Nominating Committee

As the church is regathering, the Nominating Team will be contacting members about resuming their previous roles or taking on new ministries. Please prayerfully consider where you can use your gifts and talents within the church. We know that one area of need will be for more ushers, but an updated nominating report will be issued with the next Illuminator showing other areas of service that need more hands.

Thank you for your continued support for our church and its ministries.

Lemonade on the Lawn – July 4th

Lemonade on the Lawn is a great way for all ages to serve and to get to know others.

Join the Family Ministries Team on July 4th for our first Lemonade on the Lawn of the year as we enjoy a time of refreshment and community in the Rose Garden.

If you would like to help with this time of fun fellowship by providing cookies or by spending a little bit of time after worship pouring and greeting, please contact Amy Herring or the church office.

Missions Opportunity: Summer Snacks Project

The Missions Team would like to kick off a project to provide some easy lunch or snack items for families in Durham. We will run this project through August 19. Our goal is to make deliveries every two weeks to the community. Here is a list of specific food items that would be appreciated:

Cups of fruit – peaches, applesauce, etc.
Pudding cups
Peanut butter (small jars, not glass)
Granola bars
Jelly (small jars, not glass)
Nab Crackers
Individual sized animal crackers
Individual cups of macaroni & cheese, ravioli, spaghetti

There are three different ways you can help!

You can participate by purchasing any of these items and dropping them off at the church, we will have a covered plastic bin out-side the office door where they can be placed.

If you would rather participate by giving a monetary donation, the missions team will purchase the needed items. Please make checks payable to HVBC and designate – Summer Snacks Project.

If you would like to be a contact person to help with the delivery of the food, contact Julie Stoops, Leigh Bigger or Barbara Rowley.

Thank you in advance for your help with this mission opportunity to serve others!

Youth Team Update

As the summer has arrived and a new academic year will be starting in a couple short months, we are looking for new members to join the Hope Valley Baptist Youth Team! The aim is for the team to be a diverse group with two focuses: 1) love God 2) love students. As such, members should have active spiritual lives and be willing to connect with students. They are a phenomenally fun and wise group, and it is a treat to get to know them!

Serving on the Youth Team is a great way to plug into the church! If you are interested, know some-one who may be interested, or know someone who would be good at serving students in this way, reach out and let Sean know!

Attention Graduates

Please contact the church office by June 7 if you are graduating this year or have a family member graduating from high school, college, or graduate school. We will be recognizing and honoring graduates on June 13.

Regathering Team Update

If COVID-19 metrics in our area continue to improve, we hope to be able to offer childcare during the worship service for infants and young children (up to age 6) sometime in the next month or so. Protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our building will be in place—including mask requirements for all adults and children 1st grade and older.

In order to open the children’s area, however, we are in need of 2 volunteers to serve each Sunday of the month. If you have any questions or are willing to assist by serving in the Sunday rotation (or are willing to serve on an as-needed basis), please contact Amy Herring or the church office.


Fall Bible Study – Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven

Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven
By Dr. David Jeremiah
Start Date: Tuesday, September 14 at 9:30 am
End Date: Tuesday, November 16 at 9:30 am
Total Cost: $37.75

Right now we are trying to get an idea of how many participants we anticipate. Please let Robin or Linda Ward know if you are interested.

Durham Crop Walk

The mission’s team would like to kick off the annual participation in the Durham Crop Walk. Our goal is $500 to help with world and local hunger needs.
It is a virtual walk instead of large group event. If you would like to participate in a small group walk on April 10 or 17 with other members, contact Julie Stoops or the church office. Or you can walk on your own anytime from April 10-18.
To join our team as a walker and/or to donate, here is the link.

Children’s Ministry: Lenten Season Learnings

Lenten Season Learnings: At the beginning of Lent each Hope Valley family with children received a Living Lent Calendar and Devotional Book, as well as a Lenten Activity Egg Kit (consisting of plastic eggs to open each week that contain objects related to the day’s scripture reading). These activities provided an overview of the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and giving, and followed the lectionary readings with specific prayer-related activities for each week. Additional “porch visits” were also made to drop-off a craft for St. Patrick’s Day and materials related to the “Legend of the Pretzel,” and I will soon be visiting the children again to distribute an Easter Sunday craft and gardening materials for our Easter Season (the 90 days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost) activity—“Growing
with God.”

Family Easter Egg Hunts: As in 2020, Easter Eggs have been assembled for Hope Valley children, but this year each family will have the opportunity to participate in a socially-distanced (their children only) outside Easter Egg Hunt held at home! Links to sign-up have been emailed to each family— parents, be sure to sign-up for your family’s date and time, ASAP. Contact Amy or the church office for more details!

Amy Herring