Pastor’s Perspective August 2017
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:21)
Hopewell I’m sure you would agree with me that we have had a wonderful 71st Church Anniversary Celebration. Again, I want to thank Sis. Nadine Boyd and Sis. Lynea Bostic for their commitment and dedication in making our Church Anniversary a great success; I also want to thank the entire membership for accepting the challenge to give a dollar for each year our Church has been in existence.
The month of August always marks a prelude to the end of another year. And it is also an opportunity for us to reflect on the goodness of the Lord. I agree with the Psalmist that we ought to praise the Lord for his Goodness and for the wonderful works He has done on our behalf.
God’s has truly poured out His goodness upon us and has allowed us to accomplish much. And as a result of His goodness He has drawn us closer to Him in prayer, praise, worship, and service. Let us continue to appreciate His goodness not only with our lips but with our life.
I want to thank you for supporting the Liturgical Dance ministry, we were truly blessed. Also, for supporting our youth Back to School Bash on Saturday, our children are our future and we must always pray and invest in them. On August 11th our Cuddles Ministry will be celebrating their 15th Night of Romance. I’m asking every couple to be a part of this night of 15 Shades of Love. Then, on August 19th our Women’s Ministry will be presenting Intriguing Couples of the Bible. I’m asking everyone to come and bring a guest, it promises to be a breath taking event. And Finally on August 26th at 8am, our Mission Department will have their annual Integrity Prayer Breakfast. Please see President Barbara Jones or Vice President Shirley Jackson for your ticket. I want to thank you in advance for all of your support and participation.
And finally, let us continue to overcome and live in complete victory. As you know we are slightly behind in our mortgage reduction campaign, but I want to thank you in advance for accepting the challenge to close the gap. As Paul reminds us in (Gal.6:10) “Let us not be weary in well doing for we shall reap if we faint not.”
As always Hopewell I ask you to follow me even as I follow Christ.
Overcoming and Living in Complete Victory,
Pastor R.C. Stanley
It is our determination, with the aid of the Holy Spirit to display, demonstrate, and declare that Jesus Christ is Lord. Therefore, we are committed to the study of the Holy Scriptures, fervent prayer, and to letting our light shine before men that they may see our good works. We are also committed to evangelizing the lost and sharing the love of God to those who are both physically and spiritually deprived.
Why Hopewell? Our Church Covenant
Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, Angels, and this Assembly; most solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian Love; to strive together for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spreading of the gospel throughout all nations.
We engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to educate our children in the christian faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of rules of our Saviour, to seek it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.