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Blog Archives: November 2014

Remembering Thanks

November 25, 2014
Tag Tuck
Most of us know what Lincoln said “four score and seven years” after our country was founded: the Gettysburg Address. But do you know what he said at “four score and eight years”? On October 3, 1863, he gave a proclamation that the last Thursday of the month of November should be set apart as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise. If you wonder to whom Lincoln thought we should render thanks, then read this brief excerpt from the proclamation: No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the ...

A Word from Our Pastor

November 25, 2014
Don Ward
The word of the week is surprises.  This week has had a few of them.  I’m surprised how many GCC families are in grief.  In a few short weeks, Michele Andreson, Shannon Hull, and Win Wood lost their fathers, Ruth Trice and Garry Buttner lost their mothers, and Jim Morton lost his aunt.  Last week was the 10th anniversary of the death of Brad Arms in the second battle of Fallujah. That is a surprising number of families feeling the ache of loss and grief.  God did not make the world with grief, but with joy in mind.  Jesus will come back and ...

A Word from Our Pastor

November 19, 2014
Don Ward
“Come over to Macedonia and help us.”  That’s from the passage in Acts 16 which we will look at in depth this coming Sunday. A few months back a professor from UVA came into my office and asked for help right here in Charlottesville.  His church, Korean Community Church of Charlottesville, is starting an English language service to reach out to the families around them from other nations besides Korea.  That’s where I was on Sunday: preaching for them in their English language service.  Our own Joe Varaksa is also helping with this ef ...

Sharpening

November 19, 2014
Stacey Powdrell
As Don mentioned two weeks ago, a few of us on staff are taking the opportunity to share our favorite Proverbs with you.  I appreciated Don’s blog post as it was a great reminder of the power that our words can have.  Sometimes I say too much and entirely the wrong thing and other times I don’t say enough of the right thing.  I’m incredibly thankful we have a God who is full of grace and forgiveness when our word choice fails us! Now it’s my turn to share two of my favorite verses which both speak of the value and importance of fr ...

A Word from Our Pastor

November 12, 2014
Don Ward
Global/Local: it’s a phrase that covers what we are talking about on Sundays right now.  It’s the realization that we send missionaries to Japan, for example, but there are also Japanese people living near us.  It doesn’t make sense to care about the people over there, and ignore the people right here.  Of course, there are other kinds of people who are without the life of Christ who are all around us.  We need to reach out globally, while also caring for people locally. We were blessed this past Sunday to enjoy a taste of global/local.  ...

Missionary in a Box

November 12, 2014
Candy Rowley
The blog that follows is not about my favorite proverb, but about my favorite ministry instead. I cry every year when I watch the video promoting Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse.  I know what’s coming – I have seen these videos every year for at least the last 8 years - yet I find my eyes welling up each time I see the joy on the faces of children around the world as they receive a shoebox full of gifts. My heart is soft when it comes to children – that’s probably why God sent me into the teaching profession ...

Keeping Confidences

November 11, 2014
Confidentiality, as you may have read or heard before, is a cornerstone of Ste­phen Ministry. What a care receiver says to his or her Stephen Minister is kept in strictest confidence. Even the identity of a care receiver is kept secret (unless the care receiver chooses to tell someone). Confidentiality gives care receivers the reassurance they need so that they can risk revealing to their Stephen Ministers their deepest thoughts and feelings, details they might not be able to discuss with anyone else. It is through the sharing of innermost ...

A Word from Our Pastor

November 03, 2014
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Home Run! I write to you with a full heart after our Missions Emphasis Weekend.  I was so encouraged at the Missions Breakfast to hear the calling of so many people to reach our world for Christ.  They were young and old, and had very varied approaches to the task. Then on Sunday in Foundations, we learned more of the value of ministry to our International guests, particularly university students.  Our new friend Echo shared with us the costs of following Jesus from her culture, and her joy in sharing her faith with ...

Don's Favorite Proverb

November 03, 2014
Don Ward
19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. (Pro 10:19 NIV) 28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. (Pro 17:28-1 ESV) For the next few weeks, some of us on staff are going to talk about our favorite Proverbs. I hope to go more in depth in the book Proverbs through a sermon series in the fall of 2015.  A famous evangelist in South America, Luis Palau, once spoke of the benefit he received in reading one chapter of Proverbs every day of every ...