PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
September 20, 2019
When I was in seminary, I had the privilege to live in the home of Elisabeth Elliot and her husband, Lars Gren. Elisabeth had served as a missionary in Ecuador, along with her first husband, Jim Elliot. Jim was one of five missionaries killed by Auca Indians in Ecuador back in 1956. Elisabeth tells the story of two adventurers who stopped by to see her, all loaded with equipment for the rain forest east of the Andes Mountain range in South America. They sought no advice, just a few phrases to converse with the Indians (Elisabeth had her Ph.D. in linguistics!). She writes in her book, A Slow and Certain Light, “Sometimes we come to God as the two adventurers came to me – confident and, we think, well-informed and well-equipped. But has it occurred to us that with all our accumulation of stuff, something is missing?”
She suggests that we often ask God for too little. We know what we need – a yes or no answer to a simple question. Or perhaps a road sign – something quick and easy to point the way. What we really ought to have is the Guide himself. Maps, road signs, a few useful phrases are things, but infinitely better is someone who has been there before and knows the way.
The Holy Spirit is our helper and guide . He knows the way, and He is the One who points us in the right direction. He is the one who gives us direction. He convicts us of sin, encourages us, enables us to understand God’s love in Christ, enlivens the Scriptures, and comes along side of us in times of trouble and distress – and He makes it possible for us to be bold witnesses of the Good News of Jesus. He guides us – and points us to Jesus, in order that we may point others to the Savior.
May we always seek the Guide, the Holy Spirit, in our times of trouble and distress . . . and to help us be bold witnesses of the Good News of Jesus Christ!
Continuing to Glorify God…
There will be a rally as a follow-up to the Saturate Augusta effort, to be held at Church on the Hill in Fishersville on Monday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m. All who were involved in this collaborative effort are welcome to come, worship and share successes of the day!
Kate Collins Middle School
We give thanks for the on-going donations of food for the students at KCMS. 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 ‘email@example.com’ or our Re-Entry Specialist, Mark Neeley, at (540) 245-5420 Ext. 1236 or ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am at Kate Collins Middle School! Pastor Glen’s message will be, “Problems All Around,” based upon Exodus 17: 1-16. 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 another great time at Youth Group Sunday Night! We gathered at Moe’s for a bite to eat prior to going over to the Zeus theater to watch an outstanding movie, “Overcomer.” This is an truly meaningful movie with wonderful messages to consider and if you’ve not seen it, I strongly recommend it!
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.
Men’s Bible Study - The Men’s Bible Study will again meet at Panera Bread Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. Our study will continue in Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 6. 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’.
Take Them a Meal (Nina) - Thank you to everyone who has provided a meal or who is signed up to provide a meal to Nina and the Gross household, as Nina continues to recover from hip replacement surgery. Please go to the same site as listed above, https://takethemameal.com/ and search ‘Gross’ under the Find option. The code is, 5336.
Take Them a Meal (Kathy) - Please consider signing up to provide a meal to Kathy and Arnie Doyle following Kathy’s recent heart by-pass surgery. She reports a mild anemia and asks that no sweets be provided, but would appreciate protein to help alleviate this challenge. Go to https://takethemameal.com/ and under Find, enter Doyle and the password 7526. Kathy is especially thankful for your continued prayers!
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. Please see Sarah Todd Severs or Cindy Roberts for additional information.
Help with the Nursery & Elementary Sunday School Classes - Kelly continues to need your help with these classes. Please pray about volunteering 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 Makes a Change - 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 met previously on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM, but is moving to Monday evenings at 7:00 PM. They will continue to meet at Sid Langrall’s home. 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! 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!
Update on Helen Wilson - Helen now resides at Stuarts Draft Retirement Community and Christian Homes at 94 Mountain Vista Drive, Stuarts Draft, Virginia 24477. She is receiving assisted living services at The Meadows, Room C 112. Please continue to keep Helen in your thoughts and prayers.