Hopewell Presbyterian Church of Franklin, Indiana

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Pastor's Letter.......May 2018

Blue skies, sunshine and warm breezes, spring is finally here! I’m not sure our family realized just how much of our time was spent outdoors when we lived in Georgia. It has been good for the soul to be able to sit outside and prepare sermons, read a book and take a walk with Monica, Adeline and Tink in the afternoon.

“For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.Isaiah 61:11

When you walk through the front door of the church there is a sketch of our beloved building. Below the picture, is the following inscription:

Hopewell Church invites you
to participate in the joy
of Christ’s ministry

Worship – Fellowship - Service
These words are a helpful reminder to me each morning at how privileged we are that Jesus Christ has invited us to participate in his ministry. The local church was founded by God for the purposes and glory of God. Our task is not to define it according to our own desires or anyone else’s, but to learn how God defines it, then to follow him in obedience. Ultimately, the church exists to bring glory to his name through worship, fellowship, and service (which includes evangelism).

I tend to use the framework of worship, fellowship, and service to think about how we plan for the future at Hopewell. Of the three, I believe worship is the driving force. This is not to say that the others are less important, but worship helps us to see God more clearly. As we understand who God is, his love for others, and his purpose for the Church, we instinctively want fellowship with one another and are compelled to reach out, serve others and proclaim Christ. I'd love to hear your thoughts on how we can enhance each of these three areas of our life together.

The Christian Education Committee has been reconstituted and is diligently working to put in place opportunities for you to grow in your faith and learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. The first fruits of those efforts can be seen in the renewal of Children’s Church. I am so grateful for the work of Lynn Heineman and her willingness to engage our children. In the coming months, the committee will be developing an overall discipleship plan. I look forward to sharing it with you soon.

We are seeking opportunities where we can be more involved in our community. Thank you to those who faithfully serve at the Interchurch Food Pantry and assist with the community meal program. I am excited about a new opportunity for the youth. I have been in contact with the Activities Director at Morning Pointe. In the near future, we will be taking the youth out to Morning Pointe to visit and assist with recreation time. If you have additional ideas for service and outreach, please let me know.

Grace & Peace,