Wednesday, February 25, 2015

March 2015 newsletter

Family of Hope House Church                         March 2015

Five Serious Instructions From Hebrews 13:1-5

verse 1 "Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters." No matter our differences, this should be our foremost priority, right next to loving God. It is only by demonstrating genuine love for each other that people will know that we are indeed Jesus' followers.

2 "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." In the spirit of Jesus we also love the alien and stranger among us--in the same way God does--impartially welcoming our neighbors of every race, nationality and religion into our homes and into our friendships.

3 "Remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering." God has a special heart for those who are enslaved, in chains or behind bars, and wills the restoration of freedom and justice for all who are in bondage anywhere and everywhere.

4 "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral." For social stability's sake, for children's sake, and for God's sake, promiscuity and infidelity in relationships need to be avoided like the serious plagues they have become. Couples should forever honor the marriage vows they have made, and a separation or divorce should be sought only in cases of ongoing abuse, addiction or adultery.

5 "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have." If we're serious about following Jesus, we will radically and joyfully celebrate "living simply so that others may simply live". Materialism and consumerism will be seen as idolatrous and as contrary to everything Jesus taught and demonstrated.

Notes, prayers and praises

BILLY AND KARLA MAY and family’s new address is 1820 Franklin Pike, 220 South, Petersburg, WV 26847  560-4263
LOIS RIVERA-WENGER is planning to home by the end of the month. Welcome back!
WE ARE INVITED to worship with The Table Fellowship at 4 pm on Sunday, March 22, at the corner of Water Street and Old South High Street, across from the Community Mennonite Church. Bring food!

March Lectionary readings

1  Gen 17:1-7, 15-16  Ps 22:23-31  Rom 4:13-25  Mark 8:31-38
8  Psalm 19  Exodus 20:1-17 1Corinthians 1:18-25  John 2:13-22
15  Psalm 107:1--22  Numbers 21:4-9  Ephesians 2:1-10  John 3:14-21
22  Psalm 51:1-12  Jeremiah 31:31-34  Hebrews 5:5-10  John 12:20-33
29  Psalm 31:9-16  Isaiah 50:4-9a  Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 15:1-39

March services worship at 4, meal at 6

1 Location: James & Ruth Stauffer 1250 Parkway Dr 22802     574-6141
Worship and Sharing: Harvey Yoder
Bible Study: Paul Swarr                                                      Carry-in Meal
8 Location: Family Life Resource Center, 273 Neman Ave.     432-0531 
Worship and Sharing: James Stauffer
Bible Study: Elly Nelson                                                Finger foods Meal
15 Location: Guy & Margie Vlasits 3448 Caverns Dr., K’town     908-0391    
Worship and Sharing: Guy and Margie Vlasits
Bible Study: Harvey Yoder               
22 Location: Worship with the Table Fellowship (see note above) at 4
Worship and Sharing: Laura Amstutz                              Carry-in Meal (on the corner of Water Street and Old South High Street)
29 Location: Susan Campbell 1361 Lincolnshire Dr, 22802       564-1524
Worship and Sharing: Susan Campbell
Bible Study: Dick Dumas                                                  Carry-in Meal