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Pastor's Weekly Message Feb 11, 2019

People of Hope, Greetings!

Some say it will be warmer today, while others say it will be less cold.  I think those two things are different.  Let’s see what happens.

We had a memorable day yesterday:  The choir was inspiring, and the congregational singing was warm.  The fellowship was sweet, both in treats and in conversation.  The “’Gentlemen’s Breakfast and Pastoral Harassment’ group presented me with a bell for my scooter, and we all enjoyed a good laugh.  We later reflected on Jesus’ purpose in ministry, as it is recorded in Luke 4: 18 & 19. 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring Good News to the poor.  The Lord has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

All of us, including Jesus, inherited these words of purpose from the Prophet Isaiah.  They have a timeless quality to them, which calls us to take them seriously.  We hear these words on Sunday as the church “gathered” and we live them throughout the week as the church “scattered.”  May your week be filled with God’s blessings.

I’d like to draw your attention to the Pie Chart in the Narthex, showing the breakdown of our church budget.  Last month was the first month in a long, long time that we have had to dip into cash reserves to meet all of our expenses.  Please prayerfully consider your part in Hopes financial future.

Our Wednesday studies will be meeting again this week at 10:00 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.  We are reading a book entitled Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer.  You are welcome to come and be a part of the discussion.

The Women of Hope ‘Dinner with Friends’ is this Saturday at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are still available.  Call Ardell (896-9956), Dorothy (259-9328), Eunice (698-9107), or Becky (256-4977).

Next Sunday, during Fellowship, we will be assembling Greeting Bags for the participants of General Conference 2019.  We will put our 75 bags together, and send them to their designated location in time to greet the delegates.  Thanks for your generosity.

Words from Jeremiah 17:

“Those who place their trust in God are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season and with leaves that are ever green.”

Shalom,

Jim

Hope United Methodist Church

244 E. Wicks Lane

Billings, MT 59105