The Gordonsville Herald

 Volume XXXVIII, Issue 5                                                                                                                         May 1, 2019



At the Age of . . .

Almost 81 and nearly 60, my dad and I did a hike last week that we had talked about doing for some time.  Located about an hour and a half from his house is “Stone Mountain State Park (NC).”  I had looked at the pictures of it on my iPhone – but when we got to the park, all I could say was – WOW!   Surrounded by the Blue Ridge mountains nestled in a beautiful valley was this giant 600 foot high, nearly 4-5 mile long granite “Alligator Back Formation” rock.


The Trail Going Up . . .

And over the top of the rock was a 4.5 mile round trip.  Along the way there was a number of small cascading waterfalls.  Our goal was to reach the lower end of the rock where the waterfall does a sudden 200+ foot drop.  When we made it to the top of the falls, we stopped to rest and eat our lunch and just take in the beauty of it all.  After resting, dad was ready to go back down.  We were both “winded,” but we were so close to the summit.  We got our second-wind and pushed on and finished the entire loop in about 4 hours.


Hikes Aren’t the Only Thing . . .

That require second-wind strength.  Think it over . . . the “hike of life” often requires second-wind strength.  Life often comes at you fast and furious.  To endure these times, we often need to rely on God’s help and promise of strength.  The old prophet, Isaiah (Isaiah 40:29-31) writes some beautiful words to comfort and motivate us to keep on keeping on.  We are reminded by Isaiah that the Lord knows and cares about us when our strength is failing and we are tempted to quit and turn back.


Think It Over. . .
The second-wind strength described in Isaiah 40:29-31 is just right when you find yourself “winded” by the struggles of life:

“He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.  Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up.  But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength.  They will fly high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint” (NLT 1996).

Strength awaits those who ask and wait upon the Lord.  In due time, you can find yourself soaring once again because you’ve been given a second-wind.

                        Trust in Him – Keep Soaring                                                                                

                                                     Pastor Wayne


MAY 19       10:30 AM      PICNIC SHELTER

Tea, Lemonade and Water Provided

Join us for a time of Worship and Fellowship

Bring a Covered Dish to Share . . . Bring a Lawn Chair

                                                 THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY SCHOOL  



Lifesigns:                      3/31         4/7        4/14        4/21       4/28                              Stewardship Report

 “Thrive Time”                 21           20            25           ---             59 (airport)       Budget Needs through April 28: $ 75,956

Sunday Bible Study        56           61            69           75               63                      Budget Gifts through April 28:    $ 65,021

Worship                           75           93            88          146              84                      Budget Shortfall:                           $ 10,935

Offering                    $ 2,462    $ 4,895     $ 3,027    $ 7,066      $ 3,220                    

Average Attendance:         Sunday School    65                       Worship (includes Thrive Time)  122



Want a voice in the workings of your church?

Plan to attend the next Business Meeting on May 8, 2019 at 7 PM (Pastor Wayne’s SS Classroom)




VBS 2019    “IN THE WILD” (AMAZING ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS)     Week of June 10     Kindergarten – Grade 6

We desperately need teachers and helpers and recreation leaders - or anywhere else - please let the VBS Director,

Susan Eppard know (call or text 540-406-1574) as soon as possible or call the church office (832-2075).

NEED. . . monetary donations are needed to help with snacks.  If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to GBC Vacation Bible School.  We appreciate your support.




May 19 – May 26, 2019                    WEEK OF PRAYER FOR GOSHEN MINISTRIES

“GMO” (Goshen Missions Offering)     Goal: $13,000          Note:  GBC supports this offering through our Budget {$600}

Goshen Missions Offering (GMO) supports ministries not covered in the operating budget.

50% to Capital Needs (Ministry Center roof needed)      30% to RuraLove Ministries (to help local families in crisis)

20% to Panama (supporting the new Partnership Goshen has made with Panama



 “FEED MY SHEEP”                 Gordonsville Presbyterian Church (Main Street)

FREE MEAL              Saturday, May 25, 2019              11 AM – Noon              MenuPotluck

Anyone wishing to donate food, please take dish to the Presbyterian Church before 10:30 AM.  Thank you.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX MINISTRY SUGGESTION:  "Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."  Matthew 21:22.  Families don't always live near a city and there are only candles for light.  No stores are nearby and travel may be after dark.  A boy in Peru asked Jesus to give him a flashlight so that he could walk at night--and God heard him.  As you stand in line at the store, pick up a small flashlight and batteries to put inside your shoebox.





We are still in need of greeters.  Please, please volunteer to assist in this ministry.  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.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board next to the

church office.  Thank you for your response to this need.



“He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.  Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up.  But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength.  They will fly high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint”

Isaiah 40:29-31 (NLT 1996).



CHILDREN’S COMMITTEE REQUEST     The Committee is re-starting Children’s Church which will begin on Sunday, May 5.  This is a planned structured time during worship service for Kindergarten through Grade 5.  We need volunteers to lead and help with this endeavor.  If you are interested in helping, please talk to Sue Stacy or April Cowan or call the church office.  If you would like to volunteer and haven’t had the Safety Training, please talk to Pam Brushwood.  Thank you.




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

WHERE?     Gordonsville Firehouse Meeting Room




. . . Linda Peyton, Chair, Jeanette Herndon, Janet Hartsook, Mike Moubray, Brenda Stoner and Carolyn Tanner . . . as they begin their work (first meeting on May 14 at 7 PM) to enlist those who will serve on committees, etc.  May God bless each of you as you serve the Lord.



Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Council meeting on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 PM (Library)




Names of church members graduating from high school or institutions of higher learning need to be submitted to the church office by SUNDAY, MAY 26We will recognize church members only (information sheets are available in the sanctuary), but we will be glad to announce children / grandchildren who are not church members.