PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
April 11, 2018
My earliest memory was when I was 2 ½ - when my brother was about to be born, and I can remember the experience of waiting in the waiting room with my maternal grandparents, waiting for Don to be born. What I actually remember is the swivel seats in the waiting room and a huge telephone in the corner of the room. That phone had a huge rotary dial. Do you remember those phones? I can still remember my grandparent’s telephone number (AX1-9731).
We’ve come a long way since then. The phones that seemed so futuristic just a few years ago are a reality today. In fact, we take them for granted. I often wonder, what did we do before cell phones? It was a big thing to just have a phone when my mom and dad were growing up in the depression. If you went out of town you just didn’t talk on the phone. My mom has told me many times about the party line she was on.
It was 1984 – the year I graduated from seminary (not too long ago, right?!) – that Motorola came out with the first mobile telephone. It cost $4,000 – it was about the size of a brick and weighed about that much. It only went 30 minutes on a charge. And only the “rich and famous” had one. I can still remember riding in the car of a businessman, with a phone in his car. I was so impressed! But he was rich; I would never have a phone like that.
But now everyone has a telephone. Everything is cellular these days. Some people don’t even have the old LAN lines anymore. Think of all the things your phone can do – memory, pictures, e-mail capability . . . and all those apps with weather, maps, restaurant information, and the list goes on! Think of the way technology has changed. The technology of the telephone got me to thinking about God calling. God is calling. What does it mean to be called by God; what does God call us to; and, are we listening?
This Sunday we will once again reflect on the importance of hearing from God. Please be praying about what God is calling us as a congregation to do as we move into the next chapter in our life together.
ComfortCare Women's Health
DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP....COMING UP, ON MAY 5TH:
Our community is coming together once again to gather support and increase awareness so that ComfortCare can serve the community for another year!
By participating in The Stride for Life, you give women education, equip them with resources, and empower them to make healthy life decisions. The funds raised during this event provide life-saving services to families in our area through pregnancy testing, pregnancy confirmation through ultrasound, medical consultation, peer counseling on pregnancy options, sexual risk avoidance education, parenting enrichment skills, and healing and hope through our post-abortion Bible study. ComfortCare Women’s Health does not perform or refer for abortion, ever. All ComfortCare services are provided FREE to each patient regardless of race, religion, income, or health insurance status.
Show your support by sponsoring a fellow church member! Or better yet, grab your own sneakers to get on board with us to stride in person or in spirit! Let's rally together for the babies, mothers, and fathers of this great community!
You can sign up to join our Hope Community Church team here: http://www.supportcc.org/stride-augusta/
THIS SUNDAY- Pastor Glen's sermon this Sunday is: “God Speaks,” based on Genesis 1:1-5. Please read the text before worship at 9:30am. Sunday School for all ages is at 10:45am on the Chapel floor.
New Adult Sunday School Class - The adult Sunday school class will begin a study of the gospel of Mark, this Sunday, April 15th. Mark accompanied Peter and was believed to be his writer, so this gospel was very accurate in reporting Peter’s account as an apostle of Christ’s. It is beautiful story of the life of Jesus and we will have Timothy Keller’s book, Jesus the King (formally entitled King’s Cross) available to assist in our study of Mark. Come join us in the chapel at 10:45am, immediately following worship.
Children's Ministry Change - We now have an elementary class during the Sunday morning sermon in addition to our current nursery. This provides 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.