Sunday, August 31, 2014

September newsletter

Family of Hope House Church                       September 2014

Blessed Beyond Belief: Fifty Years Together

     Alma Jean and I experienced a once in a lifetime blessing Sunday, August 24, thanks to friends and relatives who filled the great room at the Old Massanutten Lodge to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary.

     We thank Guy and Margie Vlasits for hosting this, and all who blessed us so with your presence. And a special thanks to our three children and spouses who put so much time and creativity into making it happen.

     Our son Brad composed the following for his brother Brent’s and sister Joanna’s weddings in 2001, and sang it for us at our anniversary:

the ones you love are gathered ‘round
to bless the day, the love you’ve found,
with song and prayer and a joyful sound,
it’s good to be together...
     as you were loved when you were small,
     so may you grow, then, when you fall
     you’ll get back up and shake it off,
     and travel on together..
a mystery to see you through,
how 1 and 1 is more than 2,
a cord of 3 strands binding you, and
it’s not easily broken...
     the simplest magic known to us:
     to come to care, to learn to trust,
     to love what’s there at any cost,
     to learn to be together...
the ones you love are gathered ‘round
to bless the day, the love you’ve found,
with song and prayer and a joyful sound
it’s good to be together.                                                 - Harvey Yoder 

Notes, prayers and praises

SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS to Billy & Karla May (9/3) and special BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to David Weaver (9/23).
THE ANNUAL MENNONITE RELIEF SALE will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds October 3-4.
JOSIAH DUMAS has had to delay his enrollment at Virginia Tech due to his student loan not being approved. Pray for him as he finds employment this fall. His phone number is 571-528-6603.

September Lectionary readings

7  Exodus 12:1–14   Psalm 149  Romans 13:8–14  Matthew 18:15–20
14  Exodus 14:19–31  Exodus 15:1b-11, 20–21  Romans 14:1–12
Matthew 18:21–35
21  Exodus 16:2–15  Psalm 105:1–6, 37–45  Philippians 1:21–30  Matthew 20:1–16
28  Exodus 17:1–7  Psalm 78:1–4, 12–16  Philippians 2:1–13  Matthew 21:23–32

September services worship at 4, meal at 6

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

14 Location: Susan Campbell 1361 Lincolnshire Dr 22802       564-1524
Worship and Sharing: Susan Campbell
Bible Study: Dick Dumas                                                   Carry-in Meal                  

21 Location: Family Life Resource Center 273 Newman Ave.  432-0531
Worship and Sharing: Elly Nelson
Bible Study: Harvey Yoder                                          Finger Foods Meal

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

August 24: Celebrating Fifty Years Together


August 8, 1964

Celebration site August 24, 2014. Thanks, Guy and Margie!

Beautiful singing, wonderful sharing
One of the songs used at our wedding at the Lancaster Mennonite School chapel
Thanks to our wonderful family for putting this together!
And blessings to all of you. We couldn't have lasted without your help!
Special thanks to Sam Showalter for letting us use some of his pictures!