Dear Hope Ridge,
We pray together on this week of Memorial Day, and offer thanks for the service and sacrifice of those who fought and died for our freedom in the U.S.A. May we join together in prayer:
With Gratitude and Honor
Gracious God, on this Memorial Day weekend,
we remember and give thanks
for those who have given their lives
in the service of our country.
When the need was greatest,
they stepped forward and did their duty
to defend the freedoms that we enjoy,
and to win the same for others.
O God, you yourself have taught us
that no love is greater than that
which gives itself for another.
These honored dead gave the most precious gift they had,
for loved ones and neighbors,
for comrades and country - and for us.
Help us to honor their memory
by caring for the family members
they have left behind,
by ensuring that their wounded comrades
are properly cared for,
by being watchful caretakers of the freedoms
for which they gave their lives,
and by demanding that no other young men and women
follow them to a soldier's grave
unless the reason is worthy and the cause is just.
Holy One, help us to remember that freedom is not free.
There are times when its cost is, indeed, dear.
Never let us forget those who paid so terrible a price
to ensure that freedom would be our legacy.
Though their names may fade with the passing of generations,
may we never forget what they have done.
Help us to be worthy of their sacrifice,
O God, help us to be worthy.
- J. Veltri, S.J.
As we honor our high school graduates Sabrina Bogert and Samantha Jusko, we also extend a word of congratulations to David Noviski (son of Vic and Cheryl Noviski) and Mark Sakach (son of Nancy and Al Rattray).
-David Noviski graduated Summa Cum Laude from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He will begin his career with Lubrizol in June.
-Mark Sakach graduated from Ohio University with his Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics, winning the Cody Phonology Award there. He and his wife An are moving to Flagstaff, AZ to begin their married life and new careers.
Please stay connected to one another, if you haven’t talked to a friend from church in a while- pick up the phone and give them a call this week. God bless you all!
Grace and peace,
Rev. Beth Wilterdink
Scripture verse for “The Art of Neighboring” series:
Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” ~Mark 12:29-3 (NRSV)
Invite, and send a link! This is a great time to invite a friend to worship with you or attend a small group with Hope Ridge. Inviting someone to check out Hope Ridge UMC was never so easy! So reach out, share our link for worship on Sunday and remember making new disciples is something all of us can do!
Worship will continue to be available at hoperidge.com/sermons
If you watched the Sunday, May 24 Worship service, take a moment to fill out a Connection Card here and let us know if you have any prayers or pastoral care needs.
Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour at 10:00am- Join here or dial 312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 812 8076 8841 and password: 468528
Online Sermon and Worship: “The Art of Neighboring” www.hoperidge.com
May Hymn Sing available here
Ridge Kids Sunday School: Weekly Lessons posted for preschool and elementary kiddos at www.hoperidge.com/children. This week- ”The Pentecost"
All Church Book Study: To go along with our sermon series, check out a copy of "The Art of Neighboring" on any app you use for electronic books, or Cokesbury.com to order a paperback.
Mom’s Parenting Group: Email Melissa Hopper email@example.com to receive day and the Zoom meeting link.
Monday 5/25: Memorial Day
Drive-thru retirement celebration to honor Kathy Root, 2-4pm. After 26 years teaching Hope Ridge Preschool, Kathy Root is retiring and the Preschool Council invites you to please enter through the exit today, drive through the front circle, say “Congratulations” to her and share a memory! She has been a favorite of so many little ones who have been blessed to have her as their teacher! Mrs. Root is also today’s Hope Ridge Hero!
Women’s Group: Zoom meetup @ 1pm: email invitation from Sue Patterson firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remain active in emailing, texting and calling group members to pray & care for one another.
Administrative Council Meeting: Zoom meetup @ 7pm, Join here, or dial +1 312 626 6799, Meeting ID: 873 7515 3338 and Password: 722826
Pastor’s Life Group: “Making Sense of the Bible” by Adam Hamilton, 6-7:30pm Join here or dial 312 626 6799, Meeting ID: 929 6610 4243 and Password: 052263
Jeannie’s Life Group: The Art of Neighboring Zoom meetup @ 7pm. Email email@example.com for the link.
Kids Corner will be taking a break for 2-weeks and then we will be back.
Hope Ridge Heroes is recognizing Megan Fatica who is honoring the ICU staff at Tripoint Hospital today. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!
Look for the Hope Ridge e-blast in your email for weekly inspiration and updates!
Laurie Rider’s Life Group: The Art of Neighboring Zoom meetup @ 6pm
Youth Group: to receive updates for the summer, please email Mark Seyfried at firstname.lastname@example.org Mark your calendar for the Virtual Youth Annual Conference on June 14th at 7:00pm.
Project Hope Meal Help needed for the next quarter: Hope Ridge volunteers are asked to continue to provide the meal for 50 on the second Friday of each month, as they still are housing the homeless in Lake County. If you can assist in buying and preparing part of the meal to feed 50 on June 12, please sign up here.
Door-to-Door Discipleship (D2DD): Sign-up to be a part of this new delivery ministry! Next delivery is scheduledJune 6, delivering Summer Kid's Kits!
Hope Ridge Heroes: Sign-up to help honor our frontline and essential workers at Hope Ridge
Safety Team: If you are interested in training for church medical emergencies, monitoring doors during worship and learning other safety procedures when we gather again, please contact Mike Warner at email@example.com. Training occurs on the third Monday of the month 6:15-7:15pm.