The Gordonsville Herald

      Volume XXXVIII, Issue 7                                                                                           July 1, 2019

 

THINK IT OVER . . .

As a Student of History . . .

Three words come to mind in relation to those who were instrumental in the founding of our nation:

VISION . . .

PASSION . . .

COURAGE . . .

 

At Times . . .

Our forefathers and mothers are portrayed as larger than life.  We hear things about them that make them seem like they were extraordinary people.  In reality, they were just ordinary people that God used in extraordinary ways.  For the most part, they weren’t used because of their abilities but because of their availability.

 

It Seems That . . .

When you mix vision, passion, and courage with availability—extraordinary things happen.  America’s story is the story of men and women who were visionary and passionate about the cause of freedom and had the courage to go to any extreme, including death, to ensure it for all its citizens.

 

All of This . . .

Was done, however, under the banner of belief in a Sovereign God who created the world and is still at work in that world.  I still believe this to be true and try to live my life accordingly, as do many of you who are reading this.

 

One of the Saddest . . .

Commentaries in the Bible is found in Psalm 78:11. After all that God had blessed Israel with, all the miracles done in their behalf, the Bible says: “They forgot what he had done” (NIV).  Imagine that—to be the most blessed nation on the earth and forget where it all came from.

 

Sound Familiar? . . .

I believe we Americans live in the most blessed nation in the modern era.  God has done so much for us—literally, He has wrought miracles on our behalf.  A look back into our past reveals that it’s only by God’s mercy and grace that America has survived 243 years.

 

Think It Over . . .

If the truth be known, Psalm 78:11 sounds as if it were written as a commentary on the United States of America.  We, too, have seemingly forgotten our benefactor.  This July 4th as you celebrate Independence Day, join me in praying for America to “remember.”  Pray that God would raise up people once again with vision, passion, and courage to stand for God and make Him known once again.

 

                                      God Bless America,

 

                                      Pastor Wayne

 

Lifesigns:                                6/2              6/9              6/16            6/23           Stewardship Report

“Thrive Time” Worship         20                 16                  16                 20          Budget Needs through June 23:  $  111,700

Sunday Bible Study               59                 63                  66                54          Budget Gifts through June 23:     $  93,907

Traditional Worship              98                90                 110                80          Budget Shortfall:                            $  17,793

New Members                                                                  2

Offering                            $ 4,496        $ 3,036           $ 3,551          $ 4,212

Average Attendance:      Sunday School      61      Worship (includes Thrive Time)   113

 

 

THE ORDINANCE OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

     SUNDAY, JULY 7, AT 8:30 and 11 AM

 

CLERK'S CORNER

Want a voice in the workings of your church?      

Attend the next Business Meeting on July 10 at 7 PM in Pastor Wayne’s SS Classroom.

(The Nominating Report will be presented for approval at this time.)

 

MISSION UPDATE

      

 “FEED MY SHEEP”                 Gordonsville Baptist Church                       FREE MEAL     

Saturday, July 27, 2019      11 AM – Noon        MenuSandwiches, Salads and Dessert

Anyone wishing to donate food, please bring it to the Fellowship Hall before 10:30 AM. Thank you for your support.

 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR . . . .

Hartsfield Family (Cambodia)

Brittany Garton Neaga (Romania)              Ginger Garton (returns late summer)

MISCELLANEOUS CORNER

 

HELP . . . WE NEED VOLUNTEERS . . .

We need volunteers to paint the outside porches and entrances of the church (except the front porch).  If you would like to volunteer to do the Lord’s work in this capacity, please contact Steve Brushwood (832-3928) or George Myers (434-760-2875).  Thank you in advance for your willingness to help.                Buildings and Grounds Committee

  

CONTINUED REQUEST FOR GREETERS . . . . We are still in need of greeters.  This is a very important ministry because our greeters are the first contact a visitor has with our church.   There are lots of dates that have not been filled.  Thank you for your response to this need.  PLEASE HELP US WITH THIS MINISTRY!   Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board next to the office.

SIGN UP TODAY!  THERE ARE OPEN SLOTS IN JULY AND AUGUST.