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Providence enriches the diligent hand

"The hand of the diligent maketh rich."
(Proverbs 10:4 KJV)

The Lord ordained industry as the law of Paradise, and though now the world bears the stamp of the fall, His order still stands.  In the ordinary course of Providence those who are diligent in labor, study, and grace are made rich.  

It is a firm statute: the Lord gives his blessing not to those who wish, but to those that labor; not to sentimental indolence, but to Christian energy and perseverance.  Those who wish to enjoy the enlargement of his purse, estate, or piety, must not be slack with his hand.  Rather, he must labor in steadfast faith.

-The above material was adapted from Charles Bridges classic work, "A Commentary on Proverbs."

Capella Hymn Sing
Get your singing voices ready and grab a friend! This Sunday we'll be giving our musicians a break and singing those good ol' fashion hymns A Capella style.  There will also be a time where you can choose your favorite from the hymnal.  

We're "Building a Gospel Based Church" in our 1 Timothy series.  This week we'll consider the role of God's law in the life of the believer: 1 Timothy 1:8-11.

Congregational Meeting
After the service we'll convene for a quarterly congregational meeting.  The main agenda item will be a review of Hopewell's financial status and update everyone on our status as a church plant.

meets each Sunday at 10:30 am in the conference room at
Hedstrom Plastics
100 Hedstrom Drive
Ashland, OH 44805


"He who prays as he ought will endeavour to live as he prays."


Target Protest - Saturday June 4
Meeting at the Ontario Target store from 10am-2pm.  Come for all or part of the event.

Homeschool "Play at the Park" Day - Saturday June 11
Join the other homeschoolers in Ashland for games and fun at Brookside park in Ashland from 10-noon.  Feel free to bring a lunch for afterwards.

Monthly Fellowship Meal - Sunday, June 12
Let's enjoy some food and fellowship after our morning service.  Bring a main dish, side, or desert to share.  Table settings and water will be provided.

Leadership Meeting - Monday June 13
Our steering committee will meet for study, prayer, & business.  Our assignment for this month is Smallings, chap 10-12.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  Please let us know of any items you know of that should be discussed.

Family Day & Baptisms - Saturday June 25
Join us at the Lillo's for fellowship. We'll start the day with a few baptisms and then have lunch. The rest of the day you can hang out and enjoy the company of the saints. Directions: 3299 Walnut Road Willard, OH 44890

Annual Church Camping - July 29-31
Be sure to save the date for our camp-out.  You can stay all night or just come out for the day.  Our Sunday church service will be held on site.  More details will be forthcoming.  

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No matter what your gifts are,
there are lots of ways to serve at Hopewell.  
Setting Up for Sunday Morning Services

Baking Communion Bread

Weekly Evangelism at the Courthouse

Homeschool Event Coordinator
Bible Study Leader

Musician / Song Leader

Projector Technician 

...or suggest your own niche!

Just email us and let us know how you can assist.

Part of our vision for our church is that the Lord would grant us grassroots growth.  To reach this goal we want to encourage all who are a part of Hopewell to be engaged in purposeful outreach over a 10 month period.  Here's the plan:

1.  Choose a friend or family you know that does not know the Lord or who's relationship with Christ is rather loose.

2. Begin to pray for this person on a daily basis.

3.  Initiate contact.  Take a small step to connect with this person or family.  It might be a small thing, like sending an encouraging email/text, writing a handwritten note, or giving them a call to say "hi."  Or maybe, it is just being intentional about connecting when you see them at work.  

4.  Continue to pray for this person(s) regularly.  Don't give up.  Try to be specific too.  What needs do they have?  Better yet, ask the Lord how you can serve them and be His agent in bringing them closer to Christ.
5.  Show some hospitality.  Sometime in the next month or so, take another step to build the relationship.  Maybe have them over for dinner or connect for breakfast.  Don't worry about "sharing the gospel" or inviting them to church just yet if the opportunity doesn't present itself.  Just enjoy building the relationship by buying him/her a coffee or letting the kids play.

6.  Wait another month or two, then connect again.  Invite your friend(s) to a movie, sporting event, or have them over for dessert.  Maybe even organize a group event/outing so you can include another friend from the church.  During your time together, try and show a deeper level of concern for their overall well being.  If he was injured or his mother was having surgery, ask how the recovery is going.  

7.  Extend your Prayers into their life.  Obviously you should still be praying for his/her specific needs.  After another couple of weeks, make contact again & let them know you are praying for them.  Or, ask them how you can be praying for them (pray with them if you've have the chance).  Or ask them about the need you've already been praying about and say, "I've been praying about ___, how's that going?"

8.  Invite to a church function.  You might be 5-6 months in by now.  It's time to try and cross that church line.  If they are open, invite them to a service or a church social (you may need to organize it).  Perhaps it will be a small social outing, such as a ladies' tea or a men's group.  The point is simply to introduce your friend to the church and start allowing opportunities for others at Hopewell to begin building relationships with your friend.

9.  Share God's Word.  This could be an all out gospel presentation.  Or it could be something quite small, like saying, "You know, the Bible says we shouldn't provoke our children to wrath.  We need to be gentle with them when they..."
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