PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
November 28, 2018
As we begin this season leading up Christmas, we celebrate that God is with us. In fact, the name prophesied about the coming Messiah in Isaiah 7:14 is Immanuel, which means “God is with us”. And, Jesus is with you and me at our deepest point of need.
Some of you may be going through a valley during this season. Christmas can be one of the loneliest times of the year. We are so exhausted by all that others expect of us that we can wear ourselves out trying to live up to their expectations – when we are empty within ourselves. We all have our needy areas in life. We all have our fears. I have my struggles, too, just as do you.
God doesn’t want you to live in denial. He doesn’t want you to have to fake a smile with Him when your heart is breaking inside. Jesus knows your trials. Jesus knows your temptations. Jesus knows your unfulfilled aspirations for yourself and for your loved ones. He is inviting us to bring our needs to Him. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us, at our deepest point of need.
The God of all creation whose name is Jesus Christ (Immanuel, God with us) wants to meet you at your particular point of need during this holy season. I’d like to take a calculated guess. Even if you are right now bogged down with your own sense of need to the point that you do not feel God’s love and care, I imagine that you are able to look back to a day when God was with you and you felt His presence.
I urge you to let Jesus Christ – Immanuel, God with us – touch you at your deepest points of need now. He wants to walk through your peaks and valleys with you!
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Black
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 “The Sure Foundation,” based upon 2 Peter 1:19-21. Please read the text before worship at 9:30am. We will also have the sacrament of the Lord's Supper this Sunday. You are encouraged to read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 in preparation. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the worship service each 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.
Annual Cookie Exchange - The Hope Community Church Women’s Ministry team invites you to join us for some fun and fellowship…THIS 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. Please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to attend so we can have a head count.
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!