Farewell, Friends!

I first met with Bill in a small local student hangout restaurant near campus around the first week of September. I ordered a chicken salad sandwich and Bill ordered a giant bowl of chili. Before this meeting, we had exchanged text messages, emails, and phone calls about the possibility of an internship for the 2018-19 school year, following my discernment of attending divinity school following my graduation. The conversation lasted a little over an hour, we shook hands, and I waited weeks for the church decision-making process to commence.

It’s a Wednesday evening, and I’m staring at my laptop screen, waiting for words to miraculously make their way from my brain onto the Microsoft Word documents that has blankly stared back for the past half hour or so. It’s not that there is nothing to say, but rather the contrary. How can it all be compacted into one page?

On the first Sunday of October, I had no clue what was to come. I was unaware of both the great joy and overwhelming pain that would come in the seven months that followed. What started as spiritually fulfilling ministry quickly shifted itself into a time of uncertainty. I’ve been forced to confront the very nature of human mortality, through Bill’s diagnosis in February, my grandfather’s death in April, and Bill’s death in May. For an individual who luckily had never needed to truly look at death head-on and grieve, the emotions seemed foreign.

Yet, through it all, I’ve felt loved. I’ve felt the love of a congregation who ministers and witnesses to a community in such a welcoming fashion, and I’m certain that this will continue in the months and years to come.

I’m thankful for the church for taking chance on me. I’m thankful for Bill for mentoring me in the short time we spent together. I’m thankful for Amy for giving me yet another example of strong, female church leadership. I’m thankful for the youth parents for entrusting me with the ministry of their children. And, dare I say, most of all, I’m thankful for the youth who have ministered more to me than I to them in the last seven months.

This isn’t a goodbye message, but rather, shall we call it, a “see you later.” I’m moving to my next phase in life, doing so both reflective on the past yet beautifully tainted with excitement towards the future. Thank you for walking this journey with me so far, and although our paths may be splitting at a fork in the road, I’m excited for our journeys to come.

With love, Luke

Youth Group News

Church family, here are just a couple of updates for and from our youth group:

Thanks to everyone who came out to our fundraiser at City Barbeque last month. Combined with donations that we received, we raised right at $200. We’re very thankful for everyone’s attendance and help in spreading the word!

Save the date for a couple more fundraisers! We will be having a Bake Sale on Sunday, May 19 following worship. If you would be willing to donate baked goods, talk to Robin in the church office or me.

We’re also going to be a having a percentage night at Sweet Charlie’s ice cream on Highway 54 from 5:00-10:00 pm on Friday, June 7. There will be fliers for this fundraiser on bulletin boards around the church.

If you have not paid your second Passport deposit of $50, we need this ASAP. If you are in need of any financial assistance for Passport, please talk to me as soon as possible and we can get that taken care of. The final $100 deposit will come down the road in some time, but for now, you can give your deposit to either me or Robin in the church office.

Finally, we have a date set-up for the rescheduled Lock-In. It will be held on Friday, June 7 until the next morning. More details to come!

As always, if you have any questions about youth activities, give me a call.

Peace,
Luke


Youth Group News

Church family, here are just a couple of updates for and from our youth group:
On Sunday, April 28, we’ll be holding a fund-raiser at City Barbeque on Hwy 54. Twenty-five percent of your purchase will go to the Hope Valley youth group if you show your server our advertisement coupon or barcode. You can find copies of the coupons on the bulletin boards around the church. All proceeds from this fund-raiser will go towards our Passport trip this summer. Let me know if you have any questions!

As part of our Sunday evening youth meetings, we spend time fellowshipping over supper. We are always grateful for anyone who would be willing to provide dinner for us at 6:00 pm on Sunday evenings. We typically average about 10 people on Sunday nights. Talk to me if you would be willing to sign up to help with this in the near future.

As always, if you have any questions about youth activities, please let me know!

Peace,
Luke

Youth Group News

Church Family, here are just a couple of updates for and from our youth group:
Thank you to everyone who donated and bought some sweets at our most recent Bake Sale. We raised several hundred dollars, which will all go towards our trip to Passport this summer.

Save the date for a fundraiser at City Barbeque on Hwy. 54 on Sunday, April 28.

Twenty-five percent of your purchase will go to the Hope Valley Youth Group if you show your server our advertisement flyer or barcode. Flyers will be distributed closer to the day of the fundraiser. Let me know if you have any questions!

As part of our Sunday evening youth meetings, we spend time fellowshipping over sup-per. We are always grateful for anyone who would be willing to provide dinner for us at 6:00 pm on Sunday evenings. We typically average about 10 people on Sunday nights. Talk to Luke if you would be willing to sign up to help with this in the near future.

As always, if you have any questions about youth activities, please let me know!


Peace,
Luke

Youth Ministry News

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!


Blessings,
Luke

Youth Events – Coming Up

Saturday, September 29: North Carolina Food Bank.  We will be working in their warehouse from 9:00AM until 12:00PM.  Contact Jennifer Bowen for details.

Saturday, October 13: We will visit the New Hope Valley Railroad in New Hill, NC for  Track or Treat Halloween Express!
Tickets are $15. Please contact the church office by Friday, September 28, if you would like to go. Families are invited as well as youth.

Youth Group News – July

Thanks to the many youth who have already been helping with VBS set-up this week! Here is our schedule for upcoming Sunday evening activities:

Sunday, July 15 – The first night of VBS (FREE Dinner at 5:20PM and VBS begins at 6:00PM). We are grateful that so many of you have signed up to be workers in VBS.

Sunday, July 22 – Celebrate the end of VBS with food and outdoor water games – 6:00PM – 7:30PM. Wear clothes that can get wet!

Sunday, July 29 – Youth and families trip to see the Durham Bulls – meet at the church at 3:45PM. Tickets will be provided, but you will need to bring money for snacks.  Please let Pastor Bill know if you are planning to attend the game so we will make sure we have enough tickets for everyone who wants to attend.

Sunday, August 5 – Pool Party and cookout – 3:00PM – 6:30PM.  Contact the church office for details!