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Hope and Welcome Corners E-News: Week of January 23, 2022

News from Pastor Kim

Greetings Friends!
Thank you to all who have been praying for wellness for Steve and me. We seem to have come out the other side of our brush with COVID relatively unscathed, except for some residual coughs. Our church families - Hope, Welcome Corners, and Green Street - have been a blessing during this time, personally and professionally. While being struck with the virus caused us to have to cancel our vacation to the south we are extremely grateful to have our “up north” property to escape to for a few days.

Thank you to Pastor Bryce for bringing a message of healing and hope on Sunday the 23rd. This coming   Sunday, January 30, will be YOUR opportunity to share how you have been touched by God’s healing Word. Join us in person at the Hope building at 11am or online (Facebook @HastingsHopeUMC) to share your favorite Scripture passage and hear others’ favorites.
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 (EXCEPT 1/30/22)
11am Sunday - Hope: 2920 S M-37 Hwy, Hastings 
Online - Facebook and YouTube: Hastings Hope UMC

 Videos of our worship services are available on our YouTube Channel:

    "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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January 24, 2022
I have been praying for a friend's first Grandchild long before he was born on Thanksgiving Day of 2021. This little baby had been a dream for so many years. GOD'S TOUCH. When he arrived, he had so many medical issues. I asked for prayers from everyone I knew, added him to prayer groups and prayed for him often throughout each day. Within days surgeries began, including open heart surgery. This little fighter came through. GOD'S TOUCH. A condo was donated to the parents for free by a complete stranger so they could stay close to the hospital, meals were delivered, cards were written, nurses became friends. GOD'S TOUCH. Last week, for the first time since he was born, he went home. He needs to rest and gain weight for the next round of surgeries.  Again, GOD'S TOUCH. I still pray as much as I always have for him, and I also thank God for his HEALING TOUCH in all of this. I’m also so thankful for all of the others who TOUCHED this family. They have forever been changed by the kindness of strangers. I have also been witness to a unexpected ripple effect that happens when others come together to help those in need. GOD'S TOUCH. Who can you touch and be a blessing to?

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 January 19, 2022
Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church News & Information

MIFaith for January 21, 2022
MIfaith is a weekly e-publication of the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The Chosen

There's still time to join us! Everything you wanted to know about the show that is the basis of our Small Group discussions in January and February.

We're changing the Hope watch party to Wednesdays! Join us at 2pm  to watch each episode and then at 3pm to discuss! The discussion group is in person and on zoom. The zoom link is here:
Join Zoom Meeting

The Good News Gang

Pastor Kim and/or her gang of pastor friends record mostly 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:

The link to the January 19 episode where we discussed the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how we can use our voices today.


YouTube Playlists

I will again start curating playlists and will house them on Hope's YouTube channel. To see what songs are hitting me 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 1 (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:

Sunday January 30, 2022: A special Sunday of testimony. Worship ONLY at Hope this day.
A reminder as we head into the winter weather months...

                             ...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.
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 2,9,16,23, Mar 2)
Join Zoom Meeting
Wendy has new hours! She will be here on most FRIDAYs starting the 21st!
9am to 3:30pm

Pastor Kim is available by appointment but will also be in the office on many Fridays!
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, canned tuna, and peanut butter.
Volunteer at THE RACK
Looking for two people 1/28/22
We have separated everything by gender and age but still need help sorting by size.
Also we have extra clothing and hangers that need to be taken to The Shack in Delton.
(The Shack is open Thursdays 2p-6p and Saturdays 10a-2p.)
Please contact Wendy to Volunteer at
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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 B (chemo treatments)
...Sheila P and parents
...Doreen Stanton (injuries and health)
...Arlene Stanton & family (strength & health)
...Travel mercies
...those grieving the death of loved ones
...those battling COVID and other maladies
...the Niebauer Family (death of Ron - Pastor Kim's uncle)
...Joan P (health)
...Pam H (healing)
*Births! Anniversaries of births and weddings!
*Safe travels!
*Healing & Improved health!
*Good Test Results!
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**
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)
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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2920 S M-37 HWY
POBox 410
Hastings, Michigan 49058

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