Recent surveys indicate that a large percentage of Americans who consider themselves to be Christians have not translated that “profession” into worshipping, committed members of Christ’s Church. There are too many people, both inside and outside the church, who have made a one-time decision to follow Christ, but have not fully committed to Christ.
The Apostle Paul states in Romans 12:1, “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” What do these words mean for us today? Offering ourselves as a living sacrifice means giving ourselves completely to God without holding anything back, for there is no such thing as a partial sacrifice.
Presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice is so much more than a one-time decision. It entails commitment. It is impossible to be “sort of” committed. Either you’re committed or you’re not!
Too many churches are filled with people who may be willing to make the occasional contribution of their presence or opinion, but not a full-fledged commitment. I liken it to an airplane ready for take-off, sitting on the runway revving its engine, making noise, but getting nowhere. They may have been planning on it, meaning to, wanting to, trying to, going to, aiming to, hoping to, but they remain on the runway and never got off the ground.
So, are we just revving our engines? Or are we giving ourselves completely to God? When Jesus Christ becomes the center of our lives, we will offer every moment and every action unto God. It begins as we worship God . . . but it is lived out in the world. So, will you contribute, or will you be COMMITTED to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom?
Sid Langrall’s Birthday Celebration
Ladies, a baby girl is on the way, and we’re tickled pink. Won’t you join us to make her and mom’s day extra special? Join us THIS Sunday, May 2nd, 2:00-3:30 at our church facility, as we join Sean and Alicia O’Ram welcoming a new little bundle of joy into their lives, due in the second half of June. They are registered at Target. Let Janet Coiner, Annie Jessee, or Kim Holman know if you are interested in contributing to a group gift.
We have several items we would like add to our church facility. If you are interested in helping with these items, any gift would be greatly appreciated!
A four-drawer filing cabinet; a communion table; a baptismal font; a pulpit
Please contact Richard Jessee (our administrative assistant) by calling the church office on Tuesday or Thursday mornings if you can help: (540) 221-4370.
We care about you!! If you have NOT been receiving caring calls from members of our team but would like to receive a call every two weeks, OR if you have been receiving caring calls but would prefer not to be included on our calling list, please contact Tim Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks so much!
My Offering is a CD with beautiful piano hymns. This CD is available Sunday mornings and can be yours for a contribution to our building fund. We are grateful to Loretta Watkins for recording this music and making these CDs available
Pastor Glen will conclude his series on The Chosen this Sunday. He will be focusing on the conclusion of our Bible study, You are a Vessel of Praise. His sermon will be, “The Stones Cry Out,” based upon Luke 19:29-40. Please read this text in preparation for worship!
The seating in our sanctuary is spaced to allow for social distancing. Please bring and wear a mask while entering and moving about the building. An offering plate is available when you enter the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
We are pleased to offer a nursery for children through pre-school. The nursery is in the Sunday school area, and there is a check-in area at the door of the nursery.
Tom Reider (5/2); Bill Flournoy (5/5); Deborah Kleinschuster (5/7); Loretta Watkins (5/12); Sid Langrall and Charlotte Severs (5/15); Sherry Holder (5/20); Paul Childers (5/20); Larry Roberts (5/25)