Last weekend we were exposed to the healing power and presence of God who moved in many lives. We allowed the Holy Spirit to work as people were prayed for and anointed by our elders and staff at the end of each of our services. Many afflicted people touched the hem of His garment. If you missed, catch the message online, as well as the video we showed of Linda Myers’ testimony. It is STILL moving!
I opened the service (with my new I-Pad!) by reading an article about hospital gowns. The article was written by Erma Bombeck, who died from cancer and liver issues. She also wrote a great piece about what she would do differently if she could have lived her life over again. Very profound too.
If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more “I love you’s”.. More “I’m sorrys”.
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute… look at it and really see it … live it…and never give it back.
Over 100 folks were also exposed to details about the satanic stronghold of heroin last Sunday night. This was sponsored by our Student Ministry and it was a huge success. Student Director, Anita Green, said it was very encouraging to see parents and students in attendance (with many students present who do not attend regular student ministry functions). The presentation that police office Sean Woods presented through video clips and stories showed that good kids – kids that were achieving and active at school can still fall prey to their curiosity. Heroin is lethal and young people have died the first time they tried it. It’s cheaper than a 6 pack of beer and very easy to obtain. Sean equipped those in attendance well.
Sean brought a former informant named Brad. Brad shared how his journey all began with pot and how that first decision led him down a road of self-destruction. He was very nervous, but so willing to share for the sake of others. Then Sean introduced one of our own WCCC members, Susan Florimonte. This grief-stricken woman took the platform to share how only 3 months ago her son died as a result of his heroin addiction. She shared with candor and honesty the effects this drug had on her son and family in hopes that it keeps other kids from going down the devil’s path. Parents are already calling to follow up with Anita about what to do with their struggling children. Praise God for the healing that is flowing in this area too!
Speaking of Student Ministry and Anita Green, we are pleased to announcement that WCCC member Michele Fortman will be joining our administrative staff team by supporting Anita 1 day a week beginning May 15. Welcome Michele to our team.
WCCC artist Jaci Velasquez is leading worship here this weekend, (Yea!) but she is also singing down on Fountain Square at 7:45pm Saturday night after the service as part of the annual Cincinnati Cinco De Mayo festival. If you’re free after service, head downtown and cheer her and her band on! Our Latino Ministry will also have a booth down there advertising our ministry! A big thanks to Gary Lee for coordinating these Latino outreach efforts.
Hey – are you ready for Starting Point!? Anyone can come, but it is definitely the first step for people who are new to Whitewater. Starting Point meets at the church in rooms 135-136 on the following dates: May 9 from 6 to 9pm, May 20 from 2 to 5pm, June 9 from 9am to Noon, June 20 from 6 to 9pm, July 15 from 2 to 5pm, August 2 from 6 to 9pm, and August 18 from 9am to Noon. Register online.
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P.S. Our weekend worship is very exciting and Phil Coleman has a number of opportunities available for serving in the Worship Production area. If you have this gift or interest, email Phil for details. firstname.lastname@example.org