If you'll pardon the pun, "Hope"fully, you already know this, but...
This weekend, we all get to meet Hope McNeil, our candidate for Minister to Children. This Saturday, March 28, members of our councils and deacons (and their spouses) will get to meet Hope and her husband Brian in room C-109. At 10:30, all other church members (including children and parents) are invited to meet them in that same room. At 11:30, Hope and Brian will eat lunch with the workers in our children's ministry.
Sunday morning, just in case you can't make it to the church on Saturday, Hope will be in our Children's Building. If you'd like to meet her during the Bible Study hour (9:00), track her down there. During our worship service, she will give her testimony. Then at the end of the service, we'll have the opportunity to vote on calling her to lead our ministry to children and their families.
Personally, I am thrilled about this! Unfortunately, I am performing a wedding out of town for a dear family friend, so I will have to miss the Saturday activities. But I can't wait for Sunday, and I can't wait for Hope to start working here. We have a great children's ministry. But I think Hope has the right blend of skills and heart to take our ministry to the next level. Of course, I'm going to have to knock it off with the "hope" jokes, but that's okay....
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! (in my best Billy Mayes voice)
Don't forget that this Thursday night, we're hosting the Baylor Men's Choir for a concert at 7:00. Saturday morning, many of our members will be participating in the Willow Waterhole Run/Walk (more info here). Our youth group will also be holding a Garage Sale that same morning, from 8-4. I just found out there is also a special sneak preview event for the garage sale on Friday night from 5-7. For just $5, you get dibs on all the great loot without having to fight the riff-raff on Saturday (okay, that's not exactly how they put it, but you get the point).
In addition to Hope, the worship service on Sunday is going to be special for other reasons. The jazz band is playing, the youth choir is singing, and the message will be "What Is Heaven?" I didn't say the message would be Heaven...but you knew that already. Can't wait to see you there!
PS: Don't forget that next Friday, April 3, is Don Piper night.