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Pastor's Weekly Message September 10 2018
The Administrative Council met Sunday after church, and voted to change our Worship time to 9:30 a.m., beginning on Sunday, October 7. This is a compromise time, taking into consideration those who would like a later time and those who would like to keep the time the same. Hopefully most needs will be met. At least, that is our aim. See you in church!
The theme of our worship yesterday was Favoritism. It sure can play havoc in a church, in other institutions, and in families. Our call is to treat one another as we hope to be treated. When we follow the ‘royal law,’ as the Epistle of James calls it, we will love our neighbors as ourselves and avoid the pitfalls of favoritism. May it be so in our lives!
Our Wednesday Free Supper program started last week, with 23 adults and another 6 children and youth participating. Supper will be served on Wednesday evenings between 5:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Everyone is invited, including our neighbors, even if they can only stay to eat. In addition we offer an adult bible study, children’s choir, UMYF, and later, adult choir. We really enjoyed the company of one another last week. Anyone wanting to join us will be welcome.
On Tuesday our Billings UMC pastors met for the first circuit meeting of the year. As a team-building exercise, we went to an escape room where we had to work together to get out. We had an hour. We did it in 59 minutes and 30 seconds. The pastors of the Billings circuit are looking forward to working together with each other and with you in the months ahead.
Thank you to the folks who volunteered to be on the Hope Tech Team. We’ll be exploring our technology needs for the next few years. We will talk with local church tech leaders, see demonstrations as to what can be done, and will consult with others in both the church and community as we develop recommendations for Hope UMC. Your comments and suggestions are invited.
The Whole Church Initiative (WCI) team will be meeting on Saturday, September 15, at Grace UMC from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (this is a reminder for Jeff, Dorothy, and Karen – see you there!).
This is another reminder. I hope you are taking seriously my FRAN suggestion. Designate a Friend, Relative, Acquaintance, and Neighbor (or someone who can substitute for them) and PRAY AND INVITE!! Pray for their well-being, and look for an opportunity to invite them to something at the church. Be patient. Be consistent. Be gentle and caring. Be The Message. Do good. Do no harm. Stay in love with God.
Have a good week.
Hope United Methodist Church
244 E. Wicks Lane
Billings, MT 59105