Volunteers Needed!

Lemonade on the Lawn, Student Prayer Partners, Trunk or Treat, Valentine’s Banquet, Easter “Egg-stravaganza,” Ice Cream Social. What do all of these activities (and more!) have in common? They’re all activities sponsored by the HVBC Family Ministries Team!

At HVBC, Family Ministries is not just about children or youth ministry. Rather, it’s a ministry that seeks to build intergenerational relationships not only within our church family through “inward-focused” activities like Lemonade on the Lawn and Student Prayer Partners, but also with the greater community around us through more “outward-focused” activities like Fall Festival, and other holiday events around Christmas and Easter.

Interested in learning more? Contact Amy Herring or Frances Smith. Or simply sign-up to join us for the 2021-2022 church year by reaching out to the church office or a member of the Nominating Team.

English Language Ministries

Interested? Help Wanted:
The Missions Team has heard about a new ministry possibility in our area and we would like to hear if YOU are interested. We may partner with another church, Durham World Relief or the NC Welcome House Network to help in al-ready-existing English classes.

HVBC Volunteers can assist or teach in ESL Classes, participate in “Conversational English” groups for ESL students, or serve as a reading tutor for new English speakers. There may be other opportunities in language Ministries, depending on your interests and identified program needs. More details will be available de-pending on how many folks sign up by August 31.

Please pray about this potential new ministry opportunity. If you are curious and possibly available to assist in language ministries, please respond by calling the church office to let Robin or Ben know; or contact one of the missions team members: Julie Stoops, Barbara Sanders, Barbara Rowley, Amy Herring, Leigh Bigger.

Blessing of the Students

As our students begin a new school year, we look forward to our annual Blessing of the Students on Sunday, August 22. As part of this special service, we will have a prayer not only for our students, but also for all those involved in their educational endeavors. Please plan to join us!

Student Prayer Partners

For several years, the Student Prayer Partner program at Hope Valley has been an important part of the church’s ministry to young people and families through strengthening the intergenerational relationships that are so necessary for church community and the passing-on of faith. If you are willing to make a commitment to pray for and to provide tangible expressions of love and support for a child, youth, or young adult in our church during the upcoming school year, please sign-up via this Sign-Up Genius Linkor by contacting Amy Herring at the church office.

Once you have selected a student (or students), you will receive an email containing information related to your student including his/her birthdate, address (and email address if applicable), and phone number. You are encouraged to contact your student at least once a month—especially on holidays and his/her birthday. Contact can be as simple as a phone call, email, or letter or card dropped in the mail. You are also encouraged to occasionally mail or drop-off special surprises as appropriate (stickers, balloons/simple crafts for younger students; care packages for college students, etc.).

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.