Dover Assembly of God
5.12.2019 | Mother's Day 2019
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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
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This Week's Bulletin
May 12, 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 School
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

6:00 pm ~ WOP Committee Meeting

6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT


Women of Purpose - Save the Date Events
The ladies will host a baby sprinkle for Taylor (Bender) Jati in the church fellowship hall on Sat. June 8, from 11:00-1:00 for those who would like to attend. There is a sign up sheet on the ladies table in the upper foyer.
Summer refresher will be held at Diane Crumrine’s home on Fri. July 12. (More information will be coming).

Summer Book Club Discussion and Dinner (Mercy’s Rain) will be held at Diane D’Agostino’s home on Fri. Aug 9. (More information will be coming)

Girls' Ministries News
In addition to our upcoming Girl’s Ministries Crowning on Sun. June 2, 2019, some of our girls will be attending the annual Girls Ministries Retreat in Carlisle June 13-15. We will have approximately 8 girls and 4 leaders who will attend. The cost to attend is $130.00 per person. To help off-set the costs, we would like to do as much as we can to raise funds for this retreat. As you can see, it will take about $1600 to cover this event.

We are tentatively rescheduling our spaghetti lunch fundraiser for June 9 following the morning service. In order to make this a successful event, the girls will need adult help and supervision in preparing the spaghetti. There are 2 sign up lists in the lower foyer. One is those who will attend the lunch and the other is for those willing to help. Please sign up and help the girls meet their goal! We are hoping to have this luncheon, but if we end up not having enough adults to help with this fundraiser for the girls, we will have to cancel the luncheon. Let us know if you can help! Thank you!

Graduation Service
Can you believe that we are planning our graduation service already? It’s next week. Come and support our young people as they take the next step in God’s plan for their lives!
Our graduates:
~ Noah Cleck
~ Katlynn Havens
~ Dasyn Edwards
~ Chris Jones


Online Giving
In the age of smart phones, websites, social media and electronic banking, our church wants to be sure that we are exploring every technology that will ultimately benefit the work of God here in Dover Assembly. We have partnered with the company and put a link on our website and phone app that will permit online giving.
You can learn more and give online at

Parking Lot Loan
Just an update on our loan to repair the parking lot and parsonage roof. The original amount of the loan was $50,000, but thanks to your continued faithfulness and a generous matching donation, our current balance after less than 2 years is now $30,042.

May 14 ~ Dover Township Meeting
May 19 ~ Graduation Service
June 2 ~ Girl’s Ministry Crowning & Luncheon
June 6 ~ Men’s Dinner
June 8 ~ Taylor Jati Baby Sprinkle
June 9 ~ Spaghetti Luncheon
June 13-15 ~ Girls Ministry Retreat
June 16 ~ Father’s Day
July 12 ~ Women’s Summer Refresher
July 13 ~ Men’s Breakfast
Aug 4-7 ~ VBS
Aug 9 ~ Women’s Summer Book Club Dinner
Sept 1-8 ~ Dover Fireman’s Fair
Sept 15 ~ “Invite Your One” Day
Sept 17 ~ “Fearless” Youth Event
Aug 9 ~ Women’s Book Club Dinner
Oct 5 ~ Dover Parade

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May 12, 2019 - Pastor Jeff Bender

There’s no denying the fact that moms have a tremendous impact on who we become as adults. Good or bad!

How many have watched the show “Long Lost Family”? It’s a show where usually adult children are trying to someone who is related to them.

Sometimes it’s parents looking for their children that were adopted, but mostly it’s the children looking for the parents. And 99% of the time, the person is looking for their mom.

Usually, it’s because they have a void in their lives that they believe finding their mom will fulfill.

The main question that they want answered is why were you not around. There is always hugs and tears and remorse over past decisions.

Moms play a very important role even when they are absent!
Usually these types of sermons are uplifting and encouraging Proverbs 31 moms, Mary & Jesus. . . both for moms and their children.

Look at the situation and look at God’s response.

While I hope that is what happens, we're going to look at scenarios in the Bible that we may not have thought about but we may encounter in our lives.

This won’t be a Proverbs 31 sermon.

Jenn Peterson said “Not everyone is happy on Mother’s Day, Not everyone is a mother, not everyone has a mother. But God is still God and he is able to fill that void.

I think we all have an image of a perfect mom, but we’re going to look at moms who didn’t have it perfect in their lives.
We know of a few families where illness took a mom too early. And the children didn’t have a mom around.

If we search the Bible we’ll find that God has a special place for those who for whatever reason didn’t have a mom figure.

It’s a situation we don’t like to face, but the Bible shows us that these things happen in life.
While we believe that God is masculine, he also describes himself as having the characteristics of a perfect mom.
So when he says he's a father to the fatherless, He is also a mother to the motherless.

If your mom was absent for whatever reason, God is still there waiting to help.
We have talked about the blessings of adoption before. God “adopted us” into His family-Adoption was God’s idea.

We hear the phrase “unwanted” when referring to babies. But that is a lie. Most adoptions occur because the mom or parents realize that their current life situations are such that the baby would have a better life with other people.

Referring back to Long Lost Family-all the parents who gave their child up for adoption never stopped caring for them and wondering how they were doing.

They sacrificed what they wanted for what was better for the baby.

And isn’t that what all parents do? Sacrifice our wants and desires because our children come first?

Adoption is a blessing for everyone. The mom knows that baby is going to be loved and better cared for. The baby (presumably) has a better life. The adoptive mom is also blessed.
The book of Ruth gives us a story of how God blessed Ruth and caused her life to prosper.

But what did it take to get to that point? Naomi’s husband and 2 sons died.
Any mom ever feel this way? You are not alone.

During the time of suffering we feel that it won’t end and that God has abandoned us.

But even in her suffering, she was an encouragement and mentor to Ruth. She was fulfilling what God tells us in Titus . . .
Even though she was upset with God, she didn’t let those feelings take away her faith.

How many know, it’s ok to be upset with God? He’s big enough to take it. And he knows how you feel anyways.

As Naomi was faithful and trusting God’s leading in Ruth’s life, Naomi found blessing.
There’s 2 things about this.

First we see: When Hagar found out she was pregnant by Abram the hard life started. She was being harassed by Sarah.
She made a rash decision in the middle of difficulty. She ran away from her home and ultimately God.

It’s easy to make split second decisions to get you out of that difficulty, but usually those decisions made in the heat of the moment rarely turns out well.

What did God tell Hagar?
The second aspect is this: Maybe your husband or boyfriend left or is not in the picture to help and you are doing it all alone and it’s tiring.

We already said that God is a father to the fatherless. That means as you teach your children about God, he will fill the void and make up the difference, but you have to let him.

God not only hears your cries, he hears the heart of your children.
If you stick it out, don’t look for a quick fix, and trust me when you make choices, I will take care of you.

Let's make it for good!
The modeling that was done for Timothy by his mom and grandma, made him into the person of faith Paul knew him to be.

And it appears that Tim’s dad was not a believer, and yet Tim’s mom and grandma were still able to instill their faith in him.

It is possible to lead your child to Jesus even if you don’t have a believing spouse, but it mostly depends on how you do it.

Dobson says “more is caught than taught”. Like it or not children, (and by children, I mean mostly daughters) you will become your mother.

And moms, they will become how you act, not what you say.
Why did we focus on these today? Because even though we know that God’s best and His plan is for 2 parent homes without strife.

The reality is this not a perfect world and not everyone has a Leave it to Beaver white picket fence life.

It can be a hard life but the Bible doesn’t shy away from hard situations. They happened then and they happen today.

The Good news is that Christ is able to help you navigate through every scenario.
If you had a great (not perfect) mom, thank God for it because as we saw not everyone does.

If you lost your mom (whatever age/reason) God helps you through that.

If you were adopted or you were the mom who denied herself to give your baby a better life, we know God was in the middle of that!

If you’re a single mom-stick with God-Don’t let circumstances or situations that you think will make your life easier draw you away from God.

Stick it out and you’ll be blessed.

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