Sunday, August 25, 2013

September 2013 Newsletter

Family of Hope House Church                     September 2013

Two Letters From a Close Friend of Jesus

Between now and Advent, we will be focusing on a study of  I and II Peter, two pastoral letters by the apostle Peter, among the early church’s most influential disciples and one of Jesus’s closest friends. Written at around 64 and 66 A.D, his letters were addressed to Christians living in Asia Minor and beyond who were suffering from widespread Roman persecution. Our theme for the series will be “A Life Healed and Whole”. 

As we delve into Peter’s writings we will find them as powerful in their ability to inspire and build us up today as they were when they were first circulated nearly two millennia ago.

Here are some things Eugene Peterson has to say about I and II Peter in his introduction to the text in the Message:

The two letters Peter wrote exhibit the qualities of Jesus that the Holy Spirit shaped in him: a readiness to embrace suffering rather than prestige, a wisdom developed from experience and not imposed from a book, a humility that lacked nothing in vigor or imagination. From what we know of the early stories of Peter, he had in him all the markings of a bully. That he didn’t become a bully (and religious bullies are the worst kind) but rather a boldly confident and humbly self-effacing servant of Jesus Christ that we discern in these letters is a compelling witness to what he himself describes as “a brand-new life, with everything to live for.
Harvey Yoder

Notes, prayers and praises

MENNONITE RELIEF SALE will be at the Fairgrounds October 4-5.

September lectionary devotional readings
1   Jeremiah 2:4-13 Psalm 2:4-13 Psalm 81:1-16 Hebrews 13:1-16
8   Psalm 1  Jeremiah 18:1-11  Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33
15 Psalm 51:1-10  Jeremiah 4:11-28  1Timothy 1:12-17  Luke 15:1-10
22 Psalm 113  Jeremiah 8:18-9:1  1Timothy 2:1-7  Luke 16:1-13
29 Psalm 146  Jeremiah 32:1-15  1Timothy 6:6-19  Luke 16:19-31

September services worship at 4, meal at 6
1 Location: James & Ruth Stauffer 1250 Parkway Dr 22802   574-6141
Worship and Sharing: James Stauffer
I Peter 1:1-2 “The Apostle and his Epistles”: Paul Swarr    Carry-in Meal 

8 Location: Riven Rock Park, Shelter #3 (Rt. 33 west of Harrisonburg)
Worship, Sharing and Bible Study
I Peter 1:3-12 “A Brand New Life”: Harvey Yoder
Carry-in Picnic Meal (grill available for hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.)

15 Location: Guy & Margie Vlasits 3448 Caverns Dr. K’town 908-0391
Worship and Sharing: Guy and Margie Vlasits
I Peter 1:13-2:1-3 “A Life Blazing With Holiness” Dick Dumas
Carry-in Meal 

22 Location: Family Life Resource Center 723 Newman Ave.   432-0531
Worship and Sharing: Harvey Yoder
“A Life of Faithfulness--First, 16th and 21st Century Witnesses”     
Power Point presentation by Phil Kniss     Lord’s Supper Meal (provided)

29 Location: Susan Campbell 1361 Lincolnshire Dr 22802       564-1524                   
Worship and Sharing: Susan Campbell
I Peter 2:4-10 Study “Life on Solid Rock” James Stauffer Carry-in Meal