Family Activities Abound This Summer

We have opportunities for families to get together and have some fun this summer. They start tonight!


Anarchy Ball Night

We will be teaching our kidZone kids a new variation of kickball. Join us for some exercise, some laughs and some refreshments. It will take place at 6:30 tonight at Winona Lake Park.


Deep River Water Park

On Wednesday, July 24 we will be going swimming in Merrillville at the water park. The group rate is $15.95 and $9.95 if you are under 46 inches tall. Email Rick to let you know you are interested in going. Limited seating is available on the Church van.


Tin Caps Baseball

On Monday, August 5, we will head over to Ft. Wayne to see some minor league baseball action, followed up by a great fireworks display. The group rate will be $8-9, depending on our number. Sign up with Rick. Again, Church van seating is limited.


Movie Night

The movie is still TBD, but the location is set. On Friday, August 23, we’ll gather in the fellowship hall for popcorn and drinks as we gather together.


Mark your calendars today!

Am I Repeating Myself?

by Pastor Rick

Do you ever wonder if Jesus repeated Himself all the time? Maybe the stories the disciples wrote down were the stories Jesus told the most. After all, these guys were teenagers. How much were they actually taking notes? How much were they paying attention?

When I was younger, I remember hearing pastors and speakers who did not appear to be using notes. I was amazed. Then I realized they fall into two main categories. The first are the speakers who have one sermon they preach while travelling for a year. If I had a single sermon to preach, I could probably memorize it as well.


The Distraction Diet

A friend of mine had a baby recently. When I visited the couple’s home, I had to admire their elaborate nursery.

They really did it up right! Big Bird nested in the corner, Snuffleupagus perched on the cribside table, and an assortment of wobbling Weebles, Smurfs, and My Little Ponies encircled the interior of the crib. Not to mention five teddy bears. And a busy box gizmo with umpteen handles, knobs, and twirly things. And two musical mobiles. And who knows how many rattles. This baby was decked out. There was no way this kid was going to get bored or cranky, right?

Well, not exactly. True, the child will be able to amuse himself, what with so many gaudy toys and wild, wonderful distractions. He should find himself positively absorbed at times by the ministrations of the musical mobiles.

The thing is, amusement of that sort lasts for only so long. A child is easily quieted, so long as he isn’t hungry….

But watch out! Once that baby feels the cravings of nature within, absolutely nothing will satisfy but food!

So it is with our soul. Distractions and amusements may appease us for a while—church music, candles, processions, banners, committees, and Christian talk shows.

But all these, like gaudy toys, will occupy and entertain for only so long. Sooner or later boredom and frustration set in. Once a believer’s passion for God is awakened, all of those religious trappings and incidentals simply won’t satisfy. Like the writer said in Hebrews 5, you begin to want solid food.

Excerpted from 31 Days Toward Passionate Faith by Joni Eareckson Tada

Humble Orthodoxy

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God has given the saving message of the gospel to his people through his Word, and we must be willing to fight for its integrity and faithful transmission. We are to “contend for
the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” ( Jude 3). In other words, we need to care about orthodoxy and right thinking about who God is and how he saves through Jesus Christ. Orthodoxy matters.

But at the same time, God’s Word commands us, “Love your neighbor as yourself ” (Matthew 22:39). Jesus even told us, “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). And 1 Peter 5:5 says, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ ” In other words, genuine love and humility of heart before God and other people are essential. Humility matters. We don’t get to choose between humility and orthodoxy. We need both.

Excerpted from Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris

Parent’s Progress 06.20.13

This week we present to you Moms & Pops Stuff. Created by the Church Family Based Youth Ministry, this newsletter is full of news and tips you can use while going from here to there with your teenagers.



Putting Joy On Trial

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. — John 16:33

Adam and Eve lost both of their children in a single day — one was murdered, the other banished. Can you imagine the horror and pain they must have felt? How can a couple deal with that kind of deep sorrow and guilt?


We Know That in All Things

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. — Romans 8:28

What a tremendous claim Paul makes in this verse! He does not say, “We know that in some things,” “most things,” or even “joyful things” but “ALL things.” This promise spans from the very smallest detail of life to the most important, and from the most humbling of daily tasks to God’s greatest works of grace performed during a crisis.


Great Day of Helping

The mission of the Winona Lake Free Methodist Church is to serve Christ, His Church and our Community by making more and growing better disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Recently adopted, but passionately felt is this mission statement of ours. We’re going to serving our community through something we call The Great Day of Helping. This will take place on Saturday, June 22, 1-4 p.m.

We are inviting those who are in need to come and join us.



Do not be anxious about anything. — Philippians 4:6

Anxiety should never be found in a believer. In spite of the magnitude, quantity, and diversity of our trials, afflictions, and difficulties, anxiety should not exist under any circumstances. This is because we have a Father in heaven who is almighty, who loves His children as He loves His “one and only Son” (John 3:16), and whose complete joy and delight it is to continually assist them under all circumstances. We should heed His Word, which says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”


Parent’s Progress 06.13.13

Welcome to another week of resources for parents. If you ever have resources to pass along to other parents, feel free to email them to me for submission.

I have been reading a book about the importance of Earthly fathers affecting our view of our Heavenly Father when I came across this article. It is a good reminder.

Another big issue for today is how teens view their bodies. Messages like these do not help.

If you have drivers, reminding them too much is not possible.