Pastor's Corner


September 4, 2020

Grace and Peace to you!

I want to thank those who participated in the "Meet the Pastor Listening Sessions" in July and August via zoom or by providing me written answers to the questions I posed. I enjoyed getting to know you, answering your questions, and hearing about God's work in your lives, in the church, and in the community, as well as your hopes and dreams for Hopewell UMC.

Several of you told me you wanted to wait until we could meet more safely in person. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person in small groups in the church parking lot, in the church basement, on your back porch, or in your front yard. I can connect you to a small group or you can create your own. To promote safety and ensure there is ample time to listen to everyone, groups of 4-8 persons are ideal (10 max). I will be asking the same 6 questions at every meeting (see below). You are also welcomed to ask me questions too. I anticipate meetings will last about 1- 1¼ hours. I am generally available Sundays, Tuesday afternoons, and Thursday mornings and afternoons. Please call or text me at 614-561-3471 or email me at pastorwendyhs@gmail.com or talk with me on Sunday morning to schedule a time to meet with you.

If you are not comfortable meeting in person, I am happy to meet online or via conference call, or you can write out your responses and give them to me on Sunday morning or mail or email them to me. I would love to hear from everyone! Parents---children and youth are welcome too.


I ask that you spend time in prayer with these questions:

1. What does Hopewell UMC do well?

2. What is the biggest challenge or opportunity facing Hopewell UMC in the next 12-24 months?

3. If you had a magic wand and could perform a midsize miracle for this church, what would it be?

4. How has this church helped you grow spiritually—or how do you wish it would?

5. What would need to exist in this church so that you would want to invite a guest (or more guests) to come with you to Hopewell UMC?

6. What are you curious about that you wish the church would address? Or, fill in the blank, "I wonder what the UMC and/or the Bible says about ________."


With gratitude,

Pastor Wendy


July 16, 2020

Grace and Peace to you!

Last week's sermon, "Becoming Receptive," centered on the parable of the soils (Matthew 13:1-9). Through the parable of the soils, Jesus reminds us that we are continually being invited into the Kingdom of God and that our receptivity is related to the condition of the soil of our hearts, minds, and souls. Jesus tells of an astonishingly abundant harvest.

I share your hope of seeing a harvest of growth at Hopewell UMC as measured by attendance, baptisms, serving, praying, giving, and witnessing. I am excited to be your pastor, to lead and try new things with you. As a starting point, I would like to get to know you and invite you to engage in a process of assessing our soil. I am not digging for deficiencies. My goals are to see more clearly where there is richness, to learn more about where you have experienced growth recently, and to hear where the Spirit is stirring and planting seeds.

I am inviting you to attend a "Meet the Pastor Listening Session." To start, I will be conducting sessions online via google meet. To join with voice and video, you will need a computer, smart phone, tablet, i-pad or other electronic device with a camera and speaker. I am delaying offering sessions in-person due to rising spread of covid-19. Please let me know if you prefer to wait to attend a Meet the Pastor Listening Session in person. To ensure there is ample time to listen to everyone, I will be limiting in size to 10 people per session. I will be asking the same 6 questions at every session. I anticipate sessions will last about 1- 1 1/4 hours. I ask that you spend time in prayer with these questions:

1. What does Hopewell UMC do well?

2. What is the biggest challenge or opportunity facing Hopewell UMC in the next 12-24 months?

3. If you had a magic wand and could perform a midsize miracle for this church, what would it be?

4. How has this church helped you grow spiritually-or how do you wish it would?

5. What would need to exist in this church so that you would want to invite a guest (or more guests) to come with you to Hopewell UMC?

6. What are you curious about that you wish the church would address? Or, fill in the blank, "I wonder what the UMC and/or the Bible says about ________."

Days & Times for meetings held online:

Sunday, June 26, 7:00pm

Sunday, Aug. 3, 7:00pm

Tuesday, July 28, 4:30 pm

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 10:00 am

Thursday, July 30, 9am

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2:00pm

If you prefer to wait to meet in person, please let me know the times you are usually available to meet on a Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday.

All are invited to attend! Please RSVP to pastorwendyhs@gmail.com or by texting or leaving a message at 614-561-3471.

With gratitude,

Pastor Wendy


July 3, 2020

Hello!

I look forward to worshipping with you Sunday morning! This week we will celebrate Holy Communion. Attached is the bulletin for this week.

Please email me joys and concerns and I will add them to the bulletin. If you have a joy or concern that you only want shared with me, please let me know that too!

Have a safe and joy-filled 4th of July!

Peace,

Pastor Wendy



Bulletin July 5, 2020


June 25, 2020

Hello!

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday morning! Attached is the bulletin for this week. My goal is for you to receive the bulletin on Thursdays. Please email me joys and concerns throughout the week and I will add them to the bulletin.

Please continue to keep Niesel and her family in your prayers. Kim expects that Niesel will pass before the day is over. Niesel is very comfortable and amazingly no drugs have been necessary. God is preparing to receive her. Kim asks that you pray for God's will to be done.

Peace,

Pastor Wendy



Bulletin June 28, 2020


June 24, 2020

Grace and Peace to you!

I am Rev. Wendy Hansen-Smith, but please, call me Pastor Wendy. My family and I are looking forward to becoming a part of the Hopewell UMC community. The past 4 years, I have served as Associate Pastor at North Broadway UMC in Columbus. I was ordained elder in 2019 and am a 2016 graduate of Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Prior to attending seminary, I had a career in human services management and was a member of North Broadway UMC.


I grew up in a farming community in Illinois. My husband Ed grew up in Pennsylvania. Ed and I met while doing mission work with the Appalachia Service Project in Tennessee. We were married in Kentucky and have now lived in Columbus for 20 years. We have two daughters. Ama is 13 and will be in the 8th grade at Marburn Academy in New Albany. Ama is very creative and loves to paint, draw, cook, sing, play sports, and listen to books. Olive is 8 and will be in the 4th grade at Ecole Kenwood Elementary, a French emersion school in Columbus. Olive loves stuffed animals, dancing, playing with friends, and riding on her tree swing.


Ed is a Senior Lecturer in physics at The Ohio State University in Newark. Ed enjoys running, reading, and playing the guitar. My favorite hobby is gardening. Together, we enjoy biking, canoeing, camping, and spending time outdoors.

I will be serving in a half-time appointment with you and half-time as the Executive Director of New Life Community Outreach (NLCO), a UMC District Mission Center located at the Short North Church in Columbus. NLCO provides food, clothing, healthcare, spiritual care, and access to legal assistance. Sunday mornings I will be serving with NLCO before coming to Hopewell. Mondays and Wednesdays, I will be there. Tuesdays and Thursdays, I will focus on Hopewell and will be available to meet with you by appointment. Friday will be my Sabbath day and Saturday my day off.


We look forward to meeting you this Sunday!


Pastor Wendy


Pastor Wendy

June 22, 2020

Neisel had a stroke this morning. Please keep Neisel and family in your prayers that God's will to be done. Pastor Wendy, can be reached by email: pastorwendyhs@gmail.com and phone 614-561-3471.


Thank you all for the good send off yesterday. The 10 horn honk salute was great! Blessings to you all!

Pastor Barb


June 18, 2020

James 5:16

16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.


Do have prayer concerns and joys that we can pray for? I need them by tomorrow so I may send out the bulletin early on Saturday. Thank you.

Blessings!

Pastor Barb


Stanley is asking for us to remember his daughter, Danetta. She has been hospitalized with COVID-19.


June 15, 2020

This Sunday, June 21st will be my last worship as your pastor at Hopewell UMC. You all have become family and have loved us well. My family and I are very thankful for the love, friendship, vision and ministry we have all shared together. ?Last week, Ron DeLucia, Steve Harshman, John Metcalf, and Rojer Moody came and planted a flowering Red Horse Chestnut tree in our yard as a living giving gift from Hopewell. Thank you so very much, it is beautiful!


Flowering Red Horse Chestnut Tree

Pastor Wendy Hansen-Smith is the new Pastor at Hopewell United Methodist Church. She comes from North Broadway United Methodist Church and New Life Breakfast program. Pastor Wendy will be 1/2 time at Hopewell and 1/2 time as director of the New Life Breakfast program. She lives in Columbus with her husband Ed Smith and their daughters Ama and Olive. Her first Sunday will be June 28th.


I know you will love Pastor Wendy and her family as you have loved us. Blessings on this new part of the journey.

Love to all,

Pastor Barb


Pastor Wendy Hansen-Smith

Pastor Wendy Hansen-Smith