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August 26, 2021
This Week's Worship Opportunities

Gather with us anytime in our Facebook group "Spirit of Hope Friends and Family" Share your joys, concerns, and prayer requests with your church family. It's a private group, so anything you post will only be visible to members of the group.

Sunday Morning Worship, 10 AM
Out of consideration for others, please wear a mask regardless of your vaccination status.
As we continue through the Beatitudes with our sermon series, Marks of a Blessed Community, a vision of God is promised; we will see God if we have a pure heart.  So how is your vision or better yet, how is your heart condition?  
Sermons will be posted on YouTube (video) and on our website (audio)

Hybrid In Person/ZOOM Women's Bible Study, Friday afternoons at 1 PM 
Click link below to join this Friday afternoon Zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84782044959?pwd=aDlSWVloc2ZEMzQrZE9pK3l1TTNnUT09
 
This Week's Ministry Volunteers

Justa Center Tuesday Meals: Tammy Than and Mary Crowson (August 31)

Liturgist:  Mary Crowson

Tech:  Tammy Than

Communion Servers:  Cathy Nellessen, anyone else??

 
This Week's Bible Readings
 
Day 1: Read Matthew 7-8Psalm 84. Watch Son of Man
Day 2: Read Matthew 9-10Psalm 85. Watch God
Day 3: Read Matthew 11-12Psalm 86.
Day 4: Read Matthew 13-14Psalm 87.
Watch How to Read the Bible: Parables of Jesus.
Day 5: Read Matthew 15-16Psalm 88. Watch Matthew 14-28
Day 6: Read Matthew 17-18Psalm 89
Day 7: Read Matthew 19-20Psalm 90. 
From the Bishop's Office: UPDATE on COVID-19 

Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

The current reality of the surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths makes it imperative that we share this important update with you. Scripture guides our faith as well as our daily living. In Galatians we receive this wisdom:

So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.” – Galatians 6:9-10

In this long season of the COVID virus and now the Delta Variant, we may have grown weary. Our patience, resolve, and vigilance are tried; we are admittedly tired. In our communities and some churches there is a polarization between masks and no masks; vaccination and no vaccination; limited gatherings and no limits. Consequently, people are agitated and sometimes hostile towards each other.

As we find our way through this wilderness hoping for a better time, I’m reminded of Paul’s words to the Galatians to “not grow weary in doing what is right.” He also reminds them to “work for the good of all.” Generally, in our culture of rugged individualism, one often thinks and acts in terms of “What is best for me?” Paul encourages us to look beyond self to others: “What is good for all?” Now, the safety of many is in our hands. We must together work to combat the Delta Variant, all of us being part of the solution, not of the problem.

In looking to the best practices for the good of all in worship and our church gatherings, we encourage you to implement some of our earlier recommendations:

  • Encourage all who are eligible to receive vaccinations; and when possible, a booster
  • For both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons, wear a mask even indoors
  • Practice social distancing in your worship and fellowship spaces
  • Limit singing without masks
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Use sealed individual servings for the Lord’s Supper
  • Clean and sanitize surfaces
  • Encourage those who are symptomatic or test positive, to quarantine
  • Remain updated and implement the most current CDC, state and local guidelines
  • Limit food service or fellowship times
  • Encourage folks to avoid large indoor gatherings where masking and distancing is not practiced
  • Consider returning to online only worship until the spread of COVID-19 and its Delta Variant is once again under control

Your COVID-19 Response Team continues to monitor the CDC guidelines as well as current research and statistics. We place our trust in you and your church’s Comprehensive Plan. And as we wait with patience, we do not despair because we know God is with us. Know that we hold each of you dearly in our prayers with thanksgiving for your wisdom and your caring for each other. And we know by faith that with God’s grace we will prevail.

Be well, keep safe, do no harm!

Bishop Bob, Tom Mattick and Dan Morley

Justa Center Sack Meals

Tuesday, August 31 - Tammy Than & Mary Crowson
Tuesday, September 7 - Open
Tuesday, September 14 - Women's Bible Study
Tuesday, September 21 - Karen Wright & Barb Volk
Tuesday, September 28 - Open

 
 
Habitat for Humanity House Dedication

Teman and Kedija Ahmed-Salman's house at 1212 S 15th Avenue, which was 50% funded by our Mighty Methodist Coalition, will be dedicated on Saturday, September 11th.  It's an enjoyable time highlighted by statements by the recipients and by giving of housewarming gifts. This is Spirit of Hope's 15th Habitat build. 

Paul Korth, James Thorpe, Mary Crowson, Tammy Than, Mike Eyer, and Pastor Deborah enjoyed pleasantly warm days working on the house. Pastor Deborah and Lorraine Eyer provided a meal on a day on which the Coalition honored Paul Simonsen's leadership. 

Spirit of Hope donated a tree in Paul's name.
August Birthdays

August 9 Trish Crowe
August 12 Jonathan Eyer
August 22 Audrey Gobel
August 24 Macmil Puracan
August 27 Nathan Eyer
August 27 Paul Molles
August 28 Gib Cooper

A Birthday Prayer: O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on these friends as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Surprise Us God!
Good morning God!
Surprise us.
Make our faith greater than our fears; grow us in the covering of your love.

Prayer of God's Provision

Dear Father God, Thank You for Your unfailing love for me, Your blessings and goodness. Thank You for Your faithfulness to guide me and see me through times of uncertainty, for lifting me up, and setting me on high. Thank You for scripture that comfoets and reminds me of Your promises, plan and provision. Thank You for taking away my fears and worries, the what-ifs, and reminding me that my help comes from You. Help me to be a good steward and to sow wisely. In Christ's name, Amen

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The Visionary is Spirit of Hope's e-newsletter, and goes each Thursday morning. If you have items you would like included in the Visionary, please get them to Lorraine by  5 PM on Wednesday.
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