PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
September 5, 2019
When you get to heaven is anybody going to thank you for something that you did to help move them toward God or toward Jesus Christ? Thank you for not keeping it a secret! Thank you for passing it on! What is more important than that?
We read in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Friends, we are called to be witnesses. I would suggest that there are four possible responses to this call to be Christ’s witnesses everywhere. We can say like Moses, who me? Or we can say like Jonah, not me. Or we can say, like Jeremiah, why me? Or we can say, like Isaiah, send me. Send me Lord. Let those who know, tell those who don't.
Friends, we have an opportunity to participate in D-Day – Delivery Day – for Saturate Augusta this Saturday, September 7th. It is my prayer that every one of us will participate in some way in this exciting endeavor. We can be part of a team delivering the Jesus Film and the other evangelistic materials; we can show up and pray at Panera Bread between 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; or if nothing else, we can ALL pray that as the materials are distributed, God will draw people to our Savior!! May God use ALL of us to be Christ’s witnesses wherever we go!! May someone thank us for helping move them toward Jesus Christ!!
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Just two days away now, for Hope Community Church to go into the Waynesboro mission field to Saturate Augusta on Saturday, September 7th, as one of nearly 40 area churches. It’s a dedicated initiative to put the Jesus DVD into 50,000 households in this county, and our commitment to several Waynesboro neighborhoods is just a small part of the overall effort. Included within the DVD are three videos, one of Jesus through eyewitness accounts; one from Mary Magdalene’s perspective, and the other through the eyes of children who may have lived during the time of Jesus’ ministry. The package itself includes the Jesus DVD; a list of the participating churches responsible for the effort in Augusta County; a small pamphlet giving direction on having a closer personal relationship with God, and a piece about Hope Community Church, inviting those who receive the package to come join us for worship and hear the truth of God’s word.
We hope to see everyone involved, even if only in dedicated prayer to support those going out to deliver these packages. But if you can help deliver, even if only for an hour or two, please join us and contact Larry Roberts to let him know of your availability and willingness to serve. He will try to try to get you into a team if you don’t already have a partner. We’ll have packages to be delivered and a map to follow. We’re not tracking what you are able to deliver, but the organizers are interested in knowing the homes to whom you were not able to deliver, so we’ll have you mark those on your maps and return them to us.
We will have the materials packaged into clear bags that are made to hang on door knobs. They cannot be placed into mailboxes, but can be placed at the base or even on mailboxes (perhaps taped to them), being careful to respect the property. We are not providing painter’s tape, but that may be a good alternative that would allow you to tape the bag to a mailbox. In most cases, it may be best to utilize the bags design to be hung on the doorknob. We’re not knocking on doors, nor are we attempting to engage in conversation; rather simply placing the materials there for them to find and thoughtfully review in their own time. We pray for that and that all recipients would respond positively to the invitation to come worship with us!
On Saturday, September 7th from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the conference room at Panera Bread in Waynesboro, we will have the materials organized into bags for your team to pick up and begin making deliveries. We’ve extended the time if you should wish to come back and pick up more materials or decide to deliver later in the day. This is a tremendous opportunity to share the good news and we pray for all those who may not know Jesus or who wish to renew their relationship with Him! So let us seek the Holy Spirit and go to serve Him and this community! Thank you!
Kate Collins Middle School
We are continuing to collect food for the students at KCMS. There will be a box each Sunday for you to place your donations. Some suggestions for appropriate snacks from Mary Adams at Kate Collins:
Breakfast bars; Granola Bars; Mac'n'cheese cups; Applesauce cups; Fruit cups; Crackers; Goldfish; Juice boxes and/or other healthy snacks to get them through the day, and in some cases, their weekend.
MIDDLE RIVER REGIONAL JAIL DONATIONS
Clothing of Various Types Needed…
John Lilly, Program Director with Middle River Regional Jail has followed up to his visit with us to provide a letter with specifics on what is needed by those incarcerated. He mentions, “Even though the weather is warm now, it will be cold again before we know it. People are often released in winter months who came in during warm months and only have shorts and a t-shirt in their property. Another issue is that many gain weight while they are here and their clothes no longer fit properly.
In an effort to assist these folks, we are taking donations for our clothes closet. We have many more men than women, but are in need of both men’s and women’s clothing. Please keep in mind that the idea of this project is to provide people with warm clothing upon their release, so clothing that stretches or has elastic bands are great, since they can fit various sizes. We have more need for larger clothing than petite sizes (XL and above). We are currently in need of: Shoes/boots; Coats; Sweaters; Pants (sweatpants would be great); Hats; Gloves; Socks, and bras - all sizes (white, biege & tan). These would be for ladies with more time to serve and those being released.
Your assistance with this project for our men and women being released is very much appreciated. If you have any questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact me at (540) 245-5420 Ext. 1225 or ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or our Re-Entry Specialist, Mark Neeley, at (540) 245-5420 Ext. 1236 or ‘email@example.com’.
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am at Kate Collins Middle School! Pastor Glen’s message will be, “God’s Purpose,” based upon Exodus 15: 1-27. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the 9:30am worship service. Follow the signs!
Adult Sunday School class - You are invited to come join our adult Bible study class immediately following worship. We are studying the book of Nehemiah using the book “Nehemiah,” by Dr. Stephen Davey, to help us explore this beautiful story of God providing leadership for His people, especially in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, and calling them back into relationship with Him. Come join us, we have extra books available.
Take Them a Meal - Please consider signing up, if you haven’t already, to provide a meal to the Woosley’s following the birth of their son, Cullen Grey Woosley, who weighed in at 7lbs, 11 oz.s! Hope Community Church has set up a meal schedule on the website, ‘Take Them a Meal’ (https://takethemameal.com/) so please go to the website; under ‘Find', enter the last name ‘Woosley’ and the password ‘5459’. Go to the meal schedule, place your curser under the ‘What I plan to bring (or send)’ column, and click to sign up on the days or days that work best for you. Thanks to those who have already provided a meal! Let’s continue to come alongside the Woolsley family and help in a small, but meaningful way, that glorifies God!
Hospitality Committee - We have a table specifically to greet visitors and help others to get connected to the Hope Community Church family! We have information on Salt Shakers, small groups, men's Bible study, upcoming events etc. and have a nice gift for first time guests. We always looking for volunteers to host the table and assist with cookie and coffee set-up. The more smiling faces we have, the smaller the commitment will be. Please see Sarah Todd Severs or Cindy Roberts for additional information.
Help with the Nursery & Elementary Sunday School Classes - Kelly needs help with these classes and is shouldering this burden virtually alone. Please pray about it and consider giving one Sunday per month or even every other month to help build this critically important program for the growth of Hope Community Church!
Dedicated Prayer Group - This small group is focused on engaging the Holy Spirit in prayers for Hope Community Church and on individual needs as they are brought to us, utilizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM. Any questions should be directed to Pat Patterson.
Saturate Augusta - Please pray for the people in Augusta County who will hear the gospel and for those who will go out to share! On September 7, we will participate in this mission to our community and we need more help. We have five committed teams of two people, but have received far more materials to address a much larger area than anticipated. We need everyone to participate on some level, so please consider helping! Please see the info table at church to sign up to be part of a Saturate Augusta team. You can find more info about this effort at: saturatetheworld.com.
Bless Every Home - As we prepare for Saturate Augusta, we invite you all to visit blesseveryhome.com and sign up to pray for those we will be reaching with the gospel!