Sunday, March 30, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter

Family of Hope House Church
April 2014
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To be truly well we need to practice doing what well people do

Truly well people drink daily from the well of Living Water.

Truly well people avoid seeing themselves as victims, and cultivate a spirit of gratitude to God and others rather than nursing grievances.

Truly well people are intentional about expanding their circle of good relationships (as in a supportive faith community) rather than isolating themselves from others.

Truly well people are generous in sharing what they have with others rather than hoarding more for themselves.

Truly well people engage in plenty of good physical activity rather than living sedentary lives.

Truly well people operate on the basis of their faith rather than their worst-case fears.

Truly well people treat their bodies and minds as gifts to be given the best possible care.

Truly well people have a sense of mission and purpose that goes beyond their immediate personal interests, but which they also know is in their (and others') best interests. 

Wellness is a priceless, but nevertheless costly, gift to be treasured for a lifetime.
                                   - Harvey Yoder

Notes, prayers and praises

OUR EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE and breakfast will be at the    Vlasits April 20!
THE STORY OF ELIAS CHACOUR, a Palestinian church leader, will  be featured in a film shown at the seminary at 7 pm April 16.
PRAY FOR KAREN CAMPBELL, scheduled for gall bladder surgery at the Woodstock Hospital Monday, April 7.
 WE CONTINUE USING Stephen Cherry’s Barefoot Prayers for our Lenten devotional reading. Cherry pastors the Durham Cathedral in Ireland and plans to visit this area (and our church!) in August.
APRIL BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Bertha Swarr 4/13, Jack (Hong
Yan) Zhou 4/14, Cathy Atwell 4/19, Bo Hu 4/20 and Randy May 4/21!

April Lectionary readings

6    Ezekiel 37:1–14 Psalm 130  Romans 8:6–11 John 11:1–45
13  Matthew 21:1–11 Psalm 118:1–29 Isaiah 50:4–9 Psalm 31:9–16       Philippians 2:5–11 Matthew 26:14–27:66 Matthew 27:11–54
20  Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24 Colossians 3:1–4 John 20:1–18
or Matthew 28:1–10
27  Acts 2:14a, 22–32 Psalm 16 1 Peter 1:3–9 John 20:19–31

April services worship at 3:59, meal at 6 (except 4/20)

6 Location: James & Ruth Stauffer 1250 Parkway Dr 22802   574-6141
Worship and Sharing: Harvey Yoder
Bible Study: Paul Swarr                                                    Carry-in Meal

13 Location: Family Life Resource Center 723 Newman Ave.   432-0531
Worship and sharing: Harvey Yoder                                                   
Bible Study: Dick Dumas                                             Finger Food Meal

20 Easter Sunrise Service: Guy & Margie Vlasits 3448 Caverns Dr K’town 908-0391
8 am Worship at the caverns entrance, with meditation by James Stauffer, followed by a celebration of Easter singing and breakfast!                                                 

27 Location: Susan Campbell 1361 Lincolnshire Dr. 22802   564-1524 
Worship and Sharing: Susan Campbell
Bible Study: Elly Nelson                                                  Carry-in Meal 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Drink Deep Of Living Water

This was for the closing part of our lectionary-based Bible study last Sunday on "Wells and Weddings"

Romans 5:1-11 Let the thirsty come

We have been made right with God because of our faith.                                             
Drink deep faith.

Now we have peace with him because of our Lord Jesus Christ.                                  
Drink deep peace.

Through faith in Jesus we have received God’s grace. In that grace we stand.       
Drink deep grace.

We are full of joy because we expect to share in God’s glory.                                         
Drink deep joy.

And that’s not all. We are full of joy even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on.                 
Drink deep strength.

The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope.                      
Drink deep hope.

And hope will never let us down. God has poured his love into our hearts.              
Drink deep love.

He did it through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given to us.                                      
Drink deep Holy Spirit.

At just the right time Christ died for ungodly people. He died for us when we had no power of our own.                                              
Drink deep deliverance.

It is unusual for anyone to die for a godly person. Maybe someone would be willing to die for a good person. But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.                     
Drink deep atonement.

The blood of Christ has made us right with God. So we are even more sure that Jesus will save us from God’s anger.                     
Drink deep salvation.

Once we were God’s enemies. But we have been reconciled to him because his Son has died for us.                                             
Drink deep reconciliation.

Now that God has brought us back, we are even more secure. We know that we will be saved because Christ lives.                    
Drink deep security.

And that is not all. We are full of joy in God because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of him, God has brought us back to himself.
Drink deep love and belonging.