Pastor’s Perspective March 2018
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Phil. 3:10)
Hopewell, again we have had another outstanding Black History Celebration. Not only were we informed of our rich history but we were inspired by a challenging message from Dr. Robert Smith, Jr., “Lest we Forget.” I want to thank every member for sharing sacrificially in the Offering of Determination and Project Possible Supporters. I also want to thank everyone who said they will still take care of their financial commitment. We were also blessed by the proclamation of Elder Chester Davis, the eldest son of the late Dr. Leonard Wilson, Sr., who challenged us to raise the question “Who am I?” We look forward to hearing Rev. Leonard Wilson, Jr. next year.
As we enter the month of March, let’s prepare to have an exciting and edifying experience filled with inspiration and instruction. On March 17th at 9:00 am. to 12:00 noon, we will be hosting The Fredrick Douglass Institute’s “Strengthening the Black Family Summit”. This Summit is free of charge and lunch will be service afterwards. I am asking every Hopewell member to bring your entire family and extended family members and be empowered by this vital information to fortify our families.
Also, on March 23rd the Performing Arts Ministry will present their annual Easter presentation “The Passion Walk.” Let us all attend this powerful presentation. Then on March 26th – 30th, we will again host the Passion Week Services. Hopewell we will serve on Thursday the 29th, and we will also host Sunrise Service on April 1st. I’m asking every member to show their support during this special week of services, as we reacquaint ourselves with the footsteps of Jesus as He goes to the cross.
Hopewell, also this month, I want us to focus on Living a Christ Centered Life. I pray that we will find motivation in the words of Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:10, where he says “I want to know him.” Paul wanted to perceive and understand the presence and power of the Lord Jesus Christ. So, let us prayerfully and diligently seek to know Jesus in His fullness.
Hopewell, as we refocus on Avoiding Potential Bondage through the Power of Perseverance, as always, I humbly asked that you continue to follow me as I follow Christ.
Progressing Through the Power of Perseverance,
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.