Did you ever wonder why God didn’t strike Adam and Eve dead on the spot after they ate from the forbidden tree? While God graciously didn’t strike them dead the instant they ate from that forbidden tree, they did experience spiritual death (separation from God). And, the process of physical death set in. As a result of their sin, everyone since then is born separated from God and under His just curse of death. And in addition to being born in sin, every one of us has added plenty of our own sins against the Holy God.
Friends, God is not obligated to “save” any sinner from His just penalty of eternal separation from Him. We all deserve His judgment. But because of His sovereign grace, His love and mercy, He has graciously provided a way of salvation. He sent His own eternal Son, Jesus Christ, the second member of the Trinity, to bear the penalty we all deserve. Because the sinless Son of God paid that price, God now can, according to Romans 3:26, “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” In a basic sense, that is the meaning of salvation.
The crucial question for each one of us: “Have we applied the sacrificial blood of Jesus to our hearts?” Believing in general that Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sins and my sins is NOT enough. We must recognize our desperate condition as a slave to sin, under God’s just condemnation. We then must exercise obedient faith by putting our trust in Christ as the substitutionary Lamb. And if our faith is genuine, we will seek to grow in godliness.
May we all have hearts of gratitude for the salvation we have through Jesus Christ!!
Pastor Glen’s sermon this Sunday is entitled, “Head Gear,” based upon Ephesians 6:17a. 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 sanctuary. 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 will study Luke 14: The Cost of Discipleship! Please bring your Bible!!
Hope Community Church 10 Year Celebration
We are celebrating TEN YEARS as a church! We will have a celebration on April 2nd (Palm Sunday). We will reflect on our last ten years, as well as a look at our hopes for the future!! There will be a reception after worship with refreshments! Please plan to attend this exciting milestone!!
Combined Holy Week Services
We will be joining with three other churches for combined Holy Week services. The following is the order of services:
Wednesday, April 5th. Hope Community Church Preacher: Rev. Dr. Warne Dawkins
Maundy Thursday. Shiloh Baptist Church. Preacher: Pastor Glen
Good Friday. Pleasant View Methodist. Preacher: Rev. Dr. Earl Pendleton
Easter Sunrise Union Baptist Church. Preacher: Rev. Eric Strother
The services during the week begin with Prayer & Praise at 7:00 p.m. And, the worship service begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Easter Sunrise service begins at 6:00 a.m.
We would like to have a wonderful representation from Hope attending these services! We hope you will plan to attend!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
If you are interested in purchasing an Easter Lily for the beautification of our sanctuary on Easter, there is a sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center. You may purchase them for $10 in memory of or in honor of someone. Let’s make our sanctuary look beautiful on Resurrection Day!!
All Church Work Day (Change of Date)
All are welcome to join us for a work day on Saturday, April 1st, beginning at 9:00 a.m. This is a change from the original date of March 25th. This is not an April Fools!! We will enjoy a pizza lunch when we are finished. We will be cleaning up outside, including putting down mulch, sprucing up the outside of the building, as well as doing some deeper cleaning inside. Come out for a fun day of making our church grounds and building look beautiful!!
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!!
During March we are collecting Diapers in support of Love INC! They need sizes 3, 4, 5, and 6 diapers or pull-ups, as well as diaper wipes. Please share your donation at the table in the rear of the sanctuary. We are grateful for our partnership with Love INC!
Gospel Hill Ministries will be hosting a Tent Meeting in Waynesboro from April 30th to May 6th. The tent will be set up on April 29th for Riverfest at Constitution Park South in Waynesboro! Plan to attend these exciting night of worship and ministry!
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
Chick-fil-A is Coming
Chick-fil-A will be remodeling their Waynesboro store. Beginning on March 27th, they will be setting up a Food Trailer in our parking lot. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to have broader exposure in the community. Please pray for God to continue using us to be a blessing in our community!
Sean O’Ram (3/25); Debby Ray (3/31)