Family of Hope House Church June 2012
A Last Supper for Miguel 11/17/39-5/14/12 - Harvey Yoder
Just two days prior to his death Alma Jean and I celebrated the Lord’s
Supper with FOH member Michael Rivera-Wenger and his wife Lois in their
home. Michael was alert enough to greet us warmly and to receive with
joy the bread and the cup of the Eucharist. He drank his grape juice
through a straw and expressed his desire for more, as if he knew he
needed an extra measure of this life giving bread and wine to sustain
him through the last days of his journey home, knew that he needed the
priceless life blood of Jesus in that cup to give him the strength to
Michael always had a great fondness for good food, so he will relish
having a choice seat at the great wedding supper of the Lamb described
in the last book of the Bible. He also knew first hand what it was like
to be embraced by an extravagant Father spreading a welcoming table for
him to celebrate his return to faith and family some years ago.
God is always like that. Whenever there is a homecoming, there is music
and dancing and laughter and tables heavy with good food, just as the
prophet Isaiah promised long ago (Isaiah 25:6-8):
On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
Come home, Miguel, come home. It’s suppertime.
Notes, prayers and praises (note birthday updates!)
MICHAEL RIVIERA-WENGER died Monday, May 14, after
years of declining health. A service was held in his memory Monday, May
21, at the memorial garden Lois created for him at their home at 204
Homes Lane, Staunton, VA 24401. Our love and sympathy go to Lois and to
their family, and we offer special prayers for Lois, who is facing radiation and on June 4, a lumpectomy for breast cancer. You can reach her at 502-525-8650.
PRAY FOR BILLY MAY as he recovers from his May 30 knee surgery.
THE CIVIL WAR ERA-BASED DRAMA “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,” will play at
EMU’s Eshleman Theater June 1-3, June 8-10, & 15-17 Fridays &
Saturdays at 7:30 pm – Sundays at 3 pm
BERTHA SWARR has returned home from her stay at Oak Lea and is doing better.
GUY AND MARGIE VLASITS are on an extended cross country trip and expect
to return around June 30. Their long time friend KAREN SOICH has become
a part of their household and is taking care of their bed and breakfast
in their absence. Her cell number is 330-209-7916.
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Sophie May, 6/2, Josiah Dumas 6/9 (he'll be 18!), Karla May 6/16, Isaiah May, 6/27 and Harvey Yoder 6/30!
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June lectionary readings (corrected!)
3 Psalm 29 Isaiah 6:1-8 Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17
10 Psalm 130 Genesis 3:8-15 2Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35
17 Psalm 92:1-15 Ezekiel 17:22-24 2Cor 5:6-10, 14-17 Mark 4:26-34
24 Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 Job 38:1-11 2Corinthians 6:1-13 Mark 4:35-41
June services worship at 4 pm, meal at 6 (a couple of corrections)
3 Location: James & Ruth Stauffer 1250 Parkway Dr 22802 574-6141
Worship and Sharing: James Stauffer
Bible Study: Paul Swarr Carry-in Meal
10 Location: Rachel Stoltzfus 1359 Two Penny Drive 433-3983
Worship and Sharing:
Bible Study: Harvey Yoder Carry-in Meal
17 Location: Guy & Margie Vlasits 3448 Caverns Dr K’town 908-0391
Worship and Sharing: Harvey Yoder
Bible Study: Dick Dumas Carry-in Meal
24 Location: Susan Campbell 1361 Lincolnshire Dr 22802 564-1524
Worship and Sharing: Susan Campbell
Bible Study: James Stauffer Carry-in Meal