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Elder's Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 5 October 4, 2016

Elder Update


Randy Madison

Les Collins

John Gardiner

Joe Amedio

Russ Hilton

Cliff Richardson

Our mission

We exist to glorify

God by making

disciples through

sharing the Gospel of

Christ and His

unconditional love.

Our values




Spiritual Growth


God’s Presence


First Baptist Church of Westerlo

We thought it very important as an Elder Board to touch base with you again at this

strategic time and give you another update on where we are in the interim-transition

process. Pastor Randy Madison has been with us now for 13 months serving as our

interim pastor. He and Elizabeth have enjoyed serving our church during this

important chapter in our history.

We have now completed the "transition team" phase of the interim period. The

transition team is no longer meeting and has completed its work. We elected our

new Pastoral Search Committee on Sunday, September 25 at a specially called

congregational meeting. The Pastoral Search Committee will have its first meeting on

Thursday evening, October 6 at 7 pm.

Please be in prayer for our Pastoral Search Team of Angel Wisenburn, Walt Hubicki

Sr., Doug Berg, Tom Mitchell, TJ Johnstone, Joe Amedio, and John Gardiner as they

begin their work. Please pray for Pastor Randy also. He will be working with the

committee, offering his experience and advise, as well as, the experience and advise

IPM has to offer the church, although he will not vote on the decisions the committee

and church will make during this critical period. Please pray regularly for this group as

they search for the person God knows for the next chapter in FBCW's service for

Christ and His Kingdom here in the Hilltowns and around the world!

If you have any questions about the details of the process from this point forward

please contact John Gardiner chair of our elder board or Pastor Randy.

Serving Christ Together,

Your Elders

PS Please take the time to thank the members of our Transition Team who worked

diligently on behalf of our church family for almost a year. The members of the Team

were: Rick Stark, John Gardiner, Russ Hilton, Mike Collins, Tom Mitchell, Paula

Spahmer, Phyllis Richardson, Krista Daudiss, and Jill Diehl!

Interim Pastor Update and Timeline

“A new commandment I

give to you, that you love

one another, even as I have

loved you, that you also

love one another. By this

all men will know that you

are my disciples, if you

have love one for

another.” John 13:34-35

October 4, 2016

Looking Ahead


Fall 2015-Winter 2016

PHASE TWO - Assess Church Health: Discovering Reality (DONE)

PHASE THREE - Facilitate Action: Addressing Needs (DONE)

PHASE FOUR - Lead Strategic Planning: Discerning Direction

Pastoral Search Committee

Have a question for the Elders?

Email your question to

What is around the Corner?

Future sermon series and Small Group discussions

Upcoming Events

11/24 - Thanksgiving

11/27 - Covenant Meeting

11/27 - Advent begins

12/04 - Christmas Family Day

12/24 - Christmas Eve Service

12/25 - Christmas Day

Prayer Reminder

Pastor Randy and the Elders want to thank every person in the FBCW family who has committed to pray regularly for our church, the leadership and the Interim Pastor and his wife, Elizabeth during this time of transition! This is an opportunity for the Lord to do a mighty work in our church and use us to reach out to the Hilltowns and surrounding area with the love and gospel of Christ! Please do not stop praying! Continue to pray that God will work in each of our hearts and our entire church!

The Elders, Pastor Randy and Transition Team want to thank every person who invested time helping our focus groups identify issues and generate ideas for our Elders to consider this past summer. We also thank everyone who took the time to complete the different surveys you were asked to complete! Your participation has been a help to our church as we move forward! THANK YOU!

An Open Door

It is our privilege as Elders to serve and lead the church body.

The Elders would like to convey our desire to hear from you on any needs or concerns that individuals may have. Please feel free to contact any of the Elders or the church office to schedule a time to meet or for a time at the next Elder’s meeting. Please do not stop! Please continue to pray that God will work in each of our hearts and our entire church!

Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

A Summary of Summer

We had a great summer in ministries and out reach. The Elders would like to thank everyone that was in involved in the work of the gospel this summer. To remember a few of the high lights from the summer.

Community Easter Egg Hunt, Community BBQ, Vacation Bible School, Community Church Service, Kingdom Bound, Young Adult Events and an Ordination Service

Fall Ministries Kick off in September

We are excited about our Fall ministries. Very soon the church will be busy with activity from the various youth and adult programs that will begin in September.

9/11 - Sunday school classes kick off the Fall Quarter

9/25 - Adult Choir begins (new members welcome)

9/12 - Men’s Basketball begins

10/9 - Small groups to resume (more on this soon)

10/5 - Pioneer Clubs / Stockade

10/9 - Youth Group begins

10/6 - Adult Volleyball begins

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