The Gordonsville Herald

 Volume XXXVIII, Issue 3                                                                                                                        March 1, 2019

 

 

THINK IT OVER . . .

A Member of a Certain Church . . .

Who previously had been faithfully attending the church, stopped going to the services.  After a few weeks, the Pastor dropped by to visit him.  It was a very cold evening. The Pastor found the man at home alone, sitting by a radiant, blazing fire in the fireplace.

 

Guessing the Reason for the Pastor’s Visit . . .

The man welcomed him into his home, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.  The Pastor made himself at home, but said nothing.  In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the glowing logs.

 

After Several Minutes . . .

The Pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone.  Then he sat back in his chair, still silent.  The host watched all this in quiet contemplation.  As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and than its fire was no more.  Soon it was cold and dead.

 

Not a Word Had Been Spoken . . .

Since the initial greeting into the home.  The Pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave.  He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember, and placed it back into the middle of the fire.  Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.

 

As the Pastor Reached the Door to Leave . . .

His host said with a tear running down his check, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially, for the fiery sermon.  I shall be back in church next Sunday.”

 

Think It Over . . .

Dear friends, let me ask you these questions: “Have you lost your fire?  Are you burning for Christ?”  Think it over . . . perhaps it’s time to get back into the light and warmth of the fellowship of the saints at church.  The new year is an excellent time to get back into the fire.                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                See you at church,

 

                                                                                                Pastor Wayne

                                                                                                (Reprinted from January 2014)

 

 

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ALL-CHURCH PRAYER MEETING

THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019          7 PM       SANCTUARY

Come and join in a time of prayer about the future direction of Gordonsville Baptist Church.  The pastor and deacons would like to have your presence as we seek to be God’s church on mission here and around the world.

 

 

Lifesigns:                         2/3             2/10              2/17              2/24         Stewardship Report

 “Thrive Time”                   16                 21               No TT                 26          Budget Needs through Feb. 24: $ 35,744

Sunday Bible Study          71                 76             *No SS                  79          Budget Gifts through Feb. 24:   $ 29,765

 

Traditional Worship         82                89                  93                    99          Budget Shortfall:                         $   5,979

Budget Offering         $ 4,955          $ 3,879         $ 2,859            $ 3,445

Average Attendance:  Sunday Bible Study 75                Worship (includes Thrive Time) 107   

 (*Breakfast Fellowship 58)

 

 

CLERK'S CORNER

Want a voice in the workings of your church?  Attend the next Business Meeting on

March 13 at 6:30 PM.

 

 

YOUTH / CHILDREN UPDATE

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

Spring is in the air and we are ready to spring into youth ministries.

  • All students currently in Grades 6-12 are welcome to come and join us on Sunday morning for Thrive Time at 8:30 AM, Sunday School at 9:45 AM and Traditional Worship at 11 AM.

  • Regular Meetings on Sunday, March 10 and 24 (with lunch) following Worship. Stay tuned in the weekly bulletins for updates and additions.

     

     

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    VBS 2019     “IN THE WILD” (AMAZING ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS)

    Motto:   Zoom in!  Focus on Jesus

    Theme Verse:   But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the

     Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

     John 20:31 (CSB)

    Anyone interested in working as co-teachers or recreation - or anywhere else - please let the VBS Director, Susan Eppard, know as soon as possible.

     

     

                                                             MISSION UPDATE

    Our March mission emphasis with the Week of Prayer for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering begins March 3.  We will receive this offering through Sunday, March 31.  Please remember to give generously to help support our missionaries in North America. Our church goal is $ 1,500.

     

     

    PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR . . .

                     “SOUP & SANDWICH” LUNCH

                            Sunday, March 3, 2019

    Following Worship Service         (Fellowship Hall)

          Free-Will Donation

              All proceeds to benefit  the Partnership Missions Fund.

     

     

    GOSHEN OFFERING FOR OVEN IN ROMANIA

    $ 9,300.00 + $ 170.00 = $ 9,470.00


     

    MISCELLANEOUS CORNER 

     

    A Senior Bus Trip to the Green Valley Book Fair (Mt. Crawford, VA) is being organized and is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, leaving GBC at 9:30 AM . . . The Group will stop on the way home and have lunch.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Sanctuary or you can call the church office (832-2075) to sign-up.

    CALLING ALL CHRISTIAN MEN TO PRAYER . . .

    WHEN:       1st Tuesday of Every Month at 1 PM                  3rd Tuesday of Every Month at 6 PM

    WHERE?     Gordonsville Firehouse Meeting Room