November 18, 2018

People of Hope!
 
I bought some cigarettes yesterday.  Don’t worry…..I didn’t smoke ‘em. Let’s just say it was one of the many interesting things I’ve done through the years in the course of building a bridge to others. While I bought them, I found myself looking nervously around the store to see if I recognized anyone. I even told the cashier, “Heh heh… these aren’t for me…..I actually don’t smoke…..heh heh.” She looked at me out of the corner of her eye and said, “um…ok?”  I wonder how uncomfortable it was for Jesus to find himself in some of the situations he experienced? “Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:36-39) How totally awkward!! What was most important, however, was how the lost woman perceived His actions, not how the Pharisees perceived them. I’m sure you’ve found yourselves in similar situations with good intentions to reach out. Don’t shy back because of Pharisees around you.
 
THANKSGIVING LUNCH (Deep Fried Turkey) – Sunday!!!

Our Thanksgiving Potluck will take place on November 18th in our building after the 2nd service. We’ll be serving deep fried turkeys – deep fried in the parking lot Sunday morning. Honestly, you don’t want to miss this. If your last name starts with A-S please bring a traditional side dish, T-Z bring a dessert. If your last name starts with X, bring Oysters on the half shell for 300.
 
SUNDAY
As I continue the new message series called SELECTED STORIES FROM THE MASTER TEACHER, Sunday will be “Some People Are Ready and Some Are Not” By the way these stories Jesus told are perfect for people who haven’t believed yet.
 
DROP OFF LOCATION – Receiving boxes through Monday

Hope Fellowship is an Operation Christmas Child drop off location for our community. If you’re interested in helping receive boxes from folks in our area, please go to the following link to sign up for a shift: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044AABAD28AAFD0-drop1
Also, if you’re planning to drop off a box, we will be receiving them until Monday.
 
HAITI
Please be in prayer for a team of 6 from our church who will travel to Haiti January 9-17th . The team is going to explore the possibilities of future involvement there. The team will be myself, Brian Manaois, Steve Alberts, Dan Frazier, Greg Janes and Connie Barthel.
 
WANT TO RUN A 50 MILE RELAY RACE? – June 1

4 of us from Hope are looking for 2 more team mates to tag team a 50 mile relay race from the foothills to the seashore called the R2R. Check it out and let me know if you’re interested soon; https://www.rainiertoruston.com/ . Guys or gals
 
See you soon!
Ben