Friday, December 29, 2017

Introducing our New Worship Arts and Communications Director!

Ronald Morrell, Jr. has been hired and will begin serving at Hanfield on January 1, 2018
He and his wife, Arianna, are both from Marion. They were married in 2017. 
Ronald is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and
has served as a worship leader since he was 17 years old. 

Ronald and Arianna Morrell

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Reflecting on...

...Christ’s Incarnation
John 1:1-14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
...Christ’s Redemption
Galatians 4:4-7
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
...Christ’s Salvation
Titus 3:4-8
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
...Christ’s Exaltation
Revelation 5:1-14
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
...Christ’s Promise to the Nations
Revelation 7:9-12
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
...Christ’s Future Restoration for Believers
Revelation 21:1-5
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Praying for the Enright Family

We received word and got verification that John and Kendra Enright were involved in a car accident. John was killed and Kendra is in critical condition. Please pray for the family and all those in ministry with them in Zambia.

God our Father, 
Your power brings us to birth, 
Your providence guides our lives, 
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, your faithful ones still live in Your presence, 
their lives change but do not end. 
I pray in hope for your faithful servant John
for his family and those he ministered to
and for Kendra who stands on the edge of eternity. 

In company with Christ, 
Who died and now lives, 
may they rejoice in Your kingdom, 
where all our tears are wiped away. 
Unite us together again in one family, 
to sing Your praise forever and ever.


10 Practical Lessons (Four of 10)

Lesson 4 - Choose Your Friends Carefully

It’s often said that you are the average of your five closest friends. And there’s a lot of truth to that saying. As human beings, we tend to reflect and to imitate the behavior of the people closest to us.
This makes a strong case for being careful to choose friends who represent your beliefs, values, goals, and preferences in life. Are your friends the kind of people you respect and look up to? Are they the kind of people you would go to if you have a problem? Can you rely on them if you are in trouble? Do they reflect the kind of person who you would like to be?

Friends aren’t just people who we hang out with. They’re people who shape who we are – that means that you need to choose them wisely.

Keep Reading! 1 Corinthians 15:33; Proverbs 18:24; 22:24-25; 13:20

Sunday, December 24, 2017

From our Christmas 2017 Congregational Letter

Dear Hanfieldites,

“Good News!” That was the cry of the angels on the first Christmas night. It’s still our cry over two thousand years later! Hanfield is actively proclaiming that same Good News to our community and we have other news that is good too! After months of debate and delay, we have secured the rights to the architectural plans we had drawn up through the process of preparing to build! The Building Construction Committee will begin meeting again in January to tweak these plans for a building that better meets our needs while staying within budget. It is our hope that during these winter months, we can get those plans finalized and build in 2018!

When we began dreaming for this building and implemented the fundraising campaign, we did not anticipate the complications that would arise. In review, the original bids for construction ballooned into something that we could not afford with what we had raised and we had to reevaluate. The project was then rebid, but then we were informed that we no longer had rights to the blueprints. And the waiting began.

If we are completely transparent, we hate to wait. Quite often we say things like, “I can’t believe this is taking so long” or "I don't have time for this.” That’s because most of us consider waiting to be wasting, but that's not the case with our God.

God works while we wait. Even when we couldn’t see what He was doing, God was always orchestrating the events of heaven and earth to accomplish His purposes. We’ve better learned how to trust in His unfailing love—love that moved Him to send a Savior from heaven to restore and rescue us. So, we’ve waited patiently and had to learn that waiting is never wasted when we are waiting on God.

During these long months of waiting you may have asked those same questions and wondered, like us, what was really happening. The Administrative Council, Trustees and staff continued to pray and invite you to pray with diligence and intensity. It is time to proceed! Whatever happens next in our building plans must conform to our mission to worship, connect, and serve in order that we will become Witnesses.

This season of waiting is coming to a close at the end of 2017 just as the Trust Movement does, too. We want to thank so many of you who gave sacrificially and have allowed us to be ready with a considerable building fund in place to begin these next steps. I hope that God has built your trust in Him in the uncertainty of waiting. Chances to add to the Trust Movement giving are coming to a close. What’s next? We know for sure that whatever comes our way will be groundbreaking (See what we did there?) because that is the character of the God that we serve. Let’s celebrate this good news in the midst of declaring Good News to our community. Now on to 2018 as we chase hard after God.

Witnesses to the Good News,

Rev. Brad Terhune Cris Bragg         Dave Brown
for the Staff for the Administrative Council         for the Trustees

Monday, December 18, 2017

10 Practical Lessons (Three of 10)

Lesson 3 - “Do For Others As You Would Have Them Do For You”

That’s actually a paraphrase from Matthew 7:12. Most of us expect people to treat us better than they often do, but do we hold ourselves to the same standard?

If you want to be treated better, start treating other people better. People tend to respond to the way you deal with them, and if you find yourself being mistreated too often, it may have something to do with your own behavior. If you don’t like the way people are interacting with you, it’s entirely possible that they’re simply responding to how you’re treating them.

This is especially true when you’re dealing with someone in a tense situation. Before reacting, ask yourself, “How would I want someone to treat me if the shoe were on the other foot?”

Monday, December 11, 2017

10 Practical Lessons (Two of 10)

Lesson 2 - Failing Doesn’t Make You A Failure

Failing is a necessary step on the way to success – and that’s how you need to view it. Very few people are successful right out of the starting gate in any venture. In fact, the path to success is usually marked by a series of failures. As long as you learn something from your failures, they are almost always a step in the right direction.

It’s equally important to understand that defeat isn’t permanent. Never believe that you’re a failure simply because your most recent goal didn’t materialize. It may simply be that it was never meant to be. That being the case, get busy on the next venture. Success is assured as long as you don’t quit.

Check it out! Jeremiah 8:4; Proverbs 24:16; 2 Corinthians 4:9

Monday, December 4, 2017

10 Practical Lessons (One of 10)

Lesson 1 - God Loves You More Than You’ll Ever Know
You must understand and embrace this fact, no matter how you feel about yourself or how some others may feel about you.

What it means is that you are never unloved. Quite the opposite – you are dearly loved by the Creator of the universe. You must believe this.

The Apostle Paul confirmed this when he wrote:
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)