Hope Community Church
News & Events
March 25, 2020
The current events have required all of us to make some changes in our everyday activities. In my case, most of these have been mere inconveniences, but some have turned out to be good for me in more ways than one. With this in mind I decided it might be helpful to share some of the changes I’ve tried to implement into my life during the past few weeks. I trust you’ll find these suggestions helpful.
Also, we (the elders) learned today that the city of Olive Branch and Southaven passed an emergency declaration this past Sunday afternoon prohibiting any public gatherings until April 21. This means there will be no public Easter service for any church. We will honor that declaration, trusting that one day soon we will be able to gather corporately to celebrate the central hope of the Christian message…Resurrection to new life!
In the meantime, here are a few suggestions that I hope will enrich your life and keep you safe until we meet again.
1. Limit the amount of time you watch the news.
We need to stay informed. Ignorance is not bliss during these days.! However, too much news can pull you deeper and deeper into the pit of gloom and despair. Paul told the Philippians to, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing”. The nature of the news today can be a source of anxiety and even anger. Stay informed but let the peace of Christ dwell in you richly.
2. Read more. Read encouraging things. The amount of Christian literature available is unlimited. Today, you can go on-line and read the writings of some of the great Puritans, sermons written centuries ago… many who wrote on the subject of healthy Christians disciplines like prayer!
3. Exercise. We’ve all been shut in far too long during these rainy days of winter. Get outside and go for a walk. It’s not only good for the heart, its good for the soul. When Paul said, “Exercise profits little”, he wasn’t saying don’t exercise.
4. Plan more family meals together. We were made for community and community starts with the family.
5. Ask the Lord to show you ways you can help someone. Maybe its someone who has no family or someone who just needs help. Start with our church. Go through the directory and ask yourself how I can help this person or that one. Write notes and make contact with each other.
6. Be Joyful! This is no time for the Christian to panic. We know that God is in control. This is without a doubt, one of our generation’s greatest opportunities to “adorn the gospel” by how we react to the challenges and fears that people face today.
7. Declare the gospel. It is the reality of the gospel that brings us joy and peace. People need to hear the good news that Christ died for them and by his death they can have eternal life.
8. PRAY MORE! Think about it! We have the privilege of talking directly to our God who is in control of all things. What a privilege!!
I could go on with my list of suggestions, however, I want to focus some time on this critically important means of grace. A week from this Sunday I will be speaking on, The Profit of Prayer.
May the Lord continue to richly bless you,
In order to nurture and support the families of HCC, families will be featured each week for whom we can pray and encourage. This week, we will be praying for Nathan and Anna Rucker, and Jerry and Sue Schaefer.
This Week –
“The Profit of Prayer” | Psalm 130
Sunday, April 5 | 10:00 am | Richard Hall
Our Winter Connect Groups are in a holding pattern, and will resume when the Coronavirus has abated.
Groups meet every other Wednesday evening.
Dinner at 6:00. Groups meet from 6:50 – 7:45.
ADULT 1: A Study of 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians -Godly Solutions for Church Problems, by Jon MacArthur
Group Leaders – Scott Coleman, Redigo Phillips, Dan Colvin, and Richard Hall.
ADULT 2: A Study of James
James, by Matt Chandler.
Group Leaders – Patrick Aldinger and Josh Parker
YOUTH (6th-12th Grade): A Study of Colossians
Group Leader – Wade and Sondra Hinton
ELEMENTARY: “What in the WORD is Going On”
No purchase required
Group Leader – Carla Hall
PRE-SCHOOL – 1st GRADE: Jenna Parker
NURSERY: Susan Leslie
For more information or to get connected contact Richard Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Sunday Connect Groups will continue when we all meet together again.
Our Sunday morning Men’s and Women’s Connect Groups
meet 9:00 – 9:50 am.
Childcare is provided.
Women’s Class – 1st Peter
Group Leader – Linda Coleman
Men’s Class – Acts
Expositional study (No purchase required).
Group Leader: Josh Parker
Our annual Men’s Retreat is scheduled for the weekend of May 15-16 at Pickwick Landing State Park.
The cost is $130 per person, which includes room, two meals, and Saturday activities.
This year, there will be golf and fishing available.
See Jon Bridges for more details.
It’s time to plan your summer mission trip!
Joni and Friends Mississippi is hosting two camps this summer at Camp McDowell. June 22-27 and June 28-July 3. We have scholarships available to help with the cost, and donations are welcome, too!
This is a family camp – the whole family is welcome to go. If you are interested, please contact Scott and Linda Coleman.
For the next few weeks, we are showering the Ruckers with diapers for the arrival of Gracie Gail Rucker. Assorted early sizes are needed. Thanks!
We have added a new local mission for 2020. We are now supporting the Desoto County Jail Chaplain Ministry.
Stay tuned for ways to serve.
See Jon Bridges for more detail.
This support group meets in the fellowship hall on Thursdays, 7:00 pm.
Contact Kathryn Gardner for more information.
Because our annual fish fry is a highly anticipated event at Hope, we will reschedule the March 29th event at some point. Stay tuned!
March 29th is the 5th Sunday of the month! That means we will be having our “5th Sunday Luncheon” after the worship service.
We will be having our annual fish-fry.
Mark your calendar and take the opportunity to invite guests to come experience Hope.