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I am part of the Leadership at the Waynesboro church of Christ. We believe in a plurality of Elders and that a church should have Deacons to serve the body.

Sunday @ 6:00 – January 23, 2022

Between the weather and people getting sick it has been challenging to make plans for Sunday night. Nevertheless, we will try to gather for the next two Sunday nights at 6. This Sunday we will have an intergenerational activity involving people of all ages working together. We will break into teams and have a Bible competition that will be enjoyable for all. On the last Sunday, January 30, we will have a prayer exercise that will also be enjoyable for all ages. You know I always try to have some surprises in these exercises – fun surprises. I hope you will make plans to join us. I think we really need time together. Last Sunday, despite the oncoming snow, several families stayed around afterwards for almost an hour. It was so nice to have time to visit like that. Thank you God.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close


Cancellation of Services
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SERMON

“Learning From Abraham’s Faith” Hebrews 11:8-19

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A Week – January 16, 2022

What a week this has been. Laura woke up sick on Sunday morning and we had a home test so we decided to check just in case to see if she had covid. She did. Phone calls and scrambling got started quickly to cover my class and everything else I was supposed to do that morning. It was crazy. Thank you to Alfred for shifting his class to cover mine.
This last week reminded me of the beginning of the pandemic – isolation. I haven’t gone to the gym, met with the elders on zoom, and stayed home. I miss people. I have missed Church two out of three Sundays. I miss y’all.
Now I wonder what the weather will do this Sunday. There is a snowstorm coming and we won’t know till Sunday morning if it will disrupt our service or not.
Please look for an email if it is already snowing that morning. We are also trying again to have our night of singing at 6. I hope we can do it. Next week, the 23rd, we are planning an evening of worship. It will be a time of sitting in the dark of the auditorium as we sing, listen to scripture, and pray. On the 30th I am planning a family prayer exercise where we move from prayer station to prayer station and celebrate God’s creation. I have a family coming for that and they are bringing two special guests so don’t miss it. It’s possible you will have your face licked – just saying.
Regardless, we will praise the Lord one way or the other. I hope we can do it in person but if not we have our online service to stand in the gap.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close

SERMON: “The Growth of Faith” Hebrews 11:1-6

Cancellation of Services

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

AGAPE GROUPS: Will not meet for the month of January
SUNDAY NIGHTS AT THE CHURCH: January 16th, 23rd & 30th. January 16th is a night of singing. Meet time is 6:00 p.m.

He – January 9, 2022

He made me in His image
He chose a time and place for me.
He knows my every thought and deed.
He meets my every need in life.
He cares for me each day.
He loves me though I’ve hurt Him.

He prayed for me to be one with Him.
He died for me on Calvary.
He drew me to Him by the cross.
He washed me by His blood.
He promises me a home with Him.
He’ll welcome me to heaven someday.

He is my Lord, my life and my love,
Now and forever more.

D J Lee

Sermon: ‘”What Is Faith?”
Hebrews 11:1-3

Cancellation of Services
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ANNOUNCEMENTS


AGAPE GROUPS

Will not meet for the month of January.


SUNDAY NIGHTS AT THE CHURCH

January 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. January 9th is a night of singing. Meet time is 6:00 p.m.

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Embrace the change – December 26, 2021

A change is as good as a break. I feel just as busy these days as I am on other days but it is different. I spent all day yesterday shopping in Charlottesville with Brianna. We were shopping for Laura and Bri was doing some car shopping. I enjoyed the day very much and even though shopping feels like a chore to me I feel refreshed. I am not teaching classes as much in the next two weeks which freed me up to do more visiting in the hospital. While that is tiring in its own way it is a change from my normal routine and it feels nice.
I hope everyone gets a change this week from their normal routine. I’m looking at our counter and I see cookies, candy, and hot chocolate bombs. That’s a nice change. I had never heard of hot chocolate bombs till we got some from Mikhail and Elena. There are lots of ways to change up your routine this week. I hope you feel refreshed from the change.

Merry Christmas!
Allen L. Close

Sermon: “Emmanuel”
Matthew 1:23

Cancellation of Services
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ANNOUNCEMENTS


SUNDAY SCHOOL

No Sunday school Sunday, Dec. 26th.


AGAPE GROUPS

Will not meet for the month of January

SUNDAY NIGHTS

January 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th meeting at the church at 6:00 p.m. One night an evening of praise, one night a family Bible bowl, and other intergenerational activities.

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Sunday Nights – December 19, 2021

We have some good things planned for Sunday nights in January. Starting January 9 through the 30th we will meet at 6:00 each Sunday evening. I am planning a variety of things including an evening of praise, a family Bible bowl, and other intergenerational activities. I hope you will make plans to join us on these evenings. Agape groups will not meet. My intention will be to make sure your children will be glad they came. I am working on a surprise and will let you know more details as things unfold.
On Sunday, December 26, we will not be having any of our classes. We will begin with our service at 10:30. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close


Sermon: “Being Mary and Joseph”
Matthew 1:18-25

Cancellation of Services
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Kamran & Ani – December 12, 2021

There is a lot going on with Kamran right now and we need to be praying for him. You may remember that his son, Isaac, was born in Delaware and that his wife is still here trying to get a birth certificate and passport for the baby so she can go back to Pakistan. Because of a shortage of workers this process was going to take till May. I was disturbed by this thinking about Kamran being away from Ani and Isaac for all that time. After much prayer Ani decided to go back to the records office once more to see if there was any way to speed this up. They finally told her to come back tomorrow, and they would have the birth certificate. Thank you God. Now we just need a passport.
Please remember this family in your prayers. Besides their family issues Kamran will be delivering our offerings to the families in his village. We want to continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will be behind each $50 and that glory will be given to God.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close


Sermon: “The Christmas Story”
Matthew 1:18-25

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Opportunities – December 5, 2021

We are going to be in DC this weekend, celebrating early Christmas with my Mom and our kids. Jim Childress will be preaching and Misha will be teaching my class. It is so nice to have people that can fill in for me, especially on a weekend that Alfred is also away.
We had so much fun serving coffee at William Perry Elementary school this Tuesday. Aaron, the owner of Farm Haus coffee, met us there with six gallons of coffee. We got rid of a lot of it and handed out some really nice gift bags. The teachers were all so enthusiastic and seemed to really enjoy our appreciation for their work. We also let them know that we had people praying for them all that day. Thank you to everyone that brought things for us to give and especially to Judy and Janice for taking the lead on planning this event. What a joy to serve our community in the name of God. There is more coming.
We have cleared the board of people to adopt from Pakistan. What a great testimony for the village where Kamran lives. He will use this to open doors to the message of Jesus Christ. Again, how great that we get to be part of this.
Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close

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Teachers-November 28, 2021

This is the week we say thank you to our teachers. Our thank you to the police was a success. We took 75 bags filled with all sorts of good things for the police and staff to enjoy. This Tuesday we will be giving the teachers and staff at William Perry Elementary gift bags and a cup of coffee. Farm Haus Coffee will meet us there early in the morning with the coffee and all the fixings to go with it. If you would like to help with the serving that morning let Judy and Janice know. They are planning this event. If you are providing things for the gift bags, we need those things at the church on Sunday.
What a blessing it is to be able to step into God’s mission all around us and spread love, cheer, and encouragement. Put that together with our adoption of families in Pakistan and this is a very good month.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close

Sermon: “The Good Ol’ Days”
Hebrews 10:32-39

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Stories

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. I hope you are ready. I heard there was going to be a shortage of turkeys so I got ours several weeks ago. Yesterday in the grocery store it looked like there was lots. Oh well, I’m thankful to have gotten the turkey I wanted. This year, instead of thinking of the things that cause me to be grateful, I am thinking about the stories that make our family what it is and how I am thankful for those stories. I guess this comes from the last few sermons about story. What are the stories that define your family? Trips you went on, embarrassing episodes, tragedies you survived. These are the things that make our families unique. I hope you get to spend time this week sitting around the table, eating good food, and telling good stories. Happy Thanksgiving.

Allen L. Close


Sermon: “Understanding Grace”
Hebrews 10:26-31

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The Perfect Bird

Thanksgiving is around the corner. We already have a turkey and Brianna and I are already scheming our strategy for cooking it this year. Each year we try to cook the perfect bird. Last year was pretty good so it will be hard to do better. I have a surprise for the family that I will pull out the Wednesday before. I hope everyone gets to spend time with family and I also hope you find the time to stop and consider all the things for which you are thankful. You may need to turn off the news and other media outlets so you can get your mind in a thankful state. If Jesus could find joy during the cross then I think we can all find blessings in our lives.
Have a great weekend!
Allen L. Close


Sermon: “Approaching God”
Hebrews 10:19-25

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