We read in Matthew 9:36, “When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” When Jesus saw the crowds, He did not focus just on the disciples or his inner circle of friends, but he looked out and saw the people in the crowd. And, he was moved with compassion. That word compassion means to be moved to love, mercy, and pity. In other words, he did not just see them, but he saw their need. They were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Jesus saw that they would soon run out of pasture and starve and that they would get lost and caught in a thicket and perhaps die. In the meantime, they were helpless. Pleasures will run out, the good times will run out, their self-sufficiency will run out, health will fail, death is inevitable, and judgment is sure.
Do we see people like that around us? And do we have compassion on them? Jesus saw the multitude and was moved with compassion for them. May we have that same kind of compassion for our neighbors, co-workers, social acquaintances, and others we see throughout the week, even as Jesus had with the crowds!! May we not only share our hearts and help but the good news of Jesus Christ!
In Pastor Glen’s absence the next two Sundays, we are excited to be welcoming Brad Huddleston this Sunday (July 24th) and Joe Fleming (July 31st). We are in for a treat with both of these church leaders! Let’s give a warm welcome to these two men of God!!
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday immediatuely after worship in the large Sunday school room. Please join Deborah Kleinschuster and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will study Mark 5: “The Healing Ministry of Jesus.” Please bring your Bible!!
Women’s Ministry Thank You!
To our generous Sisters,
Thank you SO much for your gracious financial gifts to our kitchen fund. We received an anonymous donation for a brand new 29 cubic foot refrigerator. Since we have received this gift, the Women’s Ministry has decided to take the funds you have so graciously given to put towards a new stove . . . and shortly after receiving our new refrigerator, money was added to the $350 contributed by another anonymous donor for a new stove!!
These gifts will go a LONG way for the Women’s Ministry to continue serving Hope Community Church and even beyond!!
Bless Every Home
Let’s ALL participate in blessing every home in our neighborhoods by intentional pray-care-share lifestyles! PLEASE check out the website: www.blesseveryhome.com!
Bibles for West Africa
The Church in West Africa is growing exponentially! Joe Fleming of Training2Send shared in a recent email, The Lord has truly multiplied throughout Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana that it has become impossible to keep up with the number of new believers. In Sierra Leone they will have 3000 disciples in training by the end of the year and 1000 in Liberia. The majority of these are new believers. I am amazed how the Lord is moving in the English speaking West Africa countries.”
Given this tremendous increase in Christians in West Africa, Joe has asked that if you have extra Bibles you are not using, PLEASE bring those Bibles to the church, so they can get in the hands of these new believers and Training2Send trainers!! They have very few resources in these countries, so may we be a blessing to these new brothers and sisters in the Lord!!!
If you have not had your photo taken to update our photo directory, please sign-up this week in the Welcome Center. You would be able to have your photo taken THIS Sunday!!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
June Financial Report
Offerings: Monthly: $9,573.73 YTD: $99,466.61
Expenses: Monthly: $18,611.65 YTD: $92,432.61
We have also received monies designated for our capital campaign and building fund. In May we received $3,600.00 for restricted giving and $1,200.00 designated giving (Building Fund).
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Our Weekly Prayer meeting is held at our church facility each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join with us as we seek the Lord’s face!
Helen Wilson (7/21); Marty Porter & Nina Gross (7/27); Ted Brown & Bill Watkins (7/31)