Kiddie Kollege Needs a Builder

Do you love to build and create things?


We are looking for a person/people that will make a giant Plinko board and Connect Four set for our

preschool (KidZone will use them as well).  We will provide the funds and YOU will provide the talent:)

If you’re up for the challenge, please see Jen Nier.

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You can also go to YouTube to get some how-to advice.


Any Time is a Good Time to Read

Among the many new books recently added to your WLFMC library is The Advocate, a first-century legal thriller! Theophilus, a brilliant young assessor, advises Pontius Pilate at the trial of Christ to offer to release Barabbas in place of Christ. His plan backfires and an    innocent man is crucified. Fast-forward three decades to the scenes of Theophilus again appearing in court where this time he is defending another innocent man, the apostle Paul, against the unjust accusations of Emperor Nero. Will death or freedom be the result of his impassioned defense?  Jen Hatmaker, an author with eight published books, is the 39-year-old wife of a Free Methodist pastor in Austin, Texas and passionate about sharing the insights she has gleaned as she strives to pattern a Christ-centered life and home while fulfilling her myriad responsibilities as wife and mother of five active youngsters. Two of her books are now available at your library.
Seven recounts the results of her family’s decision to reduce material possessions and distractions in seven areas of life including food, clothes, media and other elements of life today. Returning to the essentials of faith is the focus of Interrupted, another intriguing presentation about intentional efforts to live a Christ-centered  family life. With humor and interesting anecdotes from a real-life family, she presents some seldom considered options to demonstrate how Christ can direct one’s life.
Two well-loved children’s books have been added to your library: The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams), and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (Virginia Barton). Share these familiar stories with your children as you relive the memories of experiencing the wonders of how the printed page comes alive with adventure and lessons of love and tenacity.




God Loves You

God says He is not willing that any should perish. (See Matthew 18:14.)

Meanwhile we argue over who makes it or not. 

You tell me who’s thinking with their heart.

Let me say right from the start that this isn’t about inclusion. I don’t know whether to thank my generation, my parents, my pastors or my God-given brain, but I live in a world of absolutes. There is truth. There is black and white. Words have definitions, no matter how uneasy I may be with any of them.


Surviving the Holidays


Help for those dealing with grief during the holidays.


No matter how long it’s been since your loved one died, grief can make the holidays a painful time. But there’s hope. Join us for an encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again.

Come join us Thursday, November 20, 6:30– 8:30 p.m. in the Parlor. There is no charge for this one evening seminar. If you would like to register please complete the form that is available on the Information Center Table or contact Lynette in the church office at 267-7260. Registration is due by Monday, November 10.



Impact Middle East Update

Hi Winona Lake friends!

We are back home again!  Yayyy.  We did have a wonderful time in the Middle East this trip.  Well, yes, we had some physical problems, but we got over them, and felt the trip was very worthwhile.  Let me tell you about it!


Jesus, We Just Want to Thank You

Praise the Lord!  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 106:1 (NIV)

He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.    Micah 6:8 (NIV) 


August 7, 2014 – Witness: Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations:  “We do not view Ebola as a significant danger to the United States because it is not transmitted easily, does not spread from people who are not ill, and because cultural norms that contribute to the spread of the disease in Africa – such as burial customs – are not a factor in the United States. We know how to stop Ebola with strict infection control practices which are already in widespread use in American hospitals, and by stopping it at the source in Africa.”


Now, I don’t mean to pick on Dr. Frieden, but


An Overlooked Hero


llm-oct14_discipleshipSome of the best Bible story characters are found in Judges. You have Gideon, the unlikely savior breaking pottery-covered torches; Deborah, the Joan of Arc-esque leader who chases away the bad guys; Samson, a hairy, muscle-bulging womanizer who destroys whole buildings with his bare hands; and Shamgar, the guy who … does stuff.

What? You never heard of Shamgar? No surprise. Shamgar does not get the same press as other Sunday school heroes.


Gaining Faith and Losing Weight


Photo courtesy of Justin Willoughby

After being introduced in June as a Keystone Conference ministerial candidate, Justin Willoughby shared part of his life story with the hundreds gathered at the Pleasantville Camp.

“At 16 years old, I was sitting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in a hospital bed,” said Willoughby, the 27-year-old assistant pastor of Open Arms Community Church in Bradford, Pennsylvania. “That hospital bed had a scale. That scale weighed me in at 799 pounds.”


The Only Change That Matters


llm-oct14_historyWe can’t draw generational lines when it comes to the most important change people need.

Is there a generational gap in the church? Some younger people think that the church is trapped somewhere between Victorian England and “Little House on the Prairie.” Some older folks think the church is now under the conspiratorial control of the “artist formerly known as Prince.”

Neither point of view is true. The church is not being held back by stodgy doctrines of Fanny Crosby. Nor is it being hijacked by vagrant youth workers with tattoos. That is not to say that some congregations are not trapped in the past or mesmerized by the trendy.

The ability to change or not change does not fall neatly into generational categories. I’ve had 95-year-old women pump my hand and greet me with, “I just love your magazine. It gets me to thinking, and I like that.” And I’ve had 30-year-olds afraid to shake my hand for fear that the mark of the beast might transfer.

It’s time for us to quit drawing the lines and choosing up sides around the question of who is open to change and who is not. As I survey the territory of the church, I see where the real division exists. There are those who are hungry for God to come with transforming power and those who aren’t.

Those with an insatiable appetite for seeing God’s transforming power have the ability to revere the past and still receive the future.

True change does not come through methods and strategies. It is not subject to our notions of relevance or irrelevance. It has nothing to do with attractiveness or appeal.

This is a condensed excerpt from a September 1997 editorial in Light & Life Magazine. The editorial also appears in “The Newton Editorials,” a 2011 book published by Light & Life Communications.

Go to to order “The Newton Editorials.”

This article originally appeared in Light & Life Magazine at

The Death of the Church


llm-oct14_GC-picThe problem with following Jesus is that doing so brings us to the cross. Our avoidance of death results from our disbelief that God raised Jesus from the dead and will do the same for us.

Statistics suggest the church in America is dying. But church attendance cannot tell us whether or not this is a cruciform dying. Failing church attendance can be the result of a church that has lost its courage to follow Jesus (think of how the disciples scattered from the cross), or a church that has courageously followed Jesus (the early church lost many members through martyrdom, after all). Church attendance alone cannot tell us whether we have kept in step with Jesus. Far more important than the question, “How can we fill the pews?” is the question, “Are we following Christ to the cross?”