THE PASTOR'S DESK
PASTOR BILL PIPP
SNYDER'S CHURCH FAMILY AND FRIENDS:
I HAVE RECEIVED SEVERAL PHONE CALLS THIS AFTERNOON THAT SOMEONE IS TEXTING YOU AND USING MY NAME. THERE IS NO TRUTH TO THIS AND I HAVEN'T TEXTED YOU. THE NUMBER THEY ARE CALLING FROM IS: 717 483-5083.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU OPEN THIS TEXT.....DO NOT RESPOND TO IT.
I DID NOT SEND IT.
WHEN I HAVE INFORMATION FOR YOU PERSONALLY, I WILL E-MAIL YOU OR CALL YOU ON THE PHONE. LINDA AND I DO NOT HAVE LAND LINE PHONES. WE HAVE ONLY OUR CELL PHONES.
MY NUMBER IS 717 579-5306
AND LINDA'S IS 717 350-2287.
IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS AND/OR CONCERNS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME PERSONALLY. YOU ARE ALL VERY SPECIAL AND WE LOVE YOU ALL. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS TEXT IS ABOUT AND WHO IS SENDING IT.....BUT IT AGAIN DOES NOT COME FROM ME.
BLESSINGS TO EACH OF YOU. BILL MAY 13, 2021 4:37 PM
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MAY 12, 2021
THE ONE PRAYER GOD ALWAYS ANSWERS.........
Dear Snyder's Church Family and Friends,
We are FULLY OPEN now for the past two weeks and it is a real joy for us to be in the house of the Lord where we can sing, pray, share, be blessed with the Children's Moment and the Bucket Brigade, plus the hearing and responding to the Word of the Lord for the Day!
We continue to be cautious as we provide masks and gloves for those who need/want them, sanitizer is readily available and social distancing is by your choice.
We continue to encourage the vaccine and helping to eliminate the pandemic that has been part of our nation and the world for over a year.
This coming Sunday we will look at the passage from John 17 where Jesus prayed to God stating that He has made the name of the Lord God known to the people given to His care. What a blessing indeed and we will know that Jesus asked God to protect those whom He had served. Terry Anderson was no stranger to difficult times. You may remember he was held hostage longer than anyone else in Beirut: for seven long years. Not everyone would have been able to survive what Terry did, day after day, week after week, year after year. Terry would be the first in his writing to tell us that he survived because of PRAYER. After a month in captivity, Terry and the other hostages were given Bibles. With nothing else to occupy his time, Terry read and re-read the Bible. He was particularly drawn to the Apostle Paul. Paul struggled with his weakness and his pride just as Terry did. And through Paul's struggles, Terry drew closer to Christ and was able to express his love of God. He was also given another book while being held as a hostage, a book on prayer. But it was not as helpful. The author claimed that prayer is always answered. But Terry says "I'm not sure anymore that it is even right to ask for anything, except patience and strength to endure whatever comes, and help in understanding." Terry's experience was extreme, of course. But he speaks as one with authority. The one prayer that God always answers is a prayer for the strength to endure. Jesus prayed for the apostles so that they would find strength during their times of suffering. That was a prayer that was answered time and time again. It's a pray that some of us have prayed as well.
God is faithful. He will not forget us in our time of need.
May you be blessed today and may you also be a blessing to others!
Pastor Bill Pipp