Woodhaven Blog

Mustard seeds

NEW College Study

Mustard seeds
Jesus had a knack for telling uncommon stories on the fly. His parables brought clarity for those whose hearts were searching to believe and confusion to those who didn’t.
 
2020 is a great year to learn about the power of God’s clarity and the meaning it brings to your life. He wants you to hear the stories that Jesus told and live your story as a joyful part of all that He is accomplishing!
 
Come learn about the peace and freedom that comes from finding your place of belonging in the Kingdom of God.
Taught by Charles Dail, “Common Stories. Uncommon Life” will go deep into the Biblical context and theology of Jesus’ parables to look at the mysteries of how God desires to fold you into his life-giving plan. Wednesdays, Jan. 8 – April 1, 6:10 – 7:10 p.m. at Woodhaven. Need more info? Text Charles at 919-740-0834.

Read more...
Mardi Gras decorations

Youth Missions Banquet

Mardi Gras decorations
Let the good times roll! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6-8 p.m. for A Mardi Gras-style dinner and entertainment presented by Woodhaven youth and their parents. Tickets are on sale now each Sunday and Wednesday.
 
This annual event is a fundraiser for Summer youth mission trips, including the Appalachia Service Project and an international mission trip. Youth will transform the Fellowship Hall into a festive backdrop and provide delightful service during your meal.
 
Tickets are $20 per adult and include an entree of your choice — Bourbon Street Chicken with rice and vegetables, Shrimp Etouffee, or Eggplant Etoufee — salad, rolls and traditional Mardi Gras dessert. Childcare is provided free of charge for infants to children in grade 5. We encourage you to invite friends, neighbors, coworkers and extended family.
 
Thank you for your support, and Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! 

Read more...
2020 with Clock Face

Spring 2020 Wednesdays

2020 with Clock Face
Do you sometimes plod through the week to get over the hump in the middle? Let’s reframe that in 2020! Join us for Wednesdays at Woody’s for a little time with friends to eat, chat and “set our minds on things above” for an hour or so.
 
Our new line-up includes a women’s study with Cynthia Thelen, a look at 1 & 2 Samuel with Tony Cartledge, a practical Smart Money, Smart Kids class led by Randy Patterson. Our pastor, Dave Stratton, will lead conversations about Why You’re Here.
 
Classes and activities for all ages are available each Wednesday from 6:10 – 7:10pm. Dinner is available for a family-friendly fee; reservations are required to help us prepare for you. Music for kids and adult worship choir rehearsals can also give your spirit a lift!
 

Read more...
Adult choir with instruments

Heaven’s Child Cantata

Adult choir with instruments
On Sunday, Dec. 15, our adult choir and an instrumental ensemble will lead our 10:30AM worship service with the wonderful music and message of “Heaven’s Child.” Composed by Pepper Choplin, the cantata includes the familiar components –the visitations of the angels, the startled excitement of the shepherds, the shimmering guiding star, the worshipful reverence of the three kings. Pepper was also inspired to include the poignant chronicle of Simeon, whose greatest desire was to live long enough to personally witness the coming of the promised One, thus fulfilling the prophecy of long ago. “Heaven’s Child” takes us into the mystery and awe of Christmas and into the eternal significance of that perfect union of heaven and earth–the divine and the human. Please join us, and bring a friend or two!

Read more...
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).

Read more...

Celebrate Advent

Sunday, Dec. 1 marks the beginning of the Advent season, a period of anticipation and hope as we remember Christ’s birth. Join us at 8:30 a.m. for our annual Advent Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. After we eat, we’ll enjoy songs and a special guest. Guests are welcome! During our 10:30 a.m. worship service, we’ll continue our celebration as we decorate the sanctuary with the symbols of Christmas. We hope you’ll be there!
 
Other Advent events:
  • Dec. 11 @ 6pm – Churchwide painting party
  • Dec. 14 – Lost Sheep Ministries gift giveaway
  • Dec. 15 @ 10:30am – Christmas cantata by the adult worship choir
  • Dec. 24 @ 5:00pm – Christmas Eve service

Read more...
Clock with bow

Happiness is… Serving Others

Clock with bow
As we approach the “season of giving,” please consider a gift of time. Several deacon-led ministry teams could still use some helpers this church year and would love to have you involved with serving the needs of our congregation. If you would like to join one of these teams, or just want to find out more, please contact one of our deacons. Thank you for considering how you can help others in your Woodhaven family!
 

Read more...
Bible Gateway icon

Christ-followers Read

Bible Gateway icon
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.

Read more...
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!

Read more...
Person holding bank

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. 

Read more...