WOC believes that the greatest way to live is in the purposes of God. All of our weekly activities and weekend services are geared toward helping those who participate to become more fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. In this setting, the God-opportunities and invitations are vast.
Focus events are when, as a congregation, we turn our efforts outward to be a blessing to our community—working together diligently to share the gift of Christ’s love with those around us.
Community-Wide Easter Celebration
Over ten years ago, WOC embarked to make Easter a community-wide service. The church packed up its campus, including staging, audio-visual, musical and children’s ministries equipment, reloaded it into Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center for Easter services, and began with one service on Sunday morning in one section of the arena. Over the years, the size and scope of the service grew into occupying the entire arena and then expanding into two service offerings.
Hundreds of volunteers devote scores of hours to packing, loading, transporting, and setting up children’s spaces that will host hundreds of children during the services. Several hundred more volunteers care for the children while even more set up staging, media, and serve as ushers and greeters to our guests. All told, this event has become one of the most exciting endeavors we undertake. Easter 2014, we returned to the WOC campus for Easter, holding multiple services over the weekend. Whether at home or another venue, our community-wide Easter services are a special time to lift up the name of Jesus as Lord.
National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations. Prayer is a cornerstone of WOC; groups meet at the church to pray every day, and we recognize the National Day of Prayer by gathering as a congregation to pray for our government, families, the military and the church.
The end of October is a highly valued time of the year to a very important segment of our community – our children! In an effort to provide an environment where children from all over the community can come with adults and enjoy all the games, inflatables, popcorn, cookies and candy they can have, WOC hosts our annual Harvest Hoedown. “Hoedown” has proved to be the most popular gift we can offer our area. Several hundred volunteers help to make this a great joy each October.
Each December, the malls are filled with many rushing and tired Christmas shoppers, thankful to have found presents for their lists, but wishing for help to get them ready for the tree. WOC is delighted to provide several hundred ‘elves’ to wrap their packages at no charge. Our local mall provides the space, which we rent and transform into a complete Free Christmas Gift Wrapping Center. During a four-week window, we merrily wrap thousands of mall-purchased gifts, singing all the way, and encouraging every shopper to have a blessed Christmas. It is our gift to the community!