PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
February 15, 2018
As we have studied the Prophet Hosea, we have discovered how much God loves us. The story of Hosea and Gomer is a story of God pursuing us, even in the midst of our sin and unfaithfulness. We are loved with an unconditional, undeserved, amazing love. We celebrated Valentine’s Day this week, which represents romantic love. But the love of God in the person and work of Jesus Christ is how love is most profoundly demonstrated!
In order to genuinely follow Jesus Christ, it takes an unswerving commitment to love one another. We read in John 13:34, “A new command I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” The Bible is clear that the world will know we are genuine in our faith by the way we exhibit authentic love toward one another. It won’t be in how good we are or how many church meetings we attend, but how we demonstrate the love of God in ministering to one another.
So, how do we love Thee, as Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote? Maybe it’s in comforting someone who is hurting from the loss of a loved one, or helping someone having struggles at the enormous task of raising a family, or by serving as a mentor or tutoring a young student in middle school!
Maybe it’s wrapping your arms around a young pregnant girl to let her know that you’ll be there to help her and to love her and the life she now carries within her. Maybe it’s reaching out to someone disenfranchised by our culture – someone who falls between the cracks.
It is my prayer that we will be known because of the ways we have discovered how to express our love for God in loving one another. And, that people will exclaim: “Behold, how they love one another!” And, this is an order of magnitude more significant than giving a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day!!
Kate Collins Middle School
In our new ministry to Kate Collins Middle School, we need those of you who would be interested in helping with tutoring/mentoring middle school students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:10pm to 4:00pm. This is an excellent way to make a difference in a young person's life! Please call Pastor Glen if you are interested!!
THIS SUNDAY- Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, on Hosea, the story of God’s amazing love! His sermon this Sunday is: “The Verdict,” based on Hosea 5:1-15.
New Member Class - We are excited to announce that the next New Members’ Class will begin this Sunday. The class is held on two consecutive Sundays (February 18th and 25th) immediately after worship, during the Sunday school hour (10:45 – 11:30 a.m.). This class is an opportunity to explore the benefits and expectations of membership in Hope Community Church. Please contact Pastor Glen or Kelly King to register for the class or if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation!!
Parenting Young Children Through Gospel Principles – A new Bible study, using David Tripp’s book, will meet every other Sunday at 2pm at the home of John & Sarah Todd Severs. Childcare will be provided. The study begins this Sunday, February 18th. Please contact Tiffany Severs to sign up and a receive study materials.
Winter Feast – PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP BY FEBRUARY 21st FOR THIS FUN EVENT! The Outreach Team is planning a spaghetti dinner at the church on Saturday, Feb 24 at 5pm. Dinner and dessert are provided and a free will offering will be taken to benefit students and staff at Kate Collins Middle School. There will be childcare with activities and pizza available in our Sunday School rooms for the evening. Mark your calendars now and plan to bring friends! RSVP for dinner and childcare to Kelly King at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 471-4551.
BAJA Mission Trip - Dan Woodworth would like to invite anyone interested or those who have questions to attend planning meetings for the trip. The mission trip will be July 8-14. The date of the next meeting is Wednesday, March 7th at Olivet Presbyterian at 7pm.
PRAYER CONCERNS & PRAISE REPORTS
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Colossians 4:2
Beth Laughlin - Please keep Beth in your prayers as she has recently been hospitalized.
Wink Brown- Please continue to pray for Wink as she recovers from gallbladder surgery last week.
George Wilson – George is now recovering at Moore Rehabilitation Center at the Woodland in Farmville, Va. Please keep him in your prayers. Cards and Notes are appreciated: 2003 Cobb Street, Farmville, VA 23901
Shirley Wright-Please keep Shirley and the Wright family in your prayers after the loss of her husband, Massie recently.
Joan Hughes- Please keep Joan in prayer for quick healing from shingles.
Paul Childers– Please keep Paul in your prayers. Thankfully, his hip surgery has been scheduled for February 21.
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. Please also pray for finances now that it is a new year with deductibles to be met.
Dixie McClenahan - Please pray for Dixie regarding some lower left leg pain. She has had an MRI and will meet with the podiatrist the end of the month.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Praise God that Don was able to go home from the hospital! Please continue to keep his recovery in your prayers and also pray for family and friends that will be his 24/7 caregivers over the next several months.
Candi Brown's father – Pray for healing in an upcoming eye surgery.
Neil & Gina (Lowell Gross’ brother & sister-in-law) - Pray for eternal comfort (salvation) and for comfort for Gina, in the recent loss of her father.
Linda Ritchie - Please keep Linda and her family in your prayers for the recent loss of her mother, Elizabeth "Libby" Wingfield.
Dillard Laughlin (brother of Beth Laughlin)-Praising God for relief of pain in his back following a cortisone shot. Please pray for a favorable employment opportunity and encouragement for his spirit.
Jason & Marcella Bennett (son and daughter in-law of John & Judy Bennett) - Please cover them in prayer regarding health concerns.
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!
HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – Please pray for God’s guidance as we discern the possible next location for our church family.
Students at Kate Collins – Pray for our upcoming meal fundraiser on 2/24 to help meet the needs of the students.
US Military - Please pray for protection for our soldiers and our country, as well as discernment for our country's leaders.
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 continues to be imprisoned in Turkey. Ruth Graham shared an update from his wife, urging everyone to continue to pray fervently for his release in the midst of this difficult time!
Other Prayer Requests:
Parker Staples (son of Cindy Roberts’ friend) – Pray for Parker, a 7-year-old diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and his parents, as Parker receives medical care at UVA. Additional prayers for fundraising efforts going on to support the family.
John (Friend of Bill Flournoy) – Pray for John who had his leg amputated recently. Pray for strength in the midst of this huge transition.
Jay Dee Clark- Pray for strength and wellness from a stubborn case of pneumonia.
Corrie Green (friend of Kelly King) – Please pray for Corrie who was diagnosed with breast cancer recently. She is in the midst of several months worth of chemo and radiation treatments. 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.
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.