re nas cence — a rebirth: revival
Pastor Larry Weber of the Grace Brethren Church of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, sends along the following:
You have already published the announcement from the Waynesboro Record Herald that Grace Brethren Church is marking the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2008.
We are praying that the Lord will “throw open the flood gates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that (we) will not have room enough for it.” (Mal. 3:10). We are calling it the 100th Anniversary Renascence.
We want to honor yesterday by living today for the Lord and praying for His abundant blessing tomorrow. Our prayer is already being answered.
In December, 2007, a $5,000 challenge matching gift enabled us to give, holding nothing back, and finish the year in the black, fully meeting the budget for the year. This month, in a ministry to Goth teenagers that the Lord has given to us with leadership from Jack Martin, one of our deacons, seven teens knelt to ask Jesus Christ to save them – Praise the Lord!
Several decisions to rededicate lives to Christ, and two baptisms near the end of the year, and now two more baptisms with several couples joining the church are causing us to give thanks to the Lord. On February 10, our church and the Conococheague Grace Brethren Church in Greencastle (Paul Hutchison, pastor) will have a joint baptism service.
Coming up, we have scheduled a 100th Anniversary Renascence Conference April 11-13, 2008. We will have special music and a guest speaker, and our focus will be on Isaiah 43:18 & 19: “Do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing.”
With unity and purpose in the name of Jesus Christ, our vision is to tell everyone of the saving power of the Gospel, to live a life of love for one another worthy of Christ’s calling, and to nurture and equip God’s people for lifelong service. . . until He comes again!