The Gordonsville Herald
Volume XXXVI, Issue 10 October 1, 2017
SEVEN DEADLY STATEMENTS OF CHURCH MEMBERS
Words have meaning. And if church members start articulating words consistently, those words begin to reflect the
priorities and passions of the church.
I wrote a little book (I Will) on statements church members make that can move a church toward Great Commission and Great Commandment greatness. But there are some sentences that can prove harmful, even deadly, to a congregation.
Here are seven of the most deadly statements:
“I like our church just the way it is.” When you begin to hear this statement expressed among church members, you can be certain there is no Great Commission heartbeat. We should never want our church to stay just like it is; we should be constantly seeking to reach new people with the gospel.
“My pastor doesn’t visit me enough.” There are so many things wrong with this statement. First, it reflects a ministry where there is expectation that the pastor is to do most of the ministry, instead of equipping others to do the work of ministry. Second, it reflects a dependence and self-centered ministry on the part of church members.
“I always vote ‘no’ just to keep the leadership in check.” This person is the disrupter I described in an earlier post. He or she really wants the focus on self. Attention seeking and self-focus are characteristics of this person. They are toxic to churches.
“I just can’t worship with our style of music.” The worship wars aren’t over. These church members could never be missionaries because their indigenous people group probably wouldn’t be singing hymns from the hymnals. There is no sense of worship with these church members; they are all about their own preferences and desires.
“People know where our church is if they want to come.” This statement reflects deadly ecclesiology and deadly missiology. It assumes that the church is a place; and it assumes that the Great Commission is, “Y’all come.”
“I love you pastor, but . . . “ This statement reflects a church member who is both deceitful and deadly. He or she tells leaders they love them, but puts a metaphorical knife in their backs at the first opportunity. These members tear churches apart.
“I pay my tithes here, so I deserve . . .” This church member sees his or her offerings as conditional. So, in a real sense, they aren’t offerings as much as they are country club dues. They will continue to pay their way as
long as they get their way.
To be clear, most church members do not make these statements nor do they reflect these attitudes. But healthier church
members should and must speak up when they hear other members making such destructive statements.
Otherwise, the naysayers, cartels, critics, and bullies will have their way in the church. And the church will soon cease
being the church.
(From: ThomRainer.com., September 20, 2017)
P.S. HOPE TO SEE YOU THIS SUNDAY!
OCTOBER 1, 2017 10:30 AM PICNIC SHELTER
Join us for a time of Worship and Fellowship
Beverages and Paper Items Provided
Bring a Dish to Share. . . Bring a Lawn Chair
There will be no Sunday School
Wear your favorite football/sports team
Lifesigns: 9/3 9/10 9/17 9/24 Stewardship Report
New Members 1 Budget Needs through September 24: $ 184,665
“Thrive Time” 18 26 16 21 Budget Gifts through September 24: $ 154,225
Sunday Bible Study 73 74 63 72 Budget Shortfall: $ 30,440
Worship 101 92 79 98
Offering $ 7,202 $ 3,778 $ 3,273 $ 2,677
Average Attendance: Sunday School 71 Worship (includes Thrive Time) 113
Motions passed at the September 13, 2017 Business Meeting:
That Michael Shaffer be added to the Audio/Visual Committee.
That Wayne Collis and George Myers and any others who would like to attend the Annual BGAV Meeting, November 15-17, 2017, in Hampton, Virginia, be elected to serve as Messengers.
That the proceeds from the Fall Festival be distributed as follows:
25% to GBC Benevolence Fund; 25% to Love Outreach Food Pantry (Orange); 25% to 2018 Romanian Sleep-
Away Camp (student scholarships); 25% to GraceInside.
That the Buildings and Grounds Committee install handrail on sanctuary platform.
That GBC accept a donation from the VFW Auxiliary Post 7638 for $800.00 to be divided equally as follows: Vacation Bible School, GBC Food Pantry, Youth, Helping Hands/Caring Hearts and Trunk or Treat.
Please plan to attend the next Business Meeting on November 8 at 6:30 PM (Annual Budget Meeting)!
“FEED MY SHEEP”
Saturday, October 28 11 AM-12 PM
Menu: “Fall Favorites – Potluck”
ALMA HUNT OFFERING FOR VIRGINIA MISSIONS
Given to Date: $ 575.00
GOSHEN FALL MISSIONS CELEBRATION
Sunday, October 15 3-5 PM
Dogwood Baptist Church
GOSHEN ANNUAL FALL MEETING
Tuesday, October 31 10 AM Hebron Baptist
COME LAUGH WITH US!
GOSHEN ASSOCIATION PRESENTS
DENNIS SWANBERG “THE SWAN”
Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7 PM
Held at Mineral Baptist Church
(No Cost for Admission)
Dr. Dennis Swanberg “THE SWAN” is considered by many as “AMERICA’S MINISTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT.” He uses laughter as a tool to break down people’s barriers about themselves and promotes faith and family values in a lighthearted and humorous way. He has the reputation for revealing and instilling hope and motivating people from all walks of life.
YOUTH / CHILDREN UPDATE
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22 NKJV)
THE YOUTH and YOUTH COMMITTEE are excited about their fall Sunday School Class and activities. Saturday, October 7, is the Gordonsville Fall Festival from 9 AM to 4 PM in which the Youth will be doing “Tootie’s Cake Wheel” (they need donations of cakes, brownies, cookies, etc. – please bring to the church no later than Friday, October 6 – thank you for your support) and outreach. On Sunday, October 15, the Youth are inviting all family and friends to join them for a “Prayer Walk” around Gordonsville beginning at
4 PM from the church. The Youth will be also be assisting with “Trunk or Treat” on TUESDAY, October 31. Watch the bulletins for more activities and ministries.
THE CHILDREN’S COMMITTEE are gearing up for fall as well. There will be an outing on Saturday, October 14th to Liberty Mills for the Corn Maze and pumpkin patch. All children and their families (children must be accompanied by an adult) are invited to participate in this event. Please plan to meet in the GBC Parking Lot at 1 PM to carpool (transportation will not be provided) to Liberty Mills. The cost for this event will be $12.00.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
Covered Dish Supper @ 5:45 Prayer/Bible Study @ 6:30
Echoes of the Reformation: Five Truths That Shape the Christian Life
Trunk or Treat” Tuesday, October 31, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Please let Tina know if you are willing to work in the following areas:
1 – Registration Table 2 – Car Trunks 3 – Hands-On Assistance
Monetary donations and/or donations of individually wrapped candy (basket in Pastor Wayne’s Sunday School Class) would be greatly appreciated! Our theme this year is Biblical – storie from God’s Word.
Also, donations will be accepted for the Bibles given out at “Trunk or Treat” – Please give donation to Rudy Richardson or leave in the Church Office.
TIME FOR OUR 47TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL AND BRUNSWICK STEW – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017
AS ALWAYS, WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR HELP!
Brunswick Stew . . . We will need 105 chickens. We will be cooking the chickens outside the church in propane cookers. To ensure all chickens cook at about the same doneness, we would like to have them all be about the same size. We will be purchasing the chickens again this year. We are asking that you make a donation (please make check out to GBC Ways & Means) in the amount you would normally spend on chickens to defray this cost. We will also need homemade pies to serve with our lunch.
Bazaar . . . We need lots of handmade crafts, knitting, woodwork, crocheting, needlework, sewing, etc. Christmas tree ornaments are always a high selling item. We also need lots of homemade goodies, cakes, pies, bread, cookies, candy, pickles, jelly, jams, etc. Please let us know the selling price of your items. For the White Elephant Room, we welcome your unwanted items of good quality that may be of possible use to somebody else. Please have all your items at the church as early in the week as possible, so we can judge how many tables, etc., that we need. No items will be accepted on the day of the bazaar.
Workers . . . Thursday, November 9, we will debone chickens beginning at approximately 10 AM. Friday, November 10, we will start peeling potatoes and onions at 9 AM. Bring your knife and a cutting board. We need lots of volunteers for both of these tasks.
If you have any questions, please call Tim Baker or Rene Hounshell or the church office (832-2075).