Dear Westheights Family,
On Sunday, November 22 we will celebrate 42 years of ministry together. We began 2020 anticipating many “new” initiatives for how we would live out our mission of helping people find and follow Jesus. The reality of COVID-19 is that many of these plans have been set aside as we have pivoted to express this mission within our new reality.
As we celebrate our anniversary I am extremely grateful to be a part of Westheights Community Church. I am grateful for our staff team – Charlene, Christina, Mimi, and Terry – as they quickly transitioned into leading and supporting our ministries in ways that were not anticipated. I am also grateful for a church family who tracked with us as we transitioned from in-person to online ministry. Thank you for your faithfulness, support, and willingness to try new things.
Recently I heard a ministry colleague share a question that she is asking during this season: “What does this make possible?” Indeed, I believe that despite the reality of COVID-19, that we have not stopped being the Church, and so I would ask that you would join me in praying to discern what is being made possible during these unfamiliar times.
In previous years we have asked you to consider giving a special offering to the work of our church as a part of our anniversary celebrations. This year the Board would like to encourage us to do something different. Throughout the past 9 months, we have been encouraged by your financial support and we recognize that there are a great number of needs in our Region as a result of this pandemic. With this in mind, the Board would like to encourage us to make a donation to a community organization called House of Friendship as a part of our anniversary celebration. House of Friendship is a Waterloo Region-based nonprofit organization that provides food, housing, addiction treatment, and neighbourhood support to individuals and families. To give to House of Friendship, please click this link.
We will be celebrating our anniversary on Sunday, November 22. I hope that you will join us to celebrate God’s goodness as well as to anticipate what is yet to come.
– Josh Mutter, Lead Pastor