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32nd Church Anniversary | First Fruits Sunday – PREPARATION, PROTECTION, PRESENTATION!

We have a full week ahead at The Church Without Walls! We will begin our 32nd Church Anniversary Celebration tonight on our Queenston Campus with Guest Preacher, Terry K. Anderson leading up to our Volunteer Breakfast, Church Anniversary and First Fruits Sunday.

As you reflect on the message from last Sunday, “Don’t Alter What You Bring to the Altar”, we want to take some time this week for:

  • PREPARATION – Fast and pray to prepare your heart and mind to hear how God wants you to give sacrificially for First Fruits Sunday.
  • PROTECTION – Fast and pray for God to protect what He has entrusted to your care to make the presentation.
  • PRESENTATION – Fast and pray that God would prepare your heart to make a sacred presentation on this High Holy Sunday.

God has been so good to all of us. Remember, “Not Equal in Giving, but Equal in Sacrifice”,  and we thank you for your obedience.

Be Encouraged.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month – Let’s Show Pas How Much We Appreciate Him

October is Pastor Appreciation Month – Let’s Show Pas How Much We Appreciate Him

October is Pastor’s Appreciation Month and it’s the month we celebrate our Pastor, Ralph Douglas West’s pastoral anniversary. In 2019, we celebrate 32 years of Pas feeding, leading, and equipping us to do ministry, in addition to the love and compassion he’s shared with us! Considering this, we want to show him how his leadership as our pastor has impacted our lives. As members of the congregation, we will show him by committing to do the following:

As a member of TCWW, I will…

Be Present:

  1. Attend church every Sunday, particularly in October and November. The ministry of presence is powerful.
  2. Bless someone! Before the benediction, Pas asks us to purchase a copy of the sermon to bless someone else. Invite that person you shared the message with to join you in worship to celebrate his anniversary.
  3. Stop by the Proverbs Bookstore on Queenston or the Fellowship Halls at Eldridge and Bingle to pick up one of the designated sheets for handwritten notes to mention specific ways he has influenced your life for Christ. He was overjoyed this week to read some of the notes he received, some even got a good chuckle out of him.
  4. Bring your tithes and offering into the storehouse so that we can continue to do ministry that is pleasing to God.
  5. In addition, let’s show Lady Sheretta West how much we appreciate her. We know that Pas’ leadership is impacted daily by her love and partnership in ministry. We will demonstrate our love to her with a “Love Flash Mob” with cards to include special notes of love, appreciate, and admiration.

Participate on Social Media:

  1. Let’s break the internet! Make “We love you, Pas” signs, take pictures of people holding the signs: individuals, couples, groups, children, youth, leaders, guests, and peripheral members with smiles, fun poses, list names of everyone in the picture. We will have frames on each campus in Rotunda and the Fellowship Halls, but we encourage you to release your creative prowess and make your own! Post on social media using the Hashtags: #WeLovePas #Pas32 #TCWW #IAmTCWW #OurJourney
  2. Testimony Tuesday – every Tuesday in October and November, share your story on social media about your journey under Pas’ leadership and use Hashtag: #OurJourney #TCWW #IAmTCWW
  3. Throwback Thursday Picture Day – We have shared several pictures of Pas over the years on social media. We want you to Like, Post, Share, then share your favorite throwback moment of your life in Christ under Pas’ leadership.

We love and appreciate our pastor, let’s show him!

Celebrate With Us at The Church Without Walls

Celebrate With Us at The Church Without Walls

We are excited to celebrate our Pastor’s 32nd Pastoral Anniversary! As a church family, we are committed to demonstrating our love and appreciation to a man who has dedicated his life to preaching the Gospel. He’s a teacher and a life-long student of the Word of God, delivering a message that his audience can receive, learn, and grow. Pastor West, affectionately known as Pas celebrates many years of serving his congregation and working alongside them for winning souls to Jesus Christ. He gives himself tirelessly to members in our congregation during times of need in person and by phone, not to mention the day-and-night availability to other pastors who seek his counsel.

Our members and non-members often share what his pastoring has meant on their spiritual journey. “The concern and care he shows for me and my family, means a lot.” One member shared, ‘When he called me after my mom passed, that meant the world to me and I’ll never forget him for that.” Another member shared, “Please let Pastor West know that he is reaching people and impacting lives beyond Hous­ton, Texas. I watch on line and record his broadcast every Sunday:·

Pastor West is the most loving and nurturing Shepherd we could ask for. We are here. because you were there! We love you, Pas! Congratulations on your 32nd Pastoral Anniversary!

Join the celebration on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7pm on our Queenston Campus with guest preacher, Dr Remus Wright from The Fountain of Praise. And Sunday, October 13, 2019 with guest preacher, Dr Joe S. Ratliff from Brentwood Baptist Church. 

The Church Without Walls Missions – Serving the Community Locally and Internationally

The Church Without Walls Missions – Serving the Community Locally and Internationally

Where there’s a temple there’s a need, where there’s a need there’s provision, where there is provision, there is God, where there is God, He supplies in miraculous ways.

Sunday is Missions Sunday and we want to share with you, the miraculous ways God has provided for those in need through the generosity of our church.

The Church Without Walls Missions is involved in serving the community locally and internationally. Your giving to missions helps us to support local and international churches in evangelizing lost souls, discipling new believers in Jesus Christ, and practical everyday needs. Our Missions Ministry completed a trip to Kenya in July. We assisted two communities in Kenya Africa and provided school supplies, taught lessons to share Jesus, promoted the values of education and positive self-esteem. During this time, we served over 500 people in communities visited over 50 homes and shared our faith and offered prayer.

Our Pastor also lead a group to IC3 South Africa 🇿🇦 – Over 90% of our time and energy were spent serving – being the hands and feet of Jesus, loving, caring, giving, serving alongside, praying, encouraging, and …just being present.

Present…

  • in the lives and needs of prison officials
  • in the incarceration of young men convicted of rape, abuse, drug offenses
  • in the fight for justice with women protesting for their right to live and for better treatment
  • in the uncertainty of sustainability and changes for corporate employees
  • in the poverty of families trying to protect and raise their children in extreme conditions
  • in the advocacy for women in ministry to serve freely and in their challenge to become better ministers
  • in the needs of the disabled, physically challenged and the fatigue of those who care for them
  • in the struggle of faith to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ with pastors and leaders trying to stand strong while others are falling away

So many needs, so little resources. Doing what you can, with the little you have. Praying and doing, doing and praying. Giving, serving, loving, encouraging. Being present.

We have also actively served the homeless community in Houston through the Star of Hope, LifeHouse Houston, Mission of Yahweh, and Church Under the Bridge in collaboration with our Momentum Men’s Ministry, Ushers, and Discipleship Ministries.

Our church family also have over 100 Compassion International sponsorships in Guatemala and Haiti.

In collaboration with Baptist General Convention of Texas and Union Baptist Association, your generous donations to missions, help us evangelize and disciple by supporting feeding programs, educational programs, community development, and spiritual development. Our Missions Ministry has connected with over 32 local organizations with serving opportunities for you to serve alongside us. Check the opportunities at churchwithoutwalls.org.

We thank you for supporting what God is doing in the lives of people through our Missions Ministry and we invite others to join us in giving in our missions’ efforts, today. Be encouraged!

If you are interested in joining our Mission’s Ministry, email Miranda Bussey or visit the Mission’s Ministry table. 

Our Journey – The Next Three Years

Our Journey – The Next Three Years

Over the next 3 years, we will take a journey that will challenge us to imagine! The dictionary says imagination is “forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses. “The Bible uses another term for that: Faith.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

The writer of Hebrews goes on to tell us that the earliest followers of God “obtained a good testimony” through faith (Hebrews 11:2). We’re also instructed that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

By faith, we believe that God will reward those of us who diligently seek Him. As a body of believers, we want God to plant incredible imaginings in our minds for the role each of us will play to further His message through The Church Without Walls! We believe that God is able to do immeasurable more than our human minds can image.

So it is with this in mind that we begin “Our Journey” of imaging things not yet seen! Our Journey Capital Stewardship Campaign will be an experience of prayer, faith gratitude, sacrifice, vision and commitment. 

“Our Journey” of prayer will lead us far past asking, deep into new paths of seeking God’s way for our lives. Along those paths we will discover doorways – places where choices and decision must be made. Do we have the courage and commitment to knock on those doors? And when those new doorways are opened, will we step into a new way of life?

Knocking on the doors that God would open to us may well lead us down paths that we never imagined! We do not know what God has in store for . us when we begin such a journey, but one thing is certain – “Our Journey” of prayer will change our lives. After all, changing us has always been the real power of prayer. 

– Barbara Walker

Our Journey – A Message From Pastor West

Our Journey – A Message From Pastor West

Dear Church Family,

I am grateful that we are entering our new capital stewardship campaign – “Our Journey”. With the success of this capital stewardship campaign, our ministries will grow, our congregation and the community will be blessed, and God will be glorified.

Our Campaign’s prevailing theme is “Not Equal in Giving, But Equal in Sacrifice.” This theme challenges us to do the extraordinary, to give “over and above” sacrificially for the next three years. The theme reminds us that we can all have an equal part in the Lord’s work.

Our Journey provides all of us the opportunity to know in a fresh way the blessings which come through giving. Jesus said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over … ” (Luke 6:38)

I earnestly believe that we, the people of The Church Without Walls, are ready for the great challenge which this capital stewardship campaign offers. Let us each enter into this great effort prayerfully and enthusiastically.

Love,

Back to Church Sunday – Encourage someone today and share why you love the church

Back to Church Sunday – Encourage someone today and share why you love the church

As we celebrate National Back to Church Sunday this coming Sunday, those that are in church are encouraged to stay in church. And those that have dropped out are encouraged to come back to church. People often say as a Christian, you don’t have to go to church. Or you hear them say don’t be religious be spiritual. But as we read in Luke 4:16, “Jesus went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was His custom.” We too as Christians and followers of Christ, should have a custom of going to church on the Sabbath. 

In a previous sermon, Pastor Ralph Douglas West talks about when he was asked why people don’t go to church as much as they used to. He sheds some light on the subject based on his life and experience. He says as a baby boomer, he has lives through some of the most socio-political revolutions in America. One was “Down with the Establishment.” In many ways they became anti-institutional. He goes on to mention how their parents dragged them to church, Sunday school, BTU, BYPU, and midweek service. And as a result of this, some of his friends made the commitment that they were not only going to stop going to church but also, they were not going to force religion on their children. This caused a huge revolution where parents opted out of participating in the religious education of their children. Based on his life this could be a reason why some people are not going to church as often as they have in the past. 

Often times people are more inclined to talk about the bad in the church rather than the good. They use that bad as an excuse to stop going. But have you ever experienced a bad doctor or a bad teacher? Did that stop you from going to the doctor or going to school? There are some good lawyers and bad lawyers, but if you’re in legal trouble, will you not find a lawyer? Regardless of the good or bad, if the Lord wakes you up on a Sunday morning, why not give Him praise and worship Him at church. 

In this same sermon, Pastor West also shared some of the reasons why he loves the church.

  1. Pas loves the church because he likes being around people. 
  2. Pas loves hearing the gospel, hearing what God can do in this corrupt world.
  3. The church challenges Pas to grow. His foundation didn’t come from school. It came from the church.
  4. Pas finds encouragement at the church. It never comes from the same direction each week. 

Can you relate to some of Pastor West’s reasons for loving the church? Why do you love the church? What does the church mean to you? 

Be an encouragement to someone and share your story of how the church has helped you along this journey called life. Invite them to join you at church this Sunday so they too can experience the Word of God, grow spiritually and be encouraged on their journey. 

Excerpts from Pastor West’s 2017 Back to Church sermon. 

Pastor West explains why Small Groups are important

Participating in a Small Groups Bible Study is the best way to grow spiritually as Christians. In addition to attending worship services on Sunday, when studying the Word of God in a Small Group, people function better and grow more effectively. In the video, Pastor West expounds on the following three reasons why Small Groups are so important to Christians:

  1. In Small Groups, you learn alongside other believers
  2. In Small Groups, participation gives you built-in accountability
  3. In Small Groups, you develop life-long relationships

Let’s hear from Pas… click the “Play” button.

As we continue on Our Journey 8-week Prayer Campaign, this week’s prayer focus is Spiritual Growth. Pray this prayer everyday this week to allow the Lord to help you decide which Small Group Bible Study is suitable for you.

Heavenly Father, our desire is to love you with our whole heart. Our desire is to follow you. Our desire is to be an instrument for you! In or­der for us to love, follow, and be used by you, we must avail ourselves to grow in you. Lord, help us to put away the things that keep us from moving in your direction and concentrate on you. Amen!

The new session of Small Groups Bible Study begins on August 20th. Click here to see a full list of classes and descriptions. 

Join Mosaic as we Draw The Circle for 40 days of small group prayer

Join Mosaic as we Draw The Circle for 40 days of small group prayer

Beginning April 22nd, join the Mosaic Women as we Draw The Circle with forty days of prayer with a small group via conference call. In Draw the Circle, through forty true, faith-building stories of God’s answers to prayer, daily scriptures and prayer prompts, Batterson inspires you to pray and keep praying like never before. Begin a lifetime of watching God work. Believe in the God who can do all things. Experience the power of bold prayer and even bolder faith in Draw the Circle.