What’s Happening Now
Film Festival | February 5
Our church is a host this year for the 2nd Annual Waco Family and Faith International Film Festival. We will have a free drive-in movie set-up on Friday, February 5. The parking lot will open at 6:00 pm and the movies will start at 7:00 pm. This will be a family fun and community outreach event. Water and snacks will be available or bring your own.
Movies shown at the Drive-In:
Movie #1: “Undone” (an animated movie from South Africa)
Movie #2: “Tree #3” (USA)
Feature Movie: “Miracle in the Valley” (USA) and stars Pat Boone, Ed Asner, Diane Ladd, and other Hollywood notables.
Click here to learn more about the movies.
84 Runners/Family Fun Chocolate Run | February 13
Bring your family or your friends and come join us for this free Family Fun Chocolate Run! We will be practicing social distancing to ensure everyone has a safe (and fun) time. Please consider bringing donations of diapers, wipes, and Similac formula for CareNet. After the race, we will have food and drinks and of course there will be a lot of chocolate door prizes! Make plans to join us for this fun event! Starts at 8:30 am at the MAC parking lot.
Anchor (single parent families ministry) Love Letters Valentine’s Day Dinner, Sunday, February 14
Do you know of a single parent family in the Waco area? We would love for them to come to our special free Valentine’s Day Dinner on Sunday, February 14 at 5:30 pm in the fellowship hall. We will serve each family a nice Italian dinner and dessert. There will also be a family photo opportunity along with a craft project. Each family will leave with a very special gift from First Woodway. Please RSVP to Lynn Brooks at email@example.com. Click here to volunteer to serve.
Serving U – Local Spring Break Missions Projects | March 5 – 7
We will serve our community through local service projects.
Harlingen Mission Trip | March 11-14
Come join us for this border mission trip! We will travel to Harlingen, Texas, March 11-14, to partner once again with Iglesia Bautista Los Vecinos. We will leave on Thursday morning, March 11 at 7:30 am. We will be work with this church to care for them as well as take part in community outreach in the surrounding neighborhoods. We will worship with them on Sunday morning and then leave after the service to return home. Our lodging will be at an area camp and the cost of the trip will be $75. More information and a VOMO sign-up will be coming soon.
One Year Anniversary of Given in Jesus’ Name Food Ministry | March 21
We will gather for a time of praise and thanks for this ministry and its impact during this full year of Covid.
Cinco de Mayo Celebración | May 2
Let’s all celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Hewitt Park in the grove of trees.
What is VOMO? We have talked with a lot of you recently and have been incredibly encouraged by your faithfulness to care, serve, and proclaim the gospel. I’m convinced we have a church full of people passionate about the Great Commandment and Great Commission but sometimes are stuck and don’t know HOW to put our faith into action. That’s why First Woodway Missions signed up for a new technology platform called VOMO that will help our church serve better both inside and outside of our walls.
First Woodway is committed to taking the love and heart of Jesus to our neighborhoods and communities. We truly want to be a people who actively live out our faith throughout our day. Think of this new platform as our Church Hub for making an impact. It has mobile apps (both Android and Apple) that helps make serving as a church easy and fun. In just 3 clicks you will be able to see local service opportunities inside our church as well as ministries we consider partners.
Your invitation link is http://app.vomo.org/invite/org/ACTSOFLOVE. When you click this link it takes you to a form to create your volunteer account and profile. Once you have an account, you can then search and sign up for opportunities to serve, go, and be a witness.
Get connected to VOMO and be a part of the Acts of Love.
Contact: René Maciel
Several times a year, we fire up the grill and spend a Sunday evening cooking out for a local apartment complex and getting to know others in our community. We provide hamburgers, hotdogs, and chips for the residents. Come and enjoy the food, the fellowship, and conversation with others.
Caritas of Waco
Contact: René Maciel
We minister in the welcome areas at Caritas every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 9:00-11:00 am. We will engage in conversations and pray with those who come to Caritas seeking help. We hope that these conversations and opportunities to pray with others will lead to sharing the gospel with many. The harvest is ripe to feed and share the gospel. While there we also assist with sorting and packaging food items as well as distributing groceries. Sign up to serve on VOMO.
Given in Jesus’ Name Food Pantry
Contact: René Maciel
Looking for volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday! We need volunteers to run errands, receive and sanitize food that has been contributed, and give away donated food bags at the west doors of the main foyer. Want to serve! Sign up on VOMO. Contact us: René Maciel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynn Brooks at email@example.com. Given in Jesus’ Name Food Pantry List: Every week we feed families from all over Central. We need your help in keeping our food pantry stocked. Please click here for a list of current food items needed.
Contact: René Maciel
God’s Toolbox’s primary focus is to care for, share with, and serve others through home repair projects. They assist the elderly, people of low income, and the disabled, enabling them to live in warmth, safety and independence.
Contact: Betty at 254.744.3679
Men and women from the First Woodway family travel to the Gatesville women’s prison on Monday nights where they spend time with female inmates… sharing wisdom, providing encouragement, and praying together. Try visiting a couple times to see if this ministry is a fit for you.
Wednesday Night Saints
Contact: Ken & Wanda Glaze (or call 254.666.8276)
Each Wednesday night during the school year, 30-40 people receive a warm meal along with a hug and a prayer. These homebound families love the conversation time the most, just knowing someone cares about them. Call and see how you can spend one hour each week to help deliver a meal to someone who is hurting and alone. Learn more about ways you can serve here.
We have several MAC (ministry activity center) groups that meet both on and off campus:
Narrow Road Hiking Club
Bogey (Golf) Club
Park Ministry Team
To learn more about these clubs, click here.
VIENTO FUERTE AT FIRST WOODWAY
We are excited to have Viento Fuerte holding Sunday morning worship services on the First Woodway campus. They have a bilingual worship service in Room A200 (MAC) at 11:00 am. We hope you will drop in some time to experience worship with them!
Pastors Tom and Elizabeth Gutierrez lead Viento Fuerte. To find out more information, please email Tom and/or Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open to God, open to people, open to the world.
1. Open to God – we are open to be led by His Spirit.
- Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me. 2 Corinthians 2:12
- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
2. Open to people – we are open and want to be extended and ready to speak life into individuals.
- We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 2 Corinthians 6:11
- Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
3. Open to the world – we are open and available to go and share the gospel in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
- On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Acts 14:27
- Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
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Caritas of Waco
Caritas of Waco is a non-profit organization that was opened in 1967 to serve the needs of poverty-level individuals living in the Waco-McLennan County area. The mission of Caritas is to “provide urgent support to people in need in our community.” This is accomplished by offering emergency/supplemental assistance in the form of food, clothing and household items, utility assistance, prescription medication assistance, rent and mortgage assistance, emergency lodging and travel. The philosophy of Caritas is to move low income families “beyond hunger to hope” through a combination of urgent assistance (e.g., food) and the case management intervention. Caritas is effectively placing many individuals into employment positions and into vocational training programs through it case management program.