PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
November 21, 2018
Tomorrow we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day as a nation. As we celebrate, may we change our focus from fears and problems, complaints and “if onlys,” to the joy that comes from counting God’s blessings and saying “Thank you.”
Whenever I have gone through a particularly trying experience, or had a brush with a life-threatening situation, I find myself noticing things like the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley, the smell of our kitchen when Kim is making one of my favorite dishes!
Being aware of my mortality makes me suddenly thankful just to be alive. Things that usually bother me don’t seem to matter. I say to God: Thank you for everything!
We read in 1 Thessalonians 5:16: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
This text reveals that Christians are to live with a spirit of continual thanksgiving. In fact, this text is given as a command. We are to give thanks is ALL circumstances! That is not always easy; thanksgiving is not about our outward circumstances but about the source of joy, which is God himself!
Living with a pessimistic attitude is no fun. So, as we prepare for Thanksgiving, I invite us to consider how obeying this command to
Give thanks in all circumstances . . . can lead to genuine joy . . . the fruit of joy, which ultimately comes from knowing God through our Lord Jesus Christ!
Advancing Native Missions (ANM)
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen continues his new sermon series entitled, “Pursuing Spiritual Maturity” based upon 2 Peter. His message this Sunday, will be “Cornerstone of Our Faith,” based upon 2 Peter 1:16-18. Please read the text before worship at 9:30am. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the worship service each Sunday.
Sacrament of Baptism - We rejoice with the Lucas family as they present their son, Joshua Lucas to be baptized this Sunday.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor immediately following worship! Over the next several weeks we are studying chapter 5-7 which look at topics important to the church today, particularly sexual immorality and principles of marriage. Come join the discussion.
Thank You! - Beth Laughlin was SO grateful for all the help folks gave in removing debris after the ice storm last week, especially Cliff Scott!
Housing Help (Note from Roland & Faylene Beard) - We are selling our house beneath us and need a room to write curriculum, sleep, and keep what is not in storage from middle December to our departure to the Philippines in middle January. We won't be there all the time, but need a local anchor place. If you are able to help please contact them at: (434) 981-3642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate Collins Middle School - There is an urgent need for healthy, non-perishable snacks (fruit cups, nabs, breakfast bars, etc) for students in need at Kate Collins Middle School. Please contact Cindy Roberts or bring your donations to church this Sunday!
Annual Cookie Exchange - The Hope Community Church Women’s Ministry team invites you to join us for some fun and fellowship…Sunday, December 2 at 3pm at Cindy Roberts’ home (16 Crystal Springs Rd, Fishersville). Bring a few dozen cookies (with a recipe card and a story if you have it!), a finger food to share and a friend as well! One dozen cookies will go to local first responders and one will be to share with the group. We’ll also have door prizes so don't miss out on all the fun! Call Marty Porter at (540) 471-2619, if you have any questions.