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Time to STEP OUT IN FAITH

Last Sunday, interim Pastor Kris shared that often churches get too complacent and comfortable with the status quo.  This often tends to make us “less than willing” to step out and see what blessings God really does have in store for us.  As our church goes through this transitional time, let us be sure not to miss the blessings that God has already shared:

  1.  Our new Pastor Elijah – – obviously Satan is trying to derail the Word of God!
  2. Our interim Pastor Kris – – obviously God can always provide a temporary back-up plan!
  3. Our church family – – what a blessing it has been this summer to get to know our ENTIRE church family on a much better level!  Isn’t it amazing how Satan can plant seeds of frustration while God can use those very seeds as a blessing!  Is He good or what?!?
  4. Our current reality:  We can either sit back and do nothing (Satan’s plan) or we can STEP OUT in faith and be the disciples that Christ has called us to be!  Let’s rise to the challenge and be intentional on visiting our church family – – and not “PRESUME” that someone else will do it.  Let us STEP OUT and listen to our family’s needs and concerns, and pray with and for them.  Do you know who is missing among us?  Have you taken time to call and let them know that they are missed?   Jesus set the example with the parable of the Lost Coin, which is found in Luke 15:8–10.   Are we being that diligent with our very own church members?  Who is God laying on your heart to call and visit?

Together, if we are willing to follow God’s lead and listen to His plan, we will come out stronger and better.  Now, that’s called stepping out in faith!

We “Hope” to see you this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. worship!

 

Food Pantry Sunday – Aug. 13th

Remember that tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 13th is Food Pantry Sunday.

Please help fill UDMO’s Food Pantry for those who need it.  Especially needed items are:

Canned chicken, pancake mix & syrup, peanut butter, cake mix & frosting, and saltine crackers.

Thanks for caring and sharing!

Trust God in all things!  Come join us as Pastor Kris Frank leads us in worship for the month of August.  We “HOPE” you at worship at 9:00 in Pocahontas!

Back to School – time to stock up on Ingathering kit supplies!

As August hits, and the back to school sales are in full swing, now is the time to stock up on supplies to help make school kits for the upcoming Ingathering kits.

The school kits provide tools for education which changes lives.  In countries where children don’t have books, school supplies, or classrooms, a school kit may be their only educational resource.

During the Back to school sales, it is easier to s-t-r-e-t-c-h  your dollars and get a LOT more school supplies, which means we can send more school kits to those who need them!  Talk about a win-win!

So, below is the list of items you need to purchase.  The items for the health kits are also listed below:

 

 KIT CONTENTS – SAVE AND TAKE SHOPPING WITH YOU    

SCHOOL KIT – (Value: $11.00 + $2 shipping) 

  • 3 Notebooks, approx. 8 1/2 x 11 (210 to 250 sheets total) – – use permanent marker to cover US flag
  • 1 pair blunt-end scissors (metal blades)
  • 1 hand-held pencil sharpener (1” or more)
  • 1 30-cm metric ruler
  • 6 unsharpened pencils with erasers
  • 1 2 ½” or larger eraser
  • 1 box of 24 (only 24) crayons, use permanent marker to cover US flag
  • 1 14″x16″ cloth bag—Bags will be available

Place items sideways in bag and fold over top so loose items don’t fall out.

 

HEALTH KIT – (Value: $12.00 + $1 for toothpaste and $2 shipping)

  • 1 new hand towel (15” x 25” up to 17” x 27”
  • 1 new washcloth
  • 1 large sturdy comb (not pocket-sized)
  • 1 nail file or fingernail clippers – no emery boards or toenail clippers
  • 1 bath-sized soap – in wrapper. No Ivory or Jergens soap
  • 1 toothbrush – adult size only. Do not remove packaging
  • 6 band aids – 3/4 inch

Put items in a zip-lock type plastic bag.

*Please give Melissa the money for toothpaste and shipping*

This list can also be found on the last page of the August 2017 Newsletter under the Newsletter tab.  So let’s see how many kits we can send this year!  Let’s get shopping!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Plover Center had a wonderful day on Monday with all of their new RAGBRAI friends as they served “Hambrai” to RAGBRAI… (aka: the famous Plover hamballs)!  And, it turns out frozen watermelon pops were a welcome addition to their meal deal!  Thanks to those who helped to prepare and serve those bicyclists in need of nourishment and a place to rest and recharge!

 

 

 

Free Saturday Night Supper – July 22nd

Come and join us at Hope UMC on Saturday, July 22nd for our Free Saturday Night Supper from 5:00 – 6:30.

And please help pass the word to those who may need to help stretch their monthly food budget.   We Hope” to see you there!

Come Meet & Greet Pastor Elijah Nagbe this Sunday, July 9th

Please join us after the 9:00 worship service this Sunday, July 9th, to meet our new pastor, Elijah Nagbe.  There will be rolls, donuts, and other goodies in Fellowship Hall following worship to welcome Pastor Elijah to our Hope UMC family and communities!  We HOPE to see you there!

VBS – – almost 50 students ROOTED for Christ!

What a fabulous week of Vacation Bible School!  There were almost 50 students each day, with 14-16 teen helpers, along with the four energetic camp staff that help us learn the importance of being ROOTED in Christ.  A special thanks to Lori Baade, Moi Hopkins, Heidi Freeburg, and Angie Cook for the hours of prep work they did to help make this week such a great success!  Also, thanks to everyone who helped provide or serve snacks, helped with registration, or provided supplies for the week.  This is definitely a whole-church project!  Thanks for your part in helping us help get God’s Word ROOTED in their hearts!

 

Below are just a few pics from the week!

The theme:  ROOTED – in Grace, Christ, Faith and Truth

The VBS Camp Counselors:  Hannah, Sam, Greta, Liz, and Dani Cook

And what is VBS without great songs??

…. and more great songs!!

And of course, great snacks each day!  (Becky Ives, Pam Radig, and Vicki Kerns – Wednesday kitchen crew)

Fun and Games at the closing party – – thanks, Lori!

And each student attending VBS got to take home their very own tree on Thursday, so they could watch it get ROOTED!

Thanks for sharing the VBS songs with our family and friends!  It was a GREAT week!  We hope you can come back and join us when Sunday School resumes this fall!

Join the fun at VBS: Monday, June 26- Thursday, June 29

So, be sure to bring your friends, family and neighbors to  VBS Day Camp at Hope UMC from Monday, June 26th – Thursday, June 29th.  The theme is “ROOTED” and is based on Colossians 2:6-7.  We are again partnering with the Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp for a great time of Christ-centered activities, games, arts and crafts, songs, skits, and Bible-based lessons.

See the poster below for more details, but it’s not too late to come and get “ROOTED!”  We Hope to see you there!