I want to begin by thanking you all for your flexibility over the last couple months as your pastors' lives have adjusted to parenthood. Now in March, both Pastor Audrey and I are back in the office.
Pastor Tim's blog
“I have no idea what I’m doing.” In seminary, a couple good friends of mine worked alongside me as Assistants to the Webmaster of Bethany Seminary. This meant we worked on the seminary’s website and performed basic maintenance on the computer systems of the seminary. I know very little about computers or website maintenance and I still know very little.
What brings people together? Food, Holidays, Worship, Sports, Concerts…. And what divides people? Politics, Religion, Personalities, Cultural Differences….
We’ve all been waiting for it! The Year of Reading the Bible is upon us. Pastor Audrey and I are so excited for our church to have an opportunity to read the entire Bible cover to cover between September 9, 2018, and May 19, 2019. Every Sunday, Pastor Audrey and I will recap what you’ve read in the last week as part of our preaching while highlighting one key pivotal story.
While the local church schedule tends to slow down during the month of July, Denominational activities are in full swing. In July, Pastor Audrey and I will travel with six others from HCOB to National Youth Conference in Fort Collins, CO.
May will be a special month to worship together. The first Sunday of the month, we will once again combine our Youth Sunday with our recognition of older adults. It’s a Sunday to celebrate the diversity of generations represented at HCOB.
During the month of March, our church will bear witness to most, if not all, of the ordinances. Brethren often talk about three main ordinances: baptism, Love Feast, and anointing.
I hope this first newsletter of 2018 finds you well and holding on to the joyful spirit of Christmas which exudes from the story of our savior’s birth. Yet, right after Christmas we are flooded with these themes of fresh starts, resolutions, and life style alterations.
Advent is approaching quickly, and so with this last Pastor’s Pen before Christmas preparations are completely upon us, Pastor Audrey and I wanted to highlight the journey we will experience together in the weeks preceding Christmas. We have been impacted by a little book called “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem” written by Adam Hamilton ....
Some people have called it the “all hands on deck weekend.” And we are certainly hoping we get some divine help too on September 16-17 when we host our annual Fall Festival on Saturday and a Homecoming Sunday. These are all church events, both with strong invitational themes.