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Hope and Welcome Corners E-News: Week of April 17, 2022

News from Pastor Kim

Greetings Friends!
Wow, this week got away from me! Here it is late on Friday night and I remembered that I forgot (is that some kind of oxymoronic phrasing??) that I didn't send the e-news! 

Resurrection Sunday was an action packed wonderful day. Some of you joined me at the Sonrise service and breakfast at Green Street. We then had a blessed service at Hope kicked off by the Hope choir singing Were You There?

Thank you to Jane Hesterly and Kim Hassevoort for the floral arrangements by the front door and to Phyllis Dipp and Maxine Henney for the cross shaped flower arrangement in the sanctuary. 

We kicked off Easter weekend on Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, with a celebration of the 3 year anniversary of Family Promise of Barry County (FPBC). FPBC has been living out Jesus' call to love our neighbor by making sure that all Barry County children have a safe space to sleep.
If you would like to help us love recklessly on our neighbors experiencing homelessness, we have several opportunities to volunteer in the Day Center:

Jesus' call to love recklessly also includes gathering together to remember and honor the night Jesus gave up His earthly life on the cross for our salvation. We did just that at Green Street Church on Good Friday. Thank you Mary Allyn and Tod Clark for participating in this service as readers.

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. ( 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."

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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 April 17, 2022 ~ Live...Love...Hope
We conclude this BE LOVE lent series by celebrating a beautiful Easter service. In the past weeks we have learned how best to glorify God and to best serve him. Easter is our reminder of how great and powerful he is.

As Colossians 1:15-23 tells us, GOD is # 1.

“Jesus is God. It was Christ who created everything. Everything means everything both that which we can see and that which we cannot see. He, Christ, created them. He was before all things meaning Christ existed before anything else. And He holds everything together. That is, it is Christ continuing work that keeps everything in existence. Christ is the creator and sustainer of everything.”

How blessed are we that he died for us, and only asked that we return the favor and bless others as he blessed us. Hallelujah

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
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MIFaith for April 15, 2022
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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 Gang returns for a post Holy Week/ Easter edition of our video podcast. Be sure to subscribe to our channel to be notified when it drops!

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 April 26 (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:


Fridays 9am-3pm (typically)

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.

April needs: Yoohoo Chocolate Drink, Slim Jim, Granola bars, Individual snacks, Saltine crackers/4 sleeve packages

Questions? Please email: Andi 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)

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

Please pray for…
..Josh Boulter (chemo treatments)
...those grieving the death of loved ones
...those battling COVID and other maladies
...Joan Potter (radiation treatments) Joan turns 92 this month! Cards can be sent to the church.
...Margo & Rich (strength in the caregiving/ health & healing)
...Brenda Glazier (medical procedure)
...Bev Brooks (relief from pain)...Bob Brooks (strength & peace)
...Janet Glasgow's brother Dick Duckert (stroke)
...Helen Vaught (strength)
...Jane Hesterly
...Matthew Miles (surgery 4/11 - successful! prayers for healing)
...Jim Henney's family and friends (Jim died 4/18/22)
...Peggy Jones
...David & Ashley Wolfe
...Dorothy Hooker (health procedures)
...Pete Straub
...Earl Connor (Tammy's dad - health issues)
...Scott Snore (heart testing)
...Dennis Home (Tod's uncle - cancer)

*Births! (Jorg granddaughter! Stanton Great Granddaughter!)
*Anniversaries of births and weddings! *Pregnancies!
*Katie Clark successful college tours! (prayers for discernment)
*Margo does not need surgery on her broken kneecap! (continued prayers for recovery)
*Helen Vaught's grandnephew has recovered from surgery!
*Darwin's test results!
*Visits with long time friends!
*Successful Smorgasbord! (Next one is May 20!)
*Family Pictures!

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 
(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 (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.

Eileen Pierson would've been 100 this year! Eat some ice cream in her memory on her birthday and let her family know you're thinking of her by signing the guest book on the funeral home page:

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

Hastings Hope UMC
Hope Church - Hastings

Our mailing address is:
Hope UM Church
2920 S M-37 HWY
POBox 410
Hastings, Michigan 49058

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