On Sunday, February 2nd, our team of Visitation Communion Stewards was commissioned for the upcoming year. The team, led and coordinated by Deaconess Fay Flanary includes Certified Lay Minister George Button, Elaine Hubler, Jeff Hubler, Dawn Kresge, Ruth Keller, and Lucy Klein. The team is trained to assist the pastor in visitation to our home bound and hospitalized members. On the first Sunday of each month, members of the team bring and serve communion to these members.
We ask God’s blessings on this important ministry team.
Commissioning of Communion Stewards 2-2-14
Dear companions in Christ:
We are just a few short weeks away from Hope’s spiritual pilgrimage on February 25. We invite you to pray for the pilgrims as we prepare for a life changing journey.
Cyndy Hardaker, Alice Collins, Gail Pisacane, Debbie Ewing, Fay Flanary, Jean Chrones-Khun, Pat & Bill McClure and I have been engaged in a preparation study for the trip. We have explored the geography and demographics, the culture and history, the food, and the politics of both the ancient as well the modern world of Jesus’ home land. Cyndy Hardaker has become our in-house resident researcher, bringing fascinating videos about the Dead Sea Scrolls and Masada.
Please help us to meditate and be ready for the experience. I wish we could all go but feel that we are going on your behalf, there may be other opportunities in the future for others to go on this spiritual journey. We are going to visit two places where we can bring your prayers written on a piece of paper or cloth; one is the place where Jesus had breakfast after the resurrection and the other is the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Let us be your messengers to bring good tidings to our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.
Wonder and awe
Fill our hearts
And provoke our minds.
Holy Spirit guide
Let the living stone
Of the genesis land
Speak once more
The story of our Lord.
Blessings, Pastor Aida
Saturday, January 18th from 12:00 to 4:00
A large variety of truffles and chocolate treats will be available for your selection and purchase….even sugar- free! 1,000 to choose from! Bring your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers! Think ahead to to Valentine’s Day; wouldn’t your “someone special” be over the moon for some delicious truffles? And we know you need some for yourself as a special treat!
Dear Companions in Christ,
You are the best! Our retreat was a tremendous success due to your participation! In addition we want to give thanks to all those who were not able to attend, but fully supported the event with prayers, positive expectations and with great food. Rev. Rick, our Congregational Development coach, will be sending us a summary of the day and a date for the next gathering. The next step is to move toward a doable plan to make all those wonderful possibilities come true. Share your experience with others! Friends, let’s keep the Holy Spirit moving in our midst!
Blessings, Pastor Aida and the Leadership Team
Saturday, January 11, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Lunch will be provided.)
Let us initiate the New Year with excitement and great expectations. Mark your calendar to participate in a community gathering where we will be honoring the past, celebrating the present, and claiming a vibrant future. Everyone is needed to share, love and plan for the spiritual and numeric growth of Hope. Come; let us collaborate with the Holy Spirit and each other in the creation of our future!
Grace and Peace,
Leadership Team & Pastor Aida