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Financial Peace University Graduation

Sunday May 21st – Warrenton Church of Christ celebrates the completion of our first Financial Peace University course

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Yes brothers and sisters, it was our joy and privilege to graduate the very first Financial Peace University class offered by the Warrenton Church of Christ.  Seen above are our newly graduated spring class of 2017 and we are so proud of each of them. This was a nine week long course that teaches us how to manage money God’s way: and boy is that an awesome concept in today’s world.  In this class we learned how to save for emergencies, eliminate debt from our lives permanently (the borrower is slave to the lender), take out the right kind of insurance to protect our families, save for our kid’s collage, build wealth for retirement and ultimately how to give generously and be an excellent steward with God’s money.  As Dave Ramsey puts it, you will learn how to live like no one else, so later you can live, and give, like no one else.

On this last day we all watched one of the most powerful lessons in the course.  Titled “The Great Misunderstanding”, Dave illustrates how we are but stewards of God’s money.  We don’t own it, because everything belongs to God, so it’s up to us to do right with that which God entrusts us.  After the class video finished, the room was silent for some moments as we all tried to absorb the powerful message Dave had just delivered.  It was awesome and like this entire course – potentially life changing.  We wrapped up the day with the certificate presentations, some cake and sparkling Cider.  It has been a wonderful experience as we have seen the class members grow, learn, encourage each other and share their experiences and excitement for the future now that they know the path to financial peace.

We plan to offer this class again in the fall, so if you missed enrollment this time, be sure to join us for the next WCOC offering of Financial Peace University.  God bless you all.

 

 

 

Big Turnout for the Preschool Christmas Program and Party

wcoc_preschool_playIt was a big turnout for the little one’s as the preschoolers performed the Christmas story for family, friends and relatives in the Warrenton Church of Christ main auditorium.  The little ones had so much fun and the grownups got to overdose on abundant cuteness.

After a wonderful performance, the cast closed out the play with some Christmas carols and then were joined by former preschool students to sing one final song together.

After the play, everyone gathered in the Fellowship hall for a party where cakes, snacks and other wonderful goodies were consumed by all.  It was another successful show for the preschool class of 2016.

beccaandamyThis play was directed by Amy Hoagland and Organized by our Preschool Director Becca Lotane.  Congratulations go to Becca also as this performance was Becca’s 10th Preschool Christmas play.  A terrific job ladies and a great time was had by all.

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy and healthful 2017.

 

Bon Voyage Brother Chris

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As the year draws to a close, we also see the end of another era as we say goodbye to our dear brother Chris Abernethy.  Seen here delivering his last worship service today (12/18/2016), Chris returns to his home town on Tuesday and we all pray for his safe travels and a wonderful Christmas holiday.  May the new year bring you joy as you embark on your new ministry.

We have been blessed to have Chris among us for the last year-and-a-half where he has served our family so well and been an invaluable coordinator and organizer to major Church events such as Vacation Bible School, field trips for the youth ministry, special musical events, and as our principle worship leader.  Thank you for your joyful, humble and unwavering dedication and service Chris.  We will pray for you and keep you in our hearts.  We will miss you and hope you will keep in touch with us as you take a new direction in your walk with Christ Jesus.

As Paul might have said it, “Grace and peace to you my brother, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Sermon Video: Chris Abernethy – 3rd Week of Advent

chris_a_sermon_001-jpgOn this third Sunday of advent, our dear brother and associate minister Chris honors God in praise and worship with his most thoughtful sermon concerning not just the main protagonists in the story of Jesus’ birth, but the minor supporting characters too.  Working from the gospel according to Luke, Chris asks us to think about the Shepherds who saw an angle and received word that the messiah is to be born.  He goes on to ask how we can serve God in our own way, even if our part is very small or mundane in the ongoing story of Christ Jesus.  As Chris puts it: “faithful, quiet, obscure obedience does matter to God.”

Sadly this will be our last chance to hear one of Chris’ sermons as he is heading south on December 20th, back to his home town after serving this church so faithfully for the last year-and-a-half.  screenshot-2016-12-11-16-14-40Among other things, Chris has been our youth minister and our principle worship leader in that time.  He has brought us new songs to sing in God’s praise and introduced us to new friends such as Scott Lippiatt. We have been blessed to have Chris with us for the time that God has allowed, and we now must say farewell dear Brother, safe travels, and keep in touch.  We will keep you in our hearts and in our prayers as you follow new callings and new oportunities to serve.  Your humble and gentle spirit will be surely missed.  God bless you.

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Announcing the new WCOC Podcast

wcoc_podcast_iii-smallAnnouncing the WCOC Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud

This week we launched the WCOC Warrenton Podcast, a way to post audio-only media to iTunes.  This makes the content available for download to your computer, tablet or mobile devices such as iPhone and Android.  Basically, if you have iTunes, you have complete access to the WCOC Podcast.

In addition to being able to watch the Sunday sermons on YouTube, you can now enjoy the word anywhere, anytime.  So, if you’re stuck on the I-66, then tune in to the WCOC Podcast and choose from what will be a growing list of sermons, and eventually other content too, to help you in your daily walk.

You can also subscribe to the WCOC Podcast to receive new postings automatically to your computer or mobile device.  Once you’ve listen, it will delete itself, so it doesn’t clutter up your storage space.

To learn more about how to find and subscribe to the WCOC Podcast in iTunes, click here or go the the Media menu on the church home page.

Our Newest Shepherd – Eddie Perez

wcoc-member-photos-107-perezBrothers and Sisters, we are honored and delighted to introduce our newest shepherd, Brother Eddie Perez.

After months of prayer, deliberation and painstaking interviews, we are proud to introduce our newest shepherd, our dear brother Eddie Perez.  Eddie has agreed to serve as Elder to our family, and it is a privilage to make this announcement and to welcome Eddie as an integral part of our church leadership.

Seen here with his wife Shelly, they have already given many years of service to this church family and have been a spiritual support and inspiration to many of the members with their strong faith and heart-warming sincerity.

The weight of this role is not lost on any member of this church.  We therefore thank you for making this solemn commitment to serve our family in this way and to join our Elders in this awesome, challenging and deeply selfless task.

We shall be keeping Eddie and Shelly in our prayers as they adapt to Eddie’s new and important role in this church.  God bless you both.

 

Class Update – Sept. 11, 2016

sunday-school-2016-016As we go forward, it is our hope and prayer that your children will be able to share in front of the congregation at the end of this quarter what they have learned in class. Therefore, we are asking you, the parent, to help in that endeavor.

You ask: What can I do to help?  

Tack this on the refrigerator and when you think about it, help us reinforce the following during this coming week.

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1 Corinthians – Family Fights Part IV

Screenshot 2016-08-21 16.39.05 copyIn this week’s message, Bob takes us further still into the dysfunctional church of Corinth and we learn that members of the church are taking out lawsuits against each other.

What do you think Paul’s reaction to this news was?  Is this really how Brothers and Sisters in Christ should be dealing with problems they have among themselves – taking their grievances to a secular judge?

Find out the answer to these and other questions in this week’s installment of 1 Corinthians, Part 4, Family Fights.

 

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Walker Totes – Another Success

Screenshot 2016-08-17 00.25.34 copyTuesday evening saw another successful project for the Lady’s Ministry – Walker Totes.

Much fun was had by all and a surprising number of totes were created.  And we made a little video of the evenings events for your enjoyment.  Watch the video below to see just how everyone joined in to produce these wonderful Walker Totes.

Thank you Ladies, you’re a blessing to us all.

 

Walker Totes

photo 1The Ladies’ ministry would like to announce a new and delightful project idea to help our community; Walker Totes.

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Yes folks, you saw it here first, a Tote specially made for attachment to a walker.  What a wonderful idea.  Imagine needing a walker to get around.  Now consider how you would carry a purse of backpack if you were unsteady on your feet. It would be a nuisance at best and a danger at worst as it shifted its weight on your body.

With a walker Tote however, you have the perfect place to carry your Dr. Pepper, purse or car keys?  It fits to the bars on a walker, held in place with Velcro and provides a safe and convenient place to keep those important smaller items that you need at hand.

photo 2So on Tuesday August 16th, from 7 – 9 PM, you are invited to join the Ladies Service Night and help make Walker Totes.

Don’t worry if you’re not a seamstress, there are many other ways you can help in the making of these special Totes.  So please, join in the fun and come help with this wonderful project.  The walkers will be given to a local nursing home.