God Sightings in Epiphany

GOD SIGHTINGS 

  • After worship Sunday, Nathalia, Sofia, Owen and I went to the cemetery to visit their Dad and Grandpa Henry's grave.  Owen and Sofia always sit down and talk to their Dad and Grandpa.  It really tugs at my heart strings.  Owen asked if he could pray.  He opened his bulletin and read the 23rd Psalm, which was James' sermon.  I know all of heaven was radiating the smiles of Daniel and Henry!  Rita Jumper

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GOD SIGHTINGS WEEK of February 14

  • I was running by Bojangles to pick up some food for a church family member when I saw an elderly woman in her vehicle who had not pulled into line but was looking as if she needed to.  I let her in line in front of me and she blew me a kiss! Anonymous

  • Last week I witnessed a God Sighting on Union Road. A car was stalled right at the intersection and a police officer turned on his blue light and got out of his car. He needed help to push the car across the intersection and out of the road. He turned to a man in a flatbed truck for help. Without hesitation the man jumped out of his truck and began to help the police officer push the car. Together they took care of what needed to be done. Thank you, Billy Jones, as your deed did not go unnoticed.

         Anonymous

 

  • in the “Inspirational “ Worship & Commitment Committee meeting that was developing plans to step towards “normalcy” with special services and more “normal” indoor services.

     Carol Beasley

 

  • Last September I took a stack of my Dad’s shirts to a seamstress to make “memory bears” for all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Christmas gifts.  I picked them up around Thanksgiving.  I saw her last week and learned something amazing.  Her husband, due to Covid, lost his job a couple of days before I picked up my bears Thanksgiving week.  My payment arrived just in time!  It helped get them through the holidays.  God saw to it!!  He knew their needs – and provided!!!  Through tears, we both rejoiced!!                                                                              

     Sally McGinnis

  • My God sighting has been in the faces of my church family. Since I have lost Roger my family has been there for me in everyway. That really is God's love being put into action.                                                                                        Kathy Pope

 

GOD SIGHTINGS WEEK of February 7th, 2021

  • After having lunch with my son we were standing in the parking lot of the restaurant when a young black girl pulled up in a beat up car with tape holding the bumper on. She walked toward the check cashing business next door. I was thinking she must have gotten a check and needed the money. Instead she walked up to a white homeless man who was in the parking lot and then ran (not walked) to the restaurant to buy him a meal. Then as I pulled out of the parking lot a new Lexus SUV came up behind me driven by what looked like a well to do older white man. Then he pulled over and handed what looked like a cup of hot soup to a homeless black man. THESE are the real people of America. Not what our so called leaders and news outlets would have you believe. This actually happened. I praised God for the lesson he just gave me and for restoring some hope for our country. HE IS STILL IN CHARGE!!

      -Don Black, former Gastonia police officer

  • I met a friend this week whose wife is a pastor who has recently left her church. It is amazing how God has revealed Himself in her life as she finds new work in another church and also how God restored to her hobbies that she did not have time for before.   

      -Pastor James Holeman                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

GOD SIGHTINGS WEEK of January 31st, 2021

  • My God sighting was a song this morning.  As I was driving to Church in the rain I was having a “pity party” which I don’t usually do.  I was thinking I would have to sit in my car isolated from friends and listen to the service and how unfair all the happenings  in our country this past  year – the isolations, the deaths, the fears, the loss of so many things we all hold dear.  I arrived and parked so I could hear the service and was given my bulletin.  As I opened my bulletin, an insert was the first thing I saw.  To my surprise, this was my greatest blessing today.  It was the words to a song entitled “Our God is in Control.”  The first verse:

This is not how it should be

This is not how it could be

This is how it is

And our God is in control

What a great reminder!  God is in control, always on time and provides what we need!  Thank you Pastor James!

Martha Simmons

 

  • God has revealed himself through Pastor James as he continues to encourage and inspire us during this hard and difficult time.  I am so thankful for him and his family.                                                                                                   

      Melody Caldwell

  • I am thankful for Billy Jordan, he shares God’s blessings in many ways, calls to check on me and cards!  Oleida Edge

GOD SIGHTINGS WEEK of January 24th, 2021

 

  • Our Blessing Box has become a God Sighting Box! I often check when I drive by, especially Sunday morning. Last Sunday, it had been emptied, which is not unusual. When I opened the door to restock, to my surprise there was $107, under a rock. Honestly, I was surprised that the money had not been taken. (Oh me of little faith!) What started as a box for students at Forestview has quickly become a needed box for the community. It is being used by more than we ever imagined and often! Since that day, we have been left several donations in the box. What a blessing!    Tammy Biddix

  • Being part of the care for an aging parent can be stressful at times and fulfilling at others.  As the plan for mother changed so did the process for assistance for the long term.  God put special people in our lives for support and guidance, some of whom were going through things with their aging parents.  We shared our feelings with others and allowed them to do the same.  We saw God walking with us and understand in a more reassuring way, he was/is always involved in the process.  Thanks be to God!

      Billy & Susan Wilson

  • Seeing the unity and feeling God's presence at the installation of our new elders.

      Hearing children's laughter as they ran and played together.                                                                                                Billy Jordan

  • I saw and heard the power of God in the Thunderstorm last night!  Pastor James

  • This morning in my devotions, reading about the resurrection of Jesus after the crucifixion, the women went to the tomb and were met by an angel that told them Jesus was alive - He had risen from the dead.  I was trying to image what those women must have felt in that moment and in thinking about it, I imagined myself going to my mother's grave and being met by an angel who said my mother was not dead, but she was alive!  And the epiphany of what the resurrection of Jesus really meant to me personally hit me....my mother is ALIVE (her body laid in the grave 13 years ago will be resurrected at the appointed time) ....because JESUS IS ALIVE and all who believe in Him even though their bodies have died,  they are ALIVE and even their bodies will live again one day!  Hallelujah!  Nancy Newman

  • God Sighting!  Today, while taking temperatures at a business entrance, I overheard two men talking.  One asked, had the other still been able to help serve meals to those in need, during the crazy times.  His reply was, Yes, it has been tough and we have had to "hunker down" and work harder than ever!  The joy in his voice was amazing!   Bless those who are still working to serve others, especially in these trying times!  Anonymous

  • I heard a wonderful woman of God say, “I can hardly wait to get to my Bible reading in the mornings!   Anonymous

 

GOD SIGHTINGS WEEK of January 17th, 2021

  • Connection was made with Mrs. Miriam MacDowell, age 94, who husband, Reverend Norman MacDowell, served as pastor at Union Presbyterian Church in the 1960s. It reminded me of how long God has used this church in the community.

      Pastor James Holeman

  • Regardless of political affiliation, I saw the hand of God in the inauguration through a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace and through prayers still offered to Almighty God.

      Nancy Newman

 

GOD SIGHTINGS WEEK of January 10th, 2021

 

  • Beautiful snow falling; moonlight across the lake at night and sunrise in the morning.

      Larry & Janice's engagement...healing after grief!   

      Finding out Eric's surgeon is a Christian!

      Peace internally during storms of life.

      The beauty of the snow!...seeing the Creator's work.

      Love & support from the community for Eric & Jennifer - truly God is Love!

      Watching grandchildren's excitement as they saw 7 deer playing in the snow in our backyard!  Creation gifts!

      Anonymous

  • Found myself in a situation where a family needed monetary help that really stretched my finances. However, I still felt God wanted me to give what was in my possession. What I did not know was that God, through another (who was not aware of the circumstances) would provide for me just as He provided for that family who needed help. Would you believe that the amount was pretty much the same!  That was a definite God-sighting to me.....God showing His love for that family and meeting their need and at the same time, meeting my need! How great is our God!

  • Watched one of my children yesterday with no prompting- stop the important thing he was doing to do something silly (but meant a lot to another of my children). Then to hear them come out and say that they loved one another! God was definitely at work!!

 

GOD SIGHTINGS WEEK of January 3rd, 2021

  • Seeing God at work in the lives of the 2 individuals who got engaged at Union last week!   -Anonymous

  • This last Sunday... I saw the love of Christ in a checker at Harris Teeter. I had never met her before. But as she asked about my family and kids, I could tell that she really cared about what I shared. It was "more than" just small talk for her if that makes sense and it made my day.  Pastor James

  • A beautiful sunrise last Monday!   Anonymous

  • I am always so blessed when God chooses to reveal Himself in the physical realm. He loves to use people who are willing to allow God, through their obedience to the directive of the Holy Spirit, to manifest Himself as a God who loves us. While sitting on palliative care wing of the hospital with Becky Staggs, I "saw" God work in an incredible way. Outside of Randy's room, we were sitting, talking and making phone calls when the dinner food trays were being delivered to the rooms. The young woman making the deliveries saw Becky's sorrow and asked if she would like to have a hug! There could have been no better timing or place for such an awesome touch of God in Becky's life. She hugged us both (with our permission) and went on about her business of delivering dinners. When Randy went home to be with the Lord, and before leaving the hospital, Becky received a beautiful card from the same young woman and signed by other staff members and enclosed were meal tickets to the cafeteria for Becky's family. I could only see the hand of God reaching out to Becky in a very painful time....He was saying, through people who would respond to His call, "I love you!" And Becky heard Him!

      Nancy Newman

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