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Hope and Welcome Corners E-News: Week of March 6, 2022

News from Pastor Kim

Greetings Friends!
As we journey through this time of Lent we will be doing so with Reckless Love. We Began with Love and next week we will Expand the Circle and look at who the neighbor is that Jesus calls us to love. See below for each week’s topic and Scripture and join us in person or online. 

We have embarked on a Lenten Challenge based on this quote from St. Augustine:

“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."

What do we have that is "extra"? Set aside all your extras during Lent and then donate them during the week of Easter! Select categories of extras can be brought to the churches on Sundays and we'll stockpile them for you before we donate them en masse. Stay tuned for those categories. We will celebrate all of the donations in the April 24 worship services!

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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Begin with Love
In this week’s message, Pastor Kim looked at Mark 12:28-34
We again look at “Love God” and “Love your neighbor”, and how we never really meet that first
Commandment, until we “allow” ourselves to do the second.
When we take the sentence Begin ____________________ with love, and add all the we do into the blank we get closer to loving  God. Conversations, Assumptions, and Actions all take on different meanings when added to the blank. Conversations are kinder and understanding. Assumptions are more positive than negative and actions are more thought through and intentional. This week let us begin all that we do with LOVE.
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.
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 March 2, 2022
Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church News & Information

MIFaith for March 4, 2022
MIfaith is a weekly e-publication of the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The Chosen
Catch up on Season 1 and join us for Season 2 discussion groups in the fall!

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 March 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:

Friday March 18: LENTEN FISH DINNER - Let Them Eat Fish (and Chicken!)
Fish and Chips (and Chicken) Dinner at 5pm at Green Street Church.
There will be no set charge for this delicious meal but donations will be encouraged and accepted to support the Barry County Serenity Club. This event is sponsored by the Green Street Men's Club.
Friday April 15: Good Friday Service at Green Street Church At 7pm.

After two years the high school musical is back! Go support our hardworking Hastings kids and our hardworking Director Andrew Moore!

Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is 46 days before Easter Sunday. Lent is a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. The 40- day period represents Christ's time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ's life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection.
Join the Lenten Challenge! 
What 'extra' will you release each day between now and Easter?
Check out this video to learn more about the t-shirts being turned into jump ropes! Bring your old unused t-shirts to either Hope or Welcome Corners Churches and we'll make sure they get to Pat and Newell to be made into jump ropes!

Fridays 9am-3pm (working from home if driving conditions dictate) 

Pastor Kim
Fridays (except 3/11) 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.

March needs: Slim Jims, Snack Pack Pudding, Yoohoo shelf-stable chocolate milk, and Syrup (8oz). 

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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…
..Josh Boulter (chemo treatments)
...Sheila & Frank Purdy and parents (Dad John recent heart surgery)
...those grieving the death of loved ones (Piersons, Stantons,Stapors, Millers/ Wilders)
...Family & Friends of Norm Stanton (died 3/5/22)
...those battling COVID and other maladies
...Joan Potter (health/ treatment)
...Gene Bushey (3/9/22 surgery & healing) Margo & Rich (strength in the caregiving)
...Helen Vaught (health)
...Michelle Parker (healing after surgery)
...Henney Family
...Sue Smith (health)
...Mary Allyn's brother in law Reg (healing after surgery)
...Priscilla's move
...a successful run for the High School's production of the musical Newsies

*Births! Anniversaries of births and weddings! Selena Stoudt turned *1* on 3/5/22!
*Clarks' nephew's successful surgery (continued prayers for pain management & healing)
*Helen Vaught is home and doing better!
*Priscilla's friend Terry's resolved health issue!
*Jane's continued progress!
*The return of the High School Musical!

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.

2 - Louis Wierenga, Jr.
12 - Pastor Kim Metzer
13 - Nathan Micklatcher
16 - Pam Hesterly
25 - Rick Chamberlain
25 - Tammy Connor

27 - Tony & Suzanne Kidder

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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