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.”
On 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. Among 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.
Announcing 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.
Brothers 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.
As 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.
In 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.
Tuesday 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.
The Ladies’ ministry would like to announce a new and delightful project idea to help our community; Walker Totes.
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.
So 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.
Well VBS certainly does rock, but what you’re seeing here is rocks of a different kind. You may have heard that this year’s theme for Vacation Bible School is ‘David, a man after God’s own heart’. And when we think of David, it’s hard not to think of Goliath and his fall at the hands of this remarkable young man.
This week the Ladies Ministry got together and made very creative use of some leftover paint and paper bags in order to create some rather excellent looking rocks. It’s all part of the VBS preparations and as you can see, fun is already being had by everyone; and VBS is still over a month away. This is just one of many things the ladies are doing to make this years VBS a resounding success. Contact Carolyn Martin to find our how you can help; and of course don’t forget; you can click on the VBS banner on this web site’s home page to sign up for this years VBS. We’ll see you there.
“Many Hands Make Light Work” and it was proven once again tonight. A great big thanks to the following ladies who helped prepare materials which will be used by the Olive Branch Ministries when they sponsor an upcoming mission trip to Nicaragua: Kathie Schmidtmann, Terri Brooks, Barbara Cook, Jodi Stone, Laura Bosco, Mary Hoagland, Holly Singhas, Tracy Twenty, Carolyn Martin, Janet Biecher, and Cathy Rampy. These items will be used to teach and show the love of the Lord to the children. Good work ladies and thank you once again.