Dear Hope Family,
A Follow-Up from our Psalms Series
As we journey through these selected Psalms this summer, I am acutely aware that, although a sermon seems too long for many of us (ha!), it is too short to adequately deal with the scope and weight of the questions we are treating. Half an hour does not deliver the last word on doubt. Half an hour does not tie up all the loose ends on lament. As God’s Word engages you and stirs you up, please know that the elders and I would be thrilled to walk with you through your doubt, your questions, your fears, your joy, your lament, and your struggle to trust God in the midst of it all. We also would love to connect you with great resources to continue and inform the discussion that a sermon may initiate. I am attaching two wonderful articles below on certainty and doubt that approach doubt from a different perspective than we had time for in last Sunday’s sermon. There are so many thoughtful, helpful articles, podcasts, and books and there are so many wise, warm, and experienced saints that you do not have to go it alone.
A Finish Line for One of our Ministry Staff:
Vickie Turner has faithfully, lovingly, and creatively served Hope Church as our Connections Coordinator for well over the 7 years that I have been a part of the pastoral team – offering warm greetings and sincere interest to all who pass through the doors of the church. She has welcomed and loved countless people into our church family and worked deliberately to better connect folks within the church through the many events she has spearheaded over the years and most recently the church pictorial directory – her crowning achievement! She let me and the elders know of her decision to retire from her position after much discernment and prayer and in hopes of having more time for her other passion and call – serving as a care coordinator and advocate for seniors who suffer from dementia.
We are tremendously thankful for the obvious, enduring fruit of Vickie’s ministry among us, and, even more, we are deeply grateful for her friendship, her joyful laughter, and the thoughtful, prayerful presence she has brought to our staff and life together as a church.
Very practically speaking, Vickie will work through the summer with a last day of September 1st. Please join me in praying for God’s provision of someone within our congregation to take the helm of the Connections Ministry. Please join me in praying for God’s richest blessing upon Vickie and her family.
Grace and peace,