Honduras Hurricane Relief
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Operation Esperanza: Honduras Hurricane Relief
Honduras has been devastated in back-to-back weeks by Hurricane Eta and Hurricane Iota, causing severe flooding all over the country – including villages served by our partners Humanity & Hope United Foundation and World Compassion Network. A humanitarian crisis is unfolding, as mass evacuations have been necessary in many areas where H&H and WCN staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly to rescue and care for entire communities. They need food, water, medical care, and a safe and dry place to sleep.
That’s where we all come in… God is working despite the life-threatening hardships. People gather in makeshift shelters and they are banding together to help the growing number of evacuees.
Operation Esperanza is a collaborative, multi-phase, long-term response to bring hope to the people of the Sula Valley in Honduras. Our goal through our partners is to not only help people survive, but recover, rebuild, and thrive in the future. Our partners have already invested years in multiple communities, serving the Honduran people and we know God wants to see that continue.
Let’s go through this storm together with our Honduran brothers and sisters, as we lift them up in prayer, and provide ways to lighten their burden!
Three Ways You Can Join Operation Esperanza:
2020 has been a challenging year in so many ways to say the least, but we know God is not surprised. Nor is He worried. In fact, we serve the One that has an endless supply of resources, mercy, hope, and love. Let’s start with Him for guidance, wisdom, and help.
- Pray for the people in and around El Progreso, that they may escape the rising floodwaters.
- Pray for people living at the shelters, that they may experience God’s peace and love through His Word, and the staff and volunteers who care for them.
- Pray for H&H and WCN staff, as they join with emergency personnel, that they all will have wisdom and endurance, and that they will model God’s love and share His hope.
Right now, the most urgent needs are for emergency relief and survival supplies. This is the heart of the first phase of relief and recovery. Through cooperation with our partners, we’ve already been able to help open and run six shelters, where over 400 individuals are being housed and fed. But the need is growing.
You can give online or through the WCC app. Just choose Operation Esperanza from the fund list.
Checks may be mailed to:
Warsaw Community Church
1855 S County Farm Road
Warsaw, Indiana 46580
*Please write “Operation Esperanza” in the memo
We’re doing what we can here to make people aware of the humanitarian crisis developing in Central America and more details about future phases will be shared. But, for now, we're focused on survival and emergency relief and we welcome any organizations or individuals who would like to partner with us. So, please:
- Spread the word. Let others know about the situation and Operation Esperanza.
- Follow us and our partners on social media, and share their posts and stories.
- Watch for updates regularly. Check our websites and ask how you can help. More needs, volunteer opportunities, and trips for rebuilding will be announced in the future.
The First Noel
Both of the words Noël and Advent are historically rooted around reflection, preparation, and celebration. Noël with both Latin and French origins means “birthday news,” and Advent means “coming” in Latin. The popular carol we sing, The First Noël was written to celebrate the good news of Christ’s birth. And for hundreds of years, Advent has been observed as a reflective time of anticipation leading up to Christmas, with our hearts and minds focused on the ultimate gift that is found in Jesus Christ.
Gather your family at home, and join us online for 15-20 minutes of encouragement, as we celebrate the promises of the Advent season each week on Wednesday evenings. We’ll explore what the “coming birthday news” of our Savior and the fulfillment of God’s promises means to us today, all from the perspective of key biblical witnesses through worship, scripture reflection, and teaching.
Contact: Erica Hart (574) 268-0188, x232
CARE FUND 2020
Let’s join together as a church to make a difference in our community and world. Let’s help replace fear and pain from those hurting with a little more love and peace that is much needed this season by serving others the way Jesus did.
WCC Care Fund
This year’s Care Fund offering will focus on three key areas:
- Hardship – temporary help for those encountering tough times that may need assistance with a utility bill, medical bill, car or home repair, or even food.
- Vulnerable Children – we’re partnering with agencies, schools, civic leaders, and specialists to help hurting children know they are loved, encouraged, cared for, and safe.
- Missions – we are committed to reaching our community and world for Jesus Christ through our ministries partners and missions. Where the Gospel is planted, love and peace can bloom to change the world.
Please prayerfully consider giving to this special, year-end offering through the WCC App, online, via mail (send to WCC Care Fund, 1855 S County Farm Road, Warsaw, Indiana 46580), or by using a Care Fund envelope (available at the Info Center). You can give now through the end of the year (giving must be received by December 31, 2020).
PJ's & Bibles (PJ&B) Project
PJ's & Bibles (PJ&B) Project
For Sonlight’s Christmas offering project, we’re pleased to partner again with Combined Community Services (CCS). Together, we can help give hurting kids and families in our community a bit more joy at Christmas.
Please purchase a set of pajamas and a Bible that corresponds to the size and age of your own children. Don’t have any children, but want to participate? Larger sizes of Youth XL through Adult Medium sizes of pajamas are needed as well. Please bring your pajamas unwrapped to the drop-off locations in the lobby and outside the Sonlight classrooms, or have them delivered to WCC (Attn: Sonlight PJ’s, 1855 S County Farm Road, Warsaw, Indiana 46580) by Sunday, December 13.
For the Bibles, you can stop by the PJ’s & Bibles booth in the lobby on Sundays through December 13, or purchase from our online store, and we’ll take care of the delivery to CCS.
Sonlight recommends the following Bible versions:
The Beginner’s Bible
My First Hands-on Bible (NLT)
Preschool – 1st Grade ages
The Hands-on Bible (NLT)
2nd – 6th Grade ages
*Got other things to purchase from Amazon? You can also order through our Amazon Wish List page, and have the Bibles shipped directly to CCS.
Please be sure to pray for the children that will receive these new pajamas and a Bible this Christmas.
For more details or questions about WCC’s PJ’s & Bibles Sonlight Offering project, contact: Ruth Romeo (574) 268-0188 x242
NOTE: Adopt-a-Family is a community-wide Christmas initiative overseen by Combined Community Services. If you would like to adopt a family by purchasing and delivering gifts, please contact CCS online or at (574) 269-6019.
Since Governor Holcomb released the Back on Track Indiana guidelines, we have spent significant time in prayer and preparation, to develop our Back in the Building plan to resume in-person services. To allow for distancing guidelines, seating capacity has been reduced. If you’d like to join us for in-person services on Sunday, please review our Back in the Building plan guidelines. We look forward to seeing you!
― James Merritt
Reading the Bible Together
When we spend time in God’s Word, we’re getting to know Him. We’re also maturing in our faith. Regularly spending time together with God in His Word is such a beautiful, life-giving thing. And just as it benefits us as individuals, when we gather together as the church to commit to spending time reading and studying the Bible, something special happens. We’re able to encourage one another and grow together. That’s why we’re launching a new churchwide Bible reading plan. We’ll spend a year reading the New Testament together.
5 Minutes a Day, 5 Days a Week
Committing five minutes a day, five days a week to our new churchwide Bible reading plan will allow us to read the New Testament, all 260 chapters, in one year. We’ll have five chapters to read each week, with two built-in free days if you’ve gotten off track. Note: if you do get off track, just jump back in where we are. You can always go back and catch up when you have extra time. This plan spreads out the Gospels so we read those throughout the year, weaving the story of Jesus within our whole year. The rest of the New Testament books are read in order.
Bible Reading Plan Devotions: Twice a month, we’ll publish devotionals that correspond with what we’re reading in our yearly Bible Plan. These devotionals will be written from a variety of people participating in this churchwide reading plan. Through these devotionals, we will be encouraged and challenged as we journey through God’s Word together. Making the Connection: Our weekly sermon recap devotions will continue to be produced, so you can dig further into the Sunday sermon at your own pace throughout your week. Both of these devotionals will be published on the WCC blog and regularly posted on social media.
Up for more of a challenge?
Don’t just read the chapters, use the following questions to study them:
Observation: This is how to learn what a passage of scripture says. Questions to ask: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? What does it say? What do I notice?
Interpretation: This is how to accurately interpret scripture and understand what it means in the right context. Questions to ask: What are the key themes or truths? What is the writer’s intended meaning? What is the context? What questions do I have?
Application: This is how to correctly apply the truth of the text to everyday life. Questions to ask: How do I apply it? What are the implications in my life? What does this mean for me