PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
January 3, 2018
Philippians 2:5-11 shows us that God’s love is an entirely self-less love. Think for a moment about what Jesus did for us. Under direction from his Father, Jesus left the ultimate Comfort Zone – heaven itself . . . direct participation in the Trinity . . . and the worship and adoration of the angels. Jesus Christ left the supreme Comfort Zone and he took the longest walk a person could ever take.
But, why did he do this? He did it to stretch out a hand to people just like you and just like me. He did it to reach people, many of whom were in the middle of wrecking their lives.
In addition to taking a walk across the cosmos so that you and I could be redeemed, he also took a walk across the cosmos in order to set an example for us to follow. And these days – right here in our everyday lives – what he tries to do with us between now and heaven is to say, “What I did, leaving that comfort zone, making that trip and reaching out to you, what I did . . . is precisely what I want you to do. I want this to be characteristic of my followers, that they would be walk-across-the-room kinds of people (as Bill Hybels discusses in his book, Just Walk Across the Room: Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith). Just following my lead, doing exactly what I did . . . whenever I give them opportunity to do so.”
God says to us all today, “I am going to ask you to walk across the street; I am going to ask you to walk across a restaurant; I am going to ask you to walk across an office complex; I am going to ask you to walk across a cafeteria or locker room. I am going to ask you to take that walk, leave whatever Comfort Zone you are in and take the walk, enter the unknown – and something really exciting is going to happen. That is what I want you to do.”
It is our prayer that 2018 will be a year when we will all look for people in our neighborhoods, work places, social contacts, who need for us to walk across the room to share with them what we have discovered in our journey with Jesus Christ! So, please be praying about people you need to take the time to walk across the room!!
Roland & Faylene Beard
Roland and Faylene have once again settled back into life in the Philippines. Roland writes, "The IFL community make a special effort to pray and seek the Lord for the new year. We will be part of that effort. We are likely to meet with several pastors or leaders and their wives or husbands during the next couple weeks as well. Some of them will be working with us on the curriculum in some fashion in the near future. So, between now and the first week in January we have quite a few personal meetings with staff, children at IFL, or local community folks that will affect what occurs in the next few months. So, remember to pray for us as things unfold."
You may see updates as the year progresses here: http://www.cwm4him.org
THIS SUNDAY - Pastor Glen will deliver the message, “A Future with Hope," based on Hosea 1:1-11. Join us for worship at 9:30am. Sunday School classes resume for all ages this Sunday at 10:45am.
Annual Congregational Meeting - Please plan to attend our annual meeting on January 21st, immediately after worship.
Nursery - Thank you so much to those who have volunteered to serve in the nursery this year! You are a blessing to our church! Please look for the schedule that will be emailed in the next day or two. It will also be posted on the information board by the door at church.
HOME GROUPS – if you are not currently in a small home group and are interested in being in one, please contact Pastor Glen or Lynn Scott, our Small Group Coordinator. Please see other information about groups already meeting.
PRAYER CONCERNS & PRAISE REPORTS
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Colossians 4:2
Joan Hughes- Please keep Joan in prayer for quick healing from shingles.
Wink Brown- Please pray that necessary tests will be scheduled quickly with positive results so that her gallbladder can be removed. Also may God grant her peace as she waits for test results.
Bill Hamilton –Thank you to the congregation of Hope Community Church for prayers and support during this time of Bill's cochlear implant; especially to Ron and Pat Layne for their encouragement and support. We look forward to the activation and the joy that will bring. Blessings, Bill & Gerry Hamilton
Paul Childers– Please keep Paul in your prayers. Thankfully, his hip surgery has been scheduled for February 21.
Rose Parler – Rose would like prayer for her autoimmune disease to be in remission or in control so she can have a needed surgery on her hip. Please also pray for quick healing for Rose as she has shingles.
Shirley and Massie Wright-Please continue to keep Shirley and Massie in your prayers as Massie is under hospice care.
Dillard Laughlin (brother of Beth Laughlin)-Praising God for relief of pain in his back following a cortisone shot. Please pray for a favorable employment opportunity and encouragement for his spirit.
Jason & Marcella Bennett (son and daughter in-law of John & Judy Bennett) - Please cover them in prayer regarding health concerns.
Libby Wingfield (Linda Ritchie's mom) - Libby was transferred to Hospice of the Piedmont on Ivy Road last week. Please continue to pray for Libby and her family.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Please continue to pray for Don. He is scheduled for the transplant on Jan. 22. He will go in on Jan 16 to prepare. Pray that the transplant goes well and that his month in the hospital after and his 100 days at home after will be peaceful and without any problems.
Walter Sass (Marge’s son)– Pray for Walter with various personal challenges.
Jay & Dede Hamilton – Jay is much more engaged and able to communicate more successfully with the recent adjustment made to his hearing aids. They have decided to move forward with the plans for Jay to have a cochlear implant but to postpone the surgery until March 16. This will give time to determine Jay's quality of life with the hearing aids.
PEOPLE WHO ARE UNCHURCHED in our community; there are people all around us who need the Lord! Pray that we will truly be salt and light in Waynesboro and beyond!
US Military - Please pray for protection for our soldiers and our country, as well as discernment for our country's leaders.
Communities devastated by the recent hurricanes– Continue to pray for those who have been displaced to receive the life-giving message of the hope we have in Jesus Christ along with material and physical support.
HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – Please pray for God’s guidance as we discern the possible next location for our church family. Keep Larry Roberts in your ongoing prayers as he completes his training in becoming an Elder in our church. His term will begin January 2018.
Ruth Graham – Please continue to pray for persecuted Christians around the world. Pray also for Ruth in working to raise awareness in the Valley of our persecuted sisters and brothers.
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Brunson – EPC teaching elder Andrew Brunson has been imprisoned in Turkey for over a year. Please continue to pray for his release!
Other Prayer Requests:
Parker Staples (son of Cindy Robert's friend)- Parker is a 7 year old boy who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Please pray for Parker and his parents, Jessica and Jamie.
The family of Dr. R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries- Let's keep this family in prayer with the passing of R.C. last week.
Jay Dee Clark- Pray for strength and wellness from a stubborn case of pneumonia.
Peter Albert (friend of Beth Laughlin)-Praising God that pancreatic tumor was able to be removed the latter part of November and the healing that is occurring. Prayers of thanksgiving for his Christian witness to those he encounters.
Corrie Green (friend of Kelly King) – Please pray for Corrie who was diagnosed with breast cancer recently. She begins 8 rounds of chemo on January 5, followed by 6 weeks of radiation. Pray also for strength and encouragement for her 8 year old daughter, Marlo and husband, Chris.
Dan Conyers (friend of Blake & Marty Porter) – Please continue to keep Dan in your prayers. He has been moved to a nursing rehabilitation facility.
Joan Bundy-She sends her thanks for our prayers as she has undergone radiation treatments for breast cancer. Dan Woodworth reported that she is improving in her recovery.
If you would like to add someone to the prayer list or would like to update a prayer concern, please contact Beth Laughlin at 943-0971 or Wink Brown at 540-241-5531.