PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
September 27, 2018
We read in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Maybe that is what Peter Marshall was thinking when he told the story about the keeper of the spring. High in the Alps there was a man who had been contracted by the villagers below to keep the spring pure. He was quite methodical in removing any twigs or anything else, so the water flow was fresh and pure.
The village became quite popular. Beautiful ponds were developed, swans came, and tourists came from all over to this little Alpine village, known for its healthy life.
But when the town went through a difficult financial time, the city council met and a city father happened to think about this keeper of the spring. What did he really do, anyway? So, they decided to disengage the services of the spring keeper. But it was not long before the water became cloudy and eventually brown.
You see, we need someone guarding our spring. In our area in Virginia, there are many springs; and for those springs to be healthy, they need to be guarded. The first step in properly managing a spring is to remove sources of contamination. There are many contaminants in our Christian lives . . . for example, gluttony, gossip, covetousness, and greed. That is why the Scriptures are so important to our health as Christians and why we must have a healthy dose of them each day. The Bible is the Word of life. The Bible helps us remove the contaminants in our lives. It is where we discover the grace of God.
We read in 2 Timothy 3:17 that the Scriptures make us proficient and equipped. Don’t you want to be equipped for the challenges of life? We need to seek to be individuals and a congregation that is proficient. It takes a lifetime of study – so, get involved in a Bible study or Sunday school class or discipleship triad and watch how day by day you grow in God’s grace.
Advancing Native Missions
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen will be starting a new sermon series entitled, “Pursuing Spiritual Maturity” based upon 2 Peter. His first message, this Sunday, will be “The Substance of Our Faith,” based upon 2 Peter 1:1-2. Please read the text before worship at 9:30am. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the worship service each Sunday.
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 this Sunday with Dan Woodworth leading 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.
Prayer Gathering - Please join us at the Scotts home this coming Wednesday, Oct 3rd at 7pm, as we join in prayer for revival!
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.
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
Larry Roberts - Pray for Larry who had shoulder surgery recently; pray that this surgery is effective and helpful for him.
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.
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.
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.