Raised Together Bible Study

A Study of Colossians

by: Gloria Furman


And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. – Colossians 2:13-14

Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae encourages believers to live out the reality of the doctrine of Christ—He is God, He is supreme, and He is sufficient. We have been buried with Him and raised to life with Him as new creations, knit together in love.

In 8 sessions, explore themes of foundational Christian doctrine through verse-by-verse study of Colossians. Learn who Christ is, who you are in Him, and how to grow and mature in your faith.


Sign up deadline- sept 30
Start date- Oct 17
End date- Dec 12

*Meet at 5pm in fellowship hall beginning Sunday Night, October 17th
*Cost of Personal Study Book is $16.00
*all that’s required is you, your Bible, a pen, and study book


COVID Updates


Dear Church Family,

COVID has once again reared its ugly head in our community and our state. We have been talking with some of our local healthcare workers who are dealing with this pandemic on a daily basis. Their advice to us, since we meet indoors in a large group capacity, is to strongly recommend wearing masks while we gather. 

Our goal in making decisions is to listen well to the experts (those trained in the medical field) who live and work in our community. As a church, our mission statement is to LOVE GOD & SERVE PEOPLE. We believe we can do both of these effectively in the coming days without shutting down the church again and continuing to move forward in our mission.  

We understand that wearing or not wearing a mask is your choice, but we encourage each member to prayerfully consider doing small things to help out. Each medical professional we spoke with said the same thing:

  • Wear a mask in public settings. 
  • Attempt to social distance when possible.
  • Consider getting the vaccine.

Since this pandemic has been politicized over the past year, we know that everyone has different opinions about the above recommendations. We hope that you will keep these verses in mind as we move forward.

“13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” – Galatians 5:13-15

“19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” -James 1: 19-22

May God Bless, and may we look forward to worshipping together this Sunday.

West Heights Staff

Easter Sunday 2021

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)



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.


Winter Weather Statement

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.

Mission Statement

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 Disciples of 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 Service to 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

Wednesday Night Reset

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

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.

Walk to the Manger

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.

Children’s Christmas Party

We are so excited about the Christmas parties for the Children and Parents this year! Please call the church office to let us know who all is coming. We look forward to three great nights with the kids and parents of playing games and fun activities as we celebrate our Savior!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can Parents come? YES!!! Please do! We are encouraging all parents to come!

Q: If I have children in different age groups how do I handle that? 1 of 2 ways; bring both kids on both nights or just pick one night and come and bring both kids.

Q: Is dinner provided? YES! We will provide dinner and snacks

Q: Can teachers and leaders come even though they don’t have children in the age group? YES! Please do. This will be an opportunity for you to see the kids out of a classroom setting.

Any other questions? Please reach out to Ryan Moorman @ 662-419-1927

Please call the church office at 662-489-1200 to let us know if you and your child/children are coming to the Christmas party. Parents are encouraged to come!