The Gordonsville Herald
Volume XXXVII, Issue 8 August 1, 2018
THINK IT OVER . . . (This article was taken from “Facts and Trends”)
The Small Change That Can Radically Improve Your Church Experience
By Whitney Clayton (@whitney clayton)
My dad used to tell me some decisions in life were so important, you only need to make them once. He called them once-and-for-all decisions. Growing up in my family, attending church on Sunday was a once-and-for-all decision made by my mom and dad when they were 19 years old, married for less than a year. My dad loves to tell people he has never heard his children ask in a whining voice if we were going to church in the morning. I never questioned whether we would go to church, because that question had been answered a decade before I was around to ask it. On Sunday, we go to church. Decision made. But some Sundays are harder than others to go to church. Sometimes the whole thing feels stale. Or the pastor seems like he’s in a bit of a slump. Or maybe you’ve heard about that new church your friends started attending where everything is perfect. In those moments, when going to church starts to feel like more of a chore than a choice, I want to give you some pastorally advice about how you can refresh your heart toward the act of attending church. I believe one simple change can revolutionize your Sunday morning experience: get there a little early and stay a little late. Showing up to church 15 minutes before the service starts and hanging around 15 minutes after
the service ends can make all the difference. Here’s how.
1. Your worship will be more impactful and your pastor will be more insightful than ever
If your family is like mine, you are probably struggling just to make it to church on time. The few times you actually get to church before the service starts, you are worn out from hustling through morning routines of showers, breakfasts, and sibling fights. Running late after finding your 3-year-old’s shoes in the pantry, you start your frantic, James-Bond-in-a-chase-scene drive to the church, where you have to shuffle your kids through a parking lot full of similarly frazzled churchgoers hustling their families into the building. By the time you sit down in the service, you need five minutes just to get your heart rate back to normal. That is not a great way to enter into a worship service. If you routinely hustle into church right when the service is starting, your heart is not in the place it needs to be in order to receive from God. When Jesus connected with the Father, He went away to a place of solitude and silence in order to meet with God. A calm heart is fertile
ground. And fertile ground is easy to tend.
2. You will make new friends at church.
If you arrive early for church for three weeks in a row, you’re going to meet a lot of the same people in the hallways and at the coffee stand each week. And instead of the cursory nod as you both hustle into the service, you will have time to hold a meaningful, memorable conversation with someone. There is a small chance one of you might actually give a real answer to the questions you ask. “How are you today?” Hustle-talk answers, “Fine.” Real-talk answers: “Well, I am sweating like a beast and pretty proud of myself, because I just herded all my kids through the parking lot and into this building without cussing out loud once. How are you?” You will struggle to build friendships in the church if you are always hustling, always frazzled, and always running in as the service starts. Come early, stay late, and you’ll find a number of new friends waiting for you the next time you show up at church. And nothing will change your church experience like
arriving to find friends waiting for you.
3. You will find a place to serve.
When you arrive 15 minutes early to church, most everyone you run into will be serving in some ministry, and when you talk to them about their ministry, you’ll hear something you can’t catch when you’re in a hurry. You will hear excitement, because most people love serving their church. That excitement is contagious, and if you make it a point to be around the people excited about serving their church, you’ll find a place that excites you, too. Going to church every Sunday is important enough you should only make the decision once. But every Sunday you still decide whether you will give space in your day to love God and love others or whether you will keep slipping in and hurrying out, wondering why church isn’t meaningful to you.
Setting the alarm a little earlier will definitely serve your heart a lot better.
In Service to Him,
Lifesigns: 7/1 7/8 7/15 7/22 7/29 Stewardship Report
“Thrive Time” Worship 23 24 — 11 28 Budget Needs through July 29: $ 131,700
Sunday Bible Study 73 47 — 55 55 Budget Gifts through July 29: $ 138,574
Traditional Worship 94 58 62 83 76 Budget Surplus: $ 6,874
Offering $ 4,716 $ 2,424 $ 2,577 $ 2,617 $ 3,222
Average Attendance: Sunday School 58 Worship (includes Thrive Time) 92
WELCOME HOME GINGER! (Ginger returned to the USA on July 28.)
MISSION PROJECT FOR AUGUST
“Christmas in August” (Back to School Supplies)
Supplies will be donated to schools locally for children with needs. Please bring your items and put them in the basket in
Pastor Wayne’s Sunday School Class.
Composition books (sewn) Subject theme books Boxes of Tissues
Folders (w/clasps & pockets) Glue Sticks Pencils / Erasers /
Paper (wide-rule) Hand Sanitizer (bottle) Pens
Crayons (24 count) Scissors Rulers
FEED MY SHEEP” Gordonsville Presbyterian Church FREE MEAL
Saturday, Aug“ust 25, 2018 11 AM – Noon Menu: “Potluck
Anyone wishing to donate food, please bring it to the Fellowship Hall before 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)
HOPE YOU HAVE HAD A GREAT SUMMER!
Youth events and meetings will be listed in the weekly bulletins – STAY TUNED!
Don’t forget to join us on Sunday mornings for “Thrive Time Worship” at 8:30; Sunday School at 9:45 and Traditional Worship at 11.
VBS “GAME ON” 2018 REPORT
GORDONSVILLE BAPIST CHURCH ROMANIA/CAMP OF DREAMS
Total Enrollment: 88 Total Enrollment 62
Average Attendance: 81 Average Attendance 61
Profession of Faith: 1 Gospel Seeds Planted Many
Family Night Attendance: 114 Goshen Offering
Total Missions Offering: $ 775.00 for Camp $ 17,404
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH Sunday, August 12, 2018 4 PM Picnic Shelter
Bring your homemade ice cream, cookies, or brownies and join us for a time of fun and fellowship to end summer vacation and the start of the new school year. Horseshoes, volleyball, corn hole, and kid’s games will be available. Bring a lawn chair and join us for some summertime fun.
FALL BIBLE STUDY
“The Red Sea Rules” by Robert J. Morgan
Starting, August 22 at 6:30 PM (Covered Dish Fellowship Dinner at 5:45 PM)
COST $ 5.00
Back in 2004 as I was going through a tough time in ministry, I happened across this little book by Robert Morgan. WOW! What a help it was and has been through the years as I have read it through many times when facing some seemingly impossible situations. Just as He did for the Israelites then – God still proves His faithfulness by making a
way for His people today. I hope you will join me, starting Wednesday, August 22nd. See you there! Pastor Wayne
THE ADULT CHOIR WILL MEET ON MONDAY, AUGUST 27 AT 7 PM. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR. The Choir will not practice on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Adult and Bell Choirs will resume practice on Monday, September 10 at 7 PM (Bell Choir) and
8 PM (Adult Choir).
OUTSIDE GREETERS ARE NEEDED
Outside Greeters are needed and the sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board next to the church office. Remember that the greeters are the first people visitors see when they come to
worship. Please sign-up and let your smile and excitement make visitors want to return to GBC.