Are you a thankful person? One of the ways we honor God is by saying Thank you to Him and to others! That’s the essence of thanksgiving for us as Christians – honoring and thanking God. Thanking God for who He is. Thanking God for all the things He has done for us. Thanksgiving is recognizing that all we have comes as a result of God’s goodness. As we read in John 1:16:
For from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace.
Jesus’ life, death and resurrection are the events from which Thanksgiving comes.
Have you ever noticed that just a few moments spent contemplating our blessings does wonders for our attitude? When the scriptures encourage us to give thanks in every circumstance, they are addressing a need basic to our souls. Thankful people are more joyful than those who constantly complain.
As Lloyd Ogilvie, former chaplain of the Senate, has written,
“Praise is both a response to God’s greatness and goodness and the ultimate level of relinquished trust. If we can praise God for what has happened to or around us, we are acknowledging that He can use everything.”
And yet we recognize that giving thanks is not always easy. Sometimes we are in painful places in our lives and unable to see beyond the pain. Other times we get so preoccupied in day-to-day events that we lose sight of God’s presence and blessings.
Cultivating a grateful attitude doesn’t come naturally to us all the time. We need to be reminded of our blessings, so we will live as thankful people. The Bible points out that there are many possible responses to the gift of God’s presence and power. May we choose to have a grateful heart as we reflect on God’s goodness and grace in our lives! Gratitude Changes everything!
Pastor Glen will be focusing on stewardship the next two weeks. His sermon this Sunday is: “What are You Investing In?” based upon Luke 16:1-13. 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 Deborah Kleinschuster and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. This Sunday we will study Luke 23: Jesus’ Trial, Death, and Burial! Please join this wonderful class and bring your Bible!!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
April Financial Report
Tithes: Monthly: $14,645 YTD: $64,666.64
Expenses: Monthly: $17,754 YTD: $61,128.90
Capital Campaign: $0. YTD: $4,009
Designated Giving: $0. YTD: $2,730
Fun time gathering (with Bingo and prizes) and discussion on future events. This will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13th at Panera Bread Community Room in Waynesboro. Looking forward to seeing you.
Men’s Bible Study
Our men’s Bible study is winding down for the summer. Our last study will be next Tuesday (May 23rd). We are continuing our “Drive Down Rt. 66” in the minor prophets. Next Tuesday we will explore Zephaniah! We meet in the Community Room at Panera Bread at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays! We will be meeting monthly during the summer, and we will be having an end of the season picnic next Tuesday at Lofton Lake, beginning at 6:00 p.m.! If any men are interested, you may arrive early and go fishing! Also, wives or friends are invited to the picnic!
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 NOON!! Thanks so much!!
If you or someone in our congregation needs a ride to a doctor’s appointment or other appointment, 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!!
This month, our own Tyler Bouthillier will be making a new promotional video for East Augusta WRE in conjunction with the teachers. We look forward to seeing the finished project. This year approximately 1,000 students are enrolled in grades k-5 in these 3 schools. Praise the Lord for this victory!”
Hope Blessings Donations for Love INC. We are collecting donations every three months. From April 1 to June 30, we are collecting personal hygiene items: toothpaste, tooth brushes (single packs), shampoo, soap, deodorant (male and female), brushes, combs, and small wash cloths. May we be a blessing to those families in need. 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
Sherry Holder (5/20); Paul Childers (5/22); Larry Roberts (5/25)