Pastor Glen's Blog
November 9, 2017
Last Sunday, I was wonderfully surprised when Tiffany Severs came forward during announcements in worship and gave me the gift for Pastor’s Appreciation Month. I want you to know that I was touched by the kindness and generosity of our congregation! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!
One of the greatest things we can do is remember to say “Thank You!” We can thank those who serve us in restaurants, stores, other businesses, our places of employment, and in our homes with our families. It really makes a difference!
It is my prayer that we all cultivate a spirit of thankfulness in our lives. I would like to encourage us to ultimately give God the thanks He deserves. He is the source of all the blessings in our life. Thankfulness may not be natural, but it becomes easier as we practice. Here are a few practical ways to offer thanksgiving this week:
- Spend some time this week making a list of how God has blessed you and then thank Him for each of those things.
- Put a thankfulness reminder in your calendar to make thanksgiving a regular habit. The more you do it the more natural it will become.
- Be spontaneous and write God an appreciation note sometime. Spontaneous praise is a sign of spiritual sensitivity. God enjoys our spontaneous praise.
May we all be thankful for the blessings God pours out in our lives!
CCWH had a very successful annual fundraising banquet last month, with guest speaker, David Bereit. The theme this year was "Life: A Story Worth Telling." We all have a story and because of the story of Christ, we are all offered love, freedom, and redemption. They received additional funds just after the banquet and are praising God that the total raised so far is $96,241 of their $100k goal! Thank you to members of Hope Community Church who participated in the event this year! If you'd like more information about how you can donate or get involved in this life-saving ministry in our community, please contact Renee Craig.
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.
THIS SUNDAY Pastor Glen will continue our "Guarding the Truth" sermon series based on 1 Timothy. This Sunday's sermon, "True Contentment”- is based on 1 Timothy 6:6-8.
Adult Sunday School – We are studying the book of Colossians and this week will focus on Chapter 2. 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!
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – Thank you to Ruth Graham for helping to organize and to all who participated in the prayer gathering at Expo last Sunday. If you were unable to attend, more information can be found at: https://www.persecution.com
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 –Please see the information table in the back, on Sunday morning, to view the current volunteer schedule and see if you can fill in on any of the Sundays we need help. We appreciate our volunteers and know you’ll be blessed by your time with these amazing little people! Members are encouraged to contact Kelly King at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you 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.
Deborah Kleinschuster- Healing is proceeding nicely from recent foot surgery and she thanks all for their prayers.
Paige Holder- Paige’s shoulder surgery went well and he is now recovering at home. Plese 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 continue to pray for Don whose is undergoing treatments for leukemia again. He has been fighting an infection and now pneumonia. It has been a very tough time for him this round. Debby is very grateful our continued prayers.
Sandy King (Sam King’s mother) – Please keep Sandy in your prayers as she begins physical therapy on her wrist.
Walter Sass (Marge’s son)– Pray for Walter with various personal challenges at this time.
Jay & Dede Hamilton – Please pray for Jay who is scheduled for a cochlear implant 12/5, pending the last complete physical exam and tests in November. Pray for new friends, a church they can call home, and encouragement.
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:
Beverly (mother of Sam King's friend) - Hospitalized this week, undergoing tests. Please keep Beverly and her son, Tre, in your prayers as doctors try to determine her condition.
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. Prayers also for Julia who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is receiving radiation through the first weekend November. 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.