Sunday, June 29, 2014

July 2014 newsletter


Family of Hope House Church                            July 2014

Virginia Conference Assembly July 24-26
Thursday, July 24  7:00-8:30 pm
Speaker: Clyde Kratz

Friday, July 25  8:30 am
Bible Study: Roy Hange
Delegate Session #1

12:00 Lunch

1 pm Delegate Session #2

3:15-3:30 pm Workshop Session #1

5:00 Dinner

7:00-8:30 pm
Speaker: Aaron Kauffman

Saturday, July 26  7-8 pm
Mennonite Women’s Breakfast with Laura Campbell
Mennonite Men’s Breakfast

Workshop Session #2

Bible study: Maren Hange

Missional story and Delegate Session #3

Notes, prayers and praises

BE IN PRAYER FOR THE VIRGINIA CONFERENCE ASSEMBLY at the Trinity Presbyterian Church at 3101 Fontaine Ave Exd, Charlottesville, VA,  July 24-26.

JULY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Lois Rivera-Wenger 7/30 and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Guy and Margie Vlasits 7/27!

LOIS RIVERA-WENGER’s address through most of the rest of the summer will be 1317 Lake Access Road, Smithfield, KY 40068.

JOSIAH DUMAS is at 6800 Sepon Court, Springfield, VA 22152.

July Lectionary readings

6  Genesis 24:34–38, 42–49,58–67 Psalm 45:10–17 Romans 7:15–25a Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30
13  Genesis 25:19–34 Psalm 25 Romans 8:1–11 Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23
20  Genesis 28:10–19a Psalm 139:1–12, 23–24 Romans 8:12–25
Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
27  Genesis 29:15–28 Psalm 105:1–11, 45b Romans 8:26–39
Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52

July services worship at 4, meal at 6

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

13 Location: Susan Campbell 1361 Lincolnshire Dr 22802     564-1524
Worship and Sharing: Harvey Yoder
Bible Study: Speakers with Wycliffe    Carry-in Meal

20 Location: Guy & Margie Vlasits 3448 Caverns Drive, K’town                  
Worship and Sharing: Guy and Margie Vlasits                         908-0391
Bible Study: Dick Dumas                                                Carry-in Meal

27  Location: Family Life Resource Center 723 Newman Ave.  432-0531
Worship and Sharing: Elly Nelson                                             
Bible Study: Harvey Yoder                                         Finger Foods Meal

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Annual Recovenanting Sunday--Pentecost 2014

      We are followers of Jesus. We believe in one God as revealed most fully in the life, teaching,  death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ is our Lord and Leader, the foundation of our faith, and the basis of our new birth and of our life together as a family of God. We base our faith on the Bible. We do not claim to understand or to live it perfectly, but we embrace the Bible as the trustworthy and inspired Word of God.
      We are members of God's worldwide family. Our spiritual roots, like those of all Christians, go back to the story of God's people in the Old Testament. Likewise, we are a part of the universal Christian church, the story of which begins in the New Testament--when the power of God's Spirit was poured out on the first century followers of Jesus.

       In our faith, we affirm the ancient creeds of the early Christian church. We are also spiritual heirs of the sixteenth century Reformation, which emphasizes salvation by faith, and of the Anabaptist wing of that Reformation, which stresses voluntary adult baptism as a pledge of covenant with Christ and the church.

       We are a part of the Mennonite Church. While we see ourselves first of all as members of God's worldwide family, we are linked with the Mennonite family of churches in our concern for Christ's example of a life of simplicity and peace, and in our support of that denomination's mission, relief, education and publishing efforts.

       We are a living, growing and serving local family of faith:

       LIVING: Together we are experiencing a new life in Christ. By saying No to a life of sin and self-centeredness and saying Yes to a life of faithfulness to Christ, we receive God's gift of forgiveness and God's power to live a new and joy-filled life. Our desire is to be a community of people who love God above every other love or loyalty and who love our neighbors and even our enemies as Christ taught us.

         GROWING: Together we want to experience more and more of the spirit of Jesus in our lives. To help us in this, we urge the practice of spiritual disciplines of prayer and the study of scripture, accountable relationships with others, and regular attendance at house church meetings for worship, study and fellowship. We also want to be a caring church family, using our God-given gifts to encourage each other to grow as Christians and to welcome others into our "family of hope".

      SERVING: Together we want to respond to God's call to continue the kinds of proclaiming and healing ministries Jesus began when he was here on earth. We are committed to being the servants of Christ for the world, calling people to faith and caring deeply about their hurts and needs. We urge Christians to give at least a tithe (10%) of their working hours and of their incomes for direct service to others through the church.

       Above all, we want to live a celebrative and joyful life together as children of God. We eagerly look forward to the time when Jesus, our Lord and King, will return to earth to establish God's rule of peace and justice over all creation. This is our hope and confidence.
                                                                                                                                          revised 6/14