March 17, 2015

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Young Life leaders are committed to being involved with kids’ lives — from supporting them at their sporting events to listening to them talk about what’s important to them.  Our leaders help kids consider the direction of their lives, and they offer hope for their future. Each leader goes through an entire year of training, mentoring and shadowing before they are placed in a school. Once they are placed they are also cleared through background checks.”

Please pray for our Valley Area Young Life ministry. Pray for high school students to come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, as the gospel is presented in engaging ways to these students in our area

Pray especially for Dam Mallya & Dave Harris, Mission Staff Persons, whom we have supported.  And, look for ways to support this important local ministry — even in this issue!

AND MAKE DISCIPLES

PRAYER WALKS are going on throughout this week.  Teams of 2-3 will be walking the streets in the neighborhood of the Brethren Church to pray for the people in these neighborhoods. One of the greatest things we can do is pray for our neighbors!  If you signed up to walk, we are grateful for your prayers for our neighbors.  Even if you did not sign up, please join us in praying.  THANKS!

POWER OF HOPE SUNDAY – We are gearing up for this exciting all-congregation outreach event – THIS SUNDAY!!!  We will be distributing 9 Volt batteries with a card, sharing about our congregation and inviting people to join us for worship.  Our children’s ministry have already assembled the gift bags! (Thanks so much Children’s Ministry!) We will gather on THIS SUNDAY at 10:00 a.m., spend time in worship, prayer, and then be given instructions for distributing these gifts for our neighbors. We will return to the Brethren Church for a simple meal and a time of sharing stories of seeing God at work as we shared!  If you are able to bring a salad, vegetable, dessert, or bread/muffins to add to the various soup entrees it would be appreciated.  Thanks!

COMMISSION TO BE ORGANIZED AS A LOCAL CHURCH IN THE EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH — Mark your calendars NOW for APRIL 12th 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 (March 18th) 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 4:1.

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.

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

INTERCESSORS OF HOPE will meet TODAY at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Alan and Susan Killingsworth (501 Pelham Road).  Join us for a wonderful time seeking the Lord’s face!

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. Also, if anyone has a diaper changing table and/or a “pack and play crib” or are willing to donate these items, the nursery could use them.  Again, please see Kelly King if you can help.  THANKS!!

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.  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.

Other Opportunities to Serve

  • 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.waynesboroepc.org. And please use this excellent resource!! 

Prayers of HCC:  

Family of Dave Laraway (Dave died suddenly on March 7th)

Mike Bryant – pray for Mike’s recovery from total knee replacement surgery on both knees; he is currently at home;

Meghan Clamon (Cheryl Reynold’s daughter) who is struggling with chronic hives – pray for God’s presence and healing;

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 and feeling better in the wake of her recovering from sodium/fluid imbalance;

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 we meet in the neighborhood 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.

The story of Corrie Ten Boom and  the Ten Boom family is amazing. During the Nazi occupation of Holland, Corrie and her family made their home a hiding place for Jews.  The Nazi’s eventually arrested the Ten Boom family for their role in saving the Jews. Though losing four family members, Corrie survived the horror of imprisonment.  Her family and friends were credited with saving around 800 Jews during the time they provided a hiding place.  Our efforts have the potential of making a powerful impact.

God is looking for a prayerful and sacrificial heart. What  does God see when He sees your heart?  A tremendous opportunity is before us as a church family.  As we pray for and reach out to our neighbors, especially during this Prayer Walk week and through our Power of HOPE Sunday, this is the time to stand up and be counted.  May God use us to make an impact for the Him in our little corner of the world!  May our efforts honor and glorify our Lord Jesus!