Souper Bowl Sunday February 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. 

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

Holy Week 2019

 

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them

in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

-Matthew 29:19-20

 

As HUMC prepares for Easter, it is a time of new beginnings, a new season in the life of HUMC and all those who pass through the doors coming in and going out.

Today, I took some time to reflection, as plans to travel to the Heifer International Farm in August begin to fall into place.  That time will come before I know it.  I sat down today and read the cards I received at the end of the trip to Sager Brown.  This is a practice I picked up somewhere in my travels, at the end of a mission trip, to have each member take time to reflect and share with other members of the team; where they saw God in the person they are writing to.  Yes, like so many things, I hold onto the cards.  They have a way of lifting my spirits and I find encouragement in them to carry on in my personal journey with Jesus.

This Sunday in worship I am excited to announce that 5 students from the Children 1st Program will be sharing a short drama ‘The Feast’ during the Children’s Message.  I am so inspired by them.  They have so much energy and have worked hard, at the same time had fun preparing for this Sunday.  You will want to be there and witness their gift for the church.  My hope is to have more involvement with the children during worship and other aspects of life at HUMC.

I ask you to take time this Easter and reflect back over the past year and your life here at HUMC.  What inspires you?  Where do you see Jesus?  What do you want to do as a Christian, following Jesus on the journey of the upcoming year?

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