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!
Hope Valley Baptist Church Blood Drive Will be held in the Fellowship Hall 6900 Garrett Road, Durham NC 27707 Friday, June 11, 2021 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Schedule a blood donation appointment today: Download the Blood Donor App | Red-CrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!