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Wreaths Across America
Saturday, December 16th at 11:00 am.

In preparation for Hopewell UMC's 4th year of participation, we are asking membersto:
  1.  Write a note of appreciation on a tag provided that will be placed on a wreath.
  2.  Volunteer to help prepare the wreaths and/or help lay the wreaths on December 16th.
Our thanks to you for helping us remember our Veterans laid to rest in the Hopewell Cemetery.

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Everybody's Gifted. Everybody Serves. Safe Harbor

You likely know that Hopewellians provide dinners several times each month to the guests at Safe Harbor Shelter in West Chester, one of our Beyond the Walls partners. But did you know that you don’t need any culinary skills to be involved in our Safe Harbor Ministry? You can…
  • Provide a purchased or self-made food item. Simply log onto Signup Genius (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b45a9ad2daaf94-safe) and select a date and a food item. Choose among a main dish; a vegetable; a salad, dessert; or rolls.
  • Deliver and serve the meal. Pick up the meal at Hopewell, deliver it and set it up in the Safe Harbor dining room.
For more information, or if you’d like the Signup Genius link emailed to you, contact
Deb Boyd at boyd@hopewellumc.org. 

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The 2017 Good Tidings of Comfort & Joy Caroling Tour
Sunday, December 17th

We all know that Hopewell’s Annual Christmas Caroling is really not about how well we sing… It’s actually all about visiting with our church family to share with them the joy of Christmas. So, whether you can carry a tune or not, plan on being a part of this year’s Comfort & Joy Caroling Tour.

Lunch provided in the FLC at noon after worship.
Busses departing at 12:30 pm, and returning by 2:30 pm
Hopewell Christmas caroling needs families and folks of all ages.
For information, contact Kim Lloyd (Lloyd.kimberly@gmail.com)

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Upcoming Adult Sunday Morning Classes
taught by Dr. David Frame, Retired UM Pastor

Advent Scriptures: The Ways in Which Christ Comes to Us
9:30 am in Adult Ministry B
beginning December 3rd

For four (4) Sundays, you are invited to immerse yourself in a study of the Advent Scriptures which are assigned for reading as part of the Common Lectionary, which is used in many Protestant and Catholic orders of worship. Consider these texts that are being heard world-wide on these Sundays, as Christians try to comprehend the various ways in which Christ comes into our lives. The course will be taught by retired UM pastor Dr. David Frame. All are welcome. Be sure to bring your Bible with you.

The Life and Times of John Wesley
beginning Sunday, January 7th

This five (5) week course will examine the life of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, against the background of the 18th-century England in which he lived. Special attention will be given to those places which had importance for Wesley's life. The course will be especially helpful to any who are intending to be part of the Tour of Wesley's England being offered to our church fellowship in June 2018. However, you do not need to be a tour group member in order to take the course. The course will begin on Sunday, January 7th and will conclude on Sunday, February 4th. The teacher is retired UM pastor Dr. David Frame, who is co-hosting the tour along with Pastor Steve Morton. 
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Growing Sisterhood

A new fellowship opportunity for women who are interested in growing in faith and friendship through social events and workshops.

If interested, please contact Stephanie Edwards at growingsisterhood@gmail.com.
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Dare to Care, “Give a Bear” this holiday season

The Global Marketing and Finance class at the Downingtown STEM Academy will be collecting new stuffed animals to deliver to children at the Chester County Hospital’s Pediatric Center during the Christmas season (dressed as Santa and his elves). What defines new? The stuffed animals that the hospital will accept must be clean and new as with the price tag/sticker still attached to the animal. A simple recommendation would be to go to places like Target or Walmart, where there are small stuffed animals or characters on sale at the entrances. All donations should be dropped off in the Christmas decorated box downstairs by the Donation Station. For more information contact Brian Bixler, 19bbixler@student.dasd.org.
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2018 Medical Mission Trip to Haiti!!

Calling all medical professionals, the Haiti team is organizing its first medical mission trip to Haiti, and we need you! On all of our prior trips, we have encountered a number of people, infants to elderly, who had serious medical issues. In our beloved village of Leveque, there are no health care facilities. Access to clinics or hospitals is a luxury as the transportation costs to get there can be prohibitive. By providing a Medical Mission Trip, we will be able to set up a temporary clinic in Leveque and work alongside a Haitian doctor to treat people in the community. We will also need non-medical folks to help with check in, entertaining children and
much more!

The dates of the trip will be February 21st through February 27th, 2018. We will be traveling out of Philadelphia to Port au Prince. The tentative cost of this trip will be $1,500 and a $500 deposit is needed by November 15, 2017 to secure your spot. Please contact Cheri Miller (cheri@hopewellumc.org, 610-316-5877) or Carey Burke (carey_burke@hotmail.com, 610-804-7839) for more information! 
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Intergenerational Retreat Soup Lunches are now being served!

Soup can be eaten in or taken out after the 9:30 and 10:55 services. Donations to be used to offset the cost of the retreat.
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Roots of Methodism:
John Wesley and Our History in England

Join Senior Pastor Steven Morton and the Rev. Dr. David Frame as friends of Hopewell UMC tour England next summer, re-living our Wesleyan heritage in that great mother land! Visit the cathedrals of London and other British cities...tour Wesley’s childhood home and sites of his education..enjoy historic and cultural sites, as well (Roman baths, Stonehenge, Big Ben). This ten-night excursion runs from June 19-29, 2018. Per person cost is $3,960.00 (airfare, hotels, most meals and admissions). This is a spiritual/historic/entertaining journey of a lifetime! See Pastor Steve or Dr. Dave for information. The group size is limited; a deposit this fall will guarantee your place! 

Hopewell Library News

Hopewell Library News Study packets of Hopewell’s seasonal studies, including DVDs, leader’s guide and worksheets, are available for checkout in the Library, Room Adam. You will find materials to borrow for self-study or groups for:
  • Contend for the Faith: Lessons from Jude
  • It Is Necessary: When God Says You Must
  • Ponderings of the Heart: A Mother’s Reflections
  • On This Rock: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches
  • He Is Risen: Go and Tell!
  • Suffering Servant: Who Has Believed, He Shall See Light
  • Advent Dreams

Zoom - A New Serving Opportunity

ZOOM is a new transportation program, developed by Family Service of Chester County. The purpose is to get people to and/or from the Community Volunteers in Medicine clinic in West Chester for treatment by healthcare providers who volunteer their services.

Perhaps you could serve as a ZOOM Volunteer Driver. Drivers self-schedule themselves on-line when they have time to drive. When a ride is accepted, the Driver then contacts the Rider to arrange pick-up details. The Rider might be a pregnant woman for pre-natal care; or a mom with a child; or a senior; or others.

You can be the caring friend who provides transportation as a ZOOM Volunteer Driver.

Required: valid drivers license and proof of auto insurance.

Fee for background check paid by Volunteer Chester County.

For more information, contact Deb Boyd, boyd@hopewellumc.org. 

Boyd's Top Most Wanted

  1. Bake (or purchase) cupcakes for our New Members Reception on Sunday, October 22nd.
  2. Help with the coffee and cookies on Sunday mornings in the FLC.
  3. Serve as a sanctuary Usher/Greeter on Sunday mornings. 
Everybody’s Gifted. Everybody Serves.

Contact Deb Boyd at boyd@hopewellumc.org

Training, fellowship and fulfillment provided!