“God calls you to a life of servanthood as a disciple of Jesus Christ”
Hope UMC is hosting over two weekends this October the Basic Course in Lay Servant Ministries. Have you felt that gentle touch or maybe a strong push to pursue your call to serve the church in a greater capacity? Now is your opportunity to join your brothers and sisters in Christ in the two day, 12 hour course to help you explore the opportunities for serving your church.
Download the form below and send it to the address indicated. Also please include a short write up explaining why you would like to attend. Make sure to return it by October 10th.
The course will be held at Hope UMC on the 22nd and 29th from 9am to 3pm.
Saturday October 3rd turned out to be a cold and drizzly day but a hardy group bundled up and grabbed their umbrellas and headed off to Rutland to visit the Heifer Farm to attend the Global Harvest Festival. We spent the morning learning more about Heifer International and the way that they help impoverished families. In their Global village we saw how people from other countries live.
Justin and Ethan digging potatoes in the rain
Allison, Paige and Lauren making prayer flags
We met llamas and alpacas, goats and rabbits, cows and sheep and yaks! The children were able to participate in various hands on activities at each country’s site to help them learn about the culture.
Hannah and Ethan help with the apple press
We were then able to see and help make apple cider with a hand crank press! For some of us the best part was the delicious warm cider that they had for us to sample; it was a real treat since we were pretty cold by then!
We ate our bag lunches in the community room of the barn and then finished up our visit watching a team of bareback riders who were giving a demonstration and of course a visit to the gift shop.
Abbie and Emily hamming it up!
We are hoping to head back to the farm for another visit in the late winter when they have a pancake breakfast (or lunch). We will be able to see the maple syrup being made and hopefully there will be lots of newborn sheep and goats.
A new group has been started to stimulate discussion and to broaden our knowledge and thinking about such topics as Global Warming; Clean Renewable Energy Sources; the Hidden Economy; Government Secrecy; Farming in America; Environmental Issues; and so much more. The group will meet for one hour at 6:30 on the fourth Monday each month. We are calling it the OPEN FORUM GROUP. The next meeting is on November 23rd.
Our own Lois Pare’ appeared on Mass Appeal today, November 10th, to promote an upcoming event to raise funds for the Lyme Disease Resource Center in Northampton. The event is a Dinner/Dance that will take place this Sunday, November 15th at the American Legion Hall in Granby from 5 to 10 PM.
Tickets for the event can be ordered from the Lyme Disease website. Check out Lois’ appearance on Mass Appeal to get more details about the event and to find out why it’s called “Buzz Off”!
Fall is upon us and it’s time for many of our activities to start up again!
Sunday School begins on September 13th at 9:00 AM. Classes for age 3 through adults every Sunday morning.
Choir rehearsals resume this Thursday evening, September 10th at 6:45 PM. If you enjoy singing we hope you will come and give it a try. (We also rehearse at 8:45 AM on Sunday mornings).
Breakfast Bible Study resumes this Tuesday, September 8th at 9:30 AM. Come and join us for some lively discussion, learning and fun fellowship.
Keep an eye out here on our website or check your newsletter for more exciting happenings.