PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
December 19, 2017
Chuck Swindoll shares in his book, The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart, “according to a legend, Satan and his demons were having a Christmas party. As the demonic guests were departing, one grinned and said to Satan, ‘Merry Christmas, your majesty.’ At that Satan replied with a growl, ‘Yes, keep it merry. If they ever get serious about it, we’ll all be in trouble.’ Well, we need to get serious about it. It is the birth of the Baby. But it is not just the coming of a Baby; it is the coming of God. It is the intervention of God’s presence among men and women.”
Friends, the promise of a Savior changes everything!
For the busy and directionless – direction
For the busy and striving – grace
For the busy and tired – rest
For the busy and battle scarred – peace
For all of us – a baby
Do you need God to enter your busy world?
Do you need God to walk in the midst of your busyness?
Do you need God to sit in times of quiet with you?
Do you need God to share His wisdom with you?
We need God with us.
Not apart from us.
And his name is Immanuel – God with us. We can trust him – TODAY!
Ramsey and Heather Persing
The prayer this year for Cru was that every WVU “people group” would know someone who truly follows Christ. God is answering that prayer! Erica, a sophomore who accepted Christ at the Fall Retreat last year, has joined a sorority in hopes of building relationships and sharing the Gospel with girls who don’t know Jesus. Last year Cru had no Bible studies in any of the sororities, but so far this year they have studies in two sororities with 19 students involved! Praise God!
Please continue pray for the Persing’s daughter, Maisie. A little less than a year ago, Maisie had an overnight EEG to test for possible seizures. Praise Jesus that test came back normal! However, that EEG started a series of tests and doctor visits to find out why Maisie has not been developing as she should. Since March they have travelled to Pittsburgh about twice a month to see seven different specialists. These trips have been very expensive and they ask that as you pray, please also consider supporting them financially. Heather writes, “… Jesus has been our constant in the midst of so much uncertainty, and He will provide for all our needs.”
If you would like to give a special gift, you can do so online at: https://give.cru.org/0583325 or send a check made out to Cru to 92 Estate Dr Morgantown, WV 26508.
THIS SUNDAY, CHRISTMAS EVE-
9:30am Worship Service: Pastor Glen will deliver a message, “His Glorious Name,” based on Psalm 72:1-19.
5:00pm Candlelight Evening Service: We hope you'll join us for this special service and invite family and friends! It's a great time to invite those who are unchurched!
Sunday School - There will be no Sunday School this Sunday or next Sunday, New Years Eve.
Annual Congregational Meeting - Please plan to attend our annual meeting on January 21st, immediately after worship.
Nursery Care Needed - We need nursery volunteers during the worship service in 2018. Willing members are encouraged to contact Kelly King as soon as possible at (540) 221-1141 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Joan Hughes- Please keep Joan in prayer for quick healing from shingles.
Wink Brown- Please pray for healing from her recent hospitalization due to pancreatitis. She is currently at home resting comfortably.
Bill Hamilton –Thank you to the congregation of Hope Community Church for prayers and support during this time of Bill's cochlear implant; especially to Ron and Pat Layne for their encouragement and support. We look forward to the activation and the joy that will bring. Blessings, Bill & Gerry Hamilton
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– Please keep Paul in your prayers, as he finally has an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon on December 27th!
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.
Shirley and Massie Wright-Please continue to keep Shirley and Massie in your prayers as Massie is under hospice care.
Dillard Laughlin (brother of Beth Laughlin)-Please pray for healing and reduction in pain from back problems. May he also experience encouragement for his mind and spirit during these difficult times.
Jason & Marcella Bennett (son and daughter in-law of John & Judy Bennett) - Please cover them in prayer regarding health concerns.
Libby Wingfield (Linda Ritchie's mom) - Please pray for Libby at UVA receiving radiation treatments. She will be moved to Albemarle Health and Rehab center where she will be taking therapy.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Please continue to pray for Don who has been hospitalized again with a fever. Pray that the doctors would find the cause of the fever and be able to do the transplant soon.
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!
US Military - Please pray for protection for our soldiers and our country, as well as discernment for our country's leaders.
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:
The family of Dr. R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries- Let's keep this family in prayer with the passing of R.C. last week.
Jay Dee Clark- Pray for strength and wellness from a stubborn case of pneumonia.
Peter Albert and Julia Bradley (friends of Beth Laughlin)-Please pray for Peter undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. Surgery was completed to remove the tumor from his pancreas and waiting for results. Julia has completed her radiation treatment for breast cancer. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. Thankfully, both are mature Christians.
Corrie Green (friend of Kelly King) – Please pray for Corrie who was diagnosed with breast cancer recently. She will begin 8 rounds of chemo in January, followed by 6 weeks of radiation. Pray also for strength and encouragement for her 8 year old daughter, Marlo and husband, Chris.
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.