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making the connection | September 24, 2017

September 20, 2017

With the ease of access to do-it-yourself instructions and idea-sharing websites like Pinterest, it has never been easier to make something on your own. For me, I enjoy the process of thinking through how I am going to design and make something. When I look back at the things I have made, they express parts of who I am and what I value.

God created Adam and Eve expressing parts of who He is and what He values. He created them (and us) in His image. God has certain hopes and plans in mind for His creation. Three desires He has for His creation are for us to:

  • know Him personally as our Heavenly Father
  • experience a loving relationship with Him
  • use the freedom He has given us to live in God honoring ways

Throughout our lives we are in the process of being transformed in His image. In order for us to grow and become who God intended us to be, we need to make our relationship with Him a priority. We may desire that relationship, but if we don’t take the time to read God’s Word and pray, it will not develop. When we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ we have the Holy Spirit guiding and directing us. The Holy Spirit also nudges us when we get distracted from God and His plan for us. – Scott Nieveen

  •  How have you seen people in your life be intentional in growing in their relationship with God?
  • What is one thing you can do to get to know God better? Make a plan right now to commit to spending time with God this week.

Concerts with a Mission

September 19, 2017

Allowing Christ To Shine (ACTS) is a ministry dedicated to helping the people of Haiti. Founded by Clark Shepherd after the devastating earthquake of 2010, ACTS focuses on partnering with local churches to provide shelter, education, food, teaching the Word of God, and showing God’s love. It is transforming lives and communities! ACTS also organizes short-term missions trips to allow people to experience what God can do when His Spirit compels us to advance the kingdom.

ACTS organizes worship concerts every fall as a “thank you” to the Warsaw community for their support, and to raise a major portion of the funding for the ACTS schools. This year on Saturday, October 7, at 7pm come and hear Building 429 w/ Chris August in concert at the Warsaw Performing Arts Center. And on Sunday, October 29, at 7pm its Tenth Avenue North — I Have This Hope Tour at the Grace College OCC in Winona Lake. Experience great music and worship, while providing children of Haiti access to education and teachers who share God’s love. For concert tickets and more information, drop by the ACTS display in the lobby after Sunday’s service. 

making the connection | September 17, 2017

September 14, 2017

We live in a culture that values being right. We like to be right. We often think we are. And we really dislike having to admit when we’re wrong. We think that our perspective or opinion is superior. This brings to mind Atticus’ words to Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird, You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Rarely do we consider the perspectives of others. And unfortunately we hardly even think about what’s shaping ours.

Whether we realize it or not, we all have a worldview. And it has been shaped by the people and ideas around us. But worldviews aren’t typically things we spend a lot of time thinking about or discussing. In fact, we may not be totally clear on just what a worldview is. Simply put, a worldview is the way we look at the world. To get more technical, “A worldview is a set of presuppositions about the basic makeup of our world, which may be true, partially true, or entirely false which we hold, consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently, about the basic makeup of our world.” (James Sire)

Each person has a worldview from which we live our lives. The worldview we hold is the foundation from which we base our decisions. This is why it is so important that we pay attention to what we’re letting shape the way we think. We need to allow our minds to be transformed by the truth found in God’s Word instead of letting the world determine what is true.

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Below are a few ways we can begin to apply this truth to our lives. – Sarah Neel

  • As you watch tv, read the paper, and interact with people this week, try to figure out what worldviews are influencing these things. Think about people’s motivations and beliefs.
  • Here are some questions and thoughts to work through this week as you become more aware of the worldviews around you:
    • What are some examples of a worldview embraced by our culture that you find you embrace as well? What views and beliefs do you have that are not in line with God’s ways and truth?
    • God desires for you to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. How do you do that? By taking time to ask God to change your perspective and realign your thoughts to be more centered on Him. Spend some time now doing just that.

This Fall in Sonlight!

September 12, 2017

Happy Fall! Recently I was privileged to hear Andy Stanley speak at a conference. Andy talked about being open to trying new things. Many times we do what is comfortable and do not have the time or energy to do something that makes us uncomfortable.

Our children are more likely to challenge us to do something outside of our comfort zone. Andy Stanley talks about replacing the “HOW” in our life with the “WOW!” When our children talk about their dreams or future plans, instead of answering them with “how,” answer them with a “wow-that is a great idea!” They need the encouragement that you give them.

As we all know, life can be difficult at times, encourage your children to think creatively. If you are like me, it is hard to think “wow” because I naturally want to know the “how.” Andy encourages us to think positively. You could be raising the next “wow” kid. Check out this month’s newsletter for insights on helping your child make wise “wow” decisions.

Blessings,

MarianneSig
Marianne Watson
Children’s Ministry Director
Warsaw Community Church

 

making the connection | September 10, 2017

September 6, 2017

Our lives are filled with plans. We plan Saturday work projects and family vacations. We set 5-year life plans filled with education and career goals. We are people who plan.

But we are also people who often change plans and cancel plans and throw plans out windows. We may make a lot of plans but rarely do things go… as planned. As the poet Robert Burns wrote, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

While we may be bad at sticking to our plans, thankfully, God is not. He has had a plan in place from the very beginning. And that plan is still in motion today.

God’s plan is one of redemption. He is at work building His church, drawing people to Himself. One of the overarching themes in God’s Word is that He has a plan and He will bring it to completion in His timing. Unlike us humans, God is not just trying things, hoping they will work. He is building His church by pursuing and growing those who know Him, and pursuing those who have yet to put their faith and trust in Him.

In this series we will start to see God’s redemptive plan unfold in the stories of the Old Testament. God’s plan was in motion from the beginning. We’ll see it in the stories of Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses.

Please join us on Wednesdays at 9:15am or 7pm, beginning September 13, as we dig further into the truth we learn from God’s Word during Sunday’s sermons, learn how to apply it to our lives, and get to know God and His plan better. – Sarah Neel

Come Pray for Those Impacted by the Storms

September 6, 2017

Join Us In Prayer!

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation experienced in the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma now bears down on the island of Hispanola, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Florida and the southeastern United States are also in the path of the storm. Although we may look on helplessly as the serious situation develops, we can do something. Something extremely significant. We can gather to pray.

Tonight at 6:30pm in the WCC Main Campus Cafe area we will meet to pray for the people who have been and will be impacted by this season’s hurricanes, including some of our Missions Partners. Please come join us as we look to God for protection for our friends with 2nd Mile Missions, and those serving with Allowing Christ to Shine in Haiti, as well as the team in Texas, serving God by serving the victims of the last storm. Let’s lift up all who are threatened by this weather, and trust God for protection and provision.

The Story

September 6, 2017

The truths and principles that guide our lives and form our faith aren’t just a set of rules, but actually the fabric of a story that began in the opening moments of creation. The broad scope of God’s message weaves around us and through us day-in and day-out, just like it did thousands of years ago. Do you recognize it? Do you fully appreciate it? Do you wrestle with it? Do you know how to share it?

Join us for a look at the ultimate adventure, one that we are part of, one that has us uniquely involved in this moment of time between the miracle of our origin and the mystery of our destiny. Be prepared to explore the undeniable love of God, the comfort of His promises, and even the fear of His plans, as we are swept up in The Story.

Services are Sundays at 9 and 10:45am.