Elf Night Christmas Party

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Get ready to get your elf on with us on December 10 from 6-8PM!  Our Christmas party this year will be an elfin’ good time as we play some elf themed games together, give away some prizes and watch this all time classic Christmas movie on the big screen in The Hub.  Plus, every great Christmas movie is made better with free popcorn and hot chocolate bar.

It’ll be a night to remember so grab some invites from The Hub and invite your friends!

Christmas At West Side

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Elf Night Christmas Party – Our last night of V-groups for 2014 will be 12/10 as we celebrate Christmas together at our big Elf Night party.

Holiday Worship Schedule – We will wrap up our Christmas at the Movies series in the Hub on 12/21. Then on 12/28 we will be encouraging students to attend with their families at one of our two main services (9:15am or 10:45am).  We will not have separate student worship that week.

Christmas Eve Services – Join us in the main worship center on 12/22 or 12/23 at 5:00pm or 7:00pm or at 12/24 at 3:00pm or 5:00pm for one of our special Christmas Eve services.

Christmas Eve Volunteering – Our Jr. High Ministry is jumping in to help this year.  We want to make Christmas Eve a great experience for our little kids too.  If you’re interested in helping at any service,  but especially on 12/23 at 7:00pm, contact Chris.

V-Group Serving Night

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The week of Wednesday, December 3 each of our V-Groups are planning their own opportunities to serve and make a difference in our community.  We will not be meeting at the church during our regular time that night.  Instead, check the list below to make sure you know your group’s plans.  If you’re not in a group or aren’t sure which is yours, contact Chris.

  • All 8th Girls – Christmas party for James project in E205, 5-8pm, Susan’s group bring stockings, Jenni’s group bring candy, Hannah’s group bring assigned craft/snack.
  • 7th (Nancy, Jennifer & Erika) – Nancy’s house (2612 Kipling Drive), 6:30-8pm, bring snacks
  • 7th (Angie, Stefanie & Rebecca) – 5 Below 6pm-Church 8pm, bring $5
  • 6th (Jessica & Katie) – CH Kitchen, 6-8pm, bring cookie/brownie mix to bake, cookie sheets & snacks
  • 6th (Angela, Jenni & LeighAnn) – Make blankets at LeighAnn’s house (4300 Creek Drive), 6-8pm, bring $5 & snack or drink
  • 6th (Missy & Brenda) -Mini Obeirne Children’s Holiday Store (2325 West Monroe), 6:30-8pm
  • All 8th Grade Boys – Already met (served homeless on 11/23)
  • 7th (Carl & Connor) – Ronald McDonald House, 6:30-8pm
  • 7th (Justin, Don & Tanner) – Meet at Fireside Cafe, 6:30-8pm, Help with Holiday Blast
  • 6th (Jim, Chris & Andrew) – Parkway Point Aldi 6:30-Target 8:00, bring $5 for groceries & extra for snack
  • 6th (PJ, Shane & Joey) – Meet at Fireside Cafe, 6:00-8pm, Help with Holiday Blast

Deck The Hub

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Excited to jump fully into the Christmas season?  We’ll be decorating The Hub for Christmas on Tuesday, November 25 from 3:30-5:00PM.  If you just can’t get enough Christmas and you’d like to come help we’d love to have you. Plus we’ll have some fun Christmas snacks!

Pumpkinpalooza 2014

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On Wednesday, October 29 from 6:30-8:00PM our normal V-Groups will be replaced by our  annual Pumpkinpalooza event! We’ll meet you at the camp for lots of pre-Halloween fun. We’ll do some fun fall stuff and, since it’ll be near Halloween we’re asking everyone to come in costume. We’ll also be doing some fun stuff with candy but we need some donations. If you or your family have any extra candy or would be willing to provide some, please contact ChrisS@wschurch.org.

The whole point of nights like this is to give you an easy way to invite your friends to come out, have some fun and meet a few people from church. Take the time in the next week or two to mention this to your friends and grab some postcards to invite them to come join in the fun!

Parenting on Purpose Conference

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On November 15 from 9am-1pm we’re hosting a very special event for parents.  Our entire family ministry team has been working for months to plan the Parenting On Purpose Conference. It will feature a main session and worship followed by breakouts led by many of our staff including sessions on Dealing with Tech & Media, Understand Your Child’s Personality, Equipping Your Teen To Own Their Faith and many more. We’re planning to make it a very impactful and practical day for all of our parents and we’ll hope you’ll make it a point to be there.

The cost of the conference is only $10 including lunch, childcare and resources.  Registration opens soon at wschurch.org/parents.  Make sure you get signed up by Sunday, November 9 so we make sure we have space for you.  We hope you’ll join us!

Mighty Strong Girls

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Mighty Strong Girls is a 5 week elective for all girls in 6-8th grade from October 7-November 4. It will be held from 5-6pm each week in the Hub classroom.

Mighty Strong Girls is a magazine that is created by local teenage girls discussing topics that they have dealt with as a teenage girl. This month’s issue is focusing on the topic of Wisdom. We will be talking about how to make wise choices at school, in relationships, in our families and how to find our true value in God. To sign up please email Hannah at HannahK@wschurch.org and bring $5 to our first meeting.

See You At The Pole

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See You At The Pole is a student-led, national movement that takes place every year in September to pray for our cities, schools, and nation.

This year, See You At The Pole is taking place on Wednesday, September 24 at 7am (unless another time has been announced) at your local school flag pole.

Take this opportunity to connect with other Christians, pray for Springfield, and pray for your teachers and other students at your school.

You can find out more info about See You At The Pole at http://syatp.com.

Hub Hangtime

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It’s back!  Beginning Tuesday, September 16 we’re going to open up The Hub Gathering Area from 3:30-5:00 each Tuesday. Take advantage of this low key time to invite friends after school to come and study, play video games, get food from the snack bar or just hang out.