02/24/2020 by Rev. Allie Hayes Shulman Inspirational

Ash Wednesday: Learning to see the light again

Today, millions of Christians throughout the world enter into a time of darkness called Lent. It marks a time in the Christian calendar when we reflect on the darkness of our own soul and the darkness in the world around us. These days, it seems easy to do both. How many of us have not caught ou...


Going to Israel changed everything

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. –Acts 1:14 The more I learn, the less I know. And that is happily where I landed recently during my adventure to the Holy Land. The more I experienced, the more I realized I’...

02/11/2020 Inspirational

Reading the Bible with your kids doesn’t have to be weird or scary

When HPUMC began our current Bible Reading Plan, “Letters from Prison,” Cheryl Meadows decided to take one of the booklets home and read along. However, she wouldn’t be doing it by herself. Encouraged by Bibles and Biscuits, a morning devotional time held each week for middle school students and...

02/04/2020 by Jenny Landry

Israel: where Jesus became real

I’m a lawyer and a natural skeptic who prefers evidence and cold, hard facts over the idea of “childlike faith.” Although I have been a “believer” all of my life, faith is something that has always been difficult for me. This trip changed that. Jesus became real. About a year ago, I learned that...

01/28/2020 by Keilty Sebastian

Finding weekly renewal through Journey

My husband, Michael, was diagnosed with dementia three years ago. Since September 2019, Michael has been a participant in Journey, a weekly respite program at HPUMC offering faith-based care to those with memory loss and their caregivers. “I like it more and more each time I go,” Michael says. “...

01/27/2020 by Rev. Chelsea Peddecord

How can I help my child with anxiety?

Lately, it seems that anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are surrounding us as a society. Our teenagers, specifically, are processing these emotions and feelings. As a parent, you may be feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by how to figure out how to support your child. You’re not...

01/27/2020 by Molly Iler

The unique love and support of a small group

If I'm honest, joining a small group at HPUMC had been on my mind for quite some time, but I had come up with plenty of excuses as to why it wasn't the right time. I work full-time and go to graduate school full-time, so I was convinced that it would not fit into my schedule. I was involved at ch...

01/24/2020 Outreach

Changing lives at the Methodist Children’s Home in Costa Rica

Ray and Lidia Zirkel have lived in Costa Rica as missionaries for 24 years. On a Sunday in 2005, Lidia was walking with her daughters to church in the city of San Jose when she noticed some homeless children — just a few of the 1,500 — who were living and sleeping on the streets. “My girls were a...

01/05/2020 by Rev. Paul Rasmussen

My thoughts on the UMC in the news

Dear HPUMC Family & Friends, Many of you may have seen the press coverage concerning the global United Methodist Church. Since July 2019 a group of United Methodist leaders, representing the wide range of theological positions within the denomination, have been negotiating to find a way throu...


Five things coming up in 2020

Look below to see what’s coming up, when it’s happening, and how you can get involved or take the next step in your faith journey.