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Advent Scripture Reading Guide

Advent and the start of the Christian calendar begins on Sunday, December 1st. Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000-year-old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate.

The Christian calendar enables us to re-tell, re-live, and re-enter the Jesus Story — from the crowded stable to the empty tomb. We are a peculiar people and we have a peculiar calendar. We live in a secular world but we belong to a sacred story. And so we have two calendars — one secular, one sacred. What we want is to be formed by the Gospel Story. And the Gospel is a story! The Gospel is not a plan or theory or philosophy or ideology — it is a story! The story of Jesus of Nazareth. This is the story told in the Christian calendar: Advent (waiting for Christ), Christmas (the twelve day celebration of Jesus’ birth), Epiphany (the revelation of Christ to the Gentile magi), Lent (the journey to the cross), Holy Week, (Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday), Easter (Resurrection), Pentecost (the birth of the church). Then it’s Ordinary Time until we return to Advent.

To help you observe Advent in a richer, more meaningful way, we have created an Advent Scripture Reading Guide. It consists of one chapter from the Gospels each day, concluding with the stories of the birth of Jesus from Matthew and Luke on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So re-enter and re-live the mystery of the Gospel story through this Advent Scripture Reading Guide.

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Church Bulletin for April 11 & 13, 2014

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Church Bulletin for April 4 & 6, 2014

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Church Bulletin for March 21 & 23, 2014

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Church Bulletin for March 14 & 16, 2014

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Membership at Word of Life Church – Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Why do we have a membership process at Word of Life Church (WOLC)?
To answer this question, let’s start with our vision, mission, and what we are all about as a church.

Our Vision is to:
wholeheartedly participate in God’s mission to redeem people and restore his world through Jesus Christ.

Our Mission is to:
CONNECT with Jesus Christ and one another.
GROW in the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love.
SERVE others in Christlike humility.

In order to move toward fulfilling this vision, it takes committed people. That’s where membership comes in. It’s not just a formal designation, but a process that determines who is participating in what happens here.

As a member you are encouraged to actively embrace our mission. It’s all about what God wants to do through us as we live the Jesus way. Members are encouraged to help fulfill our vision and accomplish our mission. The challenge is for each person on the team to be obedient to the part God wants them to play.

What is membership at WOLC?
Your membership indicates a commitment to the beliefs, vision, and mission of Word of Life Church. It indicates that you are a part of this local expression of the body of Jesus Christ. We function as a body—each part has a vital role and connection so that the entire body grows and builds itself up.

Membership has responsibilities and commitments:

  • Being a follower of Jesus Christ
  • Attending worship services regularly

Membership has its privileges:

  • The joy, friendship, fun, learning, growth, and satisfaction that comes from connecting with others, participating in small groups, and being part of a church family
  • The opportunity to grow as a follower of Jesus Christ
  • Support and help from the church family in times of need and crisis
  • Serving God and others by volunteering in service to the congregation and community
  • Participating in stewardship and giving, which includes your abilities, time, energy, money, and resources

What do I need to do to join?
On Sunday, April 6, 2014, during both services, Pastor Brian Zahnd and the Word of Life Pastoral Team will extend an invitation to join Word of Life Church. We will give you more information on getting connected by membership to Word of Life Church, and to what Jesus is doing in our community! A reception will be held following each service. Sign up below for more information.

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Baptism – Sunday, April 14th, 2014

“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, we also may live new lives.”
-Romans 6:4

Baptism is a very important step in the journey of commitment to follow christ. It is by baptism that we join the body of Christ.

Everyone who has made the decision to believe in Christ should be baptized. It is an outward sign of an inward event. Baptism is an important public declaration of a believer’s identification with Jesus and the church. Far more than just going for a swim, it is an event which declares to the physical and spiritual worlds: “I have decided to follow Jesus Christ!”

The Bible says that baptism is not merely a symbol of death and resurrection with Christ; it says that through baptism you are united with the death and resurrection of Christ.

For further teaching on this subject, listen to the message The Mystery and Miracle of Baptism by Pastor Brian Zahnd. This message is available for free on our internet site and via CD at no cost at Solomon’s Porch Bookstore & Coffeeshop.

If you’ve not been water baptized, your next opportunity to do so is on Sunday, April 14th during the Sunday morning services. More information will be sent to you upon registering. If you wish to be baptized, please fill out the form below to register.

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Baby Dedication Ceremony – Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Our next baby dedication ceremony will be held on Sunday morning, May 11th, during both services. Please sign up below if you have a new son or daughter you would like to have dedicated to the Lord.
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Bulletin for March 7 & 9, 2014

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Video Announcements for December 13 & 15, 2013

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Church Bulletin for December 13 & 15, 2013

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