Beyond Our Walls

A Hope Filled Future - by Pastor John Lindsay Sadler, Jr.

      My favorite cartoon from an old "Leadership Magazine” has the preacher going to be hung. The congregation is beneath the gallows watching, and the caption has one person saying to another, “I told him not to change the order of service.” This is the risk we take as Transitional Pastors. There will be push back and yes, some will abandon the church. Agents of hope are risk takers to lead the people where they really want to go. The former hall of fame NFL coach, Tom Landry, established the goal for change. He stated, “Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they always wanted to achieve.” Deep down, inside their spirit, they want their church to live and thrive, however; they are clinging to ‘the way it was,’ or ‘we have never done it that way before.’ Thus, the church and the members find themselves in a hopeless state.

      Without hope, people wither, communities erode, and churches die. Three of the four pre-retirement churches I served had a “I hope so” attitude. However, the three post-retirement churches, Transitional Pastor churches, they were drowning in hopelessness. Biblical hope and worldly hope are like light and darkness. Darkness is just the absences of light. Worldly hope is devoid of biblical hope. People, communities, and churches have a deficiency of biblical hope. Psalm 71:5, For you, my Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord from my youth is absent from these three entities.

      Sadly, biblical hope (elpis) has been replaced by phrases like, “I hope so,” “I wish it would,” “keep your fingers crossed,” or “if you are lucky.” No, hope Scripturally is a “certainty,” or a “guarantee.” Hope is a desire of a future good with the anticipation that it will come to fruition. Hope is to the soul as air is to the lungs. Lamentations 3:24. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

      Due to hope being reignited, Amissville Baptist has a bright future. A rekindled hope has allowed the revisioning of the future, a reworking of the organization, and a renewing of relationships. In other words, a holy fire has been started to advance the God’s kingdom. Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Seeing life through the lens of hope, convinces a church that there is a future.

      This month ABC’s hope will blaze as the body of Christ considers the call of their next pastor. Peter and April Witkowski is the family that the Lord has led the Pastor Search Committee to be considered as the church’s next Pastor family. Peter’s resume is available to you at the church and on the church’s website. The way you have adapted to change and the calling of a new pastor, both creates a season of great joy. Biblical hope always creates a joyful spirit. As you prayerfully consider calling the Witkowski family, know they come as humble servants to lead ABC. During the dedication of Jerusalem’s wall there was far reaching joy, And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away (Nehemiah 12:43c). The glory of God working in a life or a church is heard throughout a community. May this community hear of the joy that emanates from ABC’s body of believers who walk in grace and oneness. May the surrounding areas of ABC hear of your joy as you consider calling the Witkowski family.


Pastor Lindsay

Missions News

A great big thank you from the Ladies Missions for all the hats, gloves, scarfs, socks, etc. collected. The next phase for Hope for Appalachia: "Hope Boxes". Items that should be included in the boxes will be posted on the bulletin board as well as inserted in the boxes. Each box will be delivered one-by-one to students across schools at the base of the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Virginia. The deadline this year is February 28th. God is at work in the Appalachian Mountains and He is calling us to join Him there!

Mark your calendar (March 24th) for our first ever Easter Egg Hunt! We will be asking the members of Amissville Baptist Church to give offerings during service so that we can order supplies for the event. More details to follow…..


Our February schedule for AWANA will be:

February 4th- dress in your favorite sports team apparel

February 11th-Valentine celebration with special snack

February 18th- No AWANA

February 25th- Regular meeting

With Valentine’s Day this month, we can’t help but think of love. We want this month, and every month, to be focused on the one that loves us more than anyone else, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Jesus told us in John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” That is why the end of January and the first of February, we are making cards, collecting toiletry items, and collecting socks to send to our US troops. We want to be able to express our appreciation to these brave men and women that willing go into harms way to protect our country. Their willingness to lay down their lives so we do not have to lay down ours is the greatest expression of love and deserves our gratitude.

Donations can be dropped in the designated box located in the church foyer.


Through our new Sunday School lessons and appointed fellowship times we look forward to diving into what God has to show us through “Authentic Love”.Our snow tubing adventure will be Tuesday, February 6th- 6-8pm @ Massanutten Snow Park. We will bus over from Amissville, leaving the church parking lot promptly at 4pm. Sign up is needed as space is limited to 25.

“Authentic Love” Bible Study for teen girls will begin Sunday, February 4th- March 25th. 9-10am each Sunday. Come for a time of study, fellowship and breakfast. Books will be provided.

Looking ahead to March- Our teens will be roller skating on March 4th and helping with our community outreach Easter Egg Hunt, March 25th.

Upcoming Meetings to discuss Pastoral Candidate

-Called Member Ministry Meeting on Wednesday, February 14th at both 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to discuss the Pastoral candidates resume and covenant.

 -Tentative meeting on the 24th to meet the Pastoral andidates family.

 -Called Member Ministry Meeting, after trial sermon on February 25th, to vote on the Pastoral candidate to join Amissville Baptist Church as Lead Pastor.