Hope Church of the Brethren

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Archive for June, 2008

Roofing the Parsonage

Roofing began on the parsonage Monday, June 16. When I talked to the roofers today (6/17/08), they said they hoped to finish the roofing by evening. For photos on the roofing project, click here.

Pumpkin Patch is Planted

With work from some diligent people of Hope, the pumpkin patch has been planted. Roy was not the only one planting this year (in fact, he quickly abandoned the project for romping in the tall grass). We’ll keep you posted about the progress of the pumpkins. But plan on picking yours come fall. Click here to check out more pumpkin planting photos. 

(This last photo was taken by a new photographer to this blog, Tristen. Others should also feel free to submit photos for this blog. We will try to include them.)


Celebrating God at Play


Maggie, the dog of Jim and Libby, died Monday. While we don’t normally put obituaries of pets in our blog, Maggie was no ordinary pet. She was one of Hope Church’s biggest money raisers for the annual Crop Walk. Maggie’s owner, Libby, helped Maggie talk to Lake Odessa students and Hope church members encouraging them to walk and get donations.  They also sent out annual letters to friends encouraging them to have their pets donate to the worthy cause. The response was always amazing: dogs, cats, squirrels, birds, and other critters had their people write checks and send them Maggie’s way. (We had a mole that kept trying to get to our front door that month. I wonder…). When browsing the web site to see what new donations were in, my family was always astounded that Maggie led the pack in incoming contributions. During sharing today in church, when asked in what ways we celebrated “God at play” in our lives, Libby said that she hoped others (pet and human alike) would pick up the torch and continue Maggie’s playful way of helping CROP.

Pumpkin Patch: A New Beginning

It’s that time of year again. Remember the bounty of pumpkins we had last fall?  There were enough that everyone from the church who wanted a pumpkin got one. We put many outside the church and accepted donations from anyone who wanted to take one (the money went into the National Youth Conference Fund). We donated the rest to the Heifer Project living gift market in Grand Rapids. After they were used at the market they were donated to places unknown to us (I think I remember mention of llama farms and schools). All this began with some little seeds. It’s time to plant those seeds again. So Tuesday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. (unless it rains) the people of Hope are meeting to plant seeds and begin another pumpkin adventure. Last year this small, tired, overworked boy was one of a very few who came to plant the pumpkin seeds  (though many people of Hope contributed in various other ways). Please come and help so this pathetic lad doesn’t have to do it all himself.

Joe and Roy about ready to plant some pumpkin seeds, 2007