The Gordonsville Herald

Volume XXXVIII, Issue 12                                                                                                                             December 1, 2019





‘Tis the Season . . .

To celebrate the coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ.  When you think about it, we do have so much to rejoice over.  God has been good to us in so many ways.  In the midst of all the Christmas “busyness:  we often forget to celebrate what this time of year is all about.  It’s about God coming down to be our “Immanuel: God With Us.”  Don’t forget to celebrate the real reason for this season.


Some Words of Encouragement . . .

Are in order about some of the good things happening here at GBC.  I want to thank the Fall Festival teams who made our 49th Fall Festival a success.  The net total raised was $ 4,409.  These funds will enable us to contribute to each of these causes:

  • 50% to GBC Benevolence Fund, to help needy families in the Gordonsville area.
  • 25% to GBC Partnership Missions to help fund partnership projects around the world.
  • 25% to Love Outreach Food Pantry in Orange, to help feed hungry people in Orange County.

Thanks for a ministry well done!


Words of Encouragement . . .

Also go out to those who made the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry a success.  We collected 113 shoeboxes from the congregation and the Drop-Off Location processed 1,729 to send on to the distribution center.  Thanks to all who worked to make the Drop-Off Location possible once again.  And . . . I don’t want to forget to say thanks to all those who participated in the Global Hunger Relief rice box offering.  We collected $ 1,142 to help feed hungry people through Southern Baptist hunger relief ministries.


Think It Over . . .

You are a hardworking, generous people.  Just from our November projects, over $ 5,551 will be used to support ministry needs around the globe.  WAY TO GO CHURCH!!  It’s a blessing to serve you as pastor.  You make me proud . . . but more importantly, you MAKE GOD LOOK GOOD!!


                   Wishing You a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year,


                   Pastor Wayne




“Turning Everyday Conversations Into Gospel Conversations”

Starting Wednesday, January 15, 2020        7 PM          Pastor Wayne’s SS Classroom

Study Books will be available for $ 5.00.

Please sign-up in the Sanctuary if you would like a study book.

REMINDER:  At the September 11 Church Business Meeting, it was moved and approved that at the conclusion of the 2019 year “The Gordonsville Herald” will no longer be mailed out.  Copies of the newsletter will be placed on the tables as you enter the sanctuary, and it will continue to be posted on our church website:



Lifesigns:                       11/3            11/10           11/17            11/24                Stewardship Report

 “Thrive Time”               14                  10             -------             15             Budget Needs through November 24: $ 209,996

Sunday Bible Study      60                  65                60                 57             Budget Gifts through November 24:   $   171,710

Worship Service            77                  99                81                 85              Budget Shortfall:                                    $   38,286

Budget Offering        $ 5,179          $ 3,010        $ 2,499          $ 3,137

Average Attendance:         Sunday School    61              Worship (includes Thrive Time)    95




Excerpts from Minutes of November 13 Business Meeting:

  • Ministry Action Budget for 2020 was presented and approved.  (Copies available on sanctuary entrance tables.)

Want a voice in the workings of your church?  Attend the next Business Meeting on January 8 at 7 PM.





December 1—8, 2019                  GOAL      $ 2,500



GIVE $10 AND SEND A YOUTH TO CAMP!   In the latter part of February of 2020, our partners in the Chiricana Baptist Association (Panama) will hold a five-day camp for young people.  The camp will be held on a farm and attendees will stay in tents.  Each young person is asked to pay $10 for the opportunity to camp out, eat meals prepared in a rural “kitchen” and learn about Jesus.  The Goshen has agreed to raise $1,000 for this camp which will help with the cost of leasing the property, purchasing food for the five days and perhaps, most importantly of all, will provide scholarships for those young people who cannot afford to go.  They are not inviting a select few but hope to bring together the largest number of young people gathered at any meeting in the Republic of Panama.  The contributions must be received at the Ministry Center no later than January 15th.  Please consider how the Lord might use you to make this camp a success.  Donations will be received through Sunday, January 12.  Please make your check payable to GBC with a notation “Panama Camp for Youth.”


Our church family donated 113 shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child! 

We received 1,729 boxes through our Drop-Off Location.  We also collected $ 1,142 for Global Hunger Relief.

 God bless all who contributed to these ministries!  PTL!



Operation Christmas Child Distribution Center—

Please pray for the Team (Pastor Wayne and Tina, Lois Bond, Chuck Garton, Lurli Gay, Jeanette Herndon,

Tammy McGehee, Dani & Brittany Neaga, Krista Sacra, Linda Shifflett, Sue Stacy, and Kay White) that will be traveling to Charlotte, NC, on December 1-3 to help in the Operation Christmas Child Distribution Center.

“Feed My Sheep”        Holiday Potluck Favorites       Saturday, December 28      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 AM on December 28.)


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

  • The Youth will have a lock-in on Tuesday, December 31 (time to be determined). 

Youth and Parents:  Please watch the bulletins for updated information regarding Youth Activities.




The children have worked diligently to prepare for their Christmas presentation.  Please mark your calendar and come watch our children share their Christmas excitement.

Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, December 15th following Worship Service until 2 PM in the Fellowship Hall (sponsored by the Children’s Committee) . . .  Children of all ages and their family are invited to a Birthday Party for Jesus!  There will be lunch, games and crafts and a special visit from SANTA!  Hope to see you on the 15th.




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 1.



Adult Christmas Cantata

“Hallelujah, Jesus is Born!”                           Sunday, December 15            

One Worship Service at 11 AM



Community Christmas Eve Deacon-Led Candlelight Service

                    Tuesday, December 24          7 PM




(Pastor Wayne’s Sunday School Classroom)

“Turning Everyday Conversations Into Gospel Conversations”

Study Books will be available for $ 5.00.  Please sign-up in the Sanctuary if you would like a study book.