State of the church (Part 7 of 7): Mission Framework

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State of the church (Part 7 of 7): Mission Framework

 

Hopkins Community Church MISSION

Hopkins Community Church exists to connect people to Christ and Community

 

Hopkins Community Church VALUES

Absolute Truth

We affirm the supremacy of Christ, the centrality of the Gospel, and the absolute truth of scripture.

Living out our value of Absolute Truth is demonstrated by:

  • Endeavoring to glorify Christ in all we say and do;
  • Ensuring that all of our ministries, programs, and events are centered and rooted in Christ;
  • Upholding scripture as the sole source of absolute truth.

Holy Spirit Power

As individuals and as a church, we have a growing desire to be led by the Holy Spirit, and to experience the power of the Holy Spirit.

Living out our value of Holy Spirit Power is demonstrated by:

  • An ever-increasing desire to more deeply experience the power of the Holy Spirit;
  • Equipping people to grow in their ability to recognize and follow the Spirit’s leading;
  • Equipping people to grow in praying in accordance with the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Lifelong Growth

We are committed to cherishing and enfolding children and youth, and to discipling people of all ages, so that all might experience an increasingly full life in Christ.

Living out our value of Lifelong Growth is demonstrated by:

  • Making sure that every young person feels welcomed, valued, and able to connect with others;
  • Teaching and modeling for children and youth what a vibrant, healthy life in Christ entails;
  • Equipping, encouraging, and praying for all who connect with Hopkins Community Church.

Connecting in Community

We are a welcoming, accepting, compassionate church that strives for deep connection with Christ, with one another, and with the greater Hopkins community.

Living out our value of Connecting in Community is demonstrated by:

  • Embracing our call to be ambassadors for Christ by sharing Christ’s love with words and actions.
  • Warmly welcoming and enfolding all who enter our doors;
  • Being active participants in, and contributors to, the greater Hopkins community.

 

Hopkins Community Church STRATEGY

Worship

          Every person regularly participating in Spirit-filled worship of God

Grow

          Every person growing deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ

Serve

Every person using their Spiritual Gifts to build the church both inside and out

Hopkins Community Church MEASURES

Our measures tie to our values and reflect mission attainment:

Absolute Truth

I am firmly rooted and centered in Christ, above all else.

Scripture informs my faith and deeply influences how I live my life.

 

Holy Spirit Power

Prayer is a high priority, and in times of prayer, I feel closely connected to God.

I am increasingly tuned in to the Holy Spirit’s leading and am obedient to follow.

I have a solid grasp of my spiritual gifts and am actively using my gifts.

 

Lifelong Growth

Compared to a year ago, my faith has deepened and my fears have lessened.

I seek opportunities to study God’s Word and grow deeper in my relationship with God.

I seek opportunities to share my testimony of how I came to faith in Christ.

I seek opportunities to share with others what God is doing in my life now.

 

Connecting in Community

I actively seek opportunities to share the Gospel with people.

I actively serve in our church.

I seek opportunities to serve the broader Hopkins community.

I am generous with my time, talent, and treasure. 

 
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State of the Church (Part 6 of 7): Reopening Details

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State of the Church (Part 6 of 7): Reopening Details

 
 
This video contains many of the details about how corporate worship will look like in the new “normal.”  If you haven’t watched any of our updates so far, PLEASE watch this one!
 
 

 
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State of the church (Part 5 of 7): HCC Future: Fall Ministry Opportunities

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State of the church (Part 5 of 7): HCC Fall Ministry Opportunities

 
As we get ready to kick off the fall season, Hopkins Community Church has a myriad of Fall ministry opportunities for you and your family to be involved in! From Volunteer ministries to Small Groups, Sunday worship to Wednesday Discipleship, we desire to be an organization that helps to connect people to Christ and Community. Check out all of our opportunities below!
 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Hopkins Community Clean-up
On September 26, from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Hopkins Community Church is partnering with the Hopkins Village Counsel to offer a day to clean up and dispose of items no longer wanted. Drop off location is Southwest of Mill Street, East of Oak street, by Sebright Products [CLICK HERE TO SEE ON MAP].
Items not accepted include tires, paint, refrigerators, and household garbage.
 
Seniors and those needing assistance, please use contact Pastor Jon VanderWall
 
Blood Drives

October 13, 2020 – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ Hopkins Community Church

December 8, 2020 – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ Hopkins Community Church

Due to the restrictions placed on the schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the American Red Cross has sought another location to host their blood drives in Hopkins for the time being. Hopkins Community Church is pleased to be able to offer our facility for this cause.

To Sign up to give blood, go to www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code “hopkinscommunitychurch” or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
 
We are also looking for volunteers to work at the blood drive.

SIGN UP HERE to VOLUNTEER

 

SMALL GROUPS

This fall we will again be launching a Small Group ministry here at Hopkins Community Church.  We will again be using ROOTED, a 10-week Small Group intensive to kick us off.  Even if you have gone through this already, it is a great study to do again!  We encourage everyone to sign up and be a part of small groups this fall.  Now, more than ever, we need to be firmly ROOTED and established in the Word of God!  In this time where things are a bit different, having a little extra time available (due to other things being canceled) may offer the right opportunity to do something new!
 
Last year didn’t end so well.  Everything was cut short and we didn’t have the opportunity to complete our groups the way we had hoped.  We have done some refining work to improve the small group experience and have a new leader in Pastor Jim Harrison to encourage and guide our small group leaders.  Join us on this journey as we work to create sustained Life Groups that build and support each other in our walk of faith.
 
 
 

 MINISTRIES

 GEMS

GEMS Girls Club ministers to girls ages 2nd through 8th Grade.  GEMS meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
7th and 8th Grade girls will meet from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
2nd – 6th Grade girls will meet from 6:15 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Check out more information and SIGN UP on our GEMS Page

 CADETS

Cadets ministers to boys ages 4th through 6th Grade.  Cadets meet every Wednesday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Check out more information and SIGN UP on our Cadets Page

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP

HCC Middle School Youth Group is a group of students who love to talk about Jesus. We love to hang-out and play games with each other as well as serve others. We meet the 1st and 3rd Sunday night during the school year from 5:30-7pm, at the home of Doug and Sally Hoffmaster (3077 17th Street, Hopkins MI). We hope to see you there!
 

R-GEN (High School Youth Group)

R-Gen is a high school community of Jesus followers. We welcome anyone, whether you are a seeker or believer. We are all just figuring out how to live a Christ-filled life in this crazy world. We meet at Hopkins Community Church Sunday evenings from 6-8. We have fun playing games and doing challenges We like to do service projects both in our community and abroad, we do life with each other supporting one another along the way
 
Check out the R-GEN Facebook Group
 
 
 
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State of the church (Part 4 of 7): Resuming In-Person Worship Services

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State of the church (Part 4 of 7): Resuming In-Person Worship Services

 
In this video, you will hear about the basics of our reopening plan for the target date of September 13.
You can read the full reopening ministries plan here: Resuming In-Person Ministries
 

For more information, check out our Reopening Page
 
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State of the church (Part 3 of 7): Statement of Faith & RCA Vision 2020

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State of the church (Part 3 of 7): Statement of Faith & RCA Vision 2020

 
In these two videos, you will see a synopsis of the RCA’s Vision 2020 recommendations as well as the work that we have done to develop a Statement of Faith/Beliefs for Hopkins Community Church.  Please post comments and questions in the comments below!
 

Hopkins Community Church Statement of Faith & Beliefs

 
 

RCA Vision 2020

 
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State of the church (Part 2 of 7): Temporary Adjustments

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State of the church (Part 2 of 7): Temporary Adjustments

 
 
In this video we talk about the need to move forward in ministry despite some of the holes that need to be filled.  As we await the work of the “Search Team,” we are making some “temporary adjustments” to drive ministry forward and follow God’s calling to connect people to Christ and Community.
 

 
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State of the church (Part 1 of 7): HCC Overview and 2020 Updates

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State of the church (Part 1 of 7): HCC Overview and 2020 Updates

 

Good Morning Hopkins Community Church,

As I sit and reflect on 2020 so far, how unpredictable it has been and how God has guided us, as a church, in ministry through this time, I am immensely grateful.  God has shown His faithfulness to us through difficult times and has showered us with blessings and opportunities we might not have thought possible just 6 months ago.
 
It is hard to believe that we have not been in the church building as a gathered body in 19 weeks.  It is even harder to believe that our “exile” from our normal worship space will continue until at least the 26-week mark.
 
One thing that I have come to realize over this time is how dependent we as a church are on these gatherings for communication.  We would typically place information in mailboxes or in bulletins.  Given the number of transitions that have taken place over the last 4 months, and with the hopeful transition back into a more “normal” pattern of ministry life here at HCC, the Consistory and I feel the need to do some specific communicating with the church to bring everyone up to speed on where are as a community of faith.
 

Video Update

We are going to do this via recorded videos each week for the next six weeks.  This is happening over the source of several weeks due to the large nature of content that we have to cover.  One long video would be difficult to watch and digest all at the same time.
 
We welcome comments and feedback on these posts as well as questions that need clarifying.
I also want to encourage you to help us in this communication.  If you know of people in our church family who are not on Facebook or don’t receive emails, please consider showing them this video so that they may be brought up to date as well.
 

 

Links for documents and websites referenced in this video can be found below.

Consistory Minutes & Financial Updates:  https://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/church-reports/
 

Hopkins Community Church Communication Tools:

HCC Informer Email Updates:  To register, send an email to inform.HCC@gmail.com
Check out our Giving Options:  http://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/giving
 
 


Revelation 3:14-22 “To the Church in Laodicea”

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, as I open the word of God today and read this letter that you have written to Your Church, may my heart be opened to the message you have for me, for my family, and for Hopkins Community Church.  Reveal Your Truth to Your Church that we may shed those things which bind us and blind us to what it means to be Your people, Your witnesses, Your light in this world.  Convict us, Lord, and call us to repentance.  Break the chains of comfort and complacency and empower us for the mission and ministry you uniquely call each of us to.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Revelation 3:14-22

To the Church in Laodicea

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

 

Follow-up Questions:

  1. Why is God speaking to the specific church that this passage is addressed to?
  2. How do you think God is speaking through this passage to my church?
  3. What is God saying specifically to me through this passage?
 


Revelation 3:7-13 “To the Church in Philadelphia”

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, as I open the word of God today and read this letter that you have written to Your Church, may my heart be opened to the message you have for me, for my family, and for Hopkins Community Church.  Reveal Your Truth to Your Church that we may shed those things which bind us and blind us to what it means to be Your people, Your witnesses, Your light in this world.  Convict us, Lord, and call us to repentance.  Break the chains of comfort and complacency and empower us for the mission and ministry you uniquely call each of us to.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Revelation 3:7-13

To the Church in Philadelphia

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

 

Follow-up Questions:

  1. Why is God speaking to the specific church that this passage is addressed to?
  2. How do you think God is speaking through this passage to my church?
  3. What is God saying specifically to me through this passage?
 


Revelation 3:1-6 “To the Church in Sardis”

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, as I open the word of God today and read this letter that you have written to Your Church, may my heart be opened to the message you have for me, for my family, and for Hopkins Community Church.  Reveal Your Truth to Your Church that we may shed those things which bind us and blind us to what it means to be Your people, Your witnesses, Your light in this world.  Convict us, Lord, and call us to repentance.  Break the chains of comfort and complacency and empower us for the mission and ministry you uniquely call each of us to.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Revelation 3:1-6 

To the Church in Sardis

“To the angel of the church in Sardis write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Follow-up Questions:

  1. Why is God speaking to the specific church that this passage is addressed to?
  2. How do you think God is speaking through this passage to my church?
  3. What is God saying specifically to me through this passage?
 
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