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Worship cancelled at Havelock today, Feb. 17th

Worship services at the Havelock Center of Hope UMC are CANCELLED this morning, Feb. 17th, due to the snow.

Services are still on at the Poky Center, but stay tuned for possible changes there.

Stay safe and warm!

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Praying for the UMC – – the Way Forward Special General Conference in February

The special 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church — set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis — will attempt to find a way forward for The United Methodist Church by considering the three different plans included in the report developed by the Commission on a Way Forward. The full report and all the legislation are part of the docket. (Image by United Methodist News Service.)

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.

Blessings for the New Year & Bible Reading Plan

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.

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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!

Come join us for Christmas Caroling

Christmas Caroling

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!

Sunday School Christmas Program and Joy Bells

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No worship at Havelock today

Church service at the HAVELOCK center of Hope UMC is CANCELLED this morning, Sunday, Dec. 2nd due to weather. The 10:30 service at Pocahontas is still happening, but stay tuned for any changes!!

Stay safe!

Nuts for Sale!!

Hope UMC will be selling their gourmet nuts at Adam & Eve Hairstyling during both Hometown Christmas this Friday night,  as well as during the Art Walk on Saturday.

These make EXCELLENT Christmas presents or simply are delicious for your holiday baking!  Stop and get yours this week-end!

We “HOPE” to see you there!!

Come join us for the Free Saturday Night Supper tonight

Come to our Soup and Pie Supper on Thursday, Nov. 8th

Grab your friends, family, and neighbors and come join us at our annual Soup and Pie Supper at Hope UMC in Pocahontas on THURSDAY, Nov. 8th from 4:30 – 7:00.   We “HOPE” to see you all there!

Big week of activities at Hope UMC

Well, as Fall is underway, there are LOTS of great things to mark on your calendar!

Here’s just a few:

Hope Youth Group begins Wednesday, Oct. 10th from 6:30 – 7:30.  This is for youth in 6th grade through high school.   It will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month – – unless there is no school!

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Hope UMC Lunch & Nut Sale

Saturday, October 13th at Hope UMC in Poky

Lunch served from 10:00 – 1:00Adults $6.00/12 & under – $3

**take out orders available**

These nuts make great Christmas gifts and are great for holiday baking!  Get yours before they are all gone!

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Sunday School begins at Havelock Hope UMC – Sunday, Oct. 14th @  9:30

Spread the news!  There is now going to be Sunday School at the Havelock Center after 8:30 worship.  Classes will begin at 9:30, and we hope you will spread this good news to everyone with families in Havelock so they can come join this new venture!