PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
January 31, 2018
I pass a church building almost every day; and occasionally they have a sign up, which states, “REVIVAL . . . EVERY NIGHT at 7:30 p.m.” The fact of the matter is that we cannot plan for “revival”. God sends revival to a particular area in His timing and plan. Revival or awakening trace back to the biblical metaphors for the infusion of spiritual life in Christian experience by the Holy Spirit. Dr. Richard Lovelace suggests in his book, Dynamics of Spiritual Life, “Usually these are synonymously for broad scale movements of the Holy Spirit’s work in renewing spiritual vitality in the church and fostering its expansion in mission and evangelism.
Most great revivals and awakenings throughout history have included a variety of phases, which precede the powerful movement of God’s Spirit. Historically, most great revivals have been started by a group of people genuinely seeking God’s face in concerted prayer and fasting, becoming conscious of its sin, repenting of sin, and longing for a new outpouring of God’s grace.
As we move through this next phase of our life together, I want to challenge us to be such people . . . that seek God’s face in prayer and fasting, become conscious of our individual and corporate sin, repent of that sin, and have a longing for a new outpouring of God’s grace.
I also challenge us to be a people who are ready to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). There are so many people in our own neighborhoods, work places, and social gatherings that do not know the Lord. So, I pray we will be a blessing wherever we are.
God is opening up doors for us to make a difference in the lives of people right here in Waynesboro and Augusta County. May we take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves, and continue to seek the Lord for revival in our area!!!
Advancing Native Missions
ANM has a new leadership team. Bo is now their "global ambassador". Oliver Asher is the new president, Dick Prins is the new CEO and George Ainsworth is the new COO. They would deeply appreciate prayers for the smooth adjustment to new leadership styles and unity throughout the staff.
ANM needs your prayers. The thousands of native missionaries whom we are privileged to serve need your prayers. It all begins with prayer. We invite you to become intercessors for the nations. May God bless you on that journey. To download the 31-day guide to praying for native missionaries please visit: https://advancingnativemissions.com/pray/
THIS SUNDAY- Ruth Graham will share a message from Luke 24. Join us for worship and plan to stay for Sunday School at 10:45am!
New Member Class - We are excited to announce that the next New Members’ Class will be on two consecutive Sundays (February 18th and 25th) immediately after worship, during the Sunday school hour (10:45 – 11:30 a.m.). This class is an opportunity to explore the benefits and expectations of membership in Hope Community Church. Please contact Pastor Glen or Kelly King to register for the class or if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation!!
Parenting Young Children Through Gospel Principles – A new Bible study, using David Tripp’s book, will meet every other Sunday at 2pm at the home of John & Sarah Todd Severs. Childcare will be provided. The study begins on Sunday, February 18th. Please contact Tiffany Severs or Kelly King to sign up and a receive study materials.
Adult Sunday School Class - We are continuing our study of Ephesians this week, in Chapter 4. We meet in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor. Join us!
Winter Feast – The Outreach Team is planning a spaghetti dinner at the church on Saturday, Feb 24 at 5pm. Dinner and dessert are provided and a free will offering will be taken to benefit students and staff at Kate Collins Middle School. There will be childcare with activities and pizza available in our Sunday School rooms for the evening. Mark your calendars now and plan to bring friends! RSVP for dinner and childcare to Kelly King at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 221-1141.
Tutors Needed – We are looking for people willing to tutor a few students at Kate Collins Middle School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:10pm-4:00pm. Pastor Glen will meet with tutors in advance to discuss this ministry opportunity. Please contact Pastor Glen or Kelly King if interested.
ComfortCare Baby Bottle Campaign – Please return your bottles to the box by the door at church or to Ron & Pat Layne’s home, as soon as possible.
Attendance - Someone asked about our worship attendance trends over the last few years. The following is a chart with that information. As you will notice, we need to increase our outreach efforts in order to make more of an impact in our community! May God continue to multiply our efforts in reaching out to our neighbors!
PRAYER CONCERNS & PRAISE REPORTS
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Colossians 4:2
George Wilson – Please pray for George who has recently been hospitalized at UVA.
Shirley Wright-Please keep Shirley and the Wright family in your prayers after the loss of Massie this week. A memorial service is planned for February 7th at 11am in the sanctuary of Waynesboro Church of the Brethren.
Kathy & Arnie Doyle – Praise for successful outcome for Arnie's hand surgery done on Monday 1/22. And, please pray for Kathy in her upcoming appointment with her cardiologist next Monday, Feb 5.
Joan Hughes- Please keep Joan in prayer for quick healing from shingles.
Wink Brown- Wink's scope procedure was completed successfully. Please pray that any additional needed interventions be simple to take care of the growth so that her gallbladder can be removed.
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 finances now that it is a new year with deductibles to be met.
Dixie McClenahan - Please pray for Dixie regarding some lower left leg pain. She has had an MRI and will meet with the podiatrist the end of the month.
Ted Brown – Praise for his new local job with Waynesboro city in the water division.
Candi Brown's father – Pray for healing in an upcoming eye surgery.
Neil & Gina (Lowell Gross’ brother & sister-in-law) - Pray for eternal comfort (salvation) and for comfort for Gina, in the recent loss of her father.
Linda Ritchie - Please keep Linda and her family in your prayers for the recent loss of her mother, Elizabeth "Libby" Wingfield.
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.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Praise God that Don’s transplant was successful! Please continue to pray for him as he heals. He will be in the hospital for five weeks and then home with 24/7 care for 100 days. Please pray that this will destroy the leukemia for good!
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!
HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – Please pray for God’s guidance as we discern the possible next location for our church family.
Larry Roberts – a huge praise that Larry responded to God's call and was installed last Sunday as one of our elders. May we as a congregation continue to pray for Larry and our other church leaders/staff.
Students at Kate Collins – Pray for our upcoming meal fundraiser on 2/24 to help meet the needs of the students.
US Military - Please pray for protection for our soldiers and our country, as well as discernment for our country's leaders.
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 continues to be imprisoned in Turkey. Ruth Graham shared an update from his wife, urging everyone to continue to pray fervently for his release in the midst of this difficult time!
Other Prayer Requests:
Parker Staples (son of Cindy Roberts’ friend) – Pray for Parker, a 7-year-old diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and his parents, as Parker receives medical care at UVA. Additional prayers for fundraising efforts going on to support the family.
John (Friend of Bill Flournoy) – Pray for John who had his leg amputated recently. Pray for strength in the midst of this huge transition.
Jay Dee Clark- Pray for strength and wellness from a stubborn case of pneumonia.
Corrie Green (friend of Kelly King) – Please pray for Corrie who was diagnosed with breast cancer recently. She is in the midst of several months worth of chemo and radiation treatments. 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.