Church News

Report from the Philippines

Dear brethren in Christ,

Christian greetings from Tagbongabong congregation, Lumbocan congregation & Baan congregation! We hope you are all well and enjoy the blessings from the Lord.

As the year 2019 is about to end, looking back to the days from January up to this month of October, we would like to give you a report of our mission work here. In the first place,we are very thankful to our loving God that despite of several ordeals we have encountered in our ministry, He always encourage us through his written word to continue to fight the good fight of faith (Jude 3). And also God admonishes to his people through apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3, it says, “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified even as it is with you. And that we may delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.” Thank you, brethren, for all the prayers that you have offered to the Lord so that our mission work may prosper. And thank you also for your undying support for the Lord’s work.

I. BAPTISM 

God blessed us with 14 converts.

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# 4 baptisms from Tagbongabong congregation

# 1 baptism from Lumbocan congregation

# 9 baptisms from Bohol (combined fromTagbilaran congregation & Ubay congregation)

II. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

# Last March, I spoke at the congregation of Baba, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. The theme was “Resist the Hatred.”  I tackled how to avoid the hatred from our hearts. The brethren there are more strengthen and I encouraged them to continue to serve the Lord as long as they live.

# On April, I was in Bohol.

The congregation of Tagbilaran city, Bohol invited me to speak their family camp. The theme was “The Unity of the Brethren.” (Psalms 133:1) During that Camp, 3 souls were baptized after they heard the word of God preached by me. Thank God for his powerful word.

III. MEDICAL MISSION

On May, I went back to Bohol together with my family to help the medical mission. This activity was sponsored by Tagbilaran congregation. The purposed of the medical mission was to help the poor people who cannot afford to buy the medicine and also this was one way to find the prospects. After the medical mission, some people who attended the said occasion were interested to know more about the church of Christ. Immediately, we conducted a bible study to them and thank God after a thorough study, they didn’t hesitate to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior through baptism. 6 souls were added to the Lord’s Church.

IV. OUTREACH

On August, I went to Libertad congregation with Norme. This is an infant congregation; it was started last year. Their chapel has not yet finished and I will ask you brethren to help this small congregation.

V. EVANGELISM

We continue to evangelize the Gospel of Christ until the end of time. (Matthew 28:18-20) And thank you for the trust and confidence you have bestowed upon us by supporting our mission work we are undertaking. We love you brethren and I desired to see you and to meet you personally if God permits me to visit your great country someday. May our working together and a wonderful relationship will continue from here to eternity. To God be the glory!

This is all our report.

In Christian love,

Roy S. Catamora

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 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!!