Operation Inasmuch

Dear friends,

This is an incredibly busy season at HVBC, but even as we approach Holy Week and Easter, I encourage you to make plans now to join us for our annual Operation Inasmuch on Saturday, April 18th. It is time to begin signing up for projects and collecting items we will need to make this Operation Inasmuch a successful day. Please note that the Missions Team is asking for donations of various items that will be part of our Inasmuch effort. You can find the list of items requested here. Please help us by bringing these items and placing them in the designated container in the children’s hallway.

We also ask that you begin prayerfully considering how you can serve during Operation Inasmuch. The Missions Team has lined up the following projects and believes there are ways that all ages and abilities will be able to participate.

  • Sing for and visit with residents at 2 retirement communities – this group will sing at Durham Regent and at Carillon. After sharing some hymns and songs, there will be a time to talk with the residents and pass out goodie bags that are being prepared by our children in their Sunday School class.
  • Block Party at McDougald Terrace – this group will prepare and serve a hot dog lunch and will also have a variety of games, crafts, and activities for the residents to en-joy. We will also be distributing toiletry kits. We will need a large group of people to coordinate the various activities and to engage the residents in conversation.
  • Staining several wooden areas at Urban Ministries of Durham – this project needs about 4 volunteers.
  • Outdoor clean-up and yard work at Urban Ministries – this project will work at cleaning some areas around Urban Ministries and if we can secure some mulch, these volunteers will also be spreading the mulch to help the grounds look clean and neat.
  • Sorting clothes at Urban Ministries – this group of 6 to 8 volunteers will assist the clothing ministry of Urban Ministries by sorting and organizing clothing donations.
  • Writing notes of appreciation to local police officers – this group will prepare notes of encouragement and support to be given to local public servants.
  • Preparing casseroles for persons staying at The Caring House while undergoing medical care or treatment at Duke Hospital – whether you can attend on April 18 or not, we will be collecting frozen casseroles that will be delivered to The Caring House so that they can be reheated when needed.
  • Pack bags of food to support the BackPack Buddies program at Githens Middle School – because many students go to homes without adequate food supplies, this group will pack bags of needed food items that will be delivered to Githens where they will be sent home with students so that the students will have access to meals when they are not in school.
  • Packing Bean Soup mixture for the food pantry at Urban Ministries – this group will take designated amounts of various types of beans, pasta, and seasonings and combine them in Ziploc bags to be distributed to people in need.
  • Collecting toys for the Make-A-Wish Foundation – we will be collecting toys that will be distributed to children dealing with life-threatening illness and to their siblings.

Blessings,
Bill

Spring is Sneaking In

Like many of you, I am growing weary of snow and ice. The weather has certainly wreaked havoc with our church schedule and plans, and I always hate to make decisions about canceling or postponing worship services and funerals. Through it all, however, I am grateful to those members who have responded to requests to shovel snow/ice and make it safer to get our members to the church for scheduled activities and times of worship. Thanks also for the flexibility you have shown when the weather has forced adjustments to our plans, and we will be very appreciative if you will help us make up for the offerings we missed when we had to cancel worship on March 1.

With all the winter weather, however, I feel like a very busy spring is sneaking up on us. You will notice that this newsletter is filled with announcements and upcoming opportunities for worship, ministry, and fellowship.

In particular, I encourage you to note a couple opportunities to support God’s work financially. During the Lent and Easter seasons, we promote our Easter Missions Offering to support missionaries and missions work in North America and around the world. You again have the option to support the Global Missions Offering of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship or the Annie Armstrong Offering of the Southern Baptist Convention. Envelopes for both offerings can be found in the pew racks in the sanctuary. Our church goal for this offering is $2,000, and I feel confident that we can collect at least that much to support the spreading of the Gospel.

I also invite you to note the announcement about the CROP Hunger Walk and to take advantage of the opportunity to support hunger ministries here at home and around the world. We have a large group of church members participating in the walk. Please prayerfully consider seeking out one or more of these walkers to make a contribution to support hunger relief. We live in a world where the disparity between the haves and have-nots grows wider each year, and those of us blessed to have more than enough are called by the Gospel to feed the hungry and care for the poor. The CROP Hunger Walk is one of many ways we as a congregation work to fulfill this responsibility.

In addition to the offering of our financial resources to missions and ministry, please make plans to join us for our annual Operation Inasmuch on April 18. The Missions Team is working diligently to organize projects that will allow us to serve and make a difference in our community. We hope to see many of you as we spend the day doing God’s work and being the presence of Christ for those who live in our area.

Blessings,
Bill