hang of Lent (even though I’ve been practicing Lent for many years now), I have come to embrace the discipline.


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Celebrations of Giving

Warm winter coats hanging on a rack
In the second chapter of Matthew, wise men from are overwhelmed with joy to find the child born as king of the Jews. What do they do? Pay Him homage by giving treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 
 
During Advent, Woodhaven celebrated the gift of Christ by sharing our time and treasures in our community. Thanks to the generosity of our church family, Woodhaven on Mission was able to give $2,500 to Dorcas Ministry and $2,500 to the Western Wake Crisis Ministry.
 
Woodhaven members surrounded the Christmas tree with new toys to share with homeless and needy families through the Lost Sheep Outreach Ministry. Our youth wrapped dozens and dozens of the toys during a holiday lock in, and Woodhaven members helped to distribute the gifts during the Lost Sheep Christmas Celebration
 
The warmth of giving continues during the month of January. We’ll be collecting new and gently used winter coats, hats and gloves for the Lost Sheep Outreach Ministry. Please wash all used items, and don’t forget to empty the pockets! Bring all items to the lobby area outside the Sanctuary.

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When we grow in Christ, we can expect Joy Rising.

Joy Rising: What to Expect

When we grow in Christ, we can expect Joy Rising.
According to Eugene Peterson, “The story of our faith, our very existence, begins and ends with joy.” This he says right after pointing out the passage in Job in which God says the heavenly beings shouted for joy as God did the work of creation (38:7) and how the great multitude shouts for joy at the culmination of all things according to Revelation 7:8-10.
 
But Peterson doesn’t stop there. He also cites numerous passages in asserting that “between the beginning and the conclusion there is joy.” So Peterson boldly proclaims: “Joy at the beginning, joy at the end, joy everywhere in between. Joy is God’s creation and gift. No authentic biblical faith is conceivable that is not permeated with it.”
 
Wow! That’s quite a statement! Is it true that authentic biblical faith is permeated with joy? Does Peterson go too far?
 
Well, why not take a year to talk about it?
 
This is what we are planning to do with our new annual theme: Joy Rising. Happy New Year, by the way. Our new church year began on September 1. As we, together, live out our irresistible life in Christ, we are going to focus on joy for the 2017-18 church year.
 
In exploring this theme we do not intend to paper over our grief or ignore the injustices of our world. We will mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15) and struggle fiercely against evil (Ephesians 6:12). Yet, amid the atrocities in the headlines, the disappointments we endure and the weight of stress we carry, is there nonetheless joy like a fountain in our souls as the old song says?
 
After all, Jesus knew all about the difficulties of this world and he knew that he was about to endure the pain and injustice of the cross when he said to his followers, “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11, NRSV). It seems that the fruit of the Spirit that is joy (Galatians 5:22) remains a characteristic of the irresistible life in Christ no matter what is going on in our lives and in our world.
 
I certainly won’t exhaust the implications of our new theme in this one, brief column. But it’s worth noting that Jesus spoke the words above about our joy being complete right after he spoke of abiding in him and abiding in his love. As we nurture our relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords we can expect joy to rise in our lives.
 
Your brother,
Dave

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Want To Join Us for Worship?

 
We invite anyone and everyone to Sunday Worship:
9:10 a.m. Bible study for all ages
10:10 a.m. Fellowship & refreshments
10:30 a.m. Worship