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Defying Gravity: New Sermon Series on Stewardship

This week Pastor Kate Hillis began a new sermon series titled “Defying Gravity: Breaking Free From a Culture of More,” which will focus on stewardship. The four-message series will continue through November, culminating on our Commitment Sunday worship experience on Nov. 26. In “Discovering Gravity,” the kickoff message in the series, Pastor Kate examines why our “stuff” has such a strong hold on us.

Sermon: Wider Than We Think

In troubled times, how do we set aside our agendas, see one another, and respond in love and unity? As Pastor Kate reminds us, sometimes we need to listen to the voices of children. This message references Isaiah 56:1-8.

Sermon: Haunted By Our Better Selves

Why do busy people sometimes place themselves last? Self-care is not about avoiding life’s storms, Pastor Kate reminds us. It’s about preparing for them. Pastor Kate references Matthew 14-22-33, in which Jesus (and briefly Peter) walk on water ion the midst of a storm.

Standing Together Against Hate: Hopewell Community Peace Vigil

The Hopewell community gathered at the Hopewell United Methodist Church on Aug. 16 to stand together against hate and injustice at a Community Peace Vigil sponsored by the Hopewell Council of Churches. It was an evening of prayer, song and a candlelight vigil and march through the borough. Attendees heard messages from Pastor Kate, leaders of other Hopewell Borough churches, and the mayor.

A Celebration of Ministry at Hopewell UMC

On Sunday, July 2 we celebrated the first anniversary of Pastor Kate Hillis joining us as our Pastor at the Hopewell United Methodist Church, celebrated our ministry together over the past 12 months, and shared our vision for the future. During our morning worship, we officially launched our new motto (“Hope Starts Here”) and mission statement: “We are a home for people to be transformed by the love of God and grow in mind, body, and spirit.

Sermon: What’s Climate Justice?

“What’s Climate Care, and What’s It Got to Do With Me?” That’s the question at the heart of this message from Pastor Kate Hillis as she continues her series on “Caring For Our Common Home.” This sermon reflects on the story of the Old Testament Prophet Amos, who was a “tree dresser” who tended to sycamore trees. Our Scripture is 5:4-15, 20-24.

Sermon: God Chose. Now What?

Pastor Kate Hillis begins her sermon series on the importance of our created world titled “Caring For Our Common Home.” The first message in the series is titled “God Chose. Now What?” and draws upon the story of Noah’s Ark in Genesis chapter 9. This is the first message in a five-week series.

Book Club Sets Summer Reading Choices

Do you enjoy reading? We have an active book study group of people who love reading and gathering to discuss. Click through for an updated schedule for the summer.

Sermon: The Weave of the World

Rev. Wren Hills explores the power of baptism through the many facets of water, which can be marvelous and fierce and even mysterious – because nature, like the Scriptures, leaves room for doubt as well as faith. This message was presented on April 23, 2017.

Sermon: Binding Blind and Broken Bodies

Pastor Kate Hillis continues her Lenten sermon series on “Living Into Our Baptismal Call.” In this week’s message based on John 9, Pastor Kate challenges us to examine God’s call upon us to be nurturers in our communities. How do we create a sense of hope? Hope starts here!