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Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show

The Missions Team thanks everyone who came out on a snowy Valentine’s evening for an evening of delicious spaghetti and exciting talent.  Here are a few pictures from the event:

 

Our 13th annual Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show is quickly approaching!  It will be held on Saturday, February 14th at 5:00 PM.  This event is a time to support our wonderful sister church relationship with Alpha y Omega in Tipitapa, Nicaragua.  Invite your sweetheart or gather a group of friends and come out for a delicious meal and some great entertainment!  We promise that there will be some great music, funny stories and who knows what else to keep you smiling!
For anyone who would like to offer an act for the talent show or make a dinner reservation, you can see Marci Eggen at church beginning January 19th or call the church office for information about how to reach her (323-7584).  Tickets for the dinner are $7 each and $4 for children 12 and under.  If you are interested in lending a hand with meal preparation, serving or clean up, please see Lucy Klein.

We are so blessed to have this sister church connection between Hope UMC and Alpha y Omega and they are so appreciative of our annual aid.  So, let’s make this a fun time together and another successful event!

Holy Land photos

Here is just a taste of some of the places that our Holy Land travelers saw.  The group is planning to have an evening slide show on March 31st so that they can tell us all about their wonderful trip!

 

Sunday Service – February 8, Rev. Jack Moss

Today’s service was about Mark 9:2 – 13, known as the Transfiguration liturgy.

 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Alice Collins gives the children a little lesson on it with her “WOW” card and Rev. Moss talks to us about this mystical passage and its meanings in today’s world.

Holy Land Pilgrims

After several flight cancellations and reschedulings, our group of Holy Land pilgrims, Pastor Aida, Cyndy, Dawn and Lois, boarded a plane late Wednesday evening.

We received a message from them on Friday letting us know that they had arrived in Israel and were already having a wonderful time.  Cyndy’s message is as follows:

“We have arrived in Israel….my message sent from Istanbul did not go through, sorry…

Enjoyed our day today…went to the Sea of Galilee for the boat ride with a worship service in Galilee.

The Jesus boatWe went to see the ancient boat!  The Jesus boat….over two thousand years old…

Moved on to Mount of Beatitudes before lunch.Mount of Beatitudes

From there we went to Tabgha…for the Church of Multiplication…loaves and fishes…where Jesus fed the Peter's Primacy5,000…and Church of the Primacy where Jesus had breakfast with the disciples…

Talk soon…moving on to Bethlehem tomorrow!”

 

 

 

 

February 2nd update:

The travelers report that they have been baptized in the Jordan river, have gone to see Herod’s tomb and spent time in Jerusalem. Cyndy commented on the many stray cats they saw in Jerusalem.  No one keeps a cat as a pet but they all feed the strays as the take care of the mouse and snake population.  They are tired buy having a wonderful trip.

Lois Jordan River copy

Lois being baptized in the Jordan River

Cats in Jerusalem copy

Some of the many stray cats in Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 4th update:

On their last day in Israel the pilgrims enjoyed lunch overlooking Jerusalem, a Palestinian dish, maqluba, an upside down chicken and rice dinner.

Dinner with friends

Dinner with friends

 

Lois sent the following message:

“Today is our last day in Israel. It is so sad to say good bye. I have laughed till I danced, but I have cried until I could find no tears left. One steady, I will never have the faith I had before…that would be impossible. This experience humbles faith until you realize there is a deeper space within, and on some levels, you never knew faith could bore a deeper space in you soul. 
But within the intensity, there was the let your hair down time…like swimming in the Dead Sea and the wonderful picnic we had today in a small area overlooking Jerusalem.” 

 

Giving and Mitten Tree

Giving treeThank you to everyone who took a tag from the Giving and Mitten tree! We did great! 28 out of 30 tags have gone home with someone. Two boys are left if you would like to participate. Mittens, gloves, hats and scarves can be brought in anytime through the end of the month. Place them on the tree or in the basket underneath. Gifts are due on December 14th (unwrapped please).

November Mission Collections

Warm, winter clothing is being collected on Sunday, November 2nd to be distributed to those in need through the Amherst Survival Center.  Please separate your used clothing into men’s, women’s and children’s and bring to church with you on Sunday or drop off during office hours this week, Tuesday through Friday 9:30 to 12:30.  Check your closets to see what you no longer wear or what the children have outgrown and donate it so that someone else will stay warm as the temperatures drop.

For the remainder of November we will be collecting new pairs of warm socks.  These will be donated to the Springfield Rescue Mission, a Christian based Emergency shelter and Transitional Living facility that serves the Greater Springfield area.  Warm socks are always needed in the cold weather months ahead!  Let’s see how many pairs we can gather by the end of the month!