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WEEKLY RUNDOWN

We WELCOME all into a relationship so that we can WORSHIP God,

be NURTURED by the Holy Spirit through one another,

and be SENT out to serve others in Christ's name.

WELCOME

We welcome you to Hope Ridge!  We are ALIVE with Hope!

 

Welcome to Hope Ridge!  We are excited to have you visit for the first time, come back if you have been out of the habit, and consider choosing Hope Ridge as your faith home.  Wherever you are on your faith journey, we welcome you to come and enjoy the warmth and spirit of welcoming that is Hope Ridge Church.

 

  • In place of altar flowers this year- Join the "Celebrations 2024!"  Each week Hope Ridge offers you a chance to celebrate-- the life of a loved one, a birthday, an anniversary, or other special moments in your life-- with a gift to the church.  Sign-up via the SignUpGenius and your celebration will be included in the weekly eUpdate.

  • ​Look for the Hope Ridge eUpdate in your email for weekly inspiration and updates every Saturday morning!  Know of someone who wants to receive our emails?  They can sign up at the bottom of any page of our website at www.hoperidge.com.

WORSHIP

  • Worship service times:

  • Traditional Worship is at 8:45AM in the Chapel.

  • Contemporary Worship is at 10:30AM in the Worship and Family Life Center.

  • Livestream is available at 10:30AM on Facebook.com/hoperidgeumc. Join in the chat to praise, pray, and worship with one another.  Also, we ask that you fill out a weekly online connection card whether participating online or in-person.  And when in-person, please sign-in at the Welcome Table clipboard to let us know you’re here.  Be a part of the community of faith together!

  • ​Sunday 10:30 Worship is live on YouTube. Please subscribe so that you will be notified when a video is posted.

  • The CAFE is open from 9:45AM - 10:30AM every Sunday.  Come after first service or before the second service to enjoy hot coffee, fresh donuts, and great conversation!  If you would like to volunteer in the Cafe occasionally, CLICK HERE to sign-up and you will be welcomed, and all questions answered at that time. It's a fun way to meet folks!

  • Choirs-- The Chapel Choir (April 25) and Ridge Ringers Handbell Choir (April 18) rehearsals at 7PM and usually each perform once a month during the Sunday 8:45AM service.  Both led by Christian Brooks, contact christian@hoperidge.com or Lori in the office for the schedule.  New singers and ringers needed!

  • The Praise Team is looking to fill two volunteer positions at the 10:30AM service:  Electric guitarist and drummer, playing once or twice a month. Also, the Worship Production Team is looking for additional help in the booth to help with sound, live stream and lighting. Training will be provided. Please contact Jared Delaney, Contemporary Worship Coordinator Jared@hoperidge.com.

  • NEW MEMBER CLASS--if you are interested in becoming a member of Hope Ridge UMC, contact Pastor Jim@hoperidge.com for details. New member Sunday will be May 5, at either service.

  • CONFIRMATION SUNDAY, MAY 12 at 10:30AM -- There are 8 young people who are soon completing their Confirmation course of study!  Please keep them (Alexandra, Kaylee, Maddie, Charlie, Julian, John, Bryson, and Mason) in prayer as they journey through these important last steps. 

  • BAPTISMS- if you are interested in a baptism for you or your child, please contact Pastor Jim@hoperidge.com for details. Baptism Sunday will be May 19 at either service.

WORSHIP AND KIDS

  • Nursery care for little ones under 4 years old is available during both services every Sunday from 8:30AM-11:30AMwith Nursery Caregivers Syndey Mina and Julia Barrow. Please ask a greeter where to check in! 

  

  • Children are always welcome to attend worship.  Kid's Kits bags are available at the back of the Chapel and WFLC.  If attending the 10:30AM service, feel free to make your family comfortable at a table.

  • A new #KidZone for children, is included in the 10:30 worship.   Kids of any age are invited to come together in the WFLC front left corner at the start of worship, to enjoy movement and rhythm instruments to praise God!  They will stay together for the opening praise songs and worship prayer time, and then kids return to their family seats or the Nursery.

​​NURTURE

THE MEN'S BIBLE STUDY GROUP meets Mondays at 7PM in the study Conference Room . See Jim Davies or Joe King for details.

THE THURSDAY COG (Children of God) SMALL GROUP meets 10-11:30AM Thursdays in the Conference Room.  See Yvonne Oyler for details.

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

THE CHOSEN, season 4, episodes 1-4 on Mondays in the WFLC, from April 15-May 6.  Episodes are approximately 1 hour, with a 30-minute discussion afterwards. Come & see this quality production of the story of Jesus' life on Earth. You do not need to have watched seasons 1-3 prior, although they are available to livestream for free.

Hosted by the Monday ALF (Adult Life Fellowship) group. See Carol Benroth for details.

​2024 HOPE RIDGE BOOK CLUB meets the 4th Monday of each month (or as noted) at 7PM in the Youth Room.  Any are welcome to read from the attached book list and attend the discussion.  CLICK HERE FOR THE READING LIST.

BIBLE EXPLORERS meets Sundays 2x a month, 9:45-10:15AM in the Library. For grades 3-5. This is a great class for those who have received their Bibles but want to learn the format of the Bible.  How to look up verses and why it is put together the way it is.  Children are welcome to jump in any time; email yvonne@hoperidge.com for details.  Would you please consider teaching a week or two throughout the year?  Signup HERE. 

YOUTH GROUP for grades 6-12--meets first and third Sundays 5-7PM.   We are excited to welcome Evander Johnson and Charlotte Reigle into the Youth Group Leader roles. Parents!  If you would like to help with one Sunday with games or providing food, signup HERE    

BREAKFAST CLUB WITH PASTOR JIM scheduled for Wed, May 15, 8-9AM at Concord Family Restaurant, across the street from Hope Ridge. All welcome!

A NEW ZOOM STUDY will be offered online for 4-weeks with facilitator Laurie Rider on Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24 and May 1 from 7-8PM.  The discussion will be centered around the video Me and My Big Mouth! with Pastor Andy Stanley. All adults welcome--Great for folks short on time! Interested? Contact Lori@hoperidge.com in the office for the Zoom link to connect to the discussion.

VBS Planning Meeting Sun, April 21 @ 11:45AM.  Adult leaders needed! Come see what is in store for 2024 VBS!  An exciting faith-filled week of crafts, games, songs and teaching children about Jesus begins 9AM-noon, July 22-July 26!  Don't miss out on the fun!  Sign up at Hope Ridge UMC: 2024 VBS Volunteers (signupgenius.com)

VBS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Register your children now, age 4 thru 4th grade, for a fun week July 22-26 from 9AM-NOON, $30 per child includes materials and snack. Scholarships available. Register at Hoperidge.com/VBS.

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CHURCH CALENDAR

To see the entire church calendar and facility use, go to hoperidge.com and click Resources, and Calendar, found in the dropdown.

 

Saturday 4/13: 

  • 10-11AM  "11th Step" AA meeting @ Youth Room

  • 8-9PM "Keep Coming Back" AA meeting @ Chapel

Sunday 4/14: 

  • 8:45AM--9:45AM  Traditional Worship with Communion @ Chapel

  • 9:45AM-10:30AM  Donuts and coffee @ Cafe

  • 9:45AM-10:30AM  Bible Explorers @ Library

  • 10:30AM-11:30AM Contemporary Service @ Worship and Family Life Center (WFLC)

  • 6:15PM-8:5PM  Men's Open Basketball @ WFLC

  • 7-8PM  Al-Anon Meeting @ Chapel

Monday 4/15: Mondays- church office closed

  • 8AM-1:30PM  RAVE meeting @ Youth Room

  • 7PM  Men's Bible Study @ Conference Room

  • 7PM The Chosen, Season 4, episodes 1-4 through May 6 @ WFLC

Tuesday 4/16

  • 8AM-9AM  RAVE meeting @ Youth Room

  • 1PM Women's Tuesday Study @ Conference Room

  • 6-8PM  Cub Scouts  @  WFLC

  • 7PM Trustee  Meeting @ Conference Room

  • 7:30PM AA Big Book meeting @ Youth Room

Wednesday 4/17: 

  • 8AM-9AM  RAVE meeting @ Youth Room

  • 9;30AM-10:30AM  Rick Smith Magic Show @ WFLC or Chapel

  • 7PM  Zoom study: Me & My Big Mouth on Zoom

  • 7PM  INFOTALK: Preventing Identity Theft @ Chapel

Thursday 4/18:  

  • 8AM-9AM  RAVE meeting @ Youth Room

  • 8AM-10AM  Preschool Playdough making @ kitchen

  • 10AM  COGS Women's Study @ Conference Room

  • 6-7PM  Praise and Tech Team Rehearsal @ WFLC

  • 7-8PM  Ridge Ringers Bell Rehearsal @ Music Room

  • 7-8:30PM  Confirmation Class @ Conference Room

  • 7-8 PM "Serenity" AA meeting @ Youth Room

Friday 4/19: 

  • 8AM-1:30PM  RAVE meeting @ Youth Room

Saturday 4/20: 

  • 10-11AM  "11th Step" AA meeting @ Youth Room

  • 8-9PM "Keep Coming Back" AA meeting @ Chapel

Sunday 4/21: 

  • 8:45AM--9:45AM  Traditional Worship with Communion @ Chapel

  • 9:45AM-10:30AM  Donuts and coffee @ Cafe

  • 10:30AM-11:30AM Contemporary Service @ Worship and Family Life Center (WFLC)

  • 11:45AM  VBS Planning Meeting @ Conference Room

  • 5-7PM  Youth Group @ Youth Room

  • 6:15PM-8:5PM  Men's Open Basketball @ WFLC

  • 7-8PM  Al-Anon Meeting @ Chapel

Look for the Hope Ridge e-blast in your email for weekly inspiration and updates!  Know of someone who wants to receive our emails?  They can sign up at the bottom of any page of our website at www.hoperidge.com

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(Missions, outreach, and opportunities to serve)

LOCAL MISSION OUTREACH & OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE and INVITE:

  • INFOTALK-- PREVENTING IDENTITY THEFT-- Wed, April 17 at 7:30PM the topic will be Identity Theft. Our speaker Richard Warner (Mike & Becky's son) has been the lead investigator for the Geauga County Prosecutors Office since 2016. He will also update us on the local scams in the area and how to spot them and not fall vicitim.Please invite your neighbors and friends for this educational talk.  (INFOTALKS are a series of community speakers invited by Hope Ridge Church to educate on topics relevant to the community.  If you have an idea for a topic for future INFOTALKS, please see Bill White or Jim Moll.)

  • HOPE RIDGE CHURCH WORKDAY- April 27, 9AM-NOON includes bagels and coffee!— mark your calendar to come help if you’re available.  There are many jobs on the list for different abilities to help indoors and out. Our Trustees will be coordinating people and tasks.

  • DINE & DISCOVER is an event for ALL to attend! Together we’ll learn how to prepare a budget-friendly nutritious meal, learn about local food resources, and build community! Hope Ridge UMC will be hosting on Tues, May 14 at 5PM.  RSVP to hopeoffice@hoperidge.com or call (440) 352-2141. Questions? Ask Laura Moll. 

  • PROJECT HOPE for the Homeless MEALS- the congregation of Hope Ridge Church provides a meal for 50 clients on the 2nd Friday of each month.  If you would like to be a part of this ministry by purchasing and preparing part of the meal for a particular month, please sign-up HERE. 

  • THE PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY meets the 4th Sunday after the 2nd service (about 11:30AM-1PM) If you knit, crochet or quilt, use your gifts to create and pray over the created shawls, squares, baby blankets, and lap throws. Also, there are extra needles, hooks and yarn available, if you would like to learn! See Sue Patterson or Cheryl Maltry for details.  If you would like to pick up a finished Prayer Shawl for someone who needs comfort, please stop in and ask during this time or see Lori in the church office.

  • THE HOPE RIDGE RUMMAGE SALE is May 31 and June 1!  Mark your calendar now to bring donations May 26-May 29, and if you are able, plan to help with sorting and pricing during that week.  See Carol Benroth for details.

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Hope Ridge Preschool Registration for 2024-25 is now OPEN

Don't miss out on registering at Hope Ridge Preschool, classes fill up quickly!

Please see www.hoperidge.com/preschool for more information.

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FROM OUR DISTRICT AND CONFERENCE:

 

EASY OHIO CAMP REGISTRATION 

Visit the East Ohio Camps & Retreat Ministries page for more information.  Camperships are available through the Camps office.  Access the East Ohio Camps Financial Aid Application.

EAST OHIO CONFERENCE

East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church (eocumc.com)

UNITED METHODIST NEWS

UM News (umc.org)

HOPE RIDGE ALIVE IN THE COMMUNITY--

If you're a part of Hope Ridge UMC and you or your children are going to be in a community program such as a...special play, musical concert, school, or sporting event, and you would like to let others in our church family know about it and attend, please email the details of the event, who is in it, and how to get tickets (if needed) to Lori at hopeoffice@hoperidge.com at least 2 weeks prior to the event and we will get it published in the "Hope Ridge ALIVE in the community!" section of the Weekly Rundown!

​​​* For security and privacy, we will no longer post phones or emails of our church members for small group information.  Please refer to your church directory.  If you need an individual's email address, phone number, or a current printed directory, please call the office 440-352-2141 or email hopeoffice@hoperidge.com. We are sorry for the inconvenience

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