Hope Church of the Brethren

Continuing the Work of Jesus Peacefully, Simply, Together

Hope Men Work to Earn Money for NYC

The men at Hope are strong supporters of National Youth Conference. For the past several summers they have cut and split wood to sell as firewood. Just drive by the church and you should find a neatly stacked pile, for sale by donation. Profits are being given to the National Youth Conference fund. The church hopes to send at least three youth and a counselor to Colorado next summer for the conference. (If you wonder why the men often pick Wednesdays to work on the wood, it’s because the quilters meet Wednesdays and the men have been invited to join the quilters for their “little” snack mid-morning… and discovered its anything but little).

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For Everything There is a Season

The season of the Bradley’s being at Hope has come to an end. While they have been with us they have taught us a lot about faith, fellowship, life, love and loss. We wish them the best as they move to Goshen, Indiana and become part of the Goshen College community. Eric promises to give us an address soon so we can send mail and visit.

Eric and Neil standing by their U-Haul truck. Many from Hope helped them on moving day: Jiggs & Violet Miller, Dorothy & Mike Wolf, Mike & Becky Fletcher, and the master-mind of spatial relations for van packing…. Paul Crumback. Tristen & Roy Spencer (and their parents) helped take care of Neil.

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They had the easiest job…

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… but the hardest good-bye.

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Welcome Mike Fletcher

Mike Fletcher is our new interim pastor. He began July 1, 2013 and will help us as we try to discern what direction Hope Church of the Brethren would like to move in. Here is an except from one of his weekly emails to those on the email mailing list:

“Since I’ve only been serving as your Interim Pastor for three weeks I’ll focus this report on what some of my goals are for my ministry among you over the next year. While many of my responsibilities are the same as what they would be for a permanent pastor, a few are different. One difference is that I will be helping you to cast your vision for the future, a future that I will not be a part of (other than an occasional visit). Often that means affirming your gifts and making suggestions how to best utilize those gifts, but sometimes it may mean needing to tell you things you may not like hearing. If those times occur, please know that I would only do this if I felt it was necessary for you to know in order for the church to more fully fulfill God’s call.

As part of that visioning process the church board and I will be planning five all church retreats over the next year, the first of these will be held on Sunday, September 22 with a carry-in meal following worship as we begin considering the future by examining what some of the challenges are. The second session will be Sunday, November 3 to consider the gifts that the members of Hope COB bring to the challenges. Future sessions will look at how to carry the principles of Hope’s heritage into the future, setting a plan and dealing with the difficulties of change. I know that it can be challenging to continue to set time aside for church meeting, especially when there are so many other activities at the church, but everyone’s attendance and participation will be vital to make this effort successful.

Another difference is that as an interim pastor I will be freer to experiment. If we try something and the congregation doesn’t like it, it can go away with me when I leave. If it turns out to be meaningful or helpful, you can keep it. Along those lines look for upcoming Bible studies, book studies, prayer breakfasts and other activities designed to deepen the spirituality of the congregation.

Although I don’t want to make too many suggestions before I have a better opportunity to get to know everyone better, I do believe that the church needs to make a commitment to upgrading the technology for the church. This will include some investment in hardware such as computers, internet access and screens and how the church makes itself available to members and others, such as a website and more use of e-mail.

If you have any questions about this report, I will be available to answer them on Sunday. Or, as always I am available at: Michael Fletcher, 26527 Cathedral, Redford, MI 48239, phone 313-303-1227 and email mfletch21625@aol.com.”

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Pedal Camp at Camp Brethren Heights

In June three of from our congregation attended pedal camp. Roya and her sister Tonja (from Indiana) were co-deans of the camp. Tristen and Roy were two of the five campers that attended. This is the first year for pedal camp (at least in recent history), and (despite the rain) it was a huge success.

Five campers; two deans; two counselors; and two support staff.

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Roya and Mikael lunching on day #1 of the bike trip.

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Roy and Tristen partaking in lunch.

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For more of Roya’s camp photos: 2013 Pedal Camp photos

Laying on of hands

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As a blessing for Doug and Paulette, the church had a laying on of hands in the service today. But in the months prior to the service, we decided we wanted to send a reminder of this ordinance with them. So the church members created this dashiki and apron with our hand prints. We tried to be secretive and collect as many handprints as we could. We hope with this small gift they can feel our love and support where ever they are.

Good-byes are never easy

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Today was a celebration. But as many of us said to each other, we weren’t sure we felt like celebrating. Doug and Paulette Reichenbach, who have been part of our church family for over 17  years, have moved to N. Manchester, IN. As one of their son’s expressed, our loss will be their gain. We are happy that they will be living close to two of their sons and some of the grandchildren. We trust that they will find meaningful work to fill their time. We wish them the very best, but we will miss them. We will miss Doug’s expansive spirit, his listening ear, his witty joke (well… maybe), his insightful sermons (and treats associated with them)… we will miss Paulette’s beautiful voice, hospitality (though some of us plan on taking advantage of that in N. Manchester), loving and nurturing way with people… There isn’t enough space here to mention all that we’ll miss.

Today we celebrated two wonderful people. We shared stories of what they’ve meant to us over the years. We laughed and had fun… but we also cried, because it’s never easy to say good-bye to people who mean so very much.

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