I really do love to see the church working right.
That was reflected this past weekend at services when we asked the same question Jesus asked in John 5:6 – ‘Do you want to get well?’ And many people said yes and came for prayer and healing of various kinds!! Our staff, ministry leaders, and elders prayed (and anointed) dozens of people at each service. The Spirit was moving as humble people with tears and fears made steps toward their own healing. We had people waiting in line to be prayed for! If you came for prayer – Thank you for trusting God for wholeness. I have been praying for you that God would move mightily this week in your circumstances. It may take hard work and difficult choices, but it’s so worth it.
Perhaps some of the wisest words I have ever read about choices were written by Portia Nelson in a piece entitled “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters”:
Chapter 1: I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost – I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
Chapter 2: I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in the same place, but it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
Chapter 3: I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it there. I still fall in…it’s a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
Chapter 4: I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
Chapter 5: I walk down another street.
I’m praying for many of you to walk down another street beginning this week.
I mentioned in my message about a brand new ministry to help those who are bound by addictions of all kinds, Renewal 61, (from Isaiah 61). This weekly journey of renewal begins October 25th, 6pm, at Building 2:42. Look for more exciting details from Adam Bockhorst in coming days.
Tyler McKenzie and our new Transitions ministry (Young Adult Professionals) have two
awesome things on the horizon:
(1) A new Sunday School class kicks off October 16th at the Bier Haus. It will run from 9:15-10:30. It will be a great way for all WCCC Young Adults to connect with others who are in similar age (and stage) of life and learn more about the Bible. The coffee will be ready!
(2) Transitions is holding a Blast-Off Event on October 30th after Church. It will be a cook-out with lunch provided. We are inviting all who may be interested in the ministry to come, bring their lawn-chairs, yard games, and meet some of the other people interested in getting involved in this ministry. They will share the ministry’s vision for about 10 minutes with all the folks in attendance. RSVP not required, but appreciated.
If anyone is interested or has questions about Transitions, contact Tyler at the church – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following months of planning and preparation, we are pleased to also announce the launching of a new ministry initiative to reach out to Latinos here at Whitewater Crossing. The ministry will begin in the form of a Spanish speaking Bible Study that will take place on Saturdays, beginning in early November. A specific time and room location will be announced later this month. To help celebrate the beginning of this new ministry, Mr. Ronnie Towe, owner of two local fishing lakes, has offered to sponsor a fishing tournament to help promote our Latino ministry.
Any of you love fishing? (in a lake or for men too!?) The event will take place from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, October 15. Participants have a choice of two locations: Lake Julie Ann, located at 9300 West Road in Cleves or Lake Tanglewood, located at 2133 Hamilton Cleves Road in Hamilton. Tickets to enter the tournament can be purchased at the lake ($13 per person), which entitles you fishing, food, and prizes. Children 13 and under can fish for free. Mr. Towe will be graciously donating 20% of all proceeds from this event back to WCCC to fund the start-up costs for the Latino ministry. Bring your friends and family!
December will be here soon and with it our Christmas Toy Store on December 2nd. Mega volunteers and gifts are needed to ensure we are able to extend God’s love to families who are in need. Please review the Toy Store insert that was in the bulletin last weekend (this weekend too), and see how you want to contribute.
P.S. 3 exciting events are occurring on the same night Saturday, October 22. Our normal 5pm worship service with Alisa Childers (she’s finally back after maternity leave!), our annual Trunk or Treat right after service at 6:30pm, and a Love Inc. concert featuring Paula Stefanovich (and some WCCC choir members) at 7pm at the Harrison Activity Center. There’s something for everyone that night!!