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
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,