Reflections from 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 www.clevelandorchestra.com.
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 www.MentorUMC.org.
Hope to see you Sunday! 🙂