Sunday, July 31, 2011

August newsletter

Family of Hope House Church                                       August 2011

“Re-membering” at FOH reunion

I heard a story on NPR some time ago of a man using a table saw who accidentally cut off one of his fingers. The severed body part flew off into the corner of his shop among scraps of wood, sawdust and other debris. After he managed to stop the bleeding he and his family looked frantically for the missing member of his body, hoping they could take it with them to the hospital to reattach it and save it.

Remembering is something like that. Sometimes a prized part of us becomes lost, has for some reason been dis-membered. Maybe our parents or others have intentionally hidden some significant part of our family’s story from us. Or maybe we’ve just plain forgotten some things from lack of reviewing some parts of our story. Or we may have willfully cut off some painful part of our past we simply didn’t want to deal with, or some relationship we no longer wanted to be apart of.

But distancing ourselves from parts of our past can be like losing a part of ourselves, like a body part, or member. In remembering we are re-attaching, are re-connecting, so that healing and growth can take place.

At our August 12-14 Family of Hope reunion we have the opportunity to be blessed by re-connecting with some members of our congregational body’s past. We anticipate lots of joy in that, and want to be open to any opportunity for healing as well.

August lectionary texts

8/7 Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33
8/14 Psalm 133 Genesis 45:1-15 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:10-28
8/21 Psalm 124 Exodus 1:8-2:10 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20
8/28 Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c Exodus 3:1-15 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28

Notes, prayers and praises

 * A FAMILY OF HOPE REUNION will be held at Guy and Margie Vlasit’s
Old Massanutten Lodge Saturday, August 13, beginning with a noon picnic and cookout and continuing with fellowship and reminiscing in the afternoon. At 12:30 Sunday we will have a carry-in meal and informal worship service at the Lodge. You can find reunion updates online at

 * PRAY FOR BECKY MORLAN, whose mother recently passed away, and for KARLA MAY, with a serious condition affecting her aortic heart valve.

 * BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Gail Blackburn 8/30! Michael and Lois Riviera-Wenger’s anniversary is 8/2, Alma Jean and Harvey’s is 8/8 and James and Ruth Stauffer’s 8/30.

 * ELLY AND NEIL NELSON’S new phone number is 540-430-0563.

.* MICHAEL AND LOIS RIVIERA-WENGER returned to Kentucky July 17, where Mike will stay temporarily while Lois spends some time with her daughter Tonya in the Tidewater area. Continue to pray for their son Scott who has been deployed to Afghanistan.

 * RACHEL STOLTZFUS went to spend some time with her daughter in Hyattsville, Maryland, in July.

August services    worship at 4 pm, meal at 6 (except 8/14)              
7 Location: James & Ruth Stauffer 1250 Parkway Dr 22802        574-6141
Worship and Sharing: James Stauffer
Bible Study: Paul Swarr                                                            
Carry-in meal

14 Location: Guy and Margie Vlasits 3448 Caverns Dr,  K’town    908-0391
12:30 Carry-in Meal, followed by informal worship, singing and sharing
Bible Study: Harvey Yoder                                                             

21 Location: Family Life Resource Center 273 Newman Ave         432-0531
Worship and Sharing: Harvey Yoder
Bible Study: Dick Dumas                     
Carry-in sandwich and finger foods meal

28 Location: Susan Campbell 1361 Lincolnshire Dr 22802          564-1524
Worship and Sharing: Susan Campbell
Bible Study: James Stauffer                  
Carry-in meal

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