The WPC Weekly
Upcoming events, announcements, this week's calendar, and a word from Pastor Dave.
A Warmup for October 21
WPC family,
I still remember singing the song as a kid, “Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, JERICHO! Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, till the walls came tumbling…down.” This week our journey in The Story turns toward one of my favorite parts of the Old Testament, the adventure of the Israelites coming into the land that had been promised to their ancestors for generations.  

Joshua is given the charge to be “strong and courageous” as he steps into the leadership role that had been filled with Moses. And then, after his own season of leadership, he leaves his people with the same sort of charge, “be strong and courageous.”

I’ve often wondered what the sort of strength and courage that Joshua talks about looks like today, in our Western world. Is it standing firm against injustices in a charged society? Is it holding fast to what you believe, even when today’s culture tells you you’re wrong? Or, is it engaging and listening…actually having conversations, being flexible, and getting to know neighbors? This Sunday, we’ll be talking about strength and courage in today’s world. Hope to see you at 9:30 or 11:15! 

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Dave
We encourage you to connect through any of the following:
October 30, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Be a Trunk or Treat host. Help provide a fun, safe experience for our preschool, KFC and neighborhood kids in the WPC parking lot. Contact Julie Martin if you can provide a decorated car trunk and some treats. Hosts must sign up in advance. Thank you!
November 13, 5:30 - 6:30
WPC Courtyard
$8/person
Come for the tacos,
stay for the fun!
WPC's 50th Anniversary Celebration!
November 10 & 11
Please join us as we celebrate 50 years of God's goodness on Saturday, November 10th, with an Anniversary Gala! We'll gather at 6 pm at the First Neighborhood Community Center, where we had our first Palm Sunday service more than 50 years ago, for a special evening of dinner, live music and dancing. Tickets ($45/person) must be purchased on the church courtyard or through the church office by Sunday, October 21st. This Gala is 50 years on the making - you won't want to miss it!
We continue to celebrate our GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY on Sunday, November 11th. There will be one service at 10am, immediately followed by food trucks, games, a bounce house and lots of fun and memory sharing on our front lawn. Please invite your neighbors and friends to celebrate our last 50 years and see what our future holds for the next 50!  
Thanksgiving Baskets
Again this year, our church Deacons are coordinating the preparation and delivery of Thanksgiving baskets to 100 needful families in our area. And like last year, you will be able to help pack the food baskets at both services on Sunday, November 18th. Baskets will be delivered to Lutheran Social Services on Monday, November 19th. Contributions of any amount are welcome; the estimated cost per basket is $40 for a full Thanksgiving meal.  Please use the special pew envelopes, Pushpay, or make your donation on the courtyard on Sundays during November. Do plan to help fill the baskets on November 18th and help deliver them to LSS on Monday. This is a very rewarding and tangible ministry for our entire church family. For more information and to volunteer, contact deacons Gail or Ed Wohlenberg, 805.339-0284 or Kerby Langendorf, 805.231-7895. Thank you!
Questions for The Story, Chapter 7, The Battle Begins (October 21 sermon)
  1. Read Joshua 1:1-11 (on you own, or as a group), pages 89-90 in The Story. What sort of assurances does God give Joshua? Why should those assurances encourage us today?
  2. Joshua steps in, after Moses, to lead the Israelites. Do you think Joshua had any concerns about stepping into that role? If so, what might some of them been? 
  3. What can learn from the people’s response to Joshua that can apply to changes of leadership (at our church, at work, in organizations we’re a part of, etc.)?
  4. Reflect on the story of Rahab (Joshua 2-3, pages 90-91 of The Story). How does she show strength and courage? What’s one take away that we should have from her involvement inThe Story?
  5. Share a time in your life where you had to be strong and courageous.
Friday, December 14
and
Saturday, December 15
5 - 9pm
WPC Parking Lots

The Bethlehem Experience is a drive-through re-creation of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus's birth. To make this an amazing community experience, BethEx requires many volunteers! In addition to signing up on the courtyard or online to volunteer your time, you can help by donating old rugs, upholsteries, throw blankets (all ideally in darker colors), firewood and metal fire pits, and paper goods (plates, napkins, cups, plastic silverware) to feed our actors and support crews. Please contact Pieter DeVries (x112, pieter@wpcwestlake.org) to make drop-off/storage arrangements for your donations. Monetary donations can also be made here
A Need in Our Community
Lutheran Social Services is requesting donations of NEW white tube socks for adults, and diapers sizes 1 - 4. Please bring these to the church office and we'll make sure they get to the right place. Thank you.

Monday, October 15
12pm AA - Community Outreach Center
1pm Monday Bible Study (The Story) - Library
7pm Stephen Ministry - Oakside
7:30pm Boy Scout Troop 485 - Community Outreach Center
Tuesday, October 16
3pm Worship committee - Library
4pm. Finance committee - Oakside
4:30pm Kids Fellowship Club (and family dinner( - Fellowship Center
6pm JYF (Jr. High Youth Group) - Youth Center
6:30pm Congregational Life committee - Balcony Room
7pm The Story small group - Library; CVYO Board - Oakside
7:30pm AA - Community Outreach Center
7:30pm GA - Trailer; Student Ministries committee - Youth Lounge
Wednesday, October 17
9:30am Koffee Klatch - Oakside
5:30pm Shelter Meal - Community Outreach
7pm Women on Wednesday - Library
7pm CVYO Brass quintet - Choir Room; AA - Sanctuary
7:30pm CNA - contact J. R. Robertson
Thursday, October 18
9:30am The Story small group - Oakside
2pm Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra - Fellowship Center
6:30pm The Story small group - Library
7pm AA - Community Outreach Center
7:30pm Chancel Choir - Choir Room
7:30pm GA - Trailer
7:30pm The Story small group - Offsite
Friday, October 19
9:30am The Story small group (moms)- contact Hailey Rohde
12pm AA - Community Outreach Center
7pm AA - Community Outreach Center
7:30pm. AA - Sanctuary
Saturday, October 20
9:30am AA - Community Outreach Center
10am Al-Anon - Community Outreach Center
7pm AA - Community Outreach Center
Sunday, October 21
9:30am Traditional Service - Sanctuary; Sunday school - classrooms
10:50am The Story small group - Library
11:15am Contemporary Service - Sanctuary; Sunday school - Balcony Room
12:30pm New Member Class - Parkside Room
6pm SYF (High School Youth Group) - Youth Center
Questions for The Story, Chapter 6, Wandering (October 14 sermon)
1. What trips have you taken with family or friends? Who did the planning (if at all)? What kinds of things happened on the trip to your attitudes about yourself and the others?
2. Think about the spies sent into the Promised Land. What did they find? How did their faith influence what they saw?
3. Why did the Lord not allow anyone 20 years or older to enter the Promised Land? Do you think this was justified?
4. Moses struck a rock to get water for the Israelites. Why did this anger the Lord? What were the results of Moses’ actions?
5. The Israelites made God unhappy a number of times. What things do you know about God’s grace—even when you do things that make Him unhappy? 
A New Way to Give! – We are now receiving tithes, offerings and gifts via Pushpay! Text the phrase "Wpcgive" to “77977” and follow prompts to give through your smartphone. Or access the giving page directly through the internet on your smartphone or Click this link identify our church page, and follow the prompts.
Sunday Schedule
9:30am: Traditional service and
Sunday school
10:30 Coffee hour
11:15am: Contemporary service and
Sunday school

Nursery provided during both services
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