Every one of us has had our sandcastles blown away. Every once in a while, we back up and say, “Why am I being hit with this storm in my life?” Sometimes the storms in our lives may be caused by the devil, sometimes by other people, sometimes by us – and the decisions we have made. Sometimes they are allowed by the Lord. They come from different sources, but they do have a purpose in our lives – though sometimes that is hard to figure out in the moment.
But where is God in the storms of our lives? During the storms of life, we do not have an aloof God – but God enters into our storm. In Matthew 14:25 we read: “During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to [his disciples] walking on the lake.” Sometimes when I am in the midst of a storm in my life, I am praying “Bail me out. Rescue me.” But sometimes God doesn’t rescue us right away. Sometimes he doesn’t come when we think he should be there.
But, Jesus does meet us in the midst of our storm. Jesus comes to us and gives us hope in our storm – at just the right time. May we choose to trust him!
Mission Focus: Weekday Religious Education (WRE) – Weekday Religious Education (WRE): We currently support this ministry in two local schools – Wilson Elementary School in Fishersville, Virginia (by tabbing their Bibles) and Stuarts Draft Elementary School (by purchasing half of the Bibles for their 5th grade students, along with Mountain Top Church in Love, Virginia). Please pray for the teachers and students involved in WRE, that God will draw not only these students to the Lord but that parents and whole families may come to the knowledge of the Lord! http://virginiawre.blogspot.com/
AND MAKE DISCIPLES
THIS SUNDAY Larry Roberts will be sharing the message: “A Disciple of Jesus Christ” based on Matthew 28:1-20. Please read this text in preparation for worship.
SUMMER SCHEDULE – Sunday school for children and youth will not be offered through July. We encourage parents to include children in our worship services. We will continue to have nursery available for babies and toddlers. If you are able to assist anytime this summer in the nursery, please contact Kelly King at email@example.com. Sunday School will resume on August 13th.
NEW FALL SCHEDULE STARTING ON AUGUST 13th – Beginning on Sunday, August 13th, our new Sunday schedule will be: Worship – 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and Sunday school classes for all ages – 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend a Sunday School class or assist with one. The nursery for babies and toddlers will be available during worship. As Discipleship opportunities are firmed up we will share more specific information. Please pray about your role with these new offerings!
YOUNG ADULT GATHERING – The next gathering will be August 6th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at John & Sarah Todd Severs’ home (113 Buckingham Place, Waynesboro). We will continue our new study entitled, Take Heart YZ with Module #6, “Preaching the Gospel to Your Addictions”. Please plan to attend!
NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – A new women’s Bible study will be starting on August 15th, meeting every other Tuesday, called, “Seamless by Angie Smith.” It is a 7 week study and with meeting every other week, this would mean we would finish Oct 30th. A meeting location is to be determined. More information to come!
NEW ELDER ELECTION – The Session is requesting your input for the suggestion of an elder for an election to take place at a congregational meeting on September 17th. All suggestions must be made with the permission of the person who is being suggested. Please prayerfully make suggestions by August 13th. Thank you for your help in this important process! (Suggestion forms will be available at the church.)
HOME GROUPS – if you are not currently in a small home group and are interested in being in one, please contact Pastor Glen or Lynn Scott, our Small Group Coordinator. Please see other information about groups already meeting.
SESSION HIGHLIGHTS –
- The new Ministry Plan and strategies for implementing was discussed.
- The need of Sunday School classes was explored and how to spruce up the second floor for this purpose.
- The desire and plans for a Mission Team were talked about.
- The nominating process for the congregation to vote for a new elder was decided on.
- There was excitement concerning the possibilities of our new website reaching more people.
- Next session meeting will be held on August 14th.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOM CLEANUP – We are in the process of redoing our meeting area for Sunday School. Our cleanup day is scheduled for Saturday, August 5th, starting at 8AM. There is a job for everyone! Please come even if you can only stay a few hours. Your help will be greatly appreciated! Lunch will be provided. We are hoping for at least 25 people for this task. We will be having a time to pray for this ministry as well. Please consider joining us here at Hope Community Church to begin the process of making our Sunday School rooms brighter and more inviting! A sign-up sheet will be available on the back table. Contact Nina at 540-471-4551 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are coming. There will be other opportunities to help with the Sunday School clean-up in the future as well.
HELP NEEDED – Once a month during the summer, our church is sharing the responsibility of cutting the grass at the Waynesboro Church of the Brethren. We need help in this area of ministry. All the equipment is provided. Please see Elder Paige Holder if you are able to help, even if it is only for a few hours. Thanks!
PRAYERS OF HCC
Colossians 4:2 – “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
Debby & Steve Ray – Praise! Debby is doing well! Please pray for a good report from her visit to her surgeon on August 8th. Also, please continue to pray for Steve for surgery on his back. Debby thanks everyone for the amazing outpouring of prayer!!
Massie and Shirley Wright – Please pray for strength and balance while walking for Massie. Praise that he has made a good recovery after his fall several weeks ago.
Helen Wilson and family– Roger Wilson went home to be with the Lord on July 10th. A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of the Brethren of Waynesboro at 1PM on August 12th with a reception following the service. Please keep Helen and the family in your prayers, especially their children Bruce and Janet.
Pat Patterson – Please pray for Sue, the spouse of a friend, for the God-given strength in abstaining from alcohol.
Jay & Dede Hamilton – Please keep them in your prayers during this time of transition, as they continue to acclimate to their new life in Virginia Beach. Pray for new friends, a church they can call home, and encouragement.
MISSION & EVANGELISM CONCERNS
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.
Ruth Graham – Please continue to pray for persecuted Christians around the world. Pray also for Ruth in working to raise awareness in the Valley of our persecuted sisters and brothers.
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Brunson – Please pray for Andrew’s “quick release” (according to the most recent Facebook post by his wife, Norine) from a prison in Turkey where he has been held since October 7, 2016. Pray especially that his health and strength is maintained, especially since it has been extremely HOT in the prison (110 degrees!). Andrew at least was able to get a fan in his cell. Pray also for his wife, Norine and their family during this ordeal! Please also pray as negotiations are in the works.
Joe Morris – Please pray for Joe and the mission trip with ANM to Chernigov, Ukraine July 18-29. May we continue to pray for those at the orphanage camp where he will be serving this summer. Joe will be the construction supervisor.
BAJA MISSION TEAM – Please pray for Dan Woodworth and various family members as they return today from the Baja mission trip.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Please continue to pray for Don who was diagnosed with leukemia and for a donor to be found very soon, as Don requires a stem cell transplant.
Walter Sass (Marge’s son) – Please pray for Walter as he has various personal challenges in his life at this time.
David Windsor’s Father – Please pray for David’s dad who has cancer.
Mary Ellen Miller (Candi Brown’s aunt) – Praise God that Mary Ellen has a new home and continued prayers for encouragement and satisfaction as she makes this transition.
Candi Brown’s aunt “Kat” Lawhorn – Please keep Candi & Ted Brown and the extended family in prayer in the loss of Candi’s Aunt “Kat”.
Ginny (friend of Kelly King) – Please pray for healing for Ginny as there is not a known cure for her cancer. She takes one day at a time. Praise the Lord, she is doing okay presently.
Joan Bundy (member of the Guatemala mission team) – Please pray that the side effects of radiation treatments for her diagnosis of breast cancer can be managed as she was experiencing neuropathy.
If you would like to add someone to the prayer list or would like to update a prayer concern, please contact Beth Laughlin (943-0971).