Hope United Cochrane
Letters from the Pastor
June 2024
From the Pastor’s Desk

This month includes our next “Fifth Sunday” service. We’ve changed the venue to here in our sanctuary. The women’s guild wanted to host a Tea for all the ladies of Hope and St. John's after the service, so the two Consistories approved the change. Coffee Fellowship will still be held for those who do not wish to attend the tea. (For more information on the Tea, please see later in this newsletter.)

For the June Fifth Sunday Service I want to try something new. Actually I am borrowing this idea from one of my colleagues. It’s called “Ask the Minister Sunday”. On that day, instead of a Message, I will spend that part of Worship addressing as many of your theological, biblical and spiritual questions as time allows. Between now and June 29 please submit in writing any questions you may have wanted to ask in these areas, then email them to me at pastorstjohnsuccfc@gmail.com. Or put them on a piece of paper, and either leave or my desk or hand to me after the service.

Your questions can range from somewhat trivial to deeper ones. (Why are there different words to the “Lords Prayer”? How did they decide which books go in the Bible? How do we know something is God’s will? Do our pets go to heaven? Etc.)

Then on Sunday, June 20 , 2024 I will spend about fifteen minutes answering as many questions as I can. I do reserve the right to not answer a question because of the time needed to answer it fully.

If you find this fruitful, we’ll continue to use these on more of our Fifth Sunday Services.

I love these Sunday’s when both congregations share worship and fellowship together. It’s a chance to share your strengths, celebrate your differences, and be reminded that we are never in this “church” business alone. St. John's and Hope United Church have an official Shared Ministry, and as part of Christ’s body, we have a shared ministry with others brought together for God’s purposes and ways.

God’s grace and peace.
Pastor Deb Kunkel
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