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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

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 01/23/2020

 

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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