At Hopewell UMC, we believe that God has given us an awesome vision: to be a community of hope for a hurting world. But in a world reeling from natural disasters, polarizing opinions, racial tensions, acts of violence, and human devastation, this vision may seem more difficult than ever.
A Word From the Pastor
As end our February church-wide sabbath from church administrative meetings, you are invited to use this final devotional to guide your thoughts for the week, or perhaps during a time when you might normally be in one of our church meetings.
As we have a church-wide sabbath from church administrative meetings this month, you are invited to use this devotional to guide your thoughts for the week, or perhaps during a time when you might normally be in one of our church meetings. Take time to reflect on where God is leading you.
Imagine, Discover, Wonder, & Connect. These words are intentional. So many of our days are centered around words like “doing,” “achievement,” “certainty,” and “busy.” We know that the world won’t stop turning, even if we stop for awhile — but most of us act like it will. This is not the life God created for us. Consider this while meditating on this week’s devotional.
We are sharing a letter that was written by the College of Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction, of which our church is a part. We have been asked to share this with the congregation in the midst of these challenging times in our country.
As promised, during the month of February we are taking a church-wide Sabbath month. Most of you know, this means NO MEETINGS! I am hoping you will utilize this time for some much needed rest and re-centering as we slow down and listen for God’s voice in our very busy lives, church, and world. Each week, we will publish a weekly devotional and you are invited to use it to guide your thoughts for the week.
Does Christianity still matter? It’s a question that gets asked a lot by those concerned about a decline in church growth. People ask it when they see how a church’s idea of God comes into conflict with the current political, economic, and social issues of today. Read more of Pastor Kate’s thoughts.
Wow! Can you believe it is almost the holiday season? In just a few short weeks, most of us will all be eating turkey, holiday shopping, wrapping presents, and singing “Tis the season to be jolly. . .” It’s hard to believe, considering the leaves have only just begun to fall and last week it was 70 degrees! And I don’t know about all of you, but the general busyness that autumn always seems to bring causes the holidays to sneak up on me every year! Autumn certainly has a way of giving new meaning to that old adage from Job about God being in the whirlwind!
I’d like to start off by saying that it has been an honor to get to know this congregation over the last two months. The more you share with me your stories, history, concerns and dreams for the future of this church, the more it has inspired me to be deeply in prayer about where God is calling us to go as a community.