Traditional services in the Bower Chapel at 8:00 and 9:30 AM.
Contemporary services in the Sanctuary at 9:30 and 11:00 AM.
April 14th at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
Communion will be served.
April 15th at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
Fasting has been a part of the Judeo-Christian tradition for countless centuries. A fast is a time of self-denial in order to more intentionally attend to God in prayer. If you have a desire to experience this spiritual practice during Lent, consider this opportunity. The group will gather at church at 12:30 PM on Palm Sunday, April 10th, for a time of devotions and sharing of prayer requests. We will then go our separate ways, staying connected and encouraging one another via email until we regroup on Monday, April 11th at 5:30 PM. If for health reasons or other reasons you have concerns about a full fast, there are options for a modified fast, as well. Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask. Ready to sign on? Contact Pastor Vicki, and she will connect with you.
FASTING FOR LENT, 2022
Christian Fasting is a Spiritual Discipline that calls us to lay aside our human desires and tendencies in exchange for a time of being filled by the Holy Spirit. Fasting helps to form our spirits and our actions through the work of prayer, of self-reflection and of intentionality. All of this points us toward greater faithfulness in following Jesus.
“LENT should not be a time for wallowing in the negative. LENT, the time of spring’s first stirrings, is a time for being lengthened. LENT is really about opening ourselves to someone else, about stretching ourselves, so that we can receive the gift of new life coming from God alone.” Philip Endean
“The Spiritual Practice of FASTING creates openings in our lives where the grace, mercy and presence of God may be made known to us.”
“…the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control...”
~Galatians 5: 22-23a (New Living Translation)
Week of March 6:
FAST from severity…PRACTICE GENTLENESS.
Lord, I prayerfully consider the ways in which I respond in encounters with others, be it in conversation, email, text, phone, etc.
For at least ONE day this week, I will pause in those places and think before I speak or write. Also, I will pause to be gentle with myself…
Week of March 13:
FAST from disloyalty…PRACTICE FAITHFULNESS.
Lord, I prayerfully consider ways in which I might be more diligent in turning to you in my thinking, my decision-making, my actions.
For at least ONE day this week, I will practice putting each thought, each decision, each action before God before moving forward.
FAST from impulsiveness…PRACTICE PATIENCE.
Lord, I prayerfully consider what it might mean to choose to be patient in all circumstances.
For at least ONE day this week, I will just stop, remember to breathe, and pray for a spirit of patience- moment by moment and with God’s help.
March 27: FAST from anxiety…PRACTICE PEACE.
Lord, I prayerfully consider the ways in which worry robs me of the fullness of life that Jesus offers.
For at least one day this week, I will pause briefly each time anxiety begins to grip me and picture myself laying that burden at Jesus’ feet.
April 3: FAST from pessimism…PRACTICE JOY.
Lord, I will prayerfully consider all the goodness that God has poured into my life.
For at least one day this week, I will refuse the temptation to resort to negativity. When negative thoughts or conversations start to arise, I’ll stop. Then I’ll lift up a prayer of gratitude!
April 10: FAST from bitterness and anger…PRACTICE LOVE.
Lord, I prayerfully consider these words: “Just as Jesus did, we actively and tangibly love God, love others…”
For at least one day during this Holy week, I will pause to remember God’s immeasurable love for me, for us all, in and through his son, Jesus the Christ. Then I will commit to pouring that love out upon others “…in ways that transform the world around us.” (Hopewell Mission Statement)
Looking for a place to connect with others, grow in your faith, and learn something new?
Throughout the season of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday on March 2, we are diving into the Lord’s Prayer through our sermon series and these study options. We’ll be exploring the meaning and impact of this beloved prayer on our lives and the church today. The study is based on Adam Hamilton’s book, The Lord’s Prayer, and copies are available in the church office for $14 or you can purchase the book on your own. The book is not necessary to participate in the study. We invite you to check out these opportunities for growth, connection, and support. Visit our calendar page to register for a group or contact the facilitator.
- Women’s group, Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 AM, led by Cynthia Lyman (in-person), starting March 3
- Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 PM, led by Drew Buller (ZOOM), starting March 3
- Friday Morning Men, Fridays, 6:30-7:30 AM on ZOOM, led by Allen Puy, starting March 4
- Men of the Sabbath, Saturdays, 8:30-10:00 AM, led by Pastor Dan (ZOOM and in-person), starting March 5
- Sundays, 10:55 AM- 12:00 PM, led by various facilitators (ZOOM and in-person), starting March 6
- Sundays 6:00-7:30 PM, led by Pastor Amy, (worship and discussion), starting March 6
- Mondays, 7:00-8:30 PM, led by Ellen Faller (in-person), starting March 7
- Women’s Group, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 PM, led by Donna Hepner, starting March 8
- Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM, led by Pastor Eddie (ZOOM), starting March 9
If you have questions, want to learn more, or are not sure which group is a good fit for you, contact Jen Lisowski, Director of Lay Ministries at email@example.com.
Throughout the month of March, we are partnering with the CYWA (Community Youth and Women’s Alliance) in Coatesville to provide Easter baskets for kids who participate in their programs. The CYWA provides vital services for women and their children, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, a drug and alcohol treatment facility, and weekly community food distribution.
If you're in the building, grab a tag on the Butterfly Tree, create a basket for the child listed on the tag, and return no later than March 27th to be blessed and delivered before Easter. Please reach out to Libby if you have any questions.
March’s Designated Giving will help supplement the number of Easter baskets we receive from the congregation, as well as support the programming at the CYWA. If you would like to contribute, you can donate online with Realm or via VENMO (@HopewellChurch), or by mailing a check to the church. Please be sure to note “Monthly Designated” when you give.
Don’t miss our annual Easter Mission Festival on Saturday April 9th, 2022 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Join us for SUPER FUN mission crafts (benefitting local and international mission partners), carnival games, prizes, balloon animals, and of course – an egg hunt! This is an open event for children and families in the community – come whenever and bring your friends and neighbors! All are welcome. We know Saturday’s can get busy so stop by after that soccer game, before that dance recital, or right before nap time! Come celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and all the joy of Easter with us. Reach out to Libby if you have any questions.
In partnership with Crops Marketplace, Hopewell is hosting a Car Wash on Sunday, April 3rd from 1:00 - 3:00 PM to benefit the UMCOR Fund for Ukraine. If you are looking for a way to support the relief work in Ukraine in a hands-on way, sign up to serve here or bring your car for a wash to the Crop’s parking lot, 1257 Horseshoe Pike, Downingtown. Contact Jen Lisowski for more information.