There’s been some projects that have been simmering on the back burner that are about to flower into reality. The first is Community Triangle where I have been looking for a suitable volunteer to manage a monthly Dinner Out. Deacon Howard Dunn has stepped into the breach and later this summer you will see Dinner Out back on the calendar. We’re also looking at a youth group version of Dinner Out!
New Light is about to pilot a second Sunday service at 7pm in Winchester, serving parts of Virginia and West Virginia. The catchment area will be south to Woodstock, east to Leesburg, and north to Martinsburg. It is my hope that anyone traveling to Hagerstown from the Martinsburg area will continue to do so, but that we will reach out into the larger WV and VA area to make our presence known. Our new venue is The Lord’s Chapel in Winchester, and our very first service will be a pride celebration on June 3rd!
Of course, you cannot fail to notice that our Hagerstown home has become increasingly cramped on Sundays and that we need a larger space to worship in. We were bursting out of the seams on Easter Sunday! I believe we need space to grow and so are going to try a different venue for a while to see what impact it has on our growth. On June 10th we will be moving our regular Sunday worship service to the Clarion Hotel on Rt. 40. Worship will take place at the usual time, 10:30am, and we are exploring various ways to ensure that those who currently walk to the church have equal access. It’s a wonderful space, disabled accessible with its own kitchen, bathrooms, and rooms which overlook the sanctuary and which are perfect for a Sunday School and creche. We’ll have our usual coffee hour afterwards and there’s a wonderful hotel to explore as well. Of course, all of our other events, ministries, and day to day office work will continue to take place at our church building on West Church Street. We’re not losing our home, we’re gaining an annex!
Lots of exciting stuff. Vision and mission statements, core values, all in the pipe line. Mission trips and retreats on the drawing board. more ways to reach out into our own communities being explored. Please come and talk to me, or a board member if you have any questions. Please let me know if you’d like to be involved in some way. And please join me in praying that God continue to be the sponsor of our plans, and that God’s Will continue to guide our steps.