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WHAT'S UP?

Every Wednesday we send out an email called What's Up! that comes with a variety of information about things going on at the church, and we include a weekly blog post.  You can catch those posts below - or you can subscribe to the email here.  

the God experience

by: Brent Wood

01/25/2023

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the God experience  

  

You hear it pretty much every Sunday morning. "WCC exists to help people experience God, engage in community and excel in mission." And typically, we give a simple explanation of what each of those things means, or we offer a simple way you can pursue them. We talk about it every Sunday because that is our desire - that these three things become a part of every person’s life. That, however, doesn’t mean they are easy. Especially the first one –

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going around in circles

by: Brent Wood

01/18/2023

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going around in circles  

Once upon a time I lived in a house on the edge of a field.  In the winter, guests from the field would come to visit me in my nice warm house.  They would squeeze their way in through tiny holes in the foundation and then run around in my walls and ceilings with great delight.  I would lie and bed at night and hear them scamper above me.  And then I would help them leave. One winter, my wife decided that that the most common and effective exit de...
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thoughts worth distracting yourself with!

by: Mark Manzer

01/12/2023

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thoughts worth distracting yourself with!  "God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters." (John Henry Jowett) "God's best gifts are not things, but opportunities. What we call adversity, God calls opportunity." (Warren Weirsbe) "We must form our estimate of men less from their achievements and failures, and more from their sufferings." (Dietrich Bonhoffer) "Every time we say, 'I believe in the Holy Spirit,' we mean that we believer there

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the challenge

by: Brent Wood

01/12/2023

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the challenge  

In just a few weeks we'll be sending two dozen teenagers to winter camp! That's awesome. I hope they have a great time. And I hope the counselors get some sleep ... while I am at home in my comfy bed. I have slept in many a camp bunk in my days, though - both as a camper and a counselor. And I have many memories of those camps and retreats. Especially those of Pine Trail Camp in Saugatuck. The very first time I went there we had spaghetti for dinner...
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23 for '23

by: Brent Wood

01/05/2023

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23 for '23  

You only have twelve months to work with, but we wanted you to have options, so here are twenty-three ideas of challenges you can take this year! 1. Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day. 2. Read a chapter each day of a non-fiction book. 3. Exercise 15 minutes a day. 4. Create meal plans and stick to them. 5. Turn off social media (or TV/Netflix). 6. Find a Bible verse, and read it out loud to yourself every morning. 7. Be the first to

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about that resolution I made 3 days ago...

by: Brent Wood

01/04/2023

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about that resolution I made 3 days ago...  

I love the idea of New Year's resolutions. I love the idea of a fresh start. Of changing and growing. Of becoming better at something or just becoming a better person. Yes, I love the concept. But the reality is that I am not very good at New Year's resolutions. I'm ok at making them. It's in keeping them where I sometimes struggle. So I actually don't make too many of them. While I love the hope that they bring, I drea...
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first 5 / final 5

by: Brent Wood

01/03/2023

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first 5 / final 5 

  

So we have a January challenge for you!  And if you haven't joined us yet, today is the day!  Here is how it works. You spend the first five minutes of your day with God; you spend your last five minutes of your day with God. In the first five minutes, you take some time to read Scripture.  We are recommending that you use the YouVersion app to find a devotional plan. In the tool bar at the bottom of the home screen, click on plans. Then use the sea...
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Christmas by the Numbers

by: Brent Wood

12/22/2022

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Christmas by the numbers

We have some questions for you to see how well you know your Christmas facts. Play with a friend or family members to see who can get closest to the correct answer. (Disclaimer: these "facts" were all found on the internet so I have no idea how accurate they may be.) 1. How many million kids does Santa have to bring gifts to every year? 2. In the movie Christmas Story, how many times does Ralphie ask for a BB gun? 3. The tallest cut Christ...
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wonderful

by: Brent Wood

12/22/2022

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wonderful  

In the movie It's a Wonderful Life George Bailey wishes he had never been born. And Clarence gives George a glimpse of how things would be different. The Building & Loan wouldn't exist. Bedford Falls would be called Potterville. And Mary would be a spinster. George learns how wonderful his life really is while we are reminded of the same thing. All in all, we live wonderful lives - not perfect, but we are so blessed. Christmas reminds us of that. In the...
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when Christmas came to Jericho

by: Brent Wood

12/08/2022

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when Christmas came to Jericho  

"Marley was dead, to begin with." Those six words begin the tale of one of the world's most popular Christmas stories, A Christmas Carol.  Written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks, the book was released on December 19, 1843, and had completely sold out by Christmas.  It was meant to be a comment on the social condition of England at the time, a condemnation of how the upper class was exploiting the common man.  As most are aware, A Chr...
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the Christmas quest

by: Brent Wood

12/01/2022

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the Christmas quest  

My favorite book genre probably has an official description or title, but I don't have any idea what it is. I just call them "quest books." They are the books that people write to tell about some grand adventure that they have undertaken. While the basic premise is consistent (the author accepts a challenge and goes off to conquer), the adventures go in all sorts of directions. The first "quest book" that I remember reading was called I Was a High

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more Thanksgiving excitement (the sequel)

by: Brent Wood

11/23/2022

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more Thanksgiving excitement (the sequel)

More Thanksgiving things you need to know from the folks at the Good Housekeeping website: Question: What percentage of Americans actually eat turkey on Thanksgiving? Answer: 88% If your family goes in a different direction on the big day, you're not alone - but you are definitely in the minority. According to the National Turkey Federation, 88% of Americans chow down on Thanksgiving turkey. Question: How many grams of fat does

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Thanksgiving Traditions

by: Brent Wood

11/23/2022

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thanksgiving traditions

I grew up with what seems like a lot of Thanksgiving traditions.  Dinner was always at our house.  And my aunt and cousins always came over.  We'd have turkey and stuffing and sweet potatoes.  My family would eat the white meat.  My cousins would eat the dark meat.  I can't honestly remember if pumpkin pie was on the menu.  I was never a big fan, so it didn't matter one way or the other to me. Everyone would eat too much, watch a little football, an

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A little Thanksgiving excitement

by: Brent Wood

11/17/2022

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a little Thanksgiving excitement From the folks at the Good Housekeeping website: Question: What city is home to the oldest Thanksgiving parade? Answer: Philadelphia The Philadelphia Gimbel Brothers Department Store parade in 1920 had only 50 people, 15 cars and a fireman dressed as Santa Claus. The parade ended with Santa on his sleigh, signifying the arrival of the holiday season. It was the inspiration behind the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade which started in 19

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My problem with Thanksgiving

by: Brent Wood

11/17/2022

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my problem with Thanksgiving I have a little problem with Thanksgiving, but it’s probably not what you are thinking. Yes, I think it is sad that we have to have a national holiday to remind us to say thank you when we are so blessed. And yes, I also find it disappointing that we only seem to remember to say thanks one day each year. But that’s not my problem. Yes, I think it is too bad that the holiday has lost some of its meaning by being turned into a day of footbal

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