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WCC Response Team Update

March 27, 2020

Response Team

March 27, 2020

Thank you for being part of the WCC Response Team!

Immediate and ongoing needs are emerging as a result of coronavirus mandates. Contact information and details are listed below for several local organizations. These needs are listed in the order of greatest urgency as information has been gathered over the last 12 hours.

Please connect with these organizations directly, as they may have specific guidelines due to current regulations.

URGENT NEEDS

Fellowship Missions

  • Food & healthcare donations
  • Monetary donations

Due to limited staff and concern for volunteer safety, meals are urgently needed for the next two weeks (March 27-April 10). Fellowship Missions is looking for volunteers or groups willing to drop-off meals and specific healthcare supply needs.

ONGOING NEEDS

Combined Community Services

  • Food donations
  • Monetary donations

Boomerang Backpack Program

  • Monetary donations
  • Food packing volunteers

Due to the extension of school closings and e-learning, we’re committed to helping the vulnerable children of our community. You can volunteer to help prepare meals for this program here.

Salvation Army

  • Food donations
  • Monetary donations

Our Father’s House | (574) 268-1800

  • Food donations
  • Monetary donations

LEADERSHIP VOLUNTEERS

Several other needs specific to vulnerable portions of our population (at-risk kids, childcare, first responders, and health care workers) as well as care for the elderly are starting to rise to the surface, but our community does not currently have the infrastructure or leadership in place for the potential scale needed. If you have organizational management or volunteer management experience and a strong leadership gifting, you may be needed to help provide volunteer leadership to these emerging needs. Email us if you have an interest and the leadership capacity to help in this area.

Bible Reading Plan | Devotion for the week of March 22, 2020

March 25, 2020

 

WEEKLY READING: MARK 6-10

PASSAGES REFERENCED:

MARK 7:1-23; MATTHEW 23:25-28

 

 

The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were ‘unclean,’ that is, unwashed. – Mark 7:1-2 (NIV)

Well, this is timely reading. How could this week’s devotion be about any other section from Mark 6-10, right? So let’s utilize this timely connection and look at what’s going on in this portion of scripture.

Right now we’re washing our hands constantly to get rid of Coronavirus and Influenza, and all sorts of other germs. But that isn’t what these Pharisees are talking about. They’re thinking about people and places that could cause them to become ceremonially unclean – Gentiles, unobserving Jews, and the marketplaces where they’d interact with these ‘unclean’ people.

Jesus replies to them in verse six by pointing out how hypocritical they are. They’re so concerned with the literal letter of the law that they totally overlook the spirit of the law – the reason behind God’s guidelines. Jesus gives a similar admonition in the book of Matthew:

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” – Matthew 23:25-28, (NIV)

What Jesus is saying both in Mark 7 and Matthew 23 is that what makes us unclean or impure isn’t a matter of violating external rules, rather it’s a matter of our hearts. We can’t just put on a good show on the outside to try and convince others that everything is good on the inside. We have to shift our focus to being concerned with what’s going on inside our hearts and heads – our spiritual health. Because that internal reality will be reflected on the outside. So let’s not be like the Pharisees – whitewashed tombs – looking all put together on the outside while inside, we’re just a rotting pile of bones.

Similarly, we have to recognize that we’re not even the ones doing this internal work. Sure, we can be intentional and seek to grow and mature in our faith, but the true source of our inner health is God. We also need to remember the truth about our position before God: it isn’t something we earn because of our good thoughts and actions. No, it was Christ’s sacrifice that brought us right standing with God. And we need to live in that reality. We have to stop trying to do things on our own and start living in dependence on God.

This passage serves as two reminders for us today. First, we need to remember to not be like the Pharisees – just focusing on outward appearances and trying to do all the right things rather than resting in the reality of who we are in Christ and what His sacrifice means in our lives. The second reminder is that we need to continue not touching our faces, practicing social distancing, and washing our hands all while checking in with our families, friends, and neighbors. – Sarah Neel

making the connection | March 22, 2020

March 25, 2020

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:36-40, NIV

Throughout history, the Church has responded to the needs of the world with love and care because they took Jesus’ command to love God and love others seriously. Whether the world was struggling with famine or war or disease, the Church has been there – loving and serving as the hands and feet of Jesus. As they served ‘the least of these’ (Matthew 25:40), they were serving God. Gregory of Nyssa spoke to this when teaching others on why the Church needed to be caring for those suffering from leprosy when he said:

“Lepers have been made in the image of God. In the same way you and I have, and perhaps preserve that image better than we, let us take care of Christ while there is still time. Let us minister to Christ’s needs. Let us give Christ nourishment. Let us clothe Christ. Let us gather Christ in. Let us show Christ honor.”

Now it is time for us to carry on this great tradition of caring and loving others. It is time for us to step up in faith and step out in boldness to be the hands and feet of Jesus. It is time for us to enter in with wisdom and faith and without fear. It is time for us to do that today, and it will be time for us to do it tomorrow and the days after that. Jesus is inviting us to serve Him by serving others with compassion. How are we going to respond?

Read & Study

Read Jesus’s teaching on loving God and loving others in Matthew 25:31-46 and Luke 14:1-14. Use the following prompts to help you study the passages:

Observation: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? What does it say? What do I notice?

Interpretation: What are the key themes or truths? What is the writer’s intended meaning? What is the context? What questions do I have?

Application: How do I apply it? What are the implications in my life? What does this mean for me?

Caring for Others

We know that during this time, many will need care and many will want to give care. WCC wants to provide avenues for you to give and receive care – spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

  • Care Request Form – If you find yourself needing physical help and/or prayer, please fill out our Care Request form at: warsaw.cc/care. We want to help you however we can.
  • WCC Response Team – If you want to join our WCC Response Team, please send a text to the number 555888 on your mobile phone. In the space for your message, type the word WCCRESPONSE – please be sure it is all one word, and that you spell it correctly, otherwise we will not get your sign-up. As the needs and projects become more known, we’ll share the next steps and how you can help.

WCC Response Team Update

March 20, 2020

SayYes

March 20, 2020

Thank you to everyone that has signed up to be part of the WCC Response Team. We have been working with our partners and the Community Action Committee to determine the needs in our area generated by the COVID-19 virus mandates. This is the first wave of needs that have been identified, and we can immediately start addressing.

We’ve assembled contact information and details below. Please reach out to these organizations, as they may have specific processes for working with them due to current regulations…

Volunteer and Donation specific

Boomerang Backpack Program

  • Monetary donations
  • Food packing volunteers

Due to the extension of school closings and e-learning, we’re committed to helping the vulnerable children of our community. WCC made a contribution earlier this week to the Boomerang Backpack Program to help provide breakfast and lunches for 50+ students for the next 6 months. You can volunteer to help prepare meals for this program HERE .

Combined Community Services

  • Food donations
  • Monetary donations
  • Food packing volunteers

Fellowship Mission

  • Food donations
  • Monetary donations

Our Father’s House | (574) 268-1800

  • Food donations
  • Monetary donations

Salvation Army

  • Food donations
  • Monetary donations

 

Leadership specific

Several other needs regarding vulnerable children (at-risk kids, childcare, first responders, and health care workers) as well as care for the elderly are starting to rise to the surface, but our community does not currently have the infrastructure or leadership in place for the potential scale needed. If you have organizational management or volunteer management experience and a strong leadership gifting, you may be needed to help provide volunteer leadership to these emerging needs. Email us if you have an interest and the leadership capacity to help in this area.

making the connection | March 15, 2020

March 18, 2020

Watch

This week’s Making the Connection is a video from Scott Greene. Check it out here: video link

Reading the Bible together

When we spend time in God’s Word, we’re getting to know Him. We’re also maturing in our faith. Regularly spending time together with God in His Word is such a beautiful, life-giving thing. And just as it benefits us as individuals, when we gather together as the church to commit to spending time reading and studying the Bible, something special happens. We’re able to encourage one another and grow together. That’s why we launched a new churchwide Bible reading plan. We’ll spend a year reading the New Testament together.

5 Minutes a Day, 5 Days a Week

Committing five minutes a day, five days a week to our new churchwide Bible reading plan will allow us to read the New Testament, all 260 chapters, in one year. We’ll have five chapters to read each week, with two built-in free days if you’ve gotten off track. Note: if you do get off track, just jump back in where we are. You can always go back and catch up when you have extra time. This plan spreads out the Gospels so we read those throughout the year, weaving the story of Jesus within our whole year. The rest of the New Testament books are read in order.

Devotionals

Twice a month, we’ll publish devotionals that correspond with what we’re reading in our yearly Bible Plan. These devotionals will be written from a variety of people participating in this churchwide reading plan. Through these devotionals, we will be encouraged and challenged as we journey through God’s Word together.

Coronavirus Update from WCC

March 16, 2020

WCCEmailHeaderAn anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.”      (Proverbs 12:25)

March 16, 2020

WCC Family,

Thank you to so many of you that tuned in this Sunday for services, for your kind messages and encouragement as we too travel waters unfamiliar to us, and for the flexibility and patience in the many decisions we have to make to shift our ministry plans, to determine how best we can still BE THE CHURCH, and care for our congregation and community.

Like many of you, we are closely watching the ongoing reports about the global pandemic. The updates and changes are coming at a frenzied pace, and every day seems to bring a different recommendation or guideline. With that said, we want to take a minute to provide you the latest decisions for Warsaw Community Church as we continue to navigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In light of further guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. government and the state of Indiana, limiting gathering in groups of people beyond 10, we will continue to host Sunday services online only for March 22 and 29. Additionally, we are canceling all ministry events at the church campus through the end of the month of March. The building will be closed except for some staff and care needs, thus any Community Care requests or ministry meetings will need to be by appointment only.

WAYS TO WATCH CHURCH AT HOME THIS SUNDAY

To watch services on Sunday, you can click here from the website or mobile devices.

If you are watching from a streaming device at home (ie apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, etc.), you should download the Livestream app, and search for Warsaw Community Church, then choose Sunday Services.

DON’T FORGET

On Sunday, we heard there were some issues with our online giving during the second service… we know that the servers were overwhelmed and there was a delay in getting them back up and running. With that said, if you were not able to give, but wanted to, you are now able to do so here. We’re appreciative of your generosity, and although certain events have had to be canceled, we know that ministry continues – from the staff working tirelessly behind the scenes to make online services and resources available, to the plans taking shape in the community, and many things in between – we expect to continue to partner with you to love God and love others together – however that may look in the future.

We also pointed out two areas we want to make sure we stay connected; knowing who can help care for people if and when the needs arise, and also if you are in need of care, we wanted to hear from you – whether that is prayer requests, financial concerns, or illness, we have a way for you to reach out to us…

If you want to be part of our WCC Response Team, please send a text to the number 555888 on your mobile phone. In the space for your message, type the word WCCRESPONSE – please be sure it is all one word, and you spell it correctly, otherwise we will not get your sign-up.

If you have need help and have a care request, please fill out the CARE REQUEST form on our website at www.warsaw.cc/care.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

To watch any past messages on our Media Player, you can click here.

In addition, don’t forget about our new Bible Reading Plan, which you can find here.

And, you can always access past Equipping the Church courses and materials from the Media Player and our website.

We will keep you updated as we know more. In the meantime, let’s be a beacon of light and hope wherever we are, acting out of love and God’s peace, which surpasses all understanding.

In Christ!

Student Ministries Youth Group Update

March 13, 2020

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WCC Student Ministries Families,

Here is what we would like to do as a Youth Group for the next few weeks, in order to align ourselves, as best we can, with the Gospel, the desire of our church, the concerns of the community, and the mandates of the Governor. Please read carefully and ask questions as you may need. These changes take the place of our previous plans and announcements for Youth Group.

We are asking our students to meet for the next few weeks with their small groups at places, times, and with activities directed by Small Group Leaders. Small Group Leaders have been directed to coordinate the details of their next meetings, and these plans will be compiled and e-mailed out the evening of Saturday, March 14. Small Group Leaders may choose to meet at WCC, at host homes, or other places – possibly, but not necessarily, on Sunday evenings.

During these Small Group meetings, groups will continue to learn and to share and grow in faith. This format allows us to avoid large group interaction while doing so. Small Group Leaders will be instructed to take some extra measures to be cautious, remind students of proper hygiene for limiting the possible transmission of germs, and asking that students who do not feel well, stay home from these Small Group meetings until they are well again.

We will not have our regularly scheduled larger Youth Group gatherings at WCC, and large group meals will not be served for the near future while the state mandate is still in effect. Again, some Small Groups may still choose to meet at WCC, utilizing our facilities.

It is important for us to communicate and network effectively to share this news and forward updates to those who need to know the latest. Please help us in that regard.

More information will be coming your way Saturday evening on your student’s next meeting with their Small Group.

At your service,

Ryan Langeland

WCC Student Ministries Director