ADVANCING NATIVE MISSIONS
Advancing Native Missions Advancing Native Missions . . . Learn. Connect. Engage. Partnering with native missionaries to reach the remaining unreached . . . ‘til all hear. See more at: http://advancingnativemissions.com. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Advancing Native Missions in reaching people around the world with the Gospel. Please continue to pray for God to mobilize and use various indigenous missionaries (e.g., Brother Karim and his ministry to the Middle East and right here in our own backyard). Also, please pray for Sister Miriam’s ministry to the people of the Maldives.
AND MAKE DISCIPLES
THIS SUNDAY IS EASTER DAY! Pastor Glen’s Easter message will be “The Rescuer,” based on 1 Corinthians 15. Please be praying about friends and neighbors you might invite to join you in worship.
SUNRISE SERVICES will be held at the Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church (8312 Brooksville Road — off 250 — in Greenwood) at 6:30 a.m. behind the church building. A breakfast to support their youth mission trip will be immediately after the service in their fellowship hall.
The Waynesboro Church of the Brethren will also hold a sunrise service at 7:00 a.m. in the church yard. A breakfast will follow the service in the fellowship hall.
COMMISSION TO BE ORGANIZED AS A LOCAL CHURCH IN THE EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – Mark your calendars NOW for May 3rd (Note the change of date from what was previously announced) when we will be commissioned as a full, localized church in the EPC! We will be commissioned in an act of worship by the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic. Those desiring to be “charter” members of Hope Community Church will be able to indicate by signing a membership covenant and may be received by letter of dismissal from another church, by reaffirmation of faith, or by Profession of Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. More specific information will be announced at our worship services and in other correspondence. If you signed two years ago to be a member of Waynesboro Mission Church, you will still need to sign to be a charter member of Hope Community Church. Please keep this very exciting time in our life together in your prayers!
Men’s Bible Study will continue next Wednesday (April 8th) at 7:00 a.m. at Jim Heafner’s home (607 Oak Avenue); men are encouraged to arrive earlier (6:45) for breakfast! Men are studying the Acts of the Apostles, partly in conjunction with the sermon series. Pastor Glen will be leading the majority of these studies. Next Wednesday the study will pick up at Acts 5:1;
Women’s Retreat – Ladies, our EPC Women’s Retreat is coming SOON, April 10-11 at Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center in Lynchburg. The speaker will be Chris Buckingham, and the topic will be, “Fear Not: Living the Life of Faith in a Fearful Age.” All Women are encouraged to attend. A fundraiser to help with scholarships to the retreat is underway with Boot toppers ($10) and head warmers ($5). Please contact Marty Porter or Nina Gross if you have any questions.
Women’s Bible Study on Wednesday mornings at 6:30 at Panera Bread will continue their study of James next Wednesday. All women are invited to participate in this exciting study!
Women’s Bible Study beginning on Wednesday, April 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the home of Beth Laughlin. This group will be utilizing the Stonecroft study on the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians. This study will meet on a weekly basis, and will meet for approximately 8-9 weeks. Please contact Beth or Wink Brown for more information.
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. As a congregation, one of our goals is to have at least 50% of our members involved in a small group.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Comfort Care Stride for Life
May 9, 2015
5K @ 8:00 am at Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton . . . Walk at the most convenient location @ 9:00 am: Grace Christian Elementary School 511 Thornrose Avenue, Staunton or Westwood Hills Elementary School 548 Rosser Avenue, Waynesboro. If you are interested in walking or supporting a walker, please see Kim Holman or Kelly King! What a great way to support this important ministry!
Children’s Ministry – Two additional people are needed to volunteer for the children’s ministry in the nursery once a month. Also, if anyone is willing to be a substitute for Susan Killingsworth with the youth when she is unavailable, PLEASE let Kelly King know. Thanks!
Other Opportunities for Outreach in our Community
- ANM – Packing boxes, Mon. thru Sat. – talk to Glen
- Comfort Care – Helping with a 5K run, May 9th – talk to Kim
- WRE – Listening to youth give memory verses, March 11 and in May – talk to Cliff
- Young Life – trucks needed to deliver mulch – talk to Kristen
- Young Lives – Holding and rocking infants, Mon. nights 6:30-8 – talk to Pat Layne
PLEASE be aware of our church web site: www.hopechurchwaynesboro.org. And please use this excellent resource!!
Prayers of HCC:
Ryan Danraj (son of Albert and Esther) Praise God that Ryan is back to work part-time
Tommy Glass (friend of Paul & Beth Childers with pancreatic cancer – in Duke Medical Center)
Claytie Spilman (Kelly King’s grandmother who had a stroke and a heat attack; in Rockingham Memorial Hospital)
Karen Johnson (Kelly King’s aunt – paralysis)
Ginny (friend of Kelly King diagnosed with cancer)
Janine Heitzenrater (Stage 4 Colon Cancer – pray for comfort and peace and God’s grace in the midst of a rough road)
Betty Harmon (elderly neighbor of Candi Brown – pray for peace of mind in her recovery)
Bill & Cynthia McCaskill and Family (Loss of Liz McCaskill)
PEOPLE WHO ARE UNCHURCHED in our community
Provisional Session and our next steps as a congregation
If you would like to add someone to the prayer list or would like to update a prayer concern, please contact Pastor Glen.
Ray Bakke tells a story, which happened during World War II: “An old Glasgow professor named MacDonald who, along with a Scottish chaplain, had bailed out of an airplane behind German lines. They were put in a prison camp. A high wire fence separated the Americans from the British, and the Germans made it next to impossible for the two sides to communicate. MacDonald was put in the American barracks and the chaplain was housed with the Brits. Every day the two men would meet at the fence and exchange a greeting. Unknown to the guards, the Americans had a little homemade radio and were able to get news from the outside, something more precious than food in a prison camp. Everyday, MacDonald would take a headline or two to the fence and share it with the chaplain in the ancient Gaelic language, indecipherable to the Germans. One day, news came over the little radio that the German High Command had surrendered and the war was over. MacDonald took the news to his friend, then stood and watched him disappear into the British barracks. A moment later, a roar of celebration came from the barracks.
Life in that camp was transformed. Men walked around singing and shouting, waving at the guards, even laughing at the dogs. When the German guards finally heard the news three nights later, they fled into the dark, leaving the gates unlocked. The next morning, Brits and Americans walked out as free men. Yet they had truly been set free three days earlier by the news that the war was over.”
When we choose to receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we are set free, as well. Even in the midst of storms in our lives – we know we are free. This way of life has been tested and proved to be for everyone. When you take on this life, you are reborn. You are set free! This is a life – for you – and for all those who trust in the risen Lord, Jesus Christ!