PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
November 30, 2017
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent comes from the Latin word, advenio, which means to come, to arrive. During Advent we not only look back to the coming of Jesus as a baby born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago but we also look to Jesus’s triumphal return.
One of the reasons Jesus came into the world, as we discover in 1 Timothy 1:15, was to “save sinners”. The word savior literally means “rescuer.” Why did Jesus Christ come? He came to rescue you and me from the past, to give us a new life in the present, and to give us a great future beyond this life!
We witnessed the devastation of several hurricanes this past season, and many of the people in Florida, Houston, and Puerto Rico needed rescuing! Do you need to be rescued? Maybe you don’t need to be rescued from the effects of a storm; but you may need rescuing from the challenges of a bad attitude, a besetting sin, an addition, skewed priorities, and the list goes on. Just ask Jesus to rescue you and He will do the rest! As the Apostle Paul shared in Romans 10:13, “For, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” – rescued!!
It is my prayer that we will also be on the lookout for people in our area (neighbors, co-workers, clerks in stores, even family members, and others) who need to be rescued, people who need a Savior . . . Jesus Christ is THE Savior of the world; He is that rescuer!! And, He came to “save sinners” . . . like you and me!
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THIS SUNDAY is the first Sunday of Advent. We hope you'll join us as we prepare our hearts for Christmas. We will also have the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. You are encouraged to read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 in preparation. Pastor Glen continues his sermon series in 1 Timothy with the message, "Show me the Money!" based on 1 Timothy 6:9-10.
Children & Youth Sunday School - The children and youth are invited to join us in the elementary classroom at the beginning of the Sunday School hour so that they may practice the songs they will be singing during the December 17th service. We hope that all the children and youth will participate! Please see Kelly King with any questions.
Adult Sunday School – This week we begin our study of Philemon. We meet in the Chapel on the 2nd floor. Each class has a stand-alone focus and message so join us for one week or the whole series!
HELP NEEDED - We are in need of someone to install a ceiling fan in one of the Sunday School rooms. Please let Pastor Glen or Kelly King know if you are able to help with this project.
Cookie Exchange - The Women's Ministry presents our annual cookie exchange outreach at Cindy Roberts' home on THIS Sunday, December 3rd at 3pm. Please join us for some fun and fellowship! Bring two 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 will be donated to the local Fire Departments. The other dozen is so that each women can leave with a variety of cookies to take home. 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 or to let her know you'll be attending.
Progressive Dinner - The church family is invited to celebrate the Christmas season as we have fun and break bread together on Saturday, December 9th! The evening will begin at 5:30pm and carpooling is encouraged. Our night ends with dessert and a white elephant RE-GIFT exchange. No gift buying please, just bring something from home to re-gift! Food is provided but if you would like to contribute a dessert, please contact Lynn Scott at (540) 447-4815. In order to prepare enough, we ask that you please sign up for the dinner by contacting Cindy Roberts at (540) 649-4448.
Appetizers: Arnie & Kathy Doyle's Home
Dinner: John & Sarah Todd Severs' Home
Dessert & Gift Exchange: Cliff & Lynn Scott's Home
Christmas Cantata - We will have a combined service with the Church of the Brethren on Sunday, December 10. The service will begin at 10:45am and we will have Sunday School at 9:30am that Sunday.
Jim Heafner Memorial Bible Study – The study meets Tuesdays at Panera Bread in Waynesboro. Men are encouraged to gather there around 6:45am to purchase breakfast and enjoy fellowship until the study begins at 7:00am.
Bible study/small group opportunity-Are you a person who would like to join a group of women and study God’s Word, pray and fellowship? We are always open to new folks, women or men. We are using The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Genesis 12 - 25: Be Obedient: Learning The Secret of Living By Faith. It is an exciting examination of the foundational truths of faith, sin and relationships through in-depth and practical study. We meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 11-12:30 at the home of Beth Laughlin, 525 Bader Ave., Waynesboro. For any further information or questions please call Beth at 943-0971.
HOME GROUPS – if you are not currently in a small home group and are interested in being in one, please contact Pastor Glen or Lynn Scott, our Small Group Coordinator. Please see other information about groups already meeting.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Children's Ministry –As we prepare for the coming new year, we ask that members prayerfully consider volunteering with our children's ministry in 2018. Let's be disciples and make disciples of the next generation in our church! Pair up with a spouse or friend and teach a class once a month or every other month. Your time with these children, eager to learn, will bless you as much as it does them! Please contact Kelly King at email@example.com, if you have questions or are available to help.
PRAYER CONCERNS & PRAISE REPORTS
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Colossians 4:2
Bill Hamilton –Bill’s cochlear implant surgery went well. He is home and recovering. Please pray that the surgery is successful and helpful.
Helen Wilson – Helen has made steady improvements and has appreciated all the prayers and support she has received.
Paige Holder- Paige’s shoulder surgery went well and he is now recovering at home. Please keep Paige & Sherry in your prayers.
Paul Childers– Let’s continue to keep Paul in our prayers as he is recovering from shingles and a bad cold.
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.
Massie and Shirley Wright – Pray for strength and balance while walking for Massie.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Please pray that Don’s white blood cells and his ANC would get high enough so that they can do the bone marrow biopsy and hopefully soon the transplant.
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!
Communities devastated by the recent hurricanes– Continue to pray for those who have been displaced to receive the life-giving message of the hope we have in Jesus Christ along with material and physical support.
HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – Please pray for God’s guidance as we discern the possible next location for our church family. Keep Larry Roberts in your ongoing prayers as he completes his training in becoming an Elder in our church. His term will begin January 2018.
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 has been imprisoned in Turkey for over a year. Please continue to pray for his release!
Other Prayer Requests:
Corrie Green (friend of Kelly King) – Please pray for Corrie who was diagnosed with breast cancer recently. Her surgery on Monday went well. She will begin treatments again in January.
Peter Albert and Julia Bradley (friends of Beth Laughlin)-Please pray for Peter undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. He is scheduled for surgery November 30 to remove the tumor on his pancreas. Julia has completed her radiation treatment for breast cancer. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. Thankfully, both are mature Christians.
Dan Conyers (Friend of Blake & Marty Porter) – Please continue to keep Dan in your prayers. He has been moved to a nursing rehabilitation facility.
Tammy Lipscomb (friend of Candi Brown) – Praise for the report of ongoing healing of her torn retina. Please pray for continued improvement of the redness in both of her eyes.
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.