How important is your prayer life? It is interesting to study the way in which Jesus prayed. The Gospels tell us that Jesus arose a great while before day and went out to commune with God. We read of seasons that He devoted to prayer, such as his forty days in the wilderness. We learn about nights that He spent in prayer, such as the night before He chose His disciples, the night following the day when people tried to make Him a king, and, of course, the night in Gethsemane.
What then shall we conclude about our need for prayer? If Jesus, the incarnation of the Word and the perfect Man, needed prayer for strength and help, for fellowship and victory, how much more do we, as His followers, need to pray without ceasing? The great Reformer, Martin Luther, is quoted as saying, “I have so much to do today that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer!” May we devote more and more time communing with the Lord in prayer, in order that our lives will be even more effective for the Kingdom of God!
Mid-Atlantic Presbytery (EPC) – The Mid-Atlantic Presbytery supports the ongoing ministries of member congregations by assisting them carry out the Great Commission of Jesus in a denomination which is Presbyterian, Reformed, Evangelical, and Missional. Please keep our Presbytery in your prayers, as they seek to assist member churches with various outreach and educational opportunities. http://www.pmaofepc.org/
AND MAKE DISCIPLES
THIS SUNDAY Pastor Glen will continue our new series based on 1 Timothy: “Guarding the Truth”. The message this Sunday is: “The Focus of Ministry,” based on 1 Timothy 1:3-7. Please read this text in preparation for worship and reflect on this question: “How can we appropriately emphasize biblical truth without being prideful of our “knowledge”?
NEW MEMBER CLASS – Explore the benefits and expectations of membership in Hope Community Church and learn about our vision and dreams as a congregation committed to “Being and making disciples of Jesus Christ”. Join us for lunch and our next New Member Class on two Sundays after worship – June 25th and July 9th. Mark your calendars now to attend this exciting time of exploration.
SUMMER SCHEDULE – Sunday school for children and youth will not be offered through June and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday school will resume on August 6th.
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.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
MINISTRY PLAN – Part of our ministry plan is to improve communication within and without our church family. In order to assist with increased communication, we have added a part-time Administrative Assistant to our staff. I am pleased to announce that Nina Gross will be our new Administrative Assistant. She will begin her duties on June 19th.
We have also enlisted a professional web developer to enhance our web and social media visibility by creating a state-of-the-art web site, which will include more interactive capabilities.
We will also be focusing on increased visibility in the community through various community events. We will keep you abreast as more developments occur. In the meantime, please welcome Nina to her new role within our congregation. And, as Pastor Glen mentioned in his earlier comments, please continue to pray about the part God is calling you to serve. As always, if you have any additional questions, please contact members of our Session or Pastor Glen.
YOUNG ADULT GATHERING – The next gathering will be SUNDAY, July 2nd 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!
ROLAND BEARD & FAYLENE LAWSON CELEBRATION – Larry & Cindy Roberts are hosting a cookout/picnic in honor of Roland & Faylene’s upcoming wedding. The cookout/picnic will begin at 6:00 p.m. TODAY, June 17th. Their home is located at 16 Crystal Springs Road, Fishersville. The Roberts will be providing Carolina BBQ, slaw, hot dogs, condiments, and buns. If you are able to attend, please bring a side dish, salad, and/or dessert, and the beverage of your choice. The Roberts will have tea, lemonade and water. Also, please bring lawn chairs. Please RSVP to the Roberts at (540) 649-0648.
MEALS FOR THE SEVERS – If anyone would still like to sign-up for taking a meal to the Severs in the wake of them welcoming Charlotte to their family, here is the link: http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=XJDT3168
PRAYERS OF HCC
1 John 5:14 – “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”
Debby Ray – Please pray for Debby and her family as she has been diagnosed with a tumor on her ovary and one on her liver. Debby is scheduled to meet with the oncologist at UVA June 20 and undergo surgery June 24 that will remove the ovarian tumor and biopsy the one on her liver.
Roger Wilson – Please continue to pray for Roger, as he is at UVA Medical Center. Pray that a bed will be available at a local rehabilitation facility that will meet his and Helen’s needs.
Massie and Shirley Wright – Please pray for strength and balance while walking for Massie. He experienced a fall over a week ago. Praise that he has made a good recovery after the fall.
Pat Patterson – Please pray for Sue, the spouse of a friend, for the God-given strength in abstaining from alcohol.
David Kleinschuster – Please keep David in your prayers for healing, as he has experienced significant abdominal pain in the wake of his kidney issues.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Please continue to pray for Don who has been diagnosed with leukemia and recently needed several units of blood. Please also pray that a donor will be found as Don requires a stem cell transplant. May God’s peace be with Don and the family.
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.
Lowell & Nina Gross – Please keep Lowell & Nina in prayer, as they both apply for new job opportunities. Pray also for Lowell as he awaits more tests on his prostate and an appropriate and helpful treatment plan.
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.
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 release from a prison in Turkey where he has been held since October 7, 2016. Pray especially that his health and strength is maintained. Pray also for his wife, Norine and their family during this ordeal! Please also pray as negotiations are in the works.
Joe Morris – Praise that $3000 has been gifted to ANM toward the cost for Joe and his son Samuel to participate on the mission trip to Chernigov, Ukraine July 18-29. May we continue to pray for those at the orphanage camp where they will be serving this summer. Joe has been asked to be the construction supervisor.
Chase Hammer (Great Nephew of Cindy Roberts) – Praise that Chase is making a miraculous recovery after the auto accident several weeks ago.
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. Praise that Candi’s aunt, Kat, has been able to return home.
Ginny (friend of Kelly King) – Please pray for quick healing from an apparent infection that required hospitalization. She is now at home and has completed chemotherapy treatments.
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 is currently 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).