Touché January 8, 2016
Posted on January 8, 2016 by under Touché,

A Few Good Women

“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church in Cenchrea.  I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.”  (Romans 16:1-2)

As Paul introduced Phoebe to the church in Rome, it is my pleasure to introduce to the church in Hopewell two good women consistory will nominate to fill the office of elder and deacon at our congregational meeting this Sunday at noon.  Shurawl Sibbles and Cindy Gerber will be presented as the consistory slate for elder and deacon respectively.  I commend them both to you as two who have been a great help to many, including me.  Both of these women have been part of our Wednesdays at the Well, where they have reflected a spiritual depth and discernment that has opened the door for their consideration.

Shurawl joined the church in 2010.  She has two children, Matthew and Sollande, who are a part of our Sunday school and youth ministry.  Winston, her husband, has attended the men’s retreat and is active in worship. Shurawl was part of the Ridder Church Renewal leadership team at Hopewell.  She was a leader of our Woman’s retreat when the Ridder team led that retreat. She was part of the team in the REVEAL study.  She brings a wealth of experience and expertise in human resource work from her leadership position at Met Life.  I am sure she will bring some “best practices” from her professional world to leadership in the church.  I, and many others, have experienced her hunger for the things of God and her desire to put those in practice in very practical ways.  I commend Shurawl to you.

Cindy joined the church in 2012.  Her kids, Travis and Robin, are key leaders in our youth worship and ministry.  Brent, her older son, is active in the worship life of the church.  Cindy is part of the youth leadership team and has a strong connection with the ministry of Warren and Lynette Jee.  She was on the mission trip to South Africa this summer, where she spent time digging a ditch and showing herself to be a woman of compassion. She was raised in Virginia in a Baptist church and is a development associate at St. Christopher’s Inn, a homeless shelter and substance abuse treatment center in Garrison, New York. She writes about her journey: “I have lived in New York for over 23 years and have attended a few churches over the years, but never felt as at home, as loved, as committed, as challenged or as called to serve like I have since coming to HRC.” She will make an excellent deacon and I commend her to you.

Besides consistory elections, Bruce Smith has prepared a video presentation- A Year in Review.  We will have an update on Stephen Ministry and Finances and you will hear our plans for our Faithwalking retreat the weekend after Easter and the small groups that will follow that weekend.

I hope you will join us Sunday at noon for a celebration of where we have been and an affirmation of where we are going with good leaders that are a blessing for this church and the kingdom of God.

In Christ,