Upcoming Events at Hope 

 


The Covenant House of Michigan

 

This year, the CM&WC has distributed blessing bags for donations to help support Covenant House Michigan. Covenant House Michigan (CHM) provides shelter and hope to young people ages 18-24 who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. There are two locations in Michigan: Detroit and Grand Rapids. They provide youth shelter, educational and vocational programs, and support services to help them find their path to meaningful and successful adulthood. All of their services are free.

 


 

 2024 Lenten Book Study-

Monday Evenings on Zoom

Dates:  Monday February19th- Monday, March 18th at 7pm.

 

We will join together for five weeks to explore the parables in a study entitled Short Stories by Jesus. The author is Amy-Jill Levine. Each week we will read a chapter and then come together to watch the video by the author and discuss the book.

 

In this Bible based study Amy-Jill Levine analyzes Jesus’ parables and takes the readers back in time to understand how the original Jewish audience heard the stories. She shows us how the parables are not just about Jesus but are also about us-and how they still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

 

The book is available for $10 at the church, or you can purchase it on-line. We will host this Study online using Zoom on Monday evenings at 7pm

 



 

 

DO SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART 

 

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING !

EVERY MONTH - 1st Sunday

All Information is Confidential

 


 

FOOD PANTRY

 

In 2023, we served 3,899 inidivudals over 92,346 lbs of food, cleaning supplies and hygiene products!

 

On February 10th, we held a drive-thru distribution day.  We served 123 households, which includes 376 individuals. 9,660 lbs. of food and cleaning supplies were distributed. 

 

These pantry distribution days 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, March 9th 

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

 


Annual Congregational meeting.

The Congregational Meeting was held on February 25, 2024.
We thanked our outgoing Board of Trustee members,  for their faithful service and elected Nancy Burnham, Nancy Fay, Kirk Schoenherr, and Terri Hillman to serve as the newest members of the BOTS.


Following the general meeting, the new board met and, among themselves elected the Executive Board. Steve Nielson -President, Nancy Burnham VP, Terri Hillman - Treasurer, and Linda Parsons - Secretary.


The congregation voted to approve two motions from the Parking Lot committee and "Be The Church" surveys were distributed. See the MArch Beacon for additional details 

 


 

Grief and Loss Group at Hope Church

- Beginning January 24th-

 

Does your heart ache? Do you have waves of sadness that wash over you? If you have experienced death or the loss of a relationship it can be very helpful to share with other people coping with grief. Grief and loss are complicated feelings to manage. Whether it was 8 years ago or just recently, grief is a journey.

 

This group will meet in person on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am in the church parlor. We will meet for 8 weeks beginning Wednesday, January 24th and ending February 28th.

 

Registration is required so please sign up by contacting the church office. If there are some requests, we can consider hosting an additional evening version of this group.

 


 

The Board of Trustees is working on using this template to help us find ways to embrace being the church and create    opportunities for people to put their faith into action.

 

We are kicking off the Be the Church Campaign with a  coloring contest for creative people of all ages. Coloring is a great way to manage stress and let your creative spirit soar. Everyone is welcome to take a coloring sheet and submit their finished work on December 30th. We will display our master pieces after the Christmas season.

 


 

Focus: HOPE

To help reduce the nearly 43 percent of people who are
food insecure in southeast Michigan, Focus: HOPE is
increasing its effort to expand the monthly food program
for seniors.

 

Unlike many food programs that provide one-time meals, this program focuses on supplementing senior pantries with items like milk, cereal, and canned goods that can be used throughout the entire month.


Seniors age 60 and older living in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb or
Washtenaw counties can apply for the monthly Food for Seniors
Program by calling 313-494-4600, emailing food@focushope.edu or filling out the form at:
https://bit.ly/3D8YFzl.

 


 

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.

 

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.

 

WHERE?

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

 

LEARN MORE about RIP Medical Debt HERE

 

 

 


HEARING ASSISTANCE NOW OFFERED AT HOPE 


Can’t quite hear Pastor Meg’s sermon? Think the choir just doesn’t sing loud enough? We can help!


We can accommodate you with our assistive listening system! We have installed a complex system that can transmit directly to your hearing aids, through your own smartphone or with a special receiver we can lend you. We also have earphones for those without hearing aids.


Make sure you can hear God’s wonderful good news!

 


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

Ongoing

 


 

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 Tim Cole if you’re interested.  They bowl at the AMF Rose Bowl Lanes on Martin Road. From September-April.

 

EXERCISE CLASS - Will restart in March

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.