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Hope and Welcome Corners E-News: Week of May 1, 2022

News from Pastor Kim

5/1/2022
Greetings Friends!
Have you ever had a moment in time when you figuratively hit a wall? A time when taking another step forward just seems like an impossible task? Yes? Me, too. It's times like these that I'm most aware of the importance of my faith in God. A model for how to react in times of suffering can be found in Job chapter 7. Only a person of faith, who knows God, dares speak to God how Job does in chapter 7. Job provides a model for responding to suffering. Be honest. We must own our story, be willing to accept what we cannot control, and do the best we can with the rest. 

On Sunday I attempted to model that behavior. I was honest with both congregations with what I've been up against the first four months of this year. I was also honest with what has carried me through: faith. The verse of the day, 2 Corinthians 12:9, on the Bible app was just what I needed to read. Paul had asked God to take away the thorn in his side and God responded by saying:  “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”  Paul then said: So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.  

I, like Paul, will continue to be honest about weaknesses and the roadblocks that pop up so that when the time of trial is overcome I can give all glory to God. I pray that you will join me in this endeavor, that you will look to God first, be honest about your weaknesses, and give all glory to God when your perseverance is noted by others. 
 

Looking forward to worshiping with you this week!
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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 May 1, 2022 ~ The Power of Giving - God's Not So Secret Agenda
 
I am currently co-leading a grief class. The folks are on a journey of great loss, depression, loneliness, and despair. Amid all this pain, a man told us the greatest joy he has right now, is serving others. Giving financially to his church, and helping others gives him joy. Amazing! He is suffering, and he doesn’t like the situation he is in, but because of his own pain he is able to see more clearly the needs of others and he is putting God first.

So, I ask myself, why is it that those of us not in pain often can’t see the needs around us? Do we need to experience the pain to wake up?
God first!

Pastor spoke from Haggai 1 on Sunday:  God, through Haggai, scolded the folks for living in paneled houses while the Lord’s house had fallen into disarray. It was also pointed out when people turned away from God, their needs were not met, but when they honored God, they prospered.
Being a faithful follower of God, is more than coming to church on Sunday. It’s living in God’s word and putting GOD FIRST.

God has given us so much!! Two beautiful churches, a large amount of property, a Pastor who loves her congregations and wonderful people.  Now is the time to glorify God and make sure these gifts don’t “fall into disarray.” GOD FIRST!!!!!

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.

As we continue to examine our spending of time, treasure, and talent at the churches, we need your help in determining where our three T's are best spent. Please help us by completing this short survey:

https://forms.gle/Sz1jp4JAkscDRPcLA

We are looking forward to hearing from YOU!


If you would like to give some of your first and best time to God by assisting our community members experiencing homelessness, we have several opportunities to volunteer in the Family Promise Day Center:

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4ea8ae22a5f94-fpbc. 


Now that our Lenten Challenge based on the following quote from St. Augustine has wrapped up, we need assistance distributing our extras that were placed under the Blessing Tree. If you would like to help drop me an email or a text or give me a call. (pastorkimmetzer@gmail.com/ 269.223.9944)

“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."

Jim Visser, who has previously performed at Hope, is now a part of the Sojourner Quartet. We are excited to welcome Jim back to Hope along with Mark, Larry, and Chris for what will be a wonderful morning of music on May 29! 
We will be combining Hope's and Welcome Corners' worship services on this day.
Grab a friend and join us!

*a love offering will be taken*
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 May 5, 2022
Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church News & Information
https://tinyurl.com/MI-Connect-05-05-2022
This issue has articles related to the new expression of Methodism, the Global Methodist Church


MIFaith for April 29, 2022
MIfaith is a weekly e-publication of the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church. 
https://tinyurl.com/MIFaith-04-29-2022

 

The Good News Gang

Pastor Kim and/or her gang of pastor friends periodically record 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! 
Two new videos posted on May 5! Be sure to check them out and let us know what you think!

The link to all of the episodes:
https://tinyurl.com/Good-News-Gang
 

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!

https://tinyurl.com/Pastor-Kim-Playlist-May-2022

https://tinyurl.com/PowerOfGiving-Spring-2022

 
Click here for the church calendar
UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday May 10 (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:
https://tinyurl.com/Hope-Calendar


 
OFFICE HOURS

Wendy
Fridays 9am-3pm (typically)

Pastor Kim
(most) Fridays 1pm-4pm
Other days/ times by appointment
                                      
WAYS TO BE A DISCIPLE THIS MONTH
 
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.

Needs for May: 
Yoohoo Chocolate Drink, Slim Jim, Granola bars, Ramen noodles ***All available at Wal-Mart**

Questions? Please email: Andi Schmidt : andijene@yahoo.com
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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 - https://hastingshopeumc.org/ (Online Giving tab)

THANK YOU!!
Note that we're now including requests from beyond our congregation.

Please pray for…
...Ukraine
..Josh Boulter (chemo treatments)
...those grieving the death of loved ones
...those battling COVID and other maladies
...Joan Potter (strength & peace) 
...Brenda Glazier (health)
...Bev & Bob Brooks (strength & peace)
...Helen Vaught (strength)
...Jane Hesterly
...Matthew Miles (surgery 4/11 - successful! prayers for healing)
...David & Ashley Wolfe
...Dorothy Hooker (continued healing)
...Earl Connor (Tammy's dad - health issues)
...Scott Snore (heart testing)
...Judy Forsythe's stepdaughter Linda (health)
...Priscilla Lane (relief from pain)
...Linda Higgins (relief from pain)

 
 PRAISES: 
*Dennis Home (Tod's uncle - no cancer detected!!)
*Anniversaries of births and weddings! *Pregnancies: Pastor Kim's daughter!
*Carrie's upcoming visit with her niece!

 
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

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
 
If you have something you’d like us to add to our praise and prayer list, please contact Pastor Kim at pastorkimmetzer@gmail.com 
(269) 223-9944
 
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 hastingshopeumc@gmail.com (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.
 
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