Psalm 32 says, “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are
covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and
in whose spirit is no deceit.” Are you a blessed person according to this Psalm?
We at Hope Church consider ourselves to be blessed because of what Christ
has accomplished for us when He went to the cross. Christ forgives us of our sin,
gives us the free gift of eternal life and provides us with His guidance as we
walk with Him and trust Him day by day.
But we also count ourselves to be blessed to be part of a great ministry of
outreach, not just to our community but to others as well. While people were
taking vacations, traveling, sightseeing and using the summer as down time,
the people of our church were busy about God’s work.
There are many examples of the commitment of our congregation. A great
number from our church were involved in the EFCA Camp at Twin Oaks Ranch
in Buda. Through preaching, teaching, counseling, cooking, drama, craft leaders,
lifeguards at the pool and creek plus other acts of service, our team showed the
love of God and shared the life changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As a result of this unified effort, twelve youth committed their lives to Jesus Christ.
Most recently, Caleb Milne, our Youth Leader, led a team of seventeen leaders
and students to work with BUMP (Bridging Urban Missions Program) of the EFCA
in the inner city of Baltimore, Maryland. What a great experience as the youth
of our church got to observe first-hand real inner city life!
They served the Baltimore Church by hosting a block party in conjunction with
Vacation Bible School, cleaning the area around the church, passing out food
in the distressed neighborhood, and many other acts of kindness and service
to the local community. Many lives were touched and five children came to
know our Lord.
Also, our church hosted a week-long Vacation Bible School with an average
attendance of around sixty people. The NASCAR theme called “Drive” was a hit
with the kids as they learned the importance of running the race of life to win
with Jesus as their sponsor and the Bible as their guide. Five children made
decisions for Christ there as well.
We express special “thanks” to all who invested their time, talents and
resources to make this summer special for many children.
If you are seeking a small church where you can be part of the family of
God, use your gifts, and make a difference for Christ, we invite
you to come and visit.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rudy Junek, Pastor