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Vacation Bible School


There’s still a few spots left!

Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd

Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30

Children Age 3 through 6th grade are welcome!

More information about our Vacation Bible School program

100,000 Pennies

Dear Companions in Christ:
I praise God for Hope! and for Hope’s commitment to be engaged in the battle against malaria. This past Sunday, at our Sunday School Celebration, Alice Collins, reported that $1,000.00 (that is a 100,000 pennies!) has been collected for the Imagine No Malaria Campaign. That is the equivalent of 100 nets! One hundred families know that they will be able to sleep safely from the mosquitoes that carry the deadly disease. Across the distance we are accompanied by our brothers and sisters in Africa, standing side by side with our prayers and support. Praise God for our Sunday School, for our confirmands, for our young people who are leading the way toward a better tomorrow for those who are at risk and vulnerable to the killer in the night. Please follow the link below to information about a documentary called A Killer in the Night, narrated by Pauley Parrette of TV’s NCIS which will be aired in November. Also, if you have not seen it yet, HBO had a movie call Mary and Martha which is worth watching.
Blessings to all, Pastor Aida
For information about A Killer in the Dark Click Here

Some updates for the month ahead – April

Education Opportunity – Basic Lay Servant Ministry Course

A new Basic Lay Servant Ministry Course will be held here at HUMC on Saturday, April 13 and April 27 from 9:00-3:00. Last year nine of our members participated in this study. It provides laity with a learning opportunity to help them through thoughtful reflection in the areas of leading, caring, communicating and spreading the
love of Christ into the world. The course leaders are Pastor Aida and George. You can pick up a registration form from George or from the Connectional Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. Our church will pay the registration fee. So sign up NOW.

Our Annual Plant and Crafters’ Sale will be Sat., May 11, 9am-3pm (Mothers’ Day Weekend)

The annual plant sale is in the works–we’ll have both annual (flowers and veggies) and perennial plants. We also hope to have some shrubs/trees this year! (We’ll publish a list later but plants and crafts make excellent Mothers’ Day gifts!)

Prayer Quilting Bee

There will be an old fashion Quilting Bee on Monday, April 22, 9:30AM to 2:00PM. Looking for volunteers to help make some prayer quilts…Please contact Debby Whidden at the church office to sign up.

Missionary Dr. Belinda Forbes is coming to Hope

This month we will be honored to welcome Belinda Forbes, the GBGM missionary we
support through the Advance. Belinda is a dentist originally from Western MA, now serving in
Managua Nicaragua. Belinda is currently in the states visiting her supporting churches. Please
mark your calendar to come to the church on April 24, 2013 for a pot luck supper at 6:00 PM
and hear the latest news from Belinda’s ministry. Check out more info on Dr. Forbes here.

 Update on the Community Preservation Grant

The Belchertown Community Preservation Committee (CPC) liked the presentation made by Steve Lanphear and Duane Stinchfield. Consistent with the modified plan agreed to by Hope members last Sunday, the CPC voted to recommend a $75,000 grant to fund a new ADA elevator to replace the existing elevette and also to construct a unisex accessible bathroom. Now, we will need your voice of support by an affirmative vote at the Town Meeting on May 13th. Please plan to be there and bring a friend or two.

2014 Spiritual Pigramage to the Holy Land


Pastor Aida

Pastor Aida

Pat McClure

Pat McClure

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.

The Easter Garden

We had a wonderful children’s program this morning, The Easter Garden.  The children heard the stories of Holy Week, sang some songs, created some great crafts and ate delicious food.

Making jeweled crosses for our shut ins.

Making jeweled crosses for our shut ins.

Listening to the stories.

Listening to the stories.