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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

October Missions Newsletter
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Go South to the Road – Meyer Center Breakfast | Friday, October 12 from 6:00 am – 7:30 am 
The Missions Ministry will be cooking breakfast for the homeless on Friday, October 12 from 6:00 am – 7:30 am at the Meyer Center. Sign up here.

E2S – Equipped to Serve (Missions Training) 
Our church has a wonderful history of missions involvement and passion for the lost. As we build on that sure foundation, our church is excited to provide in-depth training to all who are interested in delving deeper into learning how to be God’s ambassadors, cross-culturally. Proverbs tells us that zeal and knowledge should go hand in hand in order to be the most successful in our endeavors, and the E2S (Equipped to Serve) training will provide the opportunity to learn, discuss, and share experiences with one another. Topics will include Worldview and Cultural Considerations; Strategic Prayer; and Spiritual Preparation/Warfare.  E2S will be offered four consecutive Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 6:00, beginning October 7. Whether you’re considering your first mission trip or are a veteran of several, E2S will help you think through key issues you will face as you experience the privilege of sharing Jesus to those who don’t know Him!

I would like to strongly encourage those planning on going on a mission trip or even becoming involved in a local ministry and mission effort to come and participate in this training. This training will be offered each semester so even if you can only make two sessions this semester please make plans to attend this important training for our church. Sign up here!

October 14 at 4:00 pm
October 21 at 4:00 pm
October 28 at 4:00 pm

René Maciel
Missions Pastor

Operation Christmas Child | October 14 – November 11
Through the Operation Christmas Child project, God has given unparalleled opportunities to touch the lives of millions of boys and girls in over 150 countries. Many of these children have never received a gift and never heard the true meaning of Christmas—until they open shoeboxes filled with gifts from people like you. This year First Woodway will be collecting shoe boxes from October 14 – November 11. All completed shoe boxes will be dropped off in the Bride’s Room (118). Click here for a list of gift ideas. If you have questions, please email or call the church office and ask for René Maciel.

Creekside Spooktacular | Wednesday, October 31 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
The 4th Annual Creekside Spooktacular will be on Halloween from 6PM – 8PM at Warren Park. This FREE event includes trick or treating, games, costume contests, prizes & more! First Woodway will have a booth with candy and games and will be a light to our community. If you would like to volunteer at our booth, click here.

Go South to the Road – 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

Go South to the Road – Neighboring Lights
Neighboring Lights is a wonderful way to connect and minister to your neighbors. It is doesn’t have to be a big effort, just a connection. I hope you will consider how God may want to use you to go…go across the street or next door to be the church, to be a light. Take a look at the ways you can live intentionally in your neighborhood by clicking here.

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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.

God’s Toolbox
Contact: Doris King
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.

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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