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.”

 

                                                                             Merry Christmas,

 

                                     Pastor Wayne

 

 

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

 

 

CLERK'S CORNER

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.

 

 

MISSION UPDATE

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 Halllunch 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.

     

     

    MISCELLANEOUS CORNER

     

    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  

    CHURCH-WIDE PARTICIPATION

    (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

    Live Nativity

    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