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Hope and Welcome Corners E-News: Week of April 24, 2022

News from Pastor Kim

4/24/2022
Greetings Friends!
We kicked off a three week series on Sunday on the power of giving. This power lies not just in our financial, or treasure, giving but also in the giving of our time and talent. When we are giving of our three "T"s, time, treasure, talent, are we giving God the first and best or merely what is left over?

As we 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. If you were in worship service on Sunday then you will have seen the survey that was on the insert. An expanded survey is at this link for our online audience: https://forms.gle/Sz1jp4JAkscDRPcLA. We are looking forward to hearing from YOU!

If you would like to give some of your first and best to God by assisting our community members experiencing homelessness, we have several opportunities to volunteer in the 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."

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 24, 2022 ~ The Power of Giving - First and Best
 
In the ten plus years that I led Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at my church, there was one question that was repeated each session. “Wendy I’m taking this class because I am drowning in debt, I can’t tithe when I am not paying my bills and barely getting by.” My answer was always the same, “It’s not your money, everything we have belongs to God, we are just the keeper of it.” Once you make that connection of being the stewards for all that God has given to you, it changes EVERYTHING!

 Now if you are struggling with whether you put something in the offering plate, or dinner on the table for your family, I’m going to say “feed your family first.”  Your giving during that time can be of your talents; singing in the church choir, offering to deliver donations given to the church, or coming in every Friday afternoon to fold worship folders. Then, as you are able, you begin to make a consistent, planned for, offering to your church each week. It’s prayed over and comes before all else.  A couple in one of my classes, who was really struggling, handed me an envelope of cash one night. They explained that they had sold a tractor and had used part of the money to pay down the debt, but the cash in the envelope was for a single mom in the class to pay a sitter each week, so she could continue to come to class. They wanted me to give it to her anonymously after class. How cool is that!!

 Something special happens when you put the Lord and others first. You’ve taken the focus off of you, and you’re thinking of others’ needs first. You realize how blessed you are, understanding others are going through struggles you can’t even imagine. You become a blessing to others. You become content with what you have. This is THE POWER OF GIVING!!



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.
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 April 20, 2022
Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church News & Information
https://tinyurl.com/MI-Connect-04-20-2022


MIFaith for April 22, 2022
MIfaith is a weekly e-publication of the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church. 
https://tinyurl.com/MIFaith-04-22-2022

 

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! 
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! It's coming soon!!

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-April-2022

https://tinyurl.com/Lent-Worship-Services

 
Click here for the church calendar
UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday May 3 (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) 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 & 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)
...David & Ashley Wolfe
...Dorothy Hooker (health procedure 4/28)
...Earl Connor (Tammy's dad - health issues)
...Scott Snore (heart testing)
...Judy Forsythe's stepdaughter Linda (health)

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


 
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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