Souper Bowl Sunday Feb. 2, 2019

Today.  Now.  by Laurie Haller

I rise from my bed of sleep to adore your holy name, to live for you this day, to work with you in the bringing in of your reign, and to find in you eternal life. I consciously renew my calling as this day begins, thanking you for the privilege of living my life in this way. I know that I need to take care of myself if I am to be of any use to those I am called to serve. Grant me grace to walk in health and wholeness. Most of all, thank you that I can live today, knowing that I am your beloved. Amen. 

Souper Bowl Sunday               Feb. 2, 2019

Where did January go?  At times it seemed like it was going fast, other times it seemed to drag, either way, January has come and gone.  The school had No Snow, Snow Days  Temperatures dipped so low they broke records.  There were fears of cars not starting, water pipes freezing and power outages.  Power outages escalate fear of keeping the house warm along with other concerns.  We can be thankful here at Hampton we got through the month without any catastrophes.  Also, this is a good time to remember to turn your worries into prayers and lay them at the foot of the cross.

So, let’s look ahead to February.  Last Sunday there was an announcement for Super Bowl – Souper Bowl Sunday.  Somehow we missed this on the calendar as we were planning for the first of the year. Without much lead time or promotion the congregation showed up today with 8 different kinds of soup, awesome.  We had two chicken and noodles, so one was put back to feed the youth on Wednesday night.  We often do not recognize the simple blessing in the midst of our everyday lives.  Another blessing came in the form of Becky Zak’s birthday.  Her family brought a large birthday cake to share, in addition to all the cookies, bars and cakes brought in for fellowship.

We must not forget the purpose behind Souper Bowl Sunday, it is a chance for everyone to vote for their favorite team playing in the Super Bowl.  The vote comes in the form of financial donation in the bucket of your favorite team.  This year the team with the most votes was the Los Angeles Rams. $103 was raised for mission.  The Mission Committee will determine where this donation will go at their next meeting.

I love the way HUMC lives into ‘being the hands and feet of Jesus.’  Something as simple as soup, brings people together in relationship.  Without much time or effort people were fed, conversations occurred around the game we will all be watching later today.  Funds were raised to be used for a mission involving food and feeding the hungry.  We are blessed.

As Pastor Michael shared in his message, people came to church to worship and left feeling better than when they arrived, at least I know I did.

Your Sister in Christ, Sue Kromminga

 

Rotation Station                 Jan. 28, 2019

My very first blog was about the Pop Up Tea Room.  This is a fund raiser being sponsored by the education committee.  We have begun using a curriculum called ‘Rotation Station.’  This is not new to the department, it was used several years ago and at some point we moved away from it, so we are bringing it back.  The reasons for this move are many, but most of all the teachers and the students love it.  I believe it is a good move for the Education Committee.

There are 7 breakout sessions in each unit.  We have begun with the unit ‘Families Remember God’.  6 of the sessions are held on Sunday mornings; Art, Games, Missions, Science, Spiritual Practices and Storytelling/Drama.  The cooking session is completed on Wednesday afternoons during Children 1st.

Our Bible verse during this session is in Deuteronomy 6:5

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all our being and all your strength.

With the rotation of sessions our volunteers teach a session every other week.  We have four teachers at the moment.  We wish to recruit two more.  With our current rotation two teachers are teaching every other week and the other two are teaching weekly.  The volunteers are getting to know all the children in the program, not just the children in one age group.  High school youth are encouraged to volunteer and participate with the children, helping out the volunteer teachers.  It is a win-win for everyone.

I am involved in the cooking session during Children 1st, along with Sonja Vosburg and Betty Springer.  The first week, we made unleavened bread, this was a new experience for the children.  Many were using a rolling pin for the first time.   Using honey to flavor the bread may have saved the experience when the children shared their bread during snack time.  I will admit, they preferred the bread of today over unleavened bread of Biblical times.  What a wonderful way to experience life and the ways of living during the time of Moses.  Last week we made sugar cookies, the lesson was to encourage good food choices and taking care of our bodies.  Instead of frosting for the cookies, we used whipped cream and strawberries.  The children enjoyed this snack.

This week we are making smoothies.  Spinach and avocados are in the recipe along with chocolate chips, blueberries and honey.  I cannot wait to see their reaction to this recipe.

We are also focusing on The Ten Commandments.

Were you aware the first four commandments tell us how we are to relate to God?

  •  You should have no other gods.

  • You should not make idols or images of other gods to worship.

  • You should not use God’s name in vain.

  • You should remember the Sabbath.  Rest like God rested when God created the earth.

The next six tell us how to relate to one another.

  • You should respect you mother and father’

  • You should not kill.

  • You should not lie.

  • You should not steal.

  • You should not be jealous.

  • You should not cheat.

This is a great way to help the children remember and relate to the commandments.  (It works for me to remember them this way, too)

My goal is to share with you a couple times each week.  Return here to learn about the ministries, activities, celebrations and day to day life at Hampton United Methodist Church.

Oh, and don’t forget to buy your tickets to the Pop Up Tea Room, Saturday, February 16th from 11 am until 2 pm.

What Did Sue Blog About Today?                          Jan. 25, 2019

If you saw the post over the weekend, you were seeing my first attempt to blog about life here at Hampton United Methodist Church.  The idea came from a brainstorming session at our Epiphany Sunday Celebration.  At first I was resistant, you know, that idea of change!  We are so resistant to the thought of change.  However, this change, to improve, to enhance the communication efforts at HUMC.  How could I resist this change?

As I drove home that day, I had a bit of an epiphany myself.  Ever since I arrived at HUMC, a focus has been to improve my communication skills and those of the world around me.  HUMC is no different than any other church in the neighborhood, would you agree?  No different than any community organization, non-profit or business.  Everyone today is working on communication and finding better ways to tell their stories.

So, here we go…

I am often excited about the mission and ministries of HUMC and want to tell the world about all the work being done as the hands and feet of Jesus, as people growing in their relationship with Jesus and taking their message out into the world.  The mission of HUMC is to make and mature disciples for Jesus Christ.  Here in this blog I will be telling you about the work, celebrations, events, as well as, the day to day life found here at HUMC.

Oh, and if you see something you would like to get involved in, give us a call at 641-456-4238 and ask for Sue.  I would love to visit with you.

Come back and visit Sue’s Blog anytime.  Her latest adventure in her life with Christ Jesus.

I’m So Excited                                           Jan. 24, 2019

” ‘I am so excited and I just can’t hide it…’  remember the song by the Pointer Sisters back 80’s?  That is my theme around here at Hampton United Methodist Church.  I get so excited watching God work with and through the congregation family and friends here at HUMC.  In just 2 plus weeks the Education Committee is going to host a Pop Up Tea Room in the Fellowship Hall.  Yes, you heard me.  A Pop Up Tea Room.  We will decorate for Valentines, serve a great meal consisting of soup and sandwich, dessert and beverage for Sweethearts, Girlfriends, Boyfriends, Loved Ones, Family, whom ever, to come and have a lovely time.

Our doors will be open on Saturday, February 16th from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are being sold by the Education Committee for $7.50, you can also reserve your tickets by calling the church office at 641-456-4238 or they may also be purchased at the door the day of the event.  Get your group together and get your tickets now.

Church friends and family are invited to come to the kitchen on Friday evening after 4:00 p.m. to assist with prep for the meal and decorating the Fellowship Hall.  On Saturday, the first shift begins at 10, preparing for service at 11:00 a.m.   The second shift will begin at 1:00 p.m. to complete service and clean up afterwards.  Let Sue when you would like to volunteer and become part of this event.  Contact Sue Kromminga and let her know how you can help.

Watch for more information regarding this event and others.

Sue Kromminga, Director of Discipleship

 

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