T AB L E OF CONT ENT S Pastoral & Elder Teams Agape & 55 Plus Ministries Missions & Outreach Community Ministries Men's Ministries College Ministries Singles Ministries 01 Media Ministries 09 03-04 11 02 10 05 12 Connect Ministries Student Ministries Kids' Ministries - 410 Worship Ministries Women's Ministries Kids' Ministries - Stone Oak Wayside Chapel - Stone Oak 06 13-14 07 16 15 08 17
Roger Poupart, Senior Pastor | RogerP@waysidechapel.org John Gordon, Executive Pastor | JohnG@waysidechapel.org Jason Uptmore, Associate Pastor | JasonU@waysidechapel.org Will Davis, Campus Pastor - Stone Oak | WillD@waysidechapel.org Cameron Contrestano, Pastor of College & Singles Ministries | CameronC@waysidechapel.org Lynn Hamilton, Director of Agape & 55 Plus Ministries | LynnH@waysidechapel.org Doug Hurt, Pastor of Student Ministries - Stone Oak | DougH@waysidechapel.org Jose Irizarry, Associate Director of Worship | JoseI@waysidechapel.org Michelle Jenkins, Director of Kids' Ministries - Stone Oak | MichelleJ@waysidechapel.org Jon Jerde, Director of Media - 410 | JonJ@waysidechapel.org Stephen Lay, Pastor of Men’s Ministries, Connect, & Leadership Development | StephenL@waysidechapel.org Ronald Long, Pastor of Student Ministries - Middle School | RonaldL@waysidechapel.org Tim Nowell, Pastor of Student Ministries - High School | TimN@waysidechapel.org Heather Stagg, Director of Communications | HeatherS@waysidechapel.org Belva Stringer, Director of Kids' Ministries - 410 | BelvaS@waysidechapel.org Ben Strizu, Director of Media - Stone Oak | BenS@waysidechapel.org Steven Villacin, Community Pastor | StevenV@waysidechapel.org PASTORAL TEAM ELDER TEAM Franklin Anderson | Roger Buchhorn | Bill Goforth | John Gordon Jim Kuster | Daniel Mascorro | Bill Mitchell | Chad Olsen Roger Poupart | Neal Wilkins | Mark Workman
COMMUNITY MINISTRIES Wayside Chapel seeks to guide every member into a smaller, deeper community within our greater community as a local church body. We believe that authentic and meaningful relationships within the context of these smaller communities leads to spiritual change so we can all grow to know and be more like Jesus while helping others do the same. These smaller communities offer members a place to connect in meaningful ways and develop relationships (Wayside Chapel is a community), grow together as disciples of Jesus by studying and practicing the Word together (rooted in the Word, reproducing Christ followers), and engage with others in God’s work in the world by serving together or encouraging one another as each goes out (reaching out to the world, reproducing Christ followers). Sunday Studies This last year, we had 15 Sunday Studies that met weekly at 8 am, 9:15 am and 11 am. Some groups are categorized by life stage while others are made up of mixed ages and stages. We averaged approximately 282 weekly members across our Sunday Studies in the last twelve months. Life Groups We had 26 life groups that met in the fall of 2021, and 22 groups continued to meet in the spring. Life groups also vary as some are categorized by life stage while others are mixed. Most groups had approximately 8-12 individuals attending. Many groups are taking a break over the summer, and we hope to launch new groups in the fall and provide greater support for current groups. Equipping Classes Four different equipping classes met this last year: 1) Premarital class for couples thinking about, planning for, or recently entered into marriage; 2) re|engage class for married couples seeking to reconnect with their spouses, reignite, or resurrect their marriages; 3) Financial Peace University for anyone who wants to learn to steward their finances through practical and biblical instruction; and 4) Fundamentals of the Faith class for new believers, Christians who have never had a systematic study of the fundamentals of faith, and for those who want to be equipped to lead others through the study. We have a great many faithful men and women leading these smaller communities, and we invite you to join in with us in this upcoming year. Steven Villacin, Community Pastor
AGAPE MINISTRIES The Agape/AMEN Ministries’ primary mission is to demonstrate the love of Christ to those attending Wayside Chapel by providing assistance & service in times of need. Thanks be to God that Agape/AMEN Ministries are possible with God’s provision of 280 volunteers and donations: Monthly encouragement cards are sent to those unable to attend services. Bereavement notes are written to those who have lost an immediate family member and on the one year anniversary of that loss. Nursing Home/Shut-in Visitation, Hospital Visitation, Funeral Ministry, Share Care, and the Prayer Line along with the Monday prayer groups that meet 1-3 PM & 4-6 PM in 107 Ivywood demonstrate a spirit of caring to those in need. Providing Encouragement Manna Meals, Holiday Turkeys & Trimmings, and the Food Pantry provide food for times of special need. Basic Home Repair, Automobile Repair, the Furniture Shed and the Agape Fund helps those with immediate, non-food needs. Donated material goods are also shared with Wayside church plants, families in need, and transients. Providing Food & Assistance We have funeral service teams that help families plan the services along with usher and reception teams. A brochure to assist with planning a memorial service is available. Our Care & Comfort Refreshed group provides encouragement and support for women who are facing the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term effects of cancer. We also provide several outreach lunches throughout the year for the Christian Medical & Dental Association. Support Groups Lynn Hamilton, Director of Agape & 55 Plus Ministries
55 Plus is a community of adults in the second half of life who fellowship, serve, and grow together. Luncheons | Sept - May | 2nd Wednesdays We have enjoyed wonderful programs and fellowship each month and are looking forward to great presenters this coming year. 55 PLUS MINISTRIES Lynn Hamilton, Director of Agape & 55 Plus Ministries Fitness Class | Wednesdays Our fitness class continues each week and is taught by Anna Kurz, a certified instructor. This class is open to adults all ages. First Place 4 Health | Sundays This Bible-based wellness program has continued to thrive this past year and we are looking forward to the start of a new session in September that will meet off-campus on Sunday afternoons. Game Day | Thursdays Games and fellowship continues each Thursday in 117 Ivywood. Peace in Planning Seminars | Bi-Annual A seminar led by a panel of attorneys and financial advisors to help put together an emergency/endof-life preparedness binder with helpful documents related to estate & financial planning, long-term planning, advanced directives, estate administration, wills, and probate. Family Caregiver Seminars | Quarterly A workshop to discuss challenges people may face when caring for a loved one. Provides an opportunity to learn and fellowship with others on the same journey. Topics and speakers vary. Men's Bible Study | Thursdays Our men's Bible study has resumed their gathering and meets every other Thursday at 9 am.
Monday Nights: Throughout the fall and spring semesters, we welcomed between 25-45 college students for worship, fellowship, and teaching. In the Fall, we studied the life of Jacob and the parables of Jesus. In the Spring, we discussed discipleship and obedience to Jesus through practical lessons on the Christian life. Life Groups: We had four peer-run college life groups meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday nights throughout the year. These groups are designed to provide community, accountability, and consistent study of the Word. Each college leader was mentored by a “coach” to encourage them and help them grow in their leadership. Additionally, leaders meet together once a month to recap and plan for future studies. Sunday Study: In the Fall of 2021 we launched a new ministry to provide a space for college students on Sunday morning to gather for breakfast, fellowship, and a brief lesson with a discussion. Additionally, this serves as a discipleship opportunity for students as they’re developing relationships with several mature, godly leader couples who model obedience to Christ post-college. Other Events: This year, our college students participated in a number of other events including our fall retreat at Camp Eagle, VBS, and several other fellowship and outreach opportunities throughout the summer. Summer Study: Each summer, we ask a few of our students to facilitate a student-led study. This is a great opportunity to invest students with ownership and leadership responsibilities and to identify potential future life group leaders. This year, our students are studying the books of Ruth and James. Partnership(s): We continue to partner with the Navigators in the college ministry as they provide an on-campus presence for the ministry. We also hosted several events where the Navigators' leadership trained us in relational ministry and equipped our leaders to share the Gospel in their various contexts. Throughout the year, a number of our college students who participated in the discipleship training in the college ministry have in turn helped bring the evangelism and outreach tools to the broader congregation at both the Stone Oak and 410 campuses. COLLEGE MINISTRIES Cameron Contrestano, Pastor of College & Single Adult Ministries
We have 72 people serving on Connect teams with 6 key leaders who encourage volunteers and lead teams each Sunday. In 2021, we averaged 252 people in the 9:15 am service, 362 in the 11 am service, and 427 people online. Our Stone Oak Campus averaged 118 people in the 11 am service. In 2022, we’ve averaged 300 people in the 9:15 am service, 459 in the 11 am service, and 346 online. Our Stone Oak campus averaged 152 people in the 11 am service. As of May 2022, we are holding our Discovering Wayside class in person only. In 2021, 22 people became new members. Connect Ministry desires to make Wayside feel like home as our people take their next steps toward Christ. We want to create an atmosphere of warmth and personal welcome, provide a church home for people to take their next steps toward Christ, and help them use their God-given gifts for the Kingdom. To accomplish this, we have a team of people with the gifts of leadership, administration, hospitality, and encouragement: Greeters, Ushers, Parking Team Members, Welcome Center Hosts, Main Office Receptionists, and Chair Crew volunteers. CONNECT MINISTRIES Stephen Lay, Pastor of Men's Ministries, Connect, & Leadership Development
Wayside Kids is celebrating another year of reaching kids’ hearts for Jesus and inspiring them to be His world changers. Nursery Childcare staff and volunteers loved and cared for our babies’ needs throughout the year. Great Expectation Ministry touched the lives of eight families through prayer and encouragement. Sixteen children were dedicated to the Lord. Preschoolers Faithful shepherds, praise leaders, and Bible teachers led the preschoolers as they learned Bible truths and participated in worship during Sunday school. Kids Together and our “God and Me” curriculum provided three days of midweek programs that introduced the kids to God and His love. Elementary Kids were challenged every Sunday to know and trust God through large and small group experiences by faithful volunteers. They participated in worship regularly, sang in church services, and led the Family Christmas Eve service. Thirty-eight fifth graders were launched into the middle school ministry. Vacation Bible School (VBS) At Monumental VBS, kids celebrated God’s greatness! It was an incredible week with 520 kids in attendance, served by 370 volunteers. 127 children were counseled about their faith. The VBS mission project provided $19,140 for food, hygiene products, and Bibles for the kids served by African New Life in Rwanda. Awana Awana’s 130 clubbers were trained by 54 leaders to know, love, and serve Jesus. KIDS' MINISTRIES - 410 Belva Stringer, Director of Kids' Ministries - 410
Wayside Kids provides a safe and happy place where parents can feel comfortable leaving their children while they attend their own time of worship or teaching. We desire to come alongside parents to help them as they lead their children to learn and understand the truth of God’s Word. Sunday Mornings: On Sunday mornings, the youngest children are cared for in the nursery where the activities help them learn God made them and He loves them. Preschool through 5th grade classes participate in worship and age-specific Bible lessons and activities designed to help them develop and grow in their faith. On our website, we provide a Weekly Discussion Guide for families to dive deeper into the elementary lesson. Child Dedication: This year, we had two families dedicate their young children to the Lord. One of the families also has an elementary-age child who was baptized. We commit to support these families as they strive to raise their children to know and love Jesus. Weekday Childcare: We provided childcare on Tuesday mornings during the Women’s Bible study and on Wednesday evenings for parents who were serving in the Student Ministry Reverb groups. Kid’s Day Out: In September, we relaunched our KDO program at Stone Oak! We consistently had one class of 10 kids with a few others coming and going throughout the year. Kid’s Day Out gives us the opportunity to root young children in God’s Word as we teach them from a Bible-based curriculum, reach out to the Stone Oak community as the program is open to non-church members, and reproduce Christ followers as the children learn about Jesus and take what they learn home to their families. Parent’s Night Out: In February, we hosted our first PNO with 36 kids attending. It was a fun night of food, Bible stories, games, and crafts. The parents were very thankful for the opportunity to drop off their kids and go on a date! We will be hosting our next PNO in December. Parent’s Night Out is another opportunity for us to reach out to the Stone Oak community, bringing people to our campus who might not otherwise attend church. KIDS' MINISTRIES - STONE OAK Michelle Jenkins, Director of Kids' Ministries - Stone Oak
This last year we replaced the under-balcony speakers at the 410 Campus. We replaced two production use presentation and recording computers. We replaced one Worship Center video camera with a 4K camera for our Livestream. The camera that was replaced will be repurposed for use at the Stone Oak campus. At the 410 Campus, the wireless microphones, bodypacks, and in-ear monitors were moved from alkaline to rechargeable batteries. The Stone Oak campus has been using rechargeable batteries for several years now. We upgraded some of the Ivywood homes' AV equipment to better meet the ever-changing technology needs of the classes we have in these buildings. We also did maintenance on Audio, Video & Lighting systems across both campuses. We upgraded all of the fluorescent work lights at the Stone Oak Campus to LEDs. The Technical Media Arts Department provides support for all Audio, Video, and Media technical equipment for services and classes across both 410 and Stone Oak campuses and we saw God move in so many different ways last year. We also offer support for all Services in the Worship Center at 410 and Stone Oak campuses. The Media Arts Department is also thankful for the volunteers who give graciously of their time to support these services. Our volunteers really make a difference and we have created many service opportunities at both campuses. Should you be interested in a behind-the-scenes tour or just wonder how it all works, please come see us. MEDIA MINISTRIES Ben Strizu, Director of Media - Stone Oak Jon Jerde, Director of Media - 410
Discipleship Groups – These groups provide a place where small groups of men build camaraderie, connection, and commitment. These intergenerational groups focus on the foundations of the faith through shared experience as they learn to reproduce discipleship. Bible Study – Each semester, we offer in-depth studies designed to challenge men in their knowledge, application, and obedience to God’s word. These textual, topical, and theological studies seek to provide a sound spiritual foundation for men. We have journeyed through the books of Colossians & 1 John. In the fall of 2022, we will dig into 1 Samuel in a study entitled, “Becoming A Man After God’s Heart.” Purity Ministry - Purity ministry helps men break out of the entanglement of sexual sin through honesty and voluntary accountability. Our Sexual Integrity 101 groups consist of 5-7 men focusing on the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of sexual sin and wholeness. Knowing healing can take time, we want men to develop a spiritual growth plan that results in a lifestyle of purity. Peru Mission Trip – The Peru mission trip supports and gives helping hands to Carlos and Meredith Block in the jungles of Peru by engaging in construction and ministry within the communities of the Yanesha peoples. This year we will send a team of nine, seven men and two women, who will continue the work building a discipleship center/school and recreation field. Men’s Events - The 2022 Men’s Summit retreat challenged 83 men to “Unify” as we learn to live with Christian unity in a divided world. Our Father/Son campout showed 80 fathers and sons how a father shapes his son’s identity. Our Father/Daughter date night gave 105 dads and daughters an opportunity to show their daughters they are “beloved.” All of these events create time to slow down, spend time together, and learn more about discipleship in the context of family. Leadership Development - Leadership development engages emerging leaders in an interactive process that shapes their character, leadership skills, and calling. Our leadership cohort engages emerging leaders and pairs them with skilled mentors as they walk together through the topics of “Leading Yourself, Leading a Few, Leading Teams, and Leading Ministries.” In addition, leadership development engages current leaders and staff in character, leadership skills, and calling while identifying areas of growth and helping to create a personal plan around them. MEN'S MINISTRIES Our men’s discipleship groups, bible studies, events, and purity groups are committed to one thing: making disciples who make disciples in their families, workplace, and world. (Matt. 28:18-20, 2 Tim. 2:2). Stephen Lay, Pastor of Men's Ministries, Connect, & Leadership Development
The Missions and Outreach ministries at Wayside Chapel exist to help us fulfill our local and global mission for outreach and evangelism embodied in our vision statement. Wayside remains committed to worldwide missions, the ongoing enhancement of local outreach, short- term mobilization and discipling the next generation of believers. We desire to strategically partner with missionaries and organizations globally in unreached places, where less than 2% of the population is evangelical, who are focused on church-planting and indigenous leadership development. MISSIONS & OUTREACH Jason Uptmore, Associate Pastor We had a successful National Day of Prayer, as people joined us to worship and pray for our community, our city, our county, and our world. May-July, our church served our community through numerous service projects and discipleship opportunities. We continue to have an effective partnership with a variety of local ministries including Any Woman Can, Colonial Hills Ministry, Wurzbach Manor Apartments, Children’s Hunger Fund, The Pregnancy Care Center, DTM, Dallas Theological Seminary, One Way International, Grace House, and more! Our High School ministry traveled to Houston in July to partner with the Praying Pelican. Our Middle School ministry had an in-city mission experience in July, where they ministered alongside multiple of our local partners. We have 9 adults heading to Peru in September, in order to minister to the Yanesha tribe alongside mission partners of ours, Meredith & Carlos Block. Cameron Contrestano & Jason Uptmore were able to travel to Africa this summer to minister and visit two partner organizations, ARM (Uganda) and ANL (Rwanda). We added two new mission partner organizations: One for Israel and Arab World Media. For our Christmas project, we raised $15,200 for Potter’s House, to provide school supplies for each of their 300 children who live on the trash dump in Guatemala City. We came alongside many of our mission partners in Europe who had shifted their focus to minister to Ukrainian refugees. We had a connection with Igor Yaremchuk, President of Irpen Seminary, just outside of Kyiv, where we sent emergency relief funds, and continue to partner with our Ukrainian mission partners, Andrii & Ellissa Petrenko, who are currently serving refugees in Hungary. In September, in conjugation with Ron Huggler and OCF, we hosted about a dozen international military chaplains from all over the world for a training conference. We raised almost $20,000 dollars for our VBS mission project! That’s the most we have ever raised, and that money went to Africa New Life, in order to provide food packs, hygiene kits, and Bibles for children who are a part of that program. Serve Our City Short-term Teams Serve Our World We currently support 24 mission partners, 6 international organizations, and 11 domestic organizations in over 20 countries around the world.
In the Spring of 2022, I (Cameron) took over the responsibility for the singles ministry from Pastor Jason who has taken on more leadership and teaching responsibilities. I’m grateful for the encouragement and welcome I have received in making the transition, especially from the leadership. SINGLES MINISTRIES Cameron Contrestano, Pastor of College & Single Adult Ministries Sunday Mornings: Throughout the year, the singles ministry welcomes between 30 to 60 individuals to our Sunday morning gathering. During this time, we enjoy breakfast, fellowship, discussion, and teaching. In the fall semester, we studied the marks and works of the Church and in the spring we learned about the parables of Jesus and discipleship. Throughout the year, we will take a break from our normal routine with various special focuses. This year, we’ve hosted discipleship trainings, a financial wellness seminar, and several fellowship-focused mornings. Life Groups: We had several peer-run life groups meeting throughout the week in various homes across the city. These groups are designed to provide community, accountability, and consistent study of the Word. Leaders meet together once a month to recap and plan for future studies. Retreat: This year we took 40 singles to T Bar M camp for our Fall retreat where Walt and Brenda McCord led our sessions teaching through the book of Haggai. This was a great time of fellowship and refreshment for the group. Other Events: This year, our singles participated in a number of other events including discipleship trainings and several other fellowship opportunities including game nights, worship nights, and men’s and women’s focused events. Our singles are also very active in serving the various ministries at Wayside including the children’s ministry on Sunday mornings and through opportunities like VBS; Wayside service days, and other outreach projects across the city.
ECHO Reverb We had a good year of Wednesday Reverb. Our theme was Amplify and we spent some time just about every Wednesday night talking about influence, including influences on us and how we are influential on others. ECHO Sunday Mornings Students make our Sunday mornings happen. They are involved in just about every area of Sunday morning ministry. This is the goal because student ministry is in part ministry by students. Sunday morning teaching has covered Ephesians, Temptation, the I Am Statements of Jesus, being bold when we share our faith, Esther, Spiritual Disicplines, and how to be a better friend. ECHO Weekend: "In Repair" This in-town retreat is where students stay in groups at homes of Wayside families. We celebrated the return of Echo Weekend with a focus on our purpose and how God is still at work in us, making us new in Christ. This had one of the largest attended Echo Weekends we’ve ever had. Spring Break Retreats Middle School went to Deer Creek Camp and talked about how to REST and take time to enjoy God through Sabbath. High School was at Alto Frio and looked at wisdom impacting every area of our lives. Students survived freezing temperatures and had a great time growing in their faith and in community. STUDENT MINISTRIES Tim Nowell, Pastor of High School Ministries - 410
Christmas Parties Students at both campuses all had Christmas parties the first week of December. These events were well-attended and not only were a celebration of the season but a reminder of the importance of community. High School Mission Trip High school and leaders traveled to Houston with Praying Pelican Missions to lead a VBS at a small church as well as serve in other ministries in the Houston area. Students took the lead in making VBS happen for the children involved. Middle School Mission Trip This year the Middle School ministry stayed in the Ivywood houses and spent time helping our local mission partners like the Children’s Hunger Fund. It was a great reminder that missions isn’t something you have to leave to go do, but something that’s right here in our city! Summer Events We had a summer of picnics, video game parties, trampoline parks, and movie nights. For the first time since 2019, middle school and high school have had separate events for the summer. Attendance has been very good at both groups’ events. Serving in VBS proved to be invaluable for the students participating in the High School Mission trip. STUDENT MINISTRIES Ronald Long, Pastor of Middle School Ministries - 410 Doug Hurt, Pastor of Stone Oak Student Ministries
The Fall Women’s Gathering which streamed the Priscilla Shirer Simulcast Our Christmas Fellowship where ladies learned about God’s love and power through the story of Mary The Wayside Women Spring Retreat where around 100 women joined us in the hill country for a weekend to reset and focus our eyes back on Jesus Summer Gatherings where we enjoyed a fun game night and a powerful evening of worship Women’s Ministries at Wayside has continued to provide spaces for women in various places and stages of life to find community, fellowship, and opportunities to study God’s Word. During the fall and spring months, two Bible studies were offered to the women of Wayside, both in-person and online. Women Together began a study in the book of John, which will continue through the next year. Ladies in the Precept class took an in-depth look at the book of Hebrews, which will continue into the fall. Between in-person and online studies, over 160 women participated from San Antonio and around the country. This year, Wayside offered women four different opportunities to participate in Mug & Muffin Groups. These small gatherings of around 12 ladies who met in someone’s home allowed women to experience fellowship with other ladies in their area of town through refreshments and a practical devotional. Support groups like Moms Together, Sisters of Strength, and Redeemed and Restored hosted monthly, and sometimes weekly, gatherings to encourage women who are walking through particular stages of life. Wayside saw new ladies and previous attendees alike enjoy and be encouraged by these meetings. Throughout the last year, Women’s Ministry hosted several special events during the fall, spring, and summer months including: We are thankful for Brenda McCord's faithful leadership over the past seven years and are currently in the search process for a new Women's Ministry Director following her resignation this past May. WOMEN'S MINISTRIES Currently searching for a Director of Women's Ministry
WORSHIP MINISTRIES This past year brought changes to the Worship Ministry at Wayside with José Irizarry assuming leadership for both services at the 410 Campus and Danielle Meza starting as the Coordinator for Worship Ministries. The ministry goal is for the community at Wayside to sing their theology, through songs that glorify God and edify the believer. The Contemporary Service has seen the most significant growth in volunteer participation, with most Sundays featuring a worship team made up entirely of Waysiders. These volunteers represent different demographics from within our congregation (college students, singles, etc.) making our worship team a better reflection of the body at Wayside. In the Blended Service, we continue to have the worship band, with regular participation of our talented, multi-generational Wayside orchestra musicians (string and wind instruments). We are happy to be able to keep alive the tradition of singing the Hallelujah Chorus together as a congregation on Easter Sunday. This year we extended that to include the congregation gathered at 11:00 am and included the participation of the Wayside Orchestra. Good Friday featured a novel ensemble designed to complement the tone of the service. The Worship Ministry and its volunteers regularly support other ministries at Wayside. We continue to provide music for memorial services. Singers from the Contemporary worship team led music at retreats for the Student Ministries and the Men’s Ministry. We produced piano recordings for the Women’s Ministry video devotionals. Members of the Contemporary worship team participated in the Women’s Ministry Night of Worship. Beyond music, the Worship Ministry is tasked with coordinating many of the details that go into running weekly services successfully. The ministry keeps Wayside in compliance with copyright laws, obtaining licenses for music performance, and managing subscriptions to the services needed to produce the music. In addition, we continue to produce in-house music arrangements and recordings that serve as resources for musicians to prepare for worship. We seek to consistently give God and the body at Wayside our very best. For this reason, the Worship Ministry holds a weekly meeting with the Media and Communications ministries and a member of the Pastoral Team to coordinate all aspects of the upcoming Sunday services and discuss opportunities to improve from the Sunday before. Our deepest desire is for Wayside to have a congregation that SINGS! TOur volunteers selflessly invest hours each week preparing themselves to play and sing with excellence. We all pray weekly for the Holy Spirit to move in each and every one of you until loud praises pour out in song. Nothing is sweeter to all the volunteers of the worship team than to be drowned out by the congregation singing. We appreciate your continued prayers. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” (Ps. 150:6) José Irizarry, Associate Director of Worship
This past year saw some new and exciting changes at our Stone Oak campus. In January, we went to live preaching every Sunday and that has added so much to our worship services. We were sad to see Pastor Cameron Contrestano transition to the 410 Campus in January but we are excited for him as he leads our College and Singles ministries. It was a blessing to have our worship leader, Doug Hurt, finish his seminary degree and go through the ordination process at Wayside. Doug is now our Pastor of Student Ministries and is doing a great job spiritually investing in the lives of our young people and their families. We brought on a new worship leader, Gabe Rios, in February and we are very thankful for him. We have experienced great fellowship and community in our Adult Sunday Study that meets on Sundays at 9:15. We went through studies on Hebrews and 1 Peter this past year. We went through studies on Colossians, Philemon, and 1 John with the men on our Stone Oak campus each Wednesday night. This has been very encouraging for the men in our congregation to make solid connections with other guys as we pray for each other and sharpen one another spiritually. We hosted an outdoor Good Friday service and an outdoor Easter Sunrise service and both were very meaningful and worshipful. Our campus hosted a special Father-Daughter Date Night as we focused on how the daughters are so beloved in God’s eyes and to their earthly fathers/grandfathers as well. We hosted a Night of Worship at our campus on June 3 that provided an opportunity for our people to invite friends to our church. This Fall, we will have 5 Stone Oak Life Groups meeting and we plan on having training for our Life Group leaders as well. Our student ministry did an exceptional job this summer providing fun and meaningful opportunities for our students to connect with God and one another through an in-town missions experience for our Middle School students and a mission trip to Houston for our high school students. Our Director of Children’s Ministries, Michelle Jenkins, continues to do an outstanding job reaching our children and families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am excited that she will continue to offer our Kids Day Out ministry this Fall. Our Women’s Bible Studies will resume on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings in September as the ladies continue in their study of the Gospel of John. Our campus will continue to host Bible Study Fellowship small groups on Thursday mornings this Fall. We also hosted three Discipleship and Evangelism Training events at our Stone Oak campus in January, March, and May, as we equip our people to reach into our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. WAYSIDE STONE OAK Will Davis, Stone Oak Campus Pastor
We hope this has given you a glimpse of the amazing things God has been doing at Wayside this past year and some of the great things we have coming up! We are so thankful for your generous and faithful giving that has allowed the ministries of Wayside to continue. If you are not connected in one of our ministries, we invite you to start today! Be sure to download our church app and stay connected with all the latest events, sermons, and more!