View this email in your browser
Hope and Welcome Corners E-News: Week of January 30, 2022

News from Pastor Kim

Greetings Friends!
Steve and I are back from our winter vacation - just in time to "enjoy" the snow here! Even though we were not able to go south, it was nice to get away for a bit. We we were able to connect with some cousins and just relax and unplug.

I was able to watch the January 30 worship service once it was uploaded and I was encouraged by the stories told and the Scriptures shared. Thank you to all that shared your stories, I look forward to having this kind of service again. Thank you, too, to Dorothy and Jim for leading this wonderful service. You are true servants of God. Oh, and if you didn't guess already, the verse on the front of the bulletin is one of my faves! 

Throughout the rest of the newsletter you'll find the up to date happenings at Hope and Welcome Corners as well as prayer requests, birthdays (Mary Fuller has a big one coming up) and anniversaries (Terry and June Miles have a big one coming up), a mission moment with Family Promise, and multiple ways you can be the church in our communities. 
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


Thanks for reading...

...tell your friends that they want the latest and greatest
E-News, too!  They can sign up here:

January 31, 2022

I totally enjoyed watching this past Sunday's service!! The presence of the Holy Spirt was so strong. Each of your stories, poems, scriptures touched my heart. Beautifully done everyone!!

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 26, 2022
Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church News & Information
MIConnect for February 2, 2022
Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church News & Information

MIFaith for January 28, 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)
There will be a few printed copies available at Hope on Sunday.

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:

The episode recorded 2/2/22 will premiere on 2/3/22 at 5pm. Pastors Curtis, Matt W, and Kim talk about all things internet. Pope Francis said in 2014, “The internet offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.”  Do you agree? Tune in and leave us a comment!

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!
This week the playlist includes a TED talk that we watched in Homiletics class recently. It speaks to the importance of ALL of us telling our stories and the dangers of listening to just one story.

Vacation Worship

While I love being a pastor and serving at Hope and Welcome Corners Churches, I do miss being able to worship with Steve. We took the opportunity to worship "at" our home church, Redeemer-DeWitt/St.Johns,  over the weekend. We were on our couch, and not in a pew, but it was still nice to worship together. Pastor Debbie's message is a good complement to the one I preached on January 9. You can take a listen at the link below.
Click here for the church calendar

Tuesday February 8 (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:
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 2/4 9-3 (if roads are clear)
Friday 2/11 9-3
Monday 2/14 9-3
Friday 2/25 9-3

Pastor Kim
Friday 2/4 1-4
Wednesdays 2/9 & 2/16 12-2
Fridays 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 1-4
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 :
Volunteer at THE RACK
Looking for two people 2/4/22
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
Facebook: FOLLOW 
Newsletter: SUBSCRIBE
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 & peace)
...Travel mercies
...those grieving the death of loved ones
...those battling COVID and other maladies
...Joan P (health)
...Pam H (healing)
...Eileen P (hospitalization)
...Shari W (passing of Jack)
...Pastor Kim's daughter Karly (viable pregnancy)
*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**
Family Promise of Barry County (FPBC)  is a community response to family homelessness and is a local affiliate of a national organization. The Day Center and offices of FPBC are housed on the second floor of Hope's Christian Ed building. FPBC provides temporary housing in host churches, mentoring, and connections with other community resources to develop permanent solutions to struggles with housing. Pastor Kim has been involved with FPBC almost since her first day in Hastings in July 2017 and has been officially on the Board of Directors since May 2018. 

There was a moratorium on evictions throughout much of this pandemic time, but the need for our services did not diminish. Our staff has mentored graduate families and assisted others with finding resources so that they could stay in their existing homes. 

We are excited about the events that are coming up in the months ahead. Some of them will be listed below, check our Facebook page ( and website ( for more information on how you can get involved.

Saturday March 5: Adult Prom - Freeport Community Center
Invite your sweetie or come stag, here's your chance to dress up and have fun while raising money for a good cause!

Thursday April 14: 3rd Anniversary Gala
FPBC welcomed their first family 2/14/19 and it's time to celebrate! Check out the link for all the ways to be involved in this special evening of celebration.

Saturday June 25: 2nd Annual Golf Outing with Great Golf Ball Drop
Our first golf outing in 2021 set the standard of what a fun golf outing looks like for all skill levels and we're seeking to make it even better! A thousand golf balls falling out of a helicopter is a sight that must be experienced in person and if your ball is the one closest to the pin, you're the winner - no skill required!

Our 2022 Board of Directors
Alisa Otto - President
Laura Munro - Vice President & Interim Executive Director
Robin Walters - Secretary
Jason Watson - Treasurer
Andy Cove
Maggie Isenhoff
Kelly Jenkins
Sue Larghi
Kim Metzer
Jessica Troyer
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

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

Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Hope UM Church · 2920 S M-37 HWY · POBox 410 · Hastings, Michigan 49058 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp