Shipwrecked – VBS 2018 – Opportunities to Serve!

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)

Lemonade on the Lawn

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.

A Season of Prayer

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

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.”


Saintly Senior Sojourners

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.

Operation InAsMuch

Thanks for a great Operation Inasmuch 2018! What a blessing!
The Missions Team has given us a report on items collected and assembled:

Urban Ministry:

37 bean soup bags
40 lbs. of rice
17 bars of soap
40 deodorants
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
100 washcloths
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.

Much appreciation,
Marcie Pachino
ESL Teacher
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!

With gratitude,
Gin Jackson
Director of Community Engagement
Urban Ministries

Children Worship! Sent into the World

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”!

Homecoming 2018

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Hope Valley Baptist Church will be celebrating Homecoming.  Our Guest Speaker will be Dr. Tom Jackson.  We will have a covered dish meal following the service.  If you know former or inactive members of HVBC, please let them know about Homecoming. If you know their name and address or email, let Robin in the office know. We will send a special invitation to them!

We will be worshiping with our friends from Valle de Esperanza. Bring a covered dish for lunch. Please also invite friends and neighbors to join us for this special day.

I Can See Him Right There

A Methodist minister tells of his decision to join a Civil Rights march in the South during the late 60’s.  He and other students met the group at a church ready to march for justice, to stand up and be counted, and to demand equality for all people.  But the first thing that the organizers had the group of hot and bothered protesters do was find a seat in the sanctuary for several long hours of singing, praying, and preaching.  Finally, some of the young activists grew tired and spoke to one of the march’s organizers, saying “Come on. Let’s get on with the march. Let’s get out on the streets where we can do some good.” They couldn’t figure out what all this singing and preaching had to do with their desire to work for justice.  Patiently, the leader reminded the students that they had been at this struggle a long time. They had learned long ago that in the battle for human rights, they were not contending against just a few bad laws or a few bad people. They knew that they were struggling against principalities and powers, against cosmic evil, and if all they had to sustain them out in the streets was superficial, optimistic humanism, good intentions, and a desire to “do good”, they wouldn’t last long.

The young man learned an important lesson that day. Though he was ready to get busy about the work needing to be done, he discovered that as Christians, our power and strength for ministry begins in worship and discipleship. Just as it is inadequate to focus on worship and discipleship without putting our faith into action, we cannot go out to change the world unless we have connected our spiritual lives to Jesus who is the vine that nourishes us so we can bear fruit.  Only when we balance our commitment to spiritual maturity with a commitment to do God’s work in the world can we be the church we need to be.

Mildred McWhorter was for many years a Baptist home missionary in inner-city Houston.  Once, she encountered a little boy who had come to the Baptist Center where she worked. She had watched over him all week and spent significant time with him. At the end of the week, the little boy asked her, “Missus, are you God?” Mildred was taken aback by the question and quickly said, “No.”  Then sensing an opportunity to teach the little boy about God, she continued, “But God’s love is in my heart.”  But the boy just pointed at her again and said, “No, missus, you’re God.”  Again, she tried to explain, “No, I’m not God, but God’s love lives within my heart.”  Pointing to her heart, he said, “Oh no, you’re God, and I can see him right there.”  That little boy knew the power and presence of God when he saw it in the life of God’s servant.

My hope and prayer for all of us is that we will deepen our discipleship and faith so that others see the love and grace of God in us.