Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the colors of the leaves on the trees. I love the crisp fall air and the cozy feeling of being bundled under blankets with a warm drink. I love all things pumpkin and apple. I love going to corn mazes and having campfires. I have so many fond memories of the falls at my house growing up, playing in the leaves, carving pumpkins, and eating fall treats. And it certainly helps that my favorite color, orange, is so prevalent this time of year.
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.
July was a busy month. In one month Pastor Tim and I traveled to/from North Carolina, Ohio, Florida and Colorado. We saw a whole variety of friends and family, worshiped with all sorts of people and created all kind of different memories.
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.
As has become our custom, at the May Congregational Business meeting we announced our new focus for 2018-2019. Beginning with the program year in September, this next year will be “The Year of the Bible.”
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.
“It was a dark and stormy night…” This is the way the Charlie Brown’s beloved dog, Snoopy, began all of his stories about the WWI Flying Ace and his fight against the infamous Red Baron.
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.
Pastor Tim and I were very encouraged by the engagement of The Journey during this past Advent. Several of you came to us and shared how you enjoyed having an opportunity to engage the Christmas story on a different level. Some of you even asked if we would do another book study during Lent, especially since Adam Hamilton advertised one of his Lenten studies in the back of the book we were reading.
Lent is already upon us, beginning with Ash Wednesday on Valentine’s Day and concluding with Easter on April Fool’s Day (it is a unique year to have these holy days connected with other holidays). During Lent this year we hope to learn more about our God through learning more about Jesus. To do this we will be exploring Jesus’ “I AM” statements from the Gospel of John each week in worship.