Compass 11/24/19


This Week’s Worship Service

This Sunday Steve Dighton will be preaching on being Grateful For The Grace Of God (Colossians 2:6, 7). Today’s songs are O God Our Help in Ages Past, We Will Remember, Amazing Grace, and This Blood.


Elder Affirmations

Jim Dearholt and Mike Paquette have been nominated and it has been affirmed that they are being called by God to serve as Elders for Hoffmantown Church. Jim and Mike have been reviewed by the Elders and meet the qualifications required in our Bylaws Article V, Section 1. Jim has been endorsed by the Elders and the 30-day congregational review period started effective Sunday, November 10, and Mike has been endorsed by the Elders and the 30-day congregational review period starts effective Sunday, November 17. Anyone who has a Biblical objection of Jim or Mike serving as Elders must submit that objection in writing to the Elder Council for consideration and response during this 30-day review. Please pray for Jim, his wife, Tara, and Mike and his wife Amy, as they begin this journey.


Pastoral Search Team

The PST would like to thank you again for being a praying congregation that has been such a critical part of hearing clearly from God. We especially appreciate the efforts of the teams that have paved the way before us. As was reported, the PST has considered dozens of resumes, listened to hundreds of hours of sermons, and have given due diligence to each man. We are now carefully developing interview questions and pray that God will reveal His perfect will as we go forward. Please continue to be faithful in prayer during this time. (Phil. 4:6,7)


The Wonder of Christmas

Hoffmantown Church invites you to attend The Wonder of Christmas on December 13 and 14 at 7pm. Interact with the sights and sounds of Christmas as you sing along to some of our most beloved Christmas carols led by our Choir and Orchestra. Reflect upon the events that took place in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago as our Drama team presents the Living Nativity and as you peruse the Nativity Gallery. And enjoy some complimentary refreshments and Christmas music in the Fellowship Mall before the Worship Center doors open at 6:30pm. For more information, visit



GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

Need help in surviving the upcoming holidays? Recovering from the loss of a loved one is a complex process and can be especially painful during the holiday season. Hoffmantown Church is presenting the GriefShare Surviving the Holidays seminar which presents practical holiday survival tips for those navigating loss during a time others are celebrating. The class will be on Tuesday, December 3 in room B100 from 6:30-8:30pm. There is no charge for the class, but an RSVP to Tabitha at 858-8624 or is requested.


Join the JOY!

Here’s your chance to be part of our Christmas Tradition at Hoffmantown. Our beautiful Nativity Gallery is a joyful part of our annual Christmas Season Musical weekend. Dozens and dozens of treasured nativity sets are brought in and displayed for all to see, appreciate and enjoy, this year on December 13, 14 and 15. And you’re invited to bring your own favorite nativity set, creche or treasured manger scene and be part of the celebration. It’s such a joy to watch parents and grandparents guide their little ones through the displays, helping to explain the true meaning of Christmas, as they enjoy cookies, hot cider and yuletide fellowship. Each treasured set is accompanied by a written description and explanation recounting how it was acquired, where in the world it came from, what special significance or Christmas message is remembered every year. All those in our church family, K-Groups, Children’s and Student ministries are encouraged to bring your favorite nativity set to display and share—the more, the merrier! Make it a class project and “Join the Joy!” For more information, contact Tabitha Baker at 858-8624 or



Family Dedication

We are now accepting registrations for our December 1 Family Dedication. All registrations must be turned in no later than Monday, November 25 at 5pm. Family Dedication is open to families with children under the age of 12 years. The registration flyer can be picked up at the main check-in counter in the Kids’ wing of the Church. You can also download the form on the website. Please fill it out and email or deliver it to the Children’s Ministry Office. If you have any questions about this dedication service, please contact Sarah Goodrich at 858-8601 or at



Angel Tree

The 2019 holiday season has begun! With the season comes the opportunity to share our wealth with those less fortunate. Angel Tree helps bring Christmas presents to children with an incarcerated parent(s). If you would like to help provide for these children, grab an angel from one of the trees around the church. Gift drop-off deadline is Sunday, December 1.


Angel Tree Distribution/Sorting Volunteers Needed!

In addition to donating a gift, Angel Tree is also in need of volunteers who would be willing to help sort and/or deliver the gifts. The more, the merrier. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Mission office at 858-8660 or



Volunteers Needed for Reception

As our guests arrive for the Wonder of Christmas presentation, they will have the opportunity to visit with friends, admire the Nativity scenes and be refreshed with hot apple cider and cookies in the Fellowship Mall. We need volunteers for set-up, serving and clean up for the reception. If you are able to help on Friday, December 13 and/or Saturday, December 14, 5-8pm, contact Susan Franse or 858-8654 to sign up. Sign up sheets are also available in your K-Groups.



Current Members:

Elders: Tom Caudill & Ben Wyne                    Pastors: Tim Hale & John Rupley

Deacons: Chase Johnson & Allan Rider         Operations: Sam Mouck

At Large Members: Jeni Civerolo, Robert Ewing, Steve Gnerich, Gwen Hughes, Kirby Jefferson and Patricia Rogers


As many may remember, one item that was included in the bylaws that we as a church approved on June 30, was a requirement that all voters be present at the meeting in which the vote takes place. There was quite a bit of discussion regarding the option for absentee voting. There are very strong reasons both in support of allowing absentee voting as well as requiring presence at the meeting in order to vote. The original Tteam, including all elders, and pastors, and the interim church council was unanimously in agreement that presence at the meeting was required. Because a new church council was being voted for in September, the interim church council deferred any action on this matter until the new council was put in place. Nine of the 13 council members are new to the council. One of the first items that the church council undertook was the matter regarding absentee voting. After much discussion, the new council was also in unanimous support of leaving the bylaws as they currently are which requires presence at the meeting where the vote is taken. The elders and pastors remain in unanimous support for keeping the voting process as is stated in the by-laws. Therefore, we will be leaving the bylaws as they are. We are grateful for the spirited discussion and we certainly appreciate the different perspectives.



Yellow is the new Blue!

Our distributor for our contribution envelopes that are mailed out each month have let us know that they will no longer be stocking the blue envelopes that we currently use. As soon as their blue stock runs out, you will begin receiving your contribution envelopes in yellow. We are so thankful for your faithful contributions and your support of Hoffmantown Church. If you have any questions regarding contribution envelopes, please call Catrina at (505) 858-8635.