PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
September 12, 2018
The famous first line in M Scott Peck’s popular 1978 book The Road Less Traveled is “Life is difficult.” That’s true, isn’t it? Is that statement true in your own life? We only have to pick up a newspaper – story after story of people being beaten down – of gun shootings, robberies, war, murder and tragedy.
In today’s news is the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast . . . maybe even affecting us here in the Shenandoah Valley. One report in weather.com warns that this “intense hurricane with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and potentially catastrophic inland rainfall flooding as one of the strongest strikes on record for this part of the U.S. East Coast.” Life may be difficult for those in the path of this storm, including us!
You only have to talk to people in your own life to hear stories of cancer, of loved ones dying, of parents and even children with Alzheimer’s. There is pain and difficulty and suffering at almost every turn.
It is these things that make us cry out with the psalmist, “My God, how long?” The second coming of Christ says, “there will be an end . . . enough is enough.” Jesus will come, and set things straight. And in that day, we read in Revelation 21 . . . “the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain . . .”
So why does Jesus delay? Why not now? I don’t know. But the best clue we have is the heart of God, the heart that the Apostle Peter described in 2 Peter 3:8 when he said that “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day . . . the Lord is patient toward [us], not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” As Warren Wiersbe points out, “the reason [Jesus] waits is so that unsaved sinners may repent, be saved, and be ready when Jesus comes.”
This is one of the reasons we are here . . . to proclaim this life-saving message that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. And not only does Jesus save us from our messy, difficult lives; but He saves us from His wrath! May we, then, be about the business of praying for revival in the hearts of those around us and sharing the message of hope found in Jesus Christ alone!
Dave & Margie Burgess
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday Pastor Glen's message will be, “Are We Expecting Revival?,” based upon Psalm 80:1-19. Please read the text before worship at 9:30am. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the worship service each Sunday. Also this Sunday, we will have our Sunday School kick off as we resume classes after worship. There will be classes for all ages so we invite everyone to stay and see what we have to offer this year! The congregation is also invited to join us on the Sunday School floor (one flight up), immediately following worship so that we may pray over all the classes.
Salt Shakers - If you signed up, you should have received an email with your group list. If you have not received an email, please see Cindy Roberts or Kelly King. Table Hosts should be following up soon, if they haven't already.
New Members Class – The next new members class will be held THIS Sunday, September 16. The class is held during the Sunday school hour (10:45 – 11:30 a.m.). This second class will focus on our mission and beliefs. We continue with information on how to get more involved and teaching on what it means to be a member. The class provides a great way to meet other new people as you are learning together.
Shiloh Baptist Church - An invitation has been extended to the Hope Community Church family to attend the ordination of four new deacons on Saturday, September 22nd at 4:00 p.m. There will be a reception following the service in the church fellowship hall. The church’s address is: 234 Shiloh Avenue in Waynesboro.
Jim Heafner Memorial Bible Study - The Men's Bible Study will resume on Tuesday, September 18th in the Community Room at Panera Bread in Waynesboro. Men are encouraged to gather there around 6:45am to purchase breakfast and enjoy fellowship until the study begins at 7:00am. There will be a preliminary picnic for the men at Jake & Deborah Kleinschuster’s home, on Sept 11th at 5:30pm. The Kleinschusters will provide meat and drinks. Please bring a side or dessert.
Small Group Opportunity - The group will resume their study of C.S. Lewis', "Mere Christianity" on September 10th at 7pm, in Sid Langrall's home: 704 Pine Ave, Waynesboro.
New Address - Kristen Holman's new address is:
James Madison University JMU
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Prayer Gathering - November 4th at 3:00 p.m. for the Persecuted Church at Staunton Mall (in the former Peebles store). More information to come . . . But mark your calendar now!
Church Directory - Our directory has been updated. If you currently have a directory and still need to pick up your update pages or if you do not have a directory and would like to purchase one for $50, please see Kelly King or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer Coordinator Needed- We are in need of a prayer warrior to help keep up the prayer list. If you are willing to serve in this way, please see Pastor Glen.
Men's Conference -
PRAYER CONCERNS & PRAISE REPORTS
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Colossians 4:2
Russell Fisher - Russell had back surgery recently and is recuperating. Please pray that the surgery is effective.
Larry Roberts - Pray for Larry who had shoulder surgery recently; pray that this surgery is effective and helpful for him.
Helen Wilson - Please keep Helen in your prayers for the doctors to discern what is causing her blacking out episodes and for God's protection.
George Wilson – Pray for George as he continues to get accustomed to his new apartment at the Woodland in Farmville: 2003 Cobb Street, Rm 211, Farmville, VA 23901.
Rose Parler – Please pray for Rose as her hip went out again, and she has not been able to get around very well. Please pray for relief of pain and for peace and for healing.
Bill Flournoy - Please keep Bill in your prayers concerning various health issues.
Keith Grisham (brother of Nina Gross) - Please keep Keith's family and friends in prayer for comfort in his recent passing.
Jackson (Sid Langrall's grandson) - Please pray for Jackson's health situation and for his mother, Christy.
Darren Estes (Kat Galloway's son-in-law) - Please pray for physical and spiritual health for Darren who has lost sight in his left eye due to a burst blood vessel.
Beth Crownover (Beth Childers’ cousin) - Please pray for healing for Beth who has been diagnosed with cancer; praise that the pancreas was clean but the bile duct and liver had cancer.
Jay & Dede Hamilton – Dede reports that they are thankful for better hearing, but having difficulty adjusting to new changes. They need and appreciate prayers so much.
Janine Heitzenrater (Candi Brown's cousin) - Please pray for her as she undergoes treatment for cancer.
People in the path of Hurricane Florence - pray especially for those in our presbytery (which includes North & South Carolina, as well as Virginia and part of West Virginia).
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.
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Brunson – Andrew has been released from prison and is now on house arrest. He still awaits the ongoing trial in October. Please continue to pray that:
Pray that Andrew will be strengthened, emboldened, and released: Isaiah 42:3, Isaiah 40:31, Luke 4:18.
Pray that Norine will not grow weary: Exodus 17:12, Isaiah 40:29.
Pray that the Brunson’s children (Jordan, Jacqueline, and Blaise) would walk in the steadfast love of the Lord: Lamentations 3:22-23.
Pray that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, would be directed by the Holy Spirit: Proverbs 21:1.
Ramsey Persing (Cru) - Ramsey had knee surgery recently to repair ACL and PCL in his right knee. Please pray for quick healing and recovery.
Other Prayer Requests & Praises:
Greg (Joe Morse’s co-worker) - Pray for Greg, who is being released from jail and needs the Lord.
Watson Family - Please pray for the Watson family in the loss of Donna Watson (Mindy Dunn's cousin).
Isaiah Martin - Please pray for Isaiah (1 yr old son of Tim Martin, Augusta Co. Commonwealth's Attorney) who is a patient at UVA's NICU.
Carol Ambler (friend of Carwiles) - Please pray for Carol whose cancer has returned.
Pammie (Melissa Bare's sister) - Please pray for Pammie as she has stage 3 liver non-alcoholic fibrosis which is the stage right before cirrhosis. Pray that her liver would be healed and that she would be able to lose the 15 pounds the doctors suggest.
J.D. (Ted Brown’s friend) - Please pray for J.D. who has cancer.
Jo Beth Walling - Please pray for Jo Beth who is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
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.
If you would like to add someone to the prayer list or would like to update a prayer concern, please contact Kelly King at (540) 471-4551.