Ladies, today I made another delivery of recycled grocery bags to the Community Food Bank and you would have thought I delivered a sack of gold. They said to tell you how much they appreciate these donations. Put yourself in their shoes….try to imagine bringing in your groceries that are not in bags. It would be awful. So, lets all get those loose bags out of our pantries and bring them to Church on Sundays. If you’ll put them in the little bin next to the front door, I’ll take them to the Food Bank. They get so excited when they see me drive up with your bags. Thanks for your help. It is a simple thing, but it makes a big difference in many lives of the folks who depend on this Food Bank. Carolyn Martin
This week Bob’s quest to help us understand what scripture has to say about those who serve our Church leads us to the role of Deacons. What does a Deacon do? What does the Bible say he should do? Is it even clear what he should do in the scripture; or has God left us to figure some of that out for our selves?
Bob takes a deep dive to clarify the role and to interpret the scripture to help us get a better understanding. Along the way we discover that this week’s Greek word is “Diakonos” – Servant. And as you can see ‘Diakonos’ is where we get the term ‘Deacon’ from: one who serves. Wow – who knew right? This is why we love you so much Bob – you’re a wonderful and gifted teacher. Anyway, as you might have guessed, there’s much more to this whole question – so watch Bob’s sermon and learn much from the book of Acts, Timothy, Titus, Romans, John, Thessalonians and Corinthians as Bob skillfully leads us through the evidence of what God says Deacons are supposed to do.
This week’s service enjoyed the company of a special guest worship and song leader, Scott Lippiatt. Joining us from the Glen Rock Church of Christ in Pennsylvania, Scott has spent the weekend working with our song leaders and the WCOC Praise Team to help us improve our signing and to teach us some new songs too. And for today’s service, Scott served as our worship leader and lifted the spirits of the entire congregation.
Scott’s gift and love for signing and worship leading is infectious and we all enjoyed and appreciated his energy and skill. The service started with a song that is new to the congregation, “Make a Joyful Noise”. This was followed by ‘Blessed Be Your Name’, ‘On Zion’s Glorious Summit’, ‘Purer in Heart O’ God’, and ‘How Deep the Father’s Love’. After communion he lead us in ‘Salvation Belongs to Our God’, ‘The battle Belongs to Our God’ and, ‘Just as I Am (I Come Broken)’. And finally, after the sermon, the last songs of today’s worship were – ‘10,000 Reasons’, and a second singing of ‘Make a Joyful Noise’; both of which Scott introduced us to this weekend.
On behalf of the entire congregation, we’d like to say a warm thank you to Scott and his family for spending the weekend with us here in Warrenton and sharing their gifts and love of music with all of us. God bless and we hope to see the Lippiatt family here again very soon.
This singing weekend has been a resounding success and our honored guest Scott Lippiatt (left) has been an inspiration to us all. Joining our church from the Glen Rock Church of Christ in Pensilvania, Scott brings with him his wife Jill, and their three children – not to mention a lifetime of experience in worship and song leading in the a-capella tradition.
The day started out with Scott working with our current, past and possible future song leaders to talk about some of the lessons he had learned from experience, and from his time working with the Worship Leader Institute, where he was accepted and has spent numerous periods of time studying and deepening his skills in the craft of worship and song leading.
Service project Tuesday May 10th 7-9pm at the church building.
We will be preparing supplies for the Nicaragua mission trip project again this year.
Bring scissors! 🙂
There will be a little bit of “not business as usual” over the next few weeks. Next Friday (4/29/2016) after our study, we will have the opportunity to take M.C. out for lunch. The following Friday (5/5/2016) we will not meet, as Bob will be out of town attending the Pepperdine Bible Lectureships. If you have never been to Ladies Bible Class, it’s a great opportunity for study, prayer and fellowship. Hope to see you there!
This week Bob asks, “What are Elders supposed to be like?”
To further educate the congregation and to pick up on last week’s theme, Warrenton Church of Christ Minister, Bob Kolodner goes into detail about the characteristics of a Church of Christ Elder and what he should ideally be like.
In last week’s sermon, Bob talked about the things that Elders are supposed to do. This sermon was designed to help us recognize the traits to look for in an Elder as we approach the Elder selection process this summer. This week, we learn more about what our Elders should be like – according to the scripture of Paul in Titus, 1 Timothy and from the Gospel according to Matthew. Read more
The Kumva Rwanda conference will be hosted by the Glenwood Church of Christ in Tyler, Texas, this year on June 3 & 4. If you are interested in attending and would like the details, contact Tom Ryon. Marty and Louise Koonce will be attending and it is a great opportunity to really get informed about God’s work in Rwanda
With the Elder selection process planned for early this summer, Bob helps us prepare with some wonderful scriptural reminders of what Elders are supposed to do, and indeed, what they are supposed to be. As we would expect, Bob brilliantly presents scripture from Timothy, Peter and Samuel to illustrate the traits of a church Elder.
Bob narrows his findings from scripture down to seven specific items that we should keep in mind when thinking about the people we should put forward to shepherd our flock in the coming years. Watch this video to find out what these seven items are. This will also be a good sermon to revisit nearer the selection time to help remind us of what we should be looking for in an Elder.
Our prayers and thanks go out to the Elders and all church leaders who currently serve us, and to those who have served in the past. We are blessed to have you all with us.
Brothers, tomorrow morning is a great time to get some great food and fellowship at the church building as we get together for our monthly Men’s Breakfast. 9:00, Saturday Morning. Homemade waffles, bacon and sausage, fruit, coffee… What’s not to like? After breakfast is done, those who can are going to go over to help Jim Warner work on his house. Bring an appetite and your personal hand tools, possibly a paint brush, and some great positive energy to share!