Stewardship Month….Therefore GO!

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!

Pastor Joy

Stewardship Month

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”

Worship October 8, 2017

Laity Sunday service; we continue to unpack the picnic basket.  “Therefore GO! With HOPE through PURPOSE”.


Oh Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.

A message from our Bishop on this tragic day.
Oct. 2, 2017

 “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” – Isaiah 40:1

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We greet you all in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Like many of you, we awoke this morning to hear the horrible and sickening news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas where at least 50 people have been killed and more than 200 were injured.

As Conference leaders gathered for our regular Cabinet meeting this morning, we came together to write the prayer below.

We are encouraging all of you to say this prayer at some time during the day – silently or aloud. May the abundant love and strength of God reach all those affected by this senseless violence and bring solace.

All of us will be spending this evening in fasting prayer. The money we would have spent on our meals will be given to a ministry of the church that is on our hearts today. We humbly ask you to join us as you are able.

Oh, Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Our hearts cry out for those killed and injured in Las Vegas; for family and friends, for doctors and nurses, for emergency responders, for the family of the shooter, for those who escaped but are traumatized. Our hearts cry out.

So help us, God of grace. Give us the courage to stand up and do something about the chaos that reigns in this world. Help us be the peace people crave in the midst of this evil we call division and war. Help us be the love people need to feel and hear when hate abounds.

Take away the roots of violence in each of us and in this land. Let our prayers for non-violence and healing be turned to actions that confront all means of violence with the means of your peace and justice.

Give us comfort that rises up out of your infinite grace with strength to breathe deep, reach wide, and transform broken human shards into redemptive community.

Show us again how to rise, how to forgive, how to heal, how to be set free.

We pray to you, the God of all comfort, to grant overwhelming peace. Shalom. Shalom. Shalom.

In Christ’s love,
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

Rene Wilbur
Conference Lay Leader

Worship October 1, 2017

We begin unpacking the picnic basket this morning.  “Therefore GO! with Hope through HOSPITALITY!”

Worship Service September 24, 2017

The last week of our Holy Moses Series: FOOD…..the HANGRY Israelites.  God provides.

Worship Service September 17, 2017

We continue our journey with Moses this week.  “Holy Moses 4: WIND, SKY AND SEA”.   Hear how God provides safe passage.