May 26th Letter

Happy Thursday!

I hope you are having a blessed week!  Sunshine!  Warmth!  Enjoy it because sooner than you know we will be complaining about the hot weather.

This Friday at Zion – Be Brave Conference

Just a reminder of the girl’s conference Angelique is leading tomorrow night at the church.  Information is on the church website and it’s not too late to register if you know someone that would benefit from coming to this event.  I know some of you are helping with this but for those not directly involved please be involved by praying for this conference to help shape young girls to a Godly world view.

This Sunday at Zion

This week we continue in our current sermon series “Being Christian in a World of Turmoil and Terror” with a message from Luke 12 tilted “Temporal Investment for Eternal Reward.” I don’t think since the days after the Great Depression are Americans more concerned about the security of their future.  Financial security, national security, way of life security and even relational security.  In times of insecurity we tend to react with defensiveness and try to control what we can.  That approach is not the reaction God wants us to have and only results in making the situation worse.  God has a better way for us to deal with insecurity.  Come Sunday and here what Jesus has to say about this in Like 12.  While this series will not provide political opinions on the turmoil our country is dealing with, my prayer is for these messages to help us grow in faith and trust in God rather than in anything mankind offers for security.

This is Memorial Day Weekend!  I hope you enjoy the weekend with some good friends and family.  We are blessed to have our family coming from North Carolina for the weekend.   They plan to be here for church on Sunday then head home.   I am very proud of our Son in Law Rick for his service to our country.  He has decided to make the Army a career and will stay in for at least another 9 years. He is just completing some advanced training (he can’t even tell us all of what he is doing) in preparation for his new assignment with the Army.  Military service is not an easy life for the soldier and their family.  This weekend be sure to thank someone you know who has served or is currently serving to protect our freedoms.

I hope you have a great weekend.  Long weekends provide that much needed break from the routine of life.  I hope your weekend is extra ordinary!  I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  I love you and love being your pastor

In His Service with You – Pastor Andrew

May 19th Letter

Happy Thursday Church!                                                                                            May 19, 2016

I hope you are having a blessed day.  We wake up this morning to the very sad news of the tragic loss of life from a plane crash in Egypt, which seems suspicious of yet another act of terrorism. While we probably don’t know anyone involved in this heartbreaking situation, the whole world grieves at this loss.  I can’t help but think of our own son Chris who is in the air as I write this letter on a plane back to China for the summer.  While I worry every time he makes that flight I commend him to God and trust God to watch over his life.  In reality that is what we must do daily with our own life and the lives of those we love – live under the provision and care of God.  I must admit though, waking up to hear about the plane crash in Egypt on the day he was flying is a little too surreal.  Please pray for Chris . . . as well as for Sue and I as he travels home.

This Sunday at Zion

Last Sunday we started a new sermon series “Being Christian in a World of Turmoil and Terror” with a message from the parable of the Good Samaritan.  How do we respond to the turmoil our society is facing?  It begins with being a neighbor to the people God puts in our lives.  This week the series continues with a message titled “Prayer Talk; the Language of Friends” from Luke 11.  The text is the parable of a man that asks his neighbor for some bread in the middle of the night and the man meets the request because of societal expectations of friends.  While Jesus does offer some guidelines for the structure of prayer (the Lord’s Prayer) in this passage he is stressing the relational aspect of prayer.  Prayer, when at its best, must be an ongoing conversation with God about the needs we have in life.  How are we to “be Christian” in this world of turmoil?  We must have an ongoing prayer talk with God just like good friends do.

Friday Night in Cape Charles

Angelique Gibbons asked me to share with our Zion family that Cape Charles Baptist church is having a night of worship at 7 pm.  Here is a link to more information if you are interested in attending.

Be Brave Conference – Next Friday Evening

Please share the word about this conference with girls you know.  All the information is on our church website – please contact Angelique Gibbons to register.

I hope you have a great weekend.  I know many of you are hoping for dryer weather so you can do more outside but our farmers desperately need dryer weather for the health and success of their crops.  Please pray we get some sunshine so the farmers can do what they need to do at this critical time of the year.  I look forward to seeing you on Sunday – I love you and love being your pastor.

In His Service with You –

Pastor Andrew

May 12

Happy Thursday Church!

I hope you are having a blessed week!  Last night we showed the Courageous Movie again and had 18 guys there to see it – most of them were from ZBC.  I was encouraged by the attendance and hope God will use that movie to move our men (including me) to a stronger desire to be the man God calls us to be.

New Sermon Series – Being Christian in a World of Turmoil and Terror

What does being a Christian look like in this new world we live in?  I know what being a Christian looks like in an America that holds strong biblical values and is safe from radical Islam in its various forms.  But do we know how to be Christian in a world where society does not reflect biblical values and every citizen lives under the threat and possibility of random acts of terror.  Furthermore, the current election cycle reveals that our nation is sharply divided regarding what this republic should look like in the future.  We hear politicians talk about “revolutions” and recapturing the great past of America; neither is realistically possible.  Apart from voting, we feel helpless to do anything to right the wrongs we see happening before our very eyes and many feel like voting is not even going to be that helpful.

All of this is has prompted me to search Scripture to try to understand what it means to “be Christian” in this world that has changed so drastically from what it was a generation ago.  God directed my mind and heart to ten chapters in the middle section of Luke’s Gospel known as the “travel narrative of Jesus.”  In Luke 9:51-56, the beginning of the travel narrative, we see Jesus leaving his home town area of Galilee for Jerusalem to face in just a few short weeks the painful reality of the crucifixion.  Now the disciples are all thinking Jesus is going to lead them in a political revolution of Israel and free them from Roman occupation.  When the very first village they come to rejects Jesus, James and John (the Sons of Thunder) react politically.  They wanted to call down fire from heaven to forcefully deal with the opposition.  Jesus soundly rejects that tactic.  Instead, over the next ten chapters, through a series of stories known as parables Jesus describes what is the right response to things in this world that seem to be opposing the righteous kingdom of God.  In other words, what it means to “Be Christian in a World of Turmoil and Terror.” 

This Sunday we start with the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, a message titled Be a Neighbor without Limits.  This parable starts with a Lawyer asking Jesus who his neighbor is, thinking there should be some limits to neighboring.  Jesus tells this very familiar Parable and ends with a question of his own, “Who was the neighbor to the man in need?”  The issue is not what limits my love for others, but how can I be the neighbor God wants me to be.  I think we can all have feelings of frustration toward those that oppose our way of thinking.  To even be like James and John who wanted to use force to bring about the change.  Instead Jesus calls us to a higher road.  A road of being a neighbor without limits.

I’m looking forward to preaching this new series and I pray God will use it to help us deal with all that is happening in the world around us.

Baby Shower – this Sunday

Aaron and Joy Hudson are expecting a baby girl in June!  Plan to celebrate this happy time with the Hudson’s this Sunday at 2 pm in the Social Hall where you can Shower them with a gift.

I hope you have a great weekend.  Sue and I have no plans for the weekend.  It’s nice to not have plans once in a while.  I love you and love being your pastor.

In His Service with You,

Pastor Andrew Matthews

Letter – May 5, 2016

Happy Thursday Church!

I hope you are having a blessed week!  It seems like there are two months in the fall and two months in the spring that so many events / activities get scheduled.  I suppose to avoid the bad weather of the winter and to stay free for the nice weather in the summer.  I think one of the hardest things about life is keeping it in balance.  How can we do all that we want to do or are expected to do and still have time for our closest relationships with other people and with God.  It is a personal struggle at times for me and I hear it from other people frequently.   The question I ask myself that helps me the most is “what do I really value?”  The answer to that has to be where I will give my time and energy or I will get out of balance.  And you know what happen to things out of balance . . . they wear out sooner than they should.  Stay balanced for the long haul!

Friday Night at Zion

Join us for dinner and a silent auction to help Caleb Laxton fund his Eagle Scout project, which by the way will be a huge benefit to our church.  Caleb will be constructing a new out building for storage at our church.  This dinner is a win-win-win.  You win by getting a great meal (donation basis), Caleb wins by raising the money and our church wins by getting a new storage building!  Plan to join us and come prepared to give and buy at the silent auction.  Dinner and Auction start at 6 pm.

Saturday Morning at Zion

This Saturday is the last Men Breakfast until October.  Men, come join with other men from all over the Eastern Shore for delicious food, great fellowship and encouragement from God’s Word.  This week Pastor Caleb Horne from the Hollies Baptist church will be speaking.

Walk for Life

This Saturday a number of people from our church are participating in the Walk for Life in support of the Accomack, North Hampton Pregnancy Center.  This is a ministry on the front lines – the lives of the unborn that have absolutely no voice in our society.  Pray for a good event that will provide both exposure and support for this ministry.

This Sunday at Zion – It’s Mother’s Day!

We will start the morning with breakfast for all the ladies of the church, from the youngest to the oldest, mother or not.  We want to honor the ladies of the church!  Breakfast starts at 9 am.  I hear we are serving waffles and all that goes with that!  Staying on the “Mother’s Day” theme, my message this week is titled Mothers: the Original Mentors.  In this message I will draw from some mothers in the Bible and how they mentored not only their children but extended family members and other women.  As I think about my own mother’s influence on me I know I would not be the person I am without her mentorship of me in many areas of life.  The important role mothers play in our homes and society cannot be overstated.  We also have a small gift for mothers this Sunday – A book of inspirational writings for mothers.  I got enough so you can take one with you to give to a mother not at our service this Sunday.

As I was writing this letter I received a call from Dave Dryden telling me Barbra Corbin’s sister in law in Florida passed away and that Brian and Barbra were on their way to be with the family in Florida.  Please pray for safe travels for Brian & Barbra as well as for the family to find God’s comfort in their grieving.

I hope you have a great weekend!  I hope to see you at some or even all of what is happening at Zion this weekend.  I love you and love being your Pastor.

In His Service with You,

Pastor Andrew