Hope Weekly 7/11/2019

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Hope Weekly has a Story to Tell!
 
About a month ago Ralph Newton shared with Pastor Dan that he had an awesome story to tell, a miracle even, but due to vacations and schedules, they didn’t get to meet until this week. Well Ralph didn’t disappoint and now Hope Weekly can pass the story onto you.
 
A little while back, Ralph’s wife Loie, gave him one of the “Jesus Calling” devotionals. Ralph is dyslexic and longer readings are very difficult. The “Jesus Calling” devotional proved to be just the right length and became a meaningful part of Ralph’s life. Then Ralph got news that an old friend and band mate named Scott was in the hospital dealing with a second leg amputation due to diabetes. Ralph went to see him and quickly realized how discouraged Scott was. He decided to give Scott his “Jesus Calling” devotional telling him to simply read the page with the day’s date on it. A couple weeks later Scott thanked him for what a difference it had made in his life. That is a cool story all by itself, but there is more!
 
Scott has a daughter named Sarah who works with people who are trying to get out of addiction. In particular, she was working with two younger women who were trying to step away from cocaine, meth, and heroin. Well, the two women went missing. Sarah tried to find out where they were and finally was able to contact them. They had hitched a ride in an open car on a cargo train to Florida! While in Florida, the two women ran into members of a satanic church that wanted them to join in with them. Sarah urged them to leave immediately and come back to Michigan which they did. Through Sarah’s working with these women, Ralph’s friend Scott also became connected to them. One of the women had outstanding bench warrants in Michigan and he encouraged her to get that right as a part of getting right with God. As a part of his encouragement, Scott gave her a Bible and the “Jesus Calling” devotional. She had to go to court the next day and he told her to read the day’s date and trust God. It just so happened that one of the verses in the devotional was Revelation 2:10 which says:
 
“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.”
 
The young woman went to her court date and the maximum sentence she could receive was 120 days in jail. Her defense lawyer argued for 90 days in jail saying that she was making efforts to turn her life around. The prosecuting attorneys asked for the maximum of 120 days because of her outstanding warrants. What would the judge do?
 
The judge gave her 10 days in jail.
 
The young woman was immediately escorted out to go to jail when they stopped and she said, “I want my Bible.” She also told Sarah to tell her Dad (Scott) that he was right. The ten days in jail were harder than what she thought they would be, but she made it through and now she is released and learning to beat cocaine, meth, and heroin while learning to love and follow Jesus. Ralph’s friend Scott called Ralph up and said “I was just a part of a miracle and it was all because of that devotional you gave me.” Ralph told him that it was all God and that he only played a small part.
 
Wow. Hope that story moved you. One small obedience bringing so much hope!
 
How is the Lord asking you to trust Him and take a step of obedience? Where and how is He calling you to bring hope to others? Listen for the Holy Spirit’s leading and join the fun! You never know what might happen through it.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 7/3/2019

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Hope Weekly Remembers the 500…
 
Hope comes in many ways to people in our region, but the greatest hope of all is to know God’s love through Jesus Christ. During the message series “REACH” at Gun Lake Community Church, we all had the opportunity to write down names that we wanted to come into relationship with Jesus. The total number of names written down was right about five hundred. Five hundred neighbors, friends, family members, or co-workers who have not yet experienced the hope that comes from knowing that they are forgiven, set free, and eternally loved by their Heavenly Father through His Son. Hope Weekly asks you to remember the five hundred in your prayers, but more than that, be light and joy and encouragement and life to those around you in Jesus’ name! You never know when you might be rubbing shoulders with one of them.
 
 

Prayer Walking Delton brings Hope…
 
This past Monday evening ten followers of Jesus followed Him out into the community of Delton to bless the community and pray for any needs that came up. Here is some of what happened:

  • A team encountered a young couple that was restoring and renovating their own home while also redoing a home across the street to sell. Because of their efforts, others were improving their own homes in the immediate neighborhood. The young couple was excited but also stressed out because of the amount of work. They were so happy to receive prayer for the sale of the house and God’s favor on their own hard work.
  • Another team entered Family Fare Grocery Store and encountered several people who had prayer requests that were prayed over. One even waited patiently watching a person get prayed over and when the prayer finished said “What about me? I need prayer too.” God kept bringing divine encounters throughout the night through all of the teams involved.
  • Several teams prayed over the businesses in Delton and asked God for favor in having good businesses open in vacant buildings. The neighborhoods were also walked blessing each home and church that was encountered as well as the schools.

 
We are people of hope! Whether through prayer or sharing the good news of God’s love through Jesus, let us be eager to share hope all around the Gun Lake Region. Join in on the fun!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 6/27/2019

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Hope walks and drives the streets of Wayland!
 
On Monday evening June 24, ten believers met at the Wayland City Park to prayer walk or drive the community. They paired up into 5 teams of two, 3 teams drove while 2 teams walked. Here is what happened:
 

  • One team drove to every school in Wayland asking God’s blessing on kids, teachers, administration, and support staff. Additional prayers were offered at Baker Elementary where Gun Lake Community Church partners with Hand2Hand Ministry.
  • While walking, a team came upon an older woman and two young adults. The team was able to celebrate with the older woman that she is cancer free and 42 years free from any addictions. The team was able to bless the young adults for lives that were full of life and hopeful futures. It was a wonderful time.
  • Another team drove the city limits of Wayland asking God’s blessing and protection over the city. Prayers of hope and asking God’s love to be known in Wayland were shared.
  • While walking up to Hardings Market, another team encountered a woman who was just getting out of her car and seemed a little distressed. They lovingly engaged her and found out that she was a single mom whose boyfriend had just suffered a relapse into addiction. As they asked her if they could pray for her, she began to cry and said that she absolutely needed it. She couldn’t believe the timing of the encounter and was so grateful.
  • Another team drove just outside the city limits in the country. They were led to pray for the area farmers, for God’s blessing on the crops (especially with the late planting), and for a strong harvest in the Fall. They asked for God’s provision, strength, and guidance for farmers throughout the area.

 
God created us to be a people of hope! Because His love is inside of us, we can overflow with hope to others. How is the Holy Spirit leading you to be part of the fun? It might be as easy as loving the person who is right in front of you.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 6/14/2019

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Family Promise, Barry County Cares, and More!
 
Because of our partnership with B2 Outlet Stores, when anyone makes a purchase at the B2 Outlet Store in Hastings, Gun Lake Community Church gets a percentage to pour back into the Gun lake Region. This allows us to multiply hope in many ways. Over the last couple of months, we were able to partner with these different organizations in bringing hope:
 

  1. Family Promise of Barry County, a ministry to homeless families, is up and running! Three families are currently being helped and many churches are partnering together to make this mission a success. Robin Walters from GLCC serves on their board and recently shared that one of the families should be back on their feet soon. Through B2, we were able to contribute $2,000.00 to Family Promise’s ongoing efforts. Please continue to pray for this important ministry that is in its first year, and if you want to volunteer, contact Robin or the church office and we will help get you connected.

 

  1. Barry County Cares is our primary partner in offering needs assistance to people who live in Barry County. They recently received $1,200.00 from our B2 partnership and continue to be vital to our region.

 

  1. Finally, GLCC was able to give a Hope Grant of $500.00 to the Woman’s Life Chapter 908 of the Gun Lake Region to partner in providing special beach wheelchairs for the Gun Lake State Park. These chairs are specially designed to help those with physical limitations gain access to the sand and water. We are excited for the hope that these special chairs will provide.

 
Hope abounds when people have hearts of compassion and choose to make a difference! How can you help bring hope every day to someone around you? It might be as simple as a warm greeting, a small encouragement, or a short prayer. Join in on the fun!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 5/30/2019

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Prayer Walking Is Fun, Easy, and Brings Hope!
 
Beginning this Monday and then every following Monday all summer long, we have the opportunity to prayer walk (or prayer drive) through different communities in our region! Prayer walking is:
 

  • Fun – you get to talk and enjoy the people you are with while praying for the community.
  • Easy – you simply pray for what your eyes are seeing or what your heart is experiencing while you walk. You don’t have to pray out loud if you don’t want to but you will also learn that it really is quite easy by learning from those who will be with you. If walking is a limitation or if it is raining, some choose to prayer drive!
  • Brings Hope – Prayer walking is about blessing and loving the communities around us. We have many testimonies where God’s blessing was able to flow to others through this simple practice.

 
Come join the fun this Monday by meeting at 7 p.m. in the Gun Lake Community Church parking lot! Prayer changes things especially when we step into it together.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 5/23/2019

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Hand2Hand Partnership leads to a Hope-filled Summer!
 
This past school year Gun Lake Community Church partnered with Hand2Hand Ministries to feed 53 students from Baker Elementary School in Wayland. The Hand2Hand program provides for hungry kids by supplying a back pack of food that they take home each weekend. We are grateful for your support in bringing hope through this ministry all school year long!
 
But there is more! Because of your generous donations, we are able to continue to provide food boxes for families in need over the summer. This is so exciting! During the school year, there has been a Hand2Hand team that donates, packs, shops, purchases, delivers and prays over the program. During the summer, we would love to add to the team as families will come to pick up their food boxes at the church. We will need shoppers, greeters on pick-up nights, and communicators (with families) for the summer program. The first pick-up night is at the end of June.
 
Contact Vicki at vicki@hand2hand.org or 269-792-2465 if you have any questions or want to join the team! Whether through Hand2Hand or some other means, how are you bringing hope to the region? Come join the fun!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 5/9/2019

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Catch Summer Playground Coming to Delton Summer School!
 
For 10 days this summer, many students will be attending summer school at Delton-Kellogg Schools from 8 a.m. to noon. Many of these K – 8th students have parents who work and are unable to transport them home. Catch Summer Playground is a program developed by the YMCA that will provide activities and oversight for these kids from noon to 3 p.m. during those 10 days. Approximately 100 – 150 kids are expected to be in the program each day.
 
The idea came late in the year and there was no budgeted money to bring it into being. The YMCA reached out to Gun Lake Community Church and two other organizations to consider funding this program. Through our B2 Partnership, Gun Lake was able to contribute $1,000.00 to the program and all the resources needed have been raised. Catch Summer Playground is a go!
 
The Delton Catch Summer Playground is also looking for volunteers to work the 10 afternoons this summer. If you have the time and the heart to make a difference, sign up by contacting Gina at gina@ymcaofbarrycounty.org. You will bring hope and make a difference! Through one way or another, God is calling all of us to bring hope through our lives to others. Join the fun!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 5/2/2019

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Hope Grant Empowers Principal to Impact
Central Elementary School!

 
A couple of months ago, Principal Sarah Geukes of Central Elementary School (Hastings) received a Hope Grant through our partnership with the B2 Store in Hastings, Michigan. She was encouraged to bring hope to her school through blessing students and faculty in ways that would raise their spirits and bring encouragement. She said that she tried to choose ways to use the money “that impacted students, staff, and families at the school.” Here is what she did:
 
1.  I took the teachers out to Mexican Connexion for lunch on a professional development day.  They really enjoyed a nice lunch together (and one outside of the building!).  Lunch out is a rare treat for teachers!
 
2. I had postcards made that say “Great News from School! Central Elementary.” Staff members have been writing postcards to students to encourage and celebrate great things happening at school.  I had a student just this week pull out a postcard from her backpack to show me the note that she got from a teacher!  Her smile said it all!
 
3.  I sent four K-2nd grade teachers to literacy training in Bay City.  The training itself was inexpensive, but I used the Hope Grant to pay for hotel rooms for the teachers which were not in the budget.  They really learned a lot at the training and appreciated the time to build relationships with each other outside of school! 
 
4.  I am using the remaining money to pay for a family picnic (hot dogs, chips, lemonade, etc) on the evening of May 29.  We are kicking off our Summer Reading Program that evening.  I am hoping that food will help encourage families to attend and engage in our summer reading program.  My goal for the program is to help reduce “summer slide” by providing books and activities for families to have at home.
 
Great job Sarah! Thank you for partnering with us in bringing hope to others. How is God calling you to make a difference in your community? Maybe it is serving your local school as a volunteer! Whatever it is, join the fun. Together, we are bringing hope to the Gun Lake Region.  

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 4/26/2019

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Easterfest brings Families together on Hope-filled Weekend!
 
Last Saturday April 20th at 4:00 p.m., Gun Lake Community was overrun with smiling kids and young families soaking in Easterfest on a bright sunny afternoon. Families from across the region came to enjoy free hotdogs and drinks, play games, and scramble across the front field during the Easter Egg hunt!
 
A big shout out to all who helped love and serve the region through this event! Easterfest couldn’t happen without you.
 
Different events designed to love our community and bring hope happen all year long at Gun Lake Community Church. Be on the look-out for how you can join the fun through Prayer Walking, Vacation Bible School, Middleville Heritage Days, Trunk or Treat, and many more opportunities to love and serve! Together we are making a difference.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 4/18/2019

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Hope comes through the Scriptures on this Holy Week!
 
This week we celebrate the goodness of God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Let these verses from the Bible fill you with hope and may that hope overflow to everyone around you.
 
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
 

The Romans Road (A way to share the Gospel in 4 passages from Romans)
Romans 3:23“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
 
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
 
Romans 5:8“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
 
Romans 10:9-10 “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
 
 
Ephesians 2:1-9 “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
 
May you be filled with the hope that comes from the Gospel this week!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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