Archive for Missions

Hope’s Kids’ Kloset

Hope’s Kids’ Kloset is a brand new ministry of Hope UMC.  The mission of this project is to help young families in our community who are struggling financially.  This is a second-hand store which will provide children’s clothing, books, and toys at VERY low prices.  Due to lack of space in our church building, the store will be located on donated space at 6 Berkshire Avenue on the old State School grounds.

The target date for opening is Saturday, October 17th.  The hours of operation thereafter will be Thursday and Saturday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  We are in need of donations of clean, gently used children’s clothing (size newborn to size 14 girls and size 18 boys), books (children’s & parenting), and toys (especially educational).  Goods can be brought to the church during regular office hours (Tues-Fri, 9:30-12:30) or to Great Threads at 6 Berkshire Ave (Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:30).

Volunteers to work in the store will be needed and our youth are welcome to help.  Please see Debbie Ewing to volunteer or with questions.  We are so excited to bring this new ministry to the community!

G-Force: Vacation Bible School 2015




We invite all children to get ready to experience God’s unstoppable love at the G-Force Adventure Park Vacation Bible School! The fun begins on Monday, August 3rd and ends on Friday August 7th.  On Monday through Thursday, VBS takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and on Friday we end at about 12:45 p.m. after our closing celebration.

The adventures include Bible story fun, creative crafts, hands-on mission work, science, and great music. To be a part of all the excitement at G-Force VBS, stop by or call the
church office at 323-7584 to register (Wed – Friday 9:30 -12:30), send in a 2015 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLREGISTRATION FORM or you can visit the church’s VBS website and register there.  Children age three through sixth grade are welcome to join us for this fun week.  A gift from a generous donor makes it possible for us to offer this program at no cost but we only have room for 36 children so don’t delay, register today!

Annual Lyme Disease Awareness Walk

Kick the Tick logoOn May 30th, Kick the Tick will host their 3rd Annual walk for Lyme Disease Awareness, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 319 Granby Road, South Hadley, 9:00 AM  All money raised will go to TBDA (tick-borned disease alliance:  TBDA supports research, doctor training, as well as helping people find the funds necessary to continue treatment.  I would so love to have your support.  There are many ways you can help.  You can register to walk at .  All registered walkers will receive a t-shirt, lunch, enjoy the music of The Narrow Gate, and have BAX from 102.1 sign your t-shirts.  You will also hear from our guest speaker Katina Makris CCH, CIH, trained in Lyme disease and award winning author of “Out of the Woods” a memoir and Lyme Disease Guide, keynote speaker, renowned host of “Lyme Light Radio,” former newspaper health columnist, and travels the world offering healing skills.  You will also be able to participate in our Memorial service for those who have passed on.  If you would like to donate in a different way, you can sponsor me personally or on the sleeves of our shirts: for $25.00 you can remember a name of your loved one or honor someone.  In our ad book, you can add your name as a supporter for $15.00.  If you would like to make a higher donation, feel free to contact me at and I will give you other options, some of which can get the name of your company on our shirts.  TBDA does have a 501c3.  We will also have a chinese auction for gift baskets lovingly put together by our members.  But most of all, I would love to have you register and be beside me for the walk, and supporting me throughout the day.

God bless, Lois Pare

Sunday Service, April 19, 2015

In this very special service Aida talks about the power of faith for healing, the choir sings a composition of Tommy Dorsey’s “Precious Lord,’ we hear about an opportunity to ‘Bite Back’ against Lyme disease and there is a wonderful moment of anointing.


James 5:14: Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

March Hope’s Place

We’d like to give a big thank you to Easthampton Savings Bank for being our community sponsors for our Hope’s Place dinner on March 31st.  Not only did they provide financial support for the dinner but a great group of employees came to help out with serving and enjoy a corned beef and cabbage dinner with us.

Hope's+Place+March_1cAfter dinner, we had a great presentation from Statia Cantin on healthy aging.  Thanks for all the great information Statia!



Holy Week and Easter

What a Holy Week it has been!

Saturday, preceding Holy Week:  Soup Fest for Imagine No Malaria

We gathered to eat delicious soup, chili and stew to benefit our Sunday School mission

Dave soupfestproject.  To top it off we enjoyed some great entertainment from Dave Hamelin (thank you to Dave for filling in at the last minute for Sam who was ill).

Palm Sunday

A wonderful service celebrating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with an uplifting message from our new CT/Western MA District Superintendent, Rev. David Calhoun.

Tuesday, Hope’s Place

A delicious corned beef and cabbage meal was served with the help of this happy group IMG_0475from Easthampton Savings Bank.




Dinner was followed by an interesting presentation on healthy aging by Statia Cantin.


Wednesday, Lenten Study: Renegade Gospel

This has been a challenging study for many of us that has us questioning our priorities in our lives and wondering if we are collecting enough “dust on our sandals” from following Jesus.  Are we truly followers or are we merely volunteers?!

Thursday, Maundy Thursday

Maundy ThursdayA beautiful service of love with the sharing of the bread and cup as Jesus shared it with his disciples on that night of the Last Supper.  Thank you to our chancel choir for their beautiful offerings of music.  The service was followed by our Prayer Vigil with individuals keeping watch throughout the night in a time of prayer and meditation.

Good Friday

The bell tolled at 3:00 PM recognizing the death of Christ. words_from_the_cross_niv We gathered again in the evening for a solemn service with meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ spoken from the cross.  This was a very powerful and memorable service with individuals speaking from deep in their hearts on what these words mean to them.  We went out into the darkness to await the coming celebration.


Join us on Easter Sunday for a Grand Celebration of the Resurrection!

6:00 AM Sunrise Service at the Quabbin Tower

9:00 AM Sunday School classes

10:00 AM  Grand Easter Celebration service in our Sanctuary!The Garden Tomb