The Gordonsville Herald
Volume XXXVIII, Issue 4 April 1, 2019
THINK IT OVER . . .
Everyone loves a laugh. Researchers have discovered what the Bible prescribed centuries ago is indeed true. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good like medicine” (NKJV). Often, laughter is the best medicine to lift a weary soul or burdened heart. Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? Yet to do so at other people’s
expense is rightly considered wrong or mean spirited.
I think it’s neat that our calendar has made provision to suspend this generally accepted rule once every year. April Fools’ Day is one of man’s unique institutions . . . a holiday for laughter. On April 1 until noon – we are permitted to make fools of others. Through the years I’ve pulled some good practical jokes and I’ve had some
good ones pulled on me.
Sometimes it’s good to not take life so seriously but instead look for the humorous things that the Lord allows to come your way. This reminds me of a cute but very pointed story about Easter (which is a very serious subject). The pastor was doing the children’s sermon one Easter Sunday morning. As was usual, little Billy
raised his hand to ask a question.
Reluctantly, the pastor called on Billy. “What did Jesus say right after He came out of the tomb?” asked Billy.
It was a question of great theological importance. The pastor was impressed with Billy’s question. So, in words that were as suitable as possible for his young audience, the pastor explained that the Bible doesn’t
really tell us just what He said.
With this, the hand of one little girl quickly shot up. “I know what He said, preacher,” she insisted.
“And what was that?” asked the pastor.
With a big smile and her arms flung out wide, she blurted out with gusto, “Tah-dah!”
Think it over . . . Easter is God’s “Tah-dah!” On Friday, the devil thought the war had been won. But on Resurrection Sunday, the angel proclaimed “He is risen” (Matthew 28:6). Indeed, the war had been won. Once and for all, Jesus had defeated sin and death and the devil has been on the run ever since.
1 Corinthians 15:57 is our battle cry. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (NKJV).
Happy Easter - "Tah-Dah"
ALL-CHURCH PRAYER MEETING
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019 7 PM SANCTUARY
CALLING ALL CHRISTIANS TO PRAYER AT THE POLE
APRIL 7, 2019 5 PM GORDONSVILLE TOWN HALL
Please come join us at Gordonsville Town Hall for a time of prayer
Lifesigns: 3/3 3/10 3/17 3/24 Stewardship Report
“Thrive Time” 20 13 19 21 Budget Needs through March 24: $ 53,616
Sunday Bible 59 63 73 65 Budget Gifts through March 24: $ 44,351
Worship Service 88 87 113 91 Budget Shortfall: $ 9,265
Budget Offering $ 3,928 $ 4,437 $ 3,725 $ 2,496
Average Attendance: Sunday Bible Study 65 Worship (includes Thrive Time) 113
Excerpts from the March 13, 2019:
That the Church Business Meeting time be changed from 6:30 PM to 7 PM.
Plan to attend the next Business Meeting on May 8, 2019 at 7 PM.
Homemade Chocolate Creamy Peanut Butter and Coconut Cream Easter Eggs For Sale ($5.00 each)
There are order forms on each Sanctuary entrance table. Also, you can call the church
office (832-2075) to place an order. Don’t miss out – these eggs are delicious!
Orders are due by SUNDAY, APRIL 7 and are available for pick-up on Palm Sunday, APRIL 14.
Proceeds to benefit Partnership Missions. Make checks payable to GBC-Partnership Missions Fund.
North American Missions /Annie Armstrong Offering Goal: $ 1,500 To Date: $ 1,235
GOSHEN SPRING MISSIONS CELEBRATION Sunday, April 7 3-5 PM BEREA BAPTIST CHURCH
GOSHEN ASSOCIATION SPRING MEETING Tuesday, April 30 at 3 PM ORANGE BAPTIST CHURCH
(Attention Messengers – Please let the church office know if you will be attending.)
“FEED MY SHEEP” Gordonsville Baptist Church
FREE MEAL Saturday, April 27 11 AM – Noon Menu: “POTLUCK”
Anyone wishing to donate food, please bring dish to Fellowship Hall by 10:30 AM.
Thank you for your support.
YOUTH / CHILDREN UPDATE
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22 NKJV)
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.
Youth will help with the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20.
Regular Meetings on Sunday, April 14 and April 28 (with lunch) following Worship. Stay tuned in the weekly bulletins for updates and additions.
CHILDERN’S EASTER EGG HUNT (Birth-Grade 5)
(Sponsored by the Children’s Committee)
SATURDAY, APRIL 20 at 11 AM (followed by lunch)
INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED CANDY OR MONETARY DONATIONS WOULD BE
There is a container in Pastor Wayne’s Sunday School Classroom for the candy! Thank you!
VBS 2019 “IN THE WILD” (AMAZING ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS) June 10-14
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.
Community Sunrise Service
Easter Sunday, April 21 6:30 AM
Breakfast following at
Gordonsville Baptist Church
(Free Will Donation)
EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE
SUNDAY 21 11 AM
NOTICE REGARDING OUR “THRIVE TIME” WORSHIP ON APRIL 28 . . .
On Sunday, April 28, 2019 the 8:30 AM Thrive Time Worship Service will be held at Gordonsville Airport as part of the “Aviation Weekend” hosted by our own Pack 12 Cub Scouts. Saturday will be full of airport related activities for Scouts from all over the Stonewall Jackson Council, with some Scouts sleeping over on the airport property. Boy Scouts have always incorporated belief and respect for God in their program and our church is taking this opportunity to lead them in a contemporary worship experience. Our members are invited to experience this outdoor contemporary service with the Scouts. Please bring your chairs, as no seating is provided, and remember to dress for the weather (you will be outdoors!).