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Author: Pastor Lin Created: 3/30/2009 9:32 AM
Thoughts and reflections from Pastor Lin.

The people of BHCC are Praising God abundantly for all His MANY blessings on His church in 2011! It has been an amazing year, full of incredible outpourings of the Holy Spirit and MUCH fruit for the Kingdom of God as a result! 2011 could definitely be called a record setting year! We set attendance records all over the place, from Easter to Christmas Eve! Way to go God!!! We had our record setting biggest baptism ever: seventeen people!!! PTL!!! To Him be all the glory forever! God is moving in huge ways in this church! The Harvest of the LORD has only just begun! Below pics are from our incredible Christmas Eve service 2011! Merry, Merry Christmas 2011! Love from...

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Merry Christmas Friends!

Luke 2:10-11 “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

 

 

All of us at Blessed Hope Community Church want to wish you a very MERRY, Christ-filled Christmas!!!

 

It is truly our honor to be a servant of Christ, and to serve all the people that God has brought together at BHCC as His family! God has truly blessed this church and continues to show us signs, wonders, and YES, even miracles abound!

 

We can't thank you enough for all your love, prayers and support for the pastors, leaders and all the people of BHCC! We are excited about all God has planned for us in 2012!!!

 

We will be celebrating our Christmas worship together at LOEWS MOVIE THEATER on Saturday, December 24th from 5:30-6:30PM....

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I don't know if I've ever been as excited about Christmas as I am this year. Yes, having a brand new granddaughter definitely has something to do with it. :-) But it's even more than that. Yes, it's exciting to see how BHCC continues to grow and produce fruit. But it's still more than that. Yes, I absolutely love doing our current Christmas series, but it's more than that! Yes, I am REALLY excited about having our Christmas Eve service in the movie theater this year for the first time, but it's still more than that!!! The bottom line is, more than all these wonderful, incredible things, I am truly MOST excited and happy beyond belief about Jesus Christ!!! After all these years of knowing Him, my joy has not subsided, only INCREASED!!! He still absolutely amazes me! No words can describe how wonderful He is! Nothing on earth compares to Him! And when I think about how great His love is for us, I am again, AMAZED! I thank God that I get to be His servant. I get frustrated at times...

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Pastor John (& Jen) bring the newest member of BHCC HOME! :-)





October is Pastor Appreciation Month! Last Sunday, BHCC gave Pastor John and I an incredible gift! They flooded us with cards filled with words of love, gratitude & appreciation! They also gave us a much desired Keurig Coffee Maker (or hot chocolate maker depending on your preference!). We greatly appreciate the Keurig, but there are no words to describe what the love-filled words mean to us! Words can have an amazing power, can't they? I love written words because you can read them over and over again! I truly feel sorry for anyone who does not know what it means to have a church family.  They have no idea what they are missing. So many people see the church as a building or a place you go too and they don't understand that the Church is the family of God! In fact, it's strange to me how many people...

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Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT) "For the Lord your God is living among you.       He is a mighty savior.    He will take delight in you with gladness.       With his love, he will calm all your fears.       He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Hi Friends,

Yup, it's true!  God wants to have an intimate love connection with YOU! He wants to have a personal relationship with you and He wants to be involved in all the details of your life!

 

What He wants you to know more than anything else is that at the end of the day, at the end of your life, all that REALLY matters IS relationships! Your relationship with God and your relationships with others is all that really matters! The career, the bank account status, the car you drive, your portfolio or list of vacations will mean nothing compared to the value of how well you loved God and others in this life!

 

That is the focus of our current message series called "Love at Last Sight!" We've all heard the expression that it was "Love at first sight!" But we've all experienced the reality that that kind of superficial love can be shallow and very short-lived.  How 'bout the idea of love at last sight? Was there love shown and expressed the last time we saw that person? Has our love grown stronger each time we see the people closest to us?

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WOW, the new website looks AMAZING! It's so cool to have a new and improved look!  Kind of represents what's happening in our church as a whole!  God is all about making things NEW and we are all so blessed to be along to ride on the waves he creates!

He continues to make our lives new and improved every day!  Thanks be to God!  His mercies are also NEW every morning! Halleluiah!

Can't wait to see all the 'new and improved' things God will do in our church throughout our Fall Open House Series starting Oct. 2nd!  Wooo-hoo! Check out our new series, Love at Last Sight! (So much better than love at First Sight!) 

Right now is definitely a time to celebrate in our church! During our worship service yesterday, we handed out 17 baptism certificates and 25 new BHCC member certificates, PTL! Welcome HOME family, welcome HOME!!! The BHCC family is continuing to grow! Yesterday we had our Lasagna Fundraiser and drawing for our Huge raffle basket full of amazing prizes! Congratulations to Nick and Judy Disalvo for winning the big basket!!! Between the raffle, the dinner and many donations from all of you, we have raised more than $2000.00 for our Fall Mailers!!!  Congratulations BHCC Peeps, you ALL did an amazing job! Next week, we will send out 15,000 direct mailers to invite our neighbors (and future family members) to join us for our October Open House!  PTL! It's all about changing lives for all eternity! BHCC is on a mission for God and we are seeing the Hand of God building His church! How awesome that He invites us to partner with Him and be His hands and feet to the world.  We have a purpose and the result...

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Wow, August sure went by fast.  You can feel it in the air, seasons are changing.  We can often feel seasons changing in our personal lives as well. It certainly is the case in my life. My Mom went home to be with the Lord on 8/18/2011.  There's a memorial service for her at her church in Florida tomorrow and we'll be having a celebration of her life service at our Mosaic Campus on Sept. 12th at 7pm. Even though it was in their later years, I am incredibly grateful that both my parents came to know the LORD before leaving the planet.  I have so much to thank God for! I can't imagine going through the hard seasons of life and not having the faith and hope that we Christians have been given through our faith in Christ. We definitely do not grieve like the rest of the world: 1 Thes. 4:13: "And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope." One season of my life has ended, but another one has already...

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We're in the midst of planning our 2011 Fall Open House.  We've actually been planning it for quite some time but wow, here we are now in mid-August already! It's a little funny to me that a church would have an 'open house.'  I mean, we're always an open house of course!  But for whatever reason, we always get a great response to these.  I think it sends a clear message that we REALLY want guests and visitors to come to our church. You would think all churches would be like that, but they're not. My husband and I have visited many churches in the past who were not very warm and welcoming at all.  It almost made us feel like we walked into someone else's party and weren't really wanted. That's why I'm so proud of the people at BHCC for sooo not being like that! Over and over again, I hear first time guests tell me what an awesome job we do in welcoming guests and making them feel comfortable and wanted! I know the reason is because we are sincere in our welcoming!  We know we are on a mission from God and a big part of our mission is to welcome new family members HOME! I know our church isn't for everyone, and I'm totally okay with that!  The ones who are supposed to stay, stay! God is the one building this family and I love the fact that I get to participate in His redemptive work!  What an honor, what a joy!...

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