We had a very successful Souper Bowl of Caring 2021!
The delivery to Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC was completed this week.
We collected 146 lbs. of food and supplies which will provide 123 meals. We also collected $675 that will provide 3,375 meals!
This is an encouraging report! As a church family, we are so blessed that God is enabling us to be about HIS work in trying to feed the hungry and care for the poor – in new ways, since we cannot gather and do missions face-to-face! Thank you Lord, for leading us to be your church, and showing us hope as we show love in Jesus’ name.
What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest Friend, For this, Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end? O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be, Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.
I have never listened to or sung these words to O Sacred Head, Now Wounded without tears filling my eyes. I think it’s because I struggle to find an answer to the question posed in the first two lines of this stanza . . . especially as the words are sung to the hauntingly beautiful minor strains of the Passion Chorale. The previous stanzas call us to remember the wounded and broken body of Christ as He suffered on the cross for us. This verse prompts us to ask how we can possibly thank Him enough for the agony He so lovingly endured on our behalf. It ends with a petition to God to hold us close as we live in love and devotion to our Savior forever.
Maybe our thanks comes in different forms. We trust in Him with our whole being. We pray. We sing praises. We care for those He loves. We acknowledge that His love for us will never end. Could these actions represent the language of thanks that God desires of us? There are so many more ways to show love to our Savior than we will ever even think of. Let’s look for those ways together as we journey through this sacred season.
Our goal for Global Missions Offering this Easter season is $2,000. You may support missions and missionaries around the world by giving to the CBF Global Missions Offering or the SBC Lottie Moon Offering.
Please mark your offering envelope accordingly by indicating where you would like your missions offering to be sent or write it in the memo section of your check. You may also donate on-line by simply writing CBF Global Missions Offering or SBC Lottie Moon Offering on the memo line.
This year, we will once again partner with Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM) for BWIM Month of Preaching. Participating churches typically invite a female preacher to lead in worship during the month of February. This year, Rev. Emily Davis will preach on February 28. Emily was raised in Person County, North Carolina and graduated from Person County High School; Emily received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wingate University; she received the Master of Divinity Degree from Wake Forest University School of Divinity. She currently serves bi-vocationally as a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher and the Interim Minister of Youth at Roxboro Baptist Church. I welcome Emily to HVBC and look forward to her leading us in worship.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust; Lead me in Your truth, and teach me Your paths, for you are the God of my salvation. – from Psalm 25
Please join us for this week’s Worship Service. We will be reading from Genesis 8:21-22; 9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-13. Our Call to Worship comes from Psalm 25. You can find the bulletin and resources for Children and Families at the links below, in printable Adobe® PDF format.
Special Mike Dossett for sharing his voice in song with us!
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the 40 days that precede Easter. In Scripture, the number 40 reminds us of the rainy days and nights that Noah spent on the ark, of the years that Israel spent in the wilderness after the Exodus, and of the time Jesus spent in the wilderness facing temptation after His baptism. For us, Lent is an invitation to spend 40 days of renewal, 40 days to prepare ourselves to hear and absorb the amazing Good News of Easter. It is a season during which many Christians devote themselves more deeply to study, prayer, service, and even fasting or sacrifice. May this season reminds us that we are sinners who depend on God’s love and grace to overcome sin and death and that the resurrection of Jesus means that our mortality will give way to resurrection and new life.
In my thoughts posted in last week’s email related to the February 7th Children’s Message and Resources, I spoke about the importance of “making a quiet space” literally and figuratively to just be with God. When I wrote those words, I did not know exactly what God might lead me to focus on in this week’s message on Jesus’ Transfiguration found in Mark 9:2-9. Looking back at children’s messages I wrote in previous years on the event, I realized that I often spoke to the children about all of the different emotions/feelings present within the passage—exhaustion, surprise, fear, confusion, etc. Reflecting upon the current state of affairs in relation to the pandemic and political climate, I believed such a message still fit, but this year the words that continued to call to me were these three: “Listen to Jesus!” Punctuated by an exclamation point, it seems this phrase is not a mere suggestion, but rather, an imperative. God knows our exhaustion, our confusion, our fear and sadness, our every emotion, God is aware of the brokenness of our world, and God’s answer to it all—the essential instruction of vital importance—remains. “Listen to Jesus!”
The mighty one, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth. Our God comes and does not keep silence. He calls to the heavens above and to the earth below. “Come to me my faithful ones.” “Call upon me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
Please join us for this week’s Worship Service. We will be reading from Mark 9:2-9 and Exodus 24:12-18. Our Call to Worship comes from Psalm 50. You can find the bulletin and resources for Children and Families at the links below, in printable Adobe® PDF format.
Special thanks to Leigh Bigger, Mike Bunch, Brenda Doyle, and John Myers for sharing their voices in song with us!
Black History Month is a wonderful time to highlight the meaningful contributions that Black musicians have made to the music of the church. Some of the tunes we love to hear originated in Africa while others have their roots in America. The tradition of singing to express joy, praise, peace, or despair is shared among people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. It is a tradition that we as Christians can build upon as we endeavor to live together in love as God would have us do.
Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Were You There, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, He Rose, Let Us Break Bread Together, My Lord, What a Morning, Go Tell it on the Mountain, and Every Time I Feel the Spirit are just a very few of the hymns and songs of our faith we love to sing that were written by Black composers.
During February, listen for the gospel hymns and spirituals we will play and sing during our services of worship. They will lift us up, pull at our heart strings, and remind us that we are all one in the Spirit of God.