Toy Collection – Yates Baptist Association Christmas Toy Store

Qualifying low-income parents are invited each year to shop for toys and Christmas presents provided by the churches of our Association. Our church supports this ministry each year by providing volunteers and toys. This is an important way to support people in our community and help make Christmas
special to families in need.

You may drop off the toys to be donated in the bin outside of the Hospitality Room or bring them with you to the Worship Service on Sunday, November 18.

Visit the Yates Baptist Association website for a complete list of suggested toys or contact Robin in the church office for a list. Volunteers are also needed in the store.  To volunteer, please contact Michael Bond .

 

Food Pantry Needs

October through December are the months that Hope Valley is assigned to provide food for the Yates Association Food Pantry. Everyone is encouraged to pick up a few grocery items for this needed ministry. The pantry depends on the churches of the Association to keep this project going. You may place your donations in the brown bins outside the hospitality room. Thanks for your support!

Items Needed:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Mustard
  • Jelly
  • Mayonnaise
  • Rice
  • Miracle Whip
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Canned Soup
  • Mac/Cheese
  • Oatmeal
  • Grits
  • Juices
  • Canned Meats
  • Cereal
  • Canned Fruits

Worship Apprenticeship Program

Worship, in many ways, is like a family meal. Individuals in a family can, and sometimes do, eat separately. However, there is deep enjoyment in sharing a meal with loved ones. Likewise, we sometimes worship independently and spontaneously, enjoying moments of beauty, peace, and joy as they occur. But if we never worshiped together as a church family, then we would miss an important element—the love present among the members of God’s family.

The Church is not so much a place as a People, and young and old, we are called by God to be children of God. Young and old, we are called to gather with the community of believers in Jesus Christ, to listen to God, and to seek and serve God. Young and old, we offer our gifts to God and seek to leave our places of worship renewed in our faith and strengthened to serve the world.

According to theologian and educator, Marva Dawn, “in the midst of an ambiguous, sometimes chaotic, never settled, ungrounded society,” the gathered community of the Church at worship is a place where children and youth can find “roots”— a place to belong. As this past spring’s study of
the book Growing Young attests, young people have three ultimate questions: “Who am I?”, “Where do I fit?”, and “What difference do I make?” By helping them see “the beauty and truth, the meaning and purpose of what we do in worship” and providing them with the opportunity to “become more involved” in corporate worship, we can help answer these questions.

Beginning in October the youth and older elementary children at Hope Valley will have the opportunity to take part in a new discipleship program: Worship Apprenticeship. Designed to help our young people both learn about and practice the many different jobs/roles that contribute to our corporate worship experience, the primary purpose of the program is to not only help our youth and children feel “more at home in the Church,” but also help them to see Church as a place where their presence and their contributions are valued. Please join me in praying for and encouraging these younger members of our church family as they develop and share their gifts and talents in worship leadership.

Amy Herring

Thanksgiving Potluck

Join us for a Thanksgiving Potluck in the Family Life Center on November 22,  2018 at 1:00PM.    Come, bring your neighbor or your family and join in with the HVBC family for a time of fellowship. Bring a dish or two to share. We also ask that everyone bring one can of food to add to the Yates Association Food Pantry. Please contact the church office if you plan to attend so we will
know how many turkeys are needed.  🙂

 

Youth Ministry Intern

For several months, there have been discussions about the best way to move forward with our youth ministry. During the summer, we had a terrific group of youth attend Passport Camp, and two of our youth made professions of faith and were baptized. In recent weeks, I have been leading the youth time on Sunday evenings and have been enjoying the time with the kids. We have had
as many as 9 youth in attendance. After considering the possibility of pursuing a Duke Divinity intern for this school year, we decided for a couple reasons not to pursue that option at the time. Within days after that decision, I received an email from Lawrence Powers, the local campus minister sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC. He mentioned a young man who was interested in working as an intern this school year as he begins following
a call to ministry.

After being connected by Lawrence, I met with Luke Perrin, and a couple weeks later, Luke interviewed with our Personnel Team and Youth Council about the possibility of serving as an intern with a focus in youth ministry. We have presented the idea to the Finance Team and Deacons, and both groups have joined Personnel and the Youth Council in recommending that we move forward with this internship. We will be having a Family Meeting after worship on Sunday, October 7, to present this proposal to the church for a vote.

Luke has served the past three summers on staff with Passport Camp. He spent two summers as a Bible study leader and was the Director for one of their sites this past summer (not the location where our youth attended). As Director, he supervised the rest of the staff and was involved in all areas of camp life. He comes with the highest recommendations from the leadership of Passport who note that when he is leading youth, “he is in his element.” Luke also spent a semester as an intern at the Baptist Joint Committee for
Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. He is a senior at NC State and plans to attend Divinity School in the fall of 2019. He has worked on staff of the Technician – the NC State student newspaper for several years. In addition, his mother is a minister who has served on the ministerial staff of several churches in NC, so he has a good understanding of the dynamics of church life and loves the church.

I am very impressed by Luke, his energy, his ideas, and his gifts for ministry, and I really believe that he could be a wonderful resource for our youth while we are seeking to determine what we can afford and what our longer-term options are for youth ministry at Hope Valley. I invite you to join me in prayer as we consider this possibility.

Bill

Youth Events – Coming Up

Saturday, September 29: North Carolina Food Bank.  We will be working in their warehouse from 9:00AM until 12:00PM.  Contact Jennifer Bowen for details.

Saturday, October 13: We will visit the New Hope Valley Railroad in New Hill, NC for  Track or Treat Halloween Express!
Tickets are $15. Please contact the church office by Friday, September 28, if you would like to go. Families are invited as well as youth.

Hurricane Relief

Baptists on Mission are collecting the following items for hurricane victims:

  • Canned food
  • Hygiene items
  • Baby products (diapers, formula)
  • Cleaning supplies

You may drop off any of these items at the church office and we will get them to the proper place.   If you would like to make a financial donation, please make your check out to Hope Valley Baptist Church and place it in a contribution envelope marked “hurricane.”  You can also donate online via the Baptists on Mission website.

On The Hill?

Are you “On the Hill” and not yet subject to “Over the Hill” jokes? Did you go to school in the days of neon clothing and Members Only jackets?  If you are a young or median adult, we have a get-together for you!

On November 10, from 5:30 – 8:30PM, we are having a game night.  Bring a food to share (chips, meatballs, cookies, etc.) and get ready for a roaring good time. Have small children, NO PROBLEM! We will have some of our wonderful youth on kid-duty in a fully stocked toy room.

Please contact the church office for details!

Hope to see you there!

Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat – Saturday, October 27, 2018

Join us for Hope Valley’s Annual FALL FESTIVAL & Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm in the Family Life Center/Gym!!

Invite your family and friends to come and join the fun! There will be enjoyment for all ages!! A few fun-filled highlights will be: bingo, cake walk, game booths, and more!!!!

The Family Ministries Team would appreciate assistance with this event. We will also need desserts for the cake walk and prizes for bingo! We will have a sign-up sheet posted soon so you can volunteer to help with this outreach
and fellowship event.