God’s Power to Transform

Never underestimate God’s power to transform sinners!  In the Gospel of Luke, we meet Levi, a tax collector.  You would never expect this greedy, hardhearted tax collector to become one of Jesus’s closest followers and eventually write the first Gospel?  Imagine what the other disciples must have thought when Jesus called Levi!  We read in Luke 5:27-28, “After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth.  And he said to him, ‘Follow me.’  And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.”

When Jesus goes to Levi’s house for a dinner party there are many other tax collectors in the house.  The Pharisees and scribes grumble at Jesus’s disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”  Jesus responds, “Those who are well have no need for a physician, but those who are sick.”

Another example of radical transformation is found in Saul of Tarsus!  What did people think when the Lord called Saul on the Damascus Road?  Seriously?!!  But the Lord is in the business of calling those whom the world thinks to be unlikely candidates for salvation.  It is to God’s glory to save the most desperately wicked.

Can you imagine a doctor’s office with a sign on the door: “We do not treat the sick”?  As a church, we dare not imply, “Only good people wanted; sinners not welcome.”  As we discover in Luke 5:32, Jesus did not come “to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

If you think of yourself as a good person, you should be alarmed.  Christ saves sinners, not pretty good people.  But if you confess, “I am a sinner,” you have the promise of Scripture in Romans 5:6 that “Christ died for the ungodly.”  If you will repent and believe in Jesus Christ, you will know the joy of having Him dine at your table and of seeing Him use you to share His good news with lost people – other sinners like us!   We simply need to respond to his invitation, “Follow me!”  So. Never underestimate God’s power to transform sinners!!

Sunday Worship

Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, Ephesians: Our Identity and Purpose!  His sermon this Sunday is “Imitating God,” based upon Ephesians 5:1-2.  Please read this text in preparation for worship.

Adult Sunday School

Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday immediately after worship in the large Sunday school room.  Please join Janet Coiner and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!!  We will be studying Mark 15: Jesus’ Trial and Death!  Please bring your Bible!!

Spiritual Gifts Class

Would you like to know the way God has wired you?  Would you like to know your spiritual gifts?  If you are interested in a five-week spiritual gifts class, please contact Marty Porter or Pastor Glen.  The class would begin on Monday, October 24th and continue through the end of November (with the exception of Thanksgiving week).  The teacher would be Annette Williams.  The Session is hoping many will take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

Fall Women’s Bible Study

Join other ladies for a journey through a Bible study on Gideon with Priscilla Shirer . . . a 7-week Bible study – Continuing through November 8th . . . Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Adult Sunday school room.  Please contact Marty Porter (540.471-2619) for more information.


Men’s Bible Study

Our Men’s Bible Study meets each Tuesday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. at Panera Bread in the Community Room.  We are studying the letter of James.  Come on out men . . . and bring a friend!!

Tithes and Offerings

An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary.  Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.

August Financial Report

Offerings: Monthly: $11,549.95      YTD: $1127,838.52

Expenses: Monthly: $13,344.30     YTD: $1120,215.25

We have also received monies designated for our capital campaign and building fund.  In August we received $0 for designated giving (Building Fund) and $780.00 in our capital campaign.

Mission Corner

Dr. Stephanie Black, who is in transition to Nairobi, Kenya, lives out her passion for equipping emerging global church leaders in Africa and Asia with skills in reading and interpreting the Bible. She is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach in a co-op partnership with Serge.

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.

Generous Gift

Lowe’s Home Improvement donated kitchen cabinets to our church this past week.  When Blake Porter and his friend, Brian Teerlink, were at Lowe’s to buy other materials for their excellent work on repairing some of our tile in the kitchen, they saw the cabinets, and the store representative offered them to our church for free!

Prayer Meeting

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!

October Birthdays

Alicia O’Ram (10/8); George Wilson, Leana Wright, and Bob Simmons (1015); Tyler Bouthillier (10/29)