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.

NC Epidemiologist Advises Churches to be Patient

It is important for church leaders to consider local trends in incidences of COVID-19, severity of the illness, and what is known about transmission as they make decisions about resuming face-to-face activities, Dr. Werner Ernst-Bischoff said in a webinar on January 13.

Dr. Bischoff, an epidemiologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health, presented an update to a group of church clergy and lay leaders about COVID-19, status of the vaccination effort, and how to best protect their congregations.

Individual church members can help facilitate “regathering” by being vaccinated when they have an opportunity, Dr. Bischoff said. He said people should address their specific medical situations with their own physicians, but that he was not aware of anything that would be a contraindication for vaccination. People should also continue to follow requirements for physical distancing, wash their hands frequently, and wear masks whenever they are with others who are not part of their households. Fol-lowing accepted safety precautions and waiting to regather until it can be done safely is how churches can reopen their facilities more quickly and stay open.

Health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, and people 65 or older are in the groups currently eligible for vaccination in North Carolina.
The webinar is available at

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.

Souper Bowl of Caring

What: Annual Mission endeavor for HVBC to TACKLE hunger in Durham.
When: Today thru Sunday, February 14, 2021
How: Participants may contribute any of the goods listed below by placing them in the purple plastic tub next to the church office door,
Financial gifts online or checks to HVBC can be mailed to the church. Please designate checks to “Souper Bowl of Caring” on the comment line.
All contributions, Money and Food will be donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC in Durham. See for more information. Items most needed are:
canned fruits and vegetables
canned meat
canned beans and soup
whole grain pasta and rice
peanut butter

Other items that can be donated are:

hygiene items paper products
paper products diapers
adult hygiene items wipes
Pedialyte infant cereal
fruit cups granola bars
applesauce cups mac ‘n cheese cups
crackers Juice boxes
household cleaning products
nutritional shakes and drinks

Please contact HVBC Mission Team members for more information: Leigh Bigger, Amy Herring, Barbara Rowley, Julie Stoops (chair).

Christmas Mission Projects – Update

Angel Tree

Approximately 90 gifts were taken to the family of our Angel Tree ministry along with twenty gift cards! At least one of the children didn’t want to spoil the beautiful wrapping on her gifts. Smiles were noted in abundance.
Thanks for making this mission project a success!

Mission Offering

Thanks to your generosity, we collected $2400 for the CBF Global Mission Offering and $962.50 for the SBC Lottie Moon Offering. Thank you for your support!