Dr. Dave & Margie Burgess – MALAWI — SIM
Pray for the Beit Cure Hospital where there will be so many changes administratively in the next few months. Pray for the people of Malawi during these times of high inflation lowering their ability to meet basic needs. Pray for spiritual growth and unity for Blantyre Community Church. Pray the members will be salt and light in the community.
AND MAKE DISCIPLES
THIS SUNDAY is Palm Sunday and Alan Killingsworth will proclaim the Word. Pastor Glen will preach on Eater Day (April 5th) with the message entitled “The Rescuer” based on 1 Corinthians 15:51-58.
HOLY WEEK – We are again invited to join our brothers and sisters at Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church for their Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 on the grounds of their church facility (8312 Brooksville Road, Greenwood, VA). Please plan to come out for this neat service!
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 1st) 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 4:32.
Women’s Retreat – Ladies, mark your calendars now for the EPC Women’s Retreat, 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.
Beth Laughlin and Wink Brown will be having an 8-9 week Bible study on Colossians using the Stonecroft series beginning Wednesday, April 8th (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) at Beth Laughlin’s home (525 Bader Avenue) on Wednesdays on a weekly basis. If you are interested, please contact Beth (firstname.lastname@example.org);
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!
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
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
YOUNG LIFE MULCH SALE: It is that time of year for the annual mulch sale!!! If you are interested in purchasing mulch, please contact Kristen Holman. Mulch will be delivered to your home on Saturday, April 11th. Money is due at the time of ordering mulch. This Sunday will be the last day to order mulch. Sunday afternoon, April 26th is the Young Life 5K. Kristen will be running that race. If you are interested in sponsoring her, please let her know.
PLEASE be aware of our church web site: www.hopechurchwaynesboro.org. And please use this excellent resource!!
Prayers of HCC:
Family of Elizabeth “Liz” McCaskill Her memorial service will be this Saturday (March 28th) at 11:00 a.m. at McDow Funeral Home, with a visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.;
Ryan Danraj (son of Albert and Esther) please continue to pray for Ryan’s healing, for endurance through rehabilitation and for God’s presence with the entire family; Praise God that Ryan is back to work
Beth Laughlin – Praise that Beth is gradually gaining strength in the wake of her recovering from sodium/fluid imbalance; pray for her emotional state
Tommy Glass (friend of Paul & Beth Childers with pancreatic cancer – in Duke Medical Center)
Karen Johnson (Kelly King’s aunt)
Ginny (friend of Kelly King diagnosed with cancer; she has been hospitalized recently for observation)
Janine Heitzenrater (Stage 4 Colon Cancer – pray for her to regain appetite; she is losing weight)
Betty Harmon (elderly neighbor of Candi Brown fell and broke wrist – hand and forearm are now numb)
PEOPLE WHO ARE UNCHURCHED in our community
People to whom we distributed batteries and information about our church on Power of HOPE Sunday;
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.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. On a Palm Sunday several years ago, a five-year-old, by the name of Stephanie, sat on her aunt’s lap while they listened to the pastor’s sermon. The pastor described Jesus’ approach to Jerusalem and how the crowds cried, “Hosanna, Hosanna!” At that moment, Stephanie perked up and began to sing, “Oh, Hosanna, now don’t you cry for me!”
As we look back at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, we read that as Jesus and his disciples “approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them: “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell them that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
Jesus gave specific instructions for these two disciples. First, “Go.” Then, “Untie them and bring them to me.” Finally, “Tell them.” Each of these instructions is a command. They are not just suggestions but commands.
When Jesus gives us instructions, those instructions are “royal instructions.” Our part is simply to say, “I WILL.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer commented in his well known book, The Cost of Discipleship, “The road to faith passes through obedience to the call of Jesus.” I would challenge us to not say, “I don’t do . . .” and look for ways of saying, “yes” to Jesus!