Posts from March 2020

LIFT (Virtual!)

Our Ladies in Fellowship Together are currently studying Soulspeak and will be having the last two sessions online via Zoom! Sue Schlesman is teaching the sessions. We will be meeting Monday April 13th and Monday April 27th! For the Zoom link and more infomation, contact Abi McCamant | abimccamant@gmail.com

How Can We Pray For You?

We want you to know that we are always here for you and praying for you daily. As a matter of fact, we have a team that is on the front lines of prayer every day! We would LOVE to connect with you and lift you up specifically in prayer during this difficult time! If you need prayer at any time of the day or night, please email wecare@weag.org!

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2020

Exodus 19:8 (NIV)  And all the people responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has commanded.”  The Children of Israel did not know the true state of their hearts. Though they declared their consecration, their actions throughout their wilderness journey revealed a never-ending tendency to disobey the Lord and complain about everything. Nevertheless, the Lord led them and kept them and protected them like a father for his children listening for faith to take root and transform them into…

Worship With Us Online!

Sunday services will only take place at our Online Campus at 9am and 11am until further notice. Join us in worship, prayer, and conversation at https://watch.weag.online. Check out this quick Best Practices message from our Online Pastor, John Kelly!

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile donates to a charity of your choice every time you purchase something. By using the link below every time you order, Amazon donates 0.5% of your total purchase amount to WEAG! We encourage you to start using this link when purchasing from Amazon during this time! Every little bit helps!  To purchase through Amazon Smile, click here!

Giving During COVID-19

During this stay at home order, the ability to give “in the basket” is now unavailable. Please see below various ways you can still give! Give Online Allows you to plan and prioritize your giving automatically. Give Online Now Give by Text Message Simply send a text to register and give. Text GIVE to 804.463.5008 Give by Mail or On-Site We also welcome your contribution by check in-person or by mail at: 401 N Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23229 We also have a lockbox…

Shopping for the Vulnerable

We have a large population of 60+ and immunodeficient brothers and sisters at our church. Many of them have been strongly encouraged to stay indoors during this time with COVID-19. Many of them are unable to go out to get basic necessities like food, toiletries, and many other items. Would you be willing to run out on behalf of WEAG family members to shop for them and deliver goods to their homes? If so, email jeremy@weag.org! Need assistance? Contact wecare@weag.org

Making Non-Medical Face Masks

Dorcas Daughters handmade crafts ministry is making non-medical face masks for assisted living and nursing home residents! Read below for information on how YOU can get involved! The face mask kits are available for pick up at WEAG! You will find them in the Dorcas Daughters bin in a plastic bag ready to go. This bin is located on the East side of the church at the mission’s room exterior door. It is marked by a flower pot. Inside the…

Virtual Small Groups

Social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t still connect virtually! Small Groups Pastor, Jeremy, is encouraging small groups to use whatever resource is best for them (Webex, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.) to continue to meet! If you are not already plugged into a small group and want some community during this time, click here to discover groups currently meeting online AND accepting new members! Questions? Contact groups@weag.org!

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MARCH 31, 2020

Exodus 17:6b (NIV)  So Moses struck the rock as he was told, and water gushed out as the elders look on.  Moses called that place Massah (which means “test”) because the people tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord here with us or not?” (vs 17:7). What comes out of your mouth in tough times? Do you question whether God is with you or not? When our emotions are devoid of feeling and our heads cannot find solutions, remember…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MARCH 30, 2020

Exodus 16:4a (NIV)  “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you.”  Only one month into their desert journey to the Promised Land and “the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron” (vs 2). How quickly we move from celebration and praise to murmuring and complaining! But God did not retaliate against their discontent. Instead He promised an adequate supply for all: meat in the evening and bread (manna) in the morning. God did His part…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MARCH 28, 2020

Proverbs 17:22 (MSG)  A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.  Researchers affirm this scriptural admonition and tell us that 20 seconds of a good, hardy belly laugh is worth three minutes on the rowing machine! Kids laugh an average of 400 times a day, while adults laugh about 15 times a day. The physical body experiences a “natural recuperation” when we laugh—it is able to heal itself and return to a state of…

WEAG YOUTH

Student Youth Group for Teens Until we are able to meet in person again, we will be hosting Youth Group on Instagram Live! Every Wednesday at 7pm, head over to the SEEK or ECHO Instagram page! Youth Group will include gathering together and chatting on the video, playing games, and hearing a message from a speaker. Please see directions below on how to access Youth Group on Instagram Live: SEEK Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/weagseek/ ECHO Instagram Page:  https://www.instagram.com/weagecho/ At 7pm, go to either Instagram page.…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY MARCH 26, 2020

Psalm 127:1  (NLT)  Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.   What foundation do you rest your life upon? Is Jesus the center of it all? Or do you depend primarily on your own resources and abilities in the various areas of your life? If God is your source for wisdom and understanding, then you can rest in knowing that your life is…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY MARCH 25, 2020

Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)  He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Who are your life-long traveling companions? These should be the people who encourage you, speak the truth, and impart wisdom and build your faith. But unsafe people (i.e. “fools”) drain us, are needy and dependent and unstable. The person who does life with fools is a person who will eventually be impacted by the behavior of the fool. The fool is the…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MARCH 24, 2020

Mark 3:14a (NIV)  (Jesus) appointed twelve—designating them apostles—that they might be with Him….  In God’s Kingdom, our personal relationship with Christ (i.e. being “with Him”) takes precedence over our service to Him. “If we want to keep going in effectiveness, we must keep coming in devotedness.”  That means learning to be alone and stand still (I Sam. 9:27). In addition, God’s people must understand the need for their spiritual leaders to spend time alone with God (Ex. 32:1; Ex. 24:12-16)…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MARCH 23, 2020

Matthew 11:30 (NIV)  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.  What are the signs that we might have a burnout problem? Here are some indicators: anger, impatience, lack of compassion, and insomnia. There are more, of course. The core issue is that we must tend to our souls. Jesus clearly delineated between His type of burden and all others. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly (The Message). We must receive life…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2020

Exodus 17:8, 11-12 (NIV)  While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2020

Exodus 17:1-4 (NIV)  …They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink…Then Moses cried out to the Lord “What should I do with these people?”  The perpetual conflict between the will of man and the will of God makes the “School of Submission” one of the most difficult and necessary schools of Divine Providence. Persistent refusal to submit to the sovereignty of God involves the risk of eventual open rebellion against God. Such submission may…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY MARCH 19, 2020

Exodus 16:23-36  (NLT)  He told them, “This is what the Lord commanded: tomorrow will be a day of complete rest, a holy Sabbath day set apart for the Lord…”  Obedience to God is not only expressed by consecrated activity, but also by ceasing from the efforts of self; and devotion is not only expressed by serving, but also by sitting in active contemplation and quiet worship. God gives us rest from works (Heb. 3:7-4:11), and rest in devotion (Luke 10:38-42;…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY MARCH 18, 2020

Exodus 18:3 (NLT)  Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you.”  Nobody wants to go through the “School of Need,” but God leads us into places of need so we will learn how to suffer want for the glory of God (Phil. 4:12). It can take place in the realm of the material (Matt. 6:25-34; I Kings 17:2-15), or the realm of the spiritual (Psa. 42:1-2; Isa. 44:3), or the occupational…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MARCH 17, 2020

Exodus 15:27 (NLT)  Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.  The same God who matures us through times of disappointment and tests the reality of our profession of faith also leads us into the “School of Prosperity” where we experience the Lord’s abundance. There He teaches us humility and gratitude in regard to material things (Deut. 8:6-14; II Chron . 32:22-31), spiritual things (II Cor. 12:1-10;…

COVID-19 Update from Pastor Shane

Dear WEAG Family, I have been in continual communication with our church leadership, some of our doctors, and monitoring all that our civic leaders and elected officials recommend. After much prayer and consultation, it is the collective wisdom of our Pastors, Elders and Deacons to change the way that we worship this week, with consideration for the near future. We must do what love requires of our church and community right now. For this reason, we will not be gathering at…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MARCH 14, 2020

Ephesians 6:13-14 (NIV)  Therefore,  put on the full armor of God,  so that when the day of evil comes,  you may be able to stand your ground,  and after you have done everything,  to stand.  The  “stand”  in one verse refers to the end of the conflict, whereas in the other verse it refers to the beginning.  “There must be a firm stand in the beginning if there is to be one at the end.  The necessary posture toward the…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY MARCH 13, 2020

Luke 22:31 (NIV)  “Simon,  Simon,  Satan has asked to sift you as wheat…”   Satan  “sifts”—i.e.  “he seeks to put a believer through the sieve of the pressure of circumstances and  temptation and thus bring to light any inherent propensities to failure.”  Our problem is that we usually don’t recognize that some pressures are clearly subversive attempts to lead us to abandon our faith,  our calling,  our God-given mission.  “This warfare cannot be fought in the weakness of the flesh…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY MARCH 12, 2020

Daniel 7:25  (NLT)  (Satan) will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people…”  Spiritual warfare is real.  It was real in Daniel’s day,  and it is real today.  And as we move into an increasingly  “post-Christian”  culture,  we must be aware  (and prepared)  because evil will  “by means of many instrumentalities and circumstances,  endeavor to wear out the saints.  The heart of the Christian warrior tends to faint and,  craving for peace and rest,  is tempted to a cessation…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY MARCH 11, 2020

Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)  Patient endurance is what you need now,  so that you will continue to do God’s will.  Then you will receive all that He has promised.  We live in a quick-fix and easy-answer society.  Patient endurance is not a high value when we can pick up our phone and get instant answers.  We want to fix the problem and jump back into life as usual.  But where,  then,  does patient endurance get developed?  How quickly does our faith…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MARCH 10, 2020

Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)  Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm,  for God can be trusted to keep His promise.  What is the reason this verse gives us for holding firmly onto our faith?  Simply this:  God is faithful.  He can be trusted.  When you walk through a segment of your life journey that feels like the  “valley of the shadow” (Ps. 23)  and it seems like you will never get back into the light of day, …

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MARCH 9, 2020

Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)  And let us not neglect our meeting together,  as some people do,  but encourage one another,  especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.  Why do Christians need to meet  together regularly?  The synergy created by corporate worship has power to lift us into Heaven’s throne room where we can catch a fresh glimpse of our omnipotent God and be reenergized in our spirits.  Everyday challenges have a way of draining our joy.  On…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MARCH 7, 2020

Romans 8:5 (NLT)  Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit   Consider your fixations. What do you tend to obsess over? What fears tend to take the reins in your heart and mind? You don’t have to be a slave to those thoughts and fears. Through Jesus you have power to interrupt your thoughts and redirect them. Christ has…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2020

II Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  We have about 30,000 thoughts a day. What if we took just one thought captive? “What if one thought held the power to interrupt our downward spirals and bring peace to our mental chaos?” What if we lived aware of the power of Christ in us? What if we…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY MARCH 5, 2020

Romans 12:2  (NKJV)  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind; that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.   In her new book, “Get Out of Your Head,” Jennie Allen says: “The danger of toxic thinking is it produces an alternate reality, one in which distorted reasoning actually seems to make sense.”  We have an enemy that Jesus labeled “the father of lies”…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY MARCH 4, 2020

Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)  …let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles…  How we think shapes how we live. Bad habits and troublesome patterns of living are usually rooted in ways of thinking that sabotage a healthy, Christ-centered life. We break free through the redeeming power of Jesus Christ. We throw off anything that hinders or entangles us by applying the truth of God’s Word. With more than 30,000 thoughts passing through our minds daily,…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MARCH 3, 2020

Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)  …let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith….  When life tries to beat us down with discouragement there are things that we can do. Hebrews is replete with “let us” phrases meant to teach us how to rightly respond to hardships. Do you draw near to God or isolate yourself? What is your default coping skill? Is it helpful or does it make things worse? Have you learned how to…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MARCH 2, 2020

Hebrews 4:14 (NIV)  Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  The writer of Hebrews wrote to encourage the persecuted new believers who faced such hardships that they wondered if their faith in Jesus Christ was worth it. When life hits us with crushing blows and there seems to be no answer, Hebrews reminds us that Jesus is our advocate.…
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