The Gordonsville Herald

Volume XXXVII, Issue 4                                                                                                                                April 1, 2018

 

THINK IT OVER . . .

Few Things In Life . . .

Are certain.  The old saying often repeated, goes:  “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.”  You will one day die – but until then – you will pay taxes.  However, there are some other things in life that are certain:

•   Bills have to be paid                                    •   The car won’t start

•   Robo phone calls happen                            •   Blue lights appear behind you while driving

•   You will get junk mail                                  •   Life comes at you fast

On the flip side, however, oxygen is ever present and gravity still works, thank God for both.

One Other Certainty . . .

Comes to mind . . . “uncertainty.”  One certainty in life is that life is uncertain!  No one knows what a day will hold.  Oh! . . . You may have the day planned—but stuff happens and the day’s plan changes without warning.  Take for instance, Job; remember him from the Old Testament?  According to Scripture, Job was blameless, upright, feared God, and shunned evil (Job 1:1).  According to the Book; “He was the greatest man among

all the people of the East” (Job 1:3 NIV). One might say: “Life Was Good” for Job.

Then One Day . . .

Satan the Accuser, asked God for permission to put Job to the test.  And what a test it was.  In one

fell-swoop . . . Job lost everything.  I doubt anyone has ever had as bad a day as Job had.  He lost everything he had; his livestock, his servants, and all ten of his children.  Yet, in the midst of it all, he didn’t blame God.  I’m not too certain how I would react to such a day as this—I’m pretty certain I would ask the “why?” question and be angry at God.

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How Could Job . . .

Be so calm in the face of the “granddaddy” of all bad days?  I think Job 19:25-27 gives us some great insights as to how Job could stand firm despite the circumstances.  Found in this passage is Job’s testimony to what we celebrate every year at Easter:

    • First, Job knew that his Redeemer lives.
  • Wow!  Nearly 2,000 years prior to Christ, Job gave testimony of the greatest news ever.

  • Our Redeemer lives!  Of this fact we can be certain.

    • Second, Job knew that one day the Redeemer would stand on the earth.
  • Wow!  What a great demonstration of faith.

  • Job was certain of something that he did not see (Hebrews 11:1).

    • Finally, Job knew that one day he would see his Redeemer . . .
  • With his own eyes, and

  • He was overwhelmed at the thought.

    Think It Over . . .

    Do you know that one day we will all see the Redeemer face to face?  Are you ready for that encounter?  The only way to be ready is for you to make “The” Redeemer, “your” Redeemer.  Admit to Him you are a sinner.  Believe that He died for you.  Confess your sins to Him and He will be your Redeemer.  There is no better time than Easter to acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Redeemer and live as if He is your Redeemer.     

     

     

     

                                        Happy Easter!

     

                                        Pastor Wayne

     

     

    Lifesigns:                     3/4            3/11           3/18            3/25      Stewardship Report

     “Thrive Time”                 30               14               31                25          Budget Needs through March 25: $ 52,680

    Sunday Bible Study        70               68               62               76          Budget Gifts through March 25:   $ 50,347

    Worship Service             89                82                88             112         Budget Shortfall:                             $   2,333

    Budget Offering        $ 5,683       $ 2,904        $ 6,648         $ 3,804

    Average Attendance:     Sunday Bible Study  69         Worship  (includes Thrive Time)  120

     

     

    CLERK'S CORNER

    Excerpts from the March 14, 2018:

    • That Tina Collis be added to the Nominating Committee Report to serve as the Director of Vacation Bible

      School for 2018 to replace Katie Clark who has resigned.

      Plan to attend the next Business Meeting on May 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

       

      MISSION UPDATE

SPAGHETTI LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER           

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018 FOLLOWING WORSHIP

                      FELLOWSHIP HALL

Menu:  Spaghetti/Meat Sauce/Vegetarian Sauce

            Salad, Bread, Dessert, Tea/Lemonade

“FREE WILL DONATION”

All proceeds to benefit Romania “Camp of Dreams” Team

 

 

CHURCH YARD SALE TO BENEFIT THE

       ROMANIA “CAMP OF DREAMS” TEAM

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 

 

North American Missions /Annie Armstrong Offering      Goal:  $ 1,500      To Date:  $ 1,340


GOSHEN SPRING MISSIONS CELEBRATION        Sunday, April 8       3-5 PM        ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH


 

GOSHEN ASSOCIATION SPRING MEETING        Tuesday, April 24 at 3 PM            PERKINS BAPTIST CHURCH

(Attention Messengers – Please let the church office know if you will be attending.) 

 

 

 

“FEED MY SHEEP”                 Gordonsville Baptist Church

FREE MEAL              Saturday, April 28                11 AM – Noon             Menu“POTLUCK”

Anyone wishing to donate food, please bring dish to Fellowship Hall by 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)

  • 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 Service at 11 AM.

  • April 8 – 3 to 6 PM – “Money Matters”

  • April 22 – Hike – “Celebrate Creation” – (following lunch in support of the Romania Camp of Dreams Team in the Fellowship Hall – return around 6 PM)

     

     

    • 2018 VBS THEME  – “Game On” Week of June 25th

    • VBS Motto: Gear Up, Get Ready! Game On!             

    • VBS Scripture: His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

    • Anyone interested in working as co-teachers or recreation - or anywhere else—please let the Athletic Director, Tina, know as soon as possible.

       

       

      COMMUNITY SUNRISE SERVICE

      Easter Sunday, April 1    6:45 AM

                   Maplewood Cemetery

           Breakfast following at the Gordonsville United Methodist Church

                                                                           (Free Will Donation)

       

        

      Image result for clip art for lord's supperEASTER WORSHIP SERVICE
      Sunday, April 1       11 AM

      (With Lord's Supper) 

       

       

       

      CALLING ALL CHRISTIAN MEN TO PRAYER . . .

      Tuesday, April 3 at 1 PM           G’ville Firehouse Meeting Room            To Pray for the G’ville Community

      Bring Your Own Bag Lunch (if you like). . . A Willing and Open Heart. . . A Desire to See a Spirit of Renewal


       

      URGENT NOTICE REGARDING OUR “THRIVE TIME” WORSHIP ON APRIL 15 . . .

      On Sunday, April 15, 2018 the 8:30 AM Thrive Time Worship Service will be held at Gordonsville Airport as part of the “Aviation Weekend” hosted by our own Pack 12 Cub Scouts.  Saturday will be full of airport related activities for Scouts from all over the Stonewall Jackson Council, with some Scouts sleeping over on the airport property.  Boy Scouts have always incorporated belief and respect for God in their program and our church is taking this opportunity to lead them in a contemporary worship experience.  Our members are invited to experience this outdoor contemporary service with the Scouts.  Please bring your chairs, as no

      seating is provided, and remember to dress for the weather (you will be outdoors!).