May 4, 2017

Taking Time To Pray

I wanted to post a video here for our non Facebook people of a live video from today. I was inviting our members and community to join us on the front steps at noon for the National Day of Prayer Service.  Regardless of who is in office, our responsibility/privilege is always to pray for them daily. Come by our church facebook page and throw a like, we would love to see you :)

Pastor James


May 2, 2017

National Day of Prayer Service, May 4th

The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.

We will be joining Christians around the world by gathering on the front steps of our sanctuary on Thursday, May 4th @ Noon for prayer over our nation as one voice united.

"Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land."
[2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT]

Save The Date for Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

July 17-20, 2017

Each night begins with a meal.
6:00 - 8:30 (Mon-Wed) / 6:00 - 7:30 (Thursday Family Night)

More Information To Come

Mother's Day Mission Offering for The Aging

Each year our WMU (Women's Missionary Union) leads our church in remembering those who have served in ministry and now need our help. Your gift will provide housing care in our South Carolina Southern Baptist retirement communities for retired missionaries, pastors and lay leaders who obediently served the Lord.

Envelopes are available in our church pew racks. An offering will be collected during our Mother's Day worship service on May 14 or you can contribute anytime during the month of May.

They Obeyed. Will you?

So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9)

For More Information --> SCBMA Ministries of Aging

May 1, 2017

Engaging Our Community

Last year our church partnered with Anderson County to host a job fair. I remembered them interviewing me but I never saw the video until I stumbled upon it today. I am so thankful the county asked us to be a part of this event. May we as a church continue to be engaged and relevant in our community. - Pastor James

Watch The Video on YouTube Here

April 30, 2017

You Are The Light of The World

Dear church family,

I can remember praying together for God to make our church relevant in our community.  I shared the question with you that keeps me up at night. “If our church were to shut its doors today, would anyone in the community notice?”  Our church has a long tradition of being at the center of our community but a lot that has been mentioned about it is of the glory days of the past.  It warms my heart to say we are still making in-roads into our community.  Every event, every outreach, every worship service and every prayer meeting reinforces our commitment to God, each other and our community. 

It is great to see visitors feel welcome enough to come back and community members seeing our church as a light in our community.  We are not going anywhere! We are going to minister where God has planted us and pray for God to bring others to help with the harvest.  Our church is the body of Christ and we need every part.  Thank you for your love, devotion and service.  May we continue to take the gospel to our community and world.

In Him,

Pastor James

April 27, 2017

Our Church Bus Is Recommissioned

Our church experienced an emotional and touching service this past Sunday as we recommissioned our church bus for ministry.  For those that do not know, at the end of September 2016 this bus was carrying the Pastor and a group of Senior adults on a day trip to Helen, Ga.  While traveling on I-85 they were in a terrible accident.  Many of our members were hospitalized and one eventually passed away.  This has been a difficult time for our church, however God is not done with HPBC yet.

Our church has experienced the love and support of our members, other churches, our community and far above what we could have imagined.  Why did God allow this to happen?  That is the wrong question to ask because there will never be a concrete answer on this side of heaven. We continue to press on, give God the glory and trust that He knows best.

All throughout the Bible, God has instructed His followers to build altars.  Altars are places of worship that remind us of how God has worked in our lives. They are reminders of why we need to live a life that is set apart for Him and be sure to give Him glory for everything.  He led us to CMS Garage who restored the bus in an unbelievable way.  They truly put their hearts into this repair. In the photos you see some of our members getting back on that bus and sitting in the very same seat they were in when the wreck happened.  It was emotional for us, but what a testimony of the strength that can be found in Christ.  Only He can enable you to do what you think is impossible.

This bus is a reminder to our church of how God provided. God is healing our members and continues to move among our church.  This bus will be used to share the gospel of Jesus.  This bus is an altar to remind everyone of God's faithfulness and restoration.  If your life is wrecked, take heart and know that God can always mend what is broken for His glory. #ourstoryHisglory

Sermon Preached For Bus Recommissioning Service on 04/23/2017: It Is Time To Build An Altar