The Apostle Paul suggest in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” It is my prayer that we will be cheerful givers – choosing to invest in the things of God – choosing to serve God with our time, treasure, and talents!
Think of the investment we can make in our community, in our children and our grandchildren for the future. The bottom-line is what we give right now, will be multiplied again and again in the future. Think about the people in the past who made an investment, at great sacrifice, in order that we might know the good news of Jesus Christ.
It is my prayer that each of us individually and corporately as a church will desire to give of ourselves in service to our Lord and to the people all around us in need of the good news of Jesus! May we make an investment in the things of God. May we be those who sow bountifully, and may we be cheerful givers!!
Ramsey & Heather Persing
Ramsey and Heather are on staff with CRU (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ), at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. They minister on the campus of WVU, sharing the Gospel and building up and encouraging the body of Christ on that campus. https://give.cru.org/0583325
AND MAKE DISCIPLES
THIS SUNDAY Pastor Glen will continue our sermon series based on 1 Timothy: “Guarding the Truth”. Those Who Wait at Table,” based on 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Please read this text in preparation for worship and reflect on these questions: “Is every Christian a minister? How can we develop a servant mentality in our church?”
OUR NEW FALL SCHEDULE CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY! Worship 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and Sunday school classes for “all” ages 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend a Sunday School class or assist with one. The nursery for babies and toddlers will be available during worship.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS – Together, we are exploring the Hope Community Ministry Plan: the what, why, and how. Come join us in discussing the process of discipleship developed by using the SiMPLE CHURCH design. This series will continue for 3 more weeks.
CELEBRATION – This Sunday, August 20, Glen will be celebrating his 60th birthday! I would like to invite our Hope Community Church family to celebrate with us and stay for a BBQ lunch after Sunday School that day. No gifts, please. I hope you can join us! Kim
CHURCH PICNIC – Sunday August 27th – The annual picnic for Hope Community church will be at the Patterson’s farm immediately after Sunday School. The Pattersons will provide hotdogs, hamburgers and some lamb burgers along with all eating utensils and tea, punch, and water. Please bring side dishes and desserts. We will plan to eat around 1PM. Please bring your bathing suit if you would like to swim. Directions to 3334 Brownsburg Tpke, Raphine, VA: Take I64 west, onto I81 South (towards Lexington) to Exit 205 (Raphine). Make a right turn onto Rt. 606 and continue west for 4.5 miles until you come to Rt. 252. Make a left onto Rt. 252 and we are the third lane on the left side of the road (approx. 1/2 mile). Sheep sign at the end of the lane. Allow 40 minutes from church to the farm.
Bible study/small group opportunity – Wednesdays from 11am-12:30pm – Are you a person who would like to join a group of women and study God’s Word, pray and fellowship? We are always open to new folks, women or men. Our group will resume meeting September 13 with The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Genesis 12 – 25: Be Obedient: Learning The Secret of Living By Faith. It is an exciting examination of the foundational truths of faith, sin and relationships through in-depth and practical study. We meet at the home of Beth Laughlin, 525 Bader Ave., Waynesboro. For any further information or questions please call Beth at 943-0971.
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
PAINTERS NEEDED – We need painters to paint 2 Sunday School rooms this Saturday morning starting at 8am. The paint and materials will be provided. If you have rollers or paint pans you would like to use, that would be helpful! Please email Nina at email@example.com if you can help this Saturday.
ANM BLANKETS – It’s hard to think about warm blankets in the midst of this hot, humid summer, but ANM is in need of blankets to be sewn for their missionary partners, including those serving Syrian refugees. The Sewing Center at ANM (Advancing Native Missions) has been cutting blankets from a shipment of mattress ticking and have blankets ready to be sewn! If any one is interested in a sewing project to help Advancing Native Missions, please call or email Marty Porter. 540-471-2619. firstname.lastname@example.org. The Sewing Center at Advancing Native Missions is very grateful for any assistance in sewing these blankets.
PRAYERS OF HCC
Colossians 4:2 – “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
Dan Woodworth – Praise God for the continued healing of his detached retina! Dan has no physical restrictions and returns to the doctor the end of August.
Massie and Shirley Wright – Please pray for strength and balance while walking for Massie.
Pat Layne-Please pray for Pat and her family. She is scheduled to have surgery on August 23rd.
Tammy Lipscomb (friend of Candi Brown)-Pray for healing of a torn retina. Surgery was completed to repair the retina 2 weeks ago and another tear has occurred in the same eye.
Helen Wilson and family– Please keep the Wilson family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Thank you to those involved in the lovely Memorial Service for Roger that was held last Saturday, August 12.
Roger Graham and family-Please pray for Roger and his family in the passing of his father.
Jay & Dede Hamilton – Please pray for Jay who has been scheduled for a cochlear implant 12/5, pending the last complete physical exam and tests in November. Pray for new friends, a church they can call home, and encouragement.
Katherine Galloway – Praise that Katherine will be residing in this area at certain times during the year and able to worship and fellowship with our congregation!
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 “quick release” (according to the most recent Facebook post by his wife, Norine) from a prison in Turkey where he has been held since October 7, 2016. Pray especially that his health and strength is maintained, especially since it has been extremely HOT in the prison (110 degrees!). Andrew at least was able to get a fan in his cell. Pray also for his wife, Norine and their family during this ordeal! Please also pray as negotiations are in the works.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Please continue to pray for Don who was diagnosed with leukemia and requires a stem cell transplant. The procedure was scheduled for August 15 but had to be postponed. Please pray that our Lord will help Don to be patient and calm to in the midst of the setbacks.
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.
Ginny (friend of Kelly King) – Please pray for healing for Ginny as there is not a known cure for her cancer. She takes one day at a time.
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 was experiencing neuropathy.
Family of Heather Heyer and community of Charlottesville-Please pray for the family and friends of Heather during this time of loss and grief. May God use the tragic events of August 12 for His purposes and may we pray for Christ’s presence, love and power to be felt by those in Charlottesville and our country.
If you would like to add someone to the prayer list or would like to update a prayer concern, please contact Beth Laughlin at 943-0971.