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Thank You – 09.18.22

Thank You!

     We all know that saying “Thank you” is important.  Last Sunday we had our first Awana event and all I want to say is “Thank you.”  Everything went smoothly because we had plenty of help to do something that takes a lot of help.  We had everything we needed because the elders and this congregation are behind what we are doing.  It was organized because I was smart enough to ask Kathy and Tausha to help me get things ready.  I loved roaming through the building watching everyone do their job so well.  Everything made me smile and be thankful.  Most of all, I am thankful to God.  We asked him to bless our efforts and to put his Holy Spirit behind this and we saw it in the eyes of the kids.  They all got a heavy dose of Bible story, Bible memorization, relationships with adults, and fun.  Praise God.  This is a combination that will grow results for years to come.  Thank you God.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close

Sermon: “Elders”
I Peter 5:1-4

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Alice – 05.01.2022

This coming up Monday we will hold a service for Alice Stephens. Alice lived alone in her apartment off Hopeman Parkway for a long time and finally had to move into Choice of Waynesboro, a care facility. I know we always say it, but this time it is as true as it has ever been that she is in a better place. When I first moved here, I didn’t realize that Alice suffered mentally. I would argue with her sometimes over the things she said. I eventually realized to not do that. This week, all of Alice’s problems came to an end. I believe she will make a beeline to Jesus to ask him to heal her just like the woman who suffered from bleeding did. The next time we see Alice, we might expect her to say something crazy, but she won’t. She will be in her right mind – completely healed. That is the gospel.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close

ANNOUNCEMENTS


PREACHING TODAY

Alfred Toole


ELDER OF THE MONTH FOR MAY

Brent Starkey

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Homework – 04.24.22

Homework
Let me remind you that I gave an assignment for class this week. It was to fast for 24 hours from being critical. I got this from reading Catherine Marshall. She got it from Matthew 7:1-2 which reads, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” From that she writes, “One morning last week. He gave me an assignment: for one day I was to go on a ‘fast’ from criticism. I was not to criticize anybody about anything.” (taken from Spiritual Classics)
Find a day to practice this and come to class and share your experience. You can speak up in class or write about your experience and have me read it. Whichever feels comfortable for you. I look forward to hearing what you found.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close


Sermon: “After Easter”
Matthew 28:16-20

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Death of Death – 04.17.22

Christmas and Easter

Every December I preach about the birth of Jesus and on Easter, I preach about the cross. I don’t ever get tired of it because both events are central to Christianity. How could you ever run out of things to talk about in relation to the crucifixion of Jesus? This year I will preach on his death in a way that I never have. I like to talk about the power of the life of Jesus but this Sunday I will preach about the power of his death. If we had been alive at the time we would have intensely wanted Jesus to live, but what we actually needed was for him to die. We have an enemy, Death, that is merciless and cruel. Easter addresses the question to God, “Can you do anything about that?” Obviously, Easter is God’s way of saying, “Yes, I can. And, yes I will.” Hallelujah for the saving power of God that is the heart of the gospel.

See you on Sunday.
Allen L. Close


Sermon: “The death of Death”
I Corinthians 15

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Broken Toys – 04.10.22

Broken Toys
As children bring their broken toys
With tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God,
Because He was my friend.
But then instead of leaving Him
In peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help,
With ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back and cried,
“How can you be so slow?”
“My child,” He said,
“What could I do? You never did let go.”
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Sermon: “Jesus Enters Jerusalem”

Matthew 21:1-11

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The Family of God | 04.03.2022

The Family of God
You notice we say brother, sister round here;
It’s because we’re a family, a family that’s near;
When one has a heartache, we all shed a tear;
It’s because we’re a family, a family that’s near.
I’m so glad I’m a member of the family of God;
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood;
Joy without measure, eternal my home;
I’m so glad I’m a member, of the family of God.
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Sermon: “The Unchanging Christ”
Hebrews 13:7-8

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Be Still my Soul – 03.27.22


Be Still, My Soul

Oh, soul of mine, be still and wait
Upon the Lord this Day,
That He might work His will for you,
That He might have His way.


For you know not the safest path,
The wisest way to go,
The reason for each slight delay,
But He does surely know.


Surrender all into His hands,
Give Him complete control,
And feel the Master’s guiding touch,
Be still and wait, my soul.

Sermon: “The Marriage Bed” Hebrews 13:4-5

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Thank You – 03.20.22

We got a nice poster from McSwain Elementary expressing their appreciation for our thank you event last Tuesday. Judy and Janice took the lead but there were a lot of people involved in putting a project like this together. The staff and teachers were thrilled to have someone hand them a cup of coffee from Farm Haus and then to give them a nice bag full of all kinds of goodies. Laura told me that everyone was talking about it all day and even how much they enjoyed us being there in the morning to talk with them. When we were packing up Tuesday morning Judy and Mag were asking what our next event will be. I love that spirit. Paul wrote in Galatians, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” There are needs all around us and all around the world so it makes sense to me that we would continue to allow God to use us in all sorts of ways to bring himself glory. Praise God!

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close

Sermon: “How to Look at the World” Hebrews 13:1-3

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McSwain – 03.13.22

McSwain
This Tuesday morning, we will be delivering coffee and gift bags to the teachers and staff at McSwain Elementary School in Staunton as a thank you for the work they do. Once again, Farm Haus Coffee is helping us by supplying the coffee. Thank you to everyone that took a sticker off the board and brought supplies so that we could show our appreciation. Thank you to Judy and Janice for organizing this. It was a lot of fun last time and I have no doubt it will be fun again. Speak to Judy or Janice if you would like to help Tuesday morning. One more detail, this is the school where Laura teaches.
There is something really fun about pouring a cup of coffee for someone that is moved by the fact that you got up early so you could do this. It puts everyone in a good mood and the atmosphere is festive. We have had the pleasure of doing this with our city Police, William Perry Elementary, and now McSwain. I pray that God will use these acts of love to heal the madness of our world.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close

Sermon: “Awe of God” Hebrews 12:18-29

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Remember – 03.06.22

This Sunday, during class, I would like to spend our time remembering Dot Hall. I will share some of my thoughts, but I would especially like for anyone that knew her and would like to talk about her to come prepared to say something. The reason I want to do this, besides the fact that I loved Dot and now miss her, can be summed up in Hebrews 3:14. The passage says, “We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.” I think it is important for the people of God to celebrate the people who remain faithful to God to the very end. We recently did this for our dear brother Vince and it was encouraging. Dot was a woman full of kindness and encouragement and it makes sense that we would celebrate that. So we will, this Sunday morning.

Have a prayerful weekend.
Allen L. Close

Cancellation of Services
In the event we need to cancel services due to the weather, please first check your email. Also, you can watch for the notice to be posted on your TV on NBC29 in Charlottesville, or WHSV3 in Harrisonburg.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
SERMON: “Let’s Make A Deal” Hebrews 12:14-17

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