Sunday, March 29, 2020
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Our plan right now is to follow the school system in regards to social distancing and for returning to gatherings at the building. At this moment we plan to return to our normal schedule on April 26, 2020. All dates mentioned will remain flexible.
In response to the executive order signed yesterday, we are doing our part by closing the church office. The church staff will be doing as much as we can remotely and limiting our time at the building to the most essential things.
The phone line is still being answered and will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member. If you need help with anything please call 662-489-1200.
Our ministries will continue to our church family and our community. We continue to organize different ways to reach out. If would like to help please email or call.
In the case of an emergency at night (death, accident, or dilemma) please call our Minister on Call number 662-308-1289.
* These numbers do not receive text messages*
I want to keep you updated on steps we are taking to stay on top of keeping our church family connected during this unusual separation.
As I mentioned in our previous announcement, this has been a rapidly changing situation. I’ve been on the phone most of the day seeking advice on what we should do as a church.
Just about an hour ago, the Governor of MS made a public statement declaring a State of Emergency. In his address he made a specific call to churches not to have public gatherings tomorrow.
I know that some will not agree with this decision and will consider this overkill for this situation. However, Scripture gives us an answer to how we are to respond as believers. Romans 13 tells us that we should submit to our authorities. Therefore, unless someone is asking us to suppress the Gospel message, we are to respond agreeably to this request.
In response to this request, West Heights will move our services online this Sunday, March 15, 2020. We will stream our service at 11:00am and 6:00pm on our YouTube channel. We will do our best to provide links on Facebook and our webpage that make this easy to find.
During this time, I urge our church family to use opportunities to serve those around us. Many peoples lives will be disrupted by this situation. Even though the numbers of impacted seem low to many of us, please remember that each number represents a life. Each death that is recorded represents a life that will be spent in eternity in either Heaven or Hell. May we be reminded of the urgency to spread the Good News of Jesus to everyone who needs to hear. This week maybe you can help:
May God Bless, Bro. Joseph
Amidst the rapidly growing discussion about how businesses, organizations, and churches should respond to the pandemic known as COVID-19, we want our church family to know that we are paying close attention. The following is how we are preparing to move forward in the coming days:
Philippians 4:6, Paul writes, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” As believers we are to entrust everything into the hands of our loving Heavenly Father. Together, we pray for wisdom in the midst of a rapidly changing situation. We pray for our national, state, and local leaders as they direct the country in the best courses of action. Our church should lift up missionaries as they serve in places that are experiencing impact from the pandemic. Most of all, may we seek wisdom from God in how we individually respond to our neighbors in the midst of this situation.
At this current moment we are planning to continue with our normal schedule. If something changes in the coming days, we will communicate with church members via e-mail, text message, Facebook, and our website.
We do want all our members to know that if you are concerned about this virus because you fall within the high risk category, please know that we will be streaming the 11:00 am service on our YouTube channel. We will post a direct link on our website and on Facebook this Sunday so that you can easily find the service. We invite you to join us for worship from your home.
This Sunday, we will make minor changes to encourage good hygiene within our facilities. Here are some of the things you can expect:
Finally, a friendly reminder, one of the best ways to stop the spread of any illness is to stay home if you are not feeling well. Here are some recommendations for kids (and probably should be followed by adults as well):
We place a high priority on gathering together as a faith family each week. As a believer, worshipping together is a major part of our faith. None of us like the idea of rearranging our schedule out of fear or panic. However, we do want to be prepared to respond in a Christlike manner to our community if this virus or any future pandemic continues to spread.
As mentioned above, this is a rapidly changing situation. Our church will be putting together a group of leaders within the church to help prepare a Pandemic Response Policy for the church. This policy will simply outline how we will handle this pandemic and any pandemic in the future. We will be looking at the best way for the church to respond to request of our national, state, and local leaders in these types of situations. Our focus will be how do we best share the Good News of Jesus Christ to our community, our state, our country, and to the world when people are scared of what tomorrow holds. In some cases that requires us to stand strong in our beliefs and at other times calls us to rearrange our schedules to show love to those around us. West Heights is a church that serves the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, and we believe that He will guide our steps as we move forward.
West Heights, lets continue to pray and care for those that are impacted by this pandemic!
West Heights has two teams that will be going international on mission trips this summer. These teams are fundraising to help cover the cost of those trips.
*** Shirts are soft material. Soft shirts are a tad less generous of a fit than a normal t-shirt. They are nicer, softer t-shirt, but if you are between two sizes I would definitely suggest choosing the larger one! ****
ALL FUNDS RAISE ARE SPLIT EVENLY AMONGST TEAM MEMBERS!
There are a limited number of spots available and are offered on a first come, first serve basis. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due before you can submit the form. The form and the $50 non-refundable deposit must be filled out and paid by March 25, 2020.
FORMS FOR CAMP
The following forms must be filled out and turned into the office by May 31, 2020. Both are medical release forms & both must be filled out & notarized. (Will be added at a later date)
Speaker: Duke Dismukes
Band: Sow and Tether
For students 7th grade – completed 12th grade. Join us for a great weekend of fun, fellowship, and discipleship. Don’t let your student or their friends miss out on this great weekend!
Through the sport of basketball we seek to help kids develop both physically and spiritually. This is done through our Upward Basketball program. In October we have evaluations for our upcoming league. Our Upward Basketball season runs from December to February each year. Please follow our facebook page for upcoming info.
Upward Celebration Night Block Party
Monday February 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM
at the Pavilion on the Tanglefoot Trail
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Monday, October 7, 2019 – Thursday, October 10, 2019
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Friday, October 11, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019
4:30 – 5:00 pm – Worship & Pray Together
5:00 – 6:30 pm – Serve Our Community
6:30 – 7:15 pm – Meal & Share Time
(Nursery provided for 3yrs old & under,
4yrs. old – 6th grade must serve alongside their parent or guardian)
Service Team Descriptions
1. Door to Door Surveys – (John Mark)
Go visiting door to door in our community looking for opportunities to share the Gospel
2. Block Party – (Craig Farley)
Help plan & execute a block party in a specific area in our community.
3. Grocery Bag Loading (David Hamilton)
Serve others by loading their groceries into their cars while looking for opportunities to share your faith & pray for others.
4. Laundry Mat (Nathan Mooneyham)
Take coins & pay for someone’s laundry. Use the opportunity to meet someone you don’t know in our community.
5. Missions Trailer (Drake Merritt)
Go do some yard work & minor repair in homes around the city.
6. $1 Carwash (Ryan Moorman)
Wash a car, give them a $1 & share the Good News! This is a great service project for families with young kids.
7. Letter Writing (Mary Margaret Ferguson)
Encourage a homebound member or contact someone that hasn’t been to church in the last few months.
8. Prayer Team (Allen Maxey)
Join others in the Sanctuary to pray for the teams that our out and pray for revival in Pontotoc
9. Kitchen Crew (Jennifer Quarles & Lori Campbell)
Prepare and serve our teams each night. Everyone will come together to fellowship and celebrate what God did that night.
End of the Year Adventure
(completed 5th & 6th graders only)
Tuesday, July 30th
9:00am – 4:30pm
Where: The Incredible Pizza Company, Memphis
Cost includes: All you can eat pizza buffet, unlimited soda, 8 activities, 2 hours open play on video games, & $15 game card
Activities to choose from include: go-karts, laser tag, tagada ride, spinning roller coaster, the scrambler, xd theater, lost in space, bumper cars, mini bowling
Throw on your camera strap and buckle your seatbelt. VBS 2019 takes you on a wild adventure—with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. As you seek out exotic animals, you’ll also find snapshots of real-life encounters with Jesus in Scripture. Kids go from bewildered to believing as they get In The Wild at this summer’s VBS.
YOU MAY REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR VBS ON MONDAY MORNING AT 8:00AM AT THE CHURCH. REGISTRATION IS AT THE SOUTHWEST ENTRANCE.