There is an old story told of an ancient Christian monastery that had fallen on hard times. Over the years, fewer and fewer men had come to enter the life of a monk, until now, only a handful of very old men inhabited the monastery, and it was in danger shortly of dying out altogether as these last monks finished their lives.
A messenger came one day to the monastery, and told the amazing news of a secret contained within its walls. The secret was that one of the monks was actually Jesus himself, come to live among them and to walk on earth again. The news transformed the old monks. None of them knew exactly who Christ was, but because they didn’t know, they started living differently. Each man began to pray a little more fervently, to worship a little more faithfully, to study a little more carefully, to treat his fellow monks with more care and love and respect than ever before.
It was not long before the townspeople began to notice a different spirit in the old monastery, and soon there were younger men who found themselves attracted to the love and devotion in the place, and they began to join. The whole character of the monastery was changed, and it became once again a vital center of prayer and service, of worship and fellowship, of love. The place was transformed by the knowledge that Christ was alive and real and living in someone there, and indeed, Christ had come to live there, and not just in one man, but in them all.
What happens when Christ takes up residence in the hearts of a whole community of people? That community becomes an example of how God means for all of his children to live together. When Christ is present in a church, that church reaches out to the world to tell the good news of Jesus Christ and to demonstrate that good news in acts of loving service. That church reaches in to nurture and train its members to take their Christian ethics and morality into their homes and their workplace, and that church reaches up to God and seeks God’s renewing power to help it continue to be a place where each of its members learns how to become like Jesus.
Friends, may we allow Jesus to take up residence in our hearts (Romans 8:9a), so that when people see us, they will see Jesus. And, in seeing Jesus, they will be attracted to Him!
Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, Ephesians: Our Identity and Purpose! His sermon this Sunday is “Two Spirits,” based upon Ephesians 5:18. Please read this text in preparation for worship.
We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. We encourage you to examine yourself before receiving the Sacrament per 1 Corinthians 11:27-32.
The psalmist declared, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” Our Hope Choir is gearing up again, and we are inviting any interested singers to join in a rehearsal on Saturdays, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please contact Nina Gross, Harold Coiner, or Jackie Skinner if you have any questions!!
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday immediately after worship in the large Sunday school room. Please join Deborah Kleinschuster and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will be continuing a study of the Gospel of Luke. This Sunday we study Luke 2: Jesus’ Birth and History! 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 began this Monday. There is still time to join in this exciting class!! The teacher is Annette Williams. The Session hopes 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 currently 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.
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 Janet Coiner (540.447.0918) by THURSDAY at NOON!! Thanks so much!!
September Financial Report
Offerings: Monthly: $13,920 YTD: $141,828.60
Expenses: Monthly: $20,549.95 YTD: $140,765
We have also received monies designated for our capital campaign and restricted giving. In August we received $70.00 for restricted giving and $960.00 in our capital campaign.
Young Life Banquet
The Young Life Informational and Fundraising Banquet will be held on November 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Church on the Hill. If you are interested in supporting Young Life and would like to attend the banquet, please sign up in the Church Welcome Center or online: https://va37.younglife.events/2022-valley-young-life-banquet Please indicate Arnie and Kathy Doyle as your table hosts.
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 OutreachCrowned from Brokenness
Crowned from Brokenness
Jake & Deborah Kleinschuster have invited anyone interested to attend this spiritually uplifting event this Saturday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Rejoicing Life Church in Stuarts Draft. The featured speaker is Mrs. America’s USA, Michele Duncan! For more information go to FILE_7210
Please join in praying for persecuted Christians around the world. THIS Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of Augusta!
Joan Hughes (11/6); Tiffany Severs (11/7); Cindy Roberts (11/16); Kathy Doyle (11/17)