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Responding to God's call to be a faithful people in central Lake County... We are a family church. All ages come together to worship, learn, and serve Christ, respectful of diverse viewpoints and inclusive in culture. We are a joyful congregation. Rooted in scripture and inspired by energetic, musically diverse, relevant worship, WPC enjoys being together and working together to serve our congregation and community. We are connected through our missions. WPC is faithful to long-time ministri ...
 
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Jack closes out The Three Little Maids trilogy by looking at the brief, tragic, yet influential life of Eva Overstake. References: Berry, C. (Ed.). (2008). The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance (Vol. 543). University of Illinois Press. Bufwack, M. A., & Oermann, R. K. (1993). Finding her voice: The saga of women in country music. C…
 
This week, our delightful journey through the gospel of John's "Garden of Joy" brings us to... the cross? Yes, "there was a garden in the place where Jesus was crucified" (John 19:41)--the pain and trauma and grief of such a horrific event is right there in between the beautiful words of comfort and inspiration. Does this mean for us, on Eternity S…
 
Last weekend MCC hosted their annual Peace conference, centering themselves around the theme of Restoring Justice: exploring how to do justice better. This morning's scriptures continue to challenge us to refuse the constraints of a broken system that continuously fail the most vulnerable and declare that we are going to choose a different way forw…
 
The legendary Jenny Lou Carson (Lucille Overstake) is the first woman to write a #1 country song. We hear her story, plus things get blue as we get into the dirty thirties with a strain of hillbilly music you wouldn't hear on the National Barn Dance. We also hear the story behind the first gay country song. References: Berry, C. (Ed.). (2008). The …
 
Footwashing? As in, the ritual that some churches do once a year during Holy Week? That's about following Jesus' example in humility and service, the status and work of the servant and their master flipped upside down. That's true, but it's not the whole story. The footwashing story of John's gospel (ch 13) is also about intimacy, knowing and being…
 
An introduction to the Three Little Maids and a focused look on Evelyn Overstake, the oldest of the three sisters. Songs: Irene Harvey, Vivain Hart, and Carita Crawford - Three Little Maids from School Madge Chrichton - Something Sweet About Me The Chalk Farm Salvation Army Band - Rock of Ages The Brox Sisters - Hang On to Me The Three Little Maids…
 
Happy Halloween!... in church? Seriously, people dressed up in costumes and everything! Even the preacher, wearing a "Grim Reaper" costume to preach a sermon on Halloween, the most un-Christian of holidays. Our fundamentalist Mennonite ancestors must have been rolling over in their graves (or perhaps just lying really still so as to discourage any …
 
We find Lulu Belle at her professional peak in 1936, discuss her musical highlights of her time with Scotty, and follow her post-country music career to the North Carolina General Assembly where she makes a lasting mark on American history. Songs: Jessica Dragonette - Vilia Lulu Belle and Scotty - This Train Lulu Belle and Scotty - When I Yoo-hoo i…
 
This Sunday our worship service is a celebration of our church's work through and with the Mennonite Central Committee! As you may recall (through the timey-wimey fog of the pandemic year that was), 2020 marked 100 years of MCC, and we celebrated that long and deep and wide history in one of our Zoom services last fall. As part of the centennial fe…
 
Lulu Belle, kicking against the pricks of National Barn Dance, sets the template for feisty country music women for years to come. Songs: West Wing Theme - Snuffy Walden Elviry Weaver - Square dance call from The Grand Ole Opry Lulu Belle and Burrhead - Hi Rinktum Inktum Doodle Lulu Belle and Scotty - My Blue Ridge Mountain Home Lulu Belle and Burr…
 
An influential Jewish teacher, a Samaritan woman, an ancient well, a failing water filter, the Garden of Eden. What do they have in common and who is willing to dance? Strange questions that the book of John might possibly have some answers to as we continue looking at a path of deeper wisdom. Put on your dancing shoes and follow along as Jesus con…
 
Jack tries to separate the virtuous stage persona of Linda Parker, the Little Sunbonnet Girl, from the performer and alleged “juvenile delinquent” Jeanne Muenich, the Red-Headed Rascal. Songs: Linda Parker - I’ll Be all Smiles Tonight Ruth Etting - Love me or Leave Me Cumberland Ridge Runners - I’m Just Here to Get my Baby Out of Jail Red Foley - S…
 
A wedding, a garden, an age-old moral quandary, and a 150 GALLONS of the best wine you can imagine--our journey through the gospel of John brings us to John 2, the "water to wine" miracle story. More than just testing out his supernatural abilities, this origin story has Jesus flipping ancient metaphors and unsettling age-old religious traditions..…
 
Jack tries to understand and relate to the longest-running member of the National Barn Dance, Grace Wilson. Lots of good history on the early days of the Barn Dance in this episode. Jack breaks his silence on Disney animated features. Songs: Theme to the National Barn Dance Grace Wilson - Just a Little Street Patsy Cline - Bill Bailey, Won’t You Pl…
 
"In the beginning was..." The Word? The Christ? The Truth? The Dance? This week's sermon finds us back on the Four Gospel Journey to Radical Transformation (with Alexander Shaia's Heart and Mind), entering the third path in the Gospel of John. What is the nature of the universe and the nature of God, and how is it possible that those could come tog…
 
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