Thanks for the Welcome into the community
You have certainly heard the expression that in any given new relationship the first impression counts for a great deal. In fact, social scientists have discovered that the first seconds of your encounter with someone determines whether or not you could form a lasting relationship.
I am blessed to have come to Hopewell and my first impression has been “WOW.” Since my arrival over a week ago, many of you individually and collectively have done everything possible to welcome me to the community. I am so grateful.
While I have been waiting for my belongings to arrive, you have gone extra miles to make sure I have enough to eat, and a bed to sleep in. You have familiarized me with different restaurants in town.
Neighbors have come to wish me the best and even go as far as to bake and offer me cards. Lorraine made sure to treat me at the Chubbies where later I have met Lyn, the owner, who has been very helpful introducing me to the community at large. Phyllis treated me with another local restaurant gift card.
How can I forget Jean and Malcom who took me on a 3 hour drive around neighboring towns all the way to the Delaware River and a visit to Washington Crossing. We even drove across the State to New Hope in Pennsylvania to have ice cream at one of the famous places.
Friends, your hospitality and enthusiasm to welcoming me in your midst have eased my transition from the cornfields of Iowa to the mountains of Hopewell.
I look forward to aligning myself to the Hopewell UMC vision to worship, learn, serve and love. I have no doubt, together we could make this church relevant to the Hopewell community by loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves. I am deeply committed to this golden rule of Christian faith.
Thanks again, friends, for welcoming me with open hands, hearts and minds. Let us continue to spread
hope in our midst until we can’t no more.
In His Name,