Hope UMC celebrates 140 years in Belchertown

On Sunday, August 10th Hope UMC had a wonderful day of celebration of 140 years in mission in Belchertown.  The day began with a Worship service filled with song.  We started with remembering our baptism as we were sprinkled with drops of water by our Lay Leaders while singing “Let’s Gather at the River”.  A few members of the Children’s choir joined with some “young at heart” adults to sing “This is Our Father’sChildren and young at heart World” and Pastor Aida led us in a good old fashioned hymn sing beginning with old time favorites, “Rock of Ages” and “The Old Rugged Cross”.

The day continued with a bounteous pot luck lunch that we enjoyed while having a chance to peruse the historical displays created by Debby and Gretchen before and after lunch.  Gretchen ended the lunch by giving us a little talk about some of the interesting information that she found out while researching the church history.  We had a good time hearing about her new “favorite” pastor, Rev. Rocky Smith, who seems to have been quite an interesting character.Hope 140th celebration 2014

At 1:00 we were joined by many members of the community who came to be entertained and delighted by the Dan Kane singers.  The show was emceed by Dan Madsen of WGGB TV40.  Mr. Madsen kept the crowd chuckling with his witty banter between acts.  The group of singers that came to perform for us ranged in age from 8 to …well I won’t dare to guess his age but the oldest was probably Dan Kane’s dad, Jim Kane.  They provided an hour and a half of excellent entertainment singing show tunes, oldies and some good old crooner tunes.

Farmers’ Market

As you perhaps know, Hope is sponsoring a “cooperative” booth at the Belchertown Farmers’ Market on the common on Sundays from 11am-3pm, starting Sunday, June 29. Hope’s Market Tent will offer fresh veggies, eggs, local cheese, plants, jams, and perhaps more grown or made by our congregation and select local

carrotsfarms. The church will receive a $5.00 fee +10% of each vendor’s sales. Best of all, you can stop by on your way home from church and get fresh food for lunch or dinner!

Are you interested in becoming a vendor through the church’s booth? Contact Joanna Page (413-218-2932) or Meg Lanphear (323-7368) for details.

This is one way in which our church can participate and be visible in the community, provide local and healthy food, and hopefully provide some fresh food to disadvantaged families following the market.

The Dan Kane Singers are coming to Hope!

As part of our 140th Anniversary Celebration the fabulous and well-known Dan Kane Singers will be giving a concert here at Hope on August 10th at 1:00 p.m. The Dan Kane singers began in 1977 when Dan was just 16 years old and singershas grown to be a group of over 145 singers ranging in age from 6 to 80 and from all walks of life. The group is in great demand for concerts throughout our area and we are so pleased that they have agreed to come and that part of their group will be performing at our church. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and can be purchased through August 8th at the church office by stopping in Tuesday through Friday between 9:30 and 12:30 or calling 413-323-7584 and leaving a message.  Tickets will be available at the door for $15.
This concert will cap off a memorable day that will begin with an old fashioned hymn sing during Worship service and a Pot luck lunch.

WOW Vacation Bible School


Our annual Vacation Bible School theme this year is Workshop of Wonders (WOW): Imagine and Build with God!  The program takes place the week of August 4th through the 8th.  We meet each day from 9:00 a.m. to Noon (ending on Friday is a little later because of our closing program).

The children will be using their creativity and imagination to build their faith by meeting people from the Bible who used what they had to produce something amazing with God!  It will be a week filled with lots of great stories, music, crafts and snacks!  All children age three through grade 6 are invited to join the fun.  No need to be a member of Hope UMC, everyone is invited.

There is no cost for the program but registration is required as space is limited.  You can pick up a registration form at the church office Tuesday through Friday 9:30 to 12:30 or call to have one sent to you (323-7584) or print one out here  (2014_VBS_REGISTRATION_FORM) and send it in.  Registration can also be done online at the Hope UMC Cokesbury site.

Mission u – Coming Soon

Are you looking for a break from the usual? Are you interested in a mission study on the Roma people? Or how the church is responding to support persons with disabilities? Are you looking for a time of spiritual respite? Then Mission u is for YOU! Please register – it is not too late. You will be glad you did. The leaders are well versed in the topics they will present and there will be an opportunity to be in fellowship with others in the New England UMC family.

Mission u (formally School of Mission) 2014 will be held on July 25-27th at the University of Southern NH. From the Mission u website:

Mission u is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on recent mission study topics. Mission u is open to members and non-members of United Methodist Women. Each Misssion u event offers classes on topics covering three themes:

Spiritual Growth: How Is It with Your Soul?

Geographic: The Roma of Europe

Issue study: The Church and People with Disabilities

This is a weekend devoted to mission study, spiritual formation study, and fellowship. Attendees choose from one of the three studies offered. The children/youth topic will be addressing the church and people with disabilities. My granddaughters will be attending the children/youth class and I will be participating in the adult spiritual growth study. All groups gather together for meals, fellowship, and worship each day. The accommodations are comfortable and air controlled. For additional information you can see me. Registration forms will be available on the mission table in fellowship hall after June 1st. I hope you all will consider a weekend away for learning, fellowship, and maybe even some needed respite


June 29th, 9am Service, S.T. Nagbe UMC, Monrovia, Liberia

Today we were blessed to attend the 9am service with our own Julie Jonassen at the keyboard co-directing the choir.   Choir Director Mr. Sawie Davies and assistant director/keyboardist Sam Dargbel welcomed her with warmth and Christian love.   The choir sang a beautiful version of ‘As long as you are there’ with Sam singing solo and playing the keyboard.  Julie played and the choir led the congregation on; ‘Rock of Ages’, ‘Jesu, Jesu’, ‘Breathe on me oh breath of God’, ‘This is my song’, and ‘Trust and Obey.’   We felt so welcomed by our brothers and sisters in Christ here in Monrovia.