The Gordonsville Herald
Volume XXXVI, Issue 12 December 1, 2017
THINK IT OVER . . .
As Another Year . . .
Comes to an end, I find myself in a reflective mode. This happens every year for me as I think about Christmas and the New Year. This is a great time of the year to take stock and count all the blessings of the year. I am blessed as I think about this, our twelfth Christmas together. I am grateful for my faith family here in Gordonsville. You bless me and challenge me in so many ways. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives. Thank you for the friendships and bonds that we have made. Thank you for accepting my family and for being there as our “tribe” has increased from eight to fourteen (a daughter-in-law and 5 grands).
Likewise It’s Been . . .
Enjoyable to watch your “tribes” increase through the years. I’ve been blessed to be there with you in marriages, and in the births of children and grandchildren into your families. A long-tenured ministry has so many rewards for a pastor and people. I am grateful that we have had almost 12 years together. I look forward to what God has in store for us in the New Year ahead. I anticipate good things and pray we all will work together to see GBC grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ in 2018.
Think It Over . . .
A church family is a blessing and privilege, but it’s also a responsibility. How so?
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes the church as a “body.” Our human bodies are made up of
many parts, each one is a part of the whole body. In Verse 27, Paul writes:
“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it” (NLT).
My responsibility and your responsibility are to do our part. In 2018, do your part . . . show up, step up, and see what God can and will do through “US.”
P. S. On Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 PM, in the Pastor’s Sunday School Classroom, I will make a presentation on my trip
to Israel. I hope you will come join me as I share with you my experiences in the Holy Land.
COMING IN JANUARY – WINTER BIBLE STUDY
Starting Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6:30 PM Fellowship Hall
(Following Fellowship Covered Dish Supper 5:45 PM)
Hosea-Malachi: Twelve Timeless Voices
Sign-Up Sheets located in the Sanctuary / Church Office (so we can print enough materials)
Lifesigns: 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 Stewardship Report
“Thrive Time” 28 21 26 16 Budget Needs through November 26: $ 227,280
Sunday Bible Study 78 72 86 56 Budget Gifts through November 26: $ 188,162 Worship Service 113 96 122 88 Budget Shortfall: $ 39,118
New Members 1
Budget Offering $ 4,044 $ 4,291 $ 3,848 $ 2,360
Average Attendance: Sunday School — 73 Worship (includes Thrive Time) — 128
Excerpts from Minutes of November 9 Business Meeting:
That the Clerk petition the Orange County Circuit Court to add Allen Brown, Charles Fincham, and Mike Moubray as Trustees of Gordonsville Baptist Church.
Ministry Action Budget for 2018 was presented and accepted. (Copies are available on the sanctuary entrance tables.)
Want a voice in the workings of your church? Attend the next Business Meeting on January 10 at 6:30 PM.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS
AND THE LOTTIE MOON OFFERING GOAL
December 3—10, 2017 GBC GOAL: $ 3,000
Our church family donated 153 shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child! We received 1,471 boxes through our
Drop-Off Location. We also collected $ 1,621.00 for Global Hunger Relief.
The Charlottesville Center collected a total of 8,349 shoe boxes. God bless all who contributed to these ministries PRAISE THE LORD!
Operation Christmas Child -- Please pray for the Team (Pastor Wayne & Tina Collis, Lois Bond, Pam Brushwood,
Lurli Gay, Carolyn Goolsby, Jeanette Herndon, Shirley Irving, Lisa Kisamore, Tammy & Taylor McGehee, Krista Sacra, Wayne & Linda Shifflett, Sue Stacy, and Kay White) that will be traveling to Charlotte, NC, on December 10-12 to help in the Operation Christmas Child Distribution Center.
“Feed My Sheep” Holiday Potluck Favorites Saturday, December 30 11 AM – Noon
Gordonsville United Methodist Church, Main Street
(If you would like to contribute a covered dish, please take it to the Methodist Church
by 10:30 AM on December 30. Thank you!)
YOUTH / CHILDREN UPDATE
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22 NKJV)
The Youth will be shopping for “Angel Tree” children on Sunday, December 17 (time to be determined).
The Youth will participate in the Live Nativity before our Deacon-Led Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 24
at 7 PM (Youth, please arrive at 6 PM to prepare for the Live Nativity).
The Youth will have a lock-in on Friday, December 31 (time to be determined).
Youth and Parents: Please watch the bulletins for updated information regarding Youth Activities.
Children’s Christmas Program on Sunday, December 3rd at the 8:30 AM and 11 AM Services.
Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, December 9th from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Fellowship Hall – lunch provided – making gingerbread houses and Christmas ornaments – singing Christmas carols – visit from a special guest. Children and families please come and join us for fun and fellowship.
HANGING OF THE GREENS . . . If you would like to make a contribution “In Honor Of / In Memory Of” a loved one or friend, please fill out a form which is located on each entrance table to the sanctuary and put in the offering plate or drop by the church office.
Deadline is SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3.
LIVE NATIVITY SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 7-8:30 PM
(Please plan to arrive at 6:30 PM for costuming.)
Volunteers Needed . . . In order for us to have the Live Nativity, we will need at least 16 people to sign-up. A sign-up sheet is available on the bulletin board next to the Sunday School Office
or you can call the church office (832-2075) to sign-up.
Adult Christmas Cantata
“Miracle in a Manger” Sunday, December 17 11 AM
Saturday, December 16 (Church-Wide) 7 – 8:30
(Participants need to arrive at 6:30 for costuming)
Community Christmas Eve Deacon-Led Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 24 7 PM
Youth Live Nativity Before Service