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Pastor Dalton 9/14/2023

Church Family, 
 
John 4:35 says, "Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest?' Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest." In this text, Jesus had just finished talking with the Samaritan woman at the well, and the many townspeople came to see him. Jesus notes the viewpoint of the disciples, and their view is logical by all worldly wisdom. We know there are harvest times and non-harvest times in agriculture. However, Jesus tells them to forget what they think they know, and look up and see how many people need the good news! You know, we hear lots of bad news and see lots of bad cultural trends. It can be easy to think that the time for harvest is not now. Those days have passed, we may think. But we must remember, the Holy Spirit has not taken a hiatus.He is still at work and the field is still ready! We just need to lift up our eyes and look.
 
As for announcements, this coming Sunday is Homecoming! It's going to be a great time to celebrate all that God has done! Also, we will be having some food after, so make sure to bring your dish if you signed up for one and make plans to come and join us for that time of fellowship after service. It's going to be a good time!
 
Second, I want to encourage all the men to attend the Men's Ministry breakfast at 9am on Saturday, September 23. Bro. Simon Comanda and Ryan Marino are heading this up, and while it should be a good time of food and fellowship, they hope to also start a conversation about the future of the Men's Ministry. So come and support them, and please note that boys are welcome as well. So Dad, bring your son along with you so they can be a part of a group of men gathering together for God's glory. 
 
Finally, I wanted to make sure you know about the Saluda Baptist Association's Annual Celebration which will take place on October 8. They will have a ministry fair at 4pm, followed by the start of the event at 6pm. Dr. Richard Blackaby will be speaking, and it should be a great time of celebrating how God is working in our local association. So join us at New Prospect Baptist Church on October 8!
 
I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday! See you then!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 9/7/2023

Church Family, 
 
John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” I love this verse in John, as it reminds me not only of the great miracle of the incarnation, but it also shows the love of God for us in dwelling with us. Our God has always been ‘hands-on,’ and that same God is at work today! We have a God that wants to be with His people, and we rejoice that we get to serve such a great God. 
 
As for announcements, homecoming is just over a week away! If you’re like me, and you’ve procrastinated on signing up for the dish you plan to bring, please sign up this coming Sunday so that the social team has all they need to plan for our time of fellowship. Then make sure to be here on the 17th as we will have a time of celebrations and special music. 
 
Second, the Men’s Ministry will be meeting on September 23 for a Saturday morning breakfast. So if you are male and would like to come, there is no age requirement or limit. Come and join us as we spend some time together and in the word. Also, we have some new leaders who are wanting to use this time to plan what Men’s Ministry is doing next, so come and help us brainstorm. 
 
Finally, don’t forget all the collections that are going on right now. We are collecting candy for Trunk or Treat, snack foods for first responders, and blankets, coats, etc. for Heart for Anderson. These events aren’t happening at the same time, but all the collections are happening right now, so if you can help, please bring your items Sunday. 
 
On Sunday we will be finishing our time in Matthew! See you then!
 
Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
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Pastor Dalton 8/31/2023

Church Family, 
 
Psalm 127:2 says, "It is vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep." Wow, this verse absolutely slapped me in the face this morning. I'm a creature of habit. I wake up at 5am and I have a set list of things that I have/need to get done on a daily basis, just like we all do. But this morning, I overslept. It doesn't happen much, but it happened this morning. And from that point forward I was miserable. I felt constantly behind, and I thought the day was just going to be terrible. I was anxious about getting my list for the day done in a timely manner. And then I slowed down to read the scriptures, and this was my reading today. Now of course, I may have just needed sleep this morning, but the bigger message here is that whether we sleep or not, our ability to accomplish anything is still reliant upon God. Even if I was on track this morning, I would only accomplish my list by God's grace. And sometimes, we just need the rest. To apply this to God's teaching on the Sabbath, you can accomplish more in 6 days than you can in 7. We have to remember that we rely on God, and running around anxious and behind doesn't help anything. I don't know if that makes sense to you, but I sure needed it today. Thank you Lord. 
 
As for announcements, Homecoming is right around the corner! So please make sure to sign up for whatever food you'd like to bring, and if you can cook a ham for the social team, please let them know. And make sure to mark your calendar for the 17th as we celebrate 220 years! 
 
Second, we are beginning to gather candy for our Trunk-or-Treat outreach. As you know, Trunk-or-Treat is a great outreach where we get to minister to our community and these last few years we have gotten to share the gospel as well! So, we will begin trunk sign-ups soon, but if you know you can't do a trunk or maybe you just want to help out, then donate some candy. The reason for that is because we go through lots of candy, and without fail, some cars start to run out. Having the candy there helps us to replenish those who run out. So thank you for giving!
 
Finally, permission slips for the Hope Kids trip to the safari is due this coming Sunday. So be sure to get that in and join us for this fun trip. Also, keep any eye out for all the Hope Kids events that are coming up in the next few months!
 
I can't wait to worship with you Sunday! Remember, it's going to be Easter again, as we celebrate the resurrection! See you then. 
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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 8/24/2023

Church Family, 
 
Philippians 2:12 says, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” We discussed this verse this past Sunday in Mason’s Sunday School class. There is a lot that can be said about just this verse, but I want to leave you with a simple question. See the point is for you not to earn your salvation by works, but rather, show your salvation by works. We should produce fruit. We should grow. And we know that sanctification is a process. So the question is, are you taking seriously your responsibility to grow, with all fear and trembling?
 
As for announcements, Homecoming is coming up soon! On September 17 we will be celebrating 220 years of Gospel ministry at Hopewell Baptist Church! I can’t wait to celebrate with you that day. Also, as part of Homecoming, we will of course have a meal afterwards, so be sure to sign up and let us know what dish you would like to bring. 
 
Second, please be in prayer for all of our students and our especially our college students as they start back classes this week. We are so grateful to have some great students serving in various areas of our church. With that, we will be hosting a table at the Anderson University Expo on August 31. So pray for that time, and pray that we will be able to connect with more incoming students to minister to. 
 
Finally, I want to encourage you to not miss out on the many opportunities for discipleship at the church. First, there is Sunday School, which is a time to learn, but its also a time to fellowship and grow with a small group of people. Second, prayer meeting is just a time of prayer, but then again, there is no such thing as “just a time of prayer.” Rather, we grow in praying, and we enjoy fellowship and unity of Spirit during those times as well. Finally, on Wednesday nights we are talking about some hard topics, but its an edifying time. And if you’re able to be there in person, you’ll find that many don’t leave for an hour after class! It’s a great time to talk and grow. So, if you haven’t branched beyond Sunday worship, check one of those times out this week! 
 
I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday! See you then!
 
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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 08/17/2023

Church Family, 
 
Psalm 91:9-10 says, "Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place--the Most High, is my refuge--no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent." This is a verse that would be easy to misinterpret and misapply. It sounds really great doesn't it? It seems to say that if you trust in the Lord then you won't have to worry about anything bad happening to you! However, we know that things like sickness really come to all equally. We all know Godly people who have passed on from sickness despite their faithfulness. But if that's true, then how do we take a text like this? Well briefly I'll say this: one day, if the Lord tarries, I'll breathe my last. But death doesn't win because my life is hidden with Christ on High! Praise the Lord!
 
As for announcements, Homecoming is right around the corner! We will be celebrating 220 years of Gospel Heritage on September 17. So make sure to mark your calendars and come be a part of the service and the fellowship meal afterwards! It should be a great time!
 
Beyond that, I want to encourage you to make an effort to be a part of Sunday School. We currently have 4 adult classes that you can try, and the great thing about Sunday School is that along with the opportunity to learn, you also get the benefit of fellowship with other believers. So join us at 10am this coming Sunday. In fact, this Sunday, show up at 9:30am and enjoy a quick breakfast before it starts!
 
It's just Thursday, but Sunday is coming! See you then! 

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 8/10/2023

Church Family, 
 
Psalm 74:10 says, "How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever?" This sentiment is repeated in the Old Testament numerous times. When Israel was in need, they called upon the Lord, and they would often refer to the honor of God. See, they were God's people, and even though they deserved judgement, the world still saw it as a failure or defeat of their God. As we look around at the world around us, we ought to remember that while God's name is reviled, it will not be forever. He will only stand it for so long. One day, He will put an end to it and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess! So take heart!
 
As for announcements, thank you to everyone who donated to our Back-to-School Supply Drive. All of the supplies went to support the students at Homeland Park Elementary, and I know they are greatly appreciated. Please be in prayer for all of the students and teachers as the school year starts back. Pray for safety for them all, and for the accomplishment of their goals in education. 
 
Second, September 17 is Homecoming 2023! This year, we as a church are celebrating 220 years of Gospel Heritage! I praise the Lord for how He has worked through the history of the church, and I'm thankful that God is still at work today! So mark your calendars and make sure to be there to worship and celebrate that Sunday.
 
Finally, please keep praying for us as we continue to pray for our neighbors and attempt to reach them with the gospel. As part of prayer meetings on Sunday Nights, we have a group that is walking the neighborhoods around us to share the good news and offer prayer for those in need. So pray for opportunities, boldness, and for God to use it all for His glory! 
 
See you Sunday!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 8/3/2023

Church Family, 
 
Psalm 24:3-4 says, "Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully." These verses seem simple and logical, and they are. However, they are also deeply concerning apart from our knowledge of Christ. The reason is because none of us is worthy to stand in that holy place! None of us are pure in heart and able to meet that righteous requirement. However, praise be to God, we have One who stands in our place! The Lord of hosts, the King of glory! He has made it possible for us to have union with our perfectly holy God. So rejoice and don't take that opportunity for granted!
 
As for announcements, don't forget that school supplies are due back this coming Sunday. Thank you to everyone who has already donated, as we take this opportunity to love our neighbors by caring for our community. 
 
Second, if you were unaware, our church voted on a painting project on July 23, and that job was completed last week! It looks phenomenal, as they were able to get the steepled, all the outside trim and the entire front of the church completely cleaned and painted! If you haven't seen it yet or just haven't taken notice, be sure to check it out! 
 
Finally, for the last two weeks, as part of our prayer meeting, a small group has been going out and prayer walking our neighborhood in an attempt to love our neighbors and share the gospel with them when the opportunity presents itself. This past week we had a good group go out, and we had some good conversations. Please pray for us as we continue these efforts for evangelism!
 
I look forward to gathering with you Sunday. See you then!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 7/27/2023

Church Family, 
 
Psalm 37:7 says, "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!" You may have heard the first part of this verse before. We are often encouraged to be still and wait on God, which is a call to faithful patience. However, the second half of the verse gives the context that just adds even more. The psalmist was saying to have faithful patience in the midst of an evil generation! All around us is a crazy world, and we have a mission. However, each new headline can be discouraging. That's why you must remember who wins in the end! Wait patiently for Him! Fretting is the opposite of faith. 
 
As for announcements, thank you to everyone who came out to support the WMU's Lot Project opportunity. It was a great time, and we got to serve many people who are in need in our community. Also, thank you to any who brought food to help with the meal as well!
 
Second, don't forget that school supplies are due back to the church by August 6. You can find a list of items in the bulletin and next to the drop off box. However, if you planned on shopping this weekend, if you buy basic school supplies items then it's highly likely its on the list! So let's get that all in so that we can get it delivered and the schools can distribute it to those in need. 
 
Finally, I want to remind you that this Sunday we will be partaking in the Lord's Supper! So come ready and prepared for this special time of worship!
 
See you Sunday!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 7/20/2023

Church Family, 
 
Acts 13:50 says, "But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district." This is not an uncommon verse, as the Jews often incited the crowds to chase off Christians in the book of Acts. However, this is one of those verses that we could easily gloss over as we simply think of it as a story detail. I want you to note that these people were not opposed to the message until they were incited. They allowed rumors and drama to push them to anger so that they could be used to sow division and chaos. Believer, you must be on watch for the very same thing in your life. The enemy is always looking for someone who is willing to be used to bring about problems. Let's make sure we are watchful and don't fall for those who are there simply to incite. In other words, beware the "pot stirrers!" 
 
As for announcements, VBS is going full swing! We have family night tomorrow, so pray for a good night as we get the opportunity to minister to all of these different families. And I want to go ahead and so a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered this week. VBS takes a lot of work from a lot of people, but we had so many great volunteers that made the week run smoothly. Thank you all, and may God use our service for His glory! 
 
Second, with Summer schedules being crazy even for the church, we have not had a regular Sunday night in quite a while. However, Lord willing, this coming Sunday we will back to normal. I'm excited to start back prayer meeting, so make sure to join us Sundays at 6 if you'd like to come and pray with us!
 
Finally, don't forget about the Back-to-School Supply Drive. All the supplies are due at the church by August 6.
 
I look forward to worshipping with you this coming Sunday. See you then!
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Pastor Dalton 7/13/2023

Church Family, 
 
2 Corinthians 10:17-18 says, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends." In this chapter, Paul talks about boasting, and there is a healthy form of boasting. The problem is that we have a tendency to boast about ourselves and our strength and our accomplishments. However, we must recognize that our lives are all a product of grace. And when we boast, we boast in all that God has done! Because remember, He is the one we seek to please!
 
As for announcements, VBS starts Sunday! It's going to be a blast! If you are serving, try to be at the church by 5:30pm, as we want to be ready when kids start arriving. Also, don't forget to remind any kids or families you may have invited! And most importantly, pray for us! We want God to use this week for His glory!
 
Second, I want to encourage you to join a Sunday School class if you haven't already. Sunday School is such an important ministry of our church, as it's a place where you build a close fellowship with other believers, and you grow in your walk with the Lord. We have three different adult classes, and each class is different and great in their own ways! So come check us out at 10am, and try out a few classes to see where you want to plug in!
 
I missed you all last Sunday, but I'll be back this Sunday, and I can't wait to worship with my church family. See you then! 

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 7/6/2023

Church Family, 
 
Galatians 2:20 says, " I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Did you know that when you trusted Christ you died? Well yes, you certainly received eternal life, but to get there you had to die first. And you didn't just die. You were crucified with Christ! Now why is that so important? Well I can't exhaust the glories of this verse here, but briefly consider: your identity is in Christ and you can't live without Him! When you died with Christ and trusted Him, you became one with Him. Now you have a Holy Spirit living within you. Praise the Lord! Furthermore, since that is true, why would you try to live this life without relying on Him? You needed Him for salvation and now you still need Him all the more! We live by His power and His grace! Rest in that and rejoice today!
 
As for announcements, this coming Saturday morning at 9am we will be doing some more decorating for VBS! We hope to get it all mostly finished up this weekend. Yes, VBS doesn't start until the 16th and this weekend is the 9th, but we needed to get it done early this year. So come and help if you can! Thank you!
 
Also, along that same line, VBS is about a week and a half away! Promote our Facebook post, invite friends and family, and get ready to serve as we reach out to the kids in our community! Furthermore, be praying for the week, that God would move!
 
Finally, I want to thank you all for your faithfulness! The work and ministry of the church doesn't happen without faithful saints serving the King, and there are so many at Hopewell that do such an amazing job. As your pastor, I want to say thank you!

With that, Sunday is coming! Make plans to be there this Sunday for Sunday School at 10am and Worship at 11am!
 

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 6/29/2023

Church Family,
 
In Deuteronomy 3:27, God tells Moses to go up and look at the promised land. The verse says, "Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan." Now of course, this direction by God is a mercy to Moses, but it is still in the context of judgement, as Moses is being judged for his disobedience. He would not be allowed into the land, but he was allowed to see it. As we think about this text, I want you to be grateful for the New Covenant! We get to enter into the land because Jesus was obedient in our place! Furthermore, we get to glimpse at the scriptures and see a snapshot of our heavenly home. We get to have our cake and eat it too. We look and long for that beautiful land, and we will surely be there one day if we have faith in Christ! 
 
As for announcements, VBS is only 2 weeks away! We will be having decorating days on July 5 at 6pm (in place of evening service), July 8 (the church yard sale will be going on), and July 15 if needed. If you can help decorate, please come and join us. Thank you to all those who have volunteered and we are looking forward to how God will use us all to reach the kids this summer. 
 
Second, at our business meeting we mentioned that we have received some quotes and will be voting soon on a project to have the steeple and the front of the church painted. I don't have final details on when we will have that meeting yet, but please know that we will give one weeks notice for that special called meeting. Currently the properties team are finalizing all they need to present. So you should hear something soon!
 
Finally, I want to encourage you, if you haven't yet, find a Sunday School class to be a part of. We have three adult teachers (Harry Jordan, Gary Bolton, and Mason Watts), and each class is a little bit different. But besides the content of the lessons, one of the key parts of Sunday School is finding a small group community to be a part of. So come join us at 10am, and find a class to plug in to!
 
I look forward to gathering with you all on Sunday! See you then!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 6/22/2023

Church Family, 
 
Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." I struggle with being anxious. I know we all do. We all can probably think of something to worry about. However, if you're like me, then you can find yourself worrying and then realizing you haven't prayed about it yet! Now listen, I know that prayer doesn't immediately change your anxiety all the time. But I do know that prayer is powerful and that it should be the thing we turn to first. So take some time to pray for the things you're anxious about. I assure you, it won't be time wasted. 
 
As for announcements, don't forget that we will have our quarterly business meeting this coming Sunday immediately following the morning service. I know we have some special projects and things that will be coming up soon for a vote, and that may be brought up this Sunday. Also, we will be voting on the by-law change that allows for some flexibility in scheduling our quarterly meetings. 
 
Second, thank you to everyone who signed up to help with VBS! After last Sunday, we officially have all the spots signed up for! Soon you will receive an email from Nicole with days we are planning for decorating as we get ready for the event!
 
Finally, we had a great time this past Saturday at our Evangelism training! I want to thank all of you that came out to learn and show support. Now we will be working toward implementing our evangelism plan as a church! Don't forget, we are all called to be witnesses who share the good news! 
 
See you Sunday!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 6/15/2023

Church Family, 
 
Romans 8:12 says, “So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.” At one time we were debtors to the flesh. All we had the choice to do was give in to its desires. However, praise be to God that He saved us! But note the context of that verse. We are debtors to the flesh, but we are debtors to God! We owe Him, and the sad thing is we could never repay Him. But then again, the great thing is we can never repay Him because of the great grace He has lavished upon us! However, make sure to live you life for Him. Not because He is a harsh debt collector. He isn’t. But rather, because He is worthy of all we can give!
 
As for announcements, don’t forget that we will be having an evangelism training at 9 am this Saturday in the FLC! The purpose of this training is to get you comfortable sharing the gospel and give you a tool that will help you. Also, during the day,  I will be sharing some outreach opportunities that have been on my heart, as we seek to reach our Jerusalem!
 
Second, this coming Sunday is exciting one! No, not because of Father’s Day (sorry dads), although we love our fathers. No, rather, this coming Sunday is a baptism Sunday! So make plans to be there and celebrate with those who are following the Lord in Believer’s Baptism!
 
Finally, I want to remind you that VBS is coming and there are still some positions that need to be filled. So if you have not signed up to serve yet, please let Nicole know. Also, registration is open, so share the facebook post and tell any kids you know to come and join us! It’s going to be a blast! (Rocket pun intended)
 
I can’t wait to gather with you all this coming Sunday. I was at the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans, and I will be giving the church and update. So see you then!

Serving Him,
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
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Pastor Dalton 06/08/2023

Acts 1:8 says, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Don't forget these simple truths. We are called to be witnesses. We are called to reach to the ends of the earth! We are not called to do it by ourselves. On the contrary, we have the power of God on our side! Take those simple truths, and confidently move as a witness today!
 
As for announcements, please remember that we have postponed both the cleanout that was scheduled this evening and the business meeting that was scheduled for Sunday. The business meeting will now be on the 25th of this month and the cleanout day will be announced soon. 
 
Second, don't forget about the evangelism training on June 17th. Let me be clear: this will be a training! What that means is that I won't be preaching extensively or talking about huge concepts, but rather, we will be discussing the nuts and bolts of evangelism, and we will be practicing as well. So please make plans to join me that morning from 9am-12pm. 
 
Finally, on June 18 we will be celebrating baptism! So make plans to be there that Sunday and join in rejoicing as we rejoice with those who are coming forward in obedience to the Lord's command!
 
With that, Sunday is coming! Make plans to come and worship with us this weekend!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 06/01/2023

Church Family,

2 Kings 22:11 says, "When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes." In this text, the king is Josiah and he began to reign as king at the age of only 8 years old. Many of the kings prior to him had led the nation astray, and now that he is king the temple is lying in ruins. So he instructs the priests and the builders to begin cleaning up and repairing the temple, and in the process they uncover what many scholars believe to be the book of Deuteronomy! After hearing the words of the book, Josiah is aware of how much they as the people of God have not been doing in their service to God, and he tears his clothes! This was a dramatic and heartfelt sign of repentance! Rather than justify his kingdom before God, he repents and immediately begins to lead the country to conform to the Word of God. Do we have the same response when confronted with truth that contradicts the way we have been living?

As for announcements, we do mourn the homegoing of our sister in Christ, Mrs. Sara Moore. Her services will be held today at 12pm at McDougald funeral home. I know many of you may not have known Mrs. Sara, but she and her husband served the Lord at Hopewell for many years. So please be in prayer for the family as they grieve today.

Second, we will be having an Evangelism Training event on June 17 from 9am-12pm. This 3 hour training will be just that: training. There will be some teaching in there, but much of what we will be doing is getting comfortable with using a gospel sharing tool, and learning about the details of conversations that you may get into when you are sharing the gospel. So please make plans to be at this event, as we will be doing more with it as a church family as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission!

Third, on June 18 we will be celebrating baptism! Right now we have 2 candidates for baptism, but if you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, but you have never taken the next step of baptism, then this would be a great opportunity for you to do that! If you would like more information about being a part of this service, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Finally, there is still a great need for VBS volunteers. VBS will be here before we know it, and we all know it is a tiring, laborious, but oh so rewarding event! So take a look at the signup sheet this Sunday and see where you can plug in and serve!

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday. See you then!
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Serving Him,
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist

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Pastor Dalton 05/25/2023

Church Family, 
 
2 Kings 5:13 says, "Naaman's servants went to him and said, 'My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, 'Wash and be cleansed'! (NIV)" In this story, Naaman comes to the prophet to be healed of leprosy and he is told to go and wash in the Jordan. His initial response is anger as he feels like it is a dumb instruction and he could have just went to any river. But luckily, his servant reminds him that he came looking for a word. Just because it's simple, doesn't mean he should neglect it. Of course, he follows the instructions of the prophet, and he is healed of leprosy. In our day, I think many are looking for a formula for spiritual change in their life. They want the complicated road map and secret rules that will help them to level up and strengthen their walk with God. However, the Bible has said to not forsake the gathering of the church, spend time in prayer, and spend time in the Word. It may sound too simple. It's not exciting enough for many. But lo', it is the way God has given us to grow! Would you not do the basics if you truly want to grow in grace?
 
As for announcements, first, thank you to everyone who brought paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls for vbs. The crafts team received all that they needed and they are good now. Thank you for helping them out as they prepare for the Summer.
 
Second, this coming Sunday we will be honoring our 2023 graduates! So make plans to come as we recognize them at the beginning of our service. Also, in honor of memorial day and those who have died to give us the freedom to gather, during the service we will also have a special time of recognition to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. So this Sunday will be a special day!
 
Finally, this Sunday we will have a fellowship meal right after the service. So if you are able, make plans to bring a dish and join us for a time of fellowship! 
 
I look forward to worshipping with you all on Sunday. See you then!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 5/18/2023

Church Family, 
 
Psalm 16:3 says, "As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight." Here the psalmist makes a simple statement as he rejoices over the fellowship of the saints. As I read this verse, I was reminded of how much I love church! I don't know if you all know this, but church is my "work" (please note the quotes) and most people don't like to go to work. Admittedly, there are administrative aspects and hard conversations in my work that I don't enjoy. But when it comes to our times of worship and fellowship, y'all, it's a delight! I love it because I love being around God's people! Be sure to find joy in times of fellowship and don't forsake it!
 
As for announcements, we will have our family game night this coming Sunday evening. We did this last fall, and it was a great time of fellowship and fun. So make plans to come and bring your favorite board or card game. Also, the social team is asking for finger foods, as we will have light refreshments as we bounce around playing games and enjoying the time together. 
 
Second, we will be celebrating our graduates on May 28 during the morning service. If you know a graduate that would like to be part of this service, please let me know. The deadline to sign up for this recognition is this coming Sunday, as we will need the following week to put together the presentation for the 28th. Parents, if possible, I need photos of your graduate by next Tuesday at the latest. Thank you!
 
Finally, following the service on the 28th we will be having a fellowship meal in the FLC. Please help the social team plan by signing up for the food that you are able to bring. When they are able to know what is being provided, it really helps them in knowing what they need. I really appreciate it. 
 
I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday! See you then!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 5/11/2023

Church Family, 
 
Philippians 4:4 says, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." Here in Philippians, Paul has ample reason not to rejoice as he writes this letter from prison! However, his joy is found in the Lord and the goodness of God that He sees all around Him. Today we each have reason to rejoice! Make sure your perspective is wide enough to see God at work and remember all that God has done. When you do that, you will rejoice! God is good!
 
As for announcements, this coming Sunday is Mother's Day! We look forward to worshiping with you and spending some time honoring our mothers. We will be passing out flowers that morning, and prior to Sunday school, the Deacons will be providing some breakfast refreshments at the Sunday School breakfast bar. So make plans to join us for Sunday School, and I'll see you there! 
 
Second, we will be hosting a Graduate Recognition service on Sunday, May 28. If you have or know of a senior who would like to be a part of the service, please let me know so that I can reach out to them as we build the program the for that morning. 
 
Finally, I am graduating tomorrow! The graduation ceremony will take place at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary up in Wake Forest, NC. For any who are interested, the ceremony will be livestreamed at https://www.sebts.edu/chapel/ and it will start at 10am. Thank you for the words of encouragement these past weeks!
 
I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday! See you then!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 5/4/2023

Church Family, 
 
Acts 20:26-27 says, "Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God." In this text, Paul is talking to the elders at Ephesus, and he is giving them some parting instructions as he knows he will face arrest when goes to Jerusalem. With that, Paul tells them he is innocent in his responsibilities because he preached the whole bible to them. He didn't hold anything back. Listen, the bible is God's Word and God is perfectly holy and we are not. That means that we should all find ourselves confronted with the scriptures and it should step on our toes. If it doesn't, then we aren't reading all of it, or we are in denial about ourselves. Don't forsake the whole counsel of God. Submit to it, and let it do the sanctifying work that is needed.
 
As for announcements, thank you for all the love that you showed Lynn (for Administrative Assistant Day and 15 years at Hopewell!) and Sarah (for her wedding shower!) this past Sunday! It was a busy Sunday with a lot going on, but I love when we have opportunities to show our love for one another. So thank you to all who gave gifts and support. Also, on behalf of Nicole, she was very grateful for those who were able to help her set-up and clean-up for the shower. Thank you!
 
Second, May is officially here! This year is already starting to fly by, and that means that VBS will be here before we know it. On Sunday we will have a list of VBS jobs available for sign-ups. It's important, if you're able to serve, to sign-up as soon as you can so that we can make plans to make sure everything is ready to go! So sign up this Sunday!
 
Finally, I wanted to let you know that we exceeded our goal for our Annie Armstrong Easter Offering! Thank you all for giving to this offering, as it is just one way we as a church seek to fulfill the Great Commission! Now we continue to pray that God uses our gifts for the good of His church and for His glory alone!
 
I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday! 
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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 4/27/2023

Church Family, 

 
 
Ecclesiastes 9:17 says, “The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.” In our day and age there are a lot of voices out there vying for your attention, and most of them are loud and hateful. It can be easy to fall prey to the loudest voices, but remember, the level of attention and the fervency of speech doesn’t make it wise. As believers, we must always be discerning of what we hear, and lets follow wisdom. It may be quieter, but is it true? That’s what matters most!
 
As for announcements, don’t forget this Sunday is the wedding shower for our very own Sarah Spencer! It will be at 4pm in the FLC, and they are registered at Target and Pottery Barn. Let’s show her and Mason some Hopewell love! 
 
Second, I want to thank everyone that served this past Sunday that made our services run smoothly. A big thanks to Sarah Spencer for opening our service, Eliza Lankford for opening us in prayer, and Mason Watts for preaching the Word! Also, thank you to Ryan Marino for getting our livestream booted up and running the computer all morning! 
 
Finally, I felt very out of place not being there with you on Sunday, but I had to go and finish up some school work, and then I had a wedding to perform late Saturday evening for a former student of mine. As you may have heard, I did successfully defend my dissertation and finally completed my PhD! I have a small amount of editing before I go back to graduate in May, but it was a big week. So thank you all for the prayers, and I can’t wait to see you all on Sunday!
 
See you then!
 

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 4/20/2023

Church Family, 
 
1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." You know what's great about that verse, other than its immensely needed? It's a promise! God promises to forgive us if we confess our sins. I wonder how often we have felt guilt for sins, asked for forgiveness, but then continued to feel guilt as if nothing has changed. It may seem pious to remain feeling guilty, but it's actually the opposite. To live that way is to deny God's promise and fail to believe that you are truly forgiven. Listen, we shouldn't sin because we can be forgiven, and we should never treat it like it's nothing, but we can't live beating ourselves up when we have called out for forgiveness. We need to trust that God has forgiven us, and then trust Him for strength to go and sin no more! 
 
As for announcements, don't forget on April 30 we will be celebrating Sarah and Mason's upcoming wedding by hosting a shower for them! There will be a tea party theme to the shower, and there will be sweets and light refreshments. They are registered at Target and Pottery Barn. Let's be a blessing to them as they prepare for this awesome time in their lives. 
 
Second, if you are in WMU or even if you're not, and you want to attend the Women's Safety Course hosted by the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, on May 6, then please sign up. This should a be an informative time, and it's great to be able to take a class like this from the comfort of your own church! So join them! 
 
Finally, VBS is still a few months away, but it will be here before you know it! We will be posting needed rolls for VBS very soon, so if you're able and willing to serve in the awesome ministry, then keep your eyes peeled for it. It's always a blessing to serve at VBS and get to play a pivotal role in the lives of children that we pray come to know the Lord! 
 
With that, it's Thursday today, but Sunday is coming! Don't forget to gather and worship together this weekend!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 4/13/2023

Church Family, 
 
Hebrews 11:24-26 says, "By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward." I love how the writer of Hebrews points this out and words this for it. We may not notice when reading Exodus, but Moses could have a much more comfortable life. However, he chose the will of God over the comforts of man. Are you looking to the reward? If you are looking to anything else, I promise it will not be as fulfilling, and the joy will be fleeting. Let's be a people who are about the work of the Lord!
 
As for announcements, this coming Saturday is the Ladies Night Out event. It will start at 5pm, so if you are a lady and you have signed up, then be sure not to forget. It should be a great night with good food, good entertainment, and a great speaker. 
 
Second, don't forget that Marriage class will resume this coming Sunday at 10am. We took a week off for Easter, but now we will be back at it and we only have 3 weeks left. So, if you have been coming, then let's finish strong these last few weeks. If you haven't been to any sessions, then you have a chance to catch the last 3 weeks starting this Sunday. 
 
Finally, don't forget that we will be hosting a Wedding Shower for our very own Sarah Spencer! This will be on April 30 at 4pm in the FLC. They are registered at Target and Pottery Barn. So make plans to come celebrate her and show her the love of our church family as she prepares for marriage! She serves our church so well, and now we have a chance to serve her. 
 
Easter was Sunday, but Jesus is still alive today! And Sunday we will be gathering together to worship that risen Savior! See you then!
 

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 4/6/2023

Church Family, 
 
Matthew 26:29 says, "I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." Today is Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. On this day Jesus said the above words as He instituted the Lord's Supper, which we still celebrate today. I rejoice that we celebrate Jesus' being alive, but as we remember that Holy event, let's not forget there is still something to look forward to. One day Christ is coming again! He is not just alive, but He is alive and at work. Praise the Lord we still serve a Risen Savior!
 
As for announcements, this coming weekend is Easter! Hallelujah! He lives! I can't wait to celebrate with you all. Please remember, the sunrise service is at 7am and it will be rain or shine. Right now it is looking like rain, and if so, we will obviously be meeting inside. We will still have breakfast immediately afterwards. Then, please note that the regular worship service will be at 9am! We will not have any evening services. See you then!
 
Second, if you have not yet signed up for the Ladies Night Out on April 15, then please contact Lynn at lynn@hbcanderson.com. Ladies, this will be a great event, and men, we need to be there to help serve if you're able. 
 
Finally, don't forget to support the Annie Armstrong Easter offering. Everything you give to that offering goes 100% to supporting missions in North America, as well as disaster relief efforts and college ministries. Thank you for giving!
 
I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 3/30/2023

Church Family, 
 
Philippians 2:3 says, "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." This past Sunday we talked about grace in Matthew 20, and one of the big takeaways is in this verse in Philippians. Grace should call us to humility, not arrogance! As recipients of Christ's saving grace, let's be a people who are always serving and honoring others, rather than attempting to gain our own honor. Selfish ambition is a cancer that grows from our pride, and it can lead you to seeing friends as pawns and enemies as dispensable. But in Christ, we are brothers and sisters, and everyone in the family is valuable to us. Remember grace, and humble yourself.
 
As for announcements, this coming Saturday is our Easter Egg Hunt! Registration will open at 10:30am, and the hunt and events will begin at 11am. If you are able to come help please come! We will need leaders for the groups and we will need help hiding easter eggs. Also, I'm sure the social team would welcome any help in the kitchen as well. We will begin hiding eggs at 9am that morning. If you can't help, then invite! Make sure the kids in your life know about it!
 
Second, don't forget the change in service times this year for Easter Sunday. On Easter, April 9, we will have a sunrise service at 7am. Then immediately following this service we will have breakfast in the FLC at around 7:30am. After that we will have one worship service at 9am. There will be not Sunday School and no service at 11am. So make note of that and come and worship with us!
 
Finally, I want to remind you that this is the season for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. For more information about the offering, click here.
 
I look forward to worshipping with you all on Sunday. See you then!
 

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 3/23/2023

Church Family,
 
1 Corinthians 14:19 says, "Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue." In this text, Paul is specifically speaking against the misuse of the gift of tongues. However, I think the point behind this verse can certainly transcend that situation. How often do we waste our time doing lots of busy work that looks good, but lacks substance? I think of the example of a person who would stage their daily quiet time for the perfect photo and facebook post, and they spend the majority of their time staging their bible and coffee cup, while they only read for a few minutes. Talk about a misuse of the time! Let's be a people who are dedicated to substance! We don't have loads of time. Let's steward it wisely for the glory of God!

As for announcements, I want to remind you about the new church app that we have. You simply download the app entitled "Church Center" in your app store. Then search for our church and once you select it, you're all done! There you will be able to find a calendar of events, but also, you will find weekly sermon notes that you can follow along with and save! So get the app and get connected!
 
Second, don't forget to get your Easter eggs filled and get them turned back in this coming Sunday. The Egg Hunt is April 1, and we are hoping it will be a great community outreach and evangelism event. So bring your eggs and invite people. Also, begin to pray now for the weather and all that God will bring our way that day. 
 
Finally, this year Easter is on April 9. We will be having a sunrise service at 7am and then breakfast to follow at 7:30am. Then, like last year, we will have our regular worship service at 9 am. So please note this schedule change so you don't show up at 11 am on Easter Sunday. I can't wait to gather that day!
 
But then again, I can't wait to gather this coming Sunday! See you then! 

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 3/16/2023

Church Family, 
 
1 Corinthians 9:19 says, "For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them." Of course, this is the section where Paul speaks about being a Jew to the Jews and a Greek to the Greeks, but in the context of his quote, he is more so talking about the fact that he denied his rights as a preacher. He was telling the Corinthians that he forsook the right he had to monetary compensation in his ministry so that those he spoke to didn't think he was peddling God's Word. Nonetheless, how should we think about these verses for our everyday application? I think the obvious answer is this: We should be more concerned about serving other people for the sake of the gospel than are about our own personal freedoms. How easy is it to become entitled even at church? We can quickly begin to think that everything at church should be a service to us, when really, God has gifted us all to serve the church for the furtherance of God's Kingdom! So rejoice that you are free in Christ! But steward that freedom in service to others!
 
As for announcements, the church will be having a deep cleaning day for our FLC this coming Saturday at 10am. So if you are able to come help with the cleaning and organizing then please come and join in. Thank you in advance to all who are able to serve!
 
Second, the easter eggs are ready to be filled! If you forgot to grab some bags of eggs, they are in the front of the sanctuary. If you are able to grab a few bags and fill them with candy, I know the social team would be very grateful, as they prepare for our Egg Hunt on April 1. With that, make sure to put April 1 on your calendar as we hope to serve our community and share the good news of the gospel at this event! We will need helpers to pull this community event off. So make plans to join us and begin inviting others to attend the egg hunt. 
 
Finally, this coming Sunday we will be having a Playground Dedication potluck lunch! First off, it's always fun to get together to eat, and this is a great reason, as we celebrate the completion of the playground, which has already been such a blessing for the kids and families in our church. Furthermore, you may not have children, but it's still worth celebrating as it's a testimony to God's grace upon us that we were able to build it without any financial burden. So let's celebrate this Sunday! 
 
I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday. Don't forget our marriage class will continue this week at 10am on Sunday as well!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 3/9/2023

Church Family, 
 
Job 3:13-15 says, "For then I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept; then I would have been at rest, with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves, or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver." Now in this chapter of Job, Job is lamenting all that has befallen him, and he is really saying to God that he wishes he wouldn't have been born and he should just die now. But I thought it was interesting, that while Job laments the pain of loss, he still makes this point. If he were to die, he would go to the same place as kings and princes. In other words, death is the great equalizer. No amount of silver or gold and no ornate burial ground changes the fact that death is death. Praise the Lord, we know the only thing that aids us in death, is eternal life that is found in Christ!
 
As for announcements, the Anderson Senior Follies is tomorrow night! The event begins at 7:30pm, but the doors open and a pre-show begins at 7pm. I'd encourage you to get there early as the parking lots do get full rather quickly. It is going to be a great time! We have 22 attending from our church! 
 
Second, the Men's Ministry breakfast is this coming Saturday at 9am. If you didn't tell me you were coming, it is ok. Enough people responded to give us an idea, and we will have more than enough food. So if you're a man or young man, then come join us this Saturday. We also will have a special message given during our time of fellowship. 
 
Also, the Marriage class will begin at 10am this coming Sunday in the gym. We have around 24 signed up, and I'm praying it will be a beneficial time for us all. If you didn't sign up, you can still come. Also, if you can't be there every week, you can still come as well! Yes, being there each week is certainly better as the lessons build on one another, but it will still be helpful if you can only show up part of the time. So I'll see you all Sunday!
 
Finally, two more quick announcements. You'll find a flyer attached for the food drive that we are currently hosting. Please take a look at the flyer, and if you are able to help, we have boxes set up at the sanctuary doors and the education building doors. 
 
We will also have a deep cleaning of the FLC building on March 18 at 10am. So if you can help with that, place it on your calendar and come join us! 
 
I know time changes this coming Sunday. But that's ok! Go to bed early and worship with us on Sunday! Remember that Church is a Saturday night decision. 

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 3/2/2023

Church Family, 
 
James 1:26 says, "If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless." This is a convicting text, and James speaks more on the power of the tongue later in his letter. We all well know that the tongue is incredibly hard to bridle, and we have all fallen short in this area before. However, just because we fail doesn't mean we shouldn't see the force of this text. Recognizing your tongue is fallen and relying upon God to help you is one thing. However, if you claim to be religious, but your tongue speaks nothing but death, then your religion is worthless! And what does that mean? How do our tongues speak death? Well, do you spend your time gossipping? Do you love to stir pots and cause drama because it's entertaining? Do you find yourself only opening your mouth to criticize someone or something? If the answer to those questions is "yes," then you should fear this warning. Our tongues fail us, but don't be guilty of an unbridled tongue. Let's seek to be holy in all that we say and do!
 
As for announcements, we will begin our marriage class on Sunday, March 12 at 10 am. That means we are less than a week and a half away! We have had a great sign-up, and I'm hopeful that this will be a helpful and meaningful study for our church. This Sunday is your last opportunity to sign up, and I hope that you will so that we can know what size class to expect so we can plan the space. With that, you don't have to sign up to join us! Also, if you are apprehensive because you may miss a week, don't sweat it! Anyone can join us anytime they are able over the 6-8 weeks. So please make plans to be a part! 
 
Second, the Senior Follies are coming up in a little over a week! It is going to be blast (more specifically, a "Blast from the Past" 🙂)! If you purchased tickets, we will have those the night of the event, and we will meet in front of the auditorium to distribute those tickets. If you have yet to pay, just remember its $15 and you can pay it to the church. Just make clear that the money is for the Senior Follies. 
 
Finally, on March 11 we will be having a Men's Ministry breakfast at the church at 9am! All men and young men are invited! We are going to eat, fellowship, spend some time in the Word, and talk about the future of the Men's Ministry! So mark it on your calendar and make plans to be there!
 
I can't wait to worship with you on Sunday! See you then!
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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist Church
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Pastor Dalton 2/23/2023

Church Family, 

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 says, "And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." Is it possible to lead people to respond to something with eloquent words and flashy personas? Of course it is! Look at modern politics! Is it possible in the church as well? Unfortunately, yes, as a strong personality can lead many people astray. So always remember this text from Paul. The true power of a message is found in Christ and how He is presented. The gospel is the life-changing message. Now we can deliver it eloquently, but we can't forsake that message! So if you are a charismatic person, make sure you share Jesus and not yourself. If you are not charismatic, and you doubt your ability, remember that you don't need eloquence when witnessing. Just give them Jesus! He is enough! 

As for announcements, we will be starting a Marriage Bible Study that is for married couples and it will last 6-8 weeks. We will be doing this study during the Sunday School hour beginning on March 12. If you are a married couple that would like to be a part of that, there will be sign-up available this Sunday. If you already attend a Sunday School class you can still attend. This class will only be for the set number of weeks, and then you can return back to your class. I am praying that this will be a fruitful time for some of our married couples to help one another and learn from God's Word. 

Second, don't forget the the Dot Ayers WMU will be meeting not this Saturday, but the next on March 4. Please note that the time will be from 10-11 rather than 10-12. If you haven't ever joined the WMU, you are missing out! It is a great time of ministry and fellowship amongst the ladies of Hopewell. So make plans to join them! 

Finally, we will be having a Men's Ministry breakfast on March 11 at 9am. During this time we will eat, enjoy fellowship, spend some time in the world, and discuss the future of the Men's Ministry. So if you are able to join, please let me know!

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

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Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton

Hopewell Baptist

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Pastor Dalton 2/16/2023

Church Family, 

Ephesians 6:12 says, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." Who is your enemy? Oftentimes I think we try to ignore the supernatural or we think that those supernatural battles are only for the super spiritual people. However, when Paul was writing in Ephesians 6, he wasn't thinking of the "super-Christians," as if there is such a thing. He was thinking of all believers; he was thinking of you. So remember that while people can get on our nerves, we are all in a spiritual battle, and the powers of darkness are against it. You can ignore it if you want, but it doesn't stop their opposition. Rather, we stand firm, by putting on the full armor of God, and continuing in studying His Word and prayer! Don't lose sight of who your true enemy is. 

As for announcements, thank you to everyone who came to support the Valentine's Banquet, and thank you to the couples who took part in the Newly-Wed Game. We had a great turnout, and I know that all of the earnings are going to greatly help the youth as they begin even now to prepare for Summer camp! 

Second, on March 11 we will have a men's breakfast at the church at 9am. This is a Men's Ministry event, so all men (kids-adults) are welcome and so are guests. We will have breakfast, and a short message to follow. So mark it on your calendar, and join us! Also, if you are able to go, can you email me (pastordalton@hbcanderson.com) or text me (864-230-5440)? That way we can have an idea of how much to prepare for. 

Finally, I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday! I want to encourage you that if you are not part of a Sunday School class currently, then come at 10am, and join in! We are hoping to start another adult class soon, so you will hopefully hear more about that before too long. 

See y'all Sunday!

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Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton

Hopewell Baptist

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Pastor Dalton 2/9/2023

Church Family, 

Normally I like to start these emails with a short devotional of a scripture text, but this week I wanted to tell you of a personal thing the Lord taught me this past week. I won't get in to the details because the details aren't important, but suffice it to say that I was excited about some work at the church that I couldn't wait to get done. I had an encouraging conversation that served as the Spirit's validation that God was working and everything was good. But then, as often happens in our lives, the discouraging conversations came. I got discouraged and began to worry that all my previous excitement was null and void. But then the Lord reminded me of the great conversation I had before the discouragement and what peace God had given me. Just remember, when Moses was fleeing from the Egyptians, he got worried when he got cornered at the Red Sea, but God did not perform the plagues and provide for his people with a pillar of fire and smoke in order to leave them when things look discouraging. He was still working! We have to trust when God has given us those moments of encouragement, and don't let the discouragement rule. Discouragement always comes. But it should never be allowed to be the loudest voice.

As for announcements, this coming Saturday is the Valentine's Banquet! Y'all I love this event! It's fun, it's simple, and it helps to serve our youth as they serve us! If you have been considering coming, but haven't decided to yet, then decide today that you'll be there! The Newly Wed Game is always a blast too. So come enjoy the fellowship, good food, and come support the youth! It starts at 5:30pm and you can pay at the door. Also, if for some reason you can't pay, please let me know and don't let that be a reason you don't come. We want everyone who wants to be there to be there. 

Second, it's still a ways away, but if you signed up for Anderson Follies, then you can pay through the offering time by simply marking an envelope or check clearly that it is for Anderson Follies. The cost is $15 a person. We ended up having a great sign-up and I'm looking forward to the event! 

Finally, I do want to give a big thank you to those who helped carry the load while I was down last week. The sinus surgery was not fun, but I'm hopeful it will have a long term payoff. Thank you for the prayers and texts. 

I look forward to being with you Sunday! See you then!

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Serving Him, 

Pastor Dalton

Hopewell Baptist

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Pastor Dalton 2/2/2023

Church Family, 
 
Titus 1:16 says, "They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work." Here in Titus, Paul is warning against evildoers within the congregation and he argues that they may say they are believers, but they don't show it. In our culture there is a tendency against any form of judgement, but the bible is clear that we are to evaluate those who claim to be in Christ. Just because someone claims God doesn't mean they know God. So be mindful, and be wary of those who say outlandish things and then hold up the bible. Take time to read that book and test what you hear. 
 
As for announcements, don't forget tonight at 6:30pm we will be helping to host a graduation for the Haven of Rest. Just bring your dish with you if you can and even if you can't prepare a finger food, please still come and show your support. I hope our church will have a good showing of support for these men as we celebrate their sobriety and their commitment to moving forward trusting the Lord. The location is at their farm at 1106 N. Major Rd, Belton, SC. 
 
Also, on February 11 at 5:30pm we will be having our annual valentine's banquet, which serves as a fundraiser for our youth ministry. The meal will include a spaghetti dinner, salad, bread, dessert and drink. After dinner we will also be having the Newly Wed game with a few of our couples at Hopewell and it is always a great time. So make plans to be there and enjoy the fun, and while doing so you will be supporting our teens as well!
 
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 1/26/2023

Church Family, 
 
Romans 5:1 says, "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Since I have been back from Uganda, my week has been an absolute whirlwind. I have more meetings, appointments, and random projects than usual, and all of that has been mixed with heartbreak over the loss of a dearly loved member of our faith family. So as I write this, I'm thankful for Romans 5:1 and I'm thankful for peace. When life gets crazy, it's nice to step aside, mentally at least, and recall that peace and take a breath. Praise God for his perfect peace. With that hope we can face the crazy, knowing our great God has got it all under control. 
 
As for announcements, next Thursday at 6:30pm we will be hosting a graduation for the Haven of Rest. The event will take place at their farm located at 1106 North Major Rd, Belton, SC, 29627. I want to encourage you to attend and bring a dish as we will be hosting a celebration for those men who have made it through this great addiction program. If you have any questions just let me know!
 
Second, on February 11 we will be hosting a Valentine's Banquet in order to raise money for the youth going to Summer Camp. The menu will include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, and a drink. Also, we will be having our annual Newlywed Game which is always a lot of fun to watch. If you plan to come, you can sign up on Sunday or you can sign up at this link: https://hopewell.churchcenter.com/people/forms/495449 The reason for signing up is to give the social team an idea of how many to expect, so please sign up if you know you're coming. 
 
Finally, next Wednesday we begin our second book in our Building Healthy Churches Series. So if you are reading along, it is time to start reading book 2 entitled "Biblical Theology." I hope as we continue through this series you will begin to see how all of these books help to build a firm foundation for a healthy church. 
 
I look forward to gathering with you on Sunday. See you then!
 

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 1/19/2023

Church Family, 
 
Philippians 1:18 says, "What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice." This past week on mission has been a joy and privilege! Here in Philippians, Paul was talking about leaders who were preaching with bad intentions. I don't want to speak to that, but rather, I want you to think about when God is doing a work down the road or across the globe. Sometimes the tendency can be for us to think that we need to do something so God will do the same thing with us. That's not a bad wish, but that can quickly become a bad attitude. The reality is we should rejoice when we see kingdom work, regardless of where it is! Rejoice that the gospel goes forward!
 
As for announcements, I can't wait to gather with you all this coming Sunday to worship our King! I'm flying back into town today, and I can't wait to share with you about the trip and all that God did. Our morning service will be regular, but I plan to give a detailed report on my trip on Sunday evening at 6pm. Make sure to plan now to be there Sunday!
 
Second, I want to encourage you to come be a part of Sunday School at 10am on Sundays! It's a great time to get to know other members in a deeper way, and its also a great time of more focused learning. If you ever have any questions about Sunday School, please don't hesitate to ask. 
 
Finally, I want to thank Sarah Spencer for really helping to hold down the fort while I was gone. Of course, Mason preached, but Sarah was there to make sure our computer was booted up and she helped to make Wednesday night happen last night as well. Be sure to let her know how much you appreciate her. We sure are blessed to have her. 
 
I'll see y'all Sunday!
Serving Him,
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 1/12/2023

Church Family, 
 
1 Peter 2:11 says, "Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul." Oftentimes when talking about spiritual warfare, our focus is on Satan and his demons, and that isn't wrong. He is real and he is an enemy. However, I want to remind you of another character in the war, and that is your own flesh. Our bodies, inclined to sin, are waging war against our very souls! What we do in the body matters. So remember as you pray for God to protect you from the evil one, also pray that He may protect you from yourself. This is also why we need to be diligent and intentional about our sanctification. God is the one who works, but we follow suit by making the right decisions for our own spiritual growth. 
 
As for announcements, I'm heading out today at 11am to catch my flight, and Lord willing I'll be back next Thursday. Please continue to pray for me as I am able to minister in Uganda, and pray for those pastors whom we will be getting to teach and train. Thank you so much for all the prayers this past Sunday! It was a true blessing, and I can't thank you enough. I love y'all. 
 
Second, Bro. Mason Watts will be preaching this coming Sunday! Please make sure to come and support Mason as he continues our study through the book of Matthew. He is a gifted young man, and he is excited to be able to preach the Word! I wish I could watch it with you live, but I'll have to watch it later! Don't forget to let him know how much you appreciate him coming to be a part of our church family as well. 
 
Finally, we had a great start back to the Sunday evening events this past Sunday. Truth Trackers had a great turnout, and so did prayer meeting. All of those things will continue to happen this coming Sunday, so join us to pray on Sunday night, and bring any kids or teens so that they can enjoy their ministry as well! 
 
I hate that I won't be seeing you Sunday, but I will see you soon! Blessings!
 

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Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist
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Pastor Dalton 1/5/2023

Church Family, 
 
Colossians 3:9-10 says, "Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator." During the New Year, resolutions are popular. However, can I tell you that we have to make resolutions daily. Each day we have to resolve to put on the new self and focus on things above rather than below. That conscious decision each morning is the most important spiritual decision you can make each morning. So resolve today, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day....to serve the Lord. 
 
As for announcements, the decorating team will be meeting this coming Saturday at 10am to take down the Christmas decorations. If you are able to help them with that, I know they would sure appreciate it, as they get reset for the New Year. 
 
Second, along that same line, on January 17, at 6:30pm there will be a church cleaning Day. Mrs. Penny Boothe is the point person for that event, and if you are able to help her then please let her know by texting her at 864-617-5912. Thank you for all who can help with that. 
 
Finally, this coming Sunday we will have a restart of our regular Sunday schedule. Sunday school will be at 10 am, service at 11am, and Sunday Night will be at 6pm. On Sunday Night we will have a prayer meeting, youth, and Truth Trackers children ministry meeting, so make plans to join us for those special times. 
 
I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday! See you then!
 
Serving Him, 
Pastor Dalton
Hopewell Baptist