2011 is here!

Hope your New Year has blasted off in fine fashion! We have hit the ground running at WCCC.

Thanks for the many questions last weekend for our annual “Ask the Preacher” Q & A. Time only allowed for approximately 12 or 13 questions at each service, but you can listen to questions/ answers from both services on the website Media tab. James Hansee and I will also utilize the various (and quality) questions in future messages and communications. I received multiple questions about alcohol and my/our view on that. Besides listening to my response, you can also check out the Elder’s Position Paper on the use of alcohol at WCCC. Look for and click the What We Believe tab.

WCCC member and friend Jim Howarth sent me a great story on the subject of alcohol.

A cowboy, who just moved to Wyoming from Texas, walked into a bar and ordered three mugs of beer. He sat in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finished them, he came back to the bar and ordered three more. The bartender tells the cowboy, “You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at time.” The cowboy replies, “Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in Arizona, the other is in Colorado. When we all left our home in Texas, we promised that we’d drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I’m drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself.” The bartender admitted that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there. The cowboy became a regular in the bar, and always drank the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn. One day, he came in and only ordered two mugs. All the regulars took notice and fell silent. When he came back to the bar for the second round, the bartender said, “I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss.” The cowboy looked quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawned in his eyes and he laughed. “Oh, no, everybody’s just fine,” he explained. “It’s just that my wife and I joined the Baptist church and I had to quit drinking. Hasn’t affected my brothers though.”

I am so excited about this coming weekend’s services. Denver Bierman will be leading worship and we will be introducing our church-wide theme for 2011 – The ONE. I believe you’re gonna like the adventure it takes us on for the next 12 months! Invite a friend to join you and get in on the fun!  ATTENTION ALL SATURDAY WORSHIP ATTENDEES! – Don’t forget that Saturday service resumes this coming Saturday at 5:00 pm. I have missed seeing you on Saturday afternoon!

Another thing I am thrilled to announce is for all WCCC students and parents. It is Sex, Dating, and Life Choices – ‘say yes to a better future.’ It’s an event for students in 6th-12th grade and parents at WCCC. The speaker will be Russell Proctor, Student Minister at Crossroads Church and speaker for My Healthy Visions (a program of Safeteen). Russell will cover the following topics: A Healthy Self-Image, Sex (The Physical Side/STD’s), Sex (The Emotional Side), Healthy/Unhealthy Dating Relationships, and Face book/Sexting. It starts at 5pm Friday night, February 11 and goes till 9pm with chaperoned overnight social for teens to follow. Begins again on Saturday, February 12 at 8:00 am and ends at 2:00 pm. Cost is $10 per student or $20 per family. Scholarships are available. Sign-ups begin January 15/16 weekend. For more info contact Susan Humbert at (susan.humbert@discernity.com) or 513.675.7754.

Let’s pray for and support those who will be attending and leading this fine event. When you consider that 18 million Americans between the ages of 15-25 are infected with STD’s every year, over 2,000 American girls get pregnant every day, and the pornography industry took in more than 8 billion dollars last year – this info and event is so needed.

It’s gonna be a powerful new year at Whitewater Crossing. Ready!? I am.



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