A MESSAGE

From our Pastor

JULY 2024

 

   Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the spirit is joy…”


Summer is the perfect time to recapture joy! Too often we forget to
celebrate our blessings. We are painfully aware of the difficulties in our
lives and in our world. We focus on our challenges, and we worry
about the future. It’s easy to fall in the trap of catastrophic thinking.
We worry about our health, our finances, our loved ones, the state of
the world and we become overwhelmed. It’s easy to forget all the
things that bring a smile to our face, all the things that are positive.


Celebrations give us a renewed sense of balance. Celebrating together
refreshes our perspective and enables us to recapture our joy. When
we gather to celebrate, we are building relationships and creating
memories. Celebrations do not have to be elaborate because it’s not
the details that matter as much as the hearts of the people gathering to
find their joy.


So, this summer find reasons to celebrate! A birthday, a task
completed, a goal reached. You might want to celebrate something
totally random like July 11th is national 7-11 convenience store day and
you can often get a free slurpy or July 23rd is national hot dog day.
Who knew?


Here at Hope Church, we have lots of reasons to celebrate! We gather
every Sunday to celebrate our faith and to find our joy in Jesus. We will
celebrate Christmas in July and have hot dog picnics both in July and
August. On Wednesday evenings in August, we will emphasize the G in
AuGust by Gathering for Grub, Gratitude and Games from 6-8:30pm.


As you read this edition of the Beacon you will find several
opportunities to celebrate. So, over the next few weeks invite your
friends and family to celebrate with our faith community.
I look forward to celebrating with you and finding ways to recapture
our joy!

 

With Joy,

Pastor Meg

WHO IS UCC

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).


The Church of Firsts

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.


A Church of Extravagant Welcome

Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking​, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.


We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.

MEET OUR STAFF

Staff

Rev. Meg Wilson (Pastor)

Gail Fellman (Admin. Assistant)

Board of Trustess

Steve Nielson (President)

Rick Cole (Vice President)

Terry Hillman (Treasurer)

Nancy Michelson

Ida Eckert

Jerry Rogers

Linda Parsons

Linda Rehm

Lori Sarnowski

Sunday School

Music Ministry

Deborah Frontczak (Music Director)

Denise Kildea (Accompanist)

Patrick Baker (Organist)


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