March 13, 2015

Asaph DinAsaph & Lynn Din and their two girls are missionaries with World Outreach of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The Evangelical Presbyterian Church have identified various unreached Muslim people groups around the world in which to plant churches. Asaph and Lynn are serving in Pakistan, which has a large Muslim population. They minister in the Muslim community, planting churches. Asaph uses the game of cricket and forms teams with men, while they learn about the grace and salvation of Jesus Christ. Lynn is a registered nurse, assisting in community health clinics while home-schooling their two girls.

Please pray for:

  • Wisdom, discernment, and safety for their family (they live in a volatile area of the world)
  • Maintaining daily devotion and prayer time
  • Lasting relationships with sending churches (we are one of those!) and the Presbytery of Mid-Atlantic Working Group
  • A spirit of humility as they engage locals
  • God to breathe His Spirit on the multitudes who are living in darkness

    And Make Disciples

    THIS SUNDAY Pastor Glen will continue his series on the Acts of the Apostles with the message entitled, “Leaping for Joy” focusing on Acts 3: 1-10. We will be focusing on the how God’s miraculous gift of salvation should make all of us leap for joy!

    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.


    THANKS – We want to express our sincere gratitude for those who helped with the three work days we had to clean and paint the two Sunday school rooms: Paul Childers; Ron & Pat Layne, Cliff & Lynn Scott; Glen, Kim & Kristen Holman – a special thanks to Paul Childers for installing two new ceiling fans!

    Prayer Walks – will begin this Sunday and continue throughout the week (any time you are able to walk and pray!) Teams of 2-3 will be walking the streets in the neighborhood of the Brethren Church to pray for the people in these neighborhoods. There will be a sign-up sheet available to sign up for the street(s) you would like to walk and the time you would be available. One of the greatest things we can do is pray for our neighbors!

    POWER OF HOPE SUNDAY – We are gearing up for this exciting all-congregation outreach event – March 22nd. 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 March 22nd, 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!

    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

PLEASE be aware of our church web site: And please use this excellent resource!! 

Prayers of HCC:  

Mary Jane & Hunter “Pete” Trimble – please pray for Mary Jane as she recovers from a heart incident and as Pete recovers from surgery
John Shaw – praise for John’s continued recovery from his shoulder surgery;
Mike Bryant – pray for Mike’s recovery from total knee replacement surgery on both knees this past Monday; he is currently at home;
Meghan Clamon (Cheryl Reynold’s daughter) who is going through various tests and treatments for symptoms which have not been officially diagnosed – 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 part-time
John Severs – praise for John’s continued healing and recovery from his shoulder surgery;
Beth Laughlin – Praise that Beth is gradually gaining strength 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)
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.

In the book Point Man, Steve Farrar tells the story of George McCluskey. When McCluskey married and started a family, he decided to invest one hour a day in prayer, because he wanted his children to follow Christ. After a time, he expanded his prayers to include his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every day between 11 a.m. and noon, he prayed for the next three generations.

As the years went by, his two daughters committed their lives to Christ and married men who went into full-time ministry. The two couples produced four girls and one boy. Each of the girls married a minister, and the boy became a pastor. The first two children born to this generation were both boys. Upon graduation from high school, the two cousins chose the same college and became roommates.

During their sophomore year, one boy decided to go into the ministry. The other didn’t. He undoubtedly felt some pressure to continue the family legacy, but he chose instead to pursue his interest in psychology. He earned his doctorate and eventually wrote books for parents that became bestsellers. He started a radio program heard on more than a thousand stations each day. The man’s name was James Dobson. Through his prayers, George McCluskey affected far more than one family.

Our prayers can be extremely effective – but it is in what God does in changing our hearts to be in tune with his heart. And God desires that others would believe. May God change our hearts to be in tune with his heart as we pray for our neighbors – near and far!