VBS 2021 is headed to present-day Israel where discovery awaits at Destination Dig. Kids will unearth more than dirt as they dig up exciting evidence that proves biblical events were not just stories. As junior archaeologists, kids will explore real-life archaeological finds that have helped to uncover the truth about Jesus! Along the way, they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13, that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts.
We are looking forward to worshipping together this Easter Sunday. Our schedule for this Sunday is as follows:
8:00 AM – Early Worship Service
9:30 AM – Mid Worship Service
11:00 AM – Late Worship Service (Live streamed)
(*NO SUNDAY SCHOOL*)
HELP US PLAN
We are expecting a larger crowd and we want to make sure that we are prepared. Please take a few minutes and let us know how many people in your family will be attending and what service you are planning to attend.
*THIS IS NOT A SIGN-UP FORM, THIS IS FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY*
Out of an abundance of caution tomorrow morning, Sunday, February 21, 2021, we have decided on the following plan.
8:30 am Early Service CANCELED
9:45 am Sunday school CANCELED
11:00 am Late Service (In-person & Livestream) – Will take place!
1:30 pm – Come & Go Baby Shower for Erin Claire King – Will take place!
5:00 pm – Deacon’s Meeting – CANCELED
As of 8:00 am on Saturday, the church’s parking lot still has a significant amount of ice covering the ground. Even with temps rising into the 40’s today, we are not confident that it will all melt before refreezing tonight. Temperatures are supposed to be above freezing by 9:00 am tomorrow. We realize that we have members spread out over Pontotoc county, and every road will not be clear by tomorrow morning. If you would like to join us at 11:00 am tomorrow for in-person worship, please use caution to make sure you can safely get to the church; if not, stay home and join us for worship through live stream.
The Faith Family of West Heights Baptist Church will commit to Love God and Serve People.
“Jesus answered him, “The first of all commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, The Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second is, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12: 29-31
We seek to accomplish our mission by:
1. Creating dynamic Worship experiences.
We were designed to worship our Creator.
“Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” – (Psalm 29:2)
Other Scripture: Psalm 95:6, Ephesians 5:18-20
2. Developing healthy Disciplesof Jesus.
We express our love for God by following Him as His disciple making other disciples.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – (Matthew 28:18-20)
3. Encouraging dedicated Serviceto the church.
We express our love for God by our service in the church.
“Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.” – (Psalm 100: 2)
Other Scripture: John 12:26, Matthew 5:16
4. Promoting deliberate Ministry to the world.
We express our love for God and others by intentional acts of ministry.
“For you, brethren , have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” – (Galatians 5:13)
Other Scripture: Mark 9:41, Matthew 25:40, James 1:27
We are excited about starting back some of our programs in house on Wednesday nights in 2021. Make sure to pay attention to times as we have slightly shifted earlier as we come back. At this time we will not have a Fellowship meal prior to activities, hopefully that will return soon!
6:15 PM – Prayer Meeting (Fellowship Hall, Online Version will be posted each week on YouTube.) 6:15 PM – Worship Choir (Sanctuary) 6:15 PM – The Heights Student Ministry (Youth Room) 6:15 PM – Children’s Ministry (GYM)
*We ask that you continue to follow social distancing and consider wearing a mask as move around the building*
The Lord’s Supper has deep theological and spiritual meaning. In Luke 22:19 Jesus tells His disciples that they are to observe this ordinance in remembrance of Him. Thus the overarching truth is that it is a time to remember what Jesus did for us, as 1 Corinthians 11 tells us that whenever we take it we proclaim the death and return of our Lord.
As a church family we will partake of the Lord’s Supper on December 27, 2020 as an act of worship during the morning worship services. If you are a church member who is joining online due to COVID, in order to participate with us during the service we encourage you to contact the church office (662-489-1200) to pick up the elements or have them delivered to your house.
This year our church will have a special service on Sunday, December 20, 2020 for the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. During the service you will have the opportunity to drop a special offering into the manger at the altar. Even if you have already given, you will still be able to participate in this special expression of giving and stewardship. You will simply drop an empty envelope in the manger that has the amount that you gave on the outside of the envelope. We hope that you and your family will spend the next couple of weeks prayerfully considering giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering.
What is the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering?
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® is an annual offering collected by believers around the world to support international missions. The offering was officially named in 1918 by Woman’s Missionary Union in honor of the missionary to China who urged churches to start it and give sacrificially.
This offering is unique from other mission offerings in that 100% of gifts provide for missionaries all over the world. It is a valuable part of Southern Baptists’ 175-year history of reaching the nations with the gospel and vital to reaching the vision of a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 7:9).
More information is available by clicking on the link below:
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® is a registered trademark of Woman’s Missionary Union.
2021 is here! Even though things continue to change due to the pandemic, we are looking forward to the next year. Beginning on Wednesday, January 6, 2020 we will begin having in-person activities and programs for all ages on Wednesday nights. Below is our schedule:
*At this time, the church ask each individual to consider wearing a mask upon entering, exiting, and moving around the building. We attempt to provide social distancing in all our settings.*
Sunday 8:30 am – Early Service 9:30 am – Sunday school (Some classes meet in-person) *A Zoom option is available, members can contact the church office for an invitation to join.* 10:00 am – Mask Required Service (Fellowship Hall) 11:00 am – Late Service (Live-streamed)
Wednesday (Starting 1/6/2021) 6:15 pm – Prayer Meeting In-Person (Fellowship Hall) *Online Version will be posted weekly to our YouTube channel 6:15 pm – Worship Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary) 6:15 pm – The Heights Student Ministry (Youth Room) 6:15 pm – Children’s Ministry (Gym)
*NO FELLOWSHIP MEAL AT THIS TIME*
Update: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 @ 12:00 PM
We continue the rollercoaster ride of decision making in regards to COVID-19. Due to a surge in positive cases amongst our members and staff, we will return to Online-Only this Sunday, November 8, 2020. Our desire in taking a break from in-person gathering, is to help slow the spread and to do our part in keeping every member and guest healthy. Here are a few important things to know about this week:
There will be no Prayer Service recorded today, Nov. 4, 2020. We plan to resume those services next week.
Sunday Morning service will be live-streamed on our You Tube channel at 11:00 am.
The Deacons Meeting scheduled Sunday evening, Nov. 8, 2020 will be postponed to the next week.
There will be no church-wide Operation Christmas Child packing party this Sunday evening. We will keep you updated about needs for OCC in the coming days.
Bro. David shared an article from Thom Rainer in this weeks newsletter that sums up the feeling of having to make these weekly decisions on schedule. He described it as feeling overwhelmingly like “lose-lose decisions.” As a staff, we are grateful for the understanding and grace you have shown as a church as we make difficult decisions. Please know that we love each of you dearly and we desire to honor Christ in every decision.
Registration for Services will begin on Monday, May 4th @ 8:00 am
Update: Monday, April 20, 2020 @ 6:00 PM
UPDATE: Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 11:00am
UPDATE: Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:45 AM
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.
UPDATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 11:15 AM
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*
UPDATE: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 4:30 PM
UPDATE: Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 9:30 AM
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.
The last couple of days our staff has been looking at options for how to effectively encourage our church family during this time. Last night I hosted our first Sunday School Leaders meeting via video conference. We discussed ways to keep our Sunday school classes connected through technology and my hope is that your class will be reaching out in the coming days offering ways for your group to share prayer request, encouraging words, and possibly even video conference together.
We are currently working on options for live streaming and/or recording bible study options for different age groups that will be posted throughout the week. I will put more information out in the coming days about schedule.
We have a couple of apps that we want to recommend to you:
Church Directory App – Our church members have an opportunity to have access to our church directory, church calendar, & online giving through this app. This gives each member easy access to information that will help keep in contact with each other. (Only available to church members)
Right Now Media – You possibly have a lot more free time on your hands right now. During this time may we not say that we didn’t have time to spend time in God’s Word. Right Now Media is an app that gives you access to thousands of bible studies for adults and biblical kids shows.
ACCESS TO THESE APPS – If you would like access to these apps send your e-mail to email@example.com
Below is a tutorial video of how to download and access the apps.
We have been working to organize our Crisis Serve Teams. Several teams are already working on being a bright light in a dark situation. Please take time to join one of the teams, click this link to view the groups and fill out the form at the bottom of the page: https://westheightsbaptist.org/crisis-serve-teams-2020/
UPDATE: Tuesday March 17, 2020 @ 1:30 PM
UPDATE: Saturday March 14, 2020 @ 3:50 PM
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:
Pray earnestly for those that have been impacted by this virus, pray that they may hear the Good News of Jesus before it is to late.
Look for opportunities to serve a neighbor. Maybe you could make a grocery run for an elderly person or sick person who doesn’t need to get out in public areas at this time.
Maybe you know someone who has to be at work and needs help with their children because school has let out for the next week.
Offer support to those on the frontline. As we all seek ways to stay home more, our medical personnel is ramping up for a very busy next few weeks. Pray for them, send encouraging words to them, offer to bring them lunch, etc.
USE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO POINT PEOPLE TO THE PRINCE OF PEACE!
May God Bless, Bro. Joseph
Update: Thursday, March 12, 2020
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.
THIS SUNDAY (March 15th)
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:
Our greeters will greet you at the door and will be happy to open the door for each person.
You will find hand sanitizer stations spread throughout the building. Please use as much as needed; but please remember that if you have the opportunity, washing your hands is more effective in preventing the transmission of germs.
This Sunday, our normal offering will be held at the end of the service. Ushers will be stationed at each exit if you would like to drop an offering in the plate.
We will not be serving coffee in the welcome center this Sunday. Please make sure you bring your own cup this week!
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):
No Fever over 99.6 currently or within the past 24 hours.
No vomiting or diarrhea currently or within the last 24 hours.
No runny nose.
No unexplained rashes.
No skin infections.
No eye infections
WHAT ABOUT NEXT SUNDAY
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!
In order to maintain moderate social distancing, we are asking each person to let us know which service they will attend. When you register PLEASE SIGN-UP EACH PERSON IN YOUR FAMILY THAT WILL BE ATTENDING.
* Click on link for the service time you plan to attend to register*