It’s that time of year again! We are so excited to bless children around the world with a gift and the message of Jesus. Boxes and instructions are available in Church for pick up. Boxes are due Sunday, Nov 13th. We have the opportunity to travel to Baltimore to help pack boxes at Samaritan’s Purse facility on Tuesday, Nov 22nd. Ages 13 and older are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Here are some things to put in your box:
¨ ”wow” gift (doll, toy, truck, puzzle)
¨ school supplies
¨ non-liquid hygiene items
¨ other fun toys and games
¨ message and photo from your family
¨ $7 for shipping
Please NO used or damaged items, toys weapons or war-related items, food, liquids, breakables, glass or aerosol cans.
Pray for the child receiving your box!
Visit our hall counter for more details and labels, or visit: www.samaritanspurse.org/occ
Sunday October 16th we welcome The Rt. Rev. Given Gaula of the diocese of Kondoa in Tanzania.
Our parish has had a connection with Given and wife Lillian since he studied at VTS 12 years ago,
We fellowshipped with hime while he studied in the USA. We supported him as an evangelist on his return to Tanzania. We helped him during extended studies in New Zealand for his doctorate. Now that he is a Bishop there are many more opportunities to expand the mission of God through partnerships with Bishop Given.
Come and Join us at 10:30am on the 16th and Meet Bishop Given and his wife Lillian.
You can read more on the face book page for Kondoa here
Some of our projects have been to roof a new Church building in Mpendo
Provide books for the clergy and Bible School
Sending teams to fellowship and witness.
Our Church turns 30 years old this fall. Come help us celebrate on Sunday October 9th. We are pleased to have The Rev David Harper as our guest speaker at the 10:30 am service. David was rector of Church of the Apostles Fairfax at the time Church of the Word was launched.
We are especially trying to reach out to anyone who has been a member of our congregation or who has shared the journey with us.
We hope that you will join us for Fall Festival (noon to 3pm) and 30-year celebration of Church of the Word on October 9th following the service. Come celebrate with a moon bounce, games, crafts, face painting and more! Meat for Bar-b-Que will be provided but side dishes needed. We need volunteers! Sign-up sheets are on the hallway counter.
Discipleship Essentials is now starting
We are forming small groups around the DE material. There are 3 options.
It all depends on how you volunteer to make it work. For an introduction join us at Church for the Discipleship Essentials class. We will introduce the material and the concept of making disciples rather that believers. Greg Ogden writes in the introduction, “Being a Christian is a statement about what Christ has done for me. Being a Disciple is a statement about what I am doing for Christ.” Jesus said in Luke 6:40, “Everyone when he is fully taught will be like his teacher.”
On Sunday mornings we will work through the four main sections in the work book.
(1) Growing up in Christ
(2) Understanding the message of Christ
(3) Becoming like Christ
(4) Serving Christ
Our hope is that you will get the courage and information to strike out on your own and form an intimate DE group of 3 or 4. Such groups can begin at any time after a little preparation.
Listen to a DE group share with Greg Ogden about the experence.
Register online: https://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1019577/atid/l_ln
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!
FPU classes meet for around an hour and a half each week for nine weeks.