A Pivotal Year

Nick MartineauBlog

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

A lot of planning, hard work, and sacrifice has taken place this past year at our church. People have lined up to accomplish many things that might go unnoticed by others or aren’t glamorous tasks. I have a front row seat as I get to watch many humble servants in our church give of their time, energy, and skills, all in the name of Jesus. I’m grateful. 

Some years are like that. There are seasons of planning, hard work, sweat, and sacrifice…and then there are seasons of harvest, fun, and growth. This past year has been a year of setting vision, sacrifice, and preparation, and I’ve been so encouraged to see Hopesters fully engaged!

This past week I was standing with Pastor Steve, and we watched the concrete for our new Kids Hall get poured. About a dozen men were working hard, getting the concrete spread out just right so it would set smoothly and be ready for the next step in the construction process.

Steve and I said a prayer for the men that were working so hard, and we asked the Father to bless this new space that was being poured right before our very eyes.

Right after we said our prayer, Levi (the superintendent for our project) came walking in and stood with us. Levi made a comment that most days in construction are spent on all the unseen tasks, but some days the visual work takes place and things seem to move fast.

Each step of this process is important, but it’s really fun when it visually starts to take shape!

This past year at Hope there have been a lot of unseen tasks being accomplished, but things are now moving fast as we start to see our new Kids Hall and Barn take shape physically.

This coming weekend is our Annual Meeting. It’s not a boring, stuffy, get-me-out-of-here type of meeting. It’s a meeting where we will look back and celebrate the many great things that God has done this past year. In this meeting we will also look forward and share many of the things we are planning for and anticipate in 2020.

I hope you will plan on joining us. It’s a pivotal season in the life of our church. Some seasons are slow, steady, and restful…while other seasons are full, fast, and momentous. Hope is in a momentous season, and it will be good for us to prepare ourselves for what we can already see starting to take shape!