Church Leaders including Franklin Graham are calling for a day of prayer and fasting for Sunday, October 25th. We have already planned that evening to come together for prayer for what is on your heart, but especially intercession for our country. We had our first prayer gathering last night and it was a lovely time. The Spirit was present! Join us the 25th and Nov. 1st at 6:30! Consider fasting that day or a meal that day or some other day before the election. Let’s make sure God hears our voice about our concerns for the country and the church.
Thank you for all the love you showed Cathy and I yesterday and show all year. We love you all.
I’m offering a New Member’s Class on Saturday at 9:00. It will be over by noon. Let the office or me know this week if you plan to come so we can get materials together.
Join us the next three Sunday evenings at 6:30 for a time of prayer for our church & country.
Kim Southerland sent me this email about a court case against Governor Northam’s restrictions on church went against the First Amendment of the Constitution and the Virginia State Constitution. He relented for churches under 250. What does this mean for us? Take a look at the article.
Jim Trusty mentioned the need to pray. If you are feeling that, come and pray for our country together on Sunday evening at 6:30 on October 18th, 25th, and November 1st.
I’m glad Ted gave you an update on our church finances. I, too, want to thank you for faithfully and generously giving to Hanover Friends. You can give in person or through the mail or have an electronic check sent to the Church like we do.
Many of you watched some of The Return this weekend or the Prayer March that Franklin Graham organized. It’s so important that we are praying for our country and upcoming election. We will be offering 3 Sunday evenings to come together and pray, October 18th and 25th and November 1st at 6:30.
We’ve been dealing with COVID 19 since March with the shutting down of businesses and wearing masks. The CDC recently released death figures for the USA that showed that 94% of those who died from COVID had an average of 2.6 other comorbidities. In other words, they were very ill to begin with. Perhaps you’ve heard about the 6% who didn’t, but 94% is significant.
CDC also released survival rates for COVID by age:
You should be careful, but don’t live your life in fear!
Today is Labor Day as I write this, a day to celebrate work by having a day off. Work is a 4-letter word but not that kind of 4-letter word.
I have enjoyed all my jobs over the years: mowing lawns, helping Dad at his part-time job, Studer’s Sports, Harrison Paint, Landscaping, foamer at a factory, and pastoring 3 great churches!
But if your labor is laborious then listen to Jesus, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Paul said, “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Last week I wrote you about Troy’s need for a car. He’s found one for $2000. If you would like to give toward that purchase, let me know the amount and I will manage the money until he has enough to purchase the car.
Cathy and I plan to join with The Father’s House to prayer walk Atlee High School Saturday at 9 am if you’d like to join us.
I appreciated Ryan’s passionate word in the service Sunday about not being lukewarm. If you weren’t in the service, check it out on the website, Facebook page or our YouTube page. I also loved the line in the Casting Crowns song: “If we’ve ever needed You, we need You NOW! We do need Him now. Seek Him, call out to Him. Let’s get desperate.
Cathy and I went for a walk as it was lightly raining. The sun came out in the western sky. Guess what we saw in the east? A rainbow. God saw it with us. Very cool.
I am beginning an 8-week sermon series on Revelation called “The Last Word.” Rather than teach verse by verse, I will hit on major themes. I encourage you to use RightNow Media along with this series. Follow the instructions in Lisa’s email last week and David Platt has one on Revelation. Do your own study, too!
I don’t like the masks. Wearing one fogs up my glasses. It’s hard to breathe. I’ve read plenty of articles that say they are worthless in protecting you from COVID 19. My loose-fitting cloth mask attests to that. Is it government overreach? A mask today, the mark of the Beast tomorrow. Where does it end?
Cathy and I visited family in Ohio last week. It was good to see them! We visited my Aunt in an Assisted Living facility and Cathy’s mom in one. We were required to wear a mask to be with them outside. It was hot out and the mask didn’t help. But I could tell by my Aunt’s words, me wearing that mask was very important to her.
That was eye opening for me. I wanted to see and talk to her. She wanted me to wear a mask. So, I did. That’s a solid reason for wearing one right now.
It reminded me of Paul’s reasoning in Romans 14. He’s talking about eating meat that was in the Pagan Temple’s butcher shop. Some of it was used in sacrificing and some was sold. Paul had no problem eating the sold meat. Some Christians did. So he said he wouldn’t eat meat if it caused his brother to stumble.
I don’t like the mask. I will wear one temporarily if it gives comfort to my brother or sister.
The congregation unanimously approved the sale of 4.53 acres to WEDG Acquisitions. We’ll be getting a Christian Brothers Automotive and a Dunkin Donuts in the future. Thank you for your support through this process.
Two young families and a few more older adults had lunch in the gym after church yesterday and the children played in a “cooler” place than outside. If you would like to do this, let Lisa know in the office to reserve it, and let me know so I can come back and set the alarm.
Cathy and I will be leaving Sunday to go to Canton and see my dad and aunt and Cathy’s mom and sister. It’s been six months since we’ve seen them. Then we’re traveling to Marysville to see three former church families, then on to Cincinnati to spend a few days with our son. After that, I’m taking Cathy to the CAP work project. I’ll be coming home that Monday afternoon. Remember to pray for our team.
Use your secret weapon of prayer today!
To our members who I am not seeing regularly, I miss you! I hope you are doing well and staying connected to church folks and the church service by Facebook Live or the church webpage. Use RightNow Media resources to keep you growing spiritually.
I encouraged everyone yesterday to reach out to your police department and write them an encouraging note.
We’re proud of our graduates! These 4 graduated from High School:
And Amber Hooper graduated from college. Our prayers are with you as God leads your steps.
I’m completing a nine-week preaching series on the Fruit of the Spirit by discussing Self-Control. Watch James Merritt’s Tasty series along with it. James’ 3 points from Galatians 5:
- Confront Yourself
- Crucify Yourself
- Control Yourself
We’ll be giving you suggestions for summer viewing and learning on RightNow Media. Stand tuned.
Click here to watch last night’s chat.