Author: Neil Smith

Forge

This really goes without saying, but what a crazy week we have had! If you would have asked anyone just two weeks ago what their plans for the week were, not a single person would have said: “Well, I think I will spend my time locked indoors, unsuccessfully try to purchase toilet paper, and wonder how much, or how little a global pandemic would affect me.” All this said, it’s crazy how quickly we adapt, and most of us have found our groove, and a new “normal.”

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A World Wide Prayer

CHRISTIANS TO UNITE AGAINST COVID-19
A world day of prayer is called on Sunday 22 March at 12 noon local
time.
All Christians are asked to pray at home from 12 noon to 1pm, covering
the globe in 24 hours. Pray for:
1. The stop of the spread of the virus
2. The recovery of those already infected
3. Peace for the families who lost loved ones
4. Restoration of the economies of the world
5. Wisdom for the governments who have to manage the outbreak.
Never before has there been a reason to call ALL Christians around the
world to a global day of prayer against a threat that affects the entire
world.
Please let everyone know.
Let’s blanket the world in prayer.

Adjusting to a New Normal

In this, our first ever virtual church service, Bob shares with us some thoughts about drawing strength from God’s word in these strange and confusing times. Please click the image below to hear Bob’s sermon.

Some encouraging thoughts that have been shared by our members:

C = Celebrate God’s Goodness
A = Ask God for Help
L = Leave your concerns with God
M = Meditate on Good Things

A Prayer by Max Lucado from Philippians 4:4-7

Dear Lord,

We’re still hoping we’ll wake up. We’re still hoping we’ll open a sleepy eye and think, “What a horrible dream. How could this have happened?”

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WCOC to Offer Celebrate Recovery Program

In this week’s Sunday Sermon, Bob Kolodner announced that the Warrenton Church of Christ will be offering support to the local community in the form of a world-renowned Christ-centered addiction and dependency healing program called ‘Celebrate Recovery‘.

Founded by John Baker back in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, the program has grown to an international scale. It offers a safe place for people with a wide range of dependency and addiction issues to come and get help using a 12 step program, without fear of being judged.

Now people of the Warrenton area have a safe place to come to get help and learn the steps and coping tools for a happier life, free from chemical and emotional dependency issues. You don’t have to be a regular attendee or member of the Warrenton Church of Christ to attend these meetings. Just come as you are and enjoy a welcoming church family. There’s no cost except an hour of your time – so please, come join us and get the healing you need.

This program has been spearheaded by the Warrenton Church of Christ minister Bob Kolodner who has decades of professional counselling experience, and supported by the membership of the Warrenton Church of Christ. We would be delighted to see you at our first meeting, scheduled for Thursday, November 7th, 2019.

See the link below to learn more about the Celebrate Recovery program.

Three New Elders Appointed Today

Today is an auspicious day for the Warrenton Church of Christ as we celebrate the official installation of three new Elders. These men have joined our existing three Elders to assist in the grand and noble task of leading the Warrenton Church of Christ congregation.

From left to right: Susie and Parry Hernandez (new Elder), Bill Powell, current Elder, Lorraine and George Davenport (New Elder), Eddie Perez (Current Elder), and Bruce and Cathy Rampy (New Elder).

In the church’s more than 50 year history, we have never been so honored to have six men, with the support of their wives, stepping up to take on this role: the weight of which is not lost on any member of this family.  

Brother’s Bruce, George, and Perry, we thank each of you for making this solemn commitment to serve us in this way and to join our Elders in this challenging and deeply selfless task. We also thank Cathy, Lorraine, and Susie for your love and support for these men as they step into leadership. We appreciate all that you do, and will do in the future to ensure the growth, and spiritual health of this family.

We shall be keeping all of you in our prayers as you adapt to your new and important roles in this church.  God bless you all.

Tom Seals – Where do we go from here?

More than 50 years ago, Tom Seals started a small church in Warrenton, VA with a handful of other christians. These were the first meetings of what has become a wonderful church family, with missions, Elders, a full time pulpit minister, deacons, a vibrant preschool, and a church building that has stood now for 50 years.

In this video, Tom Seals honors us with a visit for the homecoming celebrations of the Koonce family’s return from 22 years of mission work in Africa, and the 50th anniversary of breaking ground for the church building. In this video Tom will share with us his thoughts on where this church should go in the next 50 years.

Koonce Family Homecoming

After 22 years in the African mission field, we are blessed and honored to celebrate the return of our dear brother and sister Marty and Louise marking the end of a very long and incredible service first in Togo, and later in post-genocide Rwanda.

We are so blessed to have them back with us in good health and good spirits after such an amazing and rewarding mission taking the word, and the hope of Christ Jesus to a regions of the world so different, and so deeply and permanently impacted by the genocide in 1994.

It is impossible to imagine what the people of Rwanda endured during those fateful months, but you can begin to appreciate the impact when you listen to Marty talk about the spirit of the amazing people he has worked with during the years of his Rwandan mission. Please take a look at this video of Marty’s message as he recounts the mission years and his family’s life on the continent of Africa. You will be blessed by this message.

Homecoming and 50 Year Celebration

This past weekend we were blessed to have so many things to celebrate with our church brothers and sisters. The homecoming of the Koonce family after 22 years on missions in Africa, 50 years since we broke ground on the church building, a visit from our founding Minister Tom Seals and many others from the earliest days of the church. And if that wasn’t enough, the baptism of James, meaning we also got to welcome a new brother to our midst.

Fifty years ago we broke ground on the Warrenton Church of Christ building. To help us celebrate that event we were honored by a visit from our founding Minister Dr. Tom Seals. He shared memories with us of the early days when the church was just a handful of people meeting in what was then the PNC bank building. It was such an incredible joy and privilage to have the man who started this wonderful church joining us on this auspicious day. For those of you who could not be with us, or those who would simply love to hear his message again, we have provided a video of Tom’s wonderful narrative of years past and the simple beginnings.

So without further ado, enjoy this video (more to follow this week) as Bob Kolodner introduces Tom Seals.

WCoC 2019 Minute To Win It

Today saw the first ever Warrenton Church of Christ Minute To Win It games and it was a huge amount of fun for all the family.

Let the Games Begin!

The games began with “Junk In Your Trunk” where a tissue box with 8 ping pong balls is attached to the back of each contestant with a belt. The objective is to empty all the balls out of the box by jumping around and doing whatever gyrations you think will loose off all the balls. The Kids found some very creative ways to win some of these games, as you can see below.

Dad – I think I got you beat with this limbo dancing maneuver!

In this next game you put some Vaseline on your nose and then use it to pick up cotton balls, transporting them to another bowl on the opposite table. This was hilarious to watch as you can tell from the following snapshot.

Fun for the Kids and the Grown-ups

Well if you didn’t manage to make it down to the church this Saturday, then take a look at this one minute 20 second video that captures some of the highlights of the games. Have fun everyone.

WCoC Minute To Win It 2019 highlights