In 2011, Stan Langford, a beloved member of our church who recently passed away took Pastor Aida on the ride of her life! Pastor Aida had never ridden on a motorcycle and Stan invited her to take a ride with him to The Crosses in Barre, MA. Pastor Aida took the dare (or invitation if you will) and asked members and friends of the church to sponsor her if she was willing to play the daredevil! Several thousand dollars was raised that year for missions from the ride.
After Stan passed away suddenly this winter the suggestion was made to start an annual ride to The Crosses in his memory. We think that Stan would love this idea and would also be proud if we could use the ride as a way to raise even more money to support the mission projects of the church.
All are invited to come on Saturday, April 12th and make the ride with us, either by motorcycle or by car. If you would like to obtain sponsors to help raise mission money you can use this handy form to track your donations:
Meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. and bring a bag lunch to enjoy at The Crosses. We hope you will join us and invite your friends and family to come too!
Dear companions in Christ:
We are just a few short weeks away from Hope’s spiritual pilgrimage on February 25. We invite you to pray for the pilgrims as we prepare for a life changing journey.
Cyndy Hardaker, Alice Collins, Gail Pisacane, Debbie Ewing, Fay Flanary, Jean Chrones-Khun, Pat & Bill McClure and I have been engaged in a preparation study for the trip. We have explored the geography and demographics, the culture and history, the food, and the politics of both the ancient as well the modern world of Jesus’ home land. Cyndy Hardaker has become our in-house resident researcher, bringing fascinating videos about the Dead Sea Scrolls and Masada.
Please help us to meditate and be ready for the experience. I wish we could all go but feel that we are going on your behalf, there may be other opportunities in the future for others to go on this spiritual journey. We are going to visit two places where we can bring your prayers written on a piece of paper or cloth; one is the place where Jesus had breakfast after the resurrection and the other is the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Let us be your messengers to bring good tidings to our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.
Wonder and awe
Fill our hearts
And provoke our minds.
Holy Spirit guide
Let the living stone
Of the genesis land
Speak once more
The story of our Lord.
Blessings, Pastor Aida
Come, join Hope UMC in a Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February 2014.
Pastor Aida and Pat McClure are your host for this wonderful journey. We will have the opportunity to experience the land that we have been studying in our bible studies, Sunday school and worship. Come, change your life with this spiritual journey to the birth place of our Savior Jesus and renew your baptism at the Jordan River. We will have the unique opportunity to celebrate Ash Wednesday in the Holy Land in preparation for our Lent. From the Holy Land I will like also to extend the invitation to travel with me to the Red Sea and Egypt. On April 14, Pat and I will offer an orientation about the trip with pictures and a brief video from Educational Opportunities for those who are praying and considering this spiritual journey. You are welcome to visit www.EO.travel for more detailed information. I hope to have a posted brochure and a link to EO in our website late in April.