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.
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!
Church family, here are just a few updates for and from our youth group:
We need to know if you’re planning on joining us for Passport this summer. A nonrefundable $50 deposit is due to Luke or Robin in the church office by Sunday, February 24. We’ll be attending Passport Missions at Averett University from June 23-28. If money is an issue, please talk to Luke.
On Sunday nights, we have supper as a part of our youth activities. If you or your Sunday school class would be interested in helping out with this in the coming months, we would be greatly appreciative. Talk to Luke for more information.
Go ahead and save the date for a Lock-In to be held on Friday, April 5. More details to come on this in the next month.
We had a wonderful time last Saturday volunteering at Rise Against Hunger. A total of 100,000 meals were packed during the event, which are being sent to the Dominican Republic. Thanks again to all of the youth and other church members who came out to help.
As always, if you have any questions about our youth program, feel free to reach out to Luke!
On Monday and Tuesday, March 25-26, 2019, a Chrismon Workshop will be held at The Old Agriculture Building Auditorium in Pittsboro. The cost is $5.00/day, and is payable upon arrival. Beads, wire, and patterns can be purchased at the workshop. There will also be a Beginner Class for anyone who has not attended before. For more information, please contact Carol Atkins.
The HVBC Blood Drive is here, and we need DONORS! The Red Cross is in critical need right now. Please schedule your life-saving donation by visiting www.redcrossblood.org and entering keyword HVBC or contact Robin in the church office to set up a time.
For this local mission opportunity, we need the following donations from our HVBC Family. Please contact Robin in the church office if you can help with this mission:
Blood Donors: to donate blood, you must be at least 16 years old and must weigh at least 110 pounds. Eligible donors under the age of 18 need parent consent to donate. Donation appointment time slots are available every 15 minutes from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. Prepare for the whole blood donation process (check-in, donation, recovery) to take about 1 hour. Please plan to bring a photo ID for check-in on the day of the drive. You may check out other eligibility requirements here: www.redcrossblood.org.
Time Donors: We need an adult who can help with light work at the Registration Table or Canteen Area on March 2. Registration Table volunteers need to be comfortable using a computer and Canteen Area Volunteers need to enjoy serving snacks and drinks! (Shifts for Registration Table and Canteen Volunteers are 9:30-12:00 pm and 12:00 pm-2:30 pm).
Childcare Donors: If you can assist with supervision of children on the HVBC playground (while parents donate time or blood), please volunteer to help!
Grunt Work Donors: We need assistance with moving/setting-up tables and chairs be-fore (9:30 am) or after the blood drive (2:45 pm).
As of the end of January, Robin Wimberley has been our Administrative Assistant for 5 years. I am exceptionally thankful for Robin and all the gifts and talents she brings to our office and the ministry of our church. Robin always seems to have a smile and greets people who enter the office with warmth and kindness. She has a knack for making people feel comfortable and cared for – whether they are members or guests just dropping by with a question or need.
I appreciate so much her attention to detail and her organizational skills. She manages the master calendar and keeps track of all the church activities as well as the different groups who rent the gym. We are fortunate that we can make use money from renting the gym to help pay for expenses around the church property (including unexpected needs like last year when we had to replace an HVAC system for part of the educational building). Robin’s organizational ability and attention to detail makes this possible.
Robin also works diligently and faithfully to prepare the Illuminator and the weekly worship bulletin and helps us keep track of events and announcements that need to be made.
Robin is the kind of person who will jump in to help with whatever needs to be done – whether it is even remotely related to her job description. She notices things that need to be done and takes care of things without being asked. She is a willing and caring helper to so many of us in innumerable ways.
She adds humor and fun to the office environment as well and has become a good friend to many of us. I think we have all recognized how blessed we are to have Robin working with us. I encourage you to find a way in upcoming days to let her know how much you appreciate her kind spirit and good work for the past 5 years.
The Missions Team has arranged for us to sponsor several families in our community for Christmas this year.
The tree with angel ornaments will be in the children’s hallway behind the sanctuary. Each ornament lists a child and an item of clothing or gift that has been requested. The blue angels are for the boys, and the green angels are for the girls. As you select your ornaments, please make a note of your name on the sign-up sheet by the ornament number you have selected. The ornament number is written in orange on the ornament.
All gifts need to be returned to the church office by Sunday, December 16 so that they can be delivered on time. Please wrap your gift and attach the numbered ornament to the front.
On Sunday, December 16, we will have the Missions Market/Dessert Auction following a Carol Sing.
Crafters!!!! Begin now to make your creations, and please consider donating your craft or crafts to sell at the 2018 Mission Market. All money collected goes to the missions offering goal. Please contact Robin in the church office if you plan to have crafts or items to sell for the market.
We will also have a dessert auction that evening—so be thinking about what goodies you can make! Please contact Robin if you are willing to donate a cake, pie or other dessert to be auctioned off for missions.
Thanks to your generosity, we collected 62 shoeboxes which have been given to Samaritan’s Purse to be distributed around the world through Operation Christmas Child. We appreciate your support and pray that these gifts will bless the children who receive them and help them experience God’s love.