The Gordonsville Herald

      Volume XXXVIII, Issue 9                                                                                           September 1, 2019






As a Result of Our . . .


All-Church Meetings” in March and April of this year, this fall GBC will be focusing on how to become a more prayer-focused church.  You will hear about it from the pulpit both in Thrive Time and Traditional Worship.  Our Wednesday Bible Study will focus on prayer blockers and how to remove them.  In our youth and adult Sunday School classes, the “Journey Into Powerful Prayer” Bible study will be used to help us zero in on how to be more effective in our praying.

As We Met Together . . .

It became obvious that we needed and wanted to know more about prayer.  I find it interesting that the desire to know more about prayer was the #1 thing on the minds of Jesus’ disciples.  Think it over –they didn’t  ask  Jesus,  in Luke 11:1, to teach them:

  • How to heal the sick, though they had witnessed Jesus do it.
  • How to be great teachers/preachers, though they had been blessed by His sermons and lessons.
  • No . . . they wanted to know how to pray like Jesus prayed.

Looking Ahead . . .

The following tools will be used to help us become more prayer-focused:


  • Wednesday, September 4th at 7 PM — “When God Doesn’t Answer

(Prayer Blockers and How to Remove Them).

  • Sunday’s in September in Sunday School at 9:45 AM — “Journey into Powerful Prayer” based on the Lord’s Prayer will begin being used.
  • Sunday, September 8th at 8:30 and 11 AM — I will begin preaching a series of messages on creating a strategy for becoming a praying church.


Think It Over . . .

Becoming a praying church was at the forefront of our March and April meetings.  We cannot become a praying church unless we all step up to the plate and get involved.  If you haven’t been to church lately, now is the time to step up.  Join us for Bible Study on Sunday mornings and/or Wednesday evenings.  Come for Worship with your family of faith.  Bible Study and Worship are vital to your spiritual growth and strength.  See you at church.


Until Then . . .


Pastor Wayne



Lifesigns:                                 8/4              8/11            8/18             8/25                 Stewardship Report

“Thrive Time” Worship           21                  20              ---                17                  Budget Needs through Aug. 25: $ 151,912

 Sunday Bible Study                60                 57               ---               56                  Budget Gifts through Aug. 25:   $ 124,481

Traditional Worship                90                100              104              92                  Budget Shortfall:                         $   27,431

Offering                             $ 4,089         $ 3,100         $ 3,977           $ 2,316

Average Attendance:         Sunday School      58             Worship (includes Thrive Time)    111




Want a voice in the workings of your church?  Attend the next Business Meeting on September 11, 2019.




GBC September Prayer Emphasis             Brittany Garton Neaga

In June 2011, Brittany followed the call that God placed on her heart and moved to Bucharest, Romania to work with Project Ruth.  Please pray for Brittany and Dani.


     September 8- 15, 2019

“Together as ONE”     1 Corinthians 12:25-27




Saturday, September 28     11 AM – Noon     Menu: “POTLUCK”       Gordonsville United Methodist Church, Main Street

Please bring your covered dish or dessert to the Methodist Church by 10 AM.  Thank you for your support!




Don’t forget that a small incremental increase was added to support the growing impact of Operation Christmas Child.

 A suggested contribution of $9 per shoebox gift provides for the collection, processing, and shipping of shoebox gifts.  It also provides ministry materials such as The Greatest Gift Booklet and The Ministry Partner Guide used to ensure easy-to-understand local outreach event training and clear Gospel presentations.  Please consider this donation prayerfully when you are packing your shoebox to "bring salvation to the ends of the earth" (Acts 13:47).


But be doers of the word, and not hearers only deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22 NKJV)

WOW!! – another school year has begun – so looking forward to the upcoming fall and winter season.  Our Youth Team consists of: David Navarre, Chairman, Tina Collis, Tyler Koneski and Cheryl Ralls.  Don’t forget to join us on Sunday mornings for “Thrive Time Worship” at 8:30; Sunday School at 9:45 and Traditional Worship at 11. 

  • Beginning Wednesday, September 4, the Youth will meet with adults for Prayer / Bible Study.  The focus will be “When God Doesn’t Answer.” 
  • Beginning Sunday, September 8, Youth Sunday School Bible Study will be “Journey Into Powerful Prayer.”
  • Other Youth Group activities will be listed in the Sunday bulletins – please stay tuned!


September 22SOME OF OUR YOUTH will be participating in the Heart Walk at OCHS .   If you would like to make a donation, please see Cheryl Ralls or leave your donation in the church office.  Thank you for your support!


The Choir will not practice on Labor Day, Monday, September 2.  Adult and Bell Choirs will resume practice on Monday, September 9 at 6 PM (Adult Choir) and 7:15 PM (Bell Choir).




Beginning Wednesday, September 4 @ 7 PM (Pastor Wayne’s SS Classroom) (Youth and Adults)



SPECIAL CALLED BUSINESS MEETING FOR THE DEACON ELECTION at the close of the September 8 Worship service.  As you prayerfully consider choosing four (4) Deacons to serve our church family, be mindful of the qualifications for a deacon (per our Constitution and Bylaws).  DO NOT VOTE for (Deacons who are currently serving or rotating off):  Mike Beasley, Pam Brushwood, Tyler Koneski, Bryant McDowell, Mike Moubray, George Myers, David Navarre, Rudy Richardson, John Shaffer, Terry Shaffer, Rick Wilkinson, and Art Wood.



TO ALL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN . . . NOTE FROM THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE . . . We would like to thank everyone who volunteered to serve on a committee for the new church year beginning September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.  We pray for God’s guidance and blessing for you as you begin to serve in your elected ministry.  We urge each Committee Chairman to meet with their members soon after September 1 to make plans for the upcoming year.



2018-2019 Sunday School Report

This past Sunday School year (September to August), according to our records, 2,844 people came to SS.  That’s an average of 61 per Sunday.  Thanks to all the Sunday School workers.  If you are not a part of Bible Study, why not make the new Sunday School year your time to get involved.  Bring your Bible and we hope to see you in Bible

Study at 9:45 AM, September 1.  SS Co-Directors: David Navarre & Linda Shifflett



                                                                  2018-2019 Worship Attendance Report

This year’s total worship attendance was 5,427 (including “Thrive Time”) for an average of 109 per Sunday.  Worship is vital to the life of every believer; both private and corporate worship are needed.  I hope to see you in the Lord’s house gathered to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  See you Sundays at 8:30 for “Thrive Time” (Contemporary Worship) and 11 AM for Traditional Worship.   Pastor Wayne (Hebrews 10:25)




Sunday, October 6, 2019         Sunday School at 9:45 AM        Combined Worship at 11 AM (sanctuary)

Special Guest Music by:   Mountain Highway Bluegrass Family Harmony (Lynchburg)

Testimony and Singing and Preaching  —  Followed by Covered Dish Fellowship Luncheon and

Mountain Highway Bluegrass Concert from 1:30 to 2:30 PM in the Picnic Shelter (weather permitting)

Invite Your Friends and NeighborsNo Charge.

                                A Free-Will Offering will be taken for Mountain Highway.