Mid Week Fellowship Returns!

On Wednesday, September 5, we will resume our regular Wednesday evening schedule including: Dinner, Handbells, Music with Mar for preschoolers, Mission Groups for Preschool through Youth age, and Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study. A special thanks to the leaders of these groups!

*****Even if you were on the permanent dinner list last year, you will need to complete a form in the bulletin when they become available.*****

We do need volunteers to help with cooking the meal, bringing desserts,
and cleaning up after the meals. If you would be willing to help with any of the
above, please let Robin in the office know.

Awana News

August 26 – Open House Registration & Orientation

Schedule for remainder of the year:
September 9, 16 & 30 (Inside Out Night)
October 7, 14 & 21 (Costume Night)
November 4, 11 & 18 (Favorite Team Night)
December 2 (Store Night)
January 6 (Crazy Hat Night), 13 & 20 (Pajama Night)
February 3, 10, & 17 (Stuffed Animal Night)
March 3, 10, 17 & 31
April 7 – Store Night
May 5 – Awards Night

Church Picnic

On Sunday, September 9, we invite you to join us for a casual Sunday and church picnic. The members of Valle de Esperanza Iglesia Bautista, our Hispanic partner church, will be joining us for worship and the picnic. We encourage everyone to dress casually. Not only will you be comfortable, you will also be ready to transition to the picnic following the worship
service.

Everyone is invited for this time of food and fellowship. If possible, bring a lawn chair, picnic blankets, and outside games. The Family Ministry Team would also like everyone to bring a side dish or dessert. The church will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks. There is a sign-up sheet in the children’s hallway to help with set up, cooking and clean up.

Mark your calendar for September 9. This is a day you can worship, have a good meal, and enjoy good fellowship!

Blessing of the Students

As part of the Blessing of the Students on Sunday, August 12, members were  encouraged to select the name of a student to pray for and build a relationship with during the upcoming school year.

If you have not had the opportunity to pick a student to pray for this year, please come to the vestibule this Sunday, August 19 to obtain one or contact Robin in the church office. Also, if you picked up a student card last Sunday
and did not put your name on the sheet, please let Robin know who you have.

Church Family Meeting Discussion Item

Dear friends,

On Sunday, we will hold our quarterly Church Family Meeting after worship. In addition to the presentation from the Nominating Team, we will begin discussing an issue related to the gas station property that is on the corner next to us.  That property has been sold, and the new owners will be building a new gas station.

A representative of the new owners reached out to us in mid-June to let us know that they were planning to build a new gas station and wanted to discuss with us the possible layout they had in mind for the property.  Several members of our Property Team first met with their representative and learned of the two options (“Plan A” and “Plan B”) they are considering for the gas pumps and convenience store.  Both will place the convenience store much closer to our property than has been the case in the past.

After getting through the 4th of July and VBS, the Church Council was informed at the end of July of this information and the implications for our church.  On August 8, the Deacons were made aware of the unfolding conversation and proposal.  During the conversations with these two leadership groups, we have attempted to raise and get answers for the questions that might be asked by other members of the congregation.  During the Family Meeting, we will share what has been presented to us and the options that the gas station has offered.  We will then listen to hear what questions and concerns you might have.

In order to construct the building and pumps in the layout they prefer, “Plan A,” the new owners have asked to purchase a small section (just over 1600 square feet) at the edge of our property.  Through some negotiations after the Church Council and Deacons’ meetings, the current offer for this property has been raised some.  The “Plan A” proposal would place the store near the curve in the driveway leading from Garrett Road and would include a slight reshaping of that driveway which would be payed for by the new owners.

If we ultimately choose not to accept the gas station’s offer to purchase a small section of our land, the convenience store will be built in their less preferred location—”Plan B.” Under “Plan B,” the store will be built several feet to the right of Plan A (as we view the property from our sanctuary) so that it would sit directly between our sanctuary and the corner of Garrett Road and Hope Valley Road.  “Plan B” does not require the station to purchase any land from the church.

I understand that my wording above may not be particularly clear. We will have pictures of the two options available for you to examine and discuss during the family meeting. We have made no commitments at this point and do not yet have a formal written offer, but we want to share the information, hear your thoughts and questions, and consider how we move forward as a congregation.

Bill

“Rescued by Jesus”

July 15 – July 20 was an exciting time at Hope Valley as we watched children worship, play, laugh, and learn about what it means to be “Rescued by Jesus” at Shipwrecked VBS. One major God Sighting from our week was the success of our VBS Kids’ Mission Project – a little over $1000 was raised to help support children and families in Haiti through Operation Kid-to-Kid – a partnership between Group VBS and World Vision.

As the church grounds return to a more “normal” appearance, we would like to offer a word of thanks to our church family. There are so many ways that Hope Valley Baptist Church invests in and provides support for VBS. We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers who served in the weeks leading up to and during the week of VBS as well as for those who consistently pray for Bible School and financially support VBS through faithful giving to the church budget. It is an honor and a privilege to serve alongside you in ministering to children and families in our community and around our world.

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5)

Blessings,
Amy & Jonathan Herring

Shipwrecked! VBS2018

Shipwrecked!  VBS2018 has truly been a blessing.  Thank you to all of the Shipwrecked Crew (not all pictured) for the all that you have done to make VBS2018 successful.

 

Youth Group News – July

Thanks to the many youth who have already been helping with VBS set-up this week! Here is our schedule for upcoming Sunday evening activities:

Sunday, July 15 – The first night of VBS (FREE Dinner at 5:20PM and VBS begins at 6:00PM). We are grateful that so many of you have signed up to be workers in VBS.

Sunday, July 22 – Celebrate the end of VBS with food and outdoor water games – 6:00PM – 7:30PM. Wear clothes that can get wet!

Sunday, July 29 – Youth and families trip to see the Durham Bulls – meet at the church at 3:45PM. Tickets will be provided, but you will need to bring money for snacks.  Please let Pastor Bill know if you are planning to attend the game so we will make sure we have enough tickets for everyone who wants to attend.

Sunday, August 5 – Pool Party and cookout – 3:00PM – 6:30PM.  Contact the church office for details!

Shipwrecked VBS Training Session

Final Shipwrecked VBS Training Session* at 1:00 pm, Saturday, July 14, 2018:

All volunteers who will be working at Bible School are encouraged to attend this training session that will begin with an overview of a “day” at VBS.  We will discuss the VBS schedule as well as other topics that pertain to all volunteers, and the large group meeting will conclude with a time of prayer. Afterwards, volunteers will meet with other members on their team (Kitchen, Security, Registration, etc.) as needed, while Crew Leaders will receive their Crew bags, supplies, rosters, and information booklets. If you have not attended a training session for Shipwrecked VBS, PLEASE make every effort to attend this one!

*Make-up Training Session (for Crew Leaders only) who cannot attend the July 14 training is Sunday, July 15 at 2:30 pm in the Family Life Center.