The Gordonsville Herald

Volume XXXVII, Issue 2                                                                                                                            Febuary 1, 2018

 

THINK IT OVER . . .

Last Week . . .

When we had the “mini-spring” thaw from the bitter cold temperatures, a pastor friend, from Fluvanna, and I decided to take a walk in the Shenandoah National Park.  It was a “spur of the moment” decision, we couldn’t pass up a spring day in January.  As one who enjoys hiking the trails, there are certain things that I always keep in a “ready state.”  Of course there is the backpack with things needed while in the woods for the day.  Then there are the waterproof hiking boots for the rugged, often wet terrain, and, of course, the trusty trail maps, just in case.  Finally . . . there is my old faithful walking stick; got to have my stick, it’s “steadied” me so many times.

 

As I Thought About It . . .

A verse from that great psalm of comfort (Psalm 23) came to mind . . . “thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  Time and time again I have been reminded that the Word of God is like my walking stick/staff.  When I have felt my faith wavering due to fear, the verse “When I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3) steadies me over the rocky path.  When we were told our granddaughter wouldn’t live but one day, the staff of promise, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You,” (Isaiah 26:3) flooded my heart with peace.  Today, she is a healthy live wire almost nine year old.  When trials have vexed me sore and I didn’t know what to do, this staff has helped me go forward, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to you

(James 1:5).

I Have Come to Realize . . .

That I would have never known the meaning of many psalms, proverbs, and promises apart from the “rod” God has used to “school” me in the tribulation and heartbreaks of adversity.  They all were there for a reason, but God has steadied me with the staff of His Word just when I needed it most.  Of course, one of the greatest staffs of all is the promise, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).  God is at work, working things out in His way and His time.  This I know from experience, God always sends His staff with His rod.

Always!

Think It Over . . .

Just as a walking stick is vital to safety on the trail, so, too, is the staff of God’s Word, the Holy Bible, when we find ourselves on the trail of adversity.  God has equipped us well for the journey of life . . . the problem is, we forget to take along the staff He’s equipped us with.  I leave you with one final staff to steady you.  You know it well, it has never failed me, “If God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).

 

                                                     Happy Trails, 

 

 

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COME JOIN US ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2018 AT 9:30 FOR A

COVERED DISH FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST

Bring your favorite breakfast food and enjoy fellowship with church family. “Thrive Time” will be held from 8:30 to 9:15 AM followed by the breakfast. NO SUNDAY SCHOOL.  See you then!

Lifesigns:                          1/7              1/14            1/21            1/28                   Stewardship Report

 “Thrive Time”                     19                 25                21               16                  Budget Needs through January 28:   $ 17,560

Sunday Bible Study            59                 77                58              63                  Budget Gifts through January 28:     $ 15,970          

Worship Service                 87               103                89              97                  Budget Shortfall:                                $   1,590

New Members                     2

Budget Offering          $ 4,059         $ 3,608          $ 2,774        $ 5,529

Average Attendance:         Sunday School    64           Worship (includes Thrive Time)    114   

 

 

CLERK'S CORNER

Excerpts from the January 10, 2018 Business Meeting:

    • Beginning in February, 2018, the church office will be closed on Mondays.  The church office will be open Tuesday through Friday from 8 AM to 1 PM.  The Pastor will remain on call 24/7 and can be reached in the event

of an emergency.

Want a voice in the workings of your church?  Attend the next Business Meeting on March 14 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 9 – Game Night with Valentine Taco Dinner from 6 to 10 PM

  • February 25 – Youth Meeting (“Learn to Cook”) from 3 to 6 PM

    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 Worship at 11 AM.    If you have any questions, please contact the Youth Committee (David Navarre, Chairman, John and Rene Hounshell, Taylor McGehee, Trevor McGehee, and Cheryl Ralls) or call the church office (832-2075).

     

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                                       VBS 2018

                        GEAR UP . . .  GET READY . . .

                                    GAME ON  . . .

 

Please mark your calendar for our brief (less than 20 minutes) initial VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL MEETING AFTER WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18.  If you are interested in helping out with teaching/helping in Bible Study, crafts, recreation or being a helper in any area, please let Tina know by calling/texting 540-406-0733 or email testytina@yahoo.com.

 

 

MISSION UPDATE

LOTTIE MOON INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS OFFERING

GBC Offering Goal     $ 3,000                    FINAL TOTAL:            $ 1,795.00

“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.

“FEED MY SHEEP” 

MENU:   “Comfort Foods                Saturday, February 27            11:00 AMNoon       

Gordonsville Presbyterian Church

Anyone wishing to donate food please bring to the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 27, before 10 AM.

 

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MISCELLANEOUS CORNER

COME JOIN US ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2018 AT 9:30 FOR A

COVERED DISH FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST

Bring your favorite breakfast food and enjoy fellowship with church family.

“Thrive Time” will be held from 8:30 to 9:15 AM followed by the breakfast.

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL.  See you then!

Prayer / Bible Study Continues . . .

Hosea-Malachi:  Twelve Timeless Voices

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM . . . COVERED DISH SUPPER AT 5:45 PM

 

 

CHURCH FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (2017)

You can pick up your contribution record from the church office (box on desk) or call the office

(832-2075) to have it mailed.