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**I apologize for the delay in getting this information out. I (Dana) have been fighting off a cold or something. I would appreciate your prayers that it stays AWAY!!!**

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Dear Church Family:

As I drove into the parking lot of Kroger I couldn’t believe my eyes, there in the middle of the parking lot was a Tent for what appears to be a Valentine drive-thru for roses, cards and other gifts. GENIOUS!!

Many of you know that Valentine's Day is also Dana’s birthday so if I blow it, I mess up BIG TIME! Needless to say I will not be using the drive-thru. Have your ever forgotten your sweetheart on a special day, birthday, anniversary or other special occasion? Have you ever felt forgotten?

On Valentine’s Day- we think of Chocolates, Cupid, Flowers, Cards and heart shaped candies with messages like “Be Mine”. We have not been forgotten! This is the message that Jesus sends to us every day, “Be Mine”. God wants us to put no-one and nothing above Him. He wants us to choose Him, it is our free will that gives us this choice. His gift of love to us was his sacrifice on the cross.

Lent begins 40 days before the celebration of Resurrection Sunday- Easter. Wednesday is the first day of Lent, known as Ash Wednesday. With the ashes of last year’s palm branches many will mark themselves with cross shaped ashes either on their foreheads or the back of their hands to symbolize repentance and humility and a reflection on the love of God, and sacrifice of Jesus.

Saint Valentine was a martyr for the Christian Faith, and whether we celebrate with flowers and chocolates or with ashes, let’s reflect on the mercy, grace, kindness and love of Christ this week, as we look forward to Easter Sunday.

WIN-BUILD-SEND

Serving Him Together

Lonnie Brawley

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PRAYER REQUESTS & PRAISE REPORTS: Going forward you will begin to see our weekly and on-going WHC Community Prayer Requests & Praise Reports in our weekly WHC Connections Emails. It is important that you get this information to us so we can let our church community know to be praying for and celebrating with you! We are called to “rejoice with those who rejoice & grieve with those who grieve”. We can only do this effectively if you keep us posted! There are several ways you can get this information to us:

email pastor@westernhanoverchurch.org

call Pastor Lonnie @ 804.317.7415

text your prayer request to 804.409.3169. It will be seen by Pastor Lonnie and forwarded to the rest of our church community (unless requested otherwise). fill out a prayer request card at WHC and place in the offering bags or offering boxes.

PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THIS WEEK

PRAISE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK AT WHC!

Tuesday, Feb 20th: Zumba @ WHC, 7:00-8pm *** Please bring any Mardi Bras VA donations!! There is a drop-off box located at the front of the Sanctuary ***

WEDNESDAY, Feb 21st: Wed Night Dinner (6pm) & AWANA (6:30-8pm) Reservations suggested $4pp (max $20/fam). This week's AWANA Theme Night is Love Bears all things... favorite Teddy Bear Night!**please note: if your children or anyone in your household has a fever or flu-like symptoms, we ask that you lean on the side of caution and keep your precious ones at home. We want to do our part in keeping our kids & volunteers healthy!

Thursday, Feb 20th: Spiritual Leadership Team Meeting @ WHC, 7pm

FRIDAY, Feb 22nd: Women’s Bible Study @ WHC, 7:30-9pm

SUNDAY, Feb 25th: Sunday Morning Worship Experience 10:30am! Join us for a meaningful time of worship and encounter the love, grace and forgiveness of King Jesus! Don't come alone! ANY SUNDAY is a great Sunday to bring someone to church.

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OTHER IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER!

MONDAY, Feb 26th: VBS Planning Meeting

FRIDAY- SATURDAY, Mar 2-3rd: WHC Youth Trip to Planet Wisdom

SATURDAY, Mar 31st: WHC Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATES!

SUN, Feb. 18th: Youth Gathering (7th-12th grade) 5:00-7:00pm Join us as we kick off our WHC Youth Ministry 2018! There are some exciting things happening and we want YOU to be a part of it! Join us as we build our youth ministry from the groundUP! Games, Snack supper, Bible study & dreamin....of what God is calling us to do in our community! All 7th-12th grade students invited! Contact Mrs. Dana for more information!

FRI - SAT, Mar 2-3th: WHC Youth Ministry Trip to PLANET WISDOM

Cost: $120 (includes the conference, hotel, transportation & breakfast)

Deposit: $60 due by Feb 18th

Depart WHC @5pm on Friday March 2nd,

Return to WHC @ approx. 7pm on Saturday, March 3rd

For more info: visit https://youthspecialties.com/planetwisdom/washington-dc/

Please see Mrs. Dana to sign up and pay deposit of $60 by Sun, Feb. 18th.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL PLANNING MEETING!

Monday, Feb. 26th, we will be holding a planning & brainstorming meeting for anyone and everyone who is interested in helping make VBS @ WHC a huge success this summer. We are considering a NEW approach to VBS. It's called Mega Sports Camp. Feel free to click on the link below and check it out. Bring your questions and ideas to our meeting on the Feb. 26th! Questions? More information? Contact Dana Brawley

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A NOTE FROM CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Hello WHC!

For those who have not heard yet, I am going to be heading up and coordinating children’s church. Dana has laid down a great foundation and will continue to lead on a monthly basis. Thankfully we are being blessed with new children coming through the door on Sunday mornings! With the growth of our church, we need core volunteers to make children’s church a successful ministry.

My hopes are to organize teams and layout a schedule in advance. I will also print out lesson plans and suggested activities to give each weeks leaders. For each Sunday morning, we will need a leader and a helper for the school age children and the preschool class. I will make sure anyone who is willing to lead will have the opportunity to observe a Sunday as a helper first. This way you can get comfortable with the kids and see how easy and fun it can be! I am also trying to find a person who is willing to be in the nursery for the first and second Sunday of each month.

Please email me if you would like to plug in and let me know:

Thank you for your time,

Sarah Trombley seanandsarahtrombley@gmail.com

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Tuesday evenings @ 7pm

RESTARTING A NEW 6-WEEK SESSION ON TUESDAY, FEB 20th!!

ZUMBA @ WHC!

We have so very much enjoyed our weekly Zumba classes! We just finished our 6th week of classes. We've had an overwhelming response and lots have asked if we are planning to continue. Well, the answer is Yes! Beginning Tuesday, Feb 20th, we will begin our next 6-week series of classes. The renewal fee is $20 for 6 weeks. Checks can be made payable to WHC.

The easy-to-follow program that let's you move to the beat at your own speed. It's an invigorating, community-oriented dance-fitness class that feels fresh and, most of all, exhilerating! Zumba Gold classes provide modified, low-impact moves for adults of all ages! And don’t forget to bring your laughter!!

Call up some friends, bring a towel, water bottle, dress comfy and bring your smile! Let's have some fun getting healthy together!!

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WHC is participating in Mardi Bras 2018!!

Mardi Bras VA is a ministry of Into The Neighborhood. Into The Neighborhood relies on your gift in order to support, serve and minister through Mardi Bras VA, in Southern Barton Heights, in the Richmond City Justice Center, and beyond.

Purchasing Tips

We are collecting:

Other tips:

Remember larger sized women for bras and undies! We need more of them than the smaller sizes!!!

Please contact either Susan Cochran or Alice Rusher with any questions regarding WHC's participation in Mardi Bras 2018.

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WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY, Every Friday evening!

Join us every Friday night from 7:30-9pm for encouragement, fellowship & friendship as we dig deeper into the God's Word as a guide for our every day lives! For more information, please contact Sara Rilvera.

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THIS SUNDAY, February 18th at 10:30am

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Every 3rd Sunday!

Sunday, Feb 18th is our FRIENDS & FAMILY DAY! Take this opportunity to reach out to someone and invite them to “come and see” what King Jesus is doing at WHC! During this special service, we will celebrate The Lord’s Table together. Immediately following, we will host our Monthly Fellowship Meal! This month is ITALIAN lunch. We will gather for an Italian-themed potluck so please bring a dish with an Italian-theme (pasta, pizza, tiramisu, etc...) to share! See the sign up sheet on the worship center door!

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SUNDAY, February 18th. Time approx 2pm

WESTERN HANOVER GRIEF SUPPORT COMMUNITY GATHERING

Every 3rd Sunday immediately following our Fellowship Meal

Come join us for a relaxed environment and fellowship where topics will include, emotions, "my story", coping mechanisms, surviving the holidays and so much more! No matter who or what you have lost or where you are along the grief journey, all are welcome. Say as little or as much as you need to. Gatherings are held monthly. Come as you are!

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WHC Operation Christmas Child Monthly Collections

****UPDATED**** Operation Christmas Child

We are trying something new this year for our Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection. We will be collecting items for the shoe boxes throughout the year. Each month we will collect different type items to put in the boxes.

In November 2018, we will have a shoe box packing party and fellowship.

FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, WE ARE COLLECTING ACCESSORIES. Examples: hair bows, hair clips, sun glasses, jewelry, watches, etc

If you would like to donate any items, please place them in the OCC box located at the side entrance to the worship center. Questions? Contact Janet Rhyne or Cheryl Quick

For more ideas, click on the link

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/year-round-packing-ideas/-

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