Commissioning Sunday

Commissioning, grounded in Scripture, is a solemn recognition of a person as she or he sets out on a path to a particular work of ministry. We see in Acts 6 where the Apostles choose seven people for the special ministry of serving the  widows. They placed hands on them and prayed over them before launching this important ministry. Also, in Acts 12, before Paul and Barnabas left on their first missionary journey, they too received the prayers and the laying on of hands by the church leaders.

Today, the people of HOPE Church are commissioning those who will be involved in special service this summer. Each of these six teams helps fulfill one of HOPE’s four core values … Missions … how we touch others. We will be seeing two teams heading out from HOPE to serve in short-term missions and two teams serving here in special short-term ministries, specifically …

  • HOPE’s Middle School Mission Team will travel to Caser, North Carolina from July 12 to July 19. Our High School Mission Team will also go to Caser from August 2 to August 9. These mission teams will tackle work throughout the local community helping to construct wheelchair ramps, in addition to other construction work, for residents who are in need. Eighty students and adults make up the two teams in total, with many of the adult volunteers using their vacation time to be a part of this mission.
  • Two hundred children will attend this year’s vacation Bible school, Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. Starting tomorrow, Monday, June 22, kids from 3 years (by June 1) to 5th grade will participate in the week-long fun activities. More than 50 adult volunteers help out to make it all happen, along with lots of donated items and materials.
  • HOPE’s 6th Annual Music/Drama Camp will be held from August 3 through August 14. This year the camp will produce The Star Factor. The setting is Camp Heart & Soul, a summer arts camp that features a talent showcase with an exciting twist: the showcase winner earns the opportunity to compete on a national TV show. A series of zany complications climax at the broadcast of the show when all the would-be “stars” finally learn that being part of the Body of Christ is what is important, and every person has a special and unique role to play. With help from close to 20 volunteers, the 60 campers will present the live production to the public on Thursday,  August 13 at 6:30pm, so mark your calendars and plan on attending!

Every one of these teams not only represents Jesus Christ but us, their HOPE family, as well. Ultimately, we are all a part of these teams as we pray for them, encourage them, provide financial support and celebrate with them when their service is complete. We truly are one body in ministry and mission together! Thank you for being part of this special time of prayer.

We ask that you use pray throughout the summer for each individual and the mission they serve.





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