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Congratulations class of Fall 2017 FPU Graduates

FPU_Graduation_Fall_2017_SmallAnother successful Financial Peace University class completed it’s ninth and final lesson this week.

And we are so excited for everyone who joined us and learned the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps – a framework for financial success that over the last 25 years has proven effective for countless millions of families across the United States and around the world.

We are proud to offer this course to everyone in our church family and in our community.  The information this course teaches changes lives, as it has already for our dedicated Fall 2017 class members seen here above.  Our thanks to each of you for making this class so much fun to lead.  Your enthusiasm, questions, and support for each other was inspiring to see.  We wish you every success and a speedy path to Baby Step 7.

Our thanks also goes out to our church Elders, Bill Powell and Eddie Perez for their support and participation in this endeavor: Eddie for being our Co-coordinator and making this class possible in the first place, and to Bill and his wife Fran for being with us throughout the course, offering their support, wisdom, candor, and insight during those critical small group breakout sessions.

We are already planning a January 2018 class and hope to be able to offer this course many more times in the future – God willing.  Until then…

Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,

      like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

Proverbs 6:5 – NIV

Practice Makes…

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In this week’s sermon, Bob teaches how to be good disciples:

“Love how your Father loves.”   Bob Kolodner, 2017-09-10

Matthew 5:43

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor
and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be
sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on
the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and
the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what
reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing
that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Jon Mullican visits WCOC from Hope Network

Jon_MullicanBrothers and Sisters, please welcome Jon Mullican from Hope Network, a Texas based organization whose mission is to help guide churches and mentor ministers based upon assessments of a church’s mission and goals.

And it has been a most uplifting and rewarding weekend working with Jon and taking a close look at our Church.  Over the last couple of days Jon has been meeting with Bob K, the Elders and members of the congregation to help us understand what are the core strength of our Church.

After today’s service [Sunday 20th August], we [the congregation] met with Jon and through a series of breakout small groups, we thought about questions Jon asked us to discuss: questions design to reveal how God works through the congregation and what are our greatest strengths.  This was a well attended event and it really was a wonderful and rewarding afternoon.

The results were very up-lifting.  Jon presented at the end of the meeting by asking us about the answers we discussed in the small groups.  As it turns out, Warrenton Church of Christ’s greatest strengths are as follows:

  • Fellowship – a strong sense of community and connectivity within the church membership
  • Family / Genuine / Authenticity – an overall sense that this church really cares about its members like true family: according to Jon this is a rare and special quality.
  • Pastor Bob – a huge asset to the Church, Church Family, and surrounding community as a mentor, spiritual guide, teacher, and counselor: willing to help whoever he can in whatever way he can.  Amen.
  • Love : Acceptance – a sincere love and acceptance of folks from all walks of life in this church – no one feels they do not belong to this family.
  • Connected – a true sense of community within the membership – like real family.
  • Spiritual Depth –  a sense of true spiritual depth within the family, nothing superficial or fake.

Our thanks to Jon for his perspective, guidance and encouragement this weekend.  Sometimes it’s important to stop, step back and ask ourselves “what’s right?”, rather than “what’s wrong?”.  Jon’s visit has definitely helped us to refocus on what is good, unique and special about this church and the wonderful fellowship we share with each other through Christ Jesus.  He has helped remind us that the Warrenton Church of Christ truly is fellowship, family, and love.  Safe travels dear brother: your new friends here at Warrenton wish you continued success in your mission.

Financial Peace is Coming to WCOC – September 10th

DaveRamsey_PhotoYes indeed folks, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course is coming again to the WCoC.  This is a nine week course that teaches you how to save money, get out of debt permanently, grow your financial strength, plan for the future, plan for a dignified retirement, grow wealthy over the course of your life and give like no one else.  In short you will learn how to handle money the way God intended, using principles that have been taken directly from scripture.

This class is for anyone and everyone.  You don’t have to be broke or in debt to get something life changing from this class.  No, you just need a desire to live a better life with less stress over money.  Ask your brothers and sisters in the church who have already been through the class.

To register is easy.  Just email the church office and let them know you will be attending.  The cost of the course is $102 per family.  This includes your lifetime membership to the university, and the cost of the membership kit.  You can order your kit directly from the Dave Ramsey web site, but we recommend you simply make a check out to the church for $102.30 and we’ll do the rest for you.

 

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.