PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
March 7, 2018
When we hear stories of personal failure like the story of Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey recently we have a variety of feelings. How could that person do such a thing? What were they thinking? But, when we examine our own lives carefully, we recognize the brokenness in our own lives – our failures and sin.
What in your life seems broken? Perhaps, you have experienced a significant loss, a change in your status or ability. Perhaps your health has changed or a loved one is going through a stressful time. Perhaps you are experiencing brokenness in your relationship with God or, because of sin you have been estranged from God and/or others. The list goes on of the ways in which our lives may be broken.
Some of you may be rebuilding the trust in your marriage; or you may be trying to rebuild your career; or your finances; or your sense of confidence. And you’re starting to wonder if you’re dealing with an impossible situation. But Luke 1:37 says “NOTHING is impossible with God!” God specializes in impossible situations! In Acts chapter 9, Ananias was saying, “Lord, Saul is an evil man! He kills Christians! There’s no way he’s ever going to become one!”
But God made the impossible possible. On the road to Damascus, God brought that evil man, Saul, to his knees, and Saul became the great Apostle Paul. We read in Galatians 1:17 that after Paul became a Christian, he went to the land of Arabia, where over the next few years, God rebuilt his life. And he went on to become perhaps the greatest Christian leader the world has ever known.
God is in the business of turning impossible situations around. Whatever may be broken in your life, God can take it and rebuild it! May we trust God with what seem to be impossible situations in our lives and allow Him to rebuild us!
Advancing Native Missions
How can your faith in Christ transform you and the world around you? Local nonprofit Advancing Native Missions invites you to Transformed with Ravi Zacharias, Saturday, April 28, 4-6 p.m. at Charlottesville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center. We are thrilled to bring this internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and apologist to our hometown. We pray that this event will be a blessing to you! Proceeds will support young pastors in Venezuela as they go through ministerial training, answering God’s call to serve among their own communities. Tickets are on sale now at: advancingnativemissions.com/transformed
THIS SUNDAY- Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, on Hosea, the story of God’s amazing love! His sermon this Sunday is: “Reaping the Whirlwind,” based on Hosea 8:1-14.
SPRING FORWARD THIS SUNDAY! DON'T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD SUNDAY MORNING FOR DAYLIGHT SAVINGS.
Children's Ministry Change - Beginning this Sunday, we will offer an elementary class during the Sunday morning sermon in addition to our current nursery. This will provide for meaningful discipleship and special lessons for our elementary children during this time. If you are willing to teach this class once a month, please contact Kelly King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Sunday School Class - This Sunday, we will begin a study of the minor prophet, Zephaniah. We meet in the chapel on the Sunday School floor, after the worship service at 10:45am. Join us!
Easter Egg Hunt - The outreach team is planning an Easter egg hunt at the home of Cindy and Larry Roberts on Saturday, March 31 at 11am. There will be lunch, music, games, and an Easter egg hunt so invite friends and family! The congregation is asked to help by bringing empty eggs and small treats in bulk (wrapped candy, goldfish, tiny bubble jars, etc) to the church by Sunday, March 25. We will then fill eggs so that we can separate them for different age groups.
HOLY WEEK 2018
This year we will be joining with four other churches in our community to celebrate Holy Week – Shiloh Baptist Church; Union Baptist Church; Living Word Worship Center; and Pleasant View United Methodist Church. We encourage you to attend as many services as possible.
Tuesday, March 27th (7:00 p.m. Prayer Service; and 7:30 p.m. Worship Service) – Hope Community Church, host; Rev. Mark McCoy, preaching
Wednesday, March 28th (7:00 p.m. Prayer Service; and 7:30 p.m. Worship Service) – Shiloh Baptist Church, host; Rev. Otis Spellman, preaching
Thursday, March 29th (7:00 p.m. Prayer Service; and 7:30 p.m. Worship Service) – Union Baptist Church, host; Rev. Warne Dawkins, preaching
Friday, March 30th (7:00 p.m. Prayer Service; and 7:30 p.m. Worship Service) – Living Word Worship Center, host at Shiloh (as their building is not ready); Rev. Eric Strother, preaching
Sunday, April 1st (6:00 a.m. – Sunrise Service, followed by breakfast) – Pleasant View United Methodist Church, host; Rev. Glen Holman, preaching
PRAYER CONCERNS & PRAISE REPORTS
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Colossians 4:2
Wink Brown- Prayers for ongoing healing and strength in preparation for stomach surgery March 20.
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
Paul Childers– Please keep Paul in your prayers for improved blood levels so that hip surgery can be scheduled.
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 various health concerns.
Pammie (Melissa Bare's sister) - Please pray for a successful surgery and recovery for Pammie, and pray especially for her blood clotting condition.
Jay & Dede Hamilton – Jay will have cochlear implant surgery on March 16th. Please pray for a successful surgery and recovery for better hearing, no memory loss from anesthesia, and peace for him and the family.
Family of Ken Wilson (Oscar Graham's former father-in-law)- Please keep this family in your prayers after Ken's passing today.
Ruth Graham - Please keep Ruth and her family in your prayers after the loss of her father, Rev. Dr. Billy Graham, on Wednesday, February 21.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Please pray for Don as he has developed CMV, that they would be able to control and hopefully rid him of this virus.
Candi Brown's mom – Please pray for Candi’s mom as she hurt her back caring for her father.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Glenna Cash – Please keep Glenna in your prayers.
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 has reached the half way mark of her chemo treatments and is doing well. Pray also for continued 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.