‘Glimpses of Heaven’ Book Launch and Concert
Time & Date
Event Starts:10/14/2017 5:00PM
Event Ends:10/14/2017 7:00PM
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First United Methodist Church
217 East Main Street
Hendersonville, TN 37075
The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, will host a special concert and book signing on Saturday, Oct. 14, to celebrate the launch of Roela Victoria Rivera’s new book, “Glimpses of Heaven: God’s Gifts of Grace in Daily Life.” The concert begins at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary, located at 217 East Main Street. A book signing and reception will follow.
“Glimpses of Heaven” is the second collection of devotionals published by Rivera, an artist-writer originally from the Philippines who is legally blind. She and her husband, Jun, live in Hendersonville.
“God gave me a gift of amazing grace with my new life after I had a near-death experience in 2002 that blessed me to see the beauty and glory of Heaven,” Rivera wrote in her introduction to the new book. “I heard the powerful voice of God sending me back to earth with a mission to share His love, grace, and hope to many people. God tested my faith when I became legally blind in 2004, but this predicament did not stop me from doing my mission and ministry. In this new inspirational devotional book, I hope to share the miracles of God’s grace in many exigencies and challenges we face in everyday life. ”
The collection of 120 devotions, testimonies and prayers explores subjects such as angels, aging gracefully, living a joy-filled life, and mission. Most of the entries were written by Rivera, but some were penned by others with whom she has enjoyed a deep, spiritual connection, including the late Rev. Ben Alexander of HFUMC, KORE Foundation Director Katherine Lauw, Dove Award-winning musician John Elliott, and Deaconess Carolyn Lawhawn, a retired public health nurse, among others.
The Oct. 14 celebration will feature devotional readings by some contributors and worship music by members of the Contemporary Praise Team, including a duet by Liz Shea and her father, Judson Byler, who will perform a prayer song, “Blessed Life” written by Rivera. Author, songwriter and worship leader Rob Still will perform an original song and read the devotion he contributed to the book.
Proceeds from book sales will be used to support mission projects around the world, including UMW Emergency Health Kits for disaster victims, particularly for women and children, through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), as well as completion of Grace Prayer Chapel at the UMC headquarters in Manila, Philippines. A portion of the proceeds will support missions of the United Methodist Women at HFUMC, an organization of which Rivera has been an active member for many years. The UMW’s local mission projects include the Backpack program, which has delivered more than 7,000 supplemental food packets for Sumner County poor children, as well as creating layettes for babies at Fort Campbell Hospital.