The Gordonsville Herald
Volume XXXVIII, Issue 2 Febuary 1, 2019
THINK IT OVER . . .
In the January Newsletter . . .
I challenged you to “take time to make time” to read your Bible every day. Some have indicated to me that they have accepted the challenge and are being blessed. Others have told me they’ve tried, but have come up short on the “every day” idea. I understand how making time for all of life’s demands can be difficult and at times overwhelming. But, it’s not too late to take up the challenge and make an appointment with God and His word every day.
Back on January 7th . . .
The writer of the “Stand Firm” devotional penned some words that challenged me in an area where I’ve been coming up short. The writer referred to something Jesus did often that I use to do often – spend extended time alone with the Heavenly Father. The astute writer referred to it as “DAWG” days . . . a “Day Alone with God.” I remember how refreshing it was to steal away to pray, read, and listen unhurriedly. Well, today (1/28), I had a day alone with God. Wow!! I found a place where I could walk, talk, read and listen. It was sweet fellowship with the Lord God. I can hardly wait until our next day we get to have unhurried time.
God’s Word as I Listened . . .
Came from Psalm 32:1 (CSB) – “Blessed is he, whose transgressions is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It’s been on my heart and mind a whole lot lately, that one of the elements sorely missing in our world today is forgiveness. It’s missing in our government leaders, in the business world, in our homes and families, and sadly enough in our churches. In my almost 39 years of ministry, unforgiveness coupled with bitterness have been the two primary tools of the devil to keep churches from moving forward. He has stifled “Kingdom Advance” with the root of bitterness that fuels unforgiveness.
It Is My Hope and Prayer . . .
That these words aren’t in vain. How our world and society need them. How our homes and families need them. How our churches need them, too. I write these words in love – how we use them in our own fellowship at GBC. We aren’t going to see God’s Kingdom advance here until we do.
Think It Over . . .
Life is too short to hold on to things like unforgiveness and bitterness. The only way to squash it is to confess it, make it right and “LET IT GO!” I leave you with one last Word from the Bible. In Mark 11:25, Jesus said, “And whenever you stand praying . . . forgive” (CSB). This was not a suggestion. God’s willingness to
forgive hinges on your willingness to forgive. It’s just that simple.
In Christ’s Love,
COME JOIN US ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019 AT 9:30 FOR A
COVERED DISH FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST
Bring your favorite breakfast food and enjoy fellowship with church family. NO THRIVE TIME OR SUNDAY SCHOOL. Worship will follow at 11 AM in the Sanctuary. Hope to see you!
LOOKING AHEAD . . . A SENIOR BUS TRIP TO THE GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR (MT. CRAWFORD, VA) IS BEING ORGANIZED AND IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 19, LEAVING GBC AT 9:30 AM . . . THE GROUP WILL STOP ON THE WAY HOME AND HAVE LUNCH. Mark your calendar and watch the bulletins and March Newsletter for final details.
Lifesigns: 1/6 1/13 1/20 1/27 Stewardship Report
“Thrive Time” 15 S 16 --- Budget Needs through January 27: $ 17,872
Sunday Bible Study 73 N 67 73 Budget Gifts through January 27 $ 14,389
Worship Service 100 O 98 107 Budget Shortfall: $ 3,483
Budget Offering $ 4,824 W $ 7,721 $ 1,844
Average Attendance: Sunday School 71 Worship (includes Thrive Time) 112
Want a voice in the workings of your church? Attend the next Business Meeting on March 13 at 6:30 PM.
YOUTH / CHILDREN UPDATE
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22 NKJV)
February usually has some very challenging weather . . . so stay tuned to the bulletins for information
regarding Youth . . . February 10 and 24 – Youth Meetings following Worship (lunch provided).
All students currently in Grades 6-12 are welcome to come and join us on Sunday morning for Thrive Time at 8:30 AM, Sunday School at 9:45 AM and Traditional Worship at 11 AM. If you have any questions, please contact the Youth Committee (David Navarre, Chairman, Tina Collis, John and Rene Hounshell, Taylor Short, and Cheryl Ralls) or call the church office (832-2075).
VBS 2019 “IN THE WILD” (AMAZING ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS)
Motto: Zoom in! Focus on Jesus
Theme Verse: But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31 (CSB)
Please mark your calendar for our brief (less than 20 minutes) initial VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL MEETING AFTER WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17. If you are interested in helping out with teaching/helping in Bible Study, crafts, recreation or being a helper in any area, and cannot attend the meeting, please let Susan Eppard know by calling/texting 540-406-1574 or call the church office
LOTTIE MOON INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS OFFERING
GBC Offering Goal $ 2,500 FINAL TOTAL: $ 1,245
“FEBRUARY MISSIONARY PRAYER EMPHASIS
HARTSFIELD FAMILY in CAMBODIA”
Just a reminder that the church voted to support the Hartsfield family this year through our ministry action budget in the amount of $1,200 (Approximately ½% of our annual budget). By giving to the budget offering, you are giving financial support to Pat, Jeannie, Hannah, Seth, and Luke. Other monetary donations for the Hartsfields would be greatly appreciated.
“FEED MY SHEEP”
MENU: “Comfort Foods” Saturday, February 23 11:00 AM – Noon
Gordonsville Presbyterian Church
Anyone wishing to donate food please bring to the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 23, before 10 AM.
LOOKING AHEAD . . . MARK YOUR CALENDAR . . . On Sunday, March 3, there will be a “Soup and Sandwich” fundraiser luncheon following Worship sponsored by the Missions Committee. All proceeds from the “Free Will” donation will benefit the Partnership Missions Fund.
ATTENTION ADULT CHOIR AND BELL CHOIR MEMBERS . . .
Beginning Monday, February 4, Adult Choir will meet at 6 PM and Bell Choir will meet at 7:15 PM.
Please mark your calendar.
INFO FROM THE BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE
Steve Brushwood, Co-Chairman of the Committee, would like those volunteers for 2018 Opening/Closing Church and the 2018 Grass-Cutting volunteers to remain the same for 2019. If you have any questions or would like to change your assignments, please contact Steve Brushwood (832-3928) or the church office (832-2075) Thank you for volunteering.
ATTENTION TELLERS . . . Steve Brushwood, Chairman of the Tellers Committee would like to meet with all the Tellers in the Library following Worship ON SUNDAY, FEBRURY 3 (in the Library).
This is an important meeting, please plan to attend.
CHURCH FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (2018)
You can pick up your contribution record from the church office (box on desk) or call the office (832-2075) to have it mailed.
WINTER BIBLE STUDY CONTINUES . . . WEDNESDAYS AT 7 PM (Pastor Wayne’s Sunday School Classroom)
Come Join Us! There’s still room at the table! “Revelation 1-3: The Letters to the Seven Churches”