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Hope Notes 10/18/17

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Dear Friends of Hope,
Is there a door in your life that needs closing?  And I don’t mean the door to that messy spare room!  We all have doors that sometimes remain open when they really should be closed. And locked!  Sometimes trusting God means we not only close the door, we need to lock it and hand the key to Him.  Who better to hold our keys than the One who holds the keys to the kingdom of heaven (Matthew19:19) and the keys of death and Hades (Rev 1:18)??!!
I myself find it hard to close doors.  On relationships, on opportunities, on old habits.  I always want to leave it open just a sliver; just in case something happens that would change the situation.  Or the person.  I’m betting you know exactly what I’m talking about.  But you know what I’ve learned over the years?  That sometimes, when we just can’t bear the thought of …

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SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO HELP HURRICANE MARIA VICTIMS

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Hi Hope Family ~
 
The Hernandez family needs our help!  Meghan and Sam, along with their children Isabel and Sammy, are part of our Hope family.  Sam’s family lives in Puerto Rico. They lost everything they owned in Hurricane Maria. Sam’s company has offered to ship anything we can collect to their warehouse in PR. Sam’s family will be able to go to the warehouse to pick up the donations. He just received that news yesterday and they’re shipping the donations on Monday. We are collecting canned goods and water. 

 
If you can help, please bring canned goods with you to church this Sunday. There will be boxes placed in the entrances to collect your donations. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Miller at lmlauren.miller@gmail.com

 
 
Thanks in Advance!
Lois

Hope Notes 10/5/17

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Dear Friends of Hope,
Isn’t it funny how hearing a particular song can immediately propel you back into the time and place in your life where you first listened to it?  Some songs have such a powerful sensory memory to me that I don’t just go back to an era, I can recall smells and sensations.  It is well documented that music has a powerful effect on people.  It has been used to speed healing, to relieve depression, to calm a frightened soul.  Stranger uses include playing a particular type of music to entice us to buy  more or to linger longer at a restaurant.  Music is an inherent part of our world.  I find it interesting that the longest book in the Bible is a song book (Psalms)!  Want a fun Bible trivia fact?  The very first mention of music in Scripture is found in Genesis 4:21 – “His brother’s name was Jubal; …

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Hope Notes 9/28/17

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Dear Friends of Hope,
Have you noticed?  Summer is leaving silently.  It doesn’t go out with a bang; there is no sudden drop in temperature, the trees do not become bare overnight.  We do not awaken one day completely surprised that there’s a chill in the air or that it’s getting dark earlier.  It kind of sneaks up on us gradually.  Relationships often end that way, too.  There may be subtle hints that feelings are changing, that someone isn’t as available as they used to be.  We try and ignore the signs and hold on to the familiar.  The thing is, we can’t do that with the seasons and we can’t do that with relationships.  No matter how hard we try, the summer will end and fall will come.  The person we love may no longer love US.  Life is full of change.  Filled with beginnings and with endings.  Sometimes we …

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Hope Notes 9/21/17

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Dear Friends of Hope,
In last Sunday’s message, Pastor Mark asked a hard question – “Would you be willing to sell your house in order to give to the church for those in need?”. In looking through Acts 4, we saw how believers in the early church would sell all they had and give it to the church.  I can’t imagine that happening today.  Most of us live with a deep attachment to our possessions, and particularly our houses.  But to what extent do our possessions hold us captive? When we purchase an item, we begin a relationship with that item, especially our homes!  We build our families and our traditions there. Our homes are where we find shelter, not just physical shelter from the elements, but emotional shelter from the outside world.  We grow attached to our belongings and the ‘security’ they represent.  Not only that, but we can begin …

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