PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
October 3, 2019
Part of our vision as a congregation is to “GROW in faith.” In order to grow in faith, we need to be connected to the Vine, our Lord Jesus Christ! A vine is only useful for one thing. It is to bear fruit. Jesus declared in John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches . . .” The branches belong to the vine. What Jesus is saying is that the one reason we exist – the reason we have been taken out of the wild vine and grafted onto the true vine, Christ Himself – is that we might bear much fruit. Fruit is the only useful product of the vine. It is useless apart from that.
What is that fruit? Paul tells the Church at Galatia in Galatians 5:22-23 that the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This fruit is basically Christ’s character! The reason why the Church exists is that we might bear fruit, that we might be Christ-like, so that we might know Him and live in Him, and make Him known to the nations.
I used to enjoy the opening dialogue of Mission Impossible where they would always say “this is your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it.” Our mission, if we choose to accept it, is that we are a church called by Christ to each other for this city of Waynesboro, Augusta County, and for the world. Shall we choose to accept that mission?
So where are you in relation to the Vine? Are you connected? Are you growing personally in your faith? If not, maybe you need to allow God to prune you in order that you might bear fruit. Maybe you need to allow God to burn the priorities that you have established (maybe even unknowingly) and choose to establish God’s priorities for your life. Maybe you need to connect with a small group, a Bible study, or a discipleship triad. If you would like to know more about these types of groups or how to get connected, please ask me.
Jesus is the Vine. We are the branches. Apart from Him we can do nothing. Therefore, let’s stay connected in order to bear much fruit!
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 7th 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 ‘email@example.com’ or our Re-Entry Specialist, Mark Neeley, at (540) 245-5420 Ext. 1236 or ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am at Kate Collins Middle School! Pastor Glen Holman will be preaching on, “The Joy of Shared Leadership” based on Exodus 18: 1-27. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Follow the signs!
Update on Youth (Mike Adams) - This Sunday, October 6th, the Hope Community Church Youth Group will be meeting at the Fort Defiance High School stadium parking lot at 5:15 for a quick tailgate party (food) and then on to ‘Fields of Faith'! Fields of Faith is a program of the Fellowship of Christian Atheletes and is a peer-to-peer movement where students from across the nation and the world gather on their school’s atheletic field to share stories and challenge one another to apply the Bible as their ‘game plan for life.’ Former JMU Quarterback Vad Lee will be the guest speaker.
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you”
God bless all of YOU for supporting the Youth and Outreach to the City Of Waynesboro. Prayer is critical. Please pray for God’s annointing/blessing on the Youth Group, pray for the city of Waynesboro - For a great awakening in the City and Revival for God’s people.
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 (Julie & Nina) - Thank you to everyone who has already provided a meal or who is signed up to provide a meal to the Woosley’s following the birth of their son, as well as to the Gross’ following Nina’s surgery! Both Julie and Nina’s meal schedules are full! What a blessing you are and have been to these families. Praise God!
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 met this past Monday at 7 PM, but will be moving back to Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM. They will continue to meet at Sid Langrall’s home. 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 7th at Church on the Hill. 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!