WLFMC Library Update

Reading the recent book, Vanishing Grace, by Philip Yancey would be a good way to begin the New Year. Yancey previously wrote What’s So Amazing About Grace? but has gone further in exploring the disconnect between the increasingly hostile attitude toward Christians and the also increasing search for spiritual meaning in individuals’ lives as many have lost their moorings in this troubled world. As Christians, we are to exemplify how Grace works in every segment of society, but somehow the Christian world is not making that impact, even to those who are seeking. Explore the thoughts of Yancey on the role of Grace and its importance in each individual life. How can we communicate faith in an appealing way to future generations?

On December 5, 2012, American medical doctor Dilip Joseph and two   colleagues were accosted on their  return to their station after ministering in an Afghanistan village. The terrifying experience of being captured by the Taliban with the resultant threats of torture and death are recounted in Kidnapped by the Taliban. The men were rescued four days later by a team of SEALs, one of whom lost his life, but as the survivors look back at this experience they began to be challenged to view their captors as men instead of monsters. Instead of anger and despair they realized that what really matters is courage, sacrifice, hope and faith.

Bonnie Gray has written a book that speaks to the needs of most women today—rest for one’s soul—in Finding Spiritual Whitespace. We all need spiritual whitespace—those places where the demands of life are set aside and time is allocated for refreshment in the openness of cultivating the presence of God, bringing healing and focus to lives. Surrounded by stressful everyday demands, this book helps bring a different perspective to create calm and comfort in our too-busy schedules.

Come in to the WLFMC library and look over the many interesting, informative and helpful books that are available for you to enjoy as you take time to relax and renew your spirit.


Because of that Cross

by Rick Nier

If the world ever had any interest in me, I am quite sure it is gone by now. And I have good news for the world. The feeling is mutual.

If this introduction is starting to sound a bit drastic or over-emotional, don’t fret. This is just my New Year’s self reaffirming what I value, what I care for and which hills I will decide to make a stand on. You might be familiar with the hill I will focus on. It’s that hill far away where there stood an old rugged cross.


Parent’s Progress 1.8.15

Each Thursday we like to dedicate space on our blog to keeping parents informed on some of the latest in research and youth trends. If you know of some parents of teenagers, pass this along. 

Craving Facebook? UAlbany Study Finds Social Media to be Potentially Addictive, Associated with Substance Abuse

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 09, 2014) – A recent University at Albany study has concluded that excessive use of online social networking can not only be addictive, but may also be associated with other impulse control disorders, including substance abuse.

Published in this month’s issue of the journal Addiction, UAlbany psychologist Julia Hormes led a team of three researchers in assessing the addictive nature of social media – specifically Facebook. The study found an estimated 10 percent of users experience what Hormes’ classifies as “disordered social networking use.” It further determined that individuals struggling with social media addiction were more likely to report drinking problems.

Facebook Cravings Research
UAlbany psychologist Julia Hormes recently led a team of researchers in assessing the addictive nature of social media – specifically Facebook. The study concluded that excessive use of online social networking can not only be addictive, but may also be associated with other impulse control disorders, including substance abuse.


Kiddie Korner

Melissa Matthews has a hot cocoa café each week, where she invites different people to come and read to her class.  If you can help, please see the sign up sheet outside her classroom downstairs (room 7).


Our last big event of 2014 was a Christmas carnival for our students and families, held on Thursday, December 11.  Everyone had a fun time making crafts, playing games, eating, and meeting our special guest, Santa Turtle!

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A Place for Families

Winona Lake Free Methodist Church is  a place that cares for families. This is why we provide children’s ministries and youth ministries. We even provide college-age ministries, for students while away from their family. Here is a bit of what you can find this month.
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Hollywood loves a good origin story. Well, we have one. It’s about Jesus. We know about the miracle stories and the great crowds that came to listen to Jesus speak. We know about Good Friday and Easter as well. But what do we know about how it began, what Jesus did early on and what it means for us?

Kids will find out as they experience a Snow Day.

Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 7:45 in the Fellowship Hall.


Do you know how you’re going to spend your time in 2015?

The Bible has a few ideas.

Come talk about it at Dose of Reality this month.

Sunday nights at 6 in the Unloading Zone.


PEACE: a wonderful word and a wonderful idea, but a very elusive one for sin-scarred human beings.  Years ago, in response to the rioting and violence that followed the acquittal of the police officers involved in beating him when he was taken into custody following a high speed pursuit, Rodney King famously asked, “Can we all get along?“*


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
We will be taking a break from our daily posting until after the new year.

Giving Wisely


llm-dec14_historyOne of the most intriguing aspects of Christmas is the wise men who came to worship the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1–12).

Matthew is the only Gospel writer who gives us information about these mysterious strangers. He tells us they came from the East and were called Magi. They were of noble birth, educated, wealthy and influential. Perhaps they were acquainted with the Messianic prophesies: “Out of you [Bethlehem] will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel” (Micah 5:2).“A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17).

They were guided by a star, got lost in Jerusalem, and


Why the Giving Cannot Stop


Bishop Matthew Thomas  To read more from Bishop Thomas, visit fmcusa.org/matthewthomas.

The Gift. Not much more needs to be said.

Jesus is the greatest Gift the world has ever received — peace on earth and every ounce of goodness to all humankind. That came in the form of a baby in a manger. Giving at Christmas follows suit, because at Christmas, we celebrate the Gift by giving to one another.

But something unique about this Gift should inspire us far beyond Christmas.


Happy Investing


llm-dec14_foundationJesus said, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving” (Acts 20:35 GNT).

When I was a child, that didn’t make sense to me. It was way more fun to get things than to give stuff away. In my immature thinking, Christmas was all about me. What was I going to get?