Advent & Christmas Crafting Party

Holly Days
(Advent/Christmas Crafting Party)

Back by popular demand! Kick-off the Holiday (Holy-Day) Season with fun and fellowship from 9:30 am—Noon on Saturday, December 1, by joining us for a Church-Wide Advent/Christmas Crafting Party co-sponsored by the Children’s Ministry and Family Ministry Teams. If you plan to attend, please contact Robin at the Church Office by Wednesday, November 28.

Missions Post Office 2018

We will be sponsoring a Missions Post Office so that you can send Christmas cards to your friends here at HVBC. The “post office” will be located in the entrance hall next to the Hospitality Room beginning Sunday, December 2.

Please donate 25 cents per card “mailed.” All money collected will be given to our Global Missions Offering.

Thankful

Dear friends,

I am writing at the beginning of Thanksgiving week and feel the need to spend some time reflecting on some of the reasons I give thanks for our church this year. We have obviously faced some struggles and difficulties this year, and there are challenges we face as a church moving forward. Still, even as we pray for our church and seek God’s guidance, let us also recognize the good things God is doing in our midst.

During worship this past Sunday, I invited people to voice prayers of thanksgiving aloud at the beginning of the Pastoral Prayer. I sensed the presence of God as different people expressed gratitude to God for a variety of blessings. In particular, my emotions rose to the surface as I heard some of our youth and children speak their gratitude by thanking God for the church and for other blessings. One of our members told me later in the day that he really wanted to begin singing the song, “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying,” and I honestly wish we would have done so. It strikes me as a wonderful gift to be part of a church where our children and youth feel like they are full participants in worship. Children are not simply “the future of the church.” They are a vital part of our church family, and we can learn from them as they learn from us. May we seek to be a congregation where every voice matters and each member of the family feels encouraged to share gifts and talents in worship and ministry.

We have been truly blessed by the way God has brought Luke Perrin and Jeff Whicker to join us in ministry. It’s tempting to say that they both just landed in our laps, but I know God is the One who made it possible. I have mentioned before that Luke is doing a terrific job as our intern, and I have enjoyed seeing the ways he connects to our youth and encourages them in their faith. We have been having 9 to 11 youth each Sunday evening, and it has been a treat to see them each participating and contributing to the group dynamics as this very young youth group develops its identity and connection. I am also grateful to the Modern Disciples Class and the Deacons. Each group has provided a snack supper for our youth recently.

While we have been blessed for a long time by Mary Summerlin’s worship leadership at the piano, Jeff has stepped in capably so that we haven’t missed a beat. His talent and heart for worship have been evident as he has shared his gifts with us. I am also enjoying the chance to get to know him and hope you will make him feel welcome and get to know him as well.

I am also thankful for the opportunity to worship together with you during the upcoming Advent season. Please take note of the Advent calendar in this newsletter and join us for the Sunday morning services and the special evening services as we prepare to welcome and celebrate the Gift of the Christ Child.

Bill

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