|Posted on March 4, 2009 at 10:31 AM||comments (0)|
Hello again dear friends. It has been a little while since I have posted an update. My how time flies!! Here we are in March already! The month has indeed come in like a lion so we will anticipate it leaving like a lamb. Warmer temps will be welcome indeed. But for now...it is frigid and windy and the snow continues to drift over the roads here in Gordonville. We cancelled the spiritual gifting and service assesment meeting this past monday due to the weather and we will be rescheduling very soon. If you are hoping to attend please give me any feedback you may have as to a good time for this meeting.
We enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship with missionary Rebecca Zerbrick this past Sunday. If you missed any of the services please be sure to listen to them by clicking here and selecting Sundays date 3/01/09. She is a young lady with a true heart for God and her zeal should inspire you! Sunday evening was a question and answer session with her and we learned a lot about the countries she will be ministering in.
Our quiz team competed on Sunday night at New Danville Mennonite church. They lost the first two matches and then had a decisive victory in the third match. You can check out their standings by clicking on the links tab on the left of the page and then selecting the ACC quizzing link to pull up that home page.
Please continue to pray for Pastor Steve Canapp and his wife Debbie as they get closer to moving to the area and joining the fellowship here. Steve's last official day as pastor at Grace Bible in Fallston, MD is this week. They anticipate worshipping with us on the 15th and then on the 16th Steve will fly out to the Phillipines to help Christina build her house in the jungle among the Ga' Dang tribe. He anticipates returning the first week of April. Pray for Christina and her entire mission team as they prepare to begin their work there in the village.
I will be posting a new By the Book here on the site shortly. Thanks to all of you who commented on the first posting. I look forward to some more discussion on a wide variety of topics going forward. May God continue to bless you and others through you- Let His light shine in Your Life !!!
|Posted on February 17, 2009 at 11:03 AM||comments (0)|
Greetings again dear friends. As usual, there is a lot going on and I would like to share some of it with you. First an update on the work projects around the church. Fred and Mark have all but finished the painting and refinishing work in the basement. Dave King will be working on carpet install this week and next, and we hope to have sister Dottie put the finishing touches on with the window treatments and some general decorating. If you haven't been in the basement to see what they have done yet be sure to check it out at the earliest possible opportunity.
The new church mailboxes are finished, and if you attend regularly you should have one. Please feel free to begin using these for your inter-church correspondence. If for some reason you don't see your name on one please let me know.
Brother Bill Maxwell will be working on re-keying the church locks tommorrow and I will be getting keys to those who need them. Please let me know if you need a key.
Our 2nd annual church Love Feast will be held this Sunday night beginning at 5 pm. Everyone is invited!! A meal and dessert will be provided and we will be viewing "Fireproof" the #1 inspirational movie of the year. We will be using the new projector and laptop to view the film on the big screen!
Church T-Shirts, Hats and Jackets are now available! These can be purchased for cost and are a great way to start conversations about your faith. Please see me if you would like to view what is available and at what price.
Thank you to those of you who have responded to our new "By the Book" section here on the website. I appreciate your encouragement. Please feel free to post comments directly on the site and in the forum so that others may see them and respond. I would really like to see this website evolve into an interactive site for edification and information exchange.
In relation to that I have posted below a letter that Donna shared with me this past Sunday. Please read this and act on it. It will not take much time or money and could really make a difference. If you need a red envelope we will have them available at the church or contact us and we will send one to you. Thank you and may God bless you.
Dear Friends and Intercessors:
This afternoon I was praying about a number of things, and my mind began to wander. I was deeply distressed at the symbolic actions that President Obama took as he began his presidency. Namely, that he signed executive orders releasing funds to pay for abortions, permission to fund human stem cell research, and federal funding for contraception. I have been involved in the pro-life movement for nearly 20 years, and it pained my heart to see a man and a political party committed to the shedding of innocent blood. This man, and this party lead our country, but they do not represent me or the 54% of Americans who believe that abortion is wrong and should no longer be legal.
As I was praying, I believe that God gave me an interesting idea. Out in the garage I have a box of red envelopes. Like the powerful image of the red LIFE tape, an empty red envelope will send a message to Barack Obama that there is moral outrage in this country over this issue. It will be quiet, but clear.
Here is what I would like you to do:
Get a red envelope. You can buy them at Kinkos, or at party supply stores. On the front, address it to
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington , D.C. 20500
On the back, write the following message.
This envelope represents one child who died in abortion.
It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world.
Responsibility begins with conception.
Mail it the weekend of February 28th,. Please forward this email to every one of your friends who you think would send one too. I wish we could send 50 million red envelopes, one for every child who died before having a a chance to live. Maybe it will change the heart of the president.
|Posted on February 12, 2009 at 4:22 PM||comments (0)|
Greetings in Christ. I am putting some extra time into the website this week and hope to have a lot more content online before Sunday. I have been able to post several pics and also get a new forum up and running where we can discuss current topics from a biblical perspective. If you haven't done so yet you can check it out by accessing it from the menu list on the left It is titled "By The Book". If you have topics that you would like to see addressed in this forum please submit your ideas via email or in posted comments here or in the forum itself. Thank you and may God bless you.
|Posted on February 8, 2009 at 11:47 PM||comments (2)|
Hello again my friends. It is the end of another busy Lord's day. I am reflecting on the Lord's goodness and the precious blessing of our relationships that we share with one another. I had the priviledge of spending a few days away this past week at a mountain lodge in New York state with my youngest brother. It was a great time of getting to know each other better and connect in a way that we really hadn't had the opportunity to do before. While we were there I was reminded of how much I love my wife and my family as well. Absence reallly does make the heart grow fonder I guess. My thoughts also turned at times toward my church family and the coming time of fellowship and corporate worship we would be sharing together in a few days. I like getting away at times but I really do miss my brothers and sisters in Christ. And what a great time of worship we had today! We began this morning by singing the little chorus "This is the Day" in the adult Sunday School class. It seemed to truly seemed to fit the context of this lovely morning and we did rejoice together in the day that our Father created for us. Several gave encouraging words of testimony and praise and then we looked into God's word as we continued our study of "Normal Christianity". Today we considered discerning the difference between flesh and spirit. In our morning worship a handful of our regular church family were absent but we had an influx of visitors and friends and actually ran short on bulletins! Praise the Lord! I am convinced that He will continue to add some folks to our number here at CBCG in His perfect timing. The evening finished up with a visit to Ridgeview Mennonite to watch our quiz team compete and they again did well. They split two matches tonight and seem to be gaining confidence as the matches go on. Well it is off to bed for this tired preacher. I have to be up bright an early for a meeting tommorrow. So good night and God bless and keep you.
|Posted on February 2, 2009 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
Greetings to all. I am preparing to slip off to bed after a long and exciting Lord's day. I was blessed by the worship services today and the evening was capped off with some wonderful fellowship with some of my brothers and sisters in Christ made even a little sweeter by my Steelers winning a very exciting super bowl. It was what took place during the afternoon however that I wanted to update you on. My brother and I traveled over to Neffsville Mennonite and watched our quiz team participate in two matches. They did a fantastic job and I am very encouraged by the enthusiasm that they show. Todd and Kyle Hertzler quizzed out in both matches and Tyler, Jared and Andrew all did well and seem to be getting more comfortable as the matches progress. The team split the two matches today bringing our overall record to 2-3. The first match was a nice win over Forest Hills and the second match was a heartbreaker as we lost to Bowmanville on the last question. The team took it all in stride and I know that they will bounce back and be ready to go next week. I can't wait. If you haven't yet done so please come out and see them in action. You will be blessed and they will be encouraged. They will be at Ridgeview Mennonite this coming Sunday @ 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!
|Posted on January 29, 2009 at 11:38 PM||comments (0)|
Greetings in Christ~ I am preparing to sit down to a very late supper and thought I would pop into cyberspace and give you all a brief update. We received some very grave news about a dear sister in Christ yesterday. She was told that she has a mass in her abdomen and some spots on her kidneys and liver. Please pray for her and her husband. It was however a blessing to see how she responded to the news with a true Christ-like spirit. Last evening we enjoyed a wonderful Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible study as we shared some special time of prayer with her and her husband. Today I continued researching laptop computers and video projecters for the church. I made my daily run to Zimmermans hardware to get the fellows working on the renovations some supplies. I also worked on getting some special shirts made up for our fantastic quiz team!! This evening Allen and Rhoda Blank hosted a meeting in their home to discuss commitment to this local assembly and what it means to be a "member" of a local body. We had a wonderful time in the Lord and some delicious cookies (Thanks Rhoda!). Now it is time for me to eat a bit of supper, do some reading and watch a little of Fox news. As I close, might I suggest reading Psalms 71. I have been meditating on it throughout the day and it has been a blessing to me. I know it will bless you as well. Please feel free to post comments on this page of the site. I love feedback and interaction. Thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts in the guestbook. May God Bless you and keep you.
|Posted on January 25, 2009 at 10:29 PM||comments (0)|
Greeting in Christ~ As I type this I am nearing the end of another busy Lord's Day. It was a great day of worship with my brothers and sisters in Christ. One of the highlights of today was the first match ever of the CBCG quiz team! We hosted the teams final practice before the start of the season at Fellowship Hall. I had the opportunity to quiz against them at the practice and finally quizzed out on my third try. They are fast !!! We fed them Pizza (yummy!) and away they went to their first meet at Lancaster Mennonite School. They had three matches tonight and finished with a 1-2 record. I was able to attend the final match and really enjoyed seeing them in action. Well my brother has arrived and the kids are in bed! Time to go to work on this website. We will be up late !!!! So I hope nobody calls to early tommorow AM !
|Posted on January 24, 2009 at 9:29 PM||comments (0)|
Busy, but excited greetings to all. If you have looked around the church or this website at all you are well aware of two facts. First~ Incredible progress has been made..... and, Second~ We have a lot more to do yet! This website is a major undertaking and is just one of the many exciting things taking place around CBCG as we dive into 2009.
The refurbishment of the basement is well under way. A big thank you to brother Mark Massie and brother Fred Hertzler as well as Dottie and Larry Martin. We look forward to the completion of this project and the beginning of step two which will be a refurbishment of Fellowship Hall.
Speaking of Fellowship Hall....the Barge brothers Ken and Mel came to the rescue when our furnace and pipes froze up during the bitter cold, and Ken fixed the hot water heater while he was at it, installing two new elements.
The electrical work is almost completed thanks to some hard work by pastor Steve Canapp....we can see in the parking lot at night now, and we will not be totally in the dark if we lose power!
Brother Bob Hughes is looking into the sound system repairs that are needed and we look forward to being able to use the church organ again. We have purchased a digital voice recorder which should sync up well with the website and also make the reproduction of quality sermon and lesson cd's much easier. We are also looking into purchasing a church laptop and video projector which will enhance our teaching and presentation capabilities. This will be especially nice when we have missionaries and other guests visiting who have video or power-point presentations to share.
The church website is well under way and I would like to thank my brother Joe Furches for his many hours of hard work to put together an attractive, functional, informative and user friendly site. His willingness to do this has saved the church several thousand dollars.
Church Mailboxes are now up in the vestibule and the nameplates are ordered. We would like to thank Irvin Sensinig (Chris Hertzler's Father) for his fine craftmanship and generous labor of love in providing these mailboxes for the church, as well as numerous other little odd jobs he chose to tackle around the facility.
We still need some men to help us shore up the basement against moisture when the weather gets warmer and we are also planning on addressing the issue of paving the parking lot in the springtime. ...WHEW!!! I get tired just reading about all of this activity. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, to all of you who have been praying, giving and doing around CBCG for the glory of the Lord and the benefit of the body. Above all THANKS BE TO GOD who has provided us with the ability to pray, give and do. May He richly bless us as we continue to serve Him