Happy Friday, Hope!
Wow! It has been an amazing, action-packed first week of Vacation Bible School at Hope. Over 2,100 kids joined us this week. Not only that, we also had over 1,300 volunteers.
It’s hard to even wrap my mind around numbers like that. But, it goes way beyond the numbers. It’s about the lives each one of those numbers represents. Each number points to a person who God loves!
The really cool news is we’re just warming up. We have two sessions to go next week! It’s not too late to get plugged in to VBS at Hope: you can register kids here or register to volunteer here.
And, following VBS next week we will throw our annual summer Jesus Party, Taste of Hope, where we go all out to celebrate all of the awesome things God did through VBS, while also welcoming in as many new faces in our community that we can to be a part of what God is doing through this church. It’s a don’t-want-to-miss-kind-of-thing!
To be a part of what God is doing around here is very humbling. We serve a God whose plans and dreams are way bigger than ours. It’s important to remind ourselves of that. There is no way we could do what we do without following the wind of the Holy Spirit.
When we reverse that, we can find ourselves on a very slippery slope. We get very close to the ditch of pride. The Bible has a lot to say about what happens when we elevate ourselves, or when we become too proud of ourselves. In fact, as we continue our series on the Book of Esther we will be looking at that very thing.
I really hope you will join us this weekend for worship. I will be preaching Saturday night at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 and 11:00 am. Pastor Amanda will be preaching the rest! It’s going to be a great weekend.
PS: On Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm we’re hosting an All Sports Camp for kids age 7-17. It will include clinics on soccer, football, volleyball, baseball and basketball. Spread the word!
PPS: We are still in need of a number of volunteers for Taste of Hope. You can search through the opportunities and sign up here! And, don’t forgot to also sign up for the Taste of Hope Golf Outing (one week from today!), 5K or Kids Fun Runs (discounted rate ends Wednesday!) and Talent Show (anyone welcome!).