March 4, 2015
In this season of Lent my mind drifts back to when I was a youngster. I remember as kids we were taught to give something up for the next 40 days. The best I can remember candy was always one of the things at the top of the list. Adults would also talk about what they would like to give up with hopes it would jumpstart them to relinquish bad habits and embrace a better quality of life.
As we journey through Lent we will come upon Good Friday. This is the day that our Savior Jesus was crucified and died for our sins. While people might be giving up things for Lent, remember Jesus gave up his life for us on the cross.
John 10:11 NIV says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” He loves us so much that he was willing to suffer, bleed and die on the cross so we might have forgiveness of sins and peace with God.
Romans 5:1 NLT states, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”
God gave his greatest gift to humanity when he gave us his son. This proves and demonstrates we are of incredible worth and value to our Heavenly Father. God loves you and wants you to experience his love in your heart.
John Blanchard said, “God loved us when there was nothing good to be seen in us and nothing good to be said for us.”
I would challenge you today to give up resisting his tugging at your heart, give up running from him, give up saying not today, give up whatever is holding you back from receiving Christ as your personal savior. My prayer for you is that today you would repent of your sins, surrender your life to Christ and enter into his incredible love. You are greatly loved by God.
John 3:16 NIV says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Romans 10:9-10 states, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
During Lent season may we all draw closer to the Lord, strengthen our relationship with him and go for a heart that is on fire for God.
Church Notes - Week of 3-4-15
Lenten study every Wednesday through season
The second in a series of studies will be held today from 11-11:40 a.m. prior to the Lenten luncheons at Romney First United Methodist Church. The studies will utilize the Society of St. Andrew’s Lenten devotional booklet, “Into the Wilderness,” and focus on Jesus’ life, death and resurrection during the Easter season. The other study sessions will be held March 11, 18, 25 and April 1. Participants are encouraged to pick up a study booklet at the church office.
Celebrating the season with Lenten luncheons
The Romney Ministerial Association will be sponsoring weekly Lenten luncheons in the fellowship hall of Romney First United Methodist Church at noon each Wednesday leading up to Easter. The light lunch will be followed by a brief message and prayer by an area pastor. A different church from the area will also provide the lunch weekly. The public is invited. Today, the Rev. Gary Smith from Romney Church of the Nazarene will be the speaker. A free will offering will be taken and given to Catholic Charities West Virginia.
God’s Helping Hands open Saturdays
God’s Helping Hands, located at Community Fellowship Church, Points, is open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month from 9-11 a.m. Good used clothing is available. Supplemental food boxes can be purchased for a small donation and proof of income. Donations of good clothing and small items are accepted. No big items without calling first. Questions or more info, call Liz at 304-492-5786.
Book study on the ‘Imitation of Christ’
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is having a book study on “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas A. Kempis. It is held every Sunday after church at 10:30 a.m. in the Parrish house. Everyone is invited. Each study lasts about 30 minutes, and there is no homework. Books provided as well as coffee, treats and fellowship.
World Day of Prayer service to be held in Augusta
The Augusta Community World Day of Prayer service will be held at the Augusta Tearcoat Church of the Brethren Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. The theme will be “Jesus said to them: Do you know what I have done to you?” Pastors will be participating and the community choir will provide special music. An offering will be taken to benefit Catholic Charities WV that handles the community ministerial emergency fund. Everyone is welcome.
Timber Ridge Christian Church holding pancake breakfast
Timber Ridge Christian Church is having a pancake breakfast Saturday, March 7, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. to benefit Hospice of the Panhandle. Breakfast includes buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes, sausage, bacon, sausage gravy, fruit, juice and coffee. The cost is a donation to hospice.
Life and teachings of Jesus Bible study to begin March 11
Capon Bible Fellowship, Capon Bridge, will begin a series of weekly Bible studies on the life and teachings of Jesus. The study will begin Wednesday, March 11, from 7-8:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. A youth program for grades 6-12 will be offered at the same time. The church is located at 200 School St. For more info., or directions, call 304-856-1216 or 304-856-1303.
A call to prayer for 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 Saturdays, March 14 and March 28, 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.