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Hope and Welcome Corners E-News: Week of February 20, 2022

News from Pastor Kim

Greetings Friends!
There are some moments in life when I feel absolutely certain that I am where I'm meant to be. I had one of those moments when I read Wendy's column for this week (see below). It is humbling and gratifying to be used by God in this way. 

Thank you to those that are praying for me this week! I feel like I'm running a gauntlet with conference that counts for credit, papers due, classes to attend, Family Promise Board meeting, and all of the usual pastoral activities. I wouldn't be able to do it all without being in prayer and being prayed for. Thank you!

Be sure to read all the way to the end of this newsletter. There are some schedule updates, event opportunities, and a picture of a very special birthday lady. I will close out my column with a shout out to another special birthday lady - my mom. Her birthday is "Twosday" 2-22. She wasn't born in 1922 though! Happy Birthday Mom! Love you!

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 20, 2022
A Simple life in Christ
 It is a beautiful reminder of our Father’s knowledge of us, when you feel a sermon was written just for you or what you’re experiencing. Today I spent time with two of my granddaughters, 14 and 10 years old. During our visit a comment was made about their rooms and the total mess they have become. We joked about it a bit then we discussed ways that they could organize their rooms, gather things to donate or sell, and develop better cleaning habits. I reminded them how very lucky they were to have all the things that they do. At dinner tonight, I was sitting with the 10-year-old listening to Pastor Kim’s message, “don’t hoard your treasures” her eyes got big as saucers, her cheeks red, she said “that’s me Grammy.” Together we finished the message and I have no doubt that she is up cleaning and sorting in her room as I finish this. Blessed  is the child who felt our God speak to her today, Blessed is the child who knows God is watching her,  Blessed is the child who learns her extras can bless the needs of someone else.

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 16, 2022
Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church News & Information

MIFaith for February 18, 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 22 (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:

Wednesday March 2: Ash Wednesday Service at Hope at 7pm. We will join with the Green Street and Welcome Corners congregations for this special service as we enter the Lenten season.
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!   We will be forming groups in the fall to discuss the Season 2 episodes!
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. 

Discussion Group

Final schedule:
Wednesday 2/23/22
2pm - showing of episodes 6 & 7 (89 minutes total)
4pm - discussion of episodes 6 & 7 in person and via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
7pm - discussion of episodes 6 & 7 via Zoom - contact Pastor Kim for link

Wednesday 3/2/22
2pm - showing of episode 8
3pm - discussion of episode 8 in person and via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting

Thursday 3/3/22
7pm - discussion of episode 8 via Zoom - contact Pastor Kim for link

Friday 2/25 9am-3pm

Pastor Kim
Friday 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 :
This week’s HOPE/WELCOME CORNERS DISCIPLE is:   Kaleb Micklatcher
Kaleb is the lead “Tech Guy” at Hope and has worked in the A/V booth since he was in his early teens. He is the third generation of the Miles Family to be a member at Hope and the fourth generation at the combined Hope/ Welcome Corners churches overall as his Great Grandma and late Great Grandpa Miles are/were members at Welcome Corners.
Kaleb has been proactive in finding and implementing new software and hardware for use in worship. His expertise allowed us to take worship online for those who have been unable to join us in person.
Thank you, Kaleb, for being our “Tech Guy” and for serving Jesus by sharing your gift of technical expertise with the Hope & Welcome Corners congregations!
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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…
...Olympic athletes traveling home
..Josh Boulter (chemo treatments & upcoming surgery)
...Sheila Purdy and parents
...the Family & Friends of Tom Stapor (died 2/19/22)
...those grieving the death of loved ones (Piersons, Stantons)
...those battling COVID and other maladies
...Joan Potter (health/ treatment)
...Pastor Kim's daughter Karly (viable pregnancy)
...Jo Wilcox (healing after surgery)
...the Family & Friends of Annette's niece Gayle who died recently
...Carrie's nephew Jerry who slipped on ice & broke several ribs (& his caregivers!)
...Gene Bushey (health) Margo & Rich (strength in the caregiving)
*Births! Anniversaries of births and weddings! - Mary Fuller turned 90 and Terry and June Miles celebrated 50 years of marriage on 2/18/22!!
*Clarks' nephew's successful surgery (continued prayers for pain management & healing)
*Helen Vaught's brother is home and doing better!
*Osterinks' new grandchild!
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**
Join us as Family Promise of Barry County hosts its FIRST Adult Prom!
Expect all of your High School Prom fav's plus a few more! Photo op's, dancing with DJ JES, snacks, 50/50 drawings, a bar (by donation), and a fantastic time with friends!
Tickets on sale now for $50 an individual or $80 a couple.
Ticket Links:
Couple Ticket-
Single Ticket-
Or you can send payment to PO BOX 312, Hastings Michigan 49058.
If you have any questions please email or call 269-953-6189
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.
Mary is indeed 90 & Fabulous!!

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

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

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