Called to Serve

During the American Revolution, a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier.  Their “leader” was shouting instructions, but did not attempt to help them.  The rider asked, “Why are you helping these men?”  The man retorted with great dignity, “Sir, I am a corporal!”  The stranger apologized, dismounted, and proceeded to help the exhausted soldiers.

When the job was done, he turned to the corporal and said, “Corporal, next time you have a job like this and not enough men to do it, go to your commander-in-chief, and I will come and help you again.”  The man who came by was none other than General George Washington.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to serve.  However, many people in churches across our land attend churches but are not willing to serve – they say things like, “I’ve been there and done that before.  I did my time.  I’m too busy.  Let the younger members do that!  I could never do something like that,” and the list goes on!

Every one of us has been given some gift that is unique to us.  No one else in the church has exactly the gift God has given you.  May we desire to be like George Washington and instead of making excuses, get off our horses and look for ways to serve!!  God desires to use each one of us to make a difference!!


Since this Sunday is our church ministry fair, Pastor Glen will be focusing on our personal ministries.  His message is: “How are You Serving God?” based on 1 Corinthians 12:4-7.  Please read this text in preparation for worship.

Adult Sunday School

Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the large Sunday school room.  Please join Janet Coiner and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!!  We will continue our study of the Acts of the Apostles.  This Sunday we will focus on Acts 16: Lydia’s Faith and Prison for Paul and Silas!  Please bring your Bible.

Ministry Fair

Our ministry fair is THIS Sunday!!  There will be opportunities to explore various ministries within the church and sign up to serve in a particular ministry area after worship!

Women’s Bible Study

Join us for our morning or evening Women’s Bible Study!  A 7-week study by Jennifer Rothschild, “Missing Pieces”

When?  Wednesday Mornings at 10:00 a.m. February 14th – March 27th


Thursday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. February 8th – March 21st

Please contact Marty Porter at (540) 471-2619 with any questions.

Men’s Bible Study

Our Men’s Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. in the Community Room at Panera Bread.  We are currently driving down Rt. 66, exploring the 66 books of the Bible.  This Tuesday we explore James.  All men are invited and encouraged to join us!!


Since our parking lot on Sundays is becoming fuller (which is a wonderful problem!!!), we encourage members and friends who can park in the lots to the west of the church facility.  There is a path with pavers to walk around the building to the main entrance.

Tithes and Offerings

An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary.  Additionally, Online Giving

Are You Receiving Church Emails

If you or someone you know would like to receive periodic emails, including This Week @ Hope and the weekly Prayer Requests and Praise Reports, please provide your first and last name, as well as your email address.  You may give this information to one of our elders: Albert Danraj, Marty Porter, Tim Stewart, or Bob Simmons.  Thank you so much!

Golden Oldies

We will meet next on February 13th from 10:30 to Noon at Panera Bread Community Room.  Amber Bokelman from Social Services will be our speaker.  All church members and elders are invited to join us for this session.

Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports

If you have any concerns you would like to add to the Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports list or give an update, PLEASE contact our prayer coordinator, Janet Coiner (540.447.0918) by THURSDAY at 10:00 a.m.!!  Thanks so much!!

Driver Assistance

If you or someone in our congregation needs a ride to a doctor’s appointment or other appointments, please call Tom Reider (540.649.5162).  He has agreed to coordinate rides.  He has a list of those who have volunteered to give those rides.  We are grateful for this important ministry!!

Mission Corner

We will continue to collect Baby Bottles to support the ministry of ComfortCare Women’s Health once again this year.  Baby bottles are to be filled with extra change or any other cash or check donations.  The bottles need to be returned by February 18th!   If anyone needs more baby bottles or has a question, please contact Pay Layne.  

Candi Brown shares her gratitude to all our folks who have donated various items to support families through Love INC!  Beginning in January through March we will be collecting baby diapers and wipes.  We are grateful for our partnership with Love INC and your support in making donations to this ministry!!

The Missions Team is active keeping in touch with our missionaries and other ministries.  Please keep updated!  You can visit our website and go to the  Outreach page

February Birthdays

Harriet Wangler (2/16); Orville Bame (2/28)