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Hope and Welcome Corners E-News: Week of March 13, 2022

News from Pastor Kim

Greetings Friends!
We're Expanding the Circle this week! Just as Jesus brought together a diverse group of apostles, so, too, must we look beyond those who are similar to ourselves in temperament, ideologies, and theologies. Our capacity to love is as large as we allow it to be. If we are following Jesus' lead then that capacity is limitless!

Multiple local opportunities to Expand your Circle this week were highlighted in this week's worship services:
Tuesday 3/15 (and every Tuesday) - Community Meal
Thursday 3/17 - St. Patrick's Day parade
Friday 3/18 - Lenten Fish (& Chicken) Dinner
Saturday 3/19 - Community Workshop
You can find more information on these events throughout the newsletter.

We have embarked on a Lenten Challenge based on this quote from St. Augustine:

“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder which you do not require is needed by others.  The extras of the rich are the necessities of the poor.  Those who retain what is superfluous possess the goods of others."

Lenten Challenge items that can be brought to the churches and placed in the designated pews at Welcome Corners or under the Blessing Tree at Hope:

Clothes and Shoes (The Shack & Manna's Market)
Outerwear and boots (The Rack)
Shelf stable milk, canned chicken &/or tuna, peanut butter (Hand2Hand Weekend Food Bags)
Non-perishable food items (Food Pantry)
T-Shirts (Jump rope project for Operation Christmas Child boxes)

Love God! Love Others! The End!
~Pastor Kim

 You ~typically~ have three opportunities to worship with us each week:
9am Sunday - Welcome Corners: 3185 N M-43 Hwy, Hastings
11am Sunday - Hope: 2920 S M-37 Hwy, Hastings 
Online - Facebook and YouTube: Hastings Hope UMC

    "This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight. I pray this so that you will be able to decide what really matters and so you will be sincere and blameless on the day of Christ. I pray that you will then be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which comes from Jesus Christ, in order to give glory and praise to God."
Philippians 1:9-11 CEB


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 This was a hard message this week as it pushes us beyond the normal "love your neighbor." Not the guy whose grass is too long, or plays loud music. It’s a test of sorts, how far will you go to prove your faithfulness in God? God tells us to love the unlovable; the ones who have caused us pain, hurt us in unthinkable ways, or taken things away from us. When we are able to love, and forgive, them, only then are we really free to love ourselves and God.
Have Blessed Week 
Wendy Elliott, Ministry Assistant
Be sure to read all the way to the end of this newsletter for information on:
  • being a disciple in our communities; 
  • giving financially to God through Hope Church; 
  • connecting with United Methodists across the state, nation, and globe; 
  • prayers and praises;
  • and upcoming birthdays and anniversaries.
Each week the box below will include suggested readings and/or podcasts. I encourage you to use them as conversation starters, for individual reflection, and/or as the basis for a small group Bible study. -Pastor Kim
MIConnect for March 9, 2022
Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church News & Information

MIFaith for March 11, 2022
MIfaith is a weekly e-publication of the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The Chosen
Catch up on Season 1 and join us for Season 2 discussion groups in the fall!

The Good News Gang

Pastor Kim and/or her gang of pastor friends record weekly video podcasts where they discuss hot topics, cool topics, and everything in between. Tune in at the YouTube link below and be sure to subscribe while you're there! 

The link to all of the episodes:

YouTube Playlists

Pastor Kim is again curating playlists and will house them on Hope's YouTube channel. To see what songs are hitting her in the feels each month check out our YouTube channel and be sure to SUBSCRIBE while you're there!

Click here for the church calendar

Tuesday March 15 (and every Tuesday): Community Meal at Green Street Church at 5pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather with others in the community for a meal and short worship. Each week's menu items are typically posted by early afternoon in the calendar entry on Hope's calendar. You can access the calendar here:

Friday March 18: LENTEN FISH DINNER - Let Them Eat Fish (and Chicken!)
Fish and Chips (and Chicken) Dinner at 5pm at Green Street Church.
There will be no set charge for this delicious meal but donations will be encouraged and accepted to support the Barry County Serenity Club. This event is sponsored by the Green Street Men's Club.
Friday April 15: Good Friday Service at Green Street Church At 7pm.

Join the Lenten Challenge! 
What 'extra' will you release each day between now and Easter?
We are now in the second week of Lent - a time where believers focus on Christ's life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection. This time of focus and fasting is about so much more than just "giving up" tangible stuff or giving sacrificially. Serving the least, last, and lost among us takes more than donating our second hand goods or making a financial investment, it takes a time commitment. 

Family Promise of Barry County (FPBC) serves families experiencing, or facing the prospect of, homelessness. The FPBC Day Center (on the 2nd floor of Hope Church's Christian Ed building) provides respite for the families in the program when they are not at school or work or otherwise engaged in the community. It is their home during the day. The day center is in need of host volunteers to be a presence in the center during times when staff are not on duty; primarily on Sundays. 

If you are interested in serving in this way please check out the available dates/ times here: 

Fridays 9am-3pm (working from home if driving conditions dictate) 

Pastor Kim
(most) Fridays 1pm-4pm
Other days/ times by appointment
Donate to the HAND 2 HAND collection for the benefit of Hastings area students 
We are currently providing weekend food bags for 37 students at Northeastern Elementary and one student at Hastings High School. 
Following is a list of kid friendly foods that are particularly needed:
  shelf stable milk, canned chicken and tuna, and peanut butter.

March needs: Slim Jims, Snack Pack Pudding, Yoohoo shelf-stable chocolate milk, and Syrup (8oz). 

Questions? Please email: A
ndi Schmidt :
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Thank you for joining in God's work through Hope Church by your faithful giving!

Gifts to this work may be made three ways: 

1) in person on Sunday mornings (box in back of seating area)

2) checks may be mailed to:
Hope Church PO Box 410 Hastings MI 49058

3) electronically - (Online Giving tab)

Special THANK YOU to Gil Tate for all his years of care and service to the Welcome Corners property.
Gil, the next door neighbor to Welcome Corners Church, died March 5.
Well done good and faithful  servant.
Note that we're now including requests from beyond our congregation.

Please pray for…
..Josh Boulter (chemo treatments)
...Sheila & Frank Purdy and parents (Dad John recent heart surgery)
...those grieving the death of loved ones (Piersons, Stantons,Stapors,   Millers/ Wilders)
...Family & Friends of Norm Stanton (died 3/5/22)
...those battling COVID and other maladies
...Joan Potter (radiation treatments)
...Gene Bushey (3/16/22 surgery & healing)
...Margo & Rich (strength in the caregiving & healing for their own injuries)
...Michelle Parker (healing after surgery)
...Henney Family
...Jerry Dunn (medical procedure)
...Sue Smith (health)
...Mary Allyn’s brother in law Reg (healing after surgery)
...Brenda Glazier (medical procedure)
...Peterson Family (unspecified)
...Bev Brooks (strength and perseverance)

*Births! Anniversaries of births and weddings! *Pregnancies!
*The successful run of the High School Musical!
*The new Vaught great grandson—Silas Joel!
*Frank’s recording session in Nashville!
*Mary Allyn’s servant heart!
Please continue to pray for:
Government Leaders ~ Missionaries ~ Churches & leaders ~ Hope Church ~ Those dealing with: surgeries ~ illness ~ grief ~ uncertainty ~ financial stress ~ poor physical, spiritual, and/or mental health, all the issues related to COVID19 and that the virus is brought under control

Our Faith Promise Missionaries: 
David & Sheryl Olmedo - Spain 
The Smith Family - Spain
Joel & Ana Schrader - CRU @ University of Illinois
Don & Marla Bettinger - Taiwan
Denny Brogan - InterVarsity @ Hillsdale College & beyond

Our Local Missions:
Family Promise of Barry County
Families ~ Volunteers ~ Staff ~ Program

As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe  yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord. Above all, clothe  yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:12-14,17 (NRSV)
Pray without ceasing!
** If you have something you’d like us to add to our praise and prayer list, please contact Pastor Kim at (269) 223-9944**
Hope Church has supported five missionary families through our FAITH PROMISE giving for many years. Any monies received by the church that indicate they are for FAITH PROMISE are sent to our supported missionaries monthly. On behalf of our missionaries we thank you for continuing to give to FAITH PROMISE!
In addition to the FAITH PROMISE missionaries, we support a young woman, Faustine (Ghana), through World Vision and a child, Chandu (India), through Child Fund. Donations to these missions should be noted as World Vision or Child Fund on the offering  envelope or on the “other” line when giving electronically.
THANK YOU for all of the birthday greetings and for the cake! I love and appreciate my Hope and Welcome Corners families! 
~Pastor Kim

2 - Louis Wierenga, Jr.
12 - Pastor Kim Metzer
13 - Nathan Micklatcher
16 - Pam Hesterly
25 - Rick Chamberlain
25 - Tammy Connor

27 - Tony & Suzanne Kidder

If we missed your Birthday or Anniversary this month, please contact the office

Hastings Hope UMC
Hope Church - Hastings

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Hope UM Church
2920 S M-37 HWY
POBox 410
Hastings, Michigan 49058

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