Dear Church Family and Friends,
This coming Sunday we will be having our monthly fellowship meal and communion at noon after the service. Please plan to bring a dish of food or two to share with others! We will be gathering at 10 am to worship, wait on the Lord and interact with the Word of God. I know that everyone is aware that we meet at 10 am on Sunday but keeping the reason for meeting before us is important. As a church family, God continues to lead us into a whole new level of what “church” is about. He is transforming our church meeting into an encounter session with God. We are meeting to perform the priesthood ministry of the new covenant. As a priesthood bought by the blood of Jesus we have the expectation of communion with the Spirit of God. As we meet with this expectation to worship, wait and focus on the Spirit of God, we are learning to expect God to respond by giving insight, power and revelation to us. We gather to truly worship and draw near to God. God promises that as we draw near to Him that He draws near to us. As we minister to him (in worship and prayer) He ministers to us. For this reason, I am excited to gather with you this Sunday!
We are going to continue with our series: “How Jesus changed the world.” I am excited that the Lord is leading us with this series! Sometimes we are tempted to feel as though the world has become a dark place and the enemy tries to deceive us into thinking that the Kingdom of God is failing. I want to confidently report that God is moving in power and purpose on the earth so much more now than ever! In the nations of the world, revival is springing up everywhere! Even in our own country, God is moving in powerful ways to revive and ignite a generation of believers. In short, the darkness seems to be getting darker.. but conversely the light has also become so bright. Two thousand years ago, the radical followers of Jesus changed the world by living in the purposes and power of God. Today this is happening again. The church as a traditional religious institution is failing, but as radical followers of Jesus we seeing God change everything. We have the same opportunity to see God change the world as the early disciples did and we are actually starting to see this happen!
I wanted to update everyone on Randy Jones. Randy is recovering well. He has been moved from the ICU to the a hospital room at Martha Jefferson Hospital. It turns out that Randy’s condition was much more serious than we thought before he was admitted. He is recovering from a blood infection. Thanks to the Lord and the wisdom that the Lord has given to the doctors and nurses, Randy is making a slow yet steady recovery! We give thanks to the Lord for His healing! Randy is in room 2006 on the second floor at Martha Jefferson Hospital. Please continue to pray for his complete healing.
Our Counseled by God class is going exceptionally well! The class is full with 18 students! This course is turning out to be another important formational event in the life or our church family (similar to the Hearing God’s Voice class last spring!) Everyone including believers in Jesus struggle with hurts from the past. These hurts often lead to discouragement and dysfunction in our lives. God is using this amazing course to enable class participants to hear His voice related to past events and begin to experience transformation in order to live in the transforming power of God to experience ongoing healing from the patterns of dysfunction of the past.
This month we also have some special events for the women of the congregation: Mother’s Day is next Sunday. We will be having a special recognition for the mothers of our congregation next Sunday.
All ladies are also invited to a special “Ladies Tea” fellowship event on Saturday, May 18th from 10:30am to 12:30pm. This is fellowship event. Come for a good time to meet and share friendship with one another.
During the month of May, we will be accepting donations to benefit Thrive (formerly the Pregnancy Centers of Virginia.) There is a basket to receive donations near the welcome table in the church auditorium. Items being accepted includes: onesies, baby clothes (through 2T) baby shoes and socks, baby blankets, bibs, burp cloths, Infant toys (rattles, teething rings etc..) Formula, Diapers (to 6 mos) Wipes, Baby wash, shampoo, lotion, diaper cream (no baby oil,) strollers, high chairs, bouncy seats, play mats, swings. All donated items should be new or in near new condition. Gathering these items for the local pregnancy centers is a way that we can continue our outreach to the needy in our community. Ministry to the unwed mothers in our community is a vital ministry need.
I want to share an important and timely word of encouragement: We are entering into important period (one of the most important) in the history of the world. In this hour; God is refining and focusing His church. I believe that all over the world God is purging the church of the comforts and distractions that have disabled her from becoming the radical and powerful church of Jesus Christ described in the Bible. The church of the Bible is a supernatural church; a transforming society of loving and powerful people! The Church described in the Bible was not influenced by – but transformed the culture around it. The church of Jesus Christ in the bible and in history experienced the revelation of the power of God in supernatural signs and wonders. At this point in time, it seems that many believers are struggling with what it means to be a Christian. The church as a religious institution is failing. The true church of Jesus however, is being reformed and is beginning to rise up.
We are at a point in time where turning back to comfortable religious traditions is impossible. God is drawing us to live biblically. The Spirit of God is calling each person back to our original decision. Will we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior? We are truly once again being given a choice. Will we choose to allow Jesus to have full control of our lives? To be Lord of our thoughts and actions? He is asking us to allow Him to do what He wants when He wants. “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb 12:1-2)
See you on Sunday,