News for September 1, 2020

This Sunday, September 6th: Church Outdoors, BYO Picnic, and Ice Cream Party at 9:30am at the Peltolas' Home
This Sunday we'll meet at 9:30 am at the home of Randy & Liza Peltola. Their address is 53 Spring Branch Lane, Waynesboro. We will be worshiping in their front yard, so please feel free to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on. You're also invited to bring your own picnic lunch and stay after the service for some additional fellowship time, and for our Back-to-School ice cream party in honor of our rising 6th graders.

Worship Service on Facebook Live at 9:30am
 Our service will be streamed exclusively on our Facebook page this Sunday.

Our Soundboard Was Hit By Lightning! 
We wanted to thank you for your feedback about the audio during our livestream services. We're aware that there have been volume and feedback issues and we apologize for the inconvenience. Our excellent audio visual team has been working to address the issues as best they can each week even with the limitations that come from a sound board that was damaged in a lightning strike just a few weeks ago.

As we wait for the delivery of a new soundboard and deal with the limitations of our current board, we thank you for your patience and understanding. We're not sure when the new sound board will arrive but we're excited to provide a great experience for those live streaming our services when it does. (A special thanks to our a/v team for all they do!) 

Life Groups Launching September 7
Our Greenmonte life groups will be launching again on September 7th. Be sure to watch this video announcement from David Brenneman to hear more about our vision for life groups this Fall. Check out our life group page on our website to see the options and meeting places and sign up for the group that works best for you!

Wednesday, September 2nd is the Last Day to Register for the Women's Retreat
On September 11th and 12th (Friday evening and Saturday morning), we will be holding a Greenmonte Women's Retreat at a beautiful private home in Swoope, Virginia. This event will be held entirely outdoors (weather permitting) on a spacious patio and lawn. The theme of our retreat is "Beauty from Brokenness," and our special guest speaker, Kerry Shuey, will be sharing on this topic. Dinner will be served on Friday, and breakfast and lunch will be served on Saturday. We will have plenty of fellowship, prayer, and worship time. There will be an option to swim in the pool before and after the retreat sessions on both days. All ladies 8th grade and up are welcome.

Our hope and prayer is that this retreat would be a special time for you to find refreshment and renewed hope in the Lord and in fellowship with other women. During an especially challenging year, the Lord can bring beauty from all of our brokenness as we come together in Him!

Please register by Wednesday, September 2nd.

Registration is $20 per person. If you can't afford the registration cost, please let us know and we can waive your fee. For any questions, contact Melissa Hankee.

The details of the retreat are as follows:

Location: 216 Trinity Point Rd, Swoope, VA 24479

Friday, September 11
6-9pm (Dinner & Session 1)
Pool and patio will be open for swimming and fellowship as early as 3pm

Saturday, September 12
8am - 1pm (Breakfast, Sessions 2 & 3, and Lunch)
Pool and patio will be open for swimming and fellowship until 5pm

Check out our beautiful retreat spot!

Heaven: The End of Time 
Our Bible reading this week is:
Revelation 1-5, 19-22
If you're reading in The Story book, this is Chapter 31.

Memory Verse: Revelation 22:6
The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

New Blog Post from Kristin Donohue
Kristin Donohue has written about the concept of justice in the Bible, and how we can apply it to our world today.  

Zak & Laura O'Leary of Wycliffe Sharing This Thursday
Zak and Laura (Labrecque) O'Leary will be sharing about their ministry with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea this Thursday at 6:30 PM at the Hankees'. There will be dessert and coffee followed by a time of sharing and Q&A with the O'Leary's. The event will be held outside on the patio. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and come enjoy an evening of fellowship and learning about what God is doing through the ministry of Bible translation.

CARE Prayer Walk This Saturday 
You are invited this Saturday from 7-1 to join with other believers from across the Valley for a prayer walk at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton as we pray for racial healing and unity in our community and our nation. What a great opportunity for the Church to gather and raise our voices in prayer and worship the Lord together.  

The event organizers are inviting people to sign up to pray in 30 minute increments. You can choose to walk the park or stay near the bandstand.  

If you'd like more information or you'd like to sign up for a time slot, please check out their event page on Facebook. 

Back-to-School Ice Cream Party: This Sunday
This Sunday, September 6th, we will celebrate our rising middle schoolers with an "I Scream" party. We'll be serving ice cream to everyone after our Church Outdoors service at the Peltolas'. We hope you'll stick around after worship to join us!

The Motorcycles for Missions ride, which is a fundraiser for Virginia Mennonite Missions, will be taking place this year on September 11-12. You can join the motorcyle ride in Harrisonburg or Powhatan.

Motorcyles for Missions
The Motorcycles for Missions ride, which is a fundraiser for Virginia Mennonite Missions, will be taking place this year on September 11-12. You can join the motorcyle ride in Harrisonburg or Powhatan.

Discover Love INC
Love INC is a local Christian ministry that provides churches with opportunities to serve their communities with Christ's love. They are currently in need of volunteers for their thrift stores, particularly the store in Fishersville. If you'd like to get involved, you're invited to attend a Discover Love INC Orientation class on Zoom. Just visit their sign-up page for more information.

Pray Outside Planned Parenthood in Charlottesville
From September 23 through November 1, prayerful vigils outside abortion clinics will be happening worldwide as part of the 40 Days for Life movement. Mary Ann Bryant will be driving to Charlottesville every Friday during this time to pray outside Planned Parenthood. She will be leaving the Stuarts Draft area at 9am and returning at 1pm. She has plenty of room in her car. If you would like to join her, call her at 631-786-3249.

Upcoming Week
Sep 3 (Thurs) - Papua New Guinea Missions Sharing, Hankees' Home, 6:30pm
Sep 5 (Sat) - Prayer Walk for Racial Unity, Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, 7am - 1pm
Sep 6 (Sun) - Worship at the Peltolas, 9:30am
Livestream of Worship on Facebook, 9:30am
Back-to-School Ice Cream Party, after worship
Sep 7 (Mon) - Life Groups Launch 
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