As we go through the season of Lent, remember that when we feel alone, Jesus knows exactly what that is like…. He will never leave us or forsake us, and our hope is in Him alone! Enjoy the song by MercyMe!
Please stay in and stay safe… and remember, SPRING. IS. COMING!!!
We “HOPE” to see you next week at church!
Watch this video from Chuck Knows Church to remember what Lent is all about!
This is the week that our United Methodist Church is holding their Special General Conference in St. Louis. Please continue to pray that our church leaders are able to discern the will of God for our church.
They have a link each day to check out the daily update from the previous day. They even have a “live” link that you can see what is going on at the time you log on. The link below is from Sunday. They have a new link every day, so be sure to check it out at https://gc2019.iaumc.org/
Please remember that church still needs your weekly offerings even when services are snowed out. Buildings still need to be heated and bills still come due.
Please stay safe and warm during this storm.
And please help spread the word!
SPRING. IS. COMING!!!!
Services are still on at the Poky Center, but stay tuned for possible changes there.
Stay safe and warm!
The United Methodist Church is calling us to pray twice a day, from 2:23 – 2:26 each day (for four minutes) as our denomination holds a special General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 23 – Feb. 26, 2019 – – thus the requested daily prayer time.
Many United Methodists are hoping a clear direction on how the church relates to homosexuality will emerge at the special called session of the General Conference in February.
Important stakeholders are claiming their positions, including some who make preserving unity in the church a priority.
Delegates to the Feb. 23-26 gathering in St. Louis will consider plans to deal with the status of LGBTQ United Methodists, who want equal treatment when it comes to ordination and marriage.
The United Methodist Book of Discipline states that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching and that “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” cannot be clergy. The Discipline also bans ceremonies that celebrate same-sex unions in United Methodist churches.
Despite these rules, same-gender weddings have been performed in United Methodist churches and by United Methodist clergy. Clergy have publicly declared they are gay, sometimes losing their credentials.
“It seems like it’s no longer possible for us to live together in one body,” said the Rev. Tom Lambrecht, vice president and general manager of Good News, an unofficial group of United Methodists who support upholding the ban on same-sex marriage and gay clergy.
“Between those who are adamantly promoting the affirmation of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ ordination and those of us who believe that is contrary to Scripture, it doesn’t seem like there’s a middle ground or a compromise point that will satisfy people.”
The most prominent plans submitted for consideration at the special conference are the Connectional Conference Plan, the One Church Plan, the Simple Plan, the Traditional Plan and the Modified Traditional Plan.
The Council of Bishops said in recommending the One Church Plan that it provides conferences, churches and pastors the flexibility to pursue their mission while retaining the connectional nature of the church. The plan leaves decisions of whether to allow same-gender weddings up to local churches and gay ordination up to annual conferences.
Read the rest of the article on UMC’s website OPINIONS STILL VARY ON THE WAY FORWARD
More information on the United Methodist Church website: 2019 SPECIAL SESSION of the General Conference
Also read the Confessing Movement of the UMC (website http://www.confessingumc.org) last newsletter entitled Where are we now as United Methodists & the Way Forward?
So, please remember to pray daily for our church as a whole as this special General Conference in a little more than a month.
Hope United Methodist Church of Pocahontas County prays that the New Year is full of anticipation and blessings for you and yours.
If you are interested in reading the bible in a year, check out this great website One Year Bible Online.
This site is great because it has several great features:
- You can choose from multiple options of Bible versions (left side of the page)
- You can choose to use The One Year® Bible daily reading plan. This consists of passages from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.
- You can choose to use The One Year® Chronological Bible reading plan. This contains the entire text of the bible arranged in the order the events actually occurred.
- You can pick your own START date, if you don’t begin today!!
- You can even choose to LISTEN to your scriptures read to you.
Oh, and yes, like any other great site, there are ADVERTISEMENTS (see “Start Download Now” picture below) and know you DO NOT NEED TO DOWNLOAD this for the Bible Online… this is simply an advertisement…. and they appear on almost every page.
This website provides a great and simple way to go through the Bible in one year! Would you like to join us in learning and reading God’s word with us? We would love to have you join us! Praying God has wonderful things in store for you in this new year!
Wednesday, Dec. 19th
Meet @ Hope UMC @ 4:00 – Carpool to Laurens Care Center
Meet @ Hope UMC @ 5:30 – Caroling in Poky
Goodies to follow back at church
Grab a friend and come join the fun!
We were treated to a wonderful Sunday School program entitled “The Night before Christmas.” A special thanks to Angie Cook, Heidi Freeburg, Sharyn Cook, the Sunday School kids, Linda Ferguson and the Joy Bells for the wonderful Christmas program and music. It was such a blessing! Enjoy a few pics from the special day!
It was such a special day! Thanks for sharing the reason for the season!