Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road-the desert road-that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ Acts 8:26

Go South to the Road – Local

The idea “Go South to the Road” comes from the passage Acts 8:26-40. “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road-the desert road-that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” Philip was compelled to go south to the road and there he met an Ethiopian Eunuch reading from the book of Isaiah. Philip was able to explain to the man what the Scripture meant as well as about the good news about Jesus. Later that day Philip baptized him. God has also called us to go south… and listen to the Spirit’s call and direction. He leads us to different places, people, neighborhoods, homes, and settings to share Christ. At First Woodway, we are ready to go wherever God sends us. Whether it be all of the sudden or a well planned effort, we will join together to Go South to the Road.

Vision Statement

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

What’s Happening Now

Operation Christmas Child Boxes – Collection Going on Now!
First Woodway is collecting Operation Christmas Child boxes now through November 24. Please drop off all completed shoe boxes in Room 118 (Bride’s Room). For questions, email rmaciel@firstwoodway.org.

Go South to the Jubilee Food Market | Thursday, November 21 | 4:15 – 6:00 pm, Jubilee Food Market
We are looking for 30 volunteers to assist with games and activities going on for the 3-year celebration of this wonderful food market. Come help us bless Mission Waco in this special event on November 21 from 4:15 to 6:00 pm! Sign up on the church app.

Go South: Neighbor Care-oling | Wednesday, December 11 | 5:30 pm, Commons
Come share the hope and joy of Christ with our neighbors and those in our community through caroling to them this Christmas season. We will sing a few songs, pray with them, and then give them a Christmas basket. We will meet in the commons/kitchen area at 5:30 pm for a pizza dinner and a time of prayer. We will leave at 6:15 pm. If you know of a friend or neighbor who is not part of a church, and would enjoy carols and a gift, then please share his/her name with René at rmaciel@firstwoodway.org.

A Christmas Coffee House: Peace on Earth
During the month of December, First Woodway Missions will be offering A Christmas Coffee House: Peace on Earth. This cozy little coffee house will be a local outreach event and will open Monday – Thursday from 6:30 – 10:30 am starting December 2 – December 19 in The Venue foyer. Peace on Earth will be a warm gathering place for the community and our church family to enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and breakfast items. It will be free of charge; however, donations to missions will be accepted. This quiet location will be the perfect spot to meet friends, pray with someone, take a break from the holiday chaos, and connect with those within our church family and those looking for a church home. We will have volunteers staffing this event Monday-Thursday, starting December 2-5, 9-12, 16-19.

Caritas of Waco | Every 2nd and 4th Thursday | 9:00 – 11:00 am
We minister in the welcome areas at Caritas every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 9:00-11:00 am. We are needing volunteers from First Woodway to help us. 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. Contact René for more details at rmaciel@firstwoodway.org.

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Apartments Cookouts 
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.

God’s Toolbox
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.

Light in the Gap
Contact: Donna Burney 
Light in the Gap is a ministry to women exiting prison. Every weekend day, women from our church go to the Waco bus station to greet women exiting prison. We This ministry provides hygiene kits and snack packs as well as prayer for these women. If you would like to be part of this ministry by serving (packing, baking, sewing) or by providing monetary donations, please contact Donna Burney or Doris King.

Prison Ministry
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.

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.

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