Touché February 6, 2015
Posted on February 6, 2015 by under Touché,

Salt and Light

“I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”                                                                                                                                      (Isaiah 49:6b)

In second grade I wrote an essay on what I wanted to be when I grew up; I wanted to be a volunteer fireman and a preacher of the gospel.  In Middlebush, New Jersey I joined the volunteer fire company at the same time I was ordained to the gospel ministry.  The two went together in that church.  The pastor was expected to be in the fire company, at least as chaplain, but I rode the trucks and fought the fires.  I enjoyed the comradery of the company and it took me out of the church and into the world.

In this series of “Making a Dent-Outside Edition” we are reminded that the fire company and faith go together, or at least faith and a focus of ministry that is outside of the church.  That gets played out in many ways and in many places, but my longing for Hopewell is that we grow more and more to be a church where everybody inside the church is making a dent outside of HRC.

This week we will have two East Fishkill Chiefs with us: the Chief of Police, Kevin Keefe, and the Fire Chief, Kevin Geysen or his stand-in, Lieutenant, Katlin Geysen.  Kevin Keefe will talk about three major concerns for our community and we will pray for those who serve our community in protecting us.  Rich Fiorile will also participate in Foundations.  Rich is a Dutchess County Prosecutor who is connected to our congregation.  It will be a reminder to each of us to seek the welfare of the city in which we live.

Last night at the elders meeting we went through our membership and Pam Hansen presented us a listing of folks who were new to the church.  We commented on how many people are coming from the Fellowship Hall into the sanctuary.  Traditionally in churches where AA groups meet there is not much connection between AA and the church, but we are finding more and more AA members are inviting friends to church.  AA is a mission within our walls, and I am very thankful some of our members see the connection between the two.  They are truly “Making a Dent”.

Dave Koehler serves as president of the Rotary, we have people who work with the library, some work with the historical society, we have mentors in Kids Hope, workers for CMP, Food Bank volunteers, homeless shelter meal makers, missionaries in the Dominican Republic, bed deliverers for Beds INC –  I want the list to go on and on forever. I believe that there is a connection to being proclaimers of the gospel and serving the community in which we live.  I look forward to every member of Hopewell defining a mission where they are making a dent.  If you don’t know where that is, then these last two weeks of this series should help you. As Dr. Schuler used to say: Find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it.

Amen,           Taylor