PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
October 10, 2019
One of the principles, Pastor Mark Batterson suggests in his book, Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God is that if we want to hear from God it is important to emotionally downshift – to slow down. We need to remove some of the noise and clutter from our lives. God is hard to hear when we are so inundated with other things.
It is much like receiving a phone call in a house with TV going, the stereo blaring, and the house full of people talking. To understand the caller, it requires asking the friends to be quiet and turning off the stereo and TV. So, it is with hearing God. It may well require removing those distractions, those areas of sin that deafen our ears to the voice of the Lord.
What are the distractions in your life? What is preventing you from hearing from God? In the midst of the busyness of life, may we take time to emotionally downshift, in order that we may turn off the distractions preventing us from hearing God’s still, small voice (like Elijah did when he was in the cave in 1 Kings 19).
TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL
Hope Community Church is excited to gather as many believers as can go, to take part in ‘Together for the Gospel,’ scheduled for April 14-20, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. This conference is for men and women, and offers some of the most compelling Christian speakers of our time. We’re seeking as many commitments as possible as early as possible to take advantage of better pricing on conference registration, transportation and hotel accomodations. Please go to https://t4g.org to get details on the conference and it’s awesome benefits - corporate worship, fellowship, singing God’s praises and an amazing selection of books and printed resources to strengthen your personal relationship with Christ and other believers. Dan Woodworth is leading this effort and you can speak with him or let Larry Roberts or Pastor Glen Holman know of your interest, at the earliest opportunity!
There will be a rally as a follow-up to the Saturate Augusta effort, to be held at Church on the Hill in Fishersville on Monday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m. All who were involved in this collaborative effort are welcome to come, worship and share successes of the day!
Kate Collins Middle School
We give thanks for the on-going donations of food for the students at KCMS. There will continue to be a box each Sunday for you to place your gifts of food, which are greatly appreciated by everyone at Kate Collins Middle School. Suggestions for appropriate snacks from Mary Adams at KCMS:
Breakfast bars; Granola Bars; Mac'n'cheese cups; Applesauce cups; Fruit cups; Crackers; Goldfish; Juice boxes and/or other healthy snacks to get them through the day, and in some cases, their weekend.
In addition to food items, Mary Adams has also asked if we can help with deodorant for boys and girls to provide for the immediate future - perhaps 10-20 of each type, as well as with clothing. Some of the most critical immediate needs have been addressed, but she has asked if we could assist with various sizes of sweatpants, ideally with drawstrings, but if not, with elastic waistbands. For middle schoolers, that may include small adult sizes as well.
MIDDLE RIVER REGIONAL JAIL DONATIONS
Clothing of Various Types Needed…
John Lilly, Program Director with Middle River Regional Jail has followed up to his visit with us to provide a letter with specifics on what is needed by those incarcerated. He mentions, “Even though the weather is warm now, it will be cold again before we know it. People are often released in winter months who came in during warm months and only have shorts and a t-shirt in their property. Another issue is that many gain weight while they are here and their clothes no longer fit properly.
In an effort to assist these folks, we are taking donations for our clothes closet. We have many more men than women, but are in need of both men’s and women’s clothing. Please keep in mind that the idea of this project is to provide people with warm clothing upon their release, so clothing that stretches or has elastic bands are great, since they can fit various sizes. We have more need for larger clothing than petite sizes (XL and above). We are currently in need of: Shoes/boots; Coats; Sweaters; Pants (sweatpants would be great); Hats; Gloves; Socks, and bras - all sizes (white, biege & tan). These would be for ladies with more time to serve and those being released.
Your assistance with this project for our men and women being released is very much appreciated. If you have any questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact me at (540) 245-5420 Ext. 1225 or ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or our Re-Entry Specialist, Mark Neeley, at (540) 245-5420 Ext. 1236 or ‘email@example.com’.
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am at Kate Collins Middle School! Pastor Glen Holman will be preaching on, “The Big 10” based on Exodus 20: 1-17. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Follow the signs!
Men’s Bible Study - The Men’s Bible Study will again meet at Panera Bread Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. Our study will continue in Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 12. Please plan on getting there a few minutes early and supporting Panera Bread, who provides this space to us at no charge.
Adult Sunday School class - You are invited to come join our adult Bible study class immediately following worship. We are studying the book of Nehemiah using the book “Nehemiah,” by Dr. Stephen Davey, to help us explore this beautiful story of God providing leadership for His people, especially in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, and calling them back into relationship with Him. Come join us, we have extra books available.
Take Them a Meal (Kathy) - Thanks again to those who have provided or who will provide a meal to the Doyle family following Kathy’s recent surgery and health challenges. There are still a couple of slots open in October and Kathy has asked that the schedule not go into November as we had previously planned. Please consider signing up to provide a meal to Kathy and Arnie as there are a couple of slots that remain open for October. Go to https://takethemameal.com/ and under Find, enter Doyle and the password 7526. Kathy is especially thankful for your continued prayers!
Hospitality Committee - We have a table specifically to greet visitors and help others to get connected to the Hope Community Church family! We have information on Salt Shakers, small groups, men's Bible study, upcoming events etc. and have a nice gift for first time guests. We always looking for volunteers to host the table and assist with cookie and coffee set-up. Please see Sarah Todd Severs or Cindy Roberts for additional information.
Help with the Elementary Sunday School Classes - Kelly continues to need your help with these classes. Please pray about volunteering and consider giving one Sunday per month or even every other month to help build this critically important program for the growth of Hope Community Church!
Dedicated Prayer Group - This small group is focused on engaging the Holy Spirit in prayer for Hope Community Church and on individual needs as they are brought to us, utilizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This group meets Tuesday evenings at 7 PM at Sid Langrall’s home (704 Pine Street in Waynesboro). Any questions should be directed to Pat Patterson.
Saturate Augusta - Please continue to pray for the people in Augusta County who have received the materials distributed on September 7th! Let us specifically pray for all those seeking to know more about Jesus, and for their salvation. In follow-up to the event, there will be a meeting of those who participated to celebrate successes and pray for our communities on October 21st at Church on the Hill in Fishersville. We’ll be gathering at 6:30 p.m.
Bless Every Home - As we prepare for Saturate Augusta, we invite you all to visit blesseveryhome.com and sign up to pray for those we will be reaching with the gospel!