PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
December 6, 2017
Several centuries ago, a Japanese emperor commissioned an artist to paint a bird. A number of months passed, then several years, and still no painting was brought to the palace. Finally, the emperor became so exasperated that he went to the artist’s home to demand an explanation. Instead of making excuses, the artist placed a blank canvas on the easel. In less than an hour, he completed a painting that was to become a brilliant masterpiece. When the emperor asked the reason for the delay, the artist showed him armloads of drawings of feathers, wings, heads, and feet. Then he explained that all of this research and study had been necessary before he could complete the painting.
Likewise, it is important for us to be prepared – to be ready for Christmas. How do you get ready for Christmas? I read a checklist for getting ready for Christmas on realsimple.com. Six months before, make family plans, buy plane tickets; two months before put activities on calendar, start baking things you can freeze, update your Christmas card list, shop for cards and wrapping paper; six weeks before, make a master gift list, make a budget, start Christmas shopping; one month before, do any on-line shopping, wrap gifts as you buy them, start addressing Christmas cards; three weeks before, mail cards, buy a tree, decorate, finalize menus, order a turkey or ham; two weeks before, make sure out-of-town presents are mailed; one week before, deep clean house, three days before, shop for fresh ingredients; set the table; two days before, start cooking, buy fresh flowers; the day before, recharge batteries on your camera or video recorder, finish last minute wrapping, finish cooking, sit back and relax, read the Christmas story with your family! How many of you make that kind of preparation list?
Bottom line, we need to get ready for the coming of Jesus – not only as a child in Bethlehem so many years ago – but in our hearts today. So, how shall we get ready for Christmas? In all four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – the ministry of John the Baptist prepares the way for the ministry of Jesus Christ.
In ancient times an envoy would be sent out to prepare for the coming of a king. They would be charged with removing all the obstacles, making a clear path, and making sure people were ready. On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. As I watched some of the footage of that event; I wondered how the various authorities in Dallas and the Secret Service had prepared for President Kennedy’s visit on that day.
John the Baptist saw his mission as preparation – as getting ready. He believed that God was about to do something BIG. Thus, he called people to repent of their immorality (their sin) and prepare for God’s coming.
Will you be ready for Christmas this year? Spend time reflecting on the places in your life in which you need to turn from some sinful behavior and turn in faith to Jesus Christ. He is ready to forgive you and continue the transforming work of His Spirit in your life!
Weekday Religious Education
Last month, Cornerstone Church hosted the Deck Your Halls holiday craft fair to benefit WRE - East Augusta of Virginia. It went well, raising approximately $1500. Please continue to pray for this ministry and the children whose lives they touch.
THIS SUNDAY we will have a special combined service with Waynesboro Church of the Brethren. Sunday School will be at 9:45am in our regular rooms on the Chapel floor. The Christmas Cantata will be at 10:45am in the COB sanctuary.
HELP! Nursery Care Needed - We need nursery volunteers during the worship service, especially over the next few weeks in December. Willing members are encouraged to contact Kelly King as soon as possible at (540) 221-1141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Sunday School – This week the adult class will begin a study of Ephesians, starting with an overview and chapter 1. We meet in the Chapel on the 2nd floor at 9:45am this week. Each class has a stand-alone focus and message so join us for one week or the whole series!
Technical 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.
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
Wink Brown- Wink was diagnosed with pancreatitis last week. She had surgery today that went well. Please pray for her ongoing healing.
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 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.