May 17, 2018

Hey Hope people!
Let me share a story I recently read and condensed a little for the purposes of this email. According to Kathie Lee Gifford;
"Howard Stern had a feud with me going on 30 years. I never met him. I never listened to his show. He hated my guts for 30 years, he hated my husband, hated my children. Hated everything I stood for.”
One day Kathie heard Howard was in their building and she felt God prompting her to say hello so she looked for him and said,
 “Howard, I'm Kathie Lee. I thought it was time I say hello. I want to wish you the very best with your show."
Kathie said it left him flabbergasted and later on he called her,
 'Will you forgive me, Kathie, please? I'm doing some hard work on my life. I know I hurt you. I'm so sorry and I need to ask you to forgive me.'"
She told him she had forgiven him 30 years ago and prays for him regularly. So how did Stern respond? He said,
 “I used a lot of language, but I'm so sorry, you never deserved it, you've always been so nice. You just pissed me off because you were everything I wasn't."
That’s a pretty powerful thing to say isn’t it? Reminded me of 1 Peter 2:12, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” Part of living a good life among unbelievers is responding graciously to people who treat you poorly…..hopefully you’ll leave them flabbergasted.
A reminder that each person who is a member here at Hope needs to be involved in regular service here…..that’s what membership is all about – we all join together to advance God’s work here in our local area. If you’re a member; have you decided where to serve yet? If not, Jeff has an excellent tool called the “SHAPE survey” designed to help you see how God uniquely designed and gifted you to serve Him best. It’s a great way to find a starting place for service here at Hope. If you’d like to do this, access the following link:
Don’t miss the men’s breakfast on Saturday. It’s the food folks thought was healthy in the 50’s and could very well be the reason we won world war 2…. We’ll also hear a God-story from a man among us. Starts at 8:00 and ends at 9:00.
I’ll be leading another team from Hope on a short-term mission trip to Taiwan in October. Please be in prayer for God to prepare each team member and each person we will interact with in Taiwan. If you would like to contribute to this mission of our church please write a check to Hope Fellowship and put “Taiwan mission” in the memo. (Due to IRS rules a person’s name can’t be in the memo).
WOMEN’S CONNECTIONS – Starts May 22nd      
Would you like to meet and go a little deeper with some other women here at Hope? Then this is for you. You’ll meet 4 different Tuesdays through the summer to develop deeper, intentional friendships. Sign up at the information table or contact Leslie; with any questions. The first meeting will take place on May 22nd.
It’s time to start signing up the kids for our summer camp the week of July 16th-20th. The camp will take place each night from 7:00-9:00pm. The cost of the camp will be at the low cost of only $10 per child. Please don’t pass up the opportunity to invite friends and family you’re reaching out to because, as you know, the kids will have a blast and learn about God at the same time. You can use the following link to register;
MEN’S FISHING TRIP – June 9th     
Getting closer! Join me and some other men on a charter out of Westport. The cost is $155 and includes the boat, tackle, gear and fishing license. You can register online at our website or write a check and put it in one of the collection boxes with “fishing trip” in the memo. Email Jeff if you have any questions;
See you soon!