June 19, 2013
Barbara R. Johnson – Romney Presbyterian Church
This week Romney Presbyterian Church is transformed into Kingdom Rock for vacation Bible school. At a committee meeting, church members were telling stories about how vacation Bible school has changed over the years.
Last week was 4-H camp where so many people in Hampshire County have attended and/or helped over the years.
So many stories about good times and funny actions are shared whenever friends and family talk about either event or other activities. Memories are gifts to relive the joy found in ordinary and special times.
Jesus Christ knew how important memories are. How memories can sustain us in times of trouble or doubt. How sorrow can be changed to joy when we think about the love of family, friends and our Creator God. Jesus wants to be in our memories, too. In Matthew 28:20 he says: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
If we welcome him into our lives, Jesus will be with us in everything. While all the challenges of this world will not disappear, we can live with the joys and the sorrows with a peace that passes understanding.
A devoted Christian admitted to panic when facing a disturbing situation but then immediately offering a prayer for relief. Panic, then prayer. Even she would prefer to avoid the panic and begin with prayer. But like every one of us, she is human and would like to have control of life. Even Jesus, when he was praying in the garden on the night of his betrayal, asked, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Matthew 26:39.
Jesus modeled for us with his actions and his words (pray using: Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10) what is the best way to form wonderful memories. Living according to the will of God, as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, we shall honor life with laughter and tears, joy and sorrows and recount them all whenever we reflect on our particular story.
Memories of special and ordinary times — a continuing gift from God who so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. An eternity of memories.
Church Notes - Week of 6-19-2013
A call to prayer in Hampshire County
The community is invited to gather with other Christians, pastors and intercessors to pray for revival in our county. Our churches, families and individuals are in need of a mighty move of God. This will only come by prevailing prayer, unified prayer, to be held Saturday, June 22, at Fox’s Hollow Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Traveling west of Romney 3 miles on Route 50, turn right onto Fox’s Hollow Road, bear right and go 1/10 mile. The church is located on the right.
Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., prayer is offered up for Hampshire County at Zoar Baptist Church, 4 miles south on Ford Hill Road, Augusta. All pastors, churches are invited to join this weekly time of interceding for our county, churches, families and lost souls.
Christ Community Church hosting the Journeymen
Another of southern gospel’s finest will be appearing at Christ Community Church, located along Route 50 along the 3-lane just west of Augusta. The Journeymen will be in concert at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 22. Pastor Don and Myra invite the community to an awesome night of great gospel music. For questions or further info, please contact pastor Don, 304-822-0442.
Christ Community Church, Augusta, will hold a senior luncheon on Friday, June 21 at 11:30 a.m. Come join in for a good meal and fellowship.
New Day Baptist community sing June 29
All are welcome to come, sing praise, worship and old-time hymns at New Day Baptist Church, Route 28 south, Fort Ashby, Saturday, June 29, at 6 p.m. Special music presented by Eva Swiger and Vicki DeSantis. Refreshments and fellowship will follow. Come and enjoy yourself and sing along for the Lord. Any questions, pleas call pastor Tom Curtis, 304-287-4211.
Christian Church announces gospel concert
The Romney Christian Church invites the community to enjoy a classic gospel concert with Ron and the Rhytmatics on Sunday, June 23 at 11 a.m. The church is located on the corner of Rosemary Lane and Charlevoix Place. Come one, come all and enjoy gospel songs and singing.