Growing in Godliness

One of the significant parts of our priorities at Hope Community Church is to GROW in our relationship with God and others.  Part of growing in our relationship with God and others is to grow in godliness!  But how are we to grow in godliness?  In order to grow in godliness, we must first be committed followers of Jesus Christ!  When we make a commitment to trust Jesus as our Savior; it is not a one-time event where we say a prayer and then we move on with our day-to-day lives!!  When we pray to respond to God’s invitation to trust Jesus Christ, it is only the beginning of a life drawing close to God.  We not only accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, but we commit to follow Him as our Lord!  As one pastor I read suggested, “Growing to Christian maturity takes a lifetime of submitting to God and His Word, and His process in our lives.”

Peter suggests various qualities in which we are to supplement our faith in his second letter (2 Peter 1:5-7): virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.  As we examine these qualities, we need to understand that Peter does not tell us to “supply” faith as he does the other subsequent qualities listed.  Rather, he declares, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue . . .”  Peter assumes faith in this context as the foundation upon which the other qualities stand and from which they are able to grow!  So, as we see in 2 Peter 1:1, we obtain faith in Christ as God’s free gift.  But then we supplement the other qualities, which in essence are the fruit of faith!

Therefore, if we are to grow in godliness, we must first make sure we have trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord!  Faith is the basis from which we are able to grow in godliness and enjoy these various qualities!  It is my prayer that we at Hope Community Church will continue to grow in godliness, as we place our faith and confidence in Jesus Christ our Lord!


Pastor Glen will continue the study of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians.  His sermon this Sunday is: “Results of Biblical Love,” based upon Philippians 1:9-11.  Please read this text before worship.

Adult Sunday School 

Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.  Please join Deborah Kleinschuster and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!!  We will continue our study of the Gospel of John.  This Sunday we will study John 16: Faith, Hope, and Love!!  Please bring your Bible.

Exploring Hope Class

Our Exploring Hope Class is THIS Sunday (September 17th) beginning at Noon!!  Exploring Hope is a gathering designed to communicate a brief overview of what is important to us here at Hope, including our history, what we believe, our values, our focus, our direction, and how to get connected.  The two-hour class will include lunch in our main Sunday school room.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Pastor Glen ( if you plan to attend!

Tithes and Offerings

An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary.  Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.

July Financial Report

Tithes/Offerings: Monthly: $32,275.25           YTD: $131,416.29

Expenses: Monthly: $16,303.57                        YTD: $119,947.94

Capital Campaign: $1,080.00                            YTD: $6,653.00

Designated Giving: $0.                                        YTD: $3,225.00

Church Sign Donations: Monthly: $0.             YTD: $2,700.00

Men’s Group

Men’s Group will meet next on Tuesday, September 19th at Panera Bread from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Among other items to be discussed will be a church security system and fundraising in the spring.

Golden Oldies

The Golden Oldies next gatherings will be on Wednesday, October 18th at 11:30 –  lunch at Traditions Restaurant in Harrisonburg.  If you did not sign up, please let Janet or Harold know by October 10th if you are joining us.
Wednesday, November 8th at 2 to 4 p.m. meeting in the Panera Bread Community Room.  Sgt. Josh Graves will speak on Personal Identity Theft and Safety.  Anyone interested in this subject is invited to join us!
December – No meeting of the Golden Oldies – enjoy time with Church and Family!

Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports

If you have any concerns you would like to add to the Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports list or give an update, PLEASE contact our prayer coordinator, Janet Coiner (540.447.0918) by THURSDAY at 10:00 a.m.!!  Thanks so much!!

Driver Assistance

If you or someone in our congregation needs a ride to a doctor’s appointment or other appointments, please call Tom Reider (540.649.5162).  He has agreed to coordinate rides.  He has a list of those who have volunteered to give those rides.  We are grateful for this important ministry!!

Mission Corner

A group from our church family served dinner for the Love INC Change Your Life Class last Tuesday.  We had a grand time serving the meal and meeting many of the participants in the class, as well as the Love INC representatives!  The members of our church who served were Ted & Candi Brown, Hank & Kitty Coffey, Arnie & Kathy Doyle, Glen & Kim Holman, Pat & Ron Layne, Tom Reider, and Tim Stewart.

We continue to collect “Hope Blessings” donations every three months for Love INC.  From July 1 to September 30, we are collecting various paper products: paper towels, tissues, napkins, and toilet paper.  May we be a blessing to those families in need!  We are grateful for our partnership with Love INC!

Missions Team is active keeping in touch with our missionaries and other ministries.  Please keep updated!  You can visit our website and go to the Outreach page

September Birthdays 

Kerry Keyes (9/16); Christopher Haynes (9/24); Dede Hamilton and Marge Sass (9/26)