Dover Assembly of God
1.27.2019 | Acts - Week 30
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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This Week's Bulletin
January 27, 2019

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 & Donuts
9:30 am ~ Sunday Classes
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT


Human Life Services
NEXT Sun, Feb 3, we welcome Human Life Services they will share the important work that is being done in the pro-life field to help women and unborn babies in York and the surrounding areas. This is a great opportunity to invite someone who may be struggling with an unplanned pregnancy or has been through an abortion. It’s important to know that God loves and forgives you!

Pastor's Luncheon
If you have been attending Dover Assembly for less than a year and would like to get to know more about the church and it’s ministries, we invite you to a luncheon following the morning service on Sun, Feb 10. It will last approximately one hour and will give you a chance to talk with Pastor Jeff & Anna and some of our leadership team. If you are able to join us, please sign up in the lower foyer.


Book Reading Club Dinner
Anna will be in touch with all ladies currently reading the winter book club book, Dancing from Darkness, about dinner and discussion that will be held on Mon Feb 12 at Dee D’Agostino’s.

Baby Sprinkle
On Fri., Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m., the ladies will hold a baby sprinkle for Lynette Miller. Please sign up at the ladies table. Lynette is registered at WalMart.

Ladies Bible Study – Part 2
“Finding Healing ~ Part 2” Begins Mon. Mar 4 @ 6:30 pm

Paint Day!
“The Wave” ~ That’s right, back by popular demand, the ladies will have another paint date on Sat. March 9 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, led by Bobbi Jo. Come prepared to be the next Michelangelo! Pizza and salad will be provided. Cost is $5.00 per person. Please sign up if you are able to join us.

Spring Tour Event
The annual sectional event of the A/G WOP is scheduled for Sat. March 23 at Harrisburg 1st A/G. Please see the ladies table to sign up and for more information.


Sectional Fine Arts
Some of our teens will be competing in the Assemblies of God Fine Arts competition on Sat. Feb 16. The teens who score well will advance to the district event, which is just before convention. Keep these young people in prayer.

Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction Fundraiser
Mark your calendars for Sun. Feb 24 as our teens once again “dish out” a marvelous spaghetti lunch as a way to fund their annual trip to the district youth convention. Our dessert auction will also be making a return this year. We encourage everyone to attend for a great time of fellowship and fundraising! Please sign up in the lower foyer! Donations of lunch supplies would be appreciated and help defer the cost to the teens. Deadline for donations is Sun. Feb. 10! Thank you for your support!

Grab 'N Go Fundraiser
Our teens will be selling hot dogs and soda on Sun. Mar 3, following the service. Please be sure to support our youth group as they continue to raise money for convention. Thanks in advance to our Grill-Master, Keith Housseal!

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
This is a new venture for our teens and our church. On Sun. Mar 17, we are going to cancel Sunday school and in it’s place we will offer an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast designed to help the teens make their fundraising goal. This will be open to the community, so be sure to invite as many as you can. Sign up in the lower foyer.

District Fine Arts - April 17 & 18
Those who scored well in the sectional competition will compete in Districts, which includes the states of PA & DE.

"Hope Now" Youth Convention - April 18-20
This is the annual event that has been our fundraising goal. It’s a great weekend of fun, fellowship and spiritual transformation. Keep the teens in constant prayer to be open to what God has for them!


Snow Cancellations
Should we have the need to cancel any of our services due to inclement weather, we will put that information on our Facebook page, our website, and the local TV stations [WGAL-CH 8, CBS 21, ABC 27, FOX 43, CW 15] If you would like to sign up for a TEXT on your cell phone that will indicate the status of our services, please fill out the blue & white card with your name and cell phone number. Please be sure to hand them into our Information Center and we will add you to our list.

Nursery Needs
As our church continues to grow, we are in need of dedicated adults who would be willing to rotate as leaders in our infant nursery. If would like to be a part of this vital ministry, please put your name and “nursery” on a blue card and put it in the offering plate. Thank you for your help!

Business Meeting Results
Our annual business meeting was held last Sunday and in addition to all the reports and updates, we said a temporary farewell to 3 long-term board members, (Mark Crumrine, Keith Housseal, and Paul Jones) as they were required to sit out for one term. We also elected Carl Dobbins & Dick Sweitzer as our newest board members. If you missed the meeting and would like a report, please see Pastor Jeff.

Contact Information Update
If any of your contact information has changed within the last year, please fill out the form located at so that we can update our records as we try to keep them as up-to-date as possible. Thank you for your help!

Stage Design Team
We are also in need of a few men to help our platform decorators, Brad & Katie. This would involve about 2 hours every 3-4 months as they redecorate the stage area. Please see Katie or Brad if you are available to help!

Feb 1 ~ Sheila Reed
Feb 2 ~ Kyra Kauffman
Feb 2 ~ Daci Miller
Feb 2 ~ Fred Schoppe
Feb 3 ~ Edith Nunez
Feb 8 ~ Kendra Knaub
Feb 13 ~ Naomi Gelsinger
Feb 15 ~ Abigail Reed
Feb 26 ~ Lacey Shumaker

Feb 12 ~ Tom & Darlene Osborn

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.

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Last week we talked about being able to rationally explain and reason with people to persuade them about the truth--to show them that what we believe is plausible.

Paul sat down and had conversations with the Jews and the gentiles in the town of Thessalonica. It wasn’t a preachy environment, but one of a dialogue and Q&A--very informal.

But during this time, he was able to explain to the people, in terms they would understand, the reality of the gospel.

Imagine the scenario, Paul probably didn’t use terms they wouldn’t understand, or use what we would call today, Christian-ese or use examples they wouldn’t apply.

He used the Bible, and in simple terms, showed them the truth. Every Christian should be able to do this. You don’t have to be a scholar, just know the basics.

So we saw the result of Paul’s time with them.
First, not everyone we talk with will respond. It says some, but it also says that it worked. A large number and many women.

We are called to be faithful, not successful.

Success is God’s department.
God honors our efforts, not the results. He also notices our lack of efforts.
This passage of scripture doesn’t specifically talk about rewards, but I imagine that all of Paul’s dealings, preaching and suffering had them in mind.
Everything we do for Christ will be noticed and rewarded.
Acts of the Apostles 17:5-9 NLT

So we see the usual reception by those who didn’t believe.

Have you ever wondered why there is such a negative response to Christianity? Instead of just letting bygones be bygones, just agreeing to disagree, they take things to the extreme.

The beginning of Acts 17:5 tells us part of what it was.
Jealous of what? Wouldn’t you think that they would be happy that their friends found something to better their lives?

Remember, it is a spiritual battle and the enemy is losing ground. And don’t forget Ephesians 6:12...
Sometimes we play down the spiritual aspect of our faith, but we need to remember that we have an enemy who hates and despises us.

If you don’t believe that we are in a spiritual battle for the lives of people, just look at what New York just passed into law.

You can kill a baby up until the day he is born.

Columnist Jerry Newcombe writes this:
The thing about abortion is this: the ancient practice of child sacrifice has resumed in earnest with abortion on demand—only now it’s all hidden from our eyes. The babies are no longer sacrificed on the altars of the ancient gods Moloch and Baal. Instead, they are sacrificed on the altars of convenience or material benefits.
Next Sunday, we will welcome Human Life Services to talk about the abortion issue and to show how they are fighting to save the lives of these babies and their moms.

With all the modern technology we have, cameras, ultra sound etc. No rational human being can say this is not a baby. Why then? Because people are being blinded by the enemy to commit these horrific acts.

And we are in a spiritual battle for the lives and souls of people.
Back to jealousy...why else would they be jealous?

You now had people leaving the synagogue. Many gentiles and a bunch of prominent women. That sounds like people who had money and influence.

They were losing their power over those who were now leaving.

So rather than accept this change, what did they do?
The devil is the author of confusion and conflict. So we can understand why there was rioting.

Again, why such a hostile response to this? Spiritual!
Why a riot and the dragging out of these 2 guys? To get the attention of those in charge. These were people with no political or police power, so they had to get to the ones in charge who could do something about it.

Don’t we see that in spades today? People who don’t have any power or authority rioting to get the attention of the politicians.

Hoping that if they make enough noise and complain loud enough, the politicians or police will do something.

Hoping that they will respond to noise rather than truth or reason.
They couldn’t find the true culprits, so anyone affiliated will do--just to get a voice before the authorities.

Think Nazi Germany with people trying to hide the Jews.

Those who helped them, received the same punishment as the Jews would have received.

Sometimes even being behind the scenes, just being associated with Jesus could result in hardship.
Acts of the Apostles 17:6-7 NLT

Notice that these were lies.

Nothing that they had done would have been treasonous against Caesar. Nowhere did Paul tell them to overthrow anything or not obey the laws.

And doesn’t this tactic and accusation sound familiar?
Not paying taxes would be considered treason. And they tried to threaten Pilate by saying the Jesus is a king too, is he going to take your place?

The arguments and complaints against believers don’t really change. The enemy is very predictable.

The leaders in Thessalonica would have been aware of the problems the Romans had with Jesus and the Christians there. The mob was trying to play to the fear of that happening here.

When in reality, it wasn’t the Christians that were rioting, it was the others rioting against the Christians.

Again, the crowd trying to miscategorize what was happening by blaming the Christians.
The leaders didn’t want the rioting, but apparently there wasn’t any evidence that Jason and his friends did anything wrong.

So instead of doing the right thing and standing up to the crowd, (because that’s what leaders should do). They should do the right thing.

Now they were stuck between a rock and hard place. We don’t want rioting and we can’t really convict them (as much as they would like to, just to get rid of the crowd.)

So here’s what we’ll do.
This bail was actually a bond that assured the town leaders that Paul wouldn’t return. And there would be no further trouble like Paul started.

It’s kind of like probation.

If it happened again, Jason would lose the money and probably suffer jail.

Paul brings this up to them in his first letter back to the church in Thessalonica.
Paul’s hands were tied because of that bail, bond, probation issue.

But in spite of the hardship that would follow in the town of Thessalonica, and the hardship that Paul suffered, He rejoiced that the church there was strong.
I believe that as we see people’s live changed by the power of Christ, the hardships we face in life and ministry take a backseat to our joy we have that God is using us to save others.

How often have we prayed that if it takes my death or suffering for my kids to be saved, I’m good with that.

The end result of someone’s salvation makes the work worth while.

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