The Lord is to be praised for His great blessing upon our weekend of camping. We enjoyed the graces of wonderful weather, blessed times of worship, and dear comradery. What a grand testimony to His goodness to us.
This past Lord's Day we were blessed to have two young people make their professions of faith and to receive some new brothers into communing fellowship. We pray that the Lord will establish and prosper them in every way!
What a blessed time remembering the Lord's promises to cleanse and receive sinners. May this memorial live on and continually stir us up to faith and obedience.
I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give up,' and to the south, 'Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth.'
Hopewell was blessed to participate in Mansfield's annual pro-life walk/rally again this year. The Richland Source provided coverage of the event and highlighted some of Hopewell's involvement.
We might note that the RS article does need some modification. Those who participated numbered well over 100 people.
Six kids from the Hopewell Bible Bee competition qualified to compete at the national level this past week. This is quite a feat as you must rank in the top 120 from all across the nation to be eligible to compete at nationals.
This past weekend we enjoyed seeing Caitlyn baptized. Not only did we recall the promise of our cleansing, but we also were reminded of our new identity in Christ. An exhortation from Gal. 3:27 accompanied the sacrament: "As many of you who were baptized into Christ were clothed with Christ."
Some of the families from Hopewell participated in Mansfield's March for Life this past Lord's Day. We are glad to have had this opportunity to show our deep love for children and earnest desire to see the the unborn protected.
Lots of smiles were had on our annual camping weekend. Even though a few showers came through, it was not enough to stop the joy of fellowship had we all had together.
The weekend was filled with games, swimming, godly conversation, laughter, and (as always) SO MUCH GOOD FOOD! (The latter is certainly becoming something of a trademark of Hopewell!)
All in the church agree that the greatest blessing is being able to see so many children having such a wonderful time together.
"Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity." Ps. 133:1
Hopewell Church is a church in Ashland, Ohio.
We meet at 10:30 at Hedstrom Plastics, 100 Hedstrom Drive.
The Hopewell gang enjoyed a splendid day in Willard, enjoying the many graces of fellowship.
Our first highlight was having the blessed opportunity to see three of our young people baptized. We were all exceedingly glad to have the promises of grace reaffirmed through in the service and for these young people's personal profession of faith
After the baptisms the congregation spent the day together swimming, eating, playing games, and enjoying fellowship together. The Lord blessed us with superb weather and by solidifying the bonds of unity.
The families of Hopewell Church, along with a handful of visitors, joined together in their first morning worship service this past Lord's Day. All expressed joy and were greatly edified by the time spent in the presence of God.
During the service 9 young people made a first time public profession of faith. Teaching elder Matt Timmons gave a message entitled, "Professing the Faith" for the occasion. The message was drawn from 1 Timothy 6:12, "Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."
Prior to the service Timmons noted that a handful of families gathered together 200 years ago to form the first church in Ashland. These families were also dedicated to the Reformed faith and had taken the name "Hopewell Church."
A new pulpit was constructed for the service by member Dave Lillo. Others were acknowledged for having a hand in making the service possible.
We recognize most of all the sovereign hand of God and the immense grace of His Son in allowing us the blessed opportunity to gather together.
The Hopewell congregation is excited to begin morning worship services on May 15th. We want to invite you to join us as we come together to give homage to our Almighty Savior!
The services will begin at 10:30 am and we will be meeting at the conference room at Hedstrom Plastics (100 Hedstrom Drive). We are truly delighted to have this as our venue. It is a great location! As you can see from the pics below, the space is beautiful, spacious, warm, and bright!
If you are not able to join us for morning worship, we'd still love to have you come participate in our evening services (6:30pm). We've had a wonderful time in fellowship with friends from a number of different churches around town. It has been a great blessing to be able to worship together. It truly is a celebration of our union in Christ, despite our belonging to different churches.
This past weekend we at Hopewell Church held our first worship service! About 100 people from all around Ashland came together to sing, pray, and hear the proclamation of God's word.
We are exceedingly glad to have had the opportunity to join together with others who wanted to dedicate their Sunday evening to the Lord and we look forward to their continued fellowship over the upcoming months and years!
We are also ever thankful for our brethren at Heritage Church for allowing us to use their facility. Their generosity is amazing and we pray that the Lord would return the kind favors in abundance!
Soli Deo Gloria!