Hope from Hood


24
Jun 2019
There's Something More

Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” -Genesis 28:16 What do you want in life? Really deep down? What is your deepest longing? Your purest purpose? What is that inescapable drive within you? What is at the center of your heart and mind and soul? Read Genesis 28:10-17 again. This is a story about waking up. Waking up to purpose, and joy, and meaning and calling. Waking up to more, to the more that is all around us, all the time.......

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11
Jun 2019
Foundations of Fathers

This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day.  In our worship we will celebrate all the men in our church for the ways they are committed to our God and teach us through their example.  We recognize and pray for all fathers and men: new fathers fathers who have lost a child fathers who never had children of their own, but lived as an example men who served as teachers and mentors men who struggle on their journey and still remain faithful men who offer questions and thoughts that remind us all to lean......

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24
Apr 2019
Hosanna! to Hallelujah!

Reread the Resurrection story in John 20: 1-18 Reflect:  What does that story mean to you?  How does story speak truth into your life? Reflect: How has God saved you?  What did it take for you to see that God had saved you?  Where have you experienced resurrection?  Think about experiences in your life when your cries of Hosanna (save me) turned into shouts of Hallelujah (praise God)? Practice: Offer your Hallelujahs to God. Identify times when you cried out and God saved you.  Specifically thank God for the resurrection, the new......

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26
Nov 2018
Christ: Savior or Lord?

Read: John 18:33-38 Reflect: Is Jesus your savior? …your king? Or both? Consider times in your life when you have come to Jesus for help. And consider how you follow Jesus as your Lord and King each day. Reflect: Do you ever feel confused like Pilate when it comes to the answers Christ gives to you through scripture, prayer, or your church family? Do you “give in” or “give up” when you are confused (like Pilate)? Or do you try to discover a deeper truth? Practice: This week, focus your attention on......

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17
Oct 2018
Pledge the Pink

Did you know that two of our members will be island jumping and dancing with flamingos next weekend (October 26-28th)?  That sounds like an exotic vacation, doesn’t it? On the contrary Lisa Willis, Emily Barefoot, and their friend Darlene Parker will be working tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatments through the Pledge the Pink Event.  Over three days, this team of women from our area will join hundreds of others who will be walking/running 30 miles in 3 days covering 3 islands.  They begin on Fripp Island,......

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12
Sep 2018
Preparations. . .

. . .I will be with you. -Isaiah 43:2 We hope you have all the water and bread you may need.  We hope you have stored up lots of peanut butter and jelly.  We hope you have your batteries and candles ready.  We hope you have a plan for communication if the power goes out.  We hope you have tied down all swings and outdoor furniture.  We know each of you have your own checklists.  We encourage and invite you to check out this website with last minute tips and hints about......

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11
Sep 2018
Pulling Together

I remember exactly where I was when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. I was student teaching at Trinity Middle School in Washington, PA. I had been at school only a short time when the attacks happened. I remember gathering with teachers in the lounge watching the TV. I remember everyone in the school coming together to reassure and support the students. And then another plane crashed less than two hours from us in Somerset County, PA. Panic among students and parents ensued. And what happened next was......

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04
Sep 2018
Back to the New Testament: Romans

No excuses!  The truth is I didn’t finish the New Testament in six months.  I got behind and almost gave up.  After a conversation or two, I realized there were a few others who may have gotten behind in the readings.  So, let’s pick up where we left off and continue reading through the New Testament.  We can do this together…and we still have a lot to learn. We are picking back up with Romans.  As you begin to reread the letter Paul wrote to the early believers in Rome, consider what......

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20
Aug 2018
In All Things Love

One of my favorite slogans adopted by Disciples of Christ is this: In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity* * Charity is sometimes replaced with the word Love: In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love. This saying dates back to at least the 1600s in Germany among Lutheran and Reformed Christians. Leaders of the Stone-Campbell Movement used this as a slogan in the mid-1800s to describe their convictions, and it has since become a mark of identity for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Of course even......

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09
Aug 2018
Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene.  She is probably one of the more well-known characters from the New Testament.  However, I wonder how of her popularity is due to her appearances in the gospel stories and how much of her popularity is contributed to artwork and ideas and fictional stories that have appeared over the course of the last few centuries. On Sunday, we return to the Biblical accounts of Mary Magdalene. So in preparation for Sunday, get your wheels spinning.  Think about Mary Magdalene. Reflect on what you really know about her. Who is she? ......

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