You don’t want to miss this annual event. Come on by Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th, 8:00 a.m. to 2 PM.
Tell a friend!
The official world Pi Day is March 14th. But Hope UCC is having its own official Pie Day. We are celebrating Pi Day by selling 50 homemade, delicious pies.
We have our own pie chefs who are volunteering to create homemade pies in flavors such as apple, blueberry, sweet potato, and more. These are handmade by our own Hope Piemakers and sure to be delicious. They will be 8” pies, packed for taking home.
Pre-order Ticket sales will begin on February 16th. Sign up for your pies, purchase a ticket for $10.00 per pie and you will also automatically be entered in a chance to win a beautiful Pi T-shirt. We will sell tickets from February 16 – March 8. You may pick up your fresh pies on March 15th in the Social Hall.
Purchase a pie for yourself, for your neighbor (show your Love of Neighbor), for your office buddies, your boss or have a pie party for friends. If you are a fantastic piemaker and want to join our piemakers that are currently volunteering to make pies, please see Melanie/Mary/Karen. We want you!
We will supply ingredients, if needed. On March 15th as we are gathered to pickup our pies, there will be a raffle to win a Pi T-Shirt. Get your raffle tickets, no charge.
Pies are $10 each – goal is to raise $500 for Hope UCC’s general budget. Please, help make Hope’s Official Pie Day a great success. Buy pies!!!
Hope Book Club will discuss Lost in the Beehive, by Michele Young-Stone. This book follows the life of Gloria Ricci who is caught in an intimate act with a young woman at the beginning of the book. Believing that they are doing the right thing, Gloria’s parents admit her to the Belmont Institute. It’s a place with a pretty brochure but it is extremely ugly on the inside. It is a place meant to “cure” teens who are attracted to members of the same sex. The teen years are a time of change – puberty, sexual urges, self-esteem, self -worth and identity all come into play. For teens at the institute, it is a time where they are told they are “sick”, that there is something wrong with them that needs to be “fixed.” They have “therapy” sessions and are offered aversion therapy. While there, Gloria meets Sheff and they make plans to run away and form their own family unit. This book is about friendship, love, loss, yearning, acceptance, being true to yourself, and being open to others. It deals with difficult subjects such as abuse, suicide, nonacceptance, death, infidelity, and the impact of secrets. Please join us as we discuss Lost in the Beehive on the 25th at 1:30.
Although January marks the new year for most of us, the church calendar begins the new year at Advent. At Hope United Church of Christ, we began the church year with the sanctuary swathed in the somber, dark colors of Advent; deep purple and blue. Advent is a time of waiting, preparation and reflection. Usually the weather encourages this meditative environment with cooler, darker days. The Florida winter skies don’t bring snowflakes but even here, the days get shorter. We are more inclined to pause and think in dim winter days rather than the energetic, vigorous activities that happen in the bright sunshine. In this quiet time of Advent, we did not sing the joyful Christmas Carols that rang out in the shopping centers. The frenzy of consumerism skips the pensive, spiritual preparation that Advent provides. Just as a caterpillar needs the shelter of a cocoon for transformation into a new life with wings, we need the shelter of Advent to prepare ourselves for the new life being born into the world at Christmas.
Throughout Advent we reflected on how we prepare for Jesus’ birth; the birth of God-with-us, Immanuel. We prepared a place for the incarnation of God through Christ. We physically illustrated this “place” by constructing a manger doorway over the sanctuary door. Each week a new piece of construction appeared so that by the end of Advent, it was clear that we prepared a place for the baby to be born. Many thanks to our construction crew, Bean (Marcia) Smith and Karen Lehr who brought this abstract vision to life.
On Christmas Eve the Shepherds and barn animals appeared in silhouette near the windows and the deep blue and purple was replaced with bright white and dazzling gold. The light of Christ was born into the world and into Hope United Church of Christ! It was then, after a long wait, that the familiar, joyful Christmas Carols filled the sanctuary and our hearts! I could see the love shining on each face and twinkling in your eyes! It was a merry Christmas, indeed!
The experience continued on Epiphany Sunday when the wise men appeared and followed the star right to our manger/sanctuary. There were stars in the windows and on the Communion Table shining the light of Christ into our hearts. Many thanks to Yolanda Apodaca Rogers for hanging all those stars! On Epiphany Sunday we continued the tradition of receiving our “Star Gift.” How is God speaking to you through your star gift? (if you have not received your star gift yet, come and see me)
We prepared a place for the incarnation during the Advent season. We celebrated the incarnation at Christmas. We saw God revealed in Christ at Epiphany and we continue to seek God’s revelation in the world. Soon we will come to the season of Lent which brings more serious reflection as we journey with Christ to the cross. What does the story of our faith mean and what difference does it make in your life and in the world?
Your vote is your voice – don’t give it up!
The problems in our world often seem too big to confront. We see injustice every day and feel that change can’t or won’t happen. But our faith is infused with hope and built on a foundation of action. By serving the vulnerable, feeding the hungry, and standing in solidarity with the oppressed, we serve as God’s hands.
Voting is a natural extension of faithful action. The decisions made by our representatives have a wide reaching impact. We have enormous potential to make positive change. We must engage our legislators, vote, and encourage everyone in our communities to do the same.
Our faithful voice is needed. It is tempting to disengage from the political process. As people dedicated to creating a just world for all, we know we must be involved.
Join the Our Faith, Our Vote campaign. Discover how your congregation can participate in the electoral process through faithful, nonpartisan engagement. The United Church of Christ can help with resources on civic engagement, voter registration information, issue education, and voter mobilization.
This election season it is essential that people raise their voices and vote. Will you join us?