Happy Thanksgiving!

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We hope you and your family are able to enjoy time together this holiday weekend and celebrate your many blessings.  We encourage you to take the time to talk about things for which you are grateful and praise God together for all He has done in your lives as a family.  May this weekend be a blessed time of love and thanksgiving!

Staff Bio: Karyn Carlson

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It is time again for an installment we like to call, Meet the Staff. Karyn joined us in May 2016 and has been a wonderful asset to our team. I asked Karyn some questions to help you get to know her. Enjoy her responses!

Tell me a little about yourself:

I have attended Woodland Hills Church since its Battle Creek days.  I love WHC because it feels like family to me even though it is so big.  I served on the Worship Team under Norm Blagman’s tutelage for several years and have served in the Children’s ministry as a coach, worship team singer, and door guard for a few years, and I am excited to grow into my new role as the Children’s Elementary Team Coordinator.  Church has been a part of who I am my entire life because I am and forever will be a pastor’s kid. Being a follower of Christ is something I strive toward every day.  I have been blessed with a godly husband named Brad (19 years and counting!).  We have three kids: Sam (16) is a Junior, Ben (14) is a Freshman, and Maddy (10) is in 5th grade.

What do you enjoy the most about Children’s ministry?

I have really enjoyed getting to know all of the fabulous volunteers that sacrifice their Sunday mornings to invest into the lives of Heroes Gate kids. I love talking through challenges and brainstorming ideas with them to navigate those challenges.  My absolute favorite is being approached by a kiddo who openly and transparently shares their story with me.  When this happens, my heart fills with joy and I am once again reminded to live life with child-like faith.

What is your dream vacation?

Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England with my husband.

Tell us something very few people know about you:

I can solve a Rubik’s Cube.

When it comes to movies, I will take action/adventure over romantic comedy any day.

I love office products (it’s almost an unhealthy obsession really…if I am honest.)

What do you do in your spare time?

Crochet blankets

Play video games with my children

Read

Create anything I can dream up.

Free Finding Dory Movie Night

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Join us this Friday night (November 18th) at Woodland Hills for a free showing of the new Disney/Pixar movie, Finding Dory!  We’ll have some free popcorn and Goldfish crackers for you as well as games and prizes.  Come dressed as your favorite character from the movies, and you can be part of our costume parade!  You could even have your picture taken with Dory and friends in our photo booth.  So bring a blanket or chair as well as some friends and family and come on over!  The fun starts at 6:15pm on Friday night!

Giving Back

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By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

Giving back is important all year long, but the holiday season seems to bring out that spirit more than other times of the year. It is wonderful to model to our children that giving to others is important. To help you out, we have come up with a few ideas and links. Have fun with it!

Operation Joy– grab an ornament off the tree in the Heroes Gate area and help a family in need celebrate Christmas by providing a gift and/or a meal. Gifts are due back to HG no later than December 11th.

Operation Christmas Child- shoe boxes for kids in need. You can find more information at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Create a Christmas bucket list- here are some fun ideas! http://www.thedatingdivas.com/printable-service-bucket-lists/

Christmas Service Advent idea- this one is good if you are feeling creative! http://www.thedatingdivas.com/printable-service-bucket-lists/

Sign up to ring the bellhttp://salvationarmynorth.org/volunteer/bellringing/

Other ideas:

Caroling in your neighborhood or in a nursing home

Serving at a shelter

Play “secret Santa” for a neighbor in need

Serve at Feed My Starving Children

Drop a donation off at the Ronald McDonald house

Shovel snow for a neighbor

There are so many fun ways to give back. Some cost very little but require your time. Some cost a bit but will be a huge blessing. Giving back is living out the Kingdom and modeling God’s love to those around you. Be blessed and be a blessing this Christmas season!