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This Spring in Sonlight!

March 13, 2018


Welcome to Spring Sonlight Parents!

Spring is just around the corner, but in Sonlight we are excitedly looking ahead to summer! Registration for Camp With An Impact is open.  Parents of current 5th and 6th graders can register online at for an early bird price break of $255 until April 30th.

The Spring newsletter talks about perseverance and how to teach it to our children, including practical tips and activities. It may be scary or hard to learn perseverance because it often feels easier to give up when things get tough. We need to work hard to get through those obstacles. The journey may not be easy, but when we get to the other side there is definitely growth and reward.

God promises that He will be there for us during good times and bad. James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” We can have faith in knowing God is always there for us. 


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Marianne Watson
Children’s Ministry Director
Warsaw Community Church

making the connection | March 18, 2018

March 13, 2018

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Recently I was sitting in a bible study trying to figure out a personal application from a story about Jesus helping someone. It shouldn’t be all that difficult to apply something from the Bible to my life, right? But what this guy was struggling with and what Jesus did were both so extreme that we were all really reaching to grab hold of anything. We wanted to determine what we could take into our everyday lives. It’s a pretty solid practice when you’re studying God’s Word…I’m just saying.

The story in Luke 8 talks about a man who was cast out of his community. He ended up living in a cave and was tormented by demons that made him violent and crazy. Jesus goes out of His way to meet this person and rescue him. Afterward, the whole town is afraid of Jesus and asks Him to leave immediately. If Jesus was concerned about public relations, His visit to the town of Gerasenes was a huge mistake.

Jesus was concerned about so much more than His public image, thankfully. He wanted to free this tortured person from the torment he was experiencing. Jesus did not seem to care what it would do to His reputation. Jesus also didn’t invest in rescuing this guy because of the benefits for His ministry.

Too often, as Christ-followers, we act as though Jesus benefits from us or that He needs us. The reality is that neither of these things are true. Jesus was not motivated to save us from our sins because we deserved it. As hard as that may be to consider, the Romans verse above tells the truth of the matter. We were shown love in the most astounding way when we were the least deserving. Furthermore, the One who loved us best did so because He wanted to, not because He needed something from us. Don’t forget that the One who loved you at your worst still freely chooses to love you and be in relationship with you every single day. –Nate Metler

  • Read Luke 8:26-39. Consider all the reasons Jesus may have decided to help the man in the cave, and all the reasons it may have been bad for His public image. In your own words, write down what this teaches about Jesus’ love for you.
  • Ask God to help you live with a sense of security about His love for you. Or, if you’ve never given your life to Christ, ask Him to forgive your sins and be your Savior. Then thank Him for the gift of life everlasting.
  • Brainstorm 1-2 practical ways you can show God’s love to people around you who get cast out or ignored.


Job Opportunity | HomeCare Professional Caregiver

March 13, 2018

As a Seasons HomeCare® Professional Caregiver, you have the opportunity to make a remarkable difference in someone’s life. Providing a variety of compassionate, non-medical services, you can help our Senior Clients remain in the comfort and familiarity of their homes for as long is safe, practical and possible, potentially avoiding an assisted living facility or nursing home.

The services offered generally fall into three categories and caregivers are matched with clients based on their skill set and desire to help in these areas.

  • Companionship
  • Personal Care
  • Light Housekeeping

Seasons HomeCare® has been in business for nine years and has provided service for hundreds of clients. They serve ten counties in Northern Indiana and are continually expanding.

At Seasons HomeCare®, they understand that as we age, our desire to live our life as we see fit doesn’t change, but our ability to take care of ourselves may. That is why their staff provides every client with the in home care they need to help them maintain their independence as much as possible.

Their mission at Seasons HomeCare® to provide compassionate and personalized in home care services which help people remain in their own home and for as long as is safe, practical, and possible. Their staff goes out of their way to ensure every client is assisted with anything they need. They view their clients as extended members of their own family and treat them that way. They work to ensure a higher quality of life for every client through reliable and affordable home care. Their entire team is passionate about providing the standard of care that we would want for our own family members.

Contact Seasons HomeCare® at 574-268-9000 today, if you’re interested in being a HomeCare Professional Caregiver

making the connection | March 11, 2018

March 8, 2018

Life is full of dislikeable things: illnesses, fights, job losses, broken relationships, financial struggles, mean people, bad grades, etc. And it is completely reasonable for us to dislike these things and have negative feelings about them. It’s ok for us to feel sad, angry, and disappointed. What’s not ok is for us to pretend our feelings don’t exist and that everything is great all the time. But we can’t just have these feelings. We need to be sure we’re doing something constructive about these dislikes. We need to process these feelings. And we need to do that individually, with God, and, if necessary, with others.

Thankfully, God didn’t just create the world and leave us to figure things out on our own. He is with us always. He will never leave us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:8) He is in the midst of these tough situations, broken relationships, and bad choices. He is at work and nothing can come between us and God’s love.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39, NIV)

Nothing can truly separate us from God’s love. But on occasion, it might feel like these tough situations are trying really hard to do just that. When that happens, we need to bring those hardships to God in prayer and ask for His help, freedom, and peace. There are also times when we need to process these dislikes with others because they are bigger than we can handle on our own. Below are a few suggestions on how to begin that process. – Sarah Neel

  • Meet with a trusted friend or family member to talk through the dislikes that came to mind because of this teaching. We are not meant to go through life alone. Lean into the relationships that God has blessed you with. Share your concerns and struggles with this person. Ask them to pray for you.
  • Stephen Ministry
    Stephen Ministry provides ongoing, one-to-one caregiving to people who are hurting. Through caring relationships, those going through a challenging stretch receive the support and encouragement they need. Our Stephen Ministers are spiritually gifted and thoroughly trained to provide confidential support and care to anyone going through life’s challenges and difficulties. Consider allowing a Stephen Minister to walk with you on your journey back to emotional health and spiritual wholeness. For more information contact Nate Metler, 574-268-0188 x218,
  • LifeWorks Counseling
    Sometimes your dislikes, pain, or a change in circumstance has altered your life, and you don’t know where to turn. You need a trained professional to guide you with compassion and care, as well as patient direction. Our desire at WCC is to provide a safe, private place where people can share their hearts. We want to help people move toward healthy relationships with God and others. That’s why we partner with LifeWorks Counseling to offer critical care that is biblically based and exists to offer hope and healing in times of pain or crisis for families, singles, children, adolescents, and adults. Contact LifeWorks at 574-268-0448.

making the connection | March 4, 2018

March 1, 2018

When was the last time you invited someone to your home? When was the last time someone invited you to their home? Is it possible the number of invitations we receive and the number of invitations we give are actually related? Sure, inviting can be hard…. schedules, e-mails, risk of rejection, etc. But, is there another way to live an “invitational life” without actually inviting people over for dinner or to church?

If we are honest, it’s a lot easier to get on social media and “like” someone’s vacation photo than it is to actually move closer and develop a relationship. It’s easier to tell someone that you “like” their new vehicle than it is to actually engage them in meaningful conversation. But that isn’t how Jesus lived His life and it isn’t how He calls us to live. Jesus lived an invitational life. He invited people to follow Him, He invited people into a bigger story….and sometimes, He invited Himself over for dinner. Jesus’ life was marked by a spirit of invitation. He moved toward people, and He genuinely liked people….and not just people who were like Him.

The Gospels are filled with stories of Jesus “liking” people He wasn’t supposed to like. And most of Jesus’ criticism was related to Him “liking” people He wasn’t supposed to like. But regardless of the criticism, He did actually like people. Especially “those people” that others moved away from or didn’t like at all.

Think of some modern-day examples of people in our culture that we are not supposed to like. Where do we get our “cues and clues” about who we are supposed to like and not supposed to like? How does God’s Word come into play when making those conclusions? Certainly, some people are easy and natural to like. We call those people “like-able.” Most of the time, those are people who are similar to us. They may think, act, or even look the same as us. But, living a life of invitation (like Jesus) moves us beyond liking people who are like us.

Why might inviting someone into your life be difficult? Why is it easier to “like” some people more than others? Who did Jesus “like?” Who are we as Christians called to “like?”

Where are you withholding your like? Ask yourself, “am I living a ‘like’ life?”

Every person can live an invitational life by liking three groups of people:

1. People who are like you.

2. People who aren’t like you.

3. People you aren’t supposed to like.

Read: Luke 10:25-37, John 8:1-11, John 4:1-25

–Scott Greene


February 27, 2018

Let’s face it – we love to “like” things. Whether it’s a meal, a friend’s vacation photos, or your neighbors latest crafty creation, liking something is easy. But what if we have it all wrong? What if the easiness of liking is robbing us of true excitement and purpose? What if liking others requires a little awkwardness and getting a bit messy, to be part of a bigger story that allows us to experience the authenticity, honesty, and relationships we truly want to like? Join us Sundays at 9 and 10:45am.

making the connection | February 25, 2018

February 21, 2018

How many of us have Christmas gifts that we’ve left unopened? Very few of us would neglect a wrapped present with our name on it. Yet, just three months later, we may already be done enjoying our gifts. The way we tend to treat Christmas gifts can cause us to misunderstand the gifts that God gives us.

As Christ-followers, we are given spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit empowers each of us to serve God in unique ways. Not everyone has the gift of hospitality. But some of us are especially gifted at providing a generous welcome to a visitor, a comforting meal to a struggling family, or a surprise blessing to a discouraged friend. It would be a tragedy if someone had a spiritual gift that they didn’t use, or a gift that they only used to help themselves. Gifts from God are meant to be shared to build up His church and bring Him glory.

Let’s take a look at the way Romans 12:4-8 encourages us to use our gifts:

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

This passage clearly shows that the church is meant to work together to build up and mature. We are one body. The reality is that, in Christ, each of us has a purpose. That purpose involves using our gifts to build up the church. –Nate Metler

  • Reach out to one of our Missions Partners and find out more about what they do. Consider the ways God may use you to help one of them.
  • This week spend time with God asking Him to help you understand your spiritual gifts. Ask Him for direction on how to use your gifts to help build His church. Finally, ask the Lord to help you see what you may need to do to make yourself more available for accomplishing His purposes. If you still need help, sign up for our Discovery Series classes to help you learn what your spiritual gifts are.