PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
March 27, 2019
Last year, we focused as a congregation on hearing from God. We utilized Pastor Mark Batterson’s book, Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God. As we discovered, there are many ways we hear from God; however, primarily we hear God’s voice through His Word recorded in the 66 canonical books of the Bible.
One of the principles we discovered in our study was that God doesn’t always appear to us with a BIG display. God reveals himself by letting us know He’s right here. But, we have to be quiet enough to hear Him. As we learn in the dramatic story of God speaking to Elijah outside of a cave (1 Kings 19), God’s power was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. His power was in His word – the still, small voice of God.
The quiet whisper of God was so holy that Elijah had to wrap his face in a cloak. It was so powerful that it changed his entire focus. Many of us need to rediscover God through the pages of his written Word, where He speaks with a gentle and quiet voice.
As a congregation, we have corporately listened for God’s voice for over a year about our next steps. At our congregational meeting last Sunday, we responded to God’s whisper to move our worship location to Kate Collins Middle School, as well as to pursue a growth strategy, including allocation of extra monies for two significant staff additions. It now behooves us to continue to be attentive to God’s whisper as we make this significant change in our life together. And, as God has already blessed us (amazingly!), may He continue to use us to be a blessing in our community and beyond! I stand on tiptoe to see what God has in store for us in this exciting season!!
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THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen’s message will be, “What’s in Your Eye?,” based upon Matthew 7:3-5. 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 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.
Children’s Ministry - We especially need volunteers to help in the nursery on Easter Sunday, April 21. As of now, we do not have enough to offer a nursery and an elementary class. We usually have more visitors on this holiday so it’s very important that we be prepared. Members are encouraged to contact Kelly King if you are willing to serve in this way: firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 221-1141.
Holy Week - We are invited once again to join Shiloh Baptist Church, Union Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, and Living Word Worship Center in Holy Week services:
Tuesday, April 16th - Shiloh Baptist Church, hosting; Pastor Glen preaching
Wednesday, April 17th - Union Baptist Church, hosting, Pastor Mark McCoy preaching
Thursday, April 18th - Pleasant View United Methodist Church, hosting, Pastor Warne Dawkins preaching
Friday, April 19th - Living Word Worship Center, hosting, Pastor Otis Spellman preaching
Sunday Sunrise Service - Hope Community Church hosting at Shiloh Baptist Church, Pastor Eric Strother preaching
Weekday services will begin with a Prayer & Praise Service at 7:00 p.m. and the Worship Service will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:00 a.m. An offering will be collected at each of the services. Also, anyone interested in participating in the “Community Choir” may attend rehearsals April 4th and 11th at 7:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church and on Saturday, April 13th at Noon also at Shiloh Baptist Church. Please pray that God will be preparing our hearts for these uplifting services.
Easter Party & Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 20th at 10am at the Roberts’ home: 16 Crystal Springs Lane, Fishersville. Invite friends and family and come out for a pizza lunch with games, music, treats and hundreds of eggs to find! If you are willing to donate items for the goody bags, please give those to Gail Fisher at church. Also, please let us know if you are planning to come or willing to help so that we can be prepared: email@example.com.
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking to fill 2 part-time, paid positions:Youth Ministries Intern and Church Administrator/Assistant Pastor. Those interested should contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit a resume.
Seeking Caregiver Position - Carolyn Taylor would like to work part-time for disabled adult(s) in the Waynesboro area. Her phone number is: (540) 943-0971.