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.
https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/team/hope-valley-baptist

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

Message from Pastor Search Team

The Senior Pastor Search Team would like to apprise the congregation of the progress of our search. Following a break for Advent, the Team again reviewed applications, had discussions with one candidate, and conducted a second interview with another candidate. We have selected an individual and have received positive feedback from his references. The next steps are to agree on a proposed financial package, review and make any necessary edits to the Pastor-Church Covenant, and have the prospective Senior Pastor meet with our staff. Following this, dates would be set up to provide an opportunity for interaction with the congregation through a Zoom Prayer Meeting, a socially distant meet and greet, and participation in a worship service in view of a call. The worship service and delivery of a sermon would take place after the Church Council has determined it is safe to have Sunday worship in the sanctuary.

Regathering Notes

As you now know, we are tentatively planning to regather on a limited basis in the sanctuary during Holy Week. The Church Council will make a final decision on Sunday, March 14, based on the COVID metrics in our congregation, county, and state.

Attendance at each of these services (Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday) will be limited in order to maintain safe distancing recommendations. Seating will be on every other pew, each family sitting on the opposite end. A “family” constitutes either one person or multiple people who share the same domicile. Properly worn masks will be required at all times.

In future emails and newsletters, we will describe how to make a reservation to attend one of these services. We will also provide more information about what we are doing to ensure the safety of everyone who is on the church campus.

This is an exciting time for our church family, and the Regathering Team and Church Council look forward to seeing many of you in the sanctuary during Holy Week! Stay tuned for more information!

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. Note that you can also walk on your own anytime from April 10-18.

To join our team as a walker and/or to donate, follow this link.

Souper Bowl of Caring 2021

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.

Missions Easter Offerings

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.

Campus Status

The Church Council decided that the HVBC campus closure will continue for February and March, with the provision that in case of an unexpected improvement in the pandemic metrics and vaccination numbers, the Regathering Workgroup could revisit this decision.