25 Oct This week at Hope 10/25/2021
Yesterday in worship we observed the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost and joined blind Bartimaeus in crying out, “Jesus, show me mercy!” The Teacher, the Son of David, our once and future King, shows us the fullness of God’s mercy that fills our spiritual and physical needs. Knowing Him as kind and compassionate, able even to banish blindness, we don’t hesitate to make known our pleas and requests and calls for help. Jesus asks us, “What do you want me to do for you?” and is ready and willing to respond. Seeing the Lord with eyes made wide open, we then follow Him on the way, offering our restored and renewed selves in His service.
The end of an era—today is the last day of operation for Hope’s Food Pantry ministry. Some reports say that the effort was undertaken more than 50 years ago! Many devoted volunteers have given time and service on a weekly basis. Ed Baumann has been the energetic leader for the past decade, helped by Ginger Bayer, John Pace, Ed Kissman, Frances and Elmo Miertschin, JoEllyn Silguero, Dawn and Rocky Garza, Pamela Ceasar, Bill Martino, Roma Duff, Shirley Keller, and probably a few more. Friends of Hope Irene and Manuel Gonzales, Alan Denman, and Mary Johnson have also been faithful participants. Through the years Juanita Borman, Ruth Koslan, Jo Palmer, Dee Pace, Eileen and Bert Klein, among others, provided wonderful leadership and support. Surely THOUSANDS of people have received food from Hope as a sign of the Lord’s loving care. To God be the glory, great things He has done!
Hope’s Oktoberfest last Friday was a grand affair, with more than 50 meals being served. Thanks to Jo Palmer and her A-team for a wonderful occasion and great celebration of Christian good cheer.
This coming Sunday is Reformation Day—wear red! In the evening we will have a Reformation party, also known as Halloween, for our community. Trunks and Treats will be set up in the main parking lot from 6 to 8 pm. You can decorate your car and hand out candy, or just swing by to join in the fun. Kids of all ages are welcome—bring your family and friends.
It’s not too soon to make plans for the next fabulous feast—the ladies of Dorcas Circle are inviting everyone to join in their Thanksgiving luncheon on Wednesday, November 10.
The Lord has supplied each of us generously with daily provision. I encourage you to make regular and faithful Offerings at Hope in faith and gratitude for God’s loving care. Here are three ways to do that:
• In-person at the offering plate;
• On the church website by the Give with Us button;
• Through the Vanco mobile app GivePlus.
Scripture readings for next Sunday—Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36.
Birthdays—10/31 Laurene Boes
“Go, your faith has healed you.” Mark 10:52