Upcoming Events at Hope UCC

 

 

HOPE AT A GLANCE

 

-Sun, Dec 4 after worship - Hanging of the Greens / Pizza

-Wed, Dec 7, 5pm -Seniors’ Christmas Party (sign-up)

-Sat,  Dec 10, 10-12 - Food Pantry

-Sat,  Dec 10, 1pm - Christmas Pageant Practice

-Sun, Dec 11 - Christmas Pageant at 10am Worship

                               followed by breakfast (sign up)

-Sun, Dec 11 - Last day for Bottomless Toy Chest

-Sun, Dec 11 - Last Day for Poinsettia Sale

-Sun, Dec 18, 11-4 - Wrap It Up!

-Sun, Dec 18, 4pm - Blue Christmas Service

-Sun, Dec 18 - Giving Envelopes in Narthex

-Sat,  Dec 24 6:30pm -Christmas Eve Service  

-Sun, Dec 25 10am-Online ONLY Christmas Service

-Sun, Jan 1 2023 10am –New Year’s Day Service  

 

 

Bottomless Toy Chest

 

 

The boxes for the children's Christmas toys will be out from October 30th to Dec. 11th. This year we are collecting for a non-profit organization called Bottomless Toy Chest. They provide these toys to hospitalized pediatric oncology patients. 

 

They suggest empowering-type toys, craft projects, and interactive activities. Thank you for your generosity!  

 

 

REVERSE ADVENT BOXES 

 

Thank you very much for participating in our Reverse Advent Box Program. 

Our clients deeply appreciate all of the items that you donate to our pantry. This year we are supporting the men, women, and children in the MCREST program by giving them socks….the #1 item homeless people request. 

 

So, for the 1st week in Advent, we are asking for socks for men. The 2nd week, socks for women, the 3rd week, socks for children, and the 4th week, socks for men. God has made us a blessing so that we may be a blessing to others

 

Sunday School for 2022 Fall


This is the scheduled curriculum is from materials we already have. Parents will receive a take-home page for each new lesson so that they can reinforce the les-son at home. On weeks when we have enough children, we will have 2 classes. PreK-1st grade and 2nd-6th grade. Our older youth can assist with the younger stu-dents.



November 6 and 13- Samuel
November 20- Thanksgiving: the widow’s mite
November 27 and December 4- Advent

 

 

FOOD PANTRY

On November 12th we held a drive-thru distribution day.  We served 315 individuals over 5,738 lbs of food, cleaning supplies and hygiene products!

 

This pantry distribution day would not have been a success without the generous support of our donors, volunteers, and your Christian Mission & Witness Committee members.

 

Our next drive-thru pantry distribution will

be Saturday, December 10th from 10-12pm.

 

WE ARE THE CHURCH!

 

Pastor Meg is inviting children and teens to read the Call to Worship. If you have a young person in your family who would like to participate in worship, please contact the church office. Pastor Meg will write the material at your child’s reading level. The children do not need to be church members.

 

We also need teens or adults to read the scripture each week. If you would be willing to serve in this capacity, please reach out to Pastor Meg or the church office. We are the church together!

What's News


 

Michigan UCC – United in Love

 

Bethel UCC and Michigan Conference UCC Prophetic Integrity Mission Area Team, has partnered with the organization RIP Medical Debt (RIP MD).

 

RIP MD acquires medical debt from secondary collection sources like collection agencies and, through the generosity of donors, TOTALLY ELIMINATES that debt at a 100:1 ratio. That means for every dollar we raise, $100 in medical debt is eliminated.

 

Right now, the total debt RIP MD has acquired for Michigan families is $4 million dollars. But, because RIP MD can eliminate that debt for pennies on the dollar, it will take $40,000 to REDUCE the WHOLE debt. That is our goal!

 

We are asking you, as a colleague in Christ in our Michigan Conference, to help us ERASE this debt for our neighbors in Michigan. So together, UNITED IN LOVE, we will relieve the crushing burden placed on already sick Michiganders who cannot afford the medical cost of their illness.

 

HOW?

By asking “FREELY,” asking “THREELY” and giving GENEROUSLY.

By asking freely, we follow Jesus’ directive to, “Ask (and keep on asking) and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John 16:34)

Asking….”Threely.” That is, after you donate, ASK THREE family members + friends + colleagues to donate too. It’s that simple.

 

WHERE?

To donate, CLICK HERE (* RIP Medical Debt is a 501(c)3 charitable organization).

 

LEARN MORE about RIP Medical Debt HERE

 

 

 

OPEN DOORS AND OPEN HEARTS 

Pastor Meg invites you to come by and say hello on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3. She is keeping this time open to meet with church members. You are welcome to have a cup of coffee and share some conversation.

 

If you would like to schedule a time to meet with Pastor Meg at a time that is more convenient for you, please call her cell phone.

 

During these challenging times, it is helpful to stay connected. Pastor Meg would love to hear from you.

 

Sunday December 18th -“Wrap it Up" Event

 

Tired of Wrapping Christmas Presents? Check this Out!

December 18th 11-4pm

Free Gift Wrapping! |Bake Sale! |Visits with Santa!

 

 

 

 

 

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If you would like to give a gift to support these events, please click here to be routed to our secure giving site.

Ongoing Activities

 

 

AA 

 

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Tuesday   7-8:00 pm.

Saturday 7-8:30 pm.

in Fellowship Hall.  

 

Seniors Group 

 Third Monday of each month - 11:30am Potluck, Games & Fellowship

 

PFLAG

Reachout to PFLAG at plagct@gmail.com for more information and meeting times.

 

BOWLING

Every two weeks unless on a holiday.  Reach out to Donna Canu or Tim Cole if you’re interested.  They bowl at the AMF Rose Bowl Lanes on Martin Road. From September-April.

 

EXERCISE CLASS

Both men and women are welcome to join this on-going class.  Cost is $1.00 per person per class.  The instructor is from the Arthritis Foundation. The class meets:

Mondays 11a-12p

Wednesdays from from 1-2p

 

HELP WANTED—SOUND BOARD

We're always looking for help with our audio and video services. Its easier than it looks and its fun to learn. If this seems interesting to you, please talk to Jim on Sunday or call him.

 

CHOIR & HANDBELLS

will be resuming regular rehearsals on 

Thursday September 15
 

Please see Deborah if you would like to join one of these groups. You do not need to know how to read music—all will be taught to you!

 

  • Handbell rehearsals

5:45 set up  6:00-7:00 rehearsal

  • Choir rehearsals 7:30-9:00 (or 8:30ish)

 

We are always looking for more singers to join the Choir and players to join the Bell Choir; we have a place for you.