This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:16-18 (NIV)

Acts of Love – Local

Acts of Love began in March 2020 as we began this journey into COVID-19. We opened the doors for an emergency food pantry to help others through this time. As God has allowed us we have continued to navigate and realize that our community needs more and more Acts of Love, and the church, our church should lead the way. These actions and acts will help us to embrace others around us not only with food but in ways that draws them to the life changing love of Jesus Christ. Everyone can be involved even in the simplest ways in Acts of Love, from caring and checking on your neighbor, to serving at the food pantry, to connecting and serving in our community. God has called us for such a time as this to love in actions and in truth.

We will lead others to Christ through our Acts of Love, and we know this love by Christ laying his life down his life for us. We are praying for others to join us as we stand in the gap during this time to share their lives and Acts of Love. Come be a part of Local Missions and Community Outreach through Acts of Love.

What’s Happening Now

Neighboring Lights – June Mission Focus
In the month of June for our Life Group + Missions Emphasis, we are kicking off the summer with Acts of Love through Neighboring Lights. This is a simple way for you and your family to engage, care, and share the love of Christ with your neighbors. Here’s some easy ideas to be a light to those that live around you:
•          Connect with your neighbors by phone or leave a simple note with your name and contact information
•          Take them some cookies or bake them a cake
•          Take them a meal or host a cookout in your driveway and invite them
•          Stay in touch with them and pray consistently for them
Matthew 5:16 // “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
“Evangelistic mission works effectively when we are living generous, hospitable, Spirit-led, Christlike lives as missionaries to our own neighborhoods.”
-Michael Frost

June 8 | Hewitt Library Kickoff Party
We need volunteers to help us pass out water, snacks, and Jesus Blocks in the Hewitt Library courtyard on the patio. The Kickoff Party will have the Bubble Guppy characters there for the kids. The library is always a great place to engage others who don’t know Christ and don’t have a church home. Come join us in Acts of Love from 10-12 p.m.

June 15 | Thrive – Summer Reading Camp
Thrive is a Summer Reading Camp that will run from June 15-July 22. It will be 9-11 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will include a lunch for 1st – 5th grade children. We will only take 30 students this summer. We will be looking for volunteers to assist us with the families, and teachers and substitute teachers for the students. Contact Susan Mounce-Lucenay at to volunteer.

June 21 | Meadow Park Townhomes Cookout
Get ready to grill some burgers and cook up some great conversation about Jesus with our friends at the Meadow Park Townhomes. Contact Lynn Brooks for more info, and sign up to volunteer on VOMO!

June 26 | Kingdom Camp – Soccer
Cinch up those cleats, it’s time for Kingdom Camp – Soccer Edition! Saturday, June 26, we invite kids (ages 6-11) to the Fields at First Woodway for a morning of playing soccer and growing together. This soccer camp will be led by Coach Marci Jobson and will consist of some practice drills, fun games, and competition as well as an opportunity for spiritual growth. We’ll start at 8am and play till 11am! Cost is $20 per child, sign up HERE or on the First Woodway App. 

June 28 – July 2 | Shoshoni, Wy Mission Trip
We will be with Wind River Church in Shoshoni, which is a North American Mission Board, SBC, Send Network Wyoming church plant. We will arrive on Monday, June 28 for dinner, prayer, and last-minute details. On Tuesday through Thursday, we will be doing a sports camp and community outreach events. We will be divided into two teams. This will be an evangelistic opportunity of sharing Christ in this community. More information coming soon.
René and Sabrina Maciel, leaders, co-leaders-Case and Danelle Smith Deadline to register May 23.

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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 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.

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. 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 or Lynn Brooks at lbrooks@firstwoodway.orgGiven 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.

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.

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:  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:

Fitness Classes
84 Runners
Narrow Road Hiking Club
Bogey (Golf) Club
Park Ministry Team

To learn more about these clubs, click here.



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


Missions and Community Outreach Team

René Maciel-Missions and Community Outreach Pastor;
Mark Tate-International and Stateside Missions;
Case Smith-Director of Recreation/MAC;
Lynn Brooks-Administrative Assistant;
Sherrie Anderson-Missions Associate;
Paige Shellhorse-Missions Associate;
Brenda Lewis-Given in Jesus’ Name-Coordinator;
Rhonda Jones-Acteens Director;

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

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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.

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