The Christian life can be boiled down to this; it is a question of obedience to do what Jesus calls us to do. We either live as followers of Jesus, or we don’t. Frankly, doing what God calls us to do is a BIG problem for most of us.
In Acts 9, Jesus tells Saul to go to Damascus, and he will tell him what to do. Friends, Jesus has a plan for us. We so often think we have a better plan for our lives. But God has a better idea!
In Oregon, they have discovered the number one reason for car accidents. What do you think it is? Speeding? DUI? Sleepiness? It is tailgating. But there is ONE exception to the tailgating rule . . . and that has to do with following Jesus. We need to get as close as we can to Jesus. He knows where we are going; he knows what is ahead; he knows the challenges we will face. So, stay close to Jesus, even as Jesus stayed close to the Father.
Jesus says in John 5:19: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees the Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” Sometimes we think that lifestyle doesn’t apply to us, that we know what’s best for us. But that same lifestyle needs to apply to us. Even Jesus does that! So, back off the driver in front – but stay close to Jesus!
Pastor Glen will continue his series in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. The sermon this week is “Have You Bowed Before Jesus?” based on Philippians 2:9-11. 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 3: Faith in Jesus! Please bring your Bible.
Exploring Hope Class
Come to our next Exploring Hope Class! Exploring Hope is a gathering designed to communicate a brief overview of what is important to us here at Hope, including our history, what we believe, our values, our focus, our direction, and how to get connected. Our next Exploring Hope Class will be on Sunday, November 26th, after worship. The two-hour class will include lunch in our main Sunday school room. If you are interested or would like more information, please sign up at the Welcome Center or contact Pastor Glen if you plan to attend!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
October Financial Report
Tithes/Offerings: Monthly: $20,413.00. YTD: $180,481.29
Expenses: Monthly: $12,516.82 YTD: $168,823.60
Capital Campaign: $575.00 YTD: $43,058.59
Church Sign Donations: Monthly: $0 YTD: $2,800.00
New AED Device
Our Session recently arranged for the purchase of an “AED” (Automated External Defibrillator) for placement in our building for emergency cardiac events. There are a few folks already trained in AED use along with CPR and Basic First Aid, but we would like to solicit others interested in learning and becoming members of our Medical Response Team. The training is expected to be without cost but class size will be limited. Interested? Please let Richard Ammons know, in person or via ChurchTrac directory contact information. If you wish to help pay for the AED, please make checks payable to Hope Community Church (Memo: For AED).
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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!!
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!!
Candi Brown shares her gratitude to all our folks who have donated various items to support families through Love INC! Beginning in October through December we will be collecting household cleaning products, including bathroom cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, sanitizing surface wipes, hand soap, and bar soap. We are grateful for our partnership with Love INC!
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
Cindy Roberts (11/16); Kathy Doyle (11/17)