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Baked Potato Bowl
Sunday, February 4th, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Calling all potatoheads! Time for our annual funraiser for the local food cupboards in Downingtown and Honey Brook. Needed are chili cookers, ice cream dippers, potato donators, table jockeys, potato bartenders, and a lot of hungry generous Hopewellians. Be part of something really super! Don’t be a pew potato. Call Mrs. Potato Head TODAY to offer your gifts and talents, Sue Lehman, 484-678-6789. 

Next work day at The Well
Saturday January 27 from 8 am – 4 pm
All skill levels welcome for painting, construction, cleaning, and other projects.
Pizza lunch will be provided.
Contact Pastor Keith, keith@hopewellumc.org to say that you’ll be there. 

Spring Yoga

The Hopewell yoga class will begin its spring session on Monday, January 22nd from 6:15-7:15 pm in the upper level youth room. Join us as we explore various yoga postures as well as focus on breath work and prayerful meditation. The class is appropriate for all levels with modifications made for beginners as well as those with more experience. You don’t need to be present at each class, just join us when you’re able. Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel and e-mail Karen Gorgonzola at klsgorgo@hotmail.com with any questions.

Women’s Study Group, Thursdays at 9:30 am

Spiritual Leadership - beginning Thursday, January 11
A 5-week study led by Pastor Vicki. Participants will be using a spiritual formation
workbook, Revised edition: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth,
available on Amazon. Sessions in Adult Ministry A are coordinated by Jill Loschiavo. 

Lenten Bible Study Curriculum

As part of his study leave in October, Pastor Steve did extensive research at Duke Divinity School toward the development of a brand new adult Bible Study curriculum for Lent 2018. The title is After 40: Ready for Action - a review of the biblical stories where “40 days and 40 nights” (or 40 years) were spent in trial, temptation, or turmoil...all the while preparing the people of God for better, more effective service. As in the past, a team of clergy elders from the Eastern PA Conference is working with Steve toward the production of a high  quality DVD for this study. In 2018, that collection of elders is very familiar to us, including all the “favorite sons and daughters” of Hopewell UMC who answered the call to professional ministry while being members here.

Shauna Ridge - Thorndale UMC
Monica Hagelin Guepet - West Grove UMC
Bern Kefer - Clark’s Grove UMC
Robb Faller – Ono UMC
Johnson Dodla - Coatesville: Olivet UMC
Jenny Sauerbrun Frymoyer - Bethlehem: Wesley UMC
Amy Banka - Hopewell UMC

The team will meet for filming at Hopewell on Thursday, January 4th and again on Thursday, January 11th under the direction of Pete Willenbrock, supported by Deb Collins and Deb Boyd. The goal of this Lenten project is 1,000 United Methodists “on the same page” during a most holy season of the year: studying, learning, praying together, and enjoying fellowship - all toward that common goal of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. YOU can help this effort by your own prayers, and by joining one of the small groups at Hopewell in February when this new curriculum is released. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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! 

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.

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.