With the example of Jesus in mind, I want to invite you to join me in making a commitment to praying together for our church this summer. God has blessed Hope Valley in numerous ways through the years and continues to be at work in our midst, but it is vital that we seek God and God’s leadership for our church moving forward.
These daily devotions will provide you a Scripture passage to read and some thoughts to guide your reflections and praying each day for the next 100 days. I hope you will join me in making the summer of 2018 a season of prayer and listening for God’s voice. It is my hope that by praying together, we will be drawn deeper into unity and faithfulness.
Download a PDF copy here.
Shipwrecked – VBS 2018
July 15 – 20
Rescued By Jesus
Can you imagine children having fun while they worship and learn about God? Come and experience it at this year’s Shipwrecked VBS which is open to children ages 3 – rising 6th grade and will be held Sunday, July 15 – Friday, July 20 from 5:20 pm – 8:20 pm.
At this year’s Vacation Bible School, we will help children explore these awesome biblical truths:
- When you’re lonely… Jesus rescues!
- When you worry… Jesus rescues!
- When you struggle… Jesus rescues!
- When you do wrong… Jesus rescues!
- When you’re powerless… Jesus rescues!
God has laid before us an awesome opportunity to share His love and grow His Kingdom. Will you join us at this year’s VBS by sharing your God-given gifts and abilities to help reach the hearts of children and families in our community? Volunteers are needed to serve as Crew Leaders, Station Rotation Leaders (Bible Story, Games, Imagination Station Crafts/Gizmos, Missions and/or Kid-Vid), and as members of the Decorating Team, Prayer Team, Registration & Hospitality Team, Security Team, Kitchen Team, Technology & Sound Team, Set-Up/Clean-Up Crew, and Media Team (photographer/videographer).
We are grateful for the times you have answered the call to Hope Valley’s Bible School ministry in the past, and we look forward to serving with you as we help young people (and adults) discover the wonder of what it means to be Rescued by Jesus at Shipwrecked VBS! Registration is open for Volunteers and Participants—so don’t delay—register today!
Shipwrecked VBS Training Sessions
Because we want to ensure you are as prepared as possible for our island excursion, we will offer three Wednesday Evening Training Sessions from 6:30-7:30 pm beginning on May 30 to help Crew Leaders and Station Leaders study the Bible points and stories in greater detail. Stay tuned for more information!
Items Needed for VBS 2018:
Lend (will be returned at the end of VBS):
- Christmas Tree Stands
- Rope Lights
- Fishing net
- Life ring/life jacket
- Plastic wading pools
- Pool Noodles
- Fishing net
- Cardboard Tubes (gift-wrap or carpet tubes)
- Green Hula Hoops
- Paper Towel Tubes
- Green Crepe Paper
- Plastic Tablecloths (Green and Brown)
- Bubble solution
- Beach mats
- Masking tape
- Black Foam Core Board (4 large sheets)
- Gel Food Coloring
- Grass/Raffia Skirts/Table Skirts
- Cellophane (all colors)
- Wooden skewers
- Chenille wires (pipe cleaners)
- Clear packing tape
- Plastic wading pools
- Bandanas (10)
- Beach balls
- Ping pong balls (30)
- Empty cleaned out 1-gallon milk jugs (25)
Every Sunday, June – August
Lemonade on the Lawn is a great way for all ages to serve and to get to know others. You can be part of this fun fellowship time by helping provide cookies each week or by spending a little bit of time after worship pouring and greeting.
If you, your Sunday School class, or ministry team would like to help one Sunday following the morning worship service, please contact Amy Herring or the church office.
I was privileged to join other Hope Valley members last Friday evening at a local Indian restaurant to hear Leena Lavanya share some stories about her amazing ministry in her home country of India. Through the ministry she has developed, ServeTrust, she and others are focused on reaching out to and caring for the marginalized people of India. Some of you have had the chance to hear Leena when she has spoken at Hope Valley in years past, and I am always inspired by the remarkable things God is doing through Leena and that ministry. Among the many life-changing areas of work, Leena and her partners care for people with leprosy and HIV, provide job training to help women escape commercial sex trafficking, organize schools to educate children in poor communities, and provide numerous other ministries to show compassion and love to people in need. If you would like to know more about Leena’s work, you can read more at www.servetrust.org.
Whenever I hear Leena speak, I am amazed by the energy level she must possess and by her willingness to be an instrument of God’s work. I feel tired just trying to imagine the schedule she keeps and all the ways she invests her time and care in other people, but as I listened to her talk last week, I was reminded that one of the keys to her ministry is her commitment to and belief in the power of prayer. As she told stories of seeing God heal and transform people in response to the prayers of believers, she repeated over and over again that these things happen because of the power of prayer. It struck me that she believes in and practices prayer with a level of commitment too often lacking in many of our lives and in many churches these days.
Inspired by her example, I want to invite us as a congregation to make a commitment to daily prayer for our church during the upcoming summer season. Like many churches these days, we face challenges and struggles. These are difficult days to be a church, but God does not leave us helpless or powerless. There are numerous Scriptures that show Jesus pulling away from the crowds to spend time in prayer, and the early church in Acts was obviously committed to prayer. During my sermon on Sunday, May 27, I will invite you all to join me in a 100 Day of Prayer emphasis that will include a devotional guide. Coinciding with the summer season, the guide will include a daily Scripture pas-sage to read and some suggestions for how to pray for the church that day. While there are no magic words or practices that lead to church health and growth, I am convinced that God responds when God’s people commit themselves to prayer. I will share more in the weeks to come, but I hope we can make this summer a true season of prayer.
As we pray, let us be filled with hope in the promise of God. In John 14:12-14, we find this promise from Jesus: “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
The Saintly Senior Sojourners will be hosting a day trip to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday August 8, 2018. We will be leaving the church at 8:00 am sharp and returning by 6:00 pm. The estimated individual
cost to charter a bus is $40.00 per person. This trip is open to all church family as well as your own family and friends. The library tour begins at 9:30 am and is free. An onsite restaurant is available for lunch, as well as a store for your shopping pleasure, as the only other out-of-pocket expenses.
If you would like to be part of this fellowship trip, please let Robin in the Church Office or Jim Baggett at know by noon on Friday July 6, 2018. We need to know early how many are going so that we can charter the right size bus (up to 57 passengers). Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a bus full of sojourners! Thanks, and all God’s blessings to you.
Thanks for a great Operation Inasmuch 2018! What a blessing!
The Missions Team has given us a report on items collected and assembled:
37 bean soup bags
40 lbs. of rice
17 bars of soap
11 shaving cream
32 travel size shampoos
31 travel size conditioners
28 fruit cups
28 jars of peanut butter
5 boxes of cereal
24 applesauce cups
5 boxes of cereal
34 travel size lotions
32 travel size body wash
33 tubes of toothpaste
11 packages of underwear
Jordan High School:
296 plastic spoons
96 plastic forks
7 noodle cups
4 cans of tuna
10 boxes of oatmeal
2 jars of Nutella
133 fruit cups
19 cans of ravioli
10 cans of spaghetti
28 cans of vegetable soup
Families Moving Forward:
3 Watering Cans
13 Bottles of bubbles
6 rolls of paper towels
We also packed 57 bags for the homeless.
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a generous donation to Jordan’s pantry. We cannot thank you enough. We are so fortunate to be supported by our community. As I unpacked the bags, I kept remarking to myself that Jordan students with food insecurity are well taken care of by our school and by partners such as Hope Valley Baptist Church.
Jordan High School
Well, you all have blown us away with your generosity! Food weighed 192.6 pounds, and every single item were those that have made our shelves look ready for clients on Monday! Hygiene items weighed 72.5 pounds–and you brought just the right things! The detergent in particular is an outstanding help, as is deodorant with the warm weather coming finally! Underwear………….so happy for this! Soup mix………..a bonus and extra meal for hungry families!
Director of Community Engagement
Thank you for your interest in Shipwrecked VBS
at Hope Valley Baptist Church.
Online pre-registration is now closed.
At-the-door registration will open on Sunday, July 15 at 5:20pm in the HVBC Family Life Center.
Additional Information about VBS can be found here.
Contact Amy Herring, Minister of Children and Families.
Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive! Anchor kids in the Truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms.
As a people of God gathered together for worship, we respond to God’s love, ask for God’s guidance, and look to God for strength and help as we pray. We hear God’s Word through the Scripture, through readings, and through the sermon. We respond to God’s Word, and we are sent into the world to love and serve God and our neighbors.
Sometimes when we reach the sending part of worship, our minds are mentally saying, “Church is over,” and we become so busy getting ready to leave that we fail to truly experience the final aspect of worship: God sending us into the world.
Read Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus’ words are not just for his disciples in the Bible; they are for us today. The community of believers (the church) strengthens our witness to the world. As individuals, we certainly need to live a life that reflects all that God calls us to be. But when linked with other believers, our gifts extend to touch more than we could imagine. Think about the gifts and talents God gives us — including our time, abilities, human relationships, perspectives, and faith. These gifts are ours to use wisely. We do not simply leave a worship service. We are sent into the world to witness to God’s love and to use these gifts in ways that reflect our belief in God’s care as we serve others.
Some important dates related to our Children Worship! Study:
- May 13: Mother’s Day. NO Children Worship! class scheduled.*
- May 20: Children Worship! class resumes.
*Children may complete a Worship Bag “assignment” to turn in to Mrs. Amy for a special “treat”!