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Palm Sunday Anniversary Brunch

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After the worship service on March 20th, we’ll be celebrating our 19th anniversary with food and fellowship! The theme is a breakfast brunch and everyone is encouraged to attend. Please bring something to share that fits in the breakfast brunch category (examples include breakfast casseroles, danishes, donuts, coffee cakes, fruit platters etc.) WCPC will provide beverages.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Walnut Creek starts a new sermon series this Sunday:  What Did Jesus Come to Do?

Super Bowl Party

Come on over to WCPC Cafe next Sunday at 6:00 pm to enjoy the game, commercials, and conversation.  Please bring food and drink to share.

Christmas Craft Morning

Christmas Craft Morning will be Saturday, December 5 from 10AM to noon at the church. Kids and women are welcome (guys, you know you want to join us, so come on over) for a morning of crafting and snacking. This was a HUGE hit last year; we’re looking forward to seeing you there

Women’s Sunday Stroll

Ladies, save the date! Instead of our planned Shopping Outing, we will be going for a relaxing Sunday stroll. Come and join us as we fellowship together and enjoy God’s wonderful creation. We will be meeting Sunday, November 15. More information in the newsletter.

Annual Fall Bread Bowl Lunch

We are once again preparing for our Annual Fall Bread Bowl Lunch. On November 1st, bring your favorite hearty soup or chili, we’ll supply the bread bowls and dessert. We’ll all eat together after the worship service

The Message of Haggai: Starting Over

God speaks to His people encouraging them to rebuild His temple and promising His peace to His people.

  1. God calls to build the Temple (1:1-15)
  2. God encourages the discouraged (2:1-9)
  3. God will bless the builders as they rebuild (2:10-19)
  4. God will build his kingdom (2:20-23)

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Brews and Dudes

The next gathering of men for lively banter (ranging from the Buckeyes to men’s events at Walnut Creek), food, and adult beverages will be at Pigskin Brewing Company at Gahanna’s Creekside on October 27th at 8:00pm

Authenticity

For the past week, Tami and I have enjoyed listening to a taped lecture series entitled, The Power of Vulnerability, by Dr. Brene Brown.  As a professor in Social Work who employs Grounded Theory Research on the subject of shame, Brown has brilliantly tapped into why people feel shame and how that drives their thinking and behaving.  Her shame research has led her to address the subjects of guilt, compassion, empathy, and vulnerability.  A major component of vulnerability is authenticity.  Here’s what Brown says about authenticity.

Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we’re supposed to be [or who we think people want us to be] and embracing who we actually are.Choosing authenticity involves the following:

  • Cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
  • Expressing compassion that comes from knowing that we’re all made of strength and struggle.
  • Nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we’re enough.
  • Authenticity demands wholehearted living and loving even when it’s hard… even when we’re wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough… and especially when the joy is so intense that we aren’t afraid to let ourselves feel it.
  • Practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives.

Authenticity is a popular buzzword today in organizations, businesses, and churches.  As you can see from Brown’s extended definition, it’s one thing to claim authenticity and it’s another (hard) thing to actually live authentically.

Here’s where the Gospel comes in and allows us to live authentically.  We are born with both dignity and depravity.  We are created in God’s image, yet we’re sinful to the core.  Jesus Christ willingly embraced all our depravity on the cross – we are pardoned slaves of sin.  Not only that, but he grants us a more dignified status – we are adopted children of God and heirs with Jesus Christ.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17).  We are new creatures… free to be authentic, honest, compassionate, filled with gratitude and joy. The ‘shame-voices’ in our mind lose their grip and power as we live authentically in our new identity as redeemed children of God.

Pastor Steve

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