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Lesson Trailer for September 17th

We kicked off the school year in Heroes Gate this past Sunday with the story of the Creation and the Fall, and we’re excited about what the new year will hold as we go along.  Most Sundays, our Elementary kids watch a short “movie trailer” featuring the next week’s story. This Sunday, September 17th, kids will hear how Rebekah’s act of humble kindness led to her becoming an ancestor of God’s Son, Jesus (Genesis 21:1-7; 24:1-67).

Happy Thanksgiving!


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


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


Create anything I can dream up.

You Can Make a Difference

By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

I started attending Woodland Hills almost 24 years ago. Yes, I was a baby then! Well, not quite. You see, when I started at WHC, I had a baby. My baby was one year old at the time. We had been trying out churches for around 6 months, Woodland Hills was the first church where my baby would stay in the Nursery so I could attend church. This meant the world to me to have a place where I felt safe and my baby had fun.

It came time for us to volunteer and give back. I volunteered in the nursery and then at the check-in desk. I made hearts, oh yes, back when we had felt hearts for family numbers. I loved my time of volunteering so much that I applied to be on staff 11 years ago!

It is people like you who made all the difference in the world for me and my family. Volunteering is easy and we have so many different areas that you can jump into. If meeting new people and computers are your gig, we have our Welcome Team. If loving on kids is your thing, we have many opportunities. I am asking you to prayerfully consider whether God is asking you to be a part of Heroes Gate.

A Little Time, a Big Investment – Just think back in your life to the people who helped you grow in your faith, in your identity, and your giftings.  You could be that person for a little one in Heroes Gate.  Consider serving in HG this school year.

  • Team Leaders – Connect with kids in infants, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, or Club 56.
  • Storytellers, actors, or teachers – Connect kids to God’s story
  • Welcome Team – Connect families to HG
  • Special Needs – Help all kids participate fully
  • Worship – Connect kids to God through music

Click Here to sign up or contact Bethany Blick – or 651-287-2714