Dover Assembly of God
11.18.2018 | Acts - Week 24
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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    Sunday 10:30 AM


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This Week's Bulletin
November 18, 2018

Welcome to Dover Assembly!
We are so glad you have chosen to attend Dover Assembly this morning. It is not by accident that you are here. We believe that God has allowed you to be here so that you might receive all that He has for you. We pray you are blessed as you allow the Lord to work in your life.


9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donut Fellowship
9:30 am ~ Sunday School
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

6:30 pm ~ Kid’s Christmas Play Practice




Kid's Christmas Special
The ROCK Kids will be ministering on Sun., Dec 9 during our morning worship service. Practice dates and times are as follows

~ Monday, Nov 19
~ Monday, Nov 26
~ Monday, Dec 3

DRESS REHEARSAL (11:00-1:00)
~ Saturday, Dec 8 ~ Pizza Lunch Provided

~ Sunday, Dec 9 @ 10:30 am

New Life For Girls
The New Life for Girls ladies will be ministering in song and testimony on Sun., Dec 2. You don’t want to miss it! Invite a friend. The church is having a luncheon for the ladies immediately following the service. If you would like to join us, please sign up in the upper foyer and indicate what you would be able to bring. We would love to bless them with a good lunch and some great fellowship.

New Life For Girls Christmas
Please see the insert for how we can bless the New Life Ministry girls this Christmas season! Please place gifts at the tree in the upper foyer

Men's Christmas Dinner
The men will be having their Christmas dinner on Thursday Dec 6 at 6:30 at Hoss's on White Street in York. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask a friend to join you. Please sign up in the lower foyer.

Women's Christmas Dinner
Fri., Dec. 14, 6:00 p.m. ~ Mark your calendars for our annual Women of Purpose Christmas Dinner at Ray’s in Wellsville. Please fill a Christmas sock with items of about $10 for our sock exchange. Sign up at the Women’s table in the upper foyer. Please see insert for details.

Women's Winter Book Club
The ladies will be reading the book “Dancing from Darkness: A WWII Survivor’s Journey to Light, Life & Redemption”. If you would like to read along with them, please sign up in the upper foyer and indicate if you need a book. Cost of the book is $12.00

Thanksgiving Dinner
If you do not have family or friends with which to celebrate Thanksgiving, Michelle will be preparing a meal for you here at the church. If you would like to join her on Thanksgiving day from 11-5, for a good meal, fellowship and games, please sign up in the lower foyer.

Christmas Caroling
We have been invited by the Mayor of Dover Borough to join with other churches to go caroling on Sun., Dec 16. We will meet at Calvary Lutheran Church (at the square in Dover, across from Tom’s Gas Station) at 5:00 pm. They ask that we provide some desserts as we will gather for fellowship at Calvary following the caroling. Please sign up in the lower foyer if you can join us and indicate what you are able to bring.


Dover Assembly Hoodies
We will be ordering hoodies with our church’s new logo and vision statement. If you would like to order one or more, please see the sign up sheet in the lower foyer. Pullover or zipper hoodies are available. Payment must be received before the order is placed.

Outdoor Winter Prep
As the weather turns colder, we will need some help in removing the flowers around the church. If you can help, please sign up in the lower foyer. Thank you in advance!

Holiday Benevolence
If you would like to contribute to our benevolence fund in order to supply items to families over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, please use the envelopes provided in the pew racks and indicate “benevolence”. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Baptism Service
The following were water baptized last Sunday:
~ Melanie Glatfelter
~ Nelly Kholod
~ Nicole Kholod
~ Xander Wible
~ Jamison Young
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. ~ Matthew 28:19 - NIV

Baby Dedication
Loralei Grace Wible was dedicated to the Lord, this past Sunday. May the Lord continue to bless, Dustin, Jamie, Xander, Makenna and Loralei! We rejoice at what the Lord is doing in all of their lives!

Please take time to review and pray for those on this list. Drop them a card or call to set up a time to visit. They will be blessed!
~ Helen S.
Prayer Needs
~ Robin H.
~ Beulah S.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Marian T.

Wed. Nov 21 ~ Thanksgiving Eve Service
Thurs/Fri Nov. 22, 23 ~ Thanksgiving ~ church offices closed

Mon., Dec. 3 ~ 6:30 Children’s Practice
Mon., Dec 3 ~ 7:00 Deacon Board Meeting
Thur. Dec. 6 ~ Men’s Christmas Dinner
Thur. Dec 13 ~ Deacon Christmas Dinner
Fri., Dec. 14 ~ WOP Christmas Dinner, 6:00 p.m. @ Rays in Wellsville
Sun., Dec. 16 ~ Pastor and Anna ~ 11 year anniversary at Dover Assembly!
Sun., Dec 16 ~ Dover Borough Christmas Caroling
Mon. Dec. 24 ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Wed., Dec. 26 ~ NO Evening Services
Sun., Dec. 30 ~ NO Sunday School | Worship Service at 10:30

Jan., 6 - 11 ~ Week of Prayer (Sun – Wed, Jan 6, 7, 8, 9) Church Open Th/Fri

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Last week we talked about the relationship between Paul, Barnabas, Silas & Timothy.

God was able to use the disagreement that was hashed out between them to continue and even expand his ministry.

Barnabas and Mark kind of drop off the map here as God focuses on Paul & Silas.

We pick it up at Acts 16:6...
The word next is what connects this passage with what happened at the end of last week.

Paul & Silas had originally left to visit churches that Paul had started.

And at the end of that section we have these verses.
Acts of the Apostles 16:4-5 NLT

They had left the council at Jerusalem with the instructions that James had decided on, Paul went to his former churches told them what that decision was and the churches were strengthened and grew.

Notice what happens when you preach the truth. The churches grew and were strengthened.

So they had completed their trip around to Paul’s churches. Now they were starting out to evangelize ones who had not heard the truth.

Paul could have stayed and just relaxed in the existing churches, but he knew that wasn’t his calling.

So he sets out. He leaves the familiar to go to the unknown.

How many have been called from something that was comfortable and familiar to go somewhere unknown and not familiar?

It may not be leaving town, but it may mean allowing yourself to be directed by God into areas or situations that are new to you.

And that is what leads us to this next section.
First, we see that God directed them.

Second, we see that their original plan was to go to Asia, but God said NO.

Isn’t it nice to know that even the great Paul’s plans at the time weren’t God’s plans?

How many of us have been convinced that a certain choice or decision was from God only to find out that it wasn’t?

Paul doesn’t get in trouble, God doesn’t chastise him. He just directed Paul in another direction.

Being convinced of a plan only to find out that it was the wrong plan isn’t a sin.

The question is how did God do that? It says that the Holy Spirit told them not to go.

Let's compare a few translations...
When the Bible doesn’t say exactly how it happened, and most commentaries don’t offer any guidance, it tells me that it can take many forms.

Since the Bible doesn’t say how, because if it said how, we would always look for that exact way.

When Jesus healed blind people, he always used a different method. If he used mud and spit, all the time, that is exactly how we would do it.

If it said that a prophet told them not to go, we’d always be looking for a prophet to tell us things. If it were a visible sign, writing on the wall, we’d always look for that.

If it said God closed the door, we would always look at a closed opportunity as the only way God directs.

But it doesn’t say HOW God stopped them.

Maybe it was a closed door, maybe a prophet did direct them, maybe it was a still small voice in Paul’s head. Maybe it was just a gut feeling that God put in them.

Notice that they didn’t just sit around waiting for a undeniable sign from God at every turn.

If we just sit and wait for God to lead us we will miss out on him directing you as you go.
They didn’t stop at the border of Asia, waiting for a thundering voice form heaven or a bright angel.

They just kept walking in another direction, and when they got there, God stopped them again.

Notice the different term for God that they use.

The first verse says the Holy Spirit, this verse says the spirit of Jesus, later they use the term “God”

Why the differing words? Because they were acknowledging the Trinity of God.

All three terms meant that the God-head was directing them. It wasn’t 3 different people.

So for the second time, their plans weren’t exactly God’s plans.

How many times have we had plan after plan only to find out they weren’t exactly what God’s plans were?

But again, they don’t just stop, they keep walking.
Just because one decision or plan we have doesn’t work out, doesn’t mean we just stop what we’re doing.

Keep moving forward.
Paul’s original plan was to go to Asia, but God kept directing him west into Europe.

Because of God stopping Paul’s original plans, Paul was in a better position to both listen and respond.

Dreams and visions are 2 different things. Dreams happen while you are sleeping usually at night, visions occur while you are awake.

Anything we say about the vision would be conjecture, because the bible doesn’t address it.

But if we look at the next verse...
Acts of the Apostles 16:10 NLT

Notice it went from “THEY” in all the previous verses, to “WE” HERE.

Who is “WE”? Who wrote ACTS? Luke!

So in Troas, where God led them without them realizing it, they meet up with Luke and he joins them.

One theory is that Luke was encouraging Paul to go to Macedonia, but was reluctant. God gave him a vision to convince him to go.

Again, we don’t know, but it took a vision from God to get Paul to go there.
Up to now, Paul has been using his own plans to accomplish God’s work.

None of which have been fruitful.

How often have we tried things that in our minds and with all outward appearances seem to work, only to fail or not even get off the ground?

The point is, we should still pray and plan. And if those plans are somehow stopped, don’t quit, get another plan, and another until God gets you where He wants you.

There's a sermon to preachers that says, "I’d rather see a pastor try 100 things that all fail then to never try anything for fear of failing."

A closed door or a stopped plan is not sin.
Acts of the Apostles 16:11-12 NLT

In spite of, or maybe in conjunction with, Paul’s original-yet stopped plans, Paul was still able to complete God’s mission.

Paul did not let all his stopped plans distract him or cause him to doubt himself. He kept pressing on.

No matter how many of our own plans that God stops or redirects, he can still put you in a place where he can use you.

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