Amid the COVID-19 season of adhering to social distancing measures, we want you to remain connected. In one of our Facebook groups, you can find a place to belong, receive encouragement, experience authentic community and spiritual growth. We currently offer community groups for men, women, youth, children, young adults, and marriage.
It is my prayer that this finds you safe and trusting God only, knowing He is still in control and He has the whole world in His hand. Isiah 26:3 teaches: He will keep you in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him, because you trusted Him. Pas’ powerful sermon on Sunday, 3/29/2020 from Job 42 taught me what to say when someone asks what God is saying to us in times such as these. He said to tell them, God is saying confess that He is omnipotent, all powerful and knows just what He’s doing. He can’t fail. Although we are in a season of uncertainty, a time when we can’t gather with family members, a time where we can’t hold the hand of ailing loved ones, a time where we run in the other direction when someone sneezes, a time where face coverings are the norm, a time when our government strongly encourages us to SOCIALLY DISTANCE ourselves, the saints remain SPIRITUALLY CONNECTED.
Please remain in prayer, connect with us on our website, social media platforms, and trust God even more.
Written by: Kenny Myles
To our TCWW Family,
Marc Connelly in his play Green Pastures places the angel, Gabriel, on a top floor in a tenement building in a big city where he turns around and said, “Everything nailed down is coming loose.” Everything we’ve known to be sturdy and strong has become flimsy and feeble. Therefore, at The Church Without Walls, our leadership had to make some adjustments to re-fasten what appeared to have come loose.
Here’s a tripart of what we’re working with, first, we’ve now had to change from a physical congregation to a virtual congregation, where every worship service, bible study, and ministry engagement is now online. We are a global village scattered but connected.
Second, I want to invite you to join one of our Facebook Groups. We have groups for the entire church, for our men, women, youth, children, young adults, and small groups. Search for the groups under our official, The Church Without Walls Facebook page. Here in this virtual community, you can converse and get to know each other better.
Third, now this is the big caveat, to my younger members. After continued conversations today with the CDC, MD Anderson, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Methodist Hospital, and the Greater Houston Partnership, they leaned heavily on the faith community to transmit this message specifically to our millennials. I need you to help me get the word out, the number of Coronavirus cases is rapidly increasing. so, here’s my word to you, take the personal measures by staying home and keeping your distance from people. I’m aware that God is omnipotent, still, we have the power to do something, now. Let me call your attention to the wisest man on the planet, when he said to his millennial son, “as we know, wise choices will watch over you, understanding will keep you safe.” Proverbs 2:11.
And finally, I want to say to The Church Without Walls family, thank you for assisting one another. Thank you for helping our leadership in keeping the church connected to one another. Thank you for giving faithfully to the Glory of God. And now may we learn the lessons that God is teaching us in this COVID-19 season.
Remember to Bring God’s House to Your House.
The Church Without Walls is praying and working diligently to protect our congregation and taking every precaution to ensure that our worship services follow CDC guidelines.
When greeting one another, instead of hugs and handshakes, greet using elbow bumps or wave ?? with a smile.
For further protection, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, stay home when you are sick, and do not bring children who are sick to the nursery, KWOW children’s area or Ignite Youth.
We will continue to pray and monitor updates.
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.
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…
- Attend church every Sunday, particularly in October and November. The ministry of presence is powerful.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bring your tithes and offering into the storehouse so that we can continue to do ministry that is pleasing to God.
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- 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!
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.
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.
- 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.
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
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.