PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
February 20, 2019
We recognized January 20th as the National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday with a visit from a representative of ComfortCare Women’s Health. Since then, we have been collecting baby bottles with spare change and other donations to support this wonderful ministry in our community which supports life!
Our denomination (Evangelical Presbyterian Church) also supports the sanctity of human life. The following is a recent statement made by our denomination’s National Leadership Team, specifically responding to recent legislation in New York that loosens restrictions on abortion, as well as judicial action around the country that has weakened protections of the unborn.
"In light of recent legislation at the state level regarding abortion, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church continues to strongly and unequivocally affirm the dignity and value of every human life—born and unborn.
The EPC’s Position Paper on Abortion states that the Bible does not distinguish between prenatal and postnatal life. It attributes human personhood to the unborn child. This extends to the unborn child ex utero as no less a human being than the child in the mother’s womb.
Since abortion was legalized in the United States in 1973, more than 61 million Americans have been denied the rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This concept is such a fundamental principle that it appears in the very first sentence of the Declaration of Independence, written almost 250 years ago.
Yet even more fundamental is the truth of Scripture, which was written more than 2,000 years ago and very clearly teaches that life begins at conception. To wit:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV).
“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth” (Psalm 139:15 NIV).
“Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name” (Isaiah 49:1 NIV).
“for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born” (Luke 1:15 NIV).
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth
was filled with the Holy Spirit” (Luke 1:41 NIV).
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church grieves over the murder of more than 61 million unborn children who were made in the image of God. We also stand in strong opposition to the legal and political decisions that have led to this tragedy. At the same time, we will continue to offer a loving and supportive community to those who have experienced physical, emotional, or spiritual wounds as a result of undergoing an abortion (or placing a child for adoption), and support those groups, parachurch ministries, and sponsoring agencies that offer viable alternatives to abortion."
ComfortCare Women’s Health
For more ways to support this important ministry in our community, visit: https://www.supportcc.org
Jon & Jennie Justine (Thailand)
Please continue to keep the Justine family in prayer as they are in the process of adopting another child from China! They are currently awaiting news of a medical expedite on their final paperwork from the US Embassy.
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen’s message will be, “The Day is Coming,” based on 2 Peter 3:10-13. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided in our regular rooms on the Chapel floor during the worship service this Sunday.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor, immediately following the worship service. We are now studying I Corinthians 12-14 for an in depth study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they relate to God’s people individually and the church today. Come join the discussion.
ComfortCare Baby Bottle Campaign - Please remember to return your bottles to Pat Layne, at the church, as soon as possible.
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking a Youth Ministries Intern to lead a dynamic youth program. Those interested should contact the church at (540) 471-4551.