Monthly Archives: January 2015

Hope Ridge eUpdate 1/9/15

Reflections from Pastor Beth:

I usually do an update or information, but this week, I hope you will join me in a short reflection around our current sermon series.  Have a restful week!
As we begin 2015, how are you thinking about Sabbath- making time and space to play in God’s presence?  I know that many of you love the hymn, “In the Garden” – it is one that I love as well.  I love the imagery that is used and how it brings us into both the story of creation and when Jesus prayed in the garden.  This image becomes reality for many of you as you find joy and connection with God through our natural world.  So  I ask, even in the frigid temperatures- do you find Sabbath in watching snowflakes fall, watching children play making snowmen or sledding?  What small way will you find Sabbath “In the Garden” this week to spend with God our Creator?  Come with me, to find our Creator in even a small moment of joyful reflection and gratitude, let us play in God’s creative love.
Blessings and peace,
Pastor Beth

Please protect your computer.  If you receive an unexpected email from the church, or an individual within the church, that says something generic, for example “Thought you might like this!” and then asks you to click to open an attachment, please do not do so!  These are “spam” emails from unknown sources that are forwarded to random email addresses, and may contain viruses which may affect your computer.  Please delete these types of emails and do not click on the links. If in doubt, call the individual that supposedly sent it to you to verify it.

For the month of January, the Mission/Sending Team is collecting unused travel or hotel-size soaps, shampoos and toiletries for Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital families. Please bring them to the donation box in the Narthex.

Next Sunday, January 18— PIZZA WITH THE PASTORS following the 10:30am worship.  Whether you are new to Hope Ridge, or would just like to get to know a few more names and faces, you are welcome!  Please RSVP on Sunday’s Connection Card if you would like to attend.

Looking for couples, individuals or families interested in participating asworship leaders or Communion servers for the new year.  If you would like to be called upon to serve as a worship leader (reader) or as a Communion server for either service, please check Sunday’s Connection Card.   All are welcome and no experience necessary!

Events offered through area United Methodist Churches:

“Complete and Total”— A theatrical play that addresses the current day heroin epidemic crisis in our community. Sunday, January 25 @ 6pm at the Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby.  Performed by students from Willoughby UMC and Mentor UMC.  Directed by Justin Steck and produced with the support from the Lake County ADAMHS Board. Free admission. Open to the community. The play is about an hour and will have a short panel discussion following. Awareness saves lives.

Painesville UMC Concert Series—The St Olaf College Choir at Severence Hall, Monday , February 2 @ 7:30pm.  With 75 mixed voices, the St. Olaf Choir is the premier a cappella choir in the United States. This special concert will be at Severance Hall in University Circle.  Pricing is discounted to $34 if ordered through Painesville UMC by Sunday, Jan 11.  Please contact their church office by phone (440.354.3642) or email ( and leave your name, phone number, and number of tickets, and you will be contacted.  Tickets ranging from $35-$50 may also be purchased directly online at

Women’s Retreat-  The Path, February 20 and 21.  Come relax for a day and a half of renewal and restoration hosted by Mentor UMC and held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mayfield Village.  Register by Feb 1.  Details, cost and registration forms available at the Hope Ridge Info Desk, or at

Hope to see you Sunday! 🙂