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Pastor Dalton 10/15/2020

Church Family,

I'll be brief this week, since I have sent some longer emails already this week. I just want to remind you of some of the major announcements. Remember that this Sunday, October 18, we will be having a business meeting to decide on the route we want to go with our floors in the sanctuary. If you have yet to respond to that email, and need to or you have questions, just let me know. 

Second, if you have a teenager or know someone who does, invite them to join us this coming Sunday night! Of course, we have restarted children's and youth ministry on Sunday nights, but this coming Sunday we have special treat. Sarah and Shelby Spencer, two freshmen from AU who have been visiting with us for a while now, are going to be delivering the lesson! So send your teens and show them some support!

Finally, we have 17 trunks signed up for Trunk-or-Treat on October 25th! Begin sharing the event on Facebook and letting others know! We have a plan to share the gospel with all those who come through our event, and we are excited about it! Also, this far out it's impossible to know, but lets go ahead a pray for good weather too.

I hope you are having a good week! See you Sunday!

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton

Pastor Dalton 10/9/2020

Church Family, 

Philippians 4:4 says, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." Are you having a hard week? I hope not, but the chances are pretty high that if you're reading this you just went through something hard or stressful, you're in the middle of something hard or stressful, or your hard and stressful time is just around the corner. Either way, I think Paul's words here are encouraging, because we have to recognize that when he says to rejoice, he is writing while he is imprisoned! In fact, Philippians is one of Paul's most up-beat letters, and he writes the whole thing while being imprisoned. So that should tell us, despite your circumstances, rejoice today! If you have trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you have been highly blessed beyond measure! Also, in your rejoicing, you're likely to find your outlook on things changing as well! 

As for announcements, don't forget about the business meeting we have immediately following the service this Sunday. We will be taking deacon nominations and discussing the land that is for sale right beside the church. Remember, if you're not attending in person, you can send your two nominations for deacon to me by responding to this email (be sure to put reply to sender only if you don't want it to go to everyone). Nominations must be in by the end of the business meeting Sunday, as we will be tallying them up. Remember, we are asking for 2 nominations!

Finally, I wanted to thank you all for the overwhelming response to Trunk-or-Treat! We are planning on having this event on October 25 starting at 6:30pm. We ended up having almost 15 trunks sign up, so it should be a great event! If you can't host a trunk, you can help by donating candy between now and then! The donated candy always helps to replenish those who run out during the event. 

I hope you all have a blessed weekend, and I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Serving Him,

Pastor Dalton

Pastor Dalton 10/1/2020

Church Family, 

Well Tuesday night was disaster. I don't know about you, but #Debate2020 firmly reminded me that our hope is in Christ and Christ alone! As Paul approached the end of his life, he said in 2 Timothy 4:8, "Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing." Amen! I can't wait for that day! It's a simple point and, thus, a simple devotion. Yet, I want you to remember where your hope lies! November is going to be crazy, but our God has never lost control, and He never will. Don't let temporal things cause you to spiral when your hope is eternal!

As for announcements, we do have deacon nominations coming up on October 11. Immediately following the service on the 11th we will have slips of paper passed out and we will collect your nominations in that way. We are asking everyone to write down 2 names as we have 2 deacons rolling off this year. Bob Ayers and Bob Cathey are both finishing up their terms this year, and we are going to miss them! They have been awesome servants over the past 3 years, and I have personally been very grateful for the wisdom they offer. Remember, that if you are not attending the in-person services, you can still send in your 2 nominees by either responding to this email or sending me a text.

Finally, October is here and that means Fall Festival is coming up! Now of course, we won't be doing nearly as much as we normally do for Fall Festival. However, we are still hoping to do at least a trunk-or-treat event and maybe a few other things. I am very grateful for all of those who responded earlier this week and were willing to sponsor a trunk. So far, our plan is to host the trunk-or-treat on October 25th, the Sunday evening before Halloween. Mark it on your calendars and make plans to help out if you're able!

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton 

Pastor Dalton 9/24/2020

Church Family,

Micah 6:8 says, "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Given the recent headlines, I want to talk about what it means to do justice. First, we me be clear that this year has been full of evil and sadness. As believers, we mourn the loss of humans made in the image of God, and our hope is that all that pass would know Jesus as their Savior. In that we must be clear. That being said, the question is what does it mean to do justice? Unfortunately in our world today, the media and the culture at large seem to have more influence than facts. We live in a fallen world, and we must realize that perfect justice will never be possible until the return of the Lord. However, that doesn't mean we don't do our absolute best to pursue justice. We have to always be critical of our justice system because we know it's not perfect, but that does not mean that every ruling is imperfect. Facts matter. As believers, we have to stand on a set of rules that determine justice rather than allowing ourselves to change those rules as the wind blows. This morning on Al Mohler (President of The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY) said something that I think is worth repeating. He said there is no such thing as mob justice, because in the end you only have a mob and no justice. I don't think it could be said any clearer. For us, to do justice means to rely on facts and set standards in an attempt to do our best in mimicking the perfect justice of our Lord, whose standards never change!

As for announcements, I want to remind you that this Sunday is Promotion Sunday. I want to say congrats to Emily Sentell and Lily Culbertson as they move up into the youth program! 

Also, this coming Sunday we will start back our nursery and our Sunday evening children's and youth  programs. The kids will be starting a serious called Cold-Case Christianity, in which they will serve as cadets in helping to prove the truths of Jesus! The children's ministry will start at 6:30pm and the youth will begin at 7pm

Finally, it is time to begin the process of Deacon Nominations! I told Bob Ayers that with the way 2020 was went, I'm not sure that it counts as a year, and so he will just have to continue serving. He didn't have the same idea haha! Anyways, we are going to try to handle this just like we have handled other business in the midst of this pandemic. On October 11, during the in-person service we will hand out pieces of paper for nominations to be made. However, from now until October 11, those who have not yet returned to in-person services can make their nominations by sending my an email or a text message with your choices. This year, since we have two deacons rolling off, we will be asking everybody to make two nominations. Just reach out to me if you have any questions.

Sorry for the longer message today. I hope you all have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday!  

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton Fowler

Pastor Dalton 9/17/2020

Church Family,

For a devotional thought, I want you to consider this scripture in John 17:14-19. "I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; you word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth." 

That is Jesus' prayer for you. We are to be in the world and not of the world. We are to be focused on the truth of God's Word. We have been sent into the world just as Jesus was sent. Interestingly, when Jesus talks of consecrating himself that we may be sanctified in truth, that sanctification and consecration both means set apart. I believe that Jesus is saying that He is setting Himself apart to die on a cross on our behalf so that we can be set apart to follow Him in all truth. Then in the very next chapter, Jesus is betrayed and arrested. So what do we take from all this? Well besides the obvious things we have already mentioned, we should have a sense of peace in knowing that Jesus prayed for us, and He still prays for us today! We should take seriously our identity in Christ and we need  to get to work sharing the gospel. We have been sent!

As for announcements, this Sunday is Homecoming! If you can join us in person, then I want to encourage you to join us for lunch afterwards! We will have tables outside so that you can eat safely and the food will be prepared by gloved and masked individuals who will also be serving the plates. Our intent is for this to be as safe as possible so that those who are unsure will join us for a time of socially distanced fellowship! Also, we will have some of our members singing solos this Sunday. If you have been watching the services on Facebook, please know that there is a possibility the sound will go out or the video will be cut off. This will not be a tech issue, but rather, it might happen due to the music we have to play for our soloists. Sometimes Facebook doesn't like pre-recorded music, and it decides that it's a copyright issue. If that happens, don't panic! We will start a new stream as soon as we possibly can! But I'm hopeful and praying we don't have any issues!

Remember that if you have a teen or your teen has a friend, that sign-ups are happening for Xtreme Winter 2020. The dates are December 28-30 and the cost is $150. A $50 deposit is due by October 1! 

See y'all Sunday!

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton 

Pastor Dalton 9/10/2020

Church Family,

James 4:14 says, "yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes." I don't know about you, but I have a busy week! You know, it seems like deadlines sneak up on you and every appointment that you have to make shows up on the same week. As I was running around in a craze, I remembered this verse. Now don't get me wrong. I believe we are to plan for the future because its not up to us to know the time or day when the Lord returns or we will breathe our last. However, I do think its worth remembering that our life is a vapor. That reminds me to slow down and enjoy life. That encourages me for eternity, but it also helps me refocus on what I'm doing with the little time I have on this earth. Never take time for granted! 

Please be in prayer for this Sunday. We will be praying for all of the school supplies that were donated, and we will be praying for the Back to School Bash. Of course, it will take place this Sunday evening as well, so please be in prayer for all of those who work it and all of those who attend. We are hoping this will be a safe, yet successful outreach for our children's ministry. Also, thank you in advance to all of those who are planning to help out!

Next, on September 20, we will celebrate Homecoming! Now I realize that its not going to be anything like it was in years past. However, our plan is to make the emphasis of the service on Homecoming, and we plan to still have food afterwards. If that makes you uncomfortable, please know that we will have outdoor seating, and those preparing the food will be masked and gloved. Also, it will not be buffet style, but rather, those who want to stay for lunch will simply grab their food and have a seat. We are hoping that this will be at time for safe fellowship during this time. We will also have carryout plates available! 

Finally, Xtreme Winter is still planned for December 28-30. Of course, it may be canceled due to COVID, but if it is then all the money will be reimbursed. Until then, we need to register just like its going to happen. So sign-ups are open! The price is $150 and a $50 deposit is due by October 1 to secure your spot. Be sure to sign you teen up and let them know to invite friends if they would like. 

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton

Pastor Dalton 9/3/2020

Church Family, 

I want to remind you of the words in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 which says, "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." Never forget those words. When this life get's crazy, remember the great hope that we have before us! Our biggest problems will one day be seen as light momentary afflictions! Make sure you find your hope and rest in Christ alone, and don't let this world shake you!

As we enter the Fall season, we do have some events to look forward to. First, we have the Back to School Bash on September 13 at 3pm. We have been talking about trying to start back some form of children's ministry now that schools are starting back, and this event is designed to kick that off! Everything will take place outside in order to help encourage social distancing, and there are plans to make sure kids aren't all over one another. With those precautions, we are hopeful that we will have the opportunity to reach some visitors, as we have had a handful reach out to us via social media, waiting for events like these to start back. Pray for this event and if you are willing to help in any capacity, please speak to Lynn Greer. 

Second, right after this event on September 13, we have Homecoming on September 20! Hopewell Baptist Church will be celebrating 217 years! Of course, we wont be having a potluck after and the service itself will look different. However, we are still hoping to celebrate, and you'll hear more about that next week. 

Finally, the Xtreme Winter conference in Gatlinburg, TN is scheduled to happen! The dates will be December 28-30 and the cost is $150 per person. The main headliners this year are Lecrae and Crowder. A $50 deposit is due by October 1st, which will seal your spot, so parents, make sure to ask your youth about the event. Of course, I have no clue right now what their COVID-19 plan is, and like everything in 2020, there is a likely chance this event could be canceled. However, they are moving forward with registration, so if you'd like to go, I would encourage you not to "wait and see" what they do. If they cancel, they will have to issue refunds just like summer camp did. Furthermore, many of our students have balances leftover from Summer camp being canceled, which can be used for this event. Just let me know that you'd like to go and that you want to use those funds. 

I know that's a lot, but it's a busy time. Let me know if you have any questions. See y'all Sunday!

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton

 

 

 

Pastor Dalton 8/27/2020

Church Family, 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable fro teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." This verse is often quoted to support the the fact that the bible is inerrant and inspired, and rightfully so! Here we see that God's Word is breathed out out by Him. That is, this Word contains the means of life, because when God breathes He gives life. We must always remember this truth and hold firmly to the Word of God. We don't want to be a people who call ourselves Christians, when in reality we just have some kind of vague Christian ideas that apply here and there. No! We need the Word of God to be the authority in all of our lives. That means when we read tough verses, our response shouldn't be revolt, but submit. Our response shouldn't be immediate anger or suspect of God's Word, but rather a posture that seeks better understanding. This coming Sunday we will be looking at some tough verses. Our response will need to be one that seeks to understand what God desires and why it's for our good. Constantly remember that the Word of God is the Word of God, not man. If we ever deny that, then the denial of all scripture is right around the corner. 

As for announcements, we are looking to start back some of our children and youth ministry events in conjunction with school starting back. Of course, we are talking about all of the ways to make sure that this stays as safe as possible, but we do think its time to start some of these things back. Pray for us as we plan and be sure to continue to pray for schools as they are starting back. 

This Fall will look much like this past Winter and Spring. Covid-19, and while some have jokingly stated that it will disappear after Election day, the reality is that the virus is going to be with us for a while longer unless the Lord brings healing. So, that means many of our regular Fall events will likely be canceled or look different. Our hope is that we can continue to be creative in ministry during this time, and that we will keep moving forward despite the obstacles. Pray for wisdom, and if you have any ideas for ministry opportunities, be sure to let us know!  

I love you all, and look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton 

Pastor Dalton 8/20/2020

Church Family,

I hope this email finds you well! I just wanted to give you a reminder of some of our announcements. First, I hope you've been participating in our week of prayer! Second, don't forget that tomorrow from 9-12 the blood connection will be at the church. They are in need of units so if you're able make plans to come donate.

Finally, don't forget the back to school supplies are due on September 6! 

I hope you all have a good weekend and I look forward to seeing you Sunday! 

Serving Him,

Pastor Dalton

Pastor Dalton 8/13/2020

Church Family, 

My week has been crazy, but it's been great! I'm praising the Lord for a healthy baby & mother, I can't wait for Janie to meet her brother soon. That being said, I still want to keep you up-to-date on the upcoming events that you need to be aware of.

First, starting on Sunday, we will start our week of prayer. This week of prayer will be focused on all of the craziness of this year, and the goal is for us as a church to have concentrated time of crying out to the Lord for his healing on this mess of a year. On Sunday we will have bookmarks available that can easily fit in your bible and be used as a reminder of the prayer focus for each day. Also, each day on Facebook, we will post a prayer reminder. Whether you pray in the morning or the evening, the main thing is to pray. Actually pray and let'ty bmws flood God with our requests!

Second, the Tuesday night theology class was postponed until this coming Tuesday, August 18. Sorry for having to push it back, but we really weren't expecting this early delivery. However, I'm excited about it, and I hope you'll make plans to join us on zoom this coming Tuesday at 7pm. 

Finally, we do have the blood drive coming up on August 22 from 9am-12pm. You can make an appointment online at the blood connection website, but walk-ins are welcome. Come out and support if you can, and all who donate will receive $10 dollar visa gift cards. 

I look forward to worshiping with you all on Sunday! See you then!

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton

Pastor Dalton 8/6/2020

Church Family,

Galatians 6:2 says, "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Now in that section Paul is teaching the church members to be there for one another and to hold one another accountable. I want to use this point to encourage you to stay connected in this trying season. Lone ranger Christianity doesn't work out well. We need one another. Pray for your church and your church family. Also, be sure to let us know when needs come up that we can aid you with. None of us are in this alone. We are family, and family bears one another's burdens.

As for announcements, please note that this coming Sunday, the service will begin at 11 am, not 10 am. We are moving the service back to the regular time in an effort to restore some normalcy, and to make the transition easier when things do go fully back to normal one day. So if you show up at 10 am or try to find our live stream at 10 am, you won't find it. Both the online and the in-person service will be at 11 am. As for the live stream, its our hope that now that we have a better connection and more churches are meeting in person, the 11 am hour shouldn't cause us any issues.

Second, I want to remind you that this coming Tuesday, August 11, at 7pm on Zoom we will have Tuesday Night Theology! This first session will be very introductory, as I try to give a lay of the land of some of the topics that come up. I'll be sending a link for that on Tuesday.

Finally, don't forget the Blood Connection will be collecting blood on August 22, from 9am to 12pm. They are giving out $10 gift cards to all who donate. They need 14 units, but they are hoping for more. So if you're able, come out and show support!

I hope you all have a blessed weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you Sunday!

Serving Him,

Pastor Dalton

Pastor Dalton 7/30/2020

Church Family, 

Ephesians 5:15-16 says to, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." Well when Paul wrote that he was certainly talking about the world he lived in, but I think we would all certainly agree with him that even today, the days are evil. I don't know about you, but this entire year doesn't seem real almost. It seems like there is a new national news story every week, and things are absolutely crazy! I know that none of it caught God by surprise, but it certainly caught me by surprise. However, even when things are crazy, scripture guides us. What does Paul tell us to do? Be even more careful in your walk with the Lord than you were before. This may be a time where you have even quarantined your relationship with God. I want to encourage you to not do that! When things get hard is when our walk needs to get even stronger! Walk carefully today!

As for announcements, we were wrong about the Blood Connection Blood Drive date. We said on Sunday that it would be August 8, but it will actually be on August 22 from 9am-12pm. Make plans to join us for that time of service.

Also, I want to let you know that on Tuesday, August 11, at 7pm, I am planning to do a short theology lesson on Zoom. I mentioned to the bible study last night that the main reason for this is I need to record myself and send it to my professor for a PhD requirement, but I wanted to make it interesting and useful as well. So, unless it changes, my plan is to give you a taste of some early church theology, and it may be something we like and continue! So make plans to join us Tuesday, August 11 for Tuesday Night Theology or TNT! :) 

I hope that you all have a good day and weekend, and I look forward to seeing many of you Sunday!

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton 

Pastor Dalton 7/23/2020

Church Family, 

If you read Acts 16:6-10, you will see the story of the famous Macedonian Call for Paul. Just as an overview and for a little context, Paul and his missionary group are working to spread the gospel. However, he was forbidden by the Spirit to preach the gospel in Asia and Bithynia. Ultimately he was looking for direction from God because his plans kept failing. So Paul has a dream and in it there is a man from Macedonia urging Paul to come there and help them. When Paul wakes up, he immediately makes his move! What can we take away from this? Well first, its interesting that often times when God closes doors in our lives, its because his plans are much greater! When Paul would go to Macedonia he would reach the churches of Thessalonica, Corinth, Philippi, and eventually Rome! Second, its important for us to be in step with the Spirit, because He is leading us. When we live in such a way that we follow our own plans and we don't have ears to hear, I fully believe that we miss out on some awesome plans of God. Finally, in this text we see that Paul and the church is on the move because God is moving. The good news? God is still moving today! God is still there trying to guide us and lead us! Don't let this weird 2020 cause you to simply count the year out. We are all still blessed with another day of life, and that means God has something for us! Are you listening and following?

As for news in the church, the pandemic is obviously still impacting our plans. However, I want to give a your a quick recap of some great things we have been able to do in the midst of all this mess! First, we had our drive-in movie series early in the pandemic, which proved to be a great time of fellowship and outreach as many visitors joined us. The same was true of our fireworks show as well! Second, we had our At-Home-VBS, which admittedly was sad due to missing the normal VBS. However, we got the opportunity to reach a number of new guests during that! Finally, we have worked to reach out to the Anderson County Sheriff's Department to show them support during this tough time for law enforcement in America. We initially wanted to raise $1350, and we raised that in about 2 days after announcing the outreach. Now that it is completed we have raised $2000 and will be getting those delivered soon! So, the Fall may certainly look different, but I'm confident we will keep working to make the best of it! 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. 

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton

Pastor Dalton 7/16/2020

Church Family, 

Normally this email is used to give updated announcements. However, today it will be mainly a devotional thought and challenge for you. When COVID-19 first started and the shut-downs began taking place, there was an argument that was happening among church leaders on social media. The argument had to do with the live streaming of services that everyone went to. There were voices that warned church leaders and members to not see a video screen the same as church, while others claimed that those warnings were unnecessary because watching online is perfectly fine. Well, personally, I thought the warnings were needed, which is why our first study on ZOOM right after COVID hit was all about the church, and what makes the church a true church. One of the main verses that speak to this issue is Hebrews 10:24-25, "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." What does that verse mean? Well its rather simple: don't stop meeting together! So scripture commands believers to gather together because we need one another! 

So what does this mean and what am I trying to say? Well let me be clear, I don't think those who are extra-vulnerable to COVID-19 should feel guilty for not attending church. In fact, I don't mean to make anyone feel guilty for not attending if they are genuinely fearful. That's not the point of this. I am so encouraged by many of the seniors that go out of their comfort zones to stay connected online! But I'll say this too, I don't know any of our seniors that are happy with it! They can't wait to get back to church, and I can't wait to see them. But prudence says to wait, and so they wait.

However, as an overseer, I'd be amiss to not warn you if I see an area of concern, but know that its from a place of love and not judgement.Therefore, the point of this is to examine yourself, and make sure that you aren't letting the pandemic cause more spiritual harm than it is physical harm. I want to challenge you to ask yourself a few questions: 

1. Since the reopening, is church one of the only things you have yet to return to? If so, you may have good reasons, but make sure your reason isn't simply an excuse, because sin loves to creep in. 

2. If you're watching services online, are you taking it as serious as you did the first week or has the newness worn off? The fear is that the time of worship and growth can easily be just another thing on the screen on Sundays. This is easy to fall in to, and must be avoided.  

3. Are you staying connected? Even if you aren't comfortable attending yet, are you praying for the church? Are you making calls or writing cards or messaging on Facebook? Are you keeping up with you secret sister or your Sunday School class? 

With that, I must say that I have been blown away by the faithfulness of Hopewell during this time. I am encouraged by so many who have gone above and beyond to stay connected! I love you all and I hope that you have a great weekend and don't forget to join us at 10 am in the FLC, in the parking lot, or online! 

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton 

Pastor Dalton 7/9/2020

Church Family,

I am excited to worship with you this Sunday! I know we have many that are on vacation during these times, but if you're able, please join us either in person, in the parking lot (via 95.7 fm), or on Facebook this Sunday at 10! 

Also, do not forget that we will be having a short business meeting immediately following the service this Sunday. There will be a motion to paint the trim bright white and a motion to pull up the old carpet. If you arent able to be present but would still like to vote, please just make sure you let me know by Sunday before the meeting. Many have already voted this way, but if you haven't, make sure you do. 

See you all Sunday!

Serving Him,

Pastor Dalton 

Pastor Dalton 7/2/2020

Church Family, 

Independence Day is Saturday! I'm very grateful that God allowed me to born into this great country. No, God is not only the God of America. In fact, God is doing awesome things all across our globe. However, I do believe that we still live in the greatest country in the world, despite all of our problems. We still have tremendous freedom in our country and that's true for individuals and for churches. In other countries, the Christian church is under persecution and is truly suppressed. What that means is that we in the American church need to be persistent in spreading the gospel, because we have no excuse not to. Let's use our freedoms for the cause of Christ and global missions! 

Also, as I said earlier in the week, we have already met our goal for the Anderson County Sheriff's Department. However, any extra money that is received will still go to Sheriff''s Department and they will be distributed to other officers that may not be patrol deputies. We will be accepting donations for a few more weeks. 

Finally, just wanted to note that this Sunday we will be announcing a business meeting for the week of July 12. The reason for this meeting will be to vote about getting some work done in our sanctuary while we are currently not meeting over there. For those who don't attend in person right now, I will send the minutes/motion to you on Sunday after church. Also, we will be accepting absentee votes during this time. Normally that is not allowed, but I know we have so many faithful members who don't need to get out, and it would be wrong to vote without them having a say. So, I'll repeat this on Sunday, but you can vote be emailing me or calling/texting me. 

I hope you all have a great day and safe weekend! 

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton 

Pastor Dalton 6/18/2020

Church Family, 

I hope this email finds you all well! This is actually VBS week which feels really weird doesnt it? I must say that it doesn't feel like Summer has started without a traditional VBS. However, the VBS At Home is going well! We have a had number of guests reach out to us this week for help as they lead through the VBS with their children, and we have actually had some that have asked for a bag as late as today! I hope you have been praying for this week, and if you have little ones doing VBS, I hope that you all are enjoying it!

As a celebration of VBS, we are having a drive in movie tomorrow night. We are saying 8:30, but the movie may have to actually start a little later than that due to the late sunsets. The movie is going to be Lego Movie 2, and everyone is welcome! The VBS families have been invited, and we are hoping to have some guests join us for this celebration. So invite others that may enjoy it and come join us in the parking lot! 

Finally, I want to brag on you all. I have been greatly encouraged by the church's faithfulness in all areas during this time. Whether its been on livestream or in person or in the parking lot via the radio, we have had a steady attendance. I know that when it comes to livestream on Sundays, you could actually watch many different churches and that is a good thing, but thank you for worshiping with us at 10am. I can't wait for the day when we can all get back together. I know that it will be a while a longer, but I still long for that day. Until then, continue serving the Lord, and please let me know if you need anything!

Serving Him,

Pastor Dalton

Pastor Dalton 611/2020

Church Family, 

This coming Sunday is the start of our VBS At Home. It has certainly been a rather weird time as we recorded the teaching lessons and have thought about how to minister to the children during this time. So, I want to ask you to pray for this coming week. The reality is that God's Word is powerful and He is the one who brings about change. The program may not be the traditional vbs, but I believe God can and will still use it! Pray for the children who signed up and pray for their parents, as they will be having the primary role of ministering to their children. 

 

On another note, I want to give you an update on what we are thinking as far as the church reopening other ministries. I know that Covid-19 numbers are still adding up in our state, and that is expected as more testing takes place and restrictions are lifted. Because of this, we are not in a hurry to change too much of what we are already doing. Currently we are meeting online or in the FLC because the FLC makes it easier to spread out and it is easier to clean. Eventually we will be back in our sanctuary, but that is not anything we are rushing towards, especially since Mr. David Clardy has worked so hard to make our FLC tech savvy! As for Sunday School, Nursery, Children/Youth Ministry, and Evening services, each of these has its own challenges and they will likely make a return at different times when it is deemed safer. 

We are trying to err on the side of caution, but I will say that I have loved gathering with you on Sunday mornings these past few weeks! I look forward to seeing many of you this Sunday! Have a blessed day!

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton 

Pastor Dalton 5/28/2020

Church Family,

As a short devotional thought, I want to encourage you to go read Philippians 1:19-26. It is a beautiful passage, where you find Paul wrestling with death, but in a good way! Paul talks about the fact that he will glorify God in his life or his death. Then he begins tell the Philippians that he is hard pressed between the options of life and death. He knows that if he lives, then Christ has more work for him to do. However, he states that his real desire is to die and be with Christ. Now that's not morbid, that's faith! He states it clearly in this passage that for him, to live is Christ, and to die is gain! So what does that mean for us? Well, first remember that death for a believer isn't necessarily something we seek, but it isn't something we fear either. Death has lost its sting! Second, if you're reading this, that means God has given you another day of life, which means He has work for you to do! We need to use our days wisely.

As for announcements, there is one more week to register for VBS-AT-HOME. The registration closes on June 4, so that we will have time to place the order and assemble the boxes that need to be passed out. Make sure to spread the word and let others know! I know this isn't the same as VBS, but we are still prayerful that God is going to use it!

Also, for this Sunday, we will still be gathering inside the FLC at 10am, and we will still be offering the live stream on Facebook. However, some have asked if the "drive-in" method could still be used as well. So, this Sunday, barring any unforeseen technical issues, we will have the FM transmitter hooked up so that the message will be available over the radio in the parking lot. Now, just to clarify, service will still be taking place in the FLC, so you won't be able to see me, but you will be able to hear me! Either way you worship, whether in the parking lot, in the FLC, or on Facebook Live, make plans to join us this Sunday at 10am!

Serving Him, 

Dalton Fowler

Pastor Dalton 5/21/2020

Church Family, 

I want to start by celebrating a little. We had an awesome time of worship this past Sunday in the FLC and we are looking forward to it again this Sunday! At our blood drive last weekend we had 23 donate, which is a great number for us, and at our movie night we had a good size group with a good number of guests as well! So, all-in-all, last weekend was a great weekend and we are excited about this coming one as well! We will have another movie on Friday at 8:30. These events have turned into a great form of outreach. Then we will have service on Sunday at 10am in the FLC again. We are also hopeful that our internet will work much better for those who will be joining us online. We have worked hard this week in getting that ready to go. 

One big announcement that many may have been wondering about is VBS. VBS is such an awesome outreach, and it is such an integral part of the children's ministry. However, given the current state of the pandemic, after much counsel the decision has been made that we will not be able to host traditional VBS this year. This is due to an abundance of caution for the children and the workers. Also, VBS requires so many resources that may be wasted, should things not be better when the time for VBS comes.

 

However, we are still doing VBS! Following the pattern of many churches across the country, we will be offering VBS At Home! Those who register will receive a kit full of snacks, crafts, activities, and more! We plan to have the teaching lessons recorded so that families can watch with their children at home. We also plan to have a great celebration at the end of the week that will certainly be safe! Stay tuned for details on that!

So make sure if you have kids or know some kids/parents that would like to take part, to tell them about this opportunity. We will have 2 weeks for registrations starting today. All they have to do is register by June 4 by visiting myvbs.org/hbcanderson . We know that this is not the same as VBS, but we do believe that it will be fun and fruitful! Pray for us and spread the word! 

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton 

Pastor Dalton 5/14/2020

Church Family,

I am excited to announce that we are planning on regathering this Sunday, May 17th! Now, the first thing to remember is that if you're considered at-risk or are just uncomfortable, then please don't feel like you need to attend. Rather, we will still be live streaming the service on Facebook at 10 am. We want to keep everyone safe and healthy, so we certainly want those who need to, to stay home for just a little while longer and worship from home with us. 

However, if you plan on attending, I want you to know what to expect. We will still be starting at 10 am so that our live stream connection is reliable. We will be meeting in the FLC, and there will be alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer available. We will also have masks available for any who would like to wear one. Obviously, there will be no time of handshaking or hugs and no passing of the offering plate. Rather, when you enter the FLC you will notice that the chairs are very spread out. If you are a family, feel free to pull your chairs together more, but we are leaving it this way so that those who want to keep their distance will be able to. We will have the projector hooked up so that you will not have to handle hymnals as well. 

Also, this will just be a worship service. At this point, we will not have Sunday School, children's church, or nursery available.

I hope to see some of you this Sunday! I do want to encourage you to continue to practice social distancing. You may not be worried about anything, but there are others who are, and its our goal to make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable. 

I'm excited about Sunday! A lot of work has gone into getting it ready to go, so I'll see you there or online at 10am! 

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton 

Pastor Dalton 5/7/2020

Church Family, 

I miss you! I know that many of you are probably wondering what the process of regathering is going to look like and when it will take place. First, let me just say that I know there are wide range of opinions about the pandemic and that many have opinions about how and when church should "reopen," (not that we ever closed, but you know what I mean). I want you to know that our goal is to get back as soon as possible, but also to stay as safe as possible. I understand that many churches have started back already or will be starting back this coming Sunday. However, every congregation is different and has different concerns. So I want to encourage you to pray for us and to bear with us. I have been in contact with our deacons, who are awesome by the way, and they are giving suggestions. When we decide to return, it will be based on wise counsel and not rash decisions. If it seems slow to some or too fast for others, I pray you'll give us the benefit of the doubt. We love you all and care for you all, and these are strange times that none of us have ever experienced. 

That being said, I will say that unless something drastic changes, we will be back this month! When we do return, we will very likely be meeting in the Family Life Center so that we have a little more space, and we won't initially have Sunday School or nursery. It will just be a worship service, and I am looking forward to that day! Furthermore, we will continue to be doing Facebook Live, so that those who are vulnerable or uncomfortable can still watch the service.

However, until then, we keep on doing what we have been doing. We have some special plans for this Sunday for Mother's Day. We also have the blood drive coming up May 16, so if you have not yet set a time to give blood, make sure you do it. You can simply let me know and I'll get you on the schedule. Finally, we have a movie tomorrow night! It may rain, so be on the lookout for an email, but if it doesn't, it will start at 8:30pm. Check out the event on our Facebook page for more details! 

Love y'all and I look forward to seeing you soon. 

Serving Him, 

Dalton Fowler

Pastor Dalton 5/2/2020

Church Family, 

The email is a little late this week, but I wanted to wait until after our movie night. We had a great time last night at the drive-in movie at Hopewell! We are super thankful for David and Joseph Clardy, who worked hard in creating a "stage" for our big screen and getting it all to work. Also, a huge thanks is due to Anna Punales, Jamie Culbertson, and Lynn Greer for showing up early to get the popcorn and waters ready to go. It was a great time of fellowship and it felt just like the movies! We hope to do it again real soon and I hope you'll join us!

As for news, we do have the blood drive coming to Hopewell on May 16 from 8:30-12:30. To keep social distancing at a maximum, they really want you to make an appointment so just let me know if you have  a time you'd like to come and I'll get you signed up. They need our blood right now so I hope you'll consider donating during this time.

Finally, I know many things are beginning to open up in our state. I am grateful for Gov. McMaster, because unlike other states, he never put any restrictions on churches and stated that he never would. We altered our services because it was the right thing to do, and we are going to be listening to the numbers, the government, and the health officials as we plan to regather. We do not have a date in mind yet, as we will be taking it week to week, but I am optimistic that we will be able to gather sometime this month. However, remember that at first it will still be very different as we will be working hard to stay safe.

Thank you all for being so flexible during this crazy time. I'm thankful for the many leaders in the church that offer such great council, and I know I don't always make the best decisions. However, I'm grateful to have a church like Hopewell for support and prayers. Love y'all and see y'all soon!

Serving Him, 

Dalton Fowler

Pastor Dalton 4/23/2020

Church Family,

I am actually sending this email on Thursday again! A mixture of pandemic procrastination and not knowing what day it is, has caused me to send this email later and later, but this week we are back on track! I want to start by telling you how proud I am to be your pastor. During this time, most of our fellowship has not missed a beat! We were forced to be flexible pretty quickly, and yet, so many quickly adjusted and offered encouragement. Between live stream and drive-in services, we have had great "attendance," and giving has kept up very well! I have been greatly encouraged by the faithfulness of so many, and it is a good sign of spiritual maturity. Y'all, it makes me excited about what God could do through us, sooner rather than later, because I know He honors faithfulness!

That being said, I know many businesses are beginning to reopen in our state. Of course, there are concerns that the COVID-19 numbers will rise, but I think that is generally expected. So, don't stop being cautious, but don't be surprised either. As for our services, this week we will keep doing what we have been doing. We will have a drive-in and Facebook live service at 10am. Following the message this Sunday, we will have the Lord's Supper for those at the drive-in. I know some churches have led the ordinance online, and while I don't think that's necessarily wrong, I don't think its best. Every time you see the Lord's Supper in the scriptures, it is when the church is gathered. So, the Facebook Live will end and then we will partake of the ordinance in the parking lot! If you want to come to the drive in, but don't want to partake because of precautions, then we certainly don't want you to feel pressured, so don't worry about that.

Going forward, it looks like we will be opening back up before too long, however, we will take it week by week. I will be sure to communicate to you our plans when we do decide its safe to come back together. There is not particular date set, but we will be listening to our health officials and the Saluda Baptist Association for guidance.

Finally, one concern I have, because I see it in myself, is that we are getting use to a new normal in this pandemic. I know church has looked different over this past month, but don't let your relationship with God begin to drift. It can be easy to get spiritually lazy just looking at a computer screen. Keep yourself close to the Lord and be ready to serve Him when the opportunity arises!

Serving Him,

Dalton Fowler

Pastor Dalton 4/17/2020

Church Family,

I hope you all had a restful and worshipful Easter! I thoroughly enjoyed both of our services and I know we had a good number of guests that tuned into our livestream and attended our drive-in service. 

Also, thank you to those who have been joining us on zoom on Wednesday nights. It's great to be able to see one another a talk. It looks like we still have some weeks of "social distancing" ahead of us. So there are two ways to look at that....1 more week of restrictions or 1 WEEK CLOSER TO WHEN WE CAN GATHER TOGETHER AGAIN! 

But until then, I hope you'll continue to join us. We will be doing livestream and drive in services at 10am for now on until this is over. So join us online or in the parking lot tomorrow! The rain should hold off until lunchtime...hopefully! See you then.

Serving Him,

Dalton Fowler

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Pastor Dalton 4/10/2020

Church Family, 

First, I just want to thank you all for the support this past Sunday! Our first drive-in service went great and, even though we had problems at the beginning with our live stream, the video still reached a large number of people! On top of that, I want to thank you all for continuing to honor God through your giving. It is obviously a concern that many have had during this pandemic, but I was just blown away by the generosity this past week. It was a great encouragement. Y'all this pandemic may slow some things down, but it doesn't stop Christ from building His kingdom! 

Continue to pray for the church during this time. Many think that this has caused churches to essentially stop working for the time being. However,  I believe the opposite could be true. You know that God can bring good out of the bad, and I believe He is doing that. I obviously wish that we could meet like normal, but there is no doubt that the message of the gospel is reaching many more during this time that may not ever step foot in the church! So pray because there are lost that need to be found! 

Finally, for Sunday, I know the weather forecast is not looking great. However, I still want to offer both type of services: Facebook live and Drive-In. Of course, for the drive in the signal will go over the radio so it may mean you just sit in your car with the windows up, but besides that it should work fine. I will do both services this way, so you can stay in and watch us live or you can join us in the parking lot! We will have a short sunrise service at 7 am and then our "regular" service at 10am! It's Easter ya'll! He is Risen!!!! AMEN!

Serving Him, 

Dalton Fowler

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Pastor Dalton 4/3/2020

Church Family, 

I have an exciting announcement....we are doing Drive-In Church! Now of course this is not a perfect substitute for actually gathering, but I still think it will be great! The awesome David Clardy has worked hard to set us up an antenna and a FM transmitter. So, on Sunday, you park in our lot and tune your radio to 95.7! We will have service at 10 am still because we will still be using Facebook live, and I think the chance of the livestream working is better at 10 rather than 11. 

Since we are using the FM transmitter, you don't have to roll your windows down or worry about the elements. So make plans to come join us at 10 am. It will be good to see your faces, even if it is through a car window!

With that, I want to encourage you to have an eye open for ministry opportunities. I am not entirely sure how long these restrictions will last, but I know that God is good, and that He is still working! The ministry of Hopewell and its members doesn't stop during this time, but it does change. So I want to challenge you to think of creative and safe ways you can minister to others during this time! 

As always, if y'all have any questions, simply reach out. Love you all and see you Sunday in the parking lot!

Serving Him,

Dalton Fowler

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Pastor Dalton 3/27/2020

Church Family, 

     I just realized I forgot this email yesterday! My days are running together. I wanted to give you all an update on everything and let you know about some awesome free resources. 

     First, I want to thank you all for tuning in on Sunday. It was a great encouragement to see everybody tuned in and I hope you'll join us live again this Sunday at 10 am. I have once again attached a simple fill-in-the-blank outline of the message for you to follow along with if you'd like. (see Note Sheet at the end of the message)  I certainly can't wait until we can gather again, but one positive is that we have had many people that don't go to our church connecting with us. 

     Second, I want to thank you for continuing to be faithful in your giving. I have already had a few ask for me to come and pick up their offering, which is an option for sure. Another thing that people have done is they are dropping off their offering in the small black mailbox that is right beside the education building door. If you put an offering there and let me know, Gary Bolton has offered to make sure it gets inside quickly if no one is there. So you don't have to worry about it sitting there over night. 

     Finally, Lifeway has recently put out an awesome list of free resources. I want to draw your attention to two of them that I think are great, but feel free to check them all out. First, they are giving a free digital pass to all their Sunday school curriculums. If you follow the links, you can download the lessons digitally, and you can have a time of family Sunday school before or after the message on Sunday! Second, they are giving  a free pass for their Lifeway Kids resources. In this, they have kids bible studies and activity sheets all for free! So if you have some stir crazy little ones, you should take advantage of these free offers! Just follow this link for all those resources: 

https://www.lifeway.com/coronavirus

    I am praying for you all and miss you all dearly! I hope to see you soon!

Serving Him ,

Dalton Fowler

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Matthew 26:17-30 

I.    The _____________ to  Save Us (17-19)

 II.   The ___________ that Defines Us (20-25)

 III.  The _____________  that Bind Us (26-30)

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Pastor Dalton 3/19/2020

 
 
 
 
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Pastor Dalton 3/12/2020

Church Family, 

 1 Timothy 1:12-13a says, "I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent." What a verse! Of course, Paul is talking about his service as an Apostle to the Gentiles, but this verse can be applied to us. Look at the first part. Christ Jesus is our master and he is the one who strengthens us. You aren't strong enough, but He is! Second, he judges us faithful. I don't know about you, but I don't feel worthy of that judgement, yet God declares us faithful despite our failures. Third, He appoints us to His service. It is crazy to think that God has a plan for you, and it isn't just about you. Rather, He wants to use us to build His kingdom, and He lets us make eternal differences! Finally, we were all insolent opponents and blasphemers. Yet, when Jesus saves us, He looks beyond all that, and by His grace He has makes us His own! Are you trusting His strength? Are you serving Him? Are your thanking Him for His grace? 

 

As for our announcements, this Saturday is the BBQ and Auction. Thank you to all that have offered to bring food. We would like it to be there by 10:30 am at the latest, but you can bring it earlier if you need to. Also, thank you to everyone who has worked to get us auction items. The response this week has been great! Now just make sure to invite friends and family to attend! We have some awesome auction items, so it should be a time of great food and great fun with some great prices. 

 

Finally, I know that the Coronavirus has many in a panic. Of course, we know that panic is never the right response, but we are taking preventative measures at Hopewell. As of this time, there are no cases in Anderson and even the suspected case in Clemson can back as negative. Nonetheless, we are being diligent about our cleaning and there is specific focus on disinfecting everything. Second, we have hand sanitizers and tissues stationed at the back and the front of the church. We will continue to suspend the time of handshakes and hugs during this time, and the deacons are meeting soon to discuss a plan for our church, should we need to respond with more drastic measures. Until then, we pray and worship! 

 I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

 Serving Him, 

Dalton Fowler

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Pastor Dalton 3/5/2020

Church Family,

The second half of Isaiah 56:7 says, "...for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." For the past few weeks, prayer and evangelism have been constantly on my mind, and I hope it stays that way! I am convinced that God blesses the prayers of His people and, contrarily, withholds blessings due to the apathy of His people. Furthermore, I believe the Kingdom will grow when we share our faith. I can only imagine what the church would look like in America if it was a place of prayer and place of evangelism. So I want to challenge you. First, I challenge you to pray and pray earnestly. Make sure your prayers are more than a wish list. Pray for the lost and pray for the church. If you would like to join us, we will be praying for our service at 9am on Sunday mornings in the prayer room. Second, share your faith with one person in the upcoming week. Pray for God to give you those opportunities and seize the opportunity! Fight the feelings of awkwardness and all the excuses you can come up with, and share your faith! May our church be called a house of prayer and place that spreads the gospel! 

 Two big upcoming announcements are the work day and the BBQ/Auction. This Saturday at 8am we will be meeting for the workday. I know there is a lot of work to be done outside and inside of the church. If you can help in any way, then come join us! Second, the BBQ/Auction is next Saturday! I do know that we are still in dire need of items for the auction. If you or a business you know may have something to donate, please let us know ASAP! We are hoping this fundraiser will help knock out the majority of students' remaining balances for camp. 

 I hope you all have a blessed day!

 Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton 

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Pastor Dalton 2/27/2020

Church Family, 

I don't know about you, but I am still excited from last Sunday! Baptism Sundays are the best, and I pray and hope for many more to come! The gospel still has the power to save, and the Spirit is still moving today! I know that our two baptism candidates had been saved earlier, and those were both moments of celebration and joy. When they trusted Christ, they passed from death into life. However, baptism is just an extremely special next step. I love that the church is able to celebrate those salvations, as they publicly told all of us Sunday, they wanted to live for Christ! Yet, we know that walk isn't always an easy one, so I do hope that you will commit to pray for those who were baptized. We know the evil one is still at work today, but we serve One who is greater! Pray they will stay close and grow in their walk with Christ. 

Also, this week the Lord has really been working on me. He has convicted me about evangelism and about prayer. Colosians 4:2 says, "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving." Now that is just one instance, but anytime you read one of Paul's letters he is telling the churches to pray. We know this, that when we pray, God hears. We know that prayer can change things. Prayer is powerful. Prayer is often talked about, however, I'm not convinced that prayers are frequently prayed. We need to be a church that is founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ, but we also need to be a church that is bathed in prayer. So, we are going to be doing something a little new this Sunday. In the back of our sanctuary, the two rooms do have some construction and clean-up that needs to be done. However, we are going to get the prayer room a little cleaned up, and we are going to meet to pray. I know that I plan on being their from 9 to 9:30am, but you can come anytime. We aren't going to be doing a lot of talking about prayer. We are going to be praying. We will be praying for the service, praying for the lost, and praying for God's Spirit to move in miraculous ways. I hope you join us in prayer. If you can't make it by then, you can pray anywhere, but be intentional about your prayers and continue steadfastly. Y'all, I'm excited at what God could do!

Serving Him, 

Dalton Fowler

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Pastor Dalton 2/20/2020

Church Family,

I had a blast last Sunday night! I want to once again thank all of the couples that participated in our Newly Wed Game. They all did a great job and for me it was a highlight of the night. That being said, I also want to once again thank everyone who came out to support the youth for the fundraiser. They ended up making over $400, which made it where each of the students that served got over $50! These fundraisers have really helped with the overall cost of camp, and I know they are grateful. Thank you church. 

On Wednesday mornings, our bible study is going through the small Thom Rainer book, I Will. The purpose of the book is to address wrong attitudes in the church and to call the members to action! This past week in our study we looked at Hebrews 10:24-25 which says, "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Those verses tells us a few things. First, when we gather together, we should be thinking about how we can encourage one another and stir one another up. You come to church to worship God, but you also come to grow in your faith, and that takes place in part when we sharpen each other. Second, the verses teach us a very a simple point: your presence matters. Many may think that no one will miss them if they don't show up, but that's not true. You are truly missed because we are a body! We notice when we are missing a part. So thank you for being faithful to attend! 

I hope you all have a blessed day!

Serving Him, 

Dalton Fowler

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Pastor Dalton 2/13/2020

Church Family,

This past Wednesday morning our bible study talked about unity. We specifically read Ephesians 4:1-3 which says, "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." I love how it says "eager to maintain the unity." We live in a world that does the exact opposite of that. The only thing the world tell us to be eager about is getting ahead and getting what is yours. However, scripture reminds us that we serve a King that is above all Kings and yet He was a servant. Scripture reminds us that He came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. So, contrary to the world, we need to make sure we actually look out for the needs of others. Sometimes personal sacrifice is worth it for peace. I have experienced that, and I am sure many of you all have as well. 

Well, its finally here. This Sunday evening is the Valentines Dinner fundraiser! We are excited for a good meal and some good entertainment. I know I have been talking about it a lot, but I really am looking forward to our (Not So) Newlywed Game! Mainly, I'm just glad that I won't have to get in any trouble for answering the questions poorly! Anyways, it should be fun and, once again, it is for a great cause! The youth ministry is so grateful for the support of the church. So, if you haven't already, make plans to join us for dinner on Sunday night at 6:30pm. 

 I hope you all have a blessed day and rest of the week!

Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton 

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Pastor Dalton 2/6/2020

Church Family, 

This week I have been studying Titus, just for my own personal devotion. In the book of Titus, the issue is that the church is being led astray by false teaching, and Titus has the responsibility of bringing order and sound doctrine. In verses 10-16, Paul specifically instructs Titus to watch out for these false teachers because they are bringing harm to the church. Their teaching was harboring division and leading people away from the truth of the gospel. This was so important to Paul that he said in verse 16 concerning the false teachers, "They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work." In your own physical diet, its important to watch what you eat, because unhealthy stuff will eventually kill you. The same is true for your spiritual health. Be careful what you eat and use discernment. False teaching is still everywhere! Be on the watch and stay in the Word!

As for announcements, we are a little over a week away from our Valentines Dinner. The entertainment is coming together great and we are excited about it! As I have announced earlier, we will have singing, a skit, and the Newly Wed Game! I won't tell you who the contestants are yet, but just know that it should be a blast! Make plans to come out and support the students on February 16, and get ready for a good time. I hope you all have a blessed week!

Serving Him, 

Dalton Fowler 

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Pastor Dalton 1/30/2020

Church Family,

All I can say is WOW! I was blown away by the amount of support we had for our fundraiser for the students this past Sunday, and I think its something worth celebrating. For one thing, the students raised close to $500 and it helped knock a significant amount off the cost for some of our students. However, I was also just blessed because of how much the church worked to support the teenagers. I know it takes time and money to make those soups and desserts and on top of that many were more than generous about buying food as well. One of our students who was taking the payment told me that many people were just "rounding-up" when they paid for their food. That's a blessing to the students and it blessed me. Thank you church for your support! We hope to always make the fundraisers a great value and  a great time, but the fact remains that it still takes sacrifice. So thank you for supporting the youth!

That being said, its just a few weeks before our Valentines Dinner on February 16th. It's once again going to be great food at a great value for a great cause! However, at this dinner, the service is meant to feel more like a restaurant. Students will be waiting on the tables and your food will be brought to you. Also, there is going to be great entertainment! We have music planned, skits planned, and, of course, the newly wed game, which is sure to be a time of fun! I hope to see you all there!

As for a devotional thought, I want to direct you to Philippians 4:8-9 which says, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." You probably don't need one more negative thing to think about this week. And I'm not going to give you one! The fact is that we aren't meant to dwell on those things anyways. We are to think about excellent things! Take a moment from your worries and just dwell on God's grace for you. It's amazing how it changes your perspective!

Serving Him,                                           

Pastor Dalton  

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Pastor Dalton 1/23/2020

 

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Pastor Dalton 1/16/2020

Church Family,

It has been another good week at the Well! I want to thank all of you that attended for our midweek services! We will eventually be having some special studies and classes that will be advertised and held during those times, so stay tuned! However, until then we will still have our times of fellowship and teaching. I mentioned this last week, but I love the fellowship time! On Wednesday morning we had to start late (10:30), so I thought we wouldn't have as much time to fellowship, but rather, we just had a late lunch, which I think is great! Then on Wednesday night, we had our usual fellowship time, but then almost everyone who attended stuck around afterwards and we got to fellowship until almost 8:30! That may not sound like anything special, but it makes me think of Acts 2. Acts 2:42 says, "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breading of bread and the prayers." The early church spent time together. It's absolutely crucial that we enjoy some family time!

As for announcements, please keep in mind that on January 26 we have a youth ministry fundraiser to help students go to summer camp. We are in need of people to help by making soups and desserts, and we need everyone to help by attending and spreading the word! It will be a cheap lunch for a good cause, so make plans to join us. 

Finally, about two weeks ago you received an email addressing the need for volunteers to help with the cleaning of the church. We had a few so far that have volunteered and we will soon try to set up a rotation, but we still need more help. If you can help in any way, please let me know. That being said, Romans 13:7 says to give, "honor to whom honor is owed." If you haven't yet, be sure to thank Diane for all she has done these past few years. I know she will say that she did it for the Lord, and I know she did. However, she also cleaned because she loved her church family. Her willing heart and service has been a blessing to Hopewell, and she was sad when she had to take a step back. Thank you Diane! 

Serving Him,

Dalton Fowler 

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Pastor Dalton 1/9/2020

Church Family, 

I hope this email finds you all well. I would like to send a weekly email to let you know what the Lord has laid on my heart, and to highlight things in the life of our church. I hope these weekly words will be encouraging and informative. I miss my church family between services, so I want this to be one way I can stay in touch.

As for this week, I have been reading and praying, thinking about what the Lord has for us in 2020! We, of course, are continuing in our study of 1 Samuel on Sunday mornings, and we are digging deeper into those messages on Wednesday night! As I have been studying and preparing, the Lord has really been working on me. He always does to an extent, but last week's and this coming week's messages really hit me. Last weeks convicted me while this weeks has lifted me up! I love to ponder the wonder of God and allow it to work! Hebrews 4:12-13 says, "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account." God's Word is meant to work on us! Have you submitted to the sanctifying surgery of God, as he lets his Word confront us? 

I want to thank you all for a great start to our New Year as well! We just had our first Wednesday services (10am and 6:30pm) for 2020, and I had great time during both! If you haven't been attending for a mid-week fuel up at The Well, then you need to make plans to join us! 

Serving Him,

Dalton Fowler