What a wonderful time to be a part of the Hope United Methodist Church Family! We just finished the Belchertown Fair, where our church reached out into the community to offer hospitality to the community and visitors alike. To be sure, it was a good weekend of fund raising, and it was tons of hard work, but what impressed me so much was the joyful smiles and welcomes that were offered to everyone. We had fun together as we worked together, and people were warmly served a heaping helping of Christian smiles and love.
Our stewardship month is upon us now, and it so closely follows what this church showed that it knows how to do so well. The theme is based on Jesus’ commission to “ Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28)
We will be encouraged to “THEREFORE, GO! WITH HOPE THROUGH… HOSPITALITY, OFFERING CHRIST, PURPOSE, AND ENGAGEMENT” as we journey through our worship series this month. There will be guest preachers from within our congregation, and from the conference as well. There will be a special “basket full of goodies” that we will unpack each week, as we unpack the scriptures and themes of being Christ’s disciples in our community and in the world, and as we learn to be good stewards of all that God has given to us.
On the final Sunday (Oct 22), our time of offering our pledges and consecrating our gifts, we will celebrate together after worship at a “Church Engagement Party/ Picnic” at Steve and Meg’s wonderful farm. Sandwich makings (and dessert and beverages) will be provided – please bring a dish to share that will complement that for our family picnic!
Please be in prayer this month that God will be glorified and thanked for our abundant blessings, that our worship services will communicate messages of HOPE, and that we will listen carefully to God’s nudges and calls to each of us about how we can best share the differing gifts with which each has been blessed.
See you in worship!
Oct 1 – WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY – Therefore, GO! with HOPE through HOSPITALITY “Go and make disciples… of all nations”
Oct 8 – LAITY SUNDAY/OUR LOCAL MISSION – Therefore GO! with HOPE through PURPOSE “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”
Oct 15 – WORLD MISSIONS -Therefore GO! with HOPE through OFFERING CHRIST “…Go and Make Disciples!”
Oct 22 – CONSECRATION SUNDAY -Therefore GO! with HOPE through ENGAGEMENT “…all Things have been given to You”