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On Thursday May 4th, Bob Starrett texted me. “Please pray for our son Wesley. We’re in the ER with him. Lots of stomach pain.” I texted a prayer back to Bob and said “Pray this for me with him.” Then I offered a prayer that he might receive relief. They did I as I suggested. Later I received this text from Bob: “We really appreciate your prayer! Judy and I read your prayer over Wes while he was in the ER bed in a lot of pain. Within 5 minutes after the prayer, he passed the kidney stone, and was without pain. What power God has! We believe your prayer, and our beliefs, did this. Thank you so much! The doctor seemed shocked that this happened.” Thank you, O God, for hearing and responding to that prayer.
Jeff…before any more time passes….Easter sunday’s church service !!:was perfect in all aspects. Sermon was terrific. music wonderful and overall feeling in church was perfect!!!!HE HAS RISEN INDEED….THANK YOU!
HI Rev. Sumner,
wanted to leave you a warm happy message about the services done by the
church since maundy thursday. The maundy service was something i have
never seen or experienced with awe and humility. It does convey the
death of Jesus and its true meaning. The sermons on Friday were
inspirational of the day on the cross. Today’s Easter Service was
remarkable. The way the cloths were turned into white, the lights turned
into sunshine and the music hailed The Lord. I appreciate the
opportunity to worship in your church and think i have found a home.
Wanted to thank everyone involved in the church for their work and
devotion. Thank you.
Thank you, a big thank you for the “podcast function” that is now available for Minister Jeff’s sermons. I listen to podcasts on my one hour drive to and from work each day. I live 50 minutes away from church now. I miss Jeff’s sermons and church. I travel on weekends and for the few times each year I make it back to WBTS, I am made to feel welcome. It is my place of peace and I recharge spiritually when I walk into the sanctuary. Now I can imagine Jeff at the podium while I hear him speak! I am grateful for this feature on the website. I have been reading his sermons for a few years. I enjoy the podcast feature very much!
Thanks again. Be Well and Blessed,
Our Church Changes Lives … For the Better!
Several weeks ago I attended a meeting informing us about a trip to Israel/Palestine a person in our presbytery had. I was very interested in hearing what she had learned and experienced on their trip. I was amazed when I heard the biased presentation. It was very difficult to believe we had been in the same place in July! The entire Westminster By-The-Sea group had such a positive experience as we visited Israel and Palestine. Our tour guide, Mike, was such a wonderful Christian person and presented all sides of the ongoing conflict while showing us and teaching us about his home, the Holy Land, always making us feel as if it was also our home.
Starting with some trepidation due to the political unrest, I want to report that as landed at Ben Gurion airport my daughter Karen and I traveled in peace and joy! We felt it was an opportunity of a lifetime to walk where our Savior walked and see so many places in the Bible with our fearless Shepherd and Bus Captain, Dr. Sumner. We were blessed to have the Holy Land brought to life and we felt much protected by the E O tour Group who looked out for our safety daily. If you ever have the opportunity to make this Pilgrimage, please take advantage of it, It will change your life forever. You will never be sorry.
As a final note, Karen and I thank our Dear fellow Travelers so much for being kind, loving and helpful every day, and not complaining [out loud] about us slowing all of you down as we were always the caboose. Mostly, thanks for not throwing us under the bus!!
Blessings to you,
Mary Ann: Thanks to you and Jeff for keeping in touch with us in Maryland. Your cards on special occasions are very thoughtful and keeps us in the family while 800 miles away. Also congratulations to you and Jeff for 30 years of spectacular service. We enjoyed reading the Spire about how it all began and hope to read more. The growth of the Church is a tribute to Jeff''s and your strong and capable support.
Hope to see you in October. Don and Susie
Your children's message this past Sunday was manifested today. Our young neighbor asked me if I knew where she might buy an aloe plant to use to ease he discomfort from radiation treatments.
Being a poor excuse for a horticulturist I could only think one or two garden centers. I asked Bea to join us and she told our neighbor that we have an aloe plant in our back yard and to help herself to all the that she needs. Bea cut a spear for her and I thought of this past Sunday. Sometimes we just don’t know when God’s work will be done.
On any given day I would probably have a different answer to the question “How has Westminster changed my life for the better?” Today as I look back on who Naomi was when I joined this church in April of 2007, and the person I am today, I know that it is an ongoing process of change. As most Christians I thought I was a good Christian, a good person, who having a relationship with Jesus had most of the answers. I believed and thought that this is all that I needed. What happened next was I took Disciple I and found out that I didn’t know the true meaning of the Bible and/or God’s word.
From there, as they say, the rest is history. I was blessed with our wonderful church women who guided me through becoming the moderator of P.W. “Who am I Lord.” now is knowing God has a plan for me and the courage to open my eyes and heart and say yes! With God by my side I can do this. I went from being a person who sits in the pews to understanding the joy of being a Disciple. Today I am able to sing in our choir and my heart is filled with the love of the Music Ministry to honor God and to give him the Glory though song. God fills me in my time of need when I miss my beloved husband, Tom. To say that I’ve been changed is an understatement. I can’t wait to see how God uses me in the future. I thank the love of everyone at Westminster-By-The- Sea in my ever changing spiritual life growth. God Bless you all.
No other church like Westminster by the Sea. I have been away almost 14 years now and still miss my home church. Congratulations on 60 years!
Kelly Jeter Redmond
Ryan and Stephanie Mosbauer met
Rev. Sumner as they planned for their wedding that was held in our
sanctuary on May 12, 2007. In time Ryan And Stephanie had a daughter,
Mya, and found their way back to the church. Ryan and Mya were baptized
and they joined the church. It was a happy day, and Mya became known in
the early service children's sermons and in the nursery.
Twenty four years ago when we
purchased our house in Daytona Beach we started looking for a church to
be our church away from home. The first one we visited was WBTS. We
liked it so much we joined as Affiliate Members. When you enter the
church you can feel the presence of God and the sermons are inspiring.
The people are friendly and caring. WBTS has memories for me as my
grandson, Wesley, got married in the church and our great granddaughter
was christened there. When my husband had a stroke one Sunday after
church Jeff was at the hospital praying for him. We called it a miracle
because he came out of it! Later on August 2013 he had another stroke
and passed away. Jeff came to Georgia and was with our family and had
the service. Jeff and Mary Ann are the best. They are always there
when you need them. Cara and Richard are wonderful. Thank you for
letting us be a part of WBTS. We have been blessed.
Looking for a Church Home
Dear Dr. Sumner,
Today one bouquet
of flowers has been given by Dave Rothwell in honor of his loving mother
and his new Christian family at Westminster. I have watched Dave change
for the better over the last three years. He came to us uncertain in
faith and with personal issues that troubled him. Over the years, he has
become an usher, has worked around the church, and will help anyone he
sees in need. Last year he joined my DISCIPLE I class, one that takes
much reading and homework. Neither was easy for him but he stayed with
it! He is now with us in DISCIPLE II. One thing our class knew was that
Dave was a pack a day smoker. Five weeks ago he said to our class; “I am
not going to smoke anymore.” He did not say, “I will try to stop
smoking,” he said ‘I will not smoke.” And he hasn’t! We are proud of
him! Last Sunday he loaded a bag with CDs, and a CD player and, put on
his headphones, and proceeded to walk the five mile CROP walk to earn
almost $300 for hungry people! Way to go, Dave! God isn’t finished with
Being a shepherd has been
amazing. This year I have had a grandmother tell me how happy her
grandson is when he leaves Sunday School and he talks about what he did
in class. The grandmother has also said she appreciates how much I have
welcomed him into the Sunday school class.
Why I'm returning to WBTS
This is my church
away from church when I travel to Daytona, which is often. I love it!
Just the right size, moving worship, awesome preaching straight from The
Word, stimulating education and VBS, extensive outreach to many; plus
friendly, loving, God-fearing, Jesus loving friends. What more can you
ask for in a church?!
Dear Reverend Jeff,
I just wanted to send my
expressions of love and gratitude to Jeff, Cara, and our congregation
for all the prayers and good wishes that were sent my way during my
seven week hospitalization in Texas. Prayer is powerful and I felt its
power, particularly when wrapped in my beautiful prayer shawl! Thanks to
Helen Chandler and the prayer shawl team too. I continue to seek prayers
for my upcoming surgery on December 19th. In Christian Love, Barbara
Westminster Changes Lives For the
Out of my comfort zone, changing
my life! ....
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