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

News from Pastor Kim

Greetings Friends!
This is one of those weeks where I just cannot seem to find the words for this column. In the spirit of our current worship series - A Simple Life in Christ - I am therefore going to keep this week's column simple and encourage you to check out the rest of the newsletter for all the news and happenings and prayers and praises. 
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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February 14, 2022
A Simple life in Christ
In the message this past Sunday, Pastor Kim, continues in Mathew 6: 1-16, talking about approval.
The only approval we need is that of the Lord. Only he knows our true intentions when we do for others. Not our co-workers, neighbors, friends, family or those we do good for. He knows. Just as he already knows what we want when we pray. “Don’t babble”, just pray. He knows what is truly in our heart, and what we are thinking. Keep it simple, a simple life of faith.
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 February 9, 2022
Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church News & Information

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

February is Black History Month!

If you are looking for a way to honor and celebrate Black History Month, here is a Multigenerational Activity Journal & Resource Book. Included in it, you will find highlights of leadership for 28 historical figures that can be incorporated into a daily practice throughout February or better yet, become part of an ongoing journal/reflection process for people of all ages. (Designed, Edited, and Compiled by the Rev. Brittney D. Stephan)

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 this week check out our YouTube channel and be sure to SUBSCRIBE while you're there!
Click here for the church calendar

Tuesday February 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:
***Community Meal Menu for Tuesday, February 15th at 5:00pm
A great meal to warm up in a cold winter day!
Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas or peas and carrots,
rolls and pumpkin pie.
If the churches need to close in person worship due to weather we will advertise on WOODTV8 and on Facebook. There will still be online worship in some form.

During the week we will primarily advertise through Facebook and word of mouth. If the Hastings schools are closed due to weather, the church building will also be closed to all activities.
(Family Promise will make their own announcements regarding closure and won't necessarily follow this same guideline.)
Let’s Do Life Together!
Pastor Kim is encouraging everyone to join a small group!  In small groups, we form friendships with one another, grow in faith, offer support and encouragement, and have fun!  Join a small group today!   If The Chosen discussion small groups listed below do not offer an opportunity that fits your schedule, start your own small group!
Below are the ways you can watch each episode of The Chosen, on your own, or as part of a watch party.  Most of the episodes are about 45-minutes long.

Watch The Chosen at Your Own Convenience
  • Watch it for free using the mobile app. You can get it here: or search The Chosen in your Apple or Android (Google Play) app store. From the app, you can stream to your TV using another  device, such as Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV, etc.
  • Watch it on DVD or Blu-Ray using your own computer or TV.  You can order a DVD or Blu-Ray of Season 1 The Chosen on-line from a variety of on-line sellers, including Amazon.
  • Watch Party at Hope Church: Wednesdays at 2pm. <<--Note the change!!

Discussion Group

Wednesdays at 3:00pm in the Hope Conference Room (In person AND Zoom) (Jan 12,19,26, Feb 9,16,23, Mar 2,9) <<--Note the change!! We've extended the study by a week due to not being able to meet on February 2.
Join Zoom Meeting

Wednesdays at 7:00pm discussion group is Zoom only. Let Pastor Kim know if you would like to join this all women group.

Friday 2/25 9am-3pm

Pastor Kim
Fridays  2/18, 2/25 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.
Some specific needs for February are:  pudding, Yoohoo chocolate milk, individual cereals.

Questions? Please email: A
ndi Schmidt :

Arlene attended, and served, Methodist churches all her life. Before having to step down from being the organist this winter, she accompanied the robust singing at Welcome Corners for decades. Arlene also served as a 4-H Leader for over 50 years and in 2021 she was the Barry County Fair Book Honoree.
Thank you Arlene, for serving God through the church, 4-H, and your welcoming home where all kids who came through the door were considered one of your own. We are certain that you heard the words “Well done, good and faithful servant” when you reached your heavenly home last week.

The visitation for Arlene is Tuesday 2/15/22 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Hope Church. The funeral is 11am 2/16/22 at Hope Church.  There is a luncheon at Welcome Corners Church following the private burial. 
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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…
...Haiti  and Afghanistan
..Josh Boulter (chemo treatments & upcoming surgery)
...Sheila Purdy and parents
...Doreen Stanton (injuries and health)
...the Family & Friends of Arlene Stanton (died 2/9/22)
...Travel mercies
...those grieving the death of loved ones
...those battling COVID and other maladies
...Joan Potter (health/ treatment)
...the Family & Friends of Eileen Pierson (died 2/3/22)
...Pastor Kim's daughter Karly (viable pregnancy)
...Isaiah (Stoudt) (continued recovery)
...Jo Wilcox (healing after surgery)
...the Family & Friends of Annette's niece Gayle who died recently
*Births! Anniversaries of births and weddings! - Mary Fuller turns 90 on 2/18/22!!
*Safe travels!
*Healing & Improved health!
*Good Test Results!
*Life saving blood transfusions!
*Tests passed!
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**

Soup Luncheon to Support Family Promise of Barry County

Grace Lutheran Church, along with Thrivent Financial, is hosting a Winter Luncheon on Sunday, February 27, 2022. This meal will benefit the local chapter of Family Promise.  Pastor of Grace Lutheran, Ken Scheck, says, “We are thankful that Family Promise reaches out to those in need of shelter, especially families.  We look forward to continued work with the leadership of Family Promise.”


The community is invited to attend church at 10:45AM (Hope folks see information below on take-out/after church options.) and then stay for an all-homemade luncheon of soups, crackers and bread, fruit, desserts, and beverages. Suggested donation $8 for all you can eat. Guests may also arrive at noon to EAT-IN, please call and make a “reservation” to help in preparations.


If preferred, support can be given by a TAKE- OUT ONLY choice of homemade soups and crackers.  All proceeds, from the $5 suggested donation, will go to support Family Promise of Barry County. The take-out soups will be made by the Hastings Area School Culinary Arts Program, under the instruction of Justin Straub.  16 ounces of soups are   CREAMY POTATO (no meat)  and  CHICKEN VEGETABLE. Pick up between NOON and 1PM. Again, please call ahead to make your “reservation”.

Culinary Arts instructor, Justin Straube, shared his students’ ideas about the event. “The CTE  programs (Career Technology Education) at Hastings High School lead to teens learning different skills for jobs once they graduate. One example of this is the Culinary Arts Program which teaches students culinary skills for working and managing restaurants. The Culinary Arts Program is eager to help out with Family Promise event after a semester-full of learning. Through learning in the classroom and cooking in The Community Foundation kitchen, they are prepared and excited about this opportunity. The students in the Culinary Arts Program are thankful for the chance they’ve had to learn culinary skills and want to be able to give back to the community.”

Family Promise of Barry County partners with families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by helping them get back on their feet so they can create a stable lifestyle for their children.   As stated on their website. “When we help parents meet their basic needs and give them the opportunity to create a vision for the future, their dreams of providing a better life for their children are realized. This changes our community and improves the lives of future generations.”

To support this project without purchasing soup, please visit the website  

Grace Lutheran Church is located at 239 E North Street in Hastings.  To help in meal preparations, please make a “reservation” by Feb 20th  for EAT IN or TAKE-OUT. 

269-945-9414 or email to

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.

3 - Linda Frederick (H)
7 - Gabby Stoudt  (H)
11- Jim Dipp (WC) 
11 -Maxine Henney (WC)
13 – Joe Balderson (WC)  
13 - Delilah Bennett 80! (H)
14 - Frank Purdy (H)
16 - Denise Chamberlain (H)
18 - Tod Clark (H)
18 - Mary Fuller 90! (H)

10 - Richard & Denise Chamberlain (H)
16 - Edgar & Janet Boulter (H)
18 - Terry & June Miles 50! (H)
27 - Gordon & Delilah Bennett (H)

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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