Pastor Letter 10/25/2016

Psalm 16

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This past week at worship on Sunday our reading was Psalm 16. I was surprised whe
no one asked me why I didn’t reference the Psalm at all in my sermon (usually I get called out for that). Well, we are reading Psalm 16 again this coming Sunday and I will most definitely reference it then. In the meantime, I ask all of us to read this Psalm every day through Sunday. Let it get into your bones and under your skin. Dwell on the words “protect me” and “refuge”. Ask who are the “noble” ones in the land and what it means to “rest secure” in God when we live in a political climate where very few of us rest secure at all? Read it…dwell on it…let it get into you…then we will talk about it at 8am and 11am (9:30 am is the Confirmation Service with a different focus an
d message).

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

I have no good apart from you.”

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,

in whom is all my delight.

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows,

their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out

or take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;

you hold my lot.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

I have a goodly heritage.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;

in the night also my heart instructs me.

I keep the Lord always before me;

because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;

my body also rests secure.

For you do not give me up to Sheol,

or let your faithful one see the Pit.

You show me the path of life.

In your presence there is fullness of joy;

in your right hand are pleasures forevermore

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Here are a few things that are going on that I’d like to make you aware of..


Ok…I really like playing Paintball…I really do. We have a group of people playing paintball on Saturday, November 5th. THIS ISN”T just for kids…it is for EVERYONE! Maybe this is a good parent/child activity for you (Father-Son, Mother-Daughter, Mother-Son, Father Daughter), maybe just a group of guys are looking for a fun thing to do…whatever the case this event is for everyone! Please contact Susanna if you are interested in playing Paintball with us.1921189_10153736070823599_8553071356395485523_o

Keith Miller Blessing

I want to remind and/or invite you to worship at 8am this Sunday morning. As I wrote about in my last letter, Keith Miller will be away from us for a year as he goes on his internship for his seminary studies. We would like as many people there as possible to bless him and send him as he learns, grows, and does God’s work in another congregation. Please join Keith on Sunday morning!

13th Month

We have many people who are new to our family here at Hope. That means that there are a growing number of people who are not aware of some of our traditions and practices. One of the many traditions we have participated in and counted on at Hope is the idea of a 13th month of giving.

What is that? Well, basically, in December every person who gives to Hope has traditionally given double their average monthly gift at end the year in December (yes double)…thus, a 13th month. The trick of course is that each of us still gives in November our normal amount as well. In fact, November itself is a month where people give more than their monthly average, helping us as a congregation make our budget at the end of the year.

I ask that as you approach the holiday season, as you celebrate with family and with friends, as you buy and receive gifts that you also keep God’s ministry through Hope Church in mind and consider making a substantial end-of-year gift. Remember we still have roughly $70,000 left to pay on the parking lot as well as a Mission Plan (budget) to meet for 2016. Your gifts of time, talent and financial resources, as well as your offerings of prayer, are very much appreciated!

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That is all for today!

God Bless and I’ll see you Sunday!

Pastor Rob Zahn