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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 HOMECOMING 2019!

Celebrating 50 years of the Warrenton church of Christ building and the return of the Koonce family after 20 years of mission work in Africa

Schedule of Events:

  • Saturday 4:00 pm: Devotional at Workman’s home (limited space) RSVP to the church office
  • Sunday 9:00 am: Coffee Fellowship & Registration
  • 9:45 am:  The WCOC story: Tom Seals (founding ministers)  Honoring past elders and leaders (children’s church at this time)
  • 10:45 am: Break
  • 11:00 am: Scott Lippiatt leads song worship
  • Marty Koonce shares the story
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch on the grounds
  • 2:00 pm: Singing – Scott Lippiatt
  • Closing message: 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

Celebrating Christmas 2018

Fabulous Creations!

A wonderful Christmas celebration was experienced by families of the Warrenton Church of Christ on the eve of Christmas Eve.

What fun!

Singing Christmas carols, partaking of savory snacks and constructing creative works of art out of paper cartons, icing, and candy of all varieties.  Fathers, mothers, children and friends participated in an age old Christmas tradition of making a gingerbread house.

Construction well at hand
Christmas tree magic!

Special thanks to the event planners Amie Hoagland and Kelly Turner and their families, for making this Christmas holiday one to remember.

Women’s Service Project Event!

A big thank you to all the ladies that participated in the service project for the pregnancy crisis center on Wednesday, November 7th.  Not only did we enjoy fellowship together, we produced some stylish and useful burp cloths and matching blankets for mothers in need.

Equipped with 5 sewing machines, rulers, cutting wheels, scissors, cutting mats, cloth diapers, printed fabric and dark chocolate, 11 ladies produced around 22 sets of blankets and matching burp cloths.

A big thank you to Cathy Ryon, who spearheaded the project (and brought the chocolate), and gave useful instructions to everyone on the creative process of turning flannel fabric into very useful baby items.

Thanks to all the ladies that participated in this benevolent effort – Stephanie, Jena, Cathy, Crystal, Carol Beth, and Donna who did the cutting, measuring and preparing the fabrics to be stitched.  Manning the sewing machines were Carol, Janet, Holly, Cathy and Nancy who made quick work stitching the fabrics together.  Due to time constraints, Carol and Cathy ended up finishing up this great work at home.  Way to go ladies!!

Beth Moore Simulcast – Saturday, September 15, 2018

Ladies, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear an inspirational speaker and learn from God’s word.

You are invited to a Beth Moore Simulcast bible study: Living Proof on September 15, 2018 from 10:30 A.M. – 5:15 P.M. at Fauquier Hospital in the Sycamore Room, hosted by the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church. For more details see Maureen Gelwicks or click on the link below to go to the Living Proof website.  If we have a large number of women that would like to participate, we can host a group here at the church building if that is preferable. Give Maureen your feedback.

About Beth Moore

Beth founded Living Proof Ministries in 1994 with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God’s Word. She has written numerous books and Bible studies that have been read by women of all ages, races, and denominations. Through the years, American missionaries and expatriates have taken the Bible studies overseas, resulting in Beth Moore Bible study groups popping up all over the world. Beth’s Living Proof Live conferences have taken her to all fifty states since 1994. God has graciously given Beth the opportunity to serve the body of Christ in many different countries, including Ireland, England, Singapore, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, India, Angola, Kenya, and South Africa. As well as the opportunity to guest teach Bible study on the television program “Life Today with James and Betty Robison.” With great joy, she began a radio ministry in 2004 called Living Proof with Beth Moore hosted on OnePlace.com. Ever the storyteller, Beth is known to pepper her teaching with stories and poems written from the perspective of pertinent characters. She communicates with great energy, passion, humor, warmth, and grace.

Beth Moore – Living Proof

WCoC Minister’s Sermons Big In Japan

Well folks it seems that our esteemed Minister Bob Kolodner is breaking international ground and spreading the word in the far east, without even leaving the country.

So how does one pull off such an amazing feat of daring do?  The answer of course is Podcasts.

While looking at the year to date stats for Podcast listenership we discovered a page that shows not only how many listens the WCoC Podcast channel has enjoyed, but in which countries.  The big surprise was not just how many individual listens the channel has had since January 1st, but where they came from.  Here’s a breakout of the stats.

USA: 612

Japan: 130

France: 10

Russian Federation: 5

UK: 5

Other interesting places with only one or two hits included Ghana, New Zealand, India, Canada and even all the way down under, our friends in Australia.

So we have to wonder who our new friends are in Japan and all these other places that are tuning in to our humble podcast.  Whoever you are, welcome, thank you, and God bless.  We are pleased to have you joining our services and welcome you to our family.  We are blessed to have you all with us.

As a final thought, if that’s the numbers for just year to date, what about the all time number of listeners?  Good question.  We’ve been podcasting for just about two years now and so we wanted to know just how many people have enjoyed Bob’s lessons in total to date.  Can I have a drum roll please….

All Time Listenership 1,595.

Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement in this podcast initiative.  Unfortunately we have seen some breaks in this service this year when key contributors have been unavailable to make, process, and post the recordings.  We will endeavor to improve on this for the sake of all our international and local friends.

 

 

 

WCoC’s Spring FPU Event

SuperSavingIt was a terrific start to the first Financial Peace University class for 2018 and was kicked off with the Super Saving lesson.  We learned about the importance of saving money, where, when and how to save, and the wonders of compound interest.  A wonderful example of saving and investing is the Ben and Arthur saving model.  In here we learned how two teenagers will retire as millionaires with different fortunes based on when they started, and how much they put in.

This lesson also introduces the 7 baby steps, of which saving is baby step 1 and also baby step 3.  Huh? Yes, there are two distinct savings events when you are working the Dave Ramsey principals for getting out of debt and growing wealth.

Baby Step 1 – Save $1000 for a starter emergency fund

Baby Step 2 – Run the debt snowball paying off debts smallest balance to largest balance.  Details for how this works in a later blog.SuperSaving_002

Baby Step 3 – Build on the starter emergency fund by saving 3 – 6 months worth of expenses in a money market account.  This is not an investment, its insurance: insurance against Mr. Murphy and family.  Therefore we do not worry about earning big interest on this – it just sits there near to hand and only used for a major financial emergency.