Saturday, April 28, 2018

May 2018 newsletter


House-to-House
 Family of Hope House Church                                           May 2018

With Prayer, Patience and Perseverance 

Faith in Action, a coalition of 25 local congregations of which we are a member, has adopted the following vision and goal statements for 2018:

* We have a dream of having our local jail become a model "greenhouse" for the rehabilitation and treatment of individuals awaiting their trial or completing their sentences. We believe jail budgets and programs should reflect such priorities and that families of inmates not be burdened with costs associated with the care of their loved ones.

* We have a dream of reducing incarceration in our community by utilizing evidence-based alternative sanctions for low-risk offenders. We believe costly extended jail stays actually increase recidivism and reduce public safety as inmates lose positive connections to jobs and family while being exposed to a criminal environment that encourages anti-social behavior.

* We have a dream of seeing our criminal justice system trend toward restorative rather than punitive responses to offenders. We believe the needs of victims should be a first priority, and that those causing others harm should be directly involved in repairing those harms and making appropriate restitution.

Therefore, we are committed to work with relevant policy makers and stakeholders to achieve the following in 2018:

1. Greater justice for all members of inmate families
Eliminate the financial burden of the $1 per day ‘keep fee’ currently paid by family members of inmates at our local jail and the $3 charged for local inmates transferred to Middle River Regional Jail.

2. Greater justice for all taxpaying citizens of our community 
Engage in a careful and open selection process for the hiring of a well qualified Community Justice Planner to help reduce incarceration.

3. Greater justice for all victims of crime and wrongdoing
Establish protocols for all juvenile justice cases to be screened for a restorative justice process, and promote restorative justice for all appropriate cases.

Notes, Prayers and Praises
  • OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS FOR KENT PALMER, whose mother, Louisa Palmer, at 81, died after a long bout with Parkinson’s Disease.  Kent will be attending her memorial service set for May 12 in California.
  • OUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP COVENANT SERVICE is on Pentecost Sunday, May 20, in which we agree to the following: “I support the goals, vision and faith of Family of Hope, will attend weekly services as regularly as I am able, and will use my gifts and offer my encouragement to this church family to the best of my ability. I invite other members to support me--and to confront me as needed--in being faithful to this commitment.”
  • MARGIE VLASITS will be resuming chemotherapy treatment for myeloma after they return from a trip west this month.
  • LOIS’s new email address is <mloisriverawenger@gmail.com>.
  • MAY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Margie Vlastis 5/1, Alma Jean Yoder 5/15 and Karen Soich 5/20!
May Lectionary Texts 

6   Acts 10:44-48  Psalm 98  1 John 5:1-6  John 15:9-17
13 Acts 1:15-17, 21-26  Psalm 1  1 John 5:9-13  John 17:6-19
20 Ezekiel 37:1-14  Psalm 104:24-34, 35b  Acts 2:1-21  John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
27 Isaiah 6:1-8  Psalm 29  Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17

May services, worship at 4, meal at 6 pm

6 Location: Park Place, second floor meeting room            564-3716
Worship and sharing: Harvey Yoder
Bible Study: Paul Swarr                                    light salad/fresh fruit meal
13 Location: FLRC, 273 Newman Ave. (ground floor)               432-0531
Worship and Sharing: Elly Nelson
Bible Study: Dick Dumas                                               Finger Food Meal     
20 Location: Susan Campbell 1361 Lincolnshire Dr, 22802      564-1524                 
Worship and Sharing: Susan Campbell
Bible Study: Harvey Yoder                                                    Carry-in Meal                                             
27 Location: Guy Vlasits 1260 Parkway Drive                          269-6706
Worship and Sharing: James Stauffer                                   
Bible Study: Lewis Overholt                                                 Carry-in Meal

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 2018 newsletter


 House-to-House
 Family of Hope House Church           April 2018
   
    RISE heart;  thy Lord is risen.  Sing his praise 
                                        Without delayes, 
    Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise 
                                        With him mayst rise : 
    That, as his death calcined thee to dust, 
    His life may make thee gold, and much more just.

    Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part 
                                        With all thy art. 
    The crosse taught all wood to resound his name
                                        Who bore the same. 
    His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key 
    Is best to celebrate this most high day.

    Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song 
                                        Pleasant and long : 
    Or since all music is but three parts vied, 
                                        And multiplied ;
    O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part, 
    And make up our defects with his sweet art.
            I got me flowers to straw thy way ; 
            I got me boughs off many a tree : 
            But thou wast up by break of day, 
            And brought’st thy sweets along with thee. 
The Sunne arising in the East, 
Though he give light, and th’ East perfume ; 
 If they should offer to contest 
 With thy arising, they presume. 
            Can there be any day but this, 
            Though many sunnes to shine endeavour ? 
            We count three hundred, but we misse : 
            There is but one, and that one ever.       - George Herbert, c. 1633

Notes, Prayers and Praises
  • GUY AND MARGIE VLASITS are looking forward to living in a new house to be built next to the Lodge they’ve recently sold. Their temporary address will be 1260 Park Drive, Harrisonburg, 22802.
  • APRIL BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Mary Ellen Overholt 4/5, Bertha Swarr 4/13 and Cathy Atwell 4/19!

April Lectionary Texts 

1   Isaiah 25:6-9  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24  Acts 10:34-43  Mark 16:1-8
8   Acts 4:32-35  Psalm 133  1 John 1:1-2:2 John 20:19-31
15 Acts 3:12-19  Psalm 4  1 John 3:1-7  Luke 24:36b-48
22 Acts 4:5-12  Psalm 23  1 John 3:16-24  John 10:11-18
29 Acts 8:26-40  Psalm 22:25-31  1 John 4:7-21  John 15:1-8

April services, worship at 4, meal at 6 pm

1 Location: Park Place, second floor meeting room                              564-3716
Worship and sharing: Harvey Yoder
Bible Study: Paul Swarr                                    light salad/fresh fruit meal

8 Location: Guy Vlasits 1260 Parkway Drive                           269-6706
Worship and Sharing: Lewis and Mary Ellen Overholt
Bible Study: Elly Nelson                                                      Carry-in meal

15 Location: FLRC, 273 Newman Ave. (ground floor)               432-0531
Worship and Sharing: James Stauffer
Bible Study: Dick Dumas                                               Finger Food Meal                                          

22 Location:  To be determined                
Worship and Sharing: Kent Palmer
Bible Study: Lewis Overholt                                               Carry-in Meal

29 Location: Susan Campbell 1361 Lincolnshire Dr, 22802    564-1524                 
Worship and Sharing: Susan Campbell
Bible Study: Harvey Yoder                                                  Carry-in Meal

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

March 2018 newsletter


House-to-House
 Family of Hope House Church                             March 2018

The Holy Nativity In Mark’s Gospel

The lectionary texts for the first Sunday of Lent included a part of the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark, which begins not with Christ's birth, but with his baptism.

Might it be that Mark saw this event as the more significant sign of God's "advent"?

In Luke's birth account, the heavens open up with an angel's joyful announcement, followed by a multitude of heavenly hosts proclaiming "Glory to God! On earth peace and to all goodwill"! In the account of Jesus's baptism in Mark, the heavens open up with God"s Spirit breaking in in the form of a dove, accompanied by the inaugural announcement, "This is my Beloved, in whom I am well pleased"!

Jesus is here experiencing his second "birth", not through the water of Mary's womb but in the Spirit-drenched baptismal water of the Jordan River, where his Hebrew ancestors crossed over into their new life and new liberation as God's free-at-last people.

In our present violence-prone world, as then, God hovers over us with Dove-power rather than bursting in with the scream of an eagle. Jesus comes as Lamb, and becomes Spirit-filled as Dove. He comes as prey rather than predator, as Life-giving Redeemer rather than as Warrior and Conqueror. But in the end, it is the power of God's mercy and truth that conquers and prevails.

Such is Advent. Such is Lent. Such is baptism and new birth. Such is the power of divine suffering and resurrection, of Passion Week and Easter.

Feliz Navidad! The Lord has come!                                   - Harvey Yoder

Notes, Prayers and Praises
  • JOIN HUNDREDS OF OF YOUR FRIENDS at a special Lenten season performance of The Jesus Stories by Ted & Company set for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at  the Divine Unity Community Church on Country Club Road. Your participation will help raise money for Gemeinschaft Home through a suggested $15 donation, and Ted Swartz will auction off items you can bid on during the course of the evening.
  • BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Ruth Stauffer, 3/28!
  • WE WILL HAVE A LENTEN COMMUNION SERVICE Sunday, March 18, with a bread, cheese and grape juice only meal.
March Lectionary Texts 

4   Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22
11 Numbers 21:4-9 Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22  Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21
18 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-12  Hebrews 5:5-10  John 12:20-33
25 Isaiah 50:4-9a  Psalm 31:9-16  Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 14:1-15:47

March services, worship at 4, meal at 6 pm

4 Location: Park Place, second floor meeting room                              564-3716
Worship and sharing: Lois Rivera-Wenger
Bible Study: Paul Swarr                                    light salad/fresh fruit meal

11 Location: Guy Vlasits 1260 Parkway Drive                           269-6706
Worship and Sharing: James Stauffer
Bible Study: Dick Dumas                                                      Carry-in meal

18 Location: FLRC, 273 Newman Ave. (ground floor)               432-0531
Worship and Sharing: Elly Nelson
Bible Study: Harvey Yoder Communion Bread, Grape Juice and Cheese Meal 
                                           
25 Location: Susan Campbell 1361 Lincolnshire Dr, 22802    564-1524                 
Worship and Sharing: Susan Campbell
Bible Study: Lewis Overholt                                               Carry-in Meal

Sunday, February 4, 2018

February 2018 newsletter

House-to-House
 Family of Hope House Church                        February 2018

Many Anti-Christs Have Already Appeared

"You were told that Antichrist was to come, and now many antichrists have appeared, which proves to us that this is indeed the last hour.”
I John 2:18 (NEB)

The test of whether someone is faithful to God is not whether or how often they say "Lord, Lord", but whether they truly follow Jesus in their daily life.

So let's apply Jesus's Beatitudes test, starting with ourselves. Are we living in the spirit of the Sermon on the Mount or by such "Me-attitudes" as the following anti-Christian beliefs?

Blessed are the haughty and the wealthy, for theirs is the promise of heaven on earth.
Blessed are those who maintain an "I'm-always-right", arrogant spirit, for they will convince many.
Blessed are the proud and powerful, for they shall be lauded as the greatest winners ever.
Blessed are the greedy, the grabbers, the graspers, for they shall reap abundant rewards for their aggression.
Blessed are the merciless and the militarily mighty, for they shall be feared and revered as the greatest.
Blessed are men who are pleasure-seeking and sexually aggressive, for they shall be admired as Alpha males. 
Blessed are the warmongers, for they shall be seen as maintaining law and order through military might.
Blessed are those who are admired and praised by the masses, for theirs is the power to rule over them.
Blessed are you when millions revere you, show deference to you, and who flatter you, falsely or otherwise. Rejoice and be very glad! Great are your rewards!                                                                     - Harvey Yoder

Notes, Prayers and Praises
  • “THANKS SO MUCH for your over-the-top generosity in providing so many 'Sunshine gifts' over the holiday season and during my flu recovery! A special thanks to Lois Rivera-Wenger for all of the extra work she did for this. You are all such a wonderful blessing!”                                                                                             -Alma Jean Yoder
  • WE WILL BE MEETING WITH  THE TABLE Sunday, February 25, at 4:30 pm.
February Lectionary Texts 

4 Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 
Mark 1:29-39
11 2 Kings 2:1-12  Psalm 50:1-6  2 Corinthians 4:3-6  Mark 9:2-9
18 Genesis 9:8-17  Psalm 25:1-10  1 Peter 3:18-22  Mark 1:9-15
25 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16  Psalm 22:23-31  Romans 4:13-25  
Mark 8:31-38

February services, worship at 4, meal at 6 pm

4 Location: Park Place, second floor meeting room                              564-3716
Worship and sharing: Lois Rivera-Wenger
Bible Study: Paul Swarr                                      sandwich/fresh fruit meal

11 Location: Guy Vlasits 1260 Parkway Drive                           269-6706
Worship and Sharing: James Stauffer
Bible Study: Elly Nelson                                                       Carry-in meal

18 Location: FLRC, 273 Newman Ave. (ground floor)               432-0531
Worship and Sharing: Kent Palmer
Bible Study: Harvey Yoder                                             Finger foods meal  

25 Location: We will be joining the Table for a joint service and carry-in meal at 4:30 pm at Community Mennonite Church on South High Street.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Minutes of annual business meeting


Family of Hope
Business Meeting
January 21, 2018

Following afternoon worship on January of 21, 2018, Family of Hope House Church met for its annual business meeting. Cathy Atwell, Susan Campbell, Kent Palmer, James Stauffer, Ruth Stauffer, Guy Vlasits, Alma Jean Yoder, Harvey Yoder were in attendance.

The leadership team (Susan Campbell, Dick Dumas, and Harvey Yoder) reported on a meeting held on January 17, 2018.  They were concerned that 2017 giving was considerably less than in previous years. They hoped that giving in 2018 would increase, but it seemed more prudent to assume that giving would not dramatically increase. The leadership team suggested the church adopt a 2018 giving plan similar to the one used for 2017.

Susan Campbell presented the 2017 budget as well as actual 2017 spending.

The congregation accepted the proposal to use the 2017 budget with minor alterations.  The miscellaneous category was reduced from $500 to $300, so that $200 could be added to delegate fees (Delegate fees had been budgeted at $200 in 2012 and 2013 but not in 2017).

Some discussion occurred over whether the congregation wanted to continue to be members of Faith in Action. A decision was made to continue membership in 2018 and Harvey Yoder will represent the congregation at Faith in Action meetings. The church will contribute $200 to Faith in Action from the discretionary fund as was done last year.

We discussed whether we wanted to continue to have joint worship meetings with the Table. We decided to meet with the Table on February 18th, but defer plans for future joint meetings until after a decision is made about whether we want to continue with these meetings.

We invite members that were not able to attend the business meeting this week to continue the discussion of these topics next week. 

Kent Palmer
recording secretary

Sunday, December 31, 2017

January 2018 newsletter

House-to-House
 Family of Hope House Church                           January 2018

On Not Being Anxious in 2018

All of us worry, sometimes imagining worst outcomes in ways that rob us of sleep, appetite and our general joy of living.

With tongue partly in cheek, I've suggested to some folks (and to myself), that we set aside a special time every day for the sole purpose of focusing on worries--whether about finances, family, our future, or whatever. Then at other times of the day (or night), that we postpone dealing with those thoughts and feelings, simply filing them until our designated "Worry Hour".

It sounds wacky, but some folks have actually found this helpful. Of course, if that designated time rolls around and we really can't seem to think of anything worth worrying about, fine. But if there are some things on our worry list that really deserve our attention, we can do some or all of the following:

1. Use a journal to record our worries--raw, unedited, the worst--then write the kinds of responses we might make if a friend or family member were to share these same fears with us. Or write a letter to God, followed by a letter we might imagine a caring God writing to us in response.
2. Share some of our fears with a trusted friend, mentor or family member, via a phone call, visit or email.
3. Pray and meditate, imagining best case outcomes as well as bad ones. 4. Reflect on all of the back-up assets we have in place in case we do suffer a bad illness or accident, experience a financial loss, or lose a loved one.

In short, if we are to worry at all, let's do it with some intentionality and in a way that can offer us more positive results. And not have worries preoccupy our minds 24/7.                                               - Harvey Yoder


Notes, Prayers and Praises
  • JANUARY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to James Stauffer 1/8, Susan Campbell 1/17,  Becky Morlan 1/28, Dick Dumas 1/30! And congratulations to Lewis and Mary Ellen Overholt on their anniversary January 13!
  • WE WILL HAVE OUR ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING January 21 in connection with our regular Sunday service, with our treasurers report and the adoption of the 2018 budget.
January Lectionary Texts 

  Genesis 1:1-5  Psalm 29  Acts 19:1-7  Mark 1:4-11
14 1 Samuel 3:1-20 Psalm 139:1-18 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51
21 Jonah 3:1-5, 10  Psalm 62:5-12  1 Corinthians 7:29-31  Mark 1:14-20
28 Deuteronomy 18:15-20  Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28 

January services, worship at 4, meal at 6 pm

7 Location: Park Place, second floor meeting room                              564-3716
Worship and sharing: Harvey Yoder
Bible Study: Paul Swarr                                      sandwich/fresh fruit meal

14 Location: Guy Vlasits 1260 Parkway Drive                           269-6706
Worship and Sharing: Elly Nelson
Bible Study: Dick Dumas                                                      Carry-in meal

21 Location: FLRC, 273 Newman Ave. (ground floor)               432-0531
Worship, meditation and Annual Business Meeting - Harvey Yoder               
                                                                                        Finger foods meal  
                                           
28 Location: Susan Campbell, 1361 Lincolnshire Drive 
Worship and Sharing: James Stauffer

Bible Study: Lewis Overholt                                                 Carry-in meal

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December 2017 newsletter

House-to-House
 Family of Hope House Church                        December 2017

Notes, Prayers and Praises
“Long, long ago, God decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ.  (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.”                            from Ephesians 1  The Message  
  • DECEMBER BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Karen Campbell 12/26/69
December Lectionary Texts 
3   Isaiah 64:1-9  Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37
10  Isaiah 40:1-11  Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13  2 Peter 3:8-15a  Mark 1:1-8
17 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Luke 1:46b-55 1Thessalonians 5:16-24  John 1:6-8, 19-28
24 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16  Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26  Romans 16:25-27  Luke 1:26-38
31 Isaiah 61:10-62:3   Psalm 148   Galatians 4:4-7   Luke 2:22-40

December services, worship at 4, meal at 6
3 Location: Park Place, second floor meeting room                    564-3716
Worship and sharing: Harvey Yoder
Bible Study: Paul Swarr                                      sandwich/fresh fruit meal
10 Location: Guy Vlasits 1260 Parkway Drive                           269-6706
Worship and Sharing: James Stauffer
Bible Study: Dick Dumas                                                      Carry-in meal
17 Location: FLRC, 273 Newman Ave. (ground floor)               432-0531
Worship and Sharing: Lois Rivera-Wenger
Bible Study: Kent Palmer                                                      Carry-in meal                                                                    
24 No FOH service on Christmas Eve Day
We encourage you to visit another church today.
31 Location: Margie Vlasits 3448 Caverns Drive, Keezletown  908-0391
Worship and Sharing: Harvey Yoder
Bible Study: Elly Nelson                                                     Carry-in meal