Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church






We are a community of faith seeking to know Christ and make Him known in all we say and do.

Pastor Bill's Reflections

Bill Young

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. —Hebrews 11:1, Read: Hebrews 11:8-16

In January 1915, the ship Endurance was trapped and crushed in the ice off the coast of Antarctica. The group of polar explorers, led by Ernest Shackleton, survived and managed to reach Elephant Island in three small lifeboats. Trapped on this uninhabited island, far from normal shipping lanes, they had one hope. On April 24, 1916, 22 men watched as Shackleton and five comrades set out in a tiny lifeboat for South Georgia, an island 800 miles away. The odds seemed impossible, and if they failed, they would all certainly die. What joy, then, when more than four months later a boat appeared on the horizon with Shackleton on its bow shouting, “Are you all well?” And the call came back, “All safe! All well!”

What held those men together and kept them alive over those months? Faith and hope placed in one man. They believed that Shackleton would find a way to save them. This human example of faith and hope echoes the faith of the heroes listed in Hebrews 11. Their faith in the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” kept them going through great difficulties and trials (Heb. 11:1 nkjv).

As we look out upon the horizon of our own problems, may we not despair. May we have hope through the certainty of our faith in the One Man—Jesus, our God and Savior. Thank You, Father, for the promise of forgiveness made possible by Jesus. May that promise lighten the darkest of our days.

The hope of Jesus shines brightly even on our darkest day.

INSIGHT: We can take courage and hope from those who have preceded us in the life of faith. The author of Hebrews lists many examples of people who acted in faith despite their circumstances and despite the fact that they had not yet received what “had been promised” (11:39). This is why Hebrews 11 begins by saying that “faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Love and Peace to you all,

Pastor Bill


  • Adult Class - 8:30 AM
  • Worship - 10 AM (Nursery available for infant and toddlers)
  • Sunday School 10 AM
    4 Years - 2nd Grade (Participate in worship through childrens talk, then dismiss to classrooms)
  • Fellowship Time after Worship
  • Youth Choir practice - 11:15 AM
  • Recorder Choir practice - 12:20 PM


  • Sunday, November 8
    Veterans Sunday
    Wear your uniform
  • Saturday, November 14
    Adopt-A-Highway pickup
    Along Hwy 210
    Begins at 8:30 AM
  • Sunday, November 22
    Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner
    Honors First Responders
    5:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 26
    Thanksgiving Day
    Now Thank We All Our God!
    (Church office closed until Monday)
  • Every Thursday (except Thanksgiving)
    Bible-In-A-Year Class
    6:45 PM


November 15, 2015 - "Karma, Baby!"
Today's scripture lesson comes from Hebrews 10: 11-25 Dr. Young tells us there is grace in forgiveness, in the process, and when we help each other.

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