Please help spread the word, and we “HOPE” to see you there!
Join us for the World Day of Prayer Worship Service this Friday, March 6th at Evangelical Covenant Church. Coffee is ready at 9:30, and the Worship Service begins at 10:00 a.m. We “HOPE” to see you there!
Please help pass the word that Ash Wednesday services at Hope UMC tomorrow night (Wednesday, Feb. 26th) are CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances.
Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. Lent is a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. The 40-day period represents Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection. We look forward to worshipping with you on Wednesday.
FYI: The Church Office at Hope UMC will be closed today (Wednesday, January 22, 2020) due to the weather and school cancellation. Stay safe!
Last Sunday, Pastor Kris lifted up the United Methodist Church in her prayers, since our denomination is at a theological crossroads. For those of you who may have heard bits and pieces of this on the news, this is an attempt to keep our church family informed about changes facing the United Methodist Church.
Currently, there are three primary factions in the United Methodist Church, each with strongly held, diverse viewpoints: the Traditionalists, the Centrists, and the Progressives. The main controversy has to do with the following of our Book of Discipline (the UMC “rule book”) which does not allow the ordination of pastors of the LGBTQ community or allow the marriage of members of that same community in the United Methodist Church.
At the end of the 2019 special General Conference, the traditional side won the vote, but the conflict did not end. Progressives and centrists made it clear that they would continue to resist and were not willing to leave the denomination.
On January 3, 2020, our Iowa Bishop Laurie posted the following press release:
“A diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved.
The agreement, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was achieved on December 17, 2019 and announced today.
The action comes amid heightened tensions in the church over conflicting views related to human sexuality after the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference failed to resolve differences among church members.”
The link to Bishop Laurie’s entire message is here: https://www.iaumc.org/newsdetail/united-methodist-traditionalists-centrists-progressives-bishops-sign-agreement-aimed-at-separation-13135069
For more information, read the UM News article: https://www.umnews.org/en/news/protocol-process-painful-but-fruitful
Please continue to pray for the UMC as a whole during this time, when separation appears to be inevitable for our church.
Worship Services and Sunday School at BOTH Havelock and Pocahontas are CANCELLED for tomorrow, Sunday, January 19th due to the strong winds, blowing snow, and sub-zero temps! Please help pass the word, and stay safe and warm! We “HOPE” to see you next week!