Hales Chapel Family,
Last week was one of those weeks when I did not send an email due to a hectic schedule at both the church and seminary. As I thought about this email, I decided to write from the oldest to the newest developments. On April 17th we had Jay and Lori and their children with us. They enjoyed the time at HCBC and were a blessing to us as Jay shared in the worship service and both shared in conversations. I have invited Lori to speak for us during a Wednesday evening service. You will want to be in attendance as you hear her testimony and the way God has used the events in her life to mold her. We don’t have a confirmation for a date yet, but I am hopeful that it will be during May.
I thought the Community Revival held April 17th-20th was well attended by HCBC and our sister churches. I think you have to admit that I was accurate in my description of Dr. Jim Shaddix as an excellent proclaimer of the Word. I think we were all challenged as we studied the Word together each night. The music was great by all of the different churches. I want to give a special thanks to Lara, Keith, and Greg for serving in the Praise Band. Also, a special thanks to Denise for organizing the HCBC volunteers for the nursery and for each person who assisted in the nursery.
I want to say thanks for your support of the HCBC Kids’ Café that is taking placing Sunday mornings from 9:15-9:45. This money is helping to reduce the cost for the ones attending children’s summer camp. In the first two weeks we have already raised close $350. There will be four more weeks of the Café, so come hungry and come with money. Also, we had a good response to the Pie in the Face for the Honduras team as $660 was raised. While I am talking about special money needs, let me remind you about the May 1st Youth Auction after the morning service. Youth will be “purchased” to assist for projects that you need help with around the house. The money will go towards reducing the cost for World Changers or summer youth camp.
This past Sunday, April 24th, Dakota Massengill announced his resignation as Youth Pastor effective May 29th. Dakota and Tristany have peace about this decision and the timing of the decision. Dakota will continue to focus on his studies at Southeastern. We want to be in prayer for them during this time of transition. We want to be in prayer for the youth as transitions bring new opportunities but also challenges. Pray for the Youth Council as they provide extra leadership during this transition. Pray for the church as we go through the process of determining the Lord’s person to be the next Youth Pastor at HCBC.
On May 1st during the morning service Keith and Joelle Hocutt will be sharing about the vision and call God has placed on their hearts regarding Ecuador. Keith and Joelle are faithful servants who participate and lead in the various ministries at HCBC. You will want to be in attendance to hear their passion for what God is leading them to do. There will NOT be a love offering collected as they have already started the process with HCBC to be approved to become part of our annual church budget. Please, be in prayer for them as they share on Sunday.
We have been faithful to pray for Carsyn Tedder regarding her medical issues. Many of us know the financial strain that medical problems can place upon a family’s budget. During the entire month of May we will be collecting a Love Offering to assist Haley and Lee with some of these expenses. You may give during Sunday School or during the worship service, or you may give it directly to Dorothy Lentz, church treasurer. Write Carsyn Tedder on the envelope.
Devotional Thought: Luke 22: 39, 44 39 He went out and made His way as usual to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed Him. . . . 44 Being in anguish, He prayed more fervently, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground. Jesus went to the Mount of Olives “as usual” because prayer was a “usual” for His life. Prayer needs to be a “usual” part of my life. Jesus prayed “fervently” but I am afraid I tend to pray casually.
Ø Quarterly Business Meeting on Wednesday, April 27th, after Prayer Meeting
Ø Keith and Joelle speaking on Sunday, May 1st
Ø Youth Auction on Sunday, May 1st
Ø Mother’s Day and Baby Dedication on Sunday, May 8th
Ø Quarterly Fellowship Meal on Saturday, May 14th, at 6:0o PM
Ø Called Conference on Sunday, May 15th, after the worship service for Proposed Church Constitution Amendment
Ø World Changers June 20-25, 2016
Ø Children’s Summer Camp June 20-24, 2016
Ø Vacation Bible School: June 27 to July 1, 2016
Ø Honduras Missions Trip July 8-15, 2016
Ø Youth Summer Camp July 18-22, 2016