Dover Assembly of God
5.19.2019 | Mothers of the Bible
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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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May 19, 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.
THIS WEEK
Sunday
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
3:00 pm ~ Worship Practice

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT

Saturday
6:30 pm ~ Saturday Night Spanish Service
UPCOMING EVENTS

Graduation Service Change
Due to local high school scheduling, we have been forced to postpone our graduation service to NEXT WEEK, Sunday, May 26. Join us as we honor the following as they take the next step in their life’s journey.
~ Noah Cleck
~ Katlynn Havens
~ Dasyn Edwards
~ Chris Jones
BGMC / Missions Date Change
Due to the Girls Ministry Crowning service on June 2, we are moving our BGMC update to the following week (June 9). Thank you for supporting our missionaries!
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' Ministry News
Join us on June 2, as we honor the following girls for completing the rigorous Honor Star requirements.
~ Cora Miller
~ Abigail Reed
~ Lakelynn Wilson

Girls make their way up the Stairway of the Stars achievement program as they complete units in the four worlds: The World of Truth (basic Christian doctrine), The World Around You (missions), The World About You (activities), and The World Within You (character development). Memorization, projects, and Bible reading are all a part of completing the achievement program as an Honor Star. Four-week units are supplemented with projects and Adventures.

Rep. Seth Grove will also present to the girls his citation for their achievement.

In preparation for this service, there will NOT be a Wednesday evening Adult Bible study on Wednesday, May 29 as the girls will be in the sanctuary rehearsing for Sunday. All other ministries will meet as usual.

The Girl’s Ministry (grades 3-5) is also planning to attend the District Retreat on June 13-15. This is an awesome time of spiritual growth and fun for the girls. The cost for each girl is $130, which is about $1600 total. Thanks to your support, we raised $246 from our Hot Dog Grab ’n Go. We want to supplement that with a spaghetti lunch on Sunday, June 9 following the service. In order this fundraiser to succeed, we will need not only a great attendance, but also the help of some adults to prepare and serve. If you are able to help or want to come and eat, please sign up in the lower foyer.
Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendars for this 4 day event. It will be held Aug 4-7. The theme is Video Games and the title we have chosen is “POWER UP”. Donations of $5.00 / $10.00 / $25.00 gift cards to purchase gifts and supplies being accepted at this time.
BODY NEWS

Saturday Evening Spanish Service
In addition to the regular Sunday afternoon service, Pastor Luis is starting a Saturday evening service this week, beginning at 6:30 pm. Continue to pray for Pastor Luis and this tremendous outreach.
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 Tithe.ly.com and put a link on our website and phone app that will permit online giving.
Special Thank You...
I would like to thank the ladies who contributed to the surprise birthday gift to me last Sunday. It was an unexpected surprise and I appreciate the gift certificate to Luna Nails. Thank you ~ Love you, Anna
VOTE!
Even though this is an “off-year” election, we still need to take time to vote for the local politicians who will serve us for the next few years. There are several judges up for election. Please be sure to vote for the ones who best represent your biblical values. We have enclosed a few voters guides to help assist you in determining their position on key issues.
Don’t forget to vote this Tuesday, May 21!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
May 29 ~ Girl’s Ministries rehearsal in Sanctuary-NO Adult Bible Study
June 2 ~ Girl’s Ministry Crowning & Luncheon
June 6 ~ Men’s Dinner-Chick Fil A
June 8 ~ Taylor Bender-Jati Baby Sprinkle (registered at Target & Amazon)
June 9 ~ Girl’s Ministry Spaghetti Luncheon
June 13-15 ~ Girls Ministry Retreat
June 16 ~ Father’s Day
July 12 ~ WOP Women’s Summer Refresher
July 13 ~ Men’s Breakfast
Aug 4-7 ~ VBS
Aug 9 ~ WOP Women’s Summer Book Club Dinner
Sept 1-8 ~ Dover Fireman’s Fair
Sept 7 ~ “Fearless” Youth Event
Sept 15 ~ “Invite Your One” Day
Sept 25 ~ See You at the Pole
Oct 5 ~ Dover Parade
PRAYER NEEDS
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!
Shut-Ins
~ Helen S.
~ Beulah S
Prayer Needs
~ Robin H.
~ Rose K.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Marian T.
~ Mary S.
~ Lois P.

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May 19, 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.
II. MAYBE YOU SACRIFICED RAISING YOUR CHILD SO THEIR LIVES COULD BE BETTER
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.
III. MAYBE AS A MOM YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED GREAT LOSS
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.
IV. MAYBE YOU ARE A SINGLE MOM & YOUR LIFE IS HARD
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.
V. RATHER YOU ARE A MOM OR A GRANDMA, YOU WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON YOUR CHILDREN.

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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