Our Nominating Committee is currently looking for one individual willing to serve the congregation as an Elder and another willing to serve as Clerk of Session. It is essential to the continued functioning of the congregation that both of these roles be filled. If you are formally a member of the church (or interested in becoming one) and wish to explore the possibility of serving in one or both of these capacities, please contact the church.
Dear Family and Friends of Walnut Grove Community Church,
We begin the new calendar year 2021 with almost 75 percent of our goal! Praise God! We deeply thank our wonderful members, community and friends for the financial help! As you know, because of the COVID-19 pandemic our doors have been closed for most of the year, and we faced a budget deficit of approximately $30,000. This is in part because of receiving only 60 percent of our annual proposed budget. And, while we are thrilled to have a new full time Pastor on board to lead us, there is a rise in salary cost.
In our "Share the Harvest" campaign, we are asking every family to consider a one-time donation of $500 to sustain us until we can reopen our doors and get back on track. We understand that some families are struggling, and may only be able to give a little, while others may be able to help us with more.
Please prayerfully consider what you may be able to help us with, and God will lead the way! We trust Him in all matters, especially the support of His Body of believers. We will keep the campaign ongoing until March 2021, the anniversary of the Pandemic in order for budget adjustments to be made to put an end to our deficit.
Waking Up White will be the first book explored in our Discipleship Book Club. Chapters are 3-4 pages each and we will be tackling the book at a rate of 5 chapters per week for a 9 week exploration of our own racial perspectives and how we as disciples of Christ can do a more effective job of making His love known to our neighbors. The study will begin on November 9th and run into January, taking time off for the weeks of major holidays - so there is plenty of time to catch up if you fall behind or get a late start.
We are providing three ways to participate based on your preferred format and comfort level.
1. A closed Facebook group (membership in the group must personally be approved by the pastor. To find the group, go to https://www.facebook.com/wgcommch and find GROUPS under the headline, or by clicking on "More" and in the drop-down menu). We will tackle one chapter and one question each day Monday-Friday, sharing our responses to the question posed at the end of each chapter.
2. Congregants who would rather meet for one in-person meeting are encouraged to begin study groups of 4-5 members willing to meet in homes once a week to discuss the week's readings and the accompanying questions.
3. Those who feel like this topic is too personal are encouraged to read the book on their own and carefully consider the points addressed.
The goal of this study is not to press a particular political perspective, but to raise awareness of the ways in which all of us take certain aspects of our society for granted. For this reason, groups are encouraged to steer away from discussion of political policy and focus on individuals' personal stories and how they relate (or don't relate) to Irving's own experience.
The Lord's Supper represents God's promises of love to us in Jesus Christ and presents those promises, sealed in our hearts by faith through the power of God's Holy Spirit. The Supper gives us the deepest assurance that we are God's children. We are drawn together with sisters and brothers in Christ into one body with Christ in the church. This workbook will be of great help in enlarging our understandings of the Lord's Supper. It shows us the importance of the Supper in the church's life and our lives. It answers questions while also helping us more deeply and gratefully realize ways that Christ's presence with us in the sacrament unites us with Christ by faith. Reflecting on the materials here will enlarge our vision of ways the Lord's Supper relates to our lives in the world and our ministries in service to the kingdom of Jesus Christ.
We will be exploring the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) using Dr. Amy-Jill Levine's new book: Sermon on the Mount available through Amazon. Dr. Levine is a practicing Jew and a New Testament scholar, a combination that allows her to provide unique insights into the Christian scriptures. I think you'll enjoy the study.
Join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89713587810
Every afternoon Monday - Saturday on Facebook live at 12:00 PST
Once the pandemic is over, we hope to start up our MEN'S BREAKFAST - 7:30 AM THE 2ND SATURDAY EVERY MONTH
Honoring local members who do a great job!
We honored our local heroes with a special night of food and fellowship to thank them for serving our community!
One full week in mid summer for great activities, sharing and FUN learning about Jesus and His ministry.
We celebrate the Advent and Christmas Season with song, spirit and fellowship, and the Candlelight service is held the Sunday evening before Christmas.
We join together in late December for a time of celebration of our Lord's Birth.
We look forward to seeing you for our 2021 Easter Celebration