We read in Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein . . .” Everything that we think we own belongs to God. Wait a minute . . . are you saying my car, my house, my computer, my clothes, my jewelry and my food belong to God? YES! You may think you earned it and you worked for it; however, you could not have done those things without the strength God provides.
There is nothing we have that God ultimately has not provided. We are growing in our relationship with Christ when we realize that God gives to us, and He delights in us giving to others and giving back to Him. Isn’t it amazing that we so often try to hold on to what we think is ours?
We read in Malachi 3:10, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.” Friends, when we do this, see if God will not bless us. A tithe is nothing more than a penny out of a dime, or a dime out of a dollar. If God sat with you at a table, and He gave you 10 dimes, what would cause you to say “no” if God asked for one of them back? Yet 90% of all people who say they love God will say “No God, this is mine.”
Tithing is an essential part of spiritual development. Tithing is as much a part of Christian gratitude and obedience as any commandment God ever gave. We sometimes get upset about paying 10% when God is entitled to the full 100% to do as he pleases. The moment God puts money into our hands, “we say this is mine. I’ll only give what I want to give.” At that moment, up goes the fortress around “our” resources. We have no idea of how blessed we are and of all the things that God has done for us. Money is a funny thing. No matter how much we have, we don’t think we have enough. May God give us proper attitudes about how we manage the money and other resources He gives us!
Pastor Glen’s sermon this Sunday is entitled, “Put on Truth and Righteousness,” based upon Ephesians 6:14. Please read this text in preparation for worship. Our worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in . . . Please join Janet Coiner and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will be continuing a study of the Gospel of Luke. This Sunday we will study Luke 11: The Lord’s Prayer and Jesus’ Teachings! Please 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.
NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Beginning THIS Sunday, February 26th, we will begin our new Sunday schedule! Adult Sunday school will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Given that we only have three Sunday school rooms in our building, it will be helpful to have all of those available for family/children’s ministry during worship. We are exploring an alternate location for the adult Sunday school class, which will meet at 9:30 a.m.
Our worship service will now be at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. While this move will be helpful for our ministry to families and children, it will also make it easier to have meetings and other events after worship.
AGAIN, this change begins THIS SUNDAY!
Women’s Bible Study
We are excited that our women’s Bible Study has been launched! We are studying Elijah, utilizing Priscilla Shirer’s wonderful study “Faith and Fire”! We began the study on Tuesday, February 7th and will continue each Tuesday through March 21st. There will be two options for participating in the study: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. Ladies, we look forward to your participation!!
Men’s Bible Study
Our Men’s Bible Study continues to meet every Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. in the Community Room at Panera Bread. We are currently studying a “Drive Through Route 66,” giving overviews of each section and book of the Bible. We welcome ALL men to join us for this exciting study!!
Exploring HOPE is a great way to learn more about who we are as a church family and what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. You will learn about HOPE’s history, vision, and beliefs, and learn about ways you can get involved at a deeper level, including through church membership. This 2 ½ hour class will include lunch and childcare.
Our next Exploring HOPE Class will meet after worship on Sunday, March 12th! If you would like to participate in the class or have questions, please contact Pastor Glen (email@example.com).
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!!
Baby Bottles to support the ministry of ComfortCare Women’s Health are to be returned THIS Sunday (or as soon as possible). The bottles will be picked up NEXT Wednesday (March 1st)!!
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
January Financial Report
Tithes: Monthly: $19,010 YTD: $19,010
Expenses: Monthly: $14,380.18 YTD: $14,380.18
We have also received monies designated for our capital campaign and restricted giving. In January we received $1,285 for our capital campaign.
Kelly King (3/2); Caleb Severs (3/3); Alice Reider (3/13); Ruby Lucas (3/16); Esther Danraj (3/18); Sean O’Ram (3/25); Debby Ray (3/31)