Intimate Relationship with God

Through the resurrection, Jesus Christ has opened a whole new intimate relationship with God.  After Jesus had breathed his last breath, the curtain of the Temple was torn in two.  The Holy of Holies was opened, and people were able to be in God’s holy presence.

We can now pray, “Our Father.”  Because of the resurrection, we can become God’s adopted children.  We can call upon the HOLY God as Abba – Father, Daddy, Papa, as we read in Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 8.  We can have an intimate relationship with God.

We can experience God as “Father.”  When my children come to me with their problems and struggles, it is such a blessing to be close to them – to hear and experience their hearts.   As Henry Blackaby suggested, we can experience God – the risen Christ.

Do you hunger for an intimate relationship with God?  Do you long to know that God loves you?  If so, then Easter can make a difference for you.  Easter makes it possible for you to know God in a personal way.  May we celebrate that because of Christ’s resurrection we can have an intimate relationship with God!  Jesus Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!! 


This Sunday is Resurrection Day.  As we celebrate that Christ is risen and God’s power over death, Pastor Glen’s sermon is: “Did the Resurrection Happen?” based on 1 Corinthians 15:17-20.  Please read this text in preparation for worship!

Adult Sunday School

Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the large Sunday school room.  Please join Harold Cook and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!!  We will continue our study of the Acts of the Apostles.  This Sunday we will focus on Acts 23: God’s provision and protection of Paul!!  Please bring your Bible.

Men’s Bible Study

Our Men’s Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. in the Community Room at Panera Bread.  We are currently driving down Rt. 66, exploring the 66 books of the Bible.  Next Tuesday we explore Revelation.  All men are invited and encouraged to join us!!

Combined Holy Week Services

Holy Week is the most sacred period of our Christian faith.  It is a time when we gather together as a community of faith to journey with Jesus to Jerusalem, to stand with Him before his accusers, to walk to Golgotha, and to stand at the foot of His cross.  Finally, on Easter Day, we will joyously celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, lifting our voices in praise of the hope that is ours and the world’s.

As in the past, we will be joining with three other congregations to worship together on the journey of Holy Week.  Without the journey of Holy Week, Easter loses its deep meaning.  Please plan to join us on these wonderful Holy Week services!

Wednesday (March 27 – 7:00 p.m.) – Pleasant View Methodist Church – Preacher: Rev. Glen Holman (Hope)

Maundy Thursday Communion Service (March 28 – 7:00 p.m.) – Hope Community Church – Preacher; Rev. Eric Strother (Pleasant View Methodist Church)

Good Friday (March 29 – 7:00 p.m.) – Union Baptist Church – Preacher: Rev. Warne Dawkins (Shiloh Baptist Church)

Easter Sunrise Service (March 31 – 6:00 a.m.) – Shiloh Baptist Church – Preacher: Rev. Earl Pendleton (Union Baptist Church)

Our Hope Resurrection Day Service will be at 10:30 a.m. (our normal worship time)!!

Tithes and Offerings

An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary.  Additionally, Online Giving

Golden Oldies

The next gatherings of the Golden Oldies will be . . .
April 10 at 11:30 am.  Dutch treat luncheon will be held at Sooner BBQ, Stuarts Draft.
May 8 at 10:30, meet at Panera Community Room with our speaker, Richard Ammons.
June 12 at 10:30, meet at Panera Community Room to play Bingo!  We request for everyone to bring a wrapped gift so all can be winners!  $10 max amount of gift.  No meeting in July, as we will travel to Lancaster, PA.  See Janet or Harold Coiner to sign up for the fun trip to see Daniel and Sound of Music!

Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports

Until someone in the congregation volunteers to be the Coordinator of the Prayer Requests and Praise Report, HCC will follow these steps for sending and updating weekly prayer requests:

    • All individual prayer requests, praises, and updates must be emailed to our church administration email address which is  to be included in the weekly report.
    • The weekly Prayer Requests and Praise Report will continue to be emailed to everyone on Thursday each week as usual.
    • We make every effort to share all requests for prayers and understand that we need to make requests current and active as well.  Beginning March 72024, we will post each prayer request for four weeks, unless we receive a request or update to keep a specific prayer request on the list.  In the April 4 report, there will be a section titled “Request Of Continuing Prayers” that will show a listing of names only.  Thank you to everyone for the many ways in which your prayers uphold those on the prayer list.

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

Our missionary, Dr. Stephanie Black’s twin grandbabies are out of the hospital!  What a wonderful answered prayer!!  

We are excited to report that we collected over twice the number of baby bottles in our support of ComfortCare Women’s Health!!

Our next mission team meeting will be Wednesday, May 1, 6:00-7:00 p.m. for those interested in participating.

The 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

March and April Birthdays

Debby Ray (3/31); Steve Ray (4/1); Wink Brown (4/12); Sarah Todd Severs (4/15); Wayne Mahanes (4/19); Roger Graham (4/20)