PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
September 19, 2018
In the early church, corporate prayer was the standard. We read in Acts 5:42, church members met day after day, in the Temple courts and from house to house. The Bible repeatedly gives accounts of the power of prayer.
Moses prayed and God spared Israel from judgment; Joshua prayed and God caused the sun to stand still; Hannah prayed and God gave her a baby boy; Solomon prayed and God gave him wisdom; Elijah prayed and God sent fire down from Heaven; Jonah prayed and God brought him out of the belly of the great fish; the thief on the cross prayed and God gave him eternal life. There is incredible power in prayer!
This past Sunday I asked the question: “Are we expecting revival to break out in Waynesboro, Augusta County, and beyond?” I then suggested that we pray for God to send revival to our area . . . and beyond. As the psalmist prayed, “Restore us, O God, let your face shine!” (Psalm 80:3) May that revival start with you and me!!
Friends, I want to challenge us to put these kinds of prayers into action. Cliff & Lynn Scott have graciously agreed to open their home (741 Rosser Avenue) for prayer meetings. The first prayer meeting will be Wednesday, October 3rd, beginning at 7:00 p.m. As a start, the meetings will be once a month (every first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.) Regardless of your ability to attend this first meeting, PLEASE join me in praying for God to send revival to our community . . . and beyond!!
“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
Heather & Ramsey Persing (CRU)
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Dr. Bucky Hunsicker will be speaking in Pastor Glen's absence. Dr. Hunsicker is the Transitional Administrative Director of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic (EPC) in the recent death of Dr. Howard Shockley. His message will be, “What Makes a Church a Church?,” based upon Acts 6:1-7. Please read the text before worship at 9:30am. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the worship service each Sunday.
Dr. Bucky Hunsicker, Chairman of Church Development Committee
Bucky currently serves as Church Development Coordinator and is Chair of the Church Development Committee for the Mid-Atlantic after many years as a local church pastor. He has also served as a Transitional Pastor in our churches. Both winsome and tenacious he uses his gifts of discernment, apostleship and shepherding in unique ways to train and disciple. In an earlier life he served as Executive Vice President of Buckelew Hardware Company in Louisiana while serving in lay ministry capacities. Bucky has been trained at Wheaton (MA), McCormick (MDiv), Trinity Evangelical (PhD), and schooled by his wife, Matilda since 1980.
Sunday School - Classes after worship have resumed. There are classes for all ages so we invite everyone to stay and see what we have to offer this year!
Adult Sunday School class - We will finish our study of Mark over the next 2 weeks (23rd and 30th) with Dan Woodworth leading the remainder of the study. On October 7th, we are going to have a time of prayer for personal revival and direction during the adult SS class and we want to invite everyone to come join us in prayer during that time. On October 14th, we will begin a new study of the letters to the Corinthians.
Baby Shower - Ladies, join us as we celebrate the new life coming for Stephen and Aileen Wright. Baby girl Wright is due to arrive the end of October. Let's shower Aileen with our blessings. Thursday, October 4th from 7:00-8:00 PM, at the Holman's home (152 Boyington Blvd, Waynesboro). She is registered at Target.
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 has resumed the weekly Tuesday meetings, 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.
Small Group Opportunity - The group has resumed their study of C.S. Lewis', "Mere Christianity" and meets on Mondays 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!
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.
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 affected by 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.