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.
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.
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
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.
SPAGHETTI LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018 FOLLOWING WORSHIP
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
Breakfast following at the Gordonsville United Methodist Church
(Free Will Donation)
EASTER 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!).