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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 3/12/2020

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