Bulletin — April 14, 2019

Our office will be closed on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22 for the Easter holiday.

Due to the office being closed on Friday, Bulletin Folding with Pastor Dave has been moved to Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

HMC EVENTS

Join us for a Good Friday Communion Service on Friday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m.

Celebrate with us on Easter morning over a free continental breakfast that will be served in the foyer from 9-10 a.m. on Sunday, April 21. Then stay and enjoy a celebratory service as we rejoice in our risen Saviour!

Come out on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30-7:00 for the Roots Up! Pizza & Pop Family Finale. Come for games, supper, arts & crafts, vision casting, & celebration. Doors open at 5:30. Meal will be served at 5:45 pm. (The UStore will be open, so kids, bring along your UBUCKS!)

OTHER EVENTS

A Lawson’s Christian Supplies Pop-Up Store is coming to Hanover! As part of a fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s Projects in Mozambique, Lawson’s will be open from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at The Salvation Army 581 12th Street. Light refreshments will also be available for a free will donation.

GOING GREEN

We are making small changes to help HMC be a little bit greener. We have purchased new dishes in an effort to reduce our constant use of paper and styrofoam. Join the team and help make this an easy transition! We need volunteers to help with the dishes during our Building Connection Sundays and other church family food events. Please consider signing up to help! See the podium in the foyer and let us know what month you’re available. Events occur approximately once a month.

PRAYER REQUESTS

We are hiring a new part-time pastor. Please be praying for the team responsible for going through applications. Pray for wisdom and discernment as they listen to God’s direction.

Lyness Wark, who was a pillar of the HMC congregation until he and his wife moved to Providence Bay when they retired, passed away on Wednesday, April 10. Please remember the family in your prayers as they grieve.

KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP

Please join with us every Monday to pray. Set your alarms to 5:14 a.m. or p.m. each Monday and let’s come together to pray for our church, our vision, and our leadership.

Join the HMC Bible Book Club! Find motivation to do daily devotions, as well as opportunity to contribute to discussions about what you’re currently reading, and what has challenged you. Please consider joining! Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/HMCBBC/ to join.

Don’t Worry, Be… — Sermon Video

Key Idea:

Don’t worry, be still. (Ps 46:10)

Premise: Worry feeds our sense of self-reliance, which robs us of being able to trust God instead for our needs.

Don’t let your needs consume you. (vs 25)

Worry is a conscious choice. (26-27, Lk 12:26)

Our pursuits can’t compare to God’s provision. (28-32)

Be still and know that He is God. (34, Lk 12:32-34)

Matthew 6:25-34 New International Version (NIV)

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 6:27 Or single cubit to your height

New International Version (NIV)

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Take Courage — Sermon Video

Acts 21:17-26 The Message (MSG)

Jerusalem

17-19 In Jerusalem, our friends, glad to see us, received us with open arms. The first thing next morning, we took Paul to see James. All the church leaders were there. After a time of greeting and small talk, Paul told the story, detail by detail, of what God had done among the non-Jewish people through his ministry. They listened with delight and gave God the glory.

20-21 They had a story to tell, too: “And just look at what’s been happening here—thousands upon thousands of God-fearing Jews have become believers in Jesus! But there’s also a problem because they are more zealous than ever in observing the laws of Moses. They’ve been told that you advise believing Jews who live surrounded by unbelieving outsiders to go light on Moses, telling them that they don’t need to circumcise their children or keep up the old traditions. This isn’t sitting at all well with them.

22-24 “We’re worried about what will happen when they discover you’re in town. There’s bound to be trouble. So here is what we want you to do: There are four men from our company who have taken a vow involving ritual purification, but have no money to pay the expenses. Join these men in their vows and pay their expenses. Then it will become obvious to everyone that there is nothing to the rumors going around about you and that you are in fact scrupulous in your reverence for the laws of Moses.

25 “In asking you to do this, we’re not going back on our agreement regarding non-Jews who have become believers. We continue to hold fast to what we wrote in that letter, namely, to be careful not to get involved in activities connected with idols; to avoid serving food offensive to Jewish Christians; to guard the morality of sex and marriage.”

26 So Paul did it—took the men, joined them in their vows, and paid their way. The next day he went to the Temple to make it official and stay there until the proper sacrifices had been offered and completed for each of them.

Acts 23:1-10 The Message (MSG)

Before the High Council

23 1-3 Paul surveyed the members of the council with a steady gaze, and then said his piece: “Friends, I’ve lived with a clear conscience before God all my life, up to this very moment.” That set the Chief Priest Ananias off. He ordered his aides to slap Paul in the face. Paul shot back, “God will slap you down! What a fake you are! You sit there and judge me by the Law and then break the Law by ordering me slapped around!”

The aides were scandalized: “How dare you talk to God’s Chief Priest like that!”

Paul acted surprised. “How was I to know he was Chief Priest? He doesn’t act like a Chief Priest. You’re right, the Scripture does say, ‘Don’t speak abusively to a ruler of the people.’ Sorry.”

Paul, knowing some of the council was made up of Sadducees and others of Pharisees and how they hated each other, decided to exploit their antagonism: “Friends, I am a stalwart Pharisee from a long line of Pharisees. It’s because of my Pharisee convictions—the hope and resurrection of the dead—that I’ve been hauled into this court.”

7-9 The moment he said this, the council split right down the middle, Pharisees and Sadducees going at each other in heated argument. Sadducees have nothing to do with a resurrection or angels or even a spirit. If they can’t see it, they don’t believe it. Pharisees believe it all. And so a huge and noisy quarrel broke out. Then some of the religion scholars on the Pharisee side shouted down the others: “We don’t find anything wrong with this man! And what if a spirit has spoken to him? Or maybe an angel? What if it turns out we’re fighting against God?”

10 That was fuel on the fire. The quarrel flamed up and became so violent the captain was afraid they would tear Paul apart, limb from limb. He ordered the soldiers to get him out of there and escort him back to the safety of the barracks.

The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Bulletin — March 31, 2019

HMC EVENTS

Ladies Social invites you to start thinking about spring. Come out on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. and Anne Bartlett will help you plan your gardening projects.

Young at Heart will gather on Thursday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. Jen Magwood from the Hanover Co-op will be sharing about container gardening. Tickets for the $17 luncheon are available in the foyer this week.

Join us for a Good Friday Service on Friday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m.

Want to enjoy Easter morning together over a hot breakfast on Sunday, April 21? Connect with the Mission Planning Team about helping. This will only work if they get enough volunteers.

OTHER EVENTS

Community Lenten Lunches & Services are being hosted on Wednesdays at 12 noon at St. Matthews Lutheran Church until April 10. Everyone is welcome. A freewill offering will be collected.


Cyclone Idai: Please pray for the millions affected by the devastation in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi, and for those bringing relief efforts to the area. To give, go to to emcc.ca/engage/give/support-a-global-project (select Relief and Development Project #104)

WORDS OF THANKS

Our Warming Centre had a great first season! Thank you to the team who gave of their time each week to welcome and bless the people who attended. And thank you to everyone who donated soup, food for the pantry, and/or knitted goods. Your helpful generosity make a great impact on our community!

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for Orval Kaufman who has developed a blood clot.

Please pray for Cindy Dietz, Ab Boogerman, and Tom Eastman who are all recovering from recent surgeries.

Please pray for the Beals family who left on March 28 for an eleven day short-term mission trip to Puerto Maldonado, Peru. Please pray for travelling mercies and that their work among the children as they run a VBS program will shine the light of Jesus into many families.

We are hiring a new part-time pastor. Please be praying for the team responsible for going through applications. Pray for wisdom and discernment as they listen to God’s direction.

KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP

Please join with us every Monday to pray. Set your alarms to 5:14 a.m. or p.m. each Monday and let’s come together to pray for our church, our vision, and our leadership.

Join the HMC Bible Book Club! Find motivation to do daily devotions, as well as opportunity to contribute to discussions about what you’re currently reading, and what has challenged you. Please consider joining! Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/HMCBBC/ to join.

OPPORTUNITIES

Rocky Mountain College is offering a FREE introduction to the Bible course. The BBL100 course is designed to help you explore your faith more and understand the background and inspiration of the Bible. A new session will begin on Tuesday, April 2.

Sign up by going to rockymountaincollege.ca. Select ‘Courses’ ➙ ‘Introduction to the Bible for FREE’.

If you would like to be baptized as part of our Easter Sunday service, please connect with a pastor.

Investing for Retirement? — Sermon Video

Key Idea: We invest our lives with eternity in focus.

Premise: There is a direct relationship between what we invest our resources on, and who God is to us.

  1. Invest in things of eternal value. (vs 19-20)
  2. Your investment choices reflect your personal values. (vs 21-23)
  3. What you invest your life in will be what you serve. (vs 24)

Matthew 6:19-24 New International Version (NIV)

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 6:22 The Greek for healthy here implies generous.
  2. Matthew 6:23 The Greek for unhealthy here implies stingy.

New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Bulletin — March 24, 2019

Thank you to everyone who contributed to last Sunday’s Chilli Cook Off! Winners will be announced this morning!

Men, if you’re interested in learning what’s in store for the Men In Action, please come to the Upper Room following the service for a quick chat.

HMC EVENTS

Ladies Social invites you start thinking about spring. Come out on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. and Anne Bartlett will help you plan your gardening projects.

Young at Heart will gather on Thursday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. Jen Magwood from the Hanover Co-op will be sharing about container gardening. Tickets for the $17 luncheon will be available in the foyer next week.

Join us for a Good Friday Service on Friday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m.

Want to enjoy Easter morning together over a hot breakfast on Sunday, April 21? Connect with the Mission Planning Team about helping. This will only work if they get enough volunteers.

OTHER EVENTS

Community Lenten Lunches & Services are being hosted on Wednesdays at 12 noon at St. Matthews Lutheran Church until April 10. Everyone is welcome. A freewill offering will be collected.

KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP

Please join with us every Monday to pray. Set your alarms to 5:14 a.m. or p.m. each Monday and let’s come together to pray for our church, our vision, and our leadership.

Join the HMC Bible Book Club! Find motivation to do daily devotions, as well as opportunity to contribute to discussions about what you’re currently reading, and what has challenged you. Please consider joining! Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/HMCBBC/ to join.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Our Condolences to Joanne Koeslag on the passing of her sister-in-law, Gerda Grierson. Gerda was also the sister of Marie Inthof. Please remember the family in your prayers as they grieve.

Please pray for Cindy Dietz who is recovering from a hip replacement on Thursday.

Please pray for for Ab Boogerman & Tom Eastman as they both recover from recent surgeries.

Please pray for the Beals family who will leave on March 28 for an eleven day short-term mission trip to Puerto Maldonado, Peru. Please pray for travelling mercies and that their work among the children as they run a VBS program will shine the light of Jesus into many families.

We are hiring a new part-time pastor. Please be praying for the team responsible for going through applications. Pray for wisdom and discernment as they listen to God’s direction.

Warming Centre. Please continue to pray for our HMC Warming Centre which will be open every Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. Pray for our visitors and volunteers as we work together to build a welcoming place full of trust and hope.

OPPORTUNITIES

Rocky Mountain College is offering a FREE introduction to the Bible course. The BBL100 course is designed to help you explore your faith more and understand the background and inspiration of the Bible.
Sign up by going to rockymountaincollege.ca. Select ‘Courses’ ➙ ‘Introduction to the Bible for FREE’.

Contribute to the HMC Warming Centre Pantry! Drop off canned or dried goods to the box outside the main office and it will be distributed to those who need it during our Thursday Warming Centre.

Faith in the Squeeze — Sermon Video

Daniel 1 New International Version (NIV)

Daniel’s Training in Babylon

1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia[a] and put in the treasure house of his god.

Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.[b] The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.

Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.

18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 1:2 Hebrew Shinar
  2. Daniel 1:4 Or Chaldeans
  3. Daniel 1:10 The Hebrew for your and you in this verse is plural.

New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Your Kingdom Come — Sermon Video

Matthew 6:5-15 New International Version (NIV)

Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 6:13 The Greek for temptation can also mean testing.
  2. Matthew 6:13 Or from evil; some late manuscripts one, / for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Bulletin — March 10, 2019

HMC EVENTS

The Ladies Social is going to get you up and moving with Holly DeVisser on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.

The Young at Heart will gather again on Thursday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. Diane Eaton, Musician and professional declutterer will provide entertainment. Tickets for the $17 luncheon are available in the foyer today.

Jr & Sr Youth March Break Event. Bring your friends and your nerf guns on Friday, March 15 for a Mission Impossible Marathon from 5:00-11:00 p.m. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

Our 2nd Annual HMC Chilli Cook-Off is on Sunday, March 17. Bring along a pot of chilli to share and we’ll enjoy lunch together in the gym. If you want your chilli to compete sign up at the Welcome Centre today. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place the next Sunday morning.

OTHER EVENTS

Community Lenten Lunches & Services are being hosted on Wednesdays at 12 noon at St. Matthews Lutheran Church beginning on March 13. Everyone is welcome. A freewill offering will be collected.

KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP

Please join with us every Monday to pray. Set your alarms to 5:14 a.m. or p.m. each Monday and let’s come together to pray for our church, our vision, and our leadership.

Join the HMC Bible Book Club! In an effort to encourage daily interaction with the scriptures we’ve started a Facebook group where we hope you will go to find motivation to do daily devotions, as well as opportunity to contribute to discussions about what you’re currently reading, and what has challenged you. Pastor Dave has committed to post to this group at least once a week and some good discussion is already happening. Please consider joining! Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/HMCBBC/ to join.

PRAYER REQUESTS

We are hiring a new part-time pastor. Please be praying for the team responsible for going through applications. Pray for wisdom and discernment as they listen to God’s direction.

Warming Centre. Please continue to pray for our HMC Warming Centre which will be open every Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. Pray for our visitors and volunteers as we work together to build a welcoming place full of trust and hope.

OPPORTUNITIES

Rocky Mountain College is offering a FREE introduction to the Bible course. The BBL100 course is designed to help you explore your faith more and understand the background and inspiration of the Bible, its history and composition, the overarching themes and message. Learn more and sign up by going to rockymountaincollege.ca. Select ‘Courses’ ➙ ‘Introduction to the Bible for FREE’.

Contribute to the HMC Warming Centre Pantry! Drop off canned or dried goods to the box outside the main office and it will be distributed to those who need it during our Thursday Warming Centre.

MISSIONS

The Beals family is going on a short-term mission trip to Puerto Maldonado, Peru. Lisa, Mike, Alan, and Sam will be leaving on March 28 and spending eleven days helping the people of Peru. Their main purpose is to help lead a VBS program.

WAYS YOU CAN BLESS THEM ON THIS MISSION:

  • Please pray for the family as they travel and spread God’s love to the people of Peru
  • Help them collect the school supplies they need to help with the VBS program (see below)
  • Offer financial support.

If you would like to help with the cost of the mission, please send your donation designated “Alan and Samantha Beals Peru Trip” to:

Missionary Ventures
201b-727 Woolwich St.
Guelph, ON N1H 3Z2

School Supplies Needed:

  • 10 boxes of 50 crayons
  • 8 pairs of scissors,
  • 5 packs of pencils
  • 5 pencil sharpeners
  • 5 erasers
  • 3 packs of construction paper
  • 3 containers of white glue
  • hair accessories for girls
  • hot wheel cars for boys

See the sign up list in the foyer. These items can be deposited in the designated box until Sunday, March 24.

Thank you for your support!