Category: From Pastor Bill

With Gratitude

Dear friends, In these days after Easter, I am filled with gratitude. I know that this is not normally the season when we list reasons for thanksgiving, but it feels like a good time...

Dear Friends,

Dear Friends, During my sermon on the first Sunday in January, I introduced the idea of renovating the house on the church property so that it could be used as temporary lodging for refugees...

Busy Days at Hope Valley

Dear friends, What a treat it was to gather with so many of you for our Valentines Banquet. We had a good crowd, and I was so impressed by the quality of the food,...

A Productive Conversation

Dear friends, In the last Illuminator, I asked you to pray about the possibility of fixing up the house on the property in order to provide temporary lodging for refugees who are being settled...

Dear friends, In worship on January 3, I mentioned a ministry idea that I ask you to consider prayerfully (If you would like to hear the sermon, you can listen here). Since the church...

Supporting Missions

Dear friends, It seems that every year there are increasing numbers of appeals for our financial support. While we have often heard that it is more blessed to give than receive (and I recently...

Out Fishing

Dear friends, In a book entitled, Our Daily Bread, Philip Parham tells the story of a rich and successful businessman who became very confused one day when he found a man sitting lazily on...

Ministering to Our Community And Beyond

Dear friends, I recently preached a sermon that reminded us of our responsibility to minister in our own community and, in particular, reflected on ways we as a church might respond to the needs...

Such a Joy and Pleasure

Dear friends, It was such a joy and pleasure to be at Hope Valley on Sunday for our combined worship service with Valle de Esperanza Iglesia Bautista. I sensed a warm spirit in the...