WL Update - Wednesday 4/22/2020

Masks

The team of volunteers at WL are making masks available to anyone in the church family. A limited supply of smaller sized masks are also being made for children (over 2 years of age). A sign-up sheet will be posted for you to indicate how many children's masks you would like. Stop by the church office weekdays from 9:00 a.m.-Noon.

Sewing Help Needed

We're grateful for the 30 seamstresses from WL who helped over the last several weeks in making close to 1,900 masks. We're looking for some new people to step in and help sew up to 600 masks for the Warsaw Fire and Street Department workers as well as for the WL church family. Do you know a neighbor, a friend, a family member who could help? Sewing kits with supplies and instructions are available at the church office. For more information, contact the coordinator, Ann Sweet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 574-265-8225 or Pastor Dave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 574-527-8365. Our seamstresses are running out of cotton for making masks. Any donations of cotton or gifts to the Care Fund would be appreciated.

Honoring Our Healthcare Heroes – final call to submit names

For an advance preview of the current names submitted, click here.  During the Sunday, May 3, worship service we will be recognizing and praying for our health care professionals at WL.  If you serve our community in health care or know of someone related to our church who does, please click the "WL Health Care Providers” tab at the bottom of the screen and fill out the form. 
 
Tell Your stories of "Being the Best Kind Of Neighbors"
We would love to hear your story. We believe stories can  encourage and inspire others to love “love the Lord with all their heart, mind, and soul” and to “love their neighbor as themselves.”  No story is too small to tell of showcasing God’s love to others. Go to the church web page and click on “Share A Story” in the menu of the home page. We welcome stories of what you've initiated on your own or participated in with the WL initiatives to "bless our community." An option to remain anonymous is available.

College Graduates

If you or your son or daughter is graduating from college this spring, please contact Bonnie at the church office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can list the information in an e-mail update. Please submit the name, school, and the degree to be received.

Worship Service

Thanks for joining us online for our Sunday morning worship service. We hope the service helps to keep us together while we're apart. We're starting the service feed at 9:55 a.m. with a countdown clock and some announcement slides to help you know you have the right connection and still gives you a chance to grab your coffee and get ready to worship!

Thanks

"Thank you so much for your kind words, support, encouragement, and prayers as we said good-bye to our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Marvin Yocum. Our father loved Jesus, loved his family, and loved others, just as we do at WL. Your expressions of care to each of us are a wonderful reflection of the body. Though physical distancing made a traditional funeral impossible, we felt cared for and loved as our family grieved our loss." With appreciation, Mike, Carrie, & Katie Yocum; Tim & Cindy Yocum; Dan, Ellen, & Jacob Yocum; Kristin, Jimmy, & Charlie Elsner; Kelly, Nat, Jackson, Xander, Ryleigh, & Eliza Raber

Prayer

Please pray for Phyllis Roberts who continues experiencing difficult health issues and had lab work yesterday. Pray for good direction in treatment.


WL Drive-Up Meals Today

The fourth week of “WL Drive-Up Meals” will take place TODAY, Tuesday, April 21, from 5-6 p.m.  WL is providing boxed Penguin Point chicken meals for free to WL families who are finding it hard to make ends meet or for any WL family to use as gifts to neighbors.  

Also, our wonderful team of sewers have produced many masks.  You can pick up masks for yourself and your family at the church weekday mornings between 9:00 and 12:00. 


 

A Conversation About Love

Tune in to the online worship service this Sunday, as we join Pastor Bruce by the lake.  We’ll consider Christ’s conversation with Peter about love and calling in John 21.  The service will be available here on the WLGBC website and Facebook page at 10:00 am on Sunday.

Make a Joyful Noise

Lyrics for the songs we’ll be singing in Sunday’s online service can be downloaded by clicking here.    

“Gaining By Losing” Discussion this Sunday at 4:30 pm

You’re invited to join us for our next Gaining By Losing (virtual) round table discussion via Zoom. This discussion is designed specifically for church ministry leaders (overseers, ministry team leaders, ABF or Life Group leaders, WL Kids and WL Students leaders, etc.) but is open to ANYONE in the church who wants to help us engage our world well. We’ll meet online this Sunday at 4:30 pm via Zoom to discuss chapters 4-5 of the book. 

Here's how to join:

A few minutes before 4:30 you’ll want to click on the following link. (You’ll be admitted to the chat individually…please make sure your own name is showing on your Zoom account so we can recognize you).

https://zoom.us/j/93258114814

Meeting ID: 932 5811 4814

Video chat will be better, but you are also able to call in as well.  One tap mobile options are below.
+13126266799,,93258114814# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,93258114814# US (New York)
 

WL is Family DAILY on Facebook 

Check out the WLGBC Facebook page on:

Mondays - Hope-filled challenges from Bruce Barlow and Kip Cone 
Tuesdays - Worship songs from our worship team 
Wednesdays - “Encouragement for Parents” from Mindy Bloomfield and Nick Deck
                          - Weekly prayer gathering LIVE @ 8:30 p.m. 
Thursdays - Updates on “Being the Best Kind of Neighbors” from Dave Rank
Fridays - Inspirational music @ 1:00 p.m.  from Terry White

*If you don’t use Facebook, you can find the same content on our website by clicking on “WL Posts” 

Health Masks for the WL Family

The team of volunteers at WL are starting to make masks available to anyone in the church family. Currently, there is an inventory of around 270 masks. More will continue to be made, including a smaller size for children. Stop by the church Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and noon to select your masks. A sign-up sheet will be posted to indicate how many children’s masks you would like.
 

Help Us Honor Our Healthcare Heroes

For an advance preview of the current names submitted, click here.  We want to continue to show appreciation, support, and prayer for our health care professionals at WL (including immediate family members who no longer live in our community).  This list includes doctors and nurses but also receptionists, caregivers, support staff, etc. in all health care facilities. If you serve our community in health care or know of someone in our church who does, please click the "WL Health Care Providers” tab at the bottom of the screen and fill out the form. 

Being the Best Kind of Neighbor: Handyman for Home Projects​

We’re looking for individuals who could assist in providing the following for our church families: advice with next steps with construction, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical home repairs.  In the bottom left-hand corner click on the "Give Help" tab and fill out the form. We are looking for both certified/licensed people as well as experienced DIY handymen.


 

Wednesday Night Prayer

Let’s pray! Join us tonight at 8:30pm on the WLGBC Facebook page for a short prayer time hosted by Tim Wright.

Gaining By Losing Discussion (Sunday 4:30pm)

You’re invited to join us for our next Gaining By Losing (virtual) round table discussion via Zoom. This discussion is designed specifically for church ministry leaders (Overseers, ministry team leaders, ABF or Life Group leaders, WL Kids and WL Students leaders, etc.) but is open to ANYONE in the church who wants to help us engage our world well. We’ll meet online this Sunday at 4:30pm via Zoom to discuss chapters 4-5 of the book. 
Here's how to join:
A few minutes before 4:30 you’ll want to click on the following link. (You’ll be admitted to the chat individually…please make sure your own name is showing on your Zoom account so we can recognize you).
https://zoom.us/j/93258114814
Meeting ID: 932 5811 4814

Video chat will be better, but you are also able to call in as well.  One tap mobile options are below.
+13126266799,,93258114814# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,93258114814# US (New York)
 

Being the Best Neighbor: Handyman for Home Projects

We’re looking for individuals who could assist in providing the following for our church families: advice with next steps for home repairs with construction, electrical, plumbing, and mechanicals. Please go to the bottom left-hand corner click on the "Give Helptab and fill out the form. At the bottom where it says "Have Questions", please indicate if you are certified or proficient/experienced (this is also posted under the webpage tab of "Being the Best Neighbor").
 

Help Us Honor Our Healthcare Heroes

We want to continue to show appreciation, support, and prayer for our health care professionals at WL (including immediate family members who no longer live in our community).  This list includes doctors and nurses but also receptionists, caregivers, support staff, etc. in all health care facilities. If you serve our community in health care or know of someone in our church who does, click the "WL Health Care Providers” tab at the bottom of the screen and fill out the form.

Thank You for Praying

Thank you for praying for Gordon Austin.  He is at home now and continues to improve.

Thank You for Sympathy

“Randy and I want to thank you for the kind words, expressions of sympathy, and encouragement that we received at the homegoing of my [Lois] father, Dane Rapp.  He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He is now more alive than he has ever been before and is worshiping his Lord and Savior.  We look forward to joining him someday. Again, thanks for the love shown to us through your prayers and expressions of comfort.”   -- Randy and Lois Maxson


 

WL Drive-Up Meals Today

The third week of “WL Drive-Up Meals” will take place TODAY, Tuesday, April 14, from 5-6 p.m. WL is providing boxed Penguin Point chicken meals for free to WL families who are finding it hard to make ends meet or for any WL family to use as gifts to neighbors.


 

He Is Risen!

Easter weekend is here!  Here’s what you need to know… 

Jesus is Alive!

Jesus, the sinless Son of God, died on the cross in our place, for our sins.  Three days later He resurrected bodily, triumphant over sin, death, and Satan.  Today He lives as Lord and Savior, offering forgiveness, reconciliation with God, and eternal life to all who believe in Him.  Everything else we do is because this is true. 
 
Great Way to Invite People to the Easter Online Services 
WLGBC is providing 150 Free Meals for WL families to distribute to neighbors, co-workers, and friends.  Each meal contains an invitation card to WL’s online Easter services.  Meals can be picked up at the WL “drive-through window” this Saturday (tomorrow) from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  While supplies last, there are three different kinds of meals from which to choose.  Donations will be accepted but are not necessary. 

  • Meals-in-a-box:  There are 25 meals-in-a-box, containing all the supplies and instructions for preparing a meal (Italian chicken, rice, green beans, and chocolate chip cookies) for four people ($25 value).
  • Penguin Point Chicken Dinner:  Fifty boxed meals with two pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and a roll ($5 value).
  • Gift Cards:  Seventy-five $20 gift cards to area restaurants such as McDonalds, Arby’s, Taco Bell, Subway, or Domino’s.    

Choose the meal option that works best for the people you would like to invite to the online Easter service.  Pick up the meals at WLGBC between 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, deliver them, and pray.  WL, you can do this! 

Good Friday Communion

Today the Good Friday Communion Service will be posted and available on our Facebook page from noon on.  You are encouraged to use this interactive service in conjunction with your meal this evening.  A guide to the service as well as lyrics to the songs are available here on the website.

Kids Easter Special

A special WL Kids Easter video will be available at 9:00 Easter morning on Facebook as well as here on the website

Resurrection Sunday Celebration Service

Our Easter Worship Service will be available at 10:00 Easter morning on Facebook as well as our church website. Invite your friends to watch!  It’s never been easier to invite people to church.

Thank You for Praying

Thank you for praying for Gordon Austin.  The medical procedures related to a cerebral blood clot went well, and he is improving.


 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Eli and Creigh Graham on the birth of their first child, Penn Douglas, on March 28. Penn is the grandson of Doug and Melissa Ogle.

Congratulations to Michael and Anna Trier on the birth of Bethany Louise on Palm Sunday, April 5.  Bethany joins Lydia, Julia, Phoebe, and Luke.

Condolences 

Our sympathy and prayers for Mike & Carrie Yocum and Tim & Cindy Yocum on the homegoing of Mike and Tim’s Father, Marvin Yocum, on April 7.

Thank You, WLGBC!

Last week Pastor Dave delivered sixty thank you cards with personal messages and over $1,300 in donated gift cards to Warsaw Community Schools food service staff and bus drivers.  In response, David Hoffert, superintendent of WCS, wrote: “I am absolutely astounded!  Thank you for making this happen.  This is a powerful recognition of our unsung heroes during the pandemic. It is these types of events that will be remembered far after the flattening of the virus curve takes place. Thank you for your community impact.”

Give Hope

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the source of our hope.  Let’s share hope this Easter!  It’s never been easier to invite people to join you online for Easter services.  Give hope by forwarding the attached invitation or sharing the Facebook invitation with friends, neighbors, family members, and people with whom you have been sharing Christ’s love.   

Give Hope…and a Meal

Looking for a good way to invite neighbors to join you online for Sunday’s Easter service and provide them with an Easter weekend meal?  Free Meals will be available for pick-up this coming Saturday, April 11, from 5- 6 p.m. at the church.  These free meals are being provided so that WL family members can give them to their neighbors, co-workers, and others with whom they have been connecting.  An invitation to the 9 a.m. WL Kids online Easter program and the 10 a.m. WL online Easter Celebration is included with the meal. Look for more information on various meal options in tomorrow's update and on the website..

Good Friday Communion Service 

An interactive, online Good Friday Communion Service will be uploaded to our website and the WLGBC Facebook at noon on Friday.  We encourage your household to use this participatory service in conjunction with your evening meal (Love Feast) on Friday.  With song, scripture, and devotionals, this service guides you through practicing the three elements of communion: Footwashing, Love Feast, and Bread & Cup.  

Encouraging Parents

Each Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on the WLGBC Facebook page, Mindy Bloomfield and Nick Deck will post a video of ideas and encouragements for parents. Check out today’s video by clicking here.

Kids Easter Special

A special WL Kids Easter video will be available at 9:00 Easter morning on Facebook as well as here on our church website. Invite your friends to watch it!

Activities for Kids

Each week WL Kids has been emailing parents a curriculum guide with activities, stories, games, and more that they can do with their children. If you would like to be added to the list, please email Mindy Bloomfield (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Writing or illustrating scripture is a great way to remember and better understand God’s Word.  Each morning at 9:00, WL Kids is posting a new verse on the WL Kids Facebook page for kids and families to write out. We would love to have you post a picture of your verse and drawing.

Open Doors 

Dozens of Easter Family Activity Kits were picked up by families.  Twelve were given away to friends and neighbors.  Pray that these will be used by God to open doors for sharing the hope of the resurrection.

Care Fund and Cafeteria Workers

THANK YOU for your generous giving to the Care Fund!  Your generosity makes it possible for WLGBC to provide meals, groceries, and other necessities to people in need.  For example, we want to bless the KCH cafeteria workers with a meal on April 15th.  This is a tangible way to share our thanks and the love of Jesus Christ. Your donations to the Care Fund make these things possible.  Click here to give to the Care Fund.


 

Giving As Worship
Your generosity makes it possible for us as a church to help people who are in need during these days.  To give online, go to the $ symbol located at the top right of the page. Thank you!  

Sew What?
The new WL sewing team has an immediate need for cotton fabric, plain, printed or flannel, so that they can continue making masks for area medical offices, the hospital, and other local businesses. Please drop off fabric donation at the church office between 9:00 and noon. If you can help with cutting or sewing, sign up under “Give Help.”

Prayer for Grace Village
Grace Village has invited us to participate in a special prayer time for their residents, staff, and healthcare providers at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Walk with Jesus through Holy Week.
The Walk With Jesus Text Experience is a real-time, text message experience designed to help you experience Easter story as if it were happening at the moment. The Walk With Jesus Text Experience begins Palm Sunday, April 5th. To join, text EASTER to 88474 (Standard message and data rates apply. Text STOP to end; HELP for info. 30 msg/month. Texts are sent in the subscriber’s local time.).

Good Friday Communion
During Holy Week we normally gather to celebrate communion.  This year will be no different.  Next week we will post an Interactive Online Communion Service, along with a guidebook, that your household can use to celebrate communion on Friday (or anytime).  

Easter Invitation
People are looking for hope this year, and it’s never been easier to invite people to church.  All it takes is a text message to friends or neighbors, inviting them to watch the online Easter Service next Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on the WLGBC Facebook page.
      
Easter For Kids
WL Kids is creating a video lesson for children on Easter.  The children’s Easter video will be posted and available on our Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. on Easter morning.  

What Does the Resurrection Mean to You?
We want to include you in our Resurrection Sunday services.  Here’s how.  Creatively make a brief video answering the question: What does the resurrection mean to me/us?  Before Wednesday upload the video to the WLGBC Dropbox 

Engage and Exchange
WL Women, make sure you join the WL Women Engage and Exchange Facebook page. We will have some interactive posts starting on Monday of next week and would love to have you join in.  Because it is a private page you will need to use this link to join and then you can invite other WL Women to join the fun and encouragement.  

Supporting our Healthcare Heroes
We want to appreciate, support and pray for our health care professionals at WL.  If you serve our community in health care, please sign yourself up. Others are welcome to identify these front line health workers. Go to the tab at the bottom called "WL Health Care Providers" to provide the name of the person and their role as a health care provider.


 

Kosciusko Community Day of Prayer and Fasting

Dear WL Family,

The Warsaw Intercession Group, along with the Warsaw Pastors’ Cohort, is sponsoring A Day of Prayer and Fasting tomorrow -Wednesday, April 1st. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are people who are sick, scared, lonely, out of work, and in need of help. Our civic, business, and spiritual leaders at all levels need wisdom as they make decisions.

It is time for the Church in Kosciusko County to collectively cry out to God for His help, wisdom, protection, and comfort.

Let’s go to God together!

If you are not familiar with what fasting is or want some tips, open the attachment HERE

Life groups, Adult Bible Fellowships, and women’s groups which have been meeting online are encouraged to set a time to pray together online tomorrow.

Below is a schedule of events.  Feel free to join in on one or all of them.  Those hosted on the WLGBC Facebook page will be 15 to 20 minutes.

Day of Prayer and Fasting Schedule of Events:

8:30 a.m. Orientation to the day of prayer, scripture reading, and faciliatated prayer with Pastor Kip on WLGBC Facebook page HERE
   
10:45 a.m. Community Prayer Service on The Intercession Group Facebook HERE.
   
12:30 p.m. Songs are sung prayers. Wally Brath leads in 20 minutes of singing on the WLGBC Facebook page HERE
   
3:00 p.m. Terry White facilitates a time of Song and Prayer on the WLGBC Facebook page HERE.
   
4:00 & 7:00 p.m. Pastor Bruce facilitates a time of prayer with Small Business Owners and Employees via Zoom. If you would like an invitation to this meeting, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   
8:30 p.m. Pastor Tim concludes the Day of Prayer with reflection and facilitated prayer on the WLGBC Facebook page HERE.


“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
Matthew 18:19-20


 

From Our Homes To Yours

Due to Governor Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, our worship service this Sunday is coming from our living rooms to yours.  Pastor Bruce will be sharing a message from John 11.  The service will be available on our website HERE  and on our Facebook page  at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.  Lyrics for the songs we’ll be singing can be downloaded by clicking HERE  or you can print out the pdf HERE

As Easy As 1, 2, 3
Giving online is easy.  1) Go to the church web page and click on the $ symbol at the top of the home page  2) Enter the amount you want to give.  3) Choose to give one time or set up a recurring gift.  4) Choose the fund to which you want to donate:  WL Ministries, Building Fund, Local & Global Outreach, or the Care Fund.  Then follow the prompts.  If you want to give to more than one fund, click give again!

WL Kids
For the week leading up to Resurrection Sunday WL Kids is providing a free devotions and activity kit for families.  Order one for your family and an extra one for a neighbor family (that’s free, too!).  To order kits, complete the Google Form (click here) by APRIL 1st.  

Good Friday Communion
We encourage you to set aside Good Friday (April 10) as an evening to celebrate communion in your homes.  Guidebooks and an online worship service will be provided to all households.

Women of WLGBC
Women's Ministries has launched a new Facebook page called WL Women Engage and Exchange. Check it out and join HERE

Condolences
To the family of Alberta “Birdie” M. Hanson, who went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday morning at the age of 92.  She will forever be remembered as an adventuresome servant of the Lord who never stopped learning (she took almost 100 courses at Grace College in the Silver Scholars program) and never stopped ministering to others.  Arrangements are pending with Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home.

Community Impact
Look for information on Community Impact in tomorrow's email.


A Word From Pastor Kip

Truth Talks

We’re learning all kinds of new ways to converse these days: Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime, Skype…the list goes on and on. There are dozens of platforms for conversing, even if we can’t meet each other face-to-face. However, with all of our social media, there is one conversation we still tend to avoid—the “truth talk.”

Jesus was good at truth talks, not because he relished conflict, but because he loved people enough to tell them the truth. He was more interested in saving people’s souls than stroking their self-deception. Rather than pleasing people, he wanted them to see their need for him.

On Sunday we looked at a “truth talk” Jesus had with a group of people “who had believed him.” The problem was that they saw Jesus as an add-on to their faith rather than as the essential foundation of it. As descendants of Abraham, they were trusting in their spiritual ancestry rather than Jesus.

One’s true spiritual origin, Jesus says, is revealed by one’s conduct. In other words, one’s behavior--especially in response to Jesus--shows who one’s Father really is. Jesus told them: “If God were your Father, you would love me.” God is the Father of those who accept Jesus as the Son of God and who hold to Christ’s teaching.

Truth talks are important, but we should practice first on ourselves. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.” Here’s a question we should ask ourselves. What do my priorities, my life choices, my behaviors say about who I really belong to?

The coronavirus has jolted us out of the routines that normally consume us. In doing so, it has created a rare opportunity for self-reflection. This is a good time for a “truth talk” with ourselves. Jesus is committed to speaking the truth to us. Are we willing to listen?

As far as “truth talks” with others, these are good days to “give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). Peter gives us an important reminder here: “gentleness and respect” should characterize all truth talks. In other words, Jesus’ followers should be marked by humility and the willingness to listen, even when we’re having a truth talk.

Let’s “Live in the Word” this Week

This week’s Bible readings are found in John 11 and 12 (see below). Also, check out the daily devotionals for these passages at www.liveitblog.wordpress.com.

Monday             John 11:1-16

Tuesday             John 11:17-45

Wednesday       John 11:46-57

Thursday           John 12:1-36

Friday                John 12:37-50
 

May God’s grace and peace fill your hearts,

Kip Cone
 

Let’s remember, at 12:00 each day, to pray that our church
would look outward on mission!


A Letter from Pastor Bruce

Dear Church Family,

In these days of being the church scattered, the value of caring for and praying for each other is in the spotlight. Thank you for what you are doing to call and check on friends in your Life Group, your ABF, and your neighbors.

Please be praying for:
Randy and Lois Maxon and family. Lois' father, Dane Rapp, passed away on Wednesday, in Lititz, PA. A memorial service will be held in August. Thank you for praying and caring or the Maxsons.

The Wendt and Lowman families. Ted’s wife, Judy, passed away this morning. She had been in treatments and battling recurrent cancer over recent months. Her daughter is Amy Lowman. The Wendts and the Lowmans (Chris, Amy, Matt, and Megan) are all part of our church family. Arrangements will be shared once set. Thank you for praying and caring for the Wendts and Lowmans.

Join us for Worship Tomorrow:
I hope you will be able to watch the worship service, tomorrow at 10:00. We think we have eliminated the technical problems of last week. Thanks for your patience. The service will be posted at 10:00 a.m. on facebook and available anytime thereafter.

If you have needs:
Remember to make any needs known to your Life Group or ABF, or call the church office or the pastor of the day.

Website Updates:
Also, the website has been updated. Click on the main banner and then any of the five tabs that will come up when you do. New content will appear be there anytime something is posted or e-mailed. A number of churches in the community are working together to meet needs such as: wifi to do e-learning for homes that need it, grocery shopping and delivery for seniors who should not be going out themselves, and support of the food pantries at CCS and Salvation Army. It is so encouraging to see area churches locking arms to meet needs.

Pressing On,

Pastor Bruce


A Letter from Pastor Kip

WL Family,

Greetings!  May the peace of Christ govern your hearts and minds.
Although we may not be able to meet together over the next few weeks, no one should be left on their own.  Let’s be the church wherever we’re at!  That means we love each other by helping carry each other’s burdens. 

What’s our care plan?  Who do I call?

  1. If you need help or prayer or you have a physical or financial need, your first call should be to your Adult Bible Fellowship leader or Life Group leader.  This is a time for the smaller groups within the church to shine with compassion, care, and practical ways to meet needs.  Your ABF or Life Group leader can contact the church for additional resources, as needed. If you are not part of an ABF or LG, please call the church office.
  1. There will be limited office hours at the church, when people will be answering the phone.  These hours are Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  During these hours, please call the church office with questions or needs.  The number is (574) 267-6623
  1. Outside of the limited office hours, a pastor will be on call, according to the following schedule:
  • Mondays:              Nick Deck (574) 551-6787
  • Tuesdays:             Kip Cone (574) 377-2127
  • Wednesdays:        Tim Wright (574) 265-4981 
  • Thursdays:            Kip Cone (574) 377-2127
  • Fridays:                 Dave Rank (574) 527-8365
  • Saturdays:             Tim Wright (574) 265-4981
  • Sundays:               Bruce Barlow (574) 377-0293

Worship Jesus, Love Each Other, Reach Our World

Check out our Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church Facebook page for weekly updates on how we can Worship Jesus, Love Each Other, and Reach Our World during these unique days.  If you do not use Facebook, you can access our Facebook content at the bottom of the home page on our website (www.wlgbc.com).

Again, all activities at the church building, including worship services and all children’s and youth ministries, have been canceled until further notice.  Although the church buildings are being cleaned and sanitized daily, we request that you do not use a key to enter.  If you need something from the church building, please call the church office.

Looking Outward

Let’s conclude by looking outward.  We want to be the best neighbors we can be during this unprecedented time.  Here are just a few ideas…

  • Phone/e-mail/text message your neighbor to check in on them, so they don't feel alone.
  • Write a note to your neighbors, inviting them to text you with needs that come up.
  • Deliver a care package to your neighbors of common commodities. Ask if there is a specific way you can be praying for them.
  • Is there a single parent who now faces unique childcare challenges? Can you help?

Let’s keep the conversations going!


Dear WLGBC Church Family,

Engage your neighbor. Engage our world.

How appropriate our theme for this year is to the unprecedented and unique events of recent days.

What a time to be the church and love people well. 

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Eric Holcomb announced that all non-essential gatherings where over 250 persons would assemble in the same place at the same time, including churches, should be canceled. (https://calendar.in.gov/site/gov/event/gov-holcomb-announces-new-steps-to-protect-public-from-covid-19).

The pastoral team and ministry leaders met this morning and want to communicate with you the ministry plan for our church family during the current statewide and national efforts to contain COVID-19. We are convinced these are days of opportunity to serve our neighbors and co-workers, to be calm and compassionate people of faith.

So, we ARE having church this Sunday, but it will be e church.

Beginning this Sunday, we will be urging you to gather your family or a couple friends (with appropriate “social distancing”) and join in to the livestream. The service will be broadcast live at 10:00 am each Sunday morning and will remain on the church’s Facebook page, if you need to watch it at a later time.

So, there will be no ministries at the church the next two weeks. Our church’s ministry leaders will send details specific to their ministry to those involved. This will be in effect for at least the next two weeks and until further notice. It is such a fluid and fast changing situation that we are going to see how things develop. In fact, you will hear something from the church every couple days, so keep an eye on e-mail and the website. 

Life Groups may choose to meet or not meet at their discretion. If you are healthy and wish to meet, do so. (no childcare for Life Groups will be available these weeks) But, if you are immune-compromised, if you aren’t feeling well, or if you are in the most vulnerable category, over 65, please stay put and keep your “social distance.”

This is a time to be a praying church.

Please join us in praying and thanking the Lord for elected and health officials who are doing everything they can to control the spread of COVID-19. This is not the time to panic, criticize, or second-guess those the Lord has placed over us. (Romans 13:1,2 and Titus 3:1). Please be praying for our community, especially our medical professionals and for the most vulnerable folks in our community. 

This is a great time to be a serving church.

We often talk about “being the best kind of neighbor” and we’ve been given an opportunity to put that into practice.  In fact, this is a crucial time to shine bright with gospel love towards our neighbors and friends. Check on your neighbors regularly, especially the elderly and at risk. Be ready to meet a need and to offer prayer…and don’t wait until they ask for help.  Give them a clear way to contact you if they need help. Remember, you are the light of the world!

This is a great time to be an engaging church.

We urge you to consider these days as offering great opportunities to engage our neighbors and co-workers:

  • Check in on neighbors, help support them where needed; invite to watch on-line service; speak hope, bring God into your conversations.
  • Is there a neighbor or co-worker who needs your help to grocery shop or run errands?
  • Is there a neighbor you can give a phone call - to check in on them and so they don't feel alone.
  • Offer a roll of toilet paper to a neighbor with young children.
  • Is there a single parent who now faces unique childcare challenges? Can you help?

Most of us have a few people we can call for help. This is an opportunity to BE a person whom others can call. Speaking of calls, call a couple of your brothers and sisters in the Lord  to check on them. 

If you have a need, please reach out to your Life Group or ABF, or call the church office. For now, the office remains open for regular daytime hours. We want to help.

This is a time to be a generous church – to our neighbors, to those who will be missing work, especially those dependent on hourly wages, to those who need a meal delivered.

And as for your giving at church . . . While services are livestreamed, you may continue your gifts and offerings to the church. If you normally give by check or envelope, you may mail your offering to the church at 1200 Kings Hwy, Winona Lake, IN, 46590

Thanks for reading. One last thought. We have an anchor. We trust God as things change quickly. We have our confidence and are able to rest because we know God is our refuge.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” – Psalm 91:1-2

For the pastors and ministry leaders,

Pastor Bruce