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.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and
Thank you all for the good send off yesterday. The 10 horn honk salute was great! Blessings to you all!
June 18, 2020
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.
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!
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
Love to all,
Pastor Wendy Hansen-Smith
June 12, 2020
Do you have any joys or concerns? I am preparing the bulletin for Sunday and would like to put them on the list.
Today, I am sharing with you some John Wesley. John Wesley's 18th-century manifesto could have been written
today. This list, based on his writings and on display at the Wesley museum attached to the New Room Methodist
Chapel in Bristol, England couldn't be more relevant for 2020.
June 10, 2020
I am sharing these 8 important mini lessons from Jesus as found in Luke chapter 12. Blessings to you all!
Sunday we honor our 2020 Graduates and Hopewell Scholarship Recipients. This class of 2020
has experienced a very different graduation season. I recently saw a quote that resonated with
me that said "Optimism is the foundation of courage" - Nicholas M. Butler.
While we all sympathize with the missed traditions and special moments that usually come for
seniors, we can also be proud of how so many in our communities creatively provided alternate
opportunities to honor and celebrate the graduate's accomplishments. In doing so these actions
demonstrated to our young adults that even though life's journey will have struggles and hard
times we can always rise above and work together for good, and in doing so it makes us
As Christians our faith takes this even a step further. We can be confident in knowing that Jesus
is with us always we are never alone. In the new testament James tells us "Dear brothers and
sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is
tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So, let it grow, for when your endurance is fully
developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything." James I 1:2-4
I am excited to see what the future holds for our graduates and college students and pray that
they always know God is with them and will guide them on their journey.
The funds for the scholarship awards come from donations in memory of loved ones who you
will find listed on the insert in the bulletin insert on Sunday. There are a total of 147 names to date.
The Hopewell Scholarship Fund and Committee was created in 1998 and since then we have
given a total of 81 scholarships and a total of $185,950.00. This year we have three Hopewell scholarship
recipients. Three years ago we began a new tradition of giving a scholarship to a student in our community.
This year we selected from a group of 6 applicants and awarded the scholarship to a student from Groveport
Madison High School.
Lastly, I want to take a moment to thank the members of the Scholarship Committee, John, Marla, Tod, Gail,
and Pastor Barb for taking their time to serve on this committee. Also, thank you to June for keeping track of
the honorees and amounts contributed each year.
June 4, 2020
I am sharing this, that was written by Laurel LaFrance, because it helped me understand about the phrase,
"Black Lives Matters."
"I used the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' in a social media post earlier this week. As happens each time I use
the phrase, someone asks, 'Why not just say "all lives matter?'" Here is my quick response: When one of my four kids
got hurt, it didn't seem to make sense to say to them, 'All my kids matter.' In that moment, I embraced them and
said, 'You matter. Your pain matters. Your healing and return to health matters.' That doesn’t diminish my love for
my other kids. It expands my capacity to love as I live with another person's pain.
Jesus did the same thing in his ministry. He didn't say, 'all people matter.' He went to those who were hurting,
who'd been denied a place at the table, who had been cast out of community and said 'You Matter.' Samaritans
matter. Women matter. Tax collectors matter. Lepers matter. Did that mean he loved other people less? By no means.
His life and ministry expanded the vision and capacity of his followers to love as they broke down the religious
and cultural walls that had long divided people." ~author: Kai Nilsen
(Artwork credited to: @davidhayward of nakedpastor on Facebook.)
June 4, 2020
Friends we will not be able to get prayer request on Sunday morning. So I need you to share your prayer
request between now and Saturday. Tomorrow I will share with you the hymns and the call to worship. Communion
will be done without the litany from the hymnal, the elements will be blessed and then partaken. May we come
to this worship in an attitude of thanksgiving, praise, and grace.
June 3, 2020
Our worship on Sunday will be broadcast on 87.7 fm on your radio. It will be a new way but God is making
all things new.
After the survey and our Leadership Council meeting last night, Hopewell will be doing parking lot worship
starting June 7, at 10:30 am. The service will come through your car FM radio.
There are a few restrictions:
1. Everyone is to stay in their cars. This might change in the future but for now, stay in your car.
2. If your car window is down, wear a mask.
3. A restroom will be open but, we will have gloves for you to put on when entering the restroom. Please try
to limit restroom use.
4. Hymn lyrics and responsive readings will be sent out through email and individuals will need to print off
at home to use for worship.
5. There will be a bucket to put offering in but it will not be passed.
6. Please do not exit car to greet others. Waving is allowed
We are asking for you to come early to get you parked. This Sunday, we will try Communion. Communion elements
are prepackaged and your car will receive them as your car enters the parking lot, in social distant sort of way.
We are doing this to keep you all safe and to be faithful. We will be able to sing hymns if you stay in your
car. Again if your windows are down wear a mask. We are trying our best.
Why can't there be peace? Why can't we all get along? I then remembered the song, "Let There Be Peace On Earth
and Let It Begin With Me", so I found a Youtube of that song.
Voice's Without Borders' Children of the World in Harmony Festival took place in northern Michigan, July 12-17,
2011. The Festival Gala concluded with over 200 participants, from around the world, singing "Let There Be Peace
on Earth", while the slideshow of images from the week played behind them.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world."
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known to God.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
So my friends, Peace be with you!
May 28, 2020
One of my favorite songs that Marla plays is, "What the World Needs Now is Love." I believe that is what is
needed now. What does the Bible say about God's Unconditional Love? Discover the top Bible verses about God's
Unconditional Love from the Old and New Testaments. Read through the biblical references of God's Unconditional
Love to learn more about its meaning and significance. May you find some insight from these related scriptures.
What does the Bible say about new beginnings? New beginnings can be from a range of contexts; starting a new
job, moving to a new city, or beginning a new relationship. A new beginning could also be entering a new phase of
life with an updated outlook or belief, like becoming a Christian! The Bible offers advice and encouragement for
beginning a new chapter by providing strength and support in the word of God.
Heavenly Father, we pray before to You today to ask for wisdom and guidance in all that we do. We can only focus
on the present and the past, but only You knows the future. So plan our path for us and help make the best decision
for not only ourselves but for our family and everyone around us. We thank You for listening to our prayers, and In
Jesus Name, Amen.
Members of our congregation have been sent an email with a link to the survey. Please contact
email@example.com if you did not receive this email.
Peace be with you!
May 20, 2020
The Leadership Council met on Monday night and we talked about opening Hopewell on June 7. I will be sending out
a "Survey Monkey" tomorrow and will need for you to reply so we can do what we need to do to open. At this present
time, we must all mask and not sing inside the sanctuary. Marla will play hymns, we just can't sing. Here is a list
we are to follow. It is hard to know, the governor seems to have conflicting information. Only meet in groups of 10
or less but restaurants can open with 50% capacity. This seems incongruent. So I think this would allow us to meet
under phase 2 guidelines.
Please lift up June and Kevin in the death of Kevin's dad, Donald "Pop."
Friends may visit on Thursday from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at THE SPENCE-MILLER FUNERAL HOME
2697 Columbus St. Grove City, Ohio. A graveside funeral will follow visitation at Lithopolis Cemetery,
with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers you can donate to the Ohio Veterans Home and or The Franklin County
Humane Society. Online guestbook at
Hi all! I received a prayer request from Amy, asking we hold her bother-in-law, Pete and his family. Pete's
brother and mother have both been in and out of the hospital. Pete was sick during this time period too. Thank you.
May these scriptures be helpful for you. Blessings! Pastor Barb
I heard back about prayers and I have an unspoken request. Please hold this request in your prayers. Do you
ever struggle from low self esteem? Hope this article helps. I was also reminded of the hymn, "His Eye Is On The
Sparrow." Love you, Pastor Barb
Do you have joys or concerns? Can we pray for you? Here is a prayer of gratitude. Lifting you in prayer.
Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over
us. Thank you that you are able to bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes.
Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you that you are always with us and
will never leave us. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for
when we don't thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you've given. Help us to set our
eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you,
this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy!
In Jesus' Name,
May 11, 2020
This article was helpful for me today. Hope this gives encouragement to you.
Mother's Day can bring a mix of emotions for many women. There are those anticipating the birth of their first
child, step-moms wondering what their place is, those who have lost their mother and are faced with grieving on
Mother's Day, there are moms who encounter feelings of hurt because their children have turned from God, and those
overwhelmed with pain from the loss of a child. No matter what you face this Mother's Day, you can turn to God and
experience peace and healing through prayer.
Blessings! Pastor Barb
A Mother's Day Prayer
Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most
precious little ones. We thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank
you for the sacrifice of self each mom gives for her children. For the late nights spent rocking a colicky infant.
For the hands calloused from washing, wiping, scrubbing, mixing, backing, stirring, hugging, patting, disciplining,
holding, writing, erasing, painting, and pouring.
We thank you for the gift of time moms give for their kids, whether it's stay-at-home moms, working moms, and moms
who have some combination of the two. We thank you for the flexibility of moms, for their tirelessness, their
perseverance, and their devotion.
We pray you give each mom strength. Help her to see in every mundane task the eternal, cosmic significance that you
place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening anonymously
in her home. Help her to forgive those who undermine her significance.
We especially pray for single moms, who must lean solely on you for the fathering of their children. We thank you
that you're big arms surround children who may never know their earthly father. We also pray for mother who never had
the honor of bearing children, but whose nurturing extends to the many poor and needy who crass the threshold of their
We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source
of spiritual and physical strength. We pray that the same grace that flowed from Father to Son to us in salvation will
flow from mothers to their children. We pray that each mother rejects perfectionism and instead embraces the goodness
of the gospel. We pray the rhythms of repentance and forgiveness shape every home.
Lord, give each mother a worshipful reverence of you, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Help each mother to rest in
the knowledge that they are but stewards of your children and that only your Spirit can produce change into the hearts
of each boy and girl. May each mother find rest in you.
Most of all, Lord, on this day in which we honor mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us,
who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you, who formed
and knitted each of us in a mother's womb. Amen. - Daniel Darling
May 8, 2020
Today I am sharing with you the Fruits of the Spirit. Just a good reminder of the characteristics of a Christian
life. Which ones come easy for you? Which ones do you need help with? Blessings, Pastor Barb
The fruit of the Spirit, found in Galatians 5:22-23, is made up of the following nine qualities or gifts: love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Fruit of the Spirit list:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but
rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres"
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV).
"And above all things have fervent love for one another, for 'love will cover a multitude of sins'" (1 Peter 4:8).
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice" (Philippians 4:4)!
"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ
Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power
of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13).
"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You" (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV).
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in
Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful"
"Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the
man who carries out wicked schemes" (Psalm 37:7).
"Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus"
(Revelation 14:12, NKJV).
"The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any
to perish but for all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you"
"Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves" (Proverbs 11:17, NIV).
"Love is patient, love is kind..." (1 Corinthians 13:4).
"Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of
the LORD forever" (Psalm 23:6).
"Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom"
"Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to Your lovingkindness remember me, for Your
goodness' sake, O LORD" (Psalm 25:7).
"A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished"
"For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).
"Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man" (Proverbs 20:6, NKJV)?
"Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near" (Philippians 4:5, NIV).
"...to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men" (Titus 3:2).
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1).
"Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit" (Proverbs 25:28).
"He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city"
"The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer"
(1 Peter 4:7).
May 6, 2020
This week's sermon is around the scripture of John 14, "In my Father's House there are many rooms and I go to
prepare a place for you." This started me thinking about homes and what the scriptures say about homes. Here are
just a few that I found. I am thankful for my home and the home I was raised in. Think about the ways you are
thankful for your home and the home Jesus prepares for us.
The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous will stand.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
Great wealth is in the house of the righteous,
But trouble is in the income of the wicked.
By wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
And by knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
2 Samuel 6:11
Thus the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the Lord blessed
Obed-edom and all his household.
1 Chronicles 13:14
Thus the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months; and the Lord blessed the
family of Obed-edom with all that he had.
The bird also has found a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God.
Where the birds build their nests,
And the stork, whose home is the fir trees.
The high mountains are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim.
The shephanim are not mighty people,
Yet they make their houses in the rocks;
The locusts have no king,
Yet all of them go out in ranks;
The lizard you may grasp with the hands,
Yet it is in kings' palaces.
And Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere
to lay His head."
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She
had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with
all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all
the serving alone? Then tell her to help me."
It happened that when He went into the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread,
they were watching Him closely.
As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany
Him. And He did not let him, but He *said to him, "Go home to your people and report to them what great things the
Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you." And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great
things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.
But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away,
saying, "Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you." So he went away, proclaiming
throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that
city. As you enter the house, give it your greeting. If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if
it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace.
And He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town. Any place that does not receive
you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against
Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city. And as for those who do not receive you, as you go
out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them."
Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house.' If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on
him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking what they give you; for the laborer
is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name's sake,
will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.
Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or
children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the
present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the
age to come, eternal life.
And He said to them, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or
children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to
come, eternal life."
1 Corinthians 4:11
To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are
Mother's Day will be this Sunday, so I looked up about the scriptures and mothers. I was blessed to have a
mother with great faith and one who shared her faith with her family and many others. Hope you enjoy these.
Blessings Always! Pastor Barb
What Does The Bible Say About Mothers Day?
The Bible consistently asks followers to honor and love their mothers. Examples of this can be seen in
Exodus 20:12, "Honor your father and your mother," and Leviticus 19:3, "Every one of you shall revere his mother
and his father."
While Mother's Day is a relative new holiday in modern history, versions of similar holidays have existed through
the centuries. The Bible does not directly address the holiday of a Mother's Day in its verses, but often addresses
the celebration of motherhood and mothers, such as in the following passages. For our top picks of the best Mother's
Day Bible verses, look to the sections below.
Bible Verses For Mothers Day Cards
The following Bible verses make perfect additions to any Mother's Day card. Use them as is or add your own special
message for a card your mother is sure to love.
- "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own
way, it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all
things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
- "Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice." - Proverbs 23:22-25
- "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control; against such things there is no law." - Galatians 5:22-23
Mothers Day Scripture And Mothers Day Quotes From The Bible
Use these Mother's Day quotes from the bible in conjunction with our Mother's Day Quotes for the perfect message
to share with your Mom.
- "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is
giving you." - Exodus 20:12
- "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 'Many women have done
excellently, but you surpass them all.'" - Proverbs 31:28-31
- "Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father." - Leviticus 19:3
- "The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living." - Genesis 3:20
Bible Quotes About Mothers
The following Bible Quotes about Mothers make excellent additions to flowers and chocolate. Or, if you want to make
something special, add them to a Mother's Day photo book gift.
- "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and
the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of
idleness." - Proverbs 31:25-28
- "And Mary said, 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the
humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.'" - Luke 1:46-48
- "A gracious woman gets honor..." - Proverbs 11:16
- "Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland
for your head and pendants for your neck." - Proverbs 1:8-9
- "Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest
they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's
children..." - Deuteronomy 4:9
- "When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother,
Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her
unto his own home." - John 19:26-27
Bible Verse Mother's Love
These Bible verses are all about Mother's love. That means you can easily turn them into special cards to accompany
your DIY Mother's Day gifts or to place on top of her breakfast in bed.
- "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem." - Isaiah 66:13
- "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." - 1 Peter 4:8
- "And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart." - Luke 2:51
- "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." - 3 John 1:4
- "So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." - 1 Corinthians 13:13
- "Then the mother of the child said, 'As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.' So he
arose and followed her." - 2 Kings 4:30
May 2, 2020
Today I am sharing some wonderful quotes to live by. Blessings! Pastor Barb
When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens:
ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul! Rabbi Harold
God is to me that creative force, behind and in the universe, who manifests Himself as energy, as life, as
order, as beauty, as thought, as conscience, as love. Henry Sloane Coffin
That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the
incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God. Albert Einstein
And I have felt...a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things. William Wordsworth
There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though
everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles... Walt Whitman
Open your eyes and the whole world is full of God. Jakob Bohme
The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome,
indescribably magnificent world in itself. Henry Miller
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour. William Blake
The whole of life lies in the verb seeing. Teilhard de Chardin
May 1, 2020
Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. Is. 40:31a
But waiting is not my strong suit. I found this devotion written by Linda Green. Linda Green is the director
of women's ministries at The Orchard in Arlington Heights, Ill.
She blogs at Chosen and Called.
I know this might seem childish but, I found this to be helpful. Remember Matthew 18:3 And he said: "Truly I
tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Have a
blessed day. Love you all, Pastor Barb
The governor just ended his daily press conferences with this song. I thought it had some great words so I am
sharing it along with 12 things faith-filled people do differently. I have been in contact with many of our
Hopewell people and no one is reporting to have had the virus! Praise Be To God! Stay well! Love you! Pastor Barb
1. Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone's burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.
2. There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, "Sometime I'll try,"
"Just Closer Walk with Thee" was one of my dad's favorite songs. Isn't that what we all should seek after
in life is just a closer walk with Jesus? I found this arrangement with Pasty Cline and Willie Nelson.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
Psalm 94:19 | NIV | worrying comforter
The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and
are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the
salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9
I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for
God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in
difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply-
and how good is a timely word!
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
So that I may come to you with joy, by God's will, and in your company be refreshed.
Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with victory.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Timothy 6:6
I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
The father of a righteous child has great joy;
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which
is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
1 Timothy 6:17
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son,
whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope.
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This
day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them
may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil-this is the gift of God.
Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
2 Corinthians 6:10
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out
and frolic like well-fed calves.
My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad indeed.
However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over
ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people."
Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
"I find no pleasure in them".
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
but those who promote peace have joy.
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be
happy in their toil-this is a gift of God.
A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
The vine is dried up
and the fig tree is withered;
the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree-
all the trees of the field-are dried up.
Surely the people's joy
is withered away.
April 17, 2020
Today I want to share a link to the Oak Ridge Boys.
It is a song the choir sang and I learned in Bible School. Prayers continue,
Today, I am sharing with you Resurrection Bible Verses. These meaningful Bible verses will be useful tools to
have to remind you and your family why Easter is an important holiday. I have also included the answers to the
trivia questions. Blessings to you this day,
- John 11:25-26: "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live,
even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?'"
- 1 Peter 1:3: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new
birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
- 1 Corinthians 15:21: "For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man."
- Philippians 3:10: "I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his
sufferings, becoming like him in his death."
- Acts 4:33: "With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And
God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all."
- Luke 24:6-7: "He is not here; he has risen!"
- Romans 8:34: "Who then is the one who condemns? No one."
- Philippians 2:8: "And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death -
even death on a cross!"
- 1 Corinthians 6:14: "And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power."
- Romans 6:9: "We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion
- Romans 8:34: "Christ Jesus who died - more than that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is
also interceding for us."
- Romans 6:8-11:"The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the
same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus."
- Luke 24:6-7: "Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered
over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'"
- Romans 6:8-11: "Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since
Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him."
- Acts 3:15: "You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead."
Easter Trivia Answers
1. What do we call the day Jesus was Crucified? Good Friday
2. "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise," is spoken in what Book? Luke
3. Who did Jesus first appear to after he had risen? Mary
4. The place where the last supper was held is referred to today as the what? Upper Room
5. What garden was Jesus praying in on Holy Thursday? Garden of Gethsemane
6. Who betrayed Jesus? Judas
7. The week just prior to Easter Sunday is often referred to as what? Holy Week
8. What is the Sunday before Easter called? Palm Sunday
9. Who denied Jesus? Peter
10. "They divided My clothes among them and drew names for my coat," was foretold in what Book? Psalm 22:18
11. What did Jesus ride triumphantly into Jerusalem on? Donkey
12. What prisoner did the people request to be released at the Feast instead Jesus? Barabbas
13. Which of the disciples did Jesus take with him into the garden on the night He was arrested?
Peter, John, and James
14. Who went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body to bury Him properly? Joseph of Arimathea
15. Whom did the Roman Soldiers force to carry the cross for Jesus? Simon of Cyrene
16. According to John, what were the last words of Christ on the cross? "It is finished"
17. As Jesus breathed his last breath, what happened in the temple? The curtain tore in two from the top to
18. Who was the Roman king at the time Jesus was crucified? Tiberius was the Emperor, Pilate was the
19. Who said, "I will not believe until I put my finger into the marks of the nails"? Thomas
20. Who used to visit Jesus at night and helped prepare Jesus' body for burial? Nicodemus
April 14, 2020
Easter continues! Use this trivia to help solidify the Easter Story Facts.
My thoughts and prayers are with you!
1. What do we call the day Jesus was Crucified?_______________
2. "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise," is spoken in what Book?_____________
3. Who did Jesus first appear to after he had risen?________________
4. The place where the last supper was held is referred to today as the what?________________
5. What garden was Jesus praying in on Holy Thursday?_________
6. Who betrayed Jesus?_______________
7.The week just prior to Easter Sunday is often referred to as what?___________________
8. What is the Sunday before Easter called?__________________
9. Who denied Jesus?____________
10. "They divided My clothes among them and drew names for my coat," was foretold in what Book?_____________
11. What did Jesus ride triumphantly into Jerusalem on?____
12. What prisoner did the people request to be released at the Feast instead Jesus?_______________
13. Which of the disciples did Jesus take with him into the garden on the night He was arrested?_______________
14. Who went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body to bury Him properly?________________
15. whom did the Roman Soldiers force to carry the cross for Jesus?_______________
16. According to John, what were the last words of Christ on the cross?___________________
17. As Jesus breathed his last breath, what happened in the temple?___________________
18. Who was the Roman king at the time Jesus was crucified?____________________
19. Who said, "I will not believe until I put my finger into the marks of the nails"?__________________
20. Who used to visit Jesus at night and helped prepare Jesus' body for burial?__________________.
April 13, 2020
"Easter People Raise Your Voices," words written by James M. Williams and sung to the tune of,
"Angels from the Realms of Glory"
Easter people, raise your voices, sounds of heaven in earth should ring.
Christ has brought us heaven's choices; heavenly music, let it ring:
"Alleluia! Alleluia!" Easter people, let us sing.
Fear of death can no more stop us from our pressing here below.
For our Risen Lord empowers us to triumph over every foe.
Alleluia! Alleluia! On to victory now we go.
Every day to us is Easter, with its resurrection song.
When the cares of life o'erwhelm us, Easter people, sing this song:
"Alleluia! Alleluia!" Everlasting triumph song.
April 2, 2020
I wanted to share this prayer with you. Prayers and blessings, Pastor Barb
Lord, we come to You in prayer, to ask You in Jesus name to heal the land and stop the chaos... remove the evil
that is at play. May the lands be whole again! Please Lord, bring Your glory down and bless each and every person
here on earth!
Lord, we pray that You would release us from this pandemic and the crisis in each and every country. We pray You
will be with all who have lost jobs or whose jobs are at risk. We also pray that You protect all the doctors and
nurses and everyone who is working hard to restore control!
We pray for all the grocery store and manufacturing workers...for the truck drivers as well!! We come to You
asking that there will be no more death from this virus through Your healing power.
WE ARE NOTHING WITHOUT YOU, GOD, AND WE NEED YOU! Eradicate this virus faster than it started! Leave this world
in wonder at how mighty is the work of Your hands! Let nations seek after You! May we all repent and turn to You,
Today in light of our, "Shelter in place" order, I am sharing scriptures about fear and anxiety.
Remember God is with us, God loves us, and God is for us!
Holding you all in prayer,
33 Bible Verses to Remind Us - We Do Not Have to Fear:
1. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ~ Isaiah 41:10
2. "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." ~ Psalm 56:3
3. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in
Christ Jesus." ~ Philippians 4:6-7
4. "Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be
worried and upset; do not be afraid." ~ John 14:27
5. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
6. "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who
fears is not made perfect in love." ~ 1 John 4:18
7. "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul." ~ Psalm 94:19
8. "But now, this is what the Lord says...Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are
mine." ~ Isaiah 43:1
9. "An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up." ~ Proverbs 12:25
10. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your
rod and your staff, they comfort me." ~ Psalm 23:4
11. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord
your God will be with you wherever you go." ~ Joshua 1:9
12. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of
its own." ~ Matthew 6:34
13. "Humble yourselves, then, under God's mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all
your worries with him, because he cares for you." ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7
14. "Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don't be afraid! God is coming to your rescue..." ~ Isaiah 35:4
15. "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than
food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn;
yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to
his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?" ~ Luke 12:22-26
16. "The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall
I be afraid?" ~ Psalm 27:1
17. "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." ~ Psalm 55:22
18. "Immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.'" ~ Mark 6:50
19. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you." ~ Deuteronomy 31:6
20. "'For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,' declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of
Israel." ~ Isaiah 41:13-14
21. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." ~ Psalm 46:1
22. "The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my
helper." ~ Psalm 118:6-7
23. "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe." ~ Proverbs 29:25
24. "He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was
completely calm. He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" ~ Mark 4:39-40
25. "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them." Psalm 34:7
26. "But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don't worry or be afraid
of their threats." ~ 1 Peter 3:14
27. "I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears." ~ Psalm 34:4
28. "Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you." ~ Deuteronomy 3:22
29. "Then he placed his right hand on me and said: 'Do not be afraid. I am the First and the
Last.'" ~ Revelation 1:17
30. "Jesus told him, 'Don't be afraid; just believe.'" ~ Mark 5:36
31. "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither
angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can
separate us from God's love." ~ Romans 8:38-39
32. "The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be
quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy." ~ Zephaniah 3:17
33. "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of
the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."...He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear
the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the
plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will
not come near you...For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways..."Because he
loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call
upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him..." from
March 21, 2020
God speaks to me through music. I listen to a variety of music. I am sharing with you the lyrics to a couple
songs that have given me comfort and reminds me of God's love for me and for all of us.
Casting Crowns sing, "The Voice of Truth":
"But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
And the voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
I will listen and believe
I will listen and believe the voice of truth
I will listen and believe
Because Jesus you are the voice of truth
And I will listen to you
Written in 2002, "In Christ Alone" was a collaborative effort between Sturat Townend and fellow
songwriter Keith Getty.
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all
Here, in the love of Christ, I stand
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save
'Til on that cross, as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin, on him, was laid
Here, in the death of Christ, I live
There in the ground, his body lay
Light of the world, by darkness, slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave, he rose again
And as he stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am his and he is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from his hand
'Til he returns or calls me home
Here, in the power of Christ, I stand
Remember our prayer requests from yesterday and pray for one another.