Genesis 18 — February 16, 2020

Genesis 18 The Message (MSG)

18 1-2 God appeared to Abraham at the Oaks of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance of his tent. It was the hottest part of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing. He ran from his tent to greet them and bowed before them.

3-5 He said, “Master, if it please you, stop for a while with your servant. I’ll get some water so you can wash your feet. Rest under this tree. I’ll get some food to refresh you on your way, since your travels have brought you across my path.”

They said, “Certainly. Go ahead.”

Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. He said, “Hurry. Get three cups of our best flour; knead it and make bread.”

7-8 Then Abraham ran to the cattle pen and picked out a nice plump calf and gave it to the servant who lost no time getting it ready. Then he got curds and milk, brought them with the calf that had been roasted, set the meal before the men, and stood there under the tree while they ate.

The men said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?”

He said, “In the tent.”

10 One of them said, “I’m coming back about this time next year. When I arrive, your wife Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was listening at the tent opening, just behind the man.

11-12 Abraham and Sarah were old by this time, very old. Sarah was far past the age for having babies. Sarah laughed within herself, “An old woman like me? Get pregnant? With this old man of a husband?”

13-14 God said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh saying, ‘Me? Have a baby? An old woman like me?’ Is anything too hard for God? I’ll be back about this time next year and Sarah will have a baby.”

15 Sarah lied. She said, “I didn’t laugh,” because she was afraid.

But he said, “Yes you did; you laughed.”

16 When the men got up to leave, they set off for Sodom. Abraham walked with them to say good-bye.

17-19 Then God said, “Shall I keep back from Abraham what I’m about to do? Abraham is going to become a large and strong nation; all the nations of the world are going to find themselves blessed through him. Yes, I’ve settled on him as the one to train his children and future family to observe God’s way of life, live kindly and generously and fairly, so that God can complete in Abraham what he promised him.”

20-21 God continued, “The cries of the victims in Sodom and Gomorrah are deafening; the sin of those cities is immense. I’m going down to see for myself, see if what they’re doing is as bad as it sounds. Then I’ll know.”

22 The men set out for Sodom, but Abraham stood in God’s path, blocking his way.

23-25 Abraham confronted him, “Are you serious? Are you planning on getting rid of the good people right along with the bad? What if there are fifty decent people left in the city; will you lump the good with the bad and get rid of the lot? Wouldn’t you spare the city for the sake of those fifty innocents? I can’t believe you’d do that, kill off the good and the bad alike as if there were no difference between them. Doesn’t the Judge of all the Earth judge with justice?”

26 God said, “If I find fifty decent people in the city of Sodom, I’ll spare the place just for them.”

27-28 Abraham came back, “Do I, a mere mortal made from a handful of dirt, dare open my mouth again to my Master? What if the fifty fall short by five—would you destroy the city because of those missing five?”

He said, “I won’t destroy it if there are forty-five.”

29 Abraham spoke up again, “What if you only find forty?”

“Neither will I destroy it if for forty.”

30 He said, “Master, don’t be irritated with me, but what if only thirty are found?”

“No, I won’t do it if I find thirty.”

31 He pushed on, “I know I’m trying your patience, Master, but how about for twenty?”

“I won’t destroy it for twenty.”

32 He wouldn’t quit, “Don’t get angry, Master—this is the last time. What if you only come up with ten?”

“For the sake of only ten, I won’t destroy the city.”

33 When God finished talking with Abraham, he left. And Abraham went home.The Message (MSG)

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Bulletin — November 17, 2019

HMC EVENTS

Our HMC AGM & Potluck is on Sunday, November 24 after the service. Please bring along a main course dish to share & plan to stay for the meeting to learn what’s going on in the life of our church. Members and non-members alike are invited to attend. Please pick up a booklet today and read through the reports. Any questions can be sent to Karen Schmalz, MC Chairperson chairperson@hanovermissionary.com

Jr/Sr Youth Shopping Trip to purchase items for Christmas. stockings is on Friday, November 29. Every year, our youth deliver stockings to those stuck in the hospital over the Christmas season. Forms are available at the Welcome Centre, or download one here.

Please join us for the Christmas Basket Making Night on Wednesday, December 4 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Help us put together baskets to be delivered to families from the Saugeen First Nation.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Our Condolences to Paul and Elaine Nelson on the passing of their granddaughter, Lori. Please pray for the family as they grieve.

Please continue to keep Sue McDougall and family in your prayers. She has been diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma and is currently undergoing chemo treatments.

Please pray for our Warming Centre as it continues this week. Pray for the volunteers and for the people who will frequent it.


The snow is here and we will be keeping our eyes on the road. If the Hanover buses are cancelled, mid-week ministries (mid-week meal & sr youth) are also cancelled. We will do our best to list any ministry cancellations on our Facebook page as well as the website home page.

BRANCHING OUT

Operation Christmas Child boxes should be back by now. Thank you to everyone who participated! If you forgot your box at home, check the schedule on the poster that’s posted at our front doors for times you can drop off your box at the collection centre in our portable.

Our Warming Centre is up and running every Thursday from noon to 2:00, providing a place for those in need of warmth and company to enjoy a hot bowl of soup and friendly conversation. We are accepting donations of non-perishable food items that can be handed out to those who attend. These items can be dropped off at the hutch in the foyer that is labelled HMC Pantry. Also needed are donations of bars of soap and small bottles of shampoo, as well as knitted goods. If you’d like to volunteer for this great ministry opportunity, whether it’s to hang out with our guests, to serve or clean up, or to make soup, please connect with Marcia Burt. There is a soup sign up at the Welcome Centre.

Hanover Heights is looking for donations of small hats, socks, and gloves/mittens that can be distributed to children who don’t have the necessary means to stay warm. These items can be dropped off at the pantry cupboard in the foyer.

OPPORTUNITIES

Do you love to bake? If you’re interested in helping to provide desserts for our MIDWEEK MEAL, please connect with Pastor Kristina.

We are still looking for volunteers to fill a few gaps. If you’d be willing to serve on the usher team, or if hospitality is something near and dear to your heart, please talk with Pastor Kristina.

Are you interested in helping us fill our freezer? We’d love to have a selection of home cooked meals we can hand out as blessings. Please connect with Pastor Lyndsay if you can help.


Congratulations to Klaas and Marie Inthof who are celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary!

Bulletin — November 10, 2019

HMC EVENTS

Young at Heart will gather again on Thursday, Nov 14 at 11:00 a.m. Come and hear the Sonnenberg’s in concert. Nelles is in the foyer with tickets ($17) for the hot luncheon. A freewill offering will be collected

Our HMC AGM & Potluck is on Sunday, November 24 after the service. Please bring along a main course dish to share & plan to stay for the meeting to learn what’s going on in the life of our church. Members and non-members alike are invited to attend. Please pick up a booklet today and read through the reports. Any questions can be sent to Karen Schmalz, Ministry Council Chairperson chairperson@hanovermissionary.com


The snow is here and we will be keeping our eyes on the road. If the Hanover buses are cancelled, mid-week ministries (mid-week meal & senior youth) are also cancelled. We will do our best to list any ministry cancellations on our Facebook page as well as the website home page.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Our Condolences to Muriel Fleming on the passing of her sister, Merla Hooper. Please pray for the family as they grieve together.

Please continue to keep Sue McDougall and family in your prayers. She has been diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma and is currently undergoing chemo treatments.

Please pray for Pastor Dave and family as they enjoy time away together. Pray for safe travels and that their time would be refreshing.

Please pray for our Warming Centre as it continues this week. Pray for the volunteers and for the people who will frequent it.

OTHER EVENTS

Lawson’s Christian Supplies will be available on Saturday, November 23 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Hanover Salvation Army Church. A great opportunity for Christmas shopping.

BRANCHING OUT

Operation Christmas Child is here! Boxes are available today and must be returned by November 17. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.

Our Warming Centre will be up and running on Thursday, November 7, providing a place for those in need of warmth and company to enjoy a hot bowl of soup and friendly conversation. We are accepting donations of non-perishable food items that can be handed out to those who attend. These items can be dropped off at the hutch in the foyer that is labelled HMC Pantry. Also needed are donations of bars of soap and small bottles of shampoo, as well as knitted goods. If you’d like to volunteer for this great ministry opportunity, whether it’s to hang out with our guests, to serve or clean up, or to make soup, please connect with Marcia Burt. There is a soup sign up at the Welcome Centre.

Hanover Heights is looking for donations of small hats, socks, and gloves/mittens that can be distributed to children who don’t have the necessary means to stay warm. These items can be dropped off at the pantry cupboard in the foyer.

OPPORTUNITIES

Do you love to bake? If you’re interested in helping to provide desserts for our MIDWEEK MEAL, please connect with Pastor Kristina.

We are still looking for volunteers to fill a few gaps. If you’d be willing to serve on the usher team, or if hospitality is something near and dear to your heart, please talk with Pastor Kristina.

Are you interested in helping us fill our freezer? We’d love to have a selection of home cooked meals we can hand out as blessings. Please connect with Pastor Lyndsay if you can help.


Thank you to Frances and Elaine Winger for your many years of service to the ministries of HMC. We wish you well as you relocate. You will be missed.

Bulletin — October 20, 2019

HMC EVENTS

We’re bringing back Building Connections! Stick around after the service next week (Sunday, October 27) for great conversation and an opportunity to meet new people around a plate of treats. Please bring along some finger foods to share, sweet or savoury, whatever you fancy!

Our HMC AGM & Potluck will be on Sunday, November 24 after the service. Please bring along a main course dish to share & plan to stay for the meeting to learn what’s going on in the life of our church. Members and non-members alike are invited to attend.

OPPORTUNITIES

We are collecting boxed candy that will be included in treat bags to be handed out during our Halloween Drop By Parties. Please bring your donations in by Friday, October 25

Do you love to bake? If you’re interested in helping to provide desserts for our MIDWEEK MEAL, please connect with Pastor Kristina.

We are looking for volunteers to fill a few gaps. If you’d be willing to serve on the usher team, or if hospitality is something near and dear to your heart, please talk with Pastor Kristina.

Are you interested in helping us fill our freezer? We’d love to have a selection of home cooked meals we can hand out as blessings. Please connect with Pastor Lyndsay if you can help.

Branching Out

HMC is on the Hanover Trick or Treat Trail and it’s a great way to be involved in our community. We will be handing out candy and having activities just outside our front doors from 3 p.m. until dark on October 31. We’re also championing Halloween Drop-By Parties. If you’d like to serve in your neighbourhood by giving out cups of hot chocolate and goodies bags provided by the church, please connect with Pastor Amos.

Operation Christmas Child is coming soon! Boxes will be available on November 3 and must be returned by November 17. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.

Our Warming Centre will be up and running on Thursday, November 7, providing a place for those in need of warmth and company to enjoy a hot bowl of soup and friendly conversation. We are accepting donations of non-perishable food items that can be handed out to those who attend. These items can be dropped off at the hutch in the foyer that is labelled HMC Pantry. Also needed are donations of bars of soap and small bottles of shampoo, as well as knitted goods. If you’d like to volunteer for this great ministry opportunity, whether it’s to hang out with our guests, to serve or clean up, or to make soup, please connect with Marcia Burt. There is a soup sign up at the Welcome Centre.

Hanover Heights is looking for donations of small hats, socks, and gloves/mittens that can be distributed to children who don’t have the necessary means to stay warm. These items can be dropped off at the pantry cupboard in the foyer.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please continue to keep Sue McDougall and family in your prayers as she is facing some health concerns.

Bulletin — September 22, 2019

HMC EVENTS

Sunday’s Second Breakfast is for our U18’s – JK-Grade 12. Come downstairs when you’re dismissed during the opening worship set to learn what it’s all about.

Senior Youth IKEA Trip. Pastor Amos will be taking our youth on a shopping trip, September 27, to purchase things needed for our soon-to-be-completed U18 space. Forms available at the Welcome Centre or register online.

the Midweek Meal will begin on Wednesday, October 2 with a Welcome Back Pizza & Pop supper. This is a reimagining of our Midweek ministry and is for the entire family. A hot, homemade meal will be served, ($10/meal/family – a family is any combination of 2+ people up to a maximum of 8) children and youth will be able to sign up for targeted choose-your-own-adventure clubs that focus on something they’re passionate about or interested in, and adults will be able to enjoy the company of one another over dessert and conversation. Registration and payment deadline is October 2. Visit our website to register online.

Our HMC AGM & Potluck will be on Sunday, November 24 after the service. Please bring along a main course dish to share & plan to stay for the meeting to learn what’s going on in the life of our church.


You’ve ask, and we’ve listened! We now have app-based giving! Send us your tithe from your smart phone or desktop computer. Follow the link from our homepage, go to get.tithe.ly and sign up, or download the tithe.ly app from the app store.

  • Download the tithe.ly (finance) app.
  • Create an account.
  • Verify email.
  • Login & find church: HANOVER MISSIONARY CHURCH
  • Click ‘GIVE NOW’.
  • You will jump to the tithe.ly web browser.
  • Enter PAYMENT options (DEBIT/VISA) and ADD CARD.
  • Enter $ amount of your gift and click the ‘Cover Fees’ box to ensure your full donation goes to HMC
  • Designate to the account of your choosing (Budget Offering is the general fund)
  • CLICK GIVE.

OTHER EVENTS

Raise a Hallelujah Worship Event in the barn at Saugeen Spring RV Park (173844 Mulock Road) on Saturday, September 28 from 1:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Women’s Workshop on Biblical Exposition on Wednesday, October 2 from 12:00-4:30 p.m. at the Connection Centre at Ethnos Canada in Durham. Do you desire to learn skills that will help you study the Word of God and apply its truth to your life well? Come and be refreshed in the Word as you learn some of the fundamental principles for studying and teaching the Bible with other women. To ask questions or RSVP, please contact Lauren Ducommun at laurenducommun@ethnos.ca.

OASIS Fall Rally on October 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chesley Community Church (307 1st Ave, Chesley). Come and hear the Sonlit Quartet in concert, singing traditional southern gospel music since 2006, and speaker Lillian Culham who will share about overcoming personal trials with a positive joyful spirit. A freewill offering will be taken for the concert and the OASIS projects. Lunch will follow for $12. For reservations, please speak with a Young at Heart leader.

LOVE | Malachi: Return to Me — Sermon Video

Malachi 1 New International Version (NIV)

1 A prophecy: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.[a]

Israel Doubts God’s Love

“I have loved you,” says the Lord.

“But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’

“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.”

Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.”

But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord. You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord—even beyond the borders of Israel!’

Breaking Covenant Through Blemished Sacrifices

“A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.

“It is you priests who show contempt for my name.

“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’

“By offering defiled food on my altar.

“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’

“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.

“Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty.

10 “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands. 11 My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty.

12 “But you profane it by saying, ‘The Lord’s table is defiled,’ and, ‘Its food is contemptible.’ 13 And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at it contemptuously,” says the Lord Almighty.

“When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord. 14 “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.

Footnotes:

  1. Malachi 1:1 Malachi means my messenger.

New International Version (NIV)

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Bulletin — July 7, 2019

HMC EVENTS

Get your children signed up for Summer Slam! Running from August 19-23 (from 9 a,m. until noon) this free day camp program is an awesome opportunity for your 5-12 year old to learn, grow, and build relationships. Forms are available outside the main office. They are also available for download online.

Worship in the Barn/Worship on the Farm – We’re planning two casual summer gatherings and hope you’ll be able to join in. Come to the Rusnak’s on Sunday, July 28 at 6:45 p.m. for some worship in the barn followed by a campfire. And join us at the DeVisser’s on August 25 at 6:45 for another time of worship and campfire. Bring camp chairs, roasting sticks, snacks, and drinks.

DATE CHANGE NOTICE: We’re switching up our Party in the Park. and changing it to an Old Fashioned Church Picnic at Carrick Camp! Join us on Sunday, September 8 for a classic camp meeting service at 10:00 a.m. followed by a BBQ picnic lunch. Meat and drinks will be provided. Please bring along a salad and/or dessert to share as well as your lawn chairs and lawn games. If you would like to be baptized during this event, please connect with a pastor.

OTHER EVENTS

Enjoy some music at Carrick Camp tonight. Come out at 7:00 p.m. to see Grace Notes Gospel Ensemble in concert. See the schedule posted in the foyer for all the upcoming events at the camp, including the Senior’s Luncheon on Tuesday, July 16 at noon.

Heroes for Hire, VBS at Carrick Camp running Monday, July 8-Friday July 12 from 9-noon. To register, contact Barb Foerster 519-799-5571 or 519-270-1703 (cell).

Come & Go 100th Birthday Tea Party for Kaye Hallman at Rockwood Terrace in Durham on Sunday, July 28 from 2-4 p.m. Best wishes only.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for Don Herman who is in Owen Sound Hospital recovering after a stroke. Please also pray for his wife, Vi, who is at home alone during this time.

Please pray for Dianne Dippel as she recovers from surgery. Pray for rest and healing.

#SUMMERWITHJEMMA

Our summer interns, Emma & Jenna, are busy getting things organized. All U18s (K-12) are invited to join with them on Sunday mornings as they take a journey through the book of Malachi. Watch for online updates under the fun hashtag #summerwithjemma.

Solid or Sinkhole? — Sermon Video

Matthew 7:24-27 New International Version (NIV)

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Key Question:

Are you building for the long haul?

Premise: A spiritual life built up without eternity in focus lacks the strength and structure to last for the long haul.

Know Jesus, understand His message, and do what it says. (vs 24, James 1:22)

i. It isn’t about what you do.

ii. Jesus gives your life a solid foundation.

The storms will come. Are you ready?

i. Don’t underestimate the power of the storm

ii. Don’t underestimate the strength of your Lord 

Are you building your life on Jesus?