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making the connection | February 18, 2018

February 15, 2018

As we kick off Missions Week here at WCC we are reminded of Jesus’ command to go and make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:18-20) This directive is at the center of God’s plan to build His Church. He plans to build His Church in both number and depth through evangelism and discipleship. We, the Church, are being discipled so that we can go out and evangelize, or share the Good News about Jesus, and then begin discipling others.

Missions Week is a chance for us to look beyond ourselves and be encouraged by the work of the Church throughout the world. It is also an opportunity for us to pause, reflect, and become more engaged with God’s missional work.

God has uniquely gifted all of us. And we’ve been given a job to do. We need to join together with the rest of the body to use the gifts we’ve been given to fulfill God’s mission for the Church – to reach the world with the Gospel. And that is possible because [Christ] makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Ephesians 4:16, NLT)

As part of the body of Christ it is our responsibility to get up and get busy. And this isn’t about making ourselves feel good for serving, and it’s not just about the people we reach out to, it’s about responding to God’s call. As Jesus said in Matthew 25, “‘For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me… I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” (Matthew 25:35-40, NLT)

God has a plan to build His Church. And He wants us to be part of it. How will we respond to Him? How will you respond to Him? – Sarah Neel

• Spend some time reading and studying Matthew 25:35-40, Matthew 28:18-20, and Ephesians 4:11-16.

• How can you participate in the work God is doing to reach people who don’t know Him yet?

• How can you be a part of the work of the body to love “the least of these”?

• Spend some time in prayer focusing on the work that God is doing through the church to reach people with the Gospel and how you can support it and join in.

Ministry Job Opportunities

February 7, 2018

Do you feel called to ministry? Rose Home and All Things New have current job opportunities to use your gifts and talents to help encourage and serve women who struggle with drug and alcohol dependency.

They are both faith-based, rehabilitation program, servicing women ages 18 and older in Kosciusko County.

  • Rose Home…is in need of support staff all shifts, minimum wage, but the rewards and blessings are huge.
  • All Things New… is in need of a live-in house manager who could cover the breakfast hours from 6am-8am, the bedtime hours between 8pm – 10pm, and most weekends.  An apartment will be provided (includes utilities, trash, laundry, and some meals) and a weekly salary. Go to their website at

YMCA Good Friday Breakfast with Ryan Hall

February 6, 2018

On the morning of March 30 the YMCA will host its third annual Good Friday Breakfast featuring speaker Ryan Hall and a hot breakfast served by Mad Anthony’s. Open to everyone, this is a community event hosted at Christ’s Covenant Church at 2090 E Pierceton Road in Winona Lake. There are individual tickets available for $25/person and also whole tables available for $200. Tickets will be on sale until March 23.

The speaker Ryan Hall, holds the U.S. record in the half marathon with the time of 59:43- the first U.S. runner to break the one-hour barrier in the event. He also represented the U.S. in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. for a time of conversation and fellowship, with breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. The event will conclude by 9:00 a.m. If you’re interested in purchasing individual tickets or purchasing tickets for a whole table of 8, please see the YMCA’s Welcome Center or mail in a check to Matt Goebel at 1305 Mariners Drive Warsaw, IN 46582. Contact Matt at 574-269-9622 x235 or with any questions.

making the connection | February 11, 2018

February 6, 2018

We have been talking about contentment for several weeks now. And I really believe it comes down to where our focus lies. When I was learning to ski, one of the things I remember my friend saying was, “look where you want your skis to go.” Sure enough, when I would keep looking at a tree that was quickly approaching I would end up running right into it. However, when I forced my eyes to look downhill I was more able to turn my skis in that direction.

Where is the focus of your life when it comes to your stuff? Do you often find yourself trying to figure out how you can have more of something? I know I do at times. It can be so easy to stay focused on the wrong things. And this keeps us tied to trying to make more money or holding on too tightly to what we have.

Paul wrote a letter to a young man he was mentoring. In 1 Timothy 6, he encourages his friend to teach others these principles…

·       Don’t trust in money to be your source of security, only God can be counted upon – (verse 17).

·       Use what God has given you to not only provide for yourself, but to help others – (verse 18).

·       If you want to be rich and invest for the future, be generous and give to those in need – (verses 18-19).


I believe that as we trust God to provide for our needs and shift our focus towards these kinds of others-first principles, we will experience a level of contentment most people will never know. This is not easy, especially with a world around us that constantly encourages us to satisfy ourselves first. As followers of Jesus we have been given the Holy Spirit to help us with these kinds of perspective shifts. Ask for His help and the trust to live generously, believing God will meet your needs.         –Scott Nieveen

·       Read 1 Timothy 6:11-21. Underline the principles with which Paul is encouraging Timothy. Ask yourself how you are or are not applying this truth in your life.

·       Ask God to help you expand your focus to include some of the needs around you.

·       Get together with a trusted friend and share your desire to grow in being more content. When we share with someone else who cares about us they can be a real source of encouragement for our growth.

WCN 10th Annual Run/Walk

February 4, 2018

Head for the start line and help spread awareness by participating in World Compassion Network’s 10th Annual Run/Walk for Hunger 5K. Runners, walkers, and spectators are welcome to participate in one of the largest 5K’s (3.1 mile) in the area on March 24th  through the Lake City Greenway near the beautiful trails in Winona Lake.

As always, 100% of the net proceeds will go to help churches and organizations in this community that fight hunger and poverty.



  • When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: Registration opens at 8:15am. Race starts at 10:00am
  • Where: Winona Lake Park
  • Cost: $20 before March 15, $25 after

Pick up your registration form at the WCC Info Center, online , or sign up the day of the race.

2nd Mile Adventures | Upcoming Trips

February 4, 2018

Do you love the outdoors and adventure? Nate Gernert with 2nd Mile Adventures plans a calendar of bicycling, motorcycle and snow sport events for those who enjoy the thrill of God’s creation while allowing God to speak to you personally as you are away from your normal surroundings.

Upcoming Events 

March 15-17: Spring Off-road Motorcycle Ride
March 31-April 7: Spring Break Ski Trip
April 18-21: Spring Mountain Bike Ride

Visit the 2nd Mile Adventures website for the latest calendar and adventure highlights!

Contact: Nate Gernert 260-515-7864


making the connection | February 4, 2018

January 31, 2018

If you asked my three siblings what I was like as a kid, they’d probably tell you “He had a big imagination.” I was the kind of kid who’d spend countless hours pretending cardboard boxes were rocket ships. My family would often have to reel me in by saying “Earth to Nathan!” When I’d get together with friends in the neighborhood, we’d pretend sticks were swords and imagine we were fighting bad guys who were trying to invade. As you can probably tell, having a good time didn’t cost a dime when I was a kid. You could say I had a pretty high quality of life. It didn’t matter how much money our family had.

As I grew up I discovered video games. Now you need to understand, I lived through a golden age in video games—the early 90s. Sadly, video games cost a bit more than sticks and boxes. All the cool kids in school were getting the latest game systems as soon as they came out. I was lucky to get them a year after they were released. I felt like my quality of life depended on having these things. I couldn’t be happy unless I got a Nintendo Gameboy, or a Sega Genesis, or a Sony PlayStation like everyone else. What changed for me was that my general attitude became tied to having or not having a costly material good. This led to envy, frustration, and general discontentment. I had overlooked my quality of life by pursuing a standard of living that I wanted.

The same tension is often present in our lives today. We believe our happiness is dependent on having the latest iPhone, house, car… We’ve fallen prey to the faulty belief that things will provide us with happiness, contentment, or security. Many of us go into debt to have things without having to wait. We try to raise our standard of living with stuff, but lowering our quality of life with debt. The road to freedom and financial contentment leads us the opposite direction. We must pursue quality of life which comes with trusting God and being content without stuff. –Nate Metler

  • Read Luke 16:1-15. What does this passage teach about handling wealth?
  • Ask God to give you the strength and discipline to pursue financial freedom and be content with what you do have.
  • This week, take a small step toward contentment and trusting God with your finances. Here are some steps that may help guide you:
    • Decide you’re not going to continue to add debt.
    • Make a financial goal that gives you margin between what you earn and your basic living expenses.
    • Track every penny you spend, so you know where it is all going.
    • Cut back on every bit of spending that you can.
    • Develop a debt retirement plan that is reasonable for you.