PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
September 11, 2019
Many of you have heard the name John Bunyan, who wrote the wonderful book, Pilgrim’s Progress. When John Bunyan was lying in a prison in Bedford, England he thought that he had committed the unpardonable sin. It troubled him deeply. One day as he lay in prison he was reading John 6. He came upon verse 37 and his eyes lit up and he became excited, for he discovered the glorious release of acceptance no matter what: “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” This is what Bunyan wrote about his discovery. “Satan,” he said, “would greatly labor to pull this promise from me. Telling me that Christ did not love me or care for me . . . but I would answer him again that Christ promises that whoever comes to me, I will never drive away.” In the very first chapter of Pilgrim’s Progress as Pilgrim, the principal character, reaches the gates that lead to the celestial city, on the long, hard journey that is the content of the book, he asks the question, which is Bunyan’s own question “may I enter here? Will he open to receive me though I have been an undeserving rebel?”
It is the character, Good Will, who opens the gate declaring “I am willing with all my heart.” He says, “We make no objections against any, no matter what they have done.” They are not cast out. John Bunyan found it to be true. None of us are excluded from the grace and love of God – not one – no matter what you have done or what you are doing.
Jesus had caused another stir in Galilee, as we read in John 6, first by feeding 5,000 people, and then, much more significantly, when He told them that He was able to feed them a spiritual food that would enable them to live forever. This is a staggering claim Jesus made – “I am the bread of life.”
Friends, this offer is still available. Jesus has the power to transform our lives, to give us real satisfaction, to end the search for meaning, to offer us the assurance of acceptance in love, no matter how incredible our failure. And, friends, he can do the same to the people who received the Saturate Augusta materials we delivered, along with all the other churches, last Saturday!!
Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life!” What healing words to a searching world. “I am the bread of life.” Friends, will we trust Jesus no matter what? He alone can satisfy the deepest longing of our souls, as well as the souls of our friends, neighbors, family members, and people we meet along the way!! Jesus says, “I have come down from heaven . . . I am the bread of life.” “Whoever comes to me, I will never cast out!!” What incredible news . . . to share!!!
The Humbling Might of Our God!
Last Saturday, September 7th, God was again moving in Waynesboro, Virginia and throughout Augusta County. The Saturate Augusta effort took place with over forty area churches participating. Several churches became aware of the initiative to place the Jesus DVD into every household in Augusta County too late to be assigned a territory or be listed as a participating church, but took part nevertheless. Shiloh Baptist Church sent volunteers into the field to assist Hope Community Church, delivering into areas designated for us and including flyers inviting folks to join us at Hope to worship, but that was of no concern to them - rather, they wanted very much to be a part of proclaiming Jesus and His saving grace to as many people as possible! Halleluiah! God bless Shiloh Baptist Church!
This was a daunting task. We had been given 1500 of the Jesus DVD’s to distribute and six large map areas for our territory. As planning began in earnest it became apparent the territory assigned to Hope Community Church contained closer to 1,900 homes and we would not have enough materials to deliver to everyone within our area. The greatest concern however, was how a small church like Hope Community could manage to deliver 1,500 packages in one day with just five, two-person teams. We prayed that God would provide workers and began recruiting others. A special thank you to Mike Adams, who reached out and brought several additional teams of amazing volunteers! Thank you all for showing up and being so eager to take this on! Amazingly, we had 44 people delivering packages in our assigned areas (22 teams), 36 of which (18 teams) were from Hope! Hope members, along with other dedicated brothers & sisters in Christ, rose to the occasion and not only delivered all of the packages assigned to us, but the entire allotment was out the door for delivery before 10:30 a.m.! Only one bag - roughly 33 packages - came back because another church had already delivered into an area assigned to us. Truly, thanks be to God and thanks to all who took an active roll, including those who prayed for workers in the field and all those involved in carrying out our mission; to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ!
Satan also did what he could to discourage this effort, so let us continue to cover our sister, Marty Porter in prayer as her knee was seriously injured with just a few deliveries left to be made. Marty is scheduling to have her knee evaluated and a treatment plan determined, so pray for healing and relief from pain as she and Blake move forward. God bless you both!
Kate Collins Middle School
We give thanks for the on-going donations of food for the students at KCMS. Tiffany Severs has once again donated her time and energy to go shopping at Costco to supplement your donations & provide a large block of food & snacks for the students on behalf of Hope Community Church. There will continue to be a box each Sunday for you to place your gifts of food, which are greatly appreciated by everyone at Kate Collins Middle School. Suggestions for appropriate snacks from Mary Adams at KCMS:
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.
In addition to food items, Mary Adams has also asked if we can help with clothing. Some of the most critical immediate needs have been addressed, but she has asked if we could assist with various sizes of sweatpants, ideally with drawstrings, but if not, with elastic waistbands. For middle schoolers, that may include small adult sizes as well.
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, “Bread from Heaven,” based upon Exodus 16: 1-36. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Follow the signs!
Update on Youth this Past Week (Mike Adams) - We had a great time at Youth Group Sunday Night! We had Benny Stivale’s Pizza, played some football, basketball and a little frisbee at North Park! Kristen Adams, Cliff Scott and Joe Morse were all a huge help! God bless His servants!
God bless all of YOU for supporting the Youth and Outreach to the City Of Waynesboro. Prayer is critical. Please pray for God’s annointing/blessing on the Youth Group, pray for the city of Waynesboro - For a great awakening in the City and Revival for God’s people.
We had a short message-shared the Gospel and had a girl from the Park stop to listen when we called out to her. Her name is Abby, please pray for her salvation~
8 youth in attendance from HOPE CC and 4 guests, Praise the Lord!
Please go to the Hope Community Church Facebook page to see a sweet little video on their fun!
Men’s Bible Study - The Men’s Bible Study will begin again following the summer break, meeting at Panera Bread each Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. Our study will begin in Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 3. Please plan on getting there a few minutes early and supporting Panera Bread, who provides this space to us at no charge.
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 (Julie) - Thank you to everyone who has already provided a meal or who is signed up 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! There are a number of slots still available on the 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 again to those who have already provided a meal or who will in the very near future! Let’s continue to come alongside the Woolsley family and help in a small, but meaningful way, that glorifies God!
Take Them a Meal (Nina) - Please consider taking a meal to Nina and the Gross household, as Nina will soon undergo a long-awaited hip replacement surgery (Thursday, September 12th). Nina leads our worship team each Sunday and works tirelessly behind the scenes to make praise and worship an uplifting and joyful experience! Please go to the same site as listed above, https://takethemameal.com/ and search ‘Gross’ under the Find option. The code is, 5336. Simply select the day you wish to serve and include details under, ‘What I Plan to Bring.’ Let’s be a blessing to those who bless us each week!
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 have received the materials distributed on September 7th! While we understand many may choose to not review them, there are those who will, so whie we pray for a lost world, let us specifically pray for all those seeking to know more about Jesus, and for their salvation. Our effort does not end here, as we continually seek to bring the Good News to any who have an ear to hear, so let us each prepare ourselves to boldly share the Word of God and seek those opportunities!
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!