Pastor Bill’s Scrapbook

As a token of our love for Pastor Bill, and as a way to support him while he recovers from surgery and begins other treatments, we are putting together a scrapbook full of little pieces of love from Hope Valley Baptist Church. We are asking you to submit one or more entries for this scrapbook. Here are some ideas for what you might choose to submit:

  • A personal note or story
  • An anecdote of a funny or meaningful memory you have of Pastor Bill
  • A quote or poem that has helped you through a difficult time
  • A Bible verse or passage that you find comforting
  • Original artwork, like a drawing, sketch, or painting
  • Photographs that you have with or of Pastor Bill

We hope that your submissions will offer a bit of love, wisdom, beauty, or laughter for Pastor Bill during this time. Think of this scrapbook, not as a giant “Get Well” card from the congregation, but as a hug from HVBC to Pastor Bill. All ages are highly encouraged to participate in this project.

The scrapbook will be a standard 12 inches x 12 inches, so submissions larger than this will not be able to be included; and, ideally, multiple submissions will be on each page. Submissions are en-couraged to be small, roughly the size of a postcard. If you have more than one thing to share, such as a poem and an anecdote, we encourage you to divide them into separate submissions. Please in-clude your name on the front of your submissions if you would like, so that Pastor Bill will know who sent the submissions. Submissions should be one-sided so that the back can be glued onto the scrapbook page.

Completed submissions may be placed in the designated collection box in the church office or emailed to Robin Wimberley. We encourage you to neatly handwrite or draw, rather than type submissions, if possible. Help us to keep this a surprise for Pastor Bill!
Submissions must be in the collection box or emailed to Robin Wimberley by April 5, 2019.

Dear Friends,

Dear friends,

As I sit in my hospital room on the evening of Ash Wednesday, I have so many thoughts running through my head. There are not enough pages in this Illuminator for me to write everything I want to say to all of you as my church family. First and foremost, Leigh and I want to say clearly, “THANK YOU FOR THE MANY PRAYERS, INNUMERABLE CARDS and THE MANY EXPRESSIONS OF SINCERE LOVE AND CARE.”

I am really missing being at church with you for worship and fellowship, but we have felt your care and support in ways that are giving us great strength and comfort.

I obviously had no idea we were about to enter such a dark and difficult valley, but God’s love, made visible in tangible ways through you, has been a source of hope and blessings.

I don’t feel like I can adequately say thanks to everyone who has stepped up to take new responsibilities during my absence so that the church has continued to worship, study and serve. I am particularly grateful to Steve Bolton and Amy Herring who have stepped up to serve as personal pastors to Leigh and me. Both have made numerous visits to the hospital and have listened prayerfully as we have discussed anxieties about my diagnosis and questioned what the future might look like. Both have prayed beautiful prayers that have left us confident we are in the peace-giving presence of God. We appreciate Mike and Rachel Dossett who are leading a team of Pastoral Care providers.

This has been one of the most challenging three-week periods of my life, but I am more sure than ever that God is present and faithful. I am looking forward to being back in the pulpit to share some of what I’m learning about the goodness of our faithful God and to share more about what I am learning and the ways God has been working in my life. I am also thankful for those who are preaching and teaching in my absence. What a blessing to know that some of my pastor friends are willing to leave their own churches for a Sunday to come preach at Hope Valley to help me and to help us as a church family.

I am truly grateful to have you all as my brothers and sisters in Christ during these challenging days. You all are blessing us in so many ways!

Blessings and love,
Bill