Touché – May 9, 2014
Posted on May 9, 2014 by under Touché,

Generation Next or the New Nuns

But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children. (Psalm 103:17)

The elders met last night with Claire Viau.  She had come to request baptism for this Mother’s Day.  We will remember and celebrate her baptism in the creek on Mother’s Day at the start of our Recharge service at 6:30 PM.  Shireen Gilbert and I had visited with the Johnson family as we prepared for Elisabeth’s baptism at the Foundations service on Mother’s Day morning.  I love baptisms on Mothers’ Day because they are a reminder of the blessings of mothers for the next generation.  It was a good day to be an elder at Hopewell.

Claire is headed into ministry this summer at a Christian camp in Oklahoma.  She shared with the elders how her life has turned around in her relationship with Christ and her desire to share that with others.  She is a young model of going “deep and wide” in this congregation.

I recently read Katie Lambert’s blog.  Lourdes Kleid posted on Facebook that she can sense a new addition to the young HRC missionaries coming in Katie.  Take a moment to read her blog: http://storiesbyafisherwomyn.blogspot.com/2014/04/life-in-mountains.html?m=1

Rachel Snider continues to be a blessing in the Dominican Republic.  It was so good to see her at Hilary’s wedding as these two missionaries stood up there together.  Check our Rachel’s blog at: http://thecalling-whereveritmaylead.blogspot.com/

Speaking of Hilary and her wedding, you get a chance to meet her husband, Tyler, who is a missionary with Campus Outreach.  They just posted an intro video on his blog: http://vimeo.com/94485418.  They will be in Hopewell for a church-wide party July 20th.

We remember our support for Patrick Boyd in seminary in Dallas and Dylan Ackley preparing for youth ministry at Nyack.  Jen Nieves is doing youth ministry at Flatbush Reformed after completing her work at Nyack.  You can check them out on Facebook.

As we hear so much these days about the “nones” and young people leaving the church, this Sunday will be a great day to remember the “nuns” (at least as I use that term for those willing to devote their lives to the mission of God).  We can thank God for the promise of baptism and the work that He is doing through Generation Next.

Amen!   Taylor

(Touché is my weekly blog named for the French term for “a touch of the heart’ in fencing.  It is a personal reminder for me of the call to evangelism. Touché is the name of a friend from long ago.)