Worship Service September 17, 2017

We continue our journey with Moses this week.  “Holy Moses 4: WIND, SKY AND SEA”.   Hear how God provides safe passage.

Worship service September 10, 2017

Our Sunday morning worship for today, the third in our Moses sermon series, “Holy Moses 3: DEATH”.  Welcome back to our fabulous choir who sang a beautiful anthem, “Not Unto Us, O Lord”.  Lots of children present today with the beginning of Sunday School classes and a special blessing for them after children’s story.

Worship Service, Sept. 3, 2017

Enjoy the second week in our Moses Sermon Series, the story of the Burning Bush….

Moses – September Sermon Series

How delightful to begin my third month with you, looking at a series on that great old guy from the Old Testament – MOSES! During the month of September, we will be taking an up-close and personal look at the life of Moses, and his calling from God Almighty to lead the Hebrew people. Last Sunday, we remembered his birth, and realized what a difference God can make using just one of us – now let’s see what that led to in the years ahead for Moses.

Week 2 is the story of the Burning Bush, Week 3 the Passover, Week 4 the Crossing of the Red Sea, and Week 5 the Manna. Each week, we will also remember elements of creation as we interact with these readings from Exodus. (Fire, Death, Wind/Sky/Sea, and Food). We’ll be singing great hymns, opening each week with “All Creatures of Our God and King,” and incorporating lively spirituals like “Wade in the Water” and “Go Down, Moses”.

You might notice that the chancel area around the communion table has been prepped for this special series also! There are traditional symbols of Moses there – the basket for the baby Moses in the bullrushes, the “burning” bush, Moses’ walking stick (thanks so much to Lucy Klein’s grandson, Jaron Deich for making this for us!), a dark cloth representing the deaths at Passover, and of course, the manna raining down from the heavens, and settling all over the table.

Next to the table, though, is an easel with a changing poster each week, designed by your worship team to help us in the 21st century see how these ancient scriptures apply to our world today.

Come and share in this exciting month, as we welcome “Moses”, start our Sunday School and Confirmation classes, and celebrate God’s amazing gifts to us!

Joyfully serving with you, Pastor Joy

UMCOR responds to Hurricane Harvey

I’m sure that you have all been watching the news and have been praying for those in Texas and now Louisiana that have been affected by the devastating flooding caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.  You may also be wondering what you can do to help.  I’m sure that many of you are familiar with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  UMCOR is a wonderful organization within our denomination and part of their work is to provide disaster response around the world.  This is where the 80 Health Kits that we assembled this past spring went to.  One thing that makes UMCOR special is that 100% of the money donated to the organization is spent on the project that it is specified for.  (Check out UMCOR Home – UMCOR if you want to learn more!)
UMCOR already has feet on the ground in response to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and has in fact been working in the area since before the storm made landfall.  The best thing that we can do at this time besides continuing to pray for those in harms way and those working to help them is to provide financial assistance.  This Sunday, September 3rd, we will be taking a special offering at Hope UMC.  The offering will go to UMCOR and more specifically to their US Disaster Response fund (Advance 901670).  This will be in place of our usual first Sunday offering to the pastor’s discretionary fund.  We are very thankful that we have had a donor come forward who has offered to match the first $500 that is donated!
We will provide special envelopes for the offering but to help the tellers, please also write UMCOR/Harvey in the notation area of your check.  If you will not be in church on Sunday but would like to make a donation, it may be sent to the church office but again please make sure that it is clearly marked for UMCOR/Harvey.
Thank you for your continued prayers.  Recovery will of course be a very long process and those prayers will be needed in the coming months.
Below is a recent message from our bishop regarding the hurricane.
Blessings,
Alice Collins, Lay Leader,
Rev. Joy Toll-Chander and
HUMC Missions team

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Aug. 29, 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

I greet you all in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I am writing to encourage you to join me in praying for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused catastrophic flooding in Texas, as well as for all the first responders and others who have been there to assist.

I am deeply pained by the suffering and loss faced by those in the path of this devastating storm, and I know it will be a long road to recovery for many.

I also know that so many of you are eager to reach out to help. Please find information about how you can best assist the flood victims here on our Conference website.

Thank you for your generosity and your prayers.

In Christ’s love,

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

Sunday Service, August 27, 2017 – Moses!

We start our journey on exploring the story of Moses and along the way we encounter some ….. butterflies?