Archive for Music

Holy Week at Hope – a busy week!

Sunday, March 20, Palm Sunday 10:00 AM  — Come and receive the palms that commemorate Christ’s triumphant entry to Jerusalem. Enjoy our children’s choir and a family oriented worship service.
Monday, March 21 Day of Fasting and Prayer — Have a quiet day at home or work meditating on the events that changed the world.  7:00 PM Family friendly movie, popcorn and fellowship
Tuesday, March 22 — 9:30 AM Breakfast Bible Study
Wednesday, March 23 — 6:30 PM Holy Communion, 7:00 PM Lenten Study, The Call
Thursday, March 24, Holy Thursday  6:30 PM – Ecumenical Agape Meal, 7:00 PM Tenebrae Service at Belchertown United Church of Christ, 18 Park Street, 8:00 PM through 3:00 PM Friday – 24 Hour Prayer Vigil at Hope UMC
Friday, March 25, Good Friday — 3:00 PM Ringing of the sanctuary bell in remembrance of Christ’s death, 7:00 PM The Passion Story from Peter, James, John, and Mary.
Saturday, March 26, Holy Saturday — 9:30 AM Organize and deliver Easter Baskets
Sunday, March 27, Easter Sunday — 6:00 AM. Ecumenical Sunrise Service at the Quabbin Reservoir Tower, in the case of inclement or frigid weather the service will be at Hope UMC , 10:00 AM. Grand Easter Celebration – Be inspired and uplifted by our spirit filled choir and our liturgical Rainbow Dancers and the beautiful voice of Cindy Murray. Refresh, restore, and renew your relationship with the one who called you beloved.

Fashion Show is Big Success!

I would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Little Black Dress Fashion Show such a success.  The ladies who modeled along with me, Ruth Keller, Dawn Kresge, Pastor Aida, Ruthie Fernández, and Alice Collins were amazing and beautiful. Thank you to Ron Paré for making our tickets for the event. Thanks to Joanna Page who spent two days in the kitchen preparing soup.  My humble gratitude goes to Debbie Dunbar for making the hall beautiful and spring-like. Thank you Tish Poulter for being our photographer for the afternoon.  Thank you to all the men (George Button, Dennis Davis, Ingmar Eggen and Zach Murray) who came and served our meal, cleaned-up, and joined the ladies in supporting our fabulous models! And of course, a big hand to all those who bought tickets and supported this fun event.  Keep your eyes peeled for all those women who will be donning some new spring clothing.  I just love this church – everyone pitches in to make God’s work light and fun.

Blessings to you all,


AND, we give a huge thank you to Lois Paré for bringing this idea to the church and organizing the event!  More pictures on our website!

Sunday Service January 17, 2016

Christmas Caroling

Christmas carolers

On Sunday afternoon, December 20th nine excited carolers gathered at church ready to delight those at the seven homes we were about to visit.  Thank you to Carolyn, Drew, Bill, Joan, Pat, Dawn, Joyce, Kathy and Gretchen for singing hymns of the Christmas Season to some of our very special church friends. We had a lovely and fun time together.

Blue Christmas

blue christmas

Is this Christmas season difficult for you? Are you feeling sad or grieving the loss of a loved one. We hope that you will come to our Blue Christmas service on Monday, December 14th at 6:30 PM. Come and be comforted and surrounded by God’s love. Leave with a new peace in your heart to await the birth of the Christ child.

Festival of Lessons and Carols

Lessons and carolsOur choir will present another beautiful Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 13th at 2:00.  Lessons and Carols celebrates the Christmas story in nine short scripture readings interspersed with Christmas carols and choral music.  Mark your calendar now so you don’t forget this special, free event. Please invite your friends and relatives for an hour of spirit filled, seasonal music and readings followed by refreshments in Fellowship Hall.