Category: From Pastor Bill

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...

What Kind of Sermon Are You Walking?

Dear friends, There is a story told about a day in 1953 when a large crowd of reporters and city officials had gathered at a Chicago railroad station to greet the 1952 Nobel Peace...

Blessing of the Students

Dear friends, This Sunday, we will again participate in the Blessing of the Students. During the service, we will have a time when we invite our children, youth, and college students to stand at...