Immanuel. A simple Hebrew phrase we say and sing during the Advent and Christmas seasons to remind us of the real reason for the season. Immanuel (sometimes written Emmanuel) literally means “with us is God,” or, more simply, “God with us.” The meaning of Jesus birth is essentially immanuel. That is, the baby Jesus is literally God coming in human form to be with us. Immanuel first appears in Isaiah 7: Isaiah said, “Listen, house of David! Isn’t it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome......
If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Forgiveness – Holding On Keeps Us From Moving On (Freeway, Week 4) Devotion 1 Mike Foster writes: Pain often puts us on a chase similar to the ones are on. Our minds are flooded with the slight possibility of finding those hard-to-locate answers to our suffering. We wake up in the morning thinking, Maybe today is the day it all makes sense. We hunt and chase the most elusive question known to hurting hearts: the “why.” Why did this happen? Why did......
Devotions are always great, right? It is a great spiritual practice to begin or end your day with a a short, inspirational message that helps you focus on things that really matter. Well, if you were at Hood this past Sunday, then you know the next 6 weeks are going to focus on things that matter in our lives as part of the process of coming home to God and the freedom God wants us to have. So, naturally it makes good sense to offer you some devotions to help you focus,......
When I think back to some of the most difficult moments of my life, I constantly question myself. Was I truthful? Did I show compassion? Have I gotten to a point where I can look back with forgiveness and mercy? The latter of these can be really tough. I want to be merciful, and yet it can be so hard. Mercy can be both one of the easiest and one of the hardest of actions to show other people. It can be easy to show mercy when working through a small, insignificant......
My brother, sister-in-law, and I planted watermelons in one of our fields recently. The melons had been sowed in containers by members of The Gateway Clubhouse who have brain injuries as part of their work and skill development program. Typically, folks sow a few melon seeds per container to ensure that at least one plant per container spouts. Once the plants have sprouted, the best plant is kept while the others are pruned away. When we got the containers, they had not yet been pruned. So each container had 2-3 melon plants. We......
Movie Night at Hood is just two weeks away! As preparation are being made, we want to spread the word by inviting folks around our community to choose what movie we will show. Below is a poll for you to vote for your favorite movie choice from one of three movies: Sing!, The Secret Life of Pets, or Zootopia. These are all great family movies full of fun, excitement and laughter for everyone. Please invite friends and family to visit our website to vote on their movie choice for our June 25 drive-in Movie......
Pastor Jason shared with the church board during his report on Sunday that it was time to plan a celebration. As a church, we have a lot to celebrate. We have come to the end of a long journey: we now have a mission and vision statement to be proud of. We have new pastors. We have grown our children’s ministry and young adult population. Let’s party!! As a whole, the Church (universal) does not always do a great job of celebrating along our journey together. We have certain celebrations that are......
As we begin this Holy Week, I just looked back through some pictures from last week…and realized it was a pretty Holy Week as well. Folks at Hood filled our community with love by Serving the families of Dunn Middle School on their Report Card Pickup Night, Hosting a Community Easter Egg Hunt, Giving our preschool and elementary aged children bibles during worship, and Sharing the Easter Story of Love and Grace through music and song. Here are a few pictures from the week…...
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see,......
I was going through Gigi’s book bag and saw this. “My church is worth more to me than gold because it is fun”. I love that she is so in love with our church! I love that we have an amazing church family, who make it a wonderful place to be! – Alena Williford I simply had to share this with everyone, especially those who do not have Facebook and may have missed this beautiful school assignment by one of the newest members of our church family, Gigi! Many thanks to Gigi......