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    01.04.19 | by Eric Segool

    Over the past month of so I have spent time concentrating on 2019.  The word Blossom defined means to 'mature or develop.'  When I was growing up the neighbor next store had some apple trees.  It was no mystery to me what fruit would grow on those branches, what did vary was when would the fruit come forth.  Sometimes the Apples would come in earlier than expected ripe and ready, other seasons more patiences was required.  However, the fruit always came. 

    I am convinced that God has called me to help people Blossom or mature and develop.  When believers walk in their giftedness God begins to utilize them, God is Glorified and the person who is living in their sweet spot is fulfilled. 

    So what does this mean for Hope?  Well over the next few weeks myself and the rest of the Elders will be praying, dreaming and strategizing on how the ministries we oversee could "Blossom" in 2019.  Please keep us in prayer specifically in regards to the areas we oversee: 

    • Joe Mather: Worship & Hospitality
    • Tim Parker: Youth Group & Outreach
    • Ed Sturgis: Church Administration, Finances, Deacons & Missions
    • John DiGregorio: Sunday School & Women's Ministry 
    • Pete Field: Men's Ministry, Sound Booth & Technology 
    Years ago Martin Luther King gave a famous speech which came to be known as; "I have a Dream."  Rather than focusing on all the Injustices (and there were many) that African Americans had to deal with instead King painted out a dream for what could Blossom in America.  Over 50 years those words still motivate.  

    So for 2019 let's Dream and Blossom!  See you Sunday.  


    "I have a dream today... I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low.  The rough places will be made plain and the crooked places made straight.  And the Glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.  This is our Hope."
    Martin Luther King Jr / August 28, 1963