West Oaks Church of God Newsletter for December 31, 2023


The end of December is often a time of preparation for the coming year. Resolutions are made. Closets are organized. Calendars are synced. The beginning of a new year is a natural time for putting life back in order after the busyness of the Christmas season.

This is a time when many decide to get their spiritual life back on track as well. Just as we need to prepare our homes and schedules for what's ahead, we need to prepare our heart for what the new year holds. Spend time reflecting on what God has done for you in 2023 and asking for wisdom as you begin 2024. Determine to spend time in God's Word every day, to obey Him, and to share the Good News with others. Follow Ezra's example and prepare your heart to seek the Lord first!

In 2 Timothy 3:17 Paul tells us that God's word is given to us so that we will be "thoroughly equipped for every good work." As we study Scripture, we are equipped for whatever comes our way. The truths and promises found in God's Word make their way into our hearts and lives, giving us strength to persevere in trials and courage to stand for Christ. Begin the new year by feeding your mind with God's Word.

Prayer Requests

Please remember to pray for Donna Scott, Roger Mike, Jackie Freeman, Ruby Messer, Ken Franzetta, Gale Guthrie, Jill Hanson, Sheralyn Boynton, Cephas & Billie Ann Goodman. Pray for our Pastor and wife, our teachers, and our West Oaks Academy. Also pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all of the Middle East.

  • We had our special outside Christmas Nativity Scene & Musical two weeks ago. Thank you to everyone who worked on this special event and to Gale Guthrie for directing the event. We had a bus from Zellwood attend on Thursday night which allowed many people-- who otherwise could not have driven to attend the special event.
  • We are so grateful to Teresa for all the beautiful decorations she put up in the church and the lobby. Never looked so pretty and know she worked very hard on all of it.
  • Missing Jeff and Jill this morning as they flew back to their home in Minnesota to see their new grandbaby and family, over the holidays.

  • - The only way to lose weight is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not do.
  • - We wish history would repeat itself at longer intervals.
  • - When life gives you more than you can stand: KNEEL!
  • - The year may change, but Christ remains the same.
  • - Resolve to watch your language and not speak any destructive talk, especially involving the name of God.
  • - I Pad? I Phone? Try I Pray: God is listening!
  • - My New Year's resolution is to do the things this year that I should have done last year.
  • - A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one "year" and out the other.
  • - Resolve to stay faithful to Jesus Christ. He is the one Truth, Way, and Life. There's no reason to look elsewhere.