Month: August 2017

Latest News from Taiwan

From Elyse Burns:

Dear Christ Our Hope family – it was SO wonderful getting to see you all again. I appreciate all of you listening to my stories and extremely condensed presentation about life here in Taiwan! I made it back to Kinmen and am slowly getting over my jet lag. So far I have unpacked, met my new roommates (new teachers in my organization), was reunited with previous roommates, had orientation with my team and met with my school. The great news is that I will be teaching at the same school as last year (yay!). I got to see all of the kids again today…. we’ll just say the squeals of excitement went both ways as I exchanged many hugs. I appreciate all of your support and hope to send updates and prayer requests as time continues. Rest assured that you all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers as well. 

Also, here is an interesting article about Ghost Month (Aug-Sep 12 this year); it will help give you a little more insight to the culture and traditions here.

 God bless – Elyse


Welcome New Interim Rector Fr. Isaac Chavez!

This weekend, we are so happy to welcome our new Interim Rector, Fr. Isaac A. Chavez.  Fr. Isaac and his wife Sarah, and their five beautiful children, will be joining Christ our Hope as Fr. Isaac becomes our Interim Rector.  He will be full-time, conducting services, handling pastoral care, and working with the Vestry and Parish.  His term will continue until June 1, 2018.

Fr. Isaac’s credentials include an Associate of Applied Science degree with Business Concentration (Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM) ; B.S. in English from Pensacola Christian College (Pensacola, FL); and a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (Dallas, TX).  In addition he has 4 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education from Kettering Medical Center.  His most recent experience has been assisting at Christ the King REC with Fr. Wayne McNamara in many different areas, including services, nursing home, teaching, children’s ministry, and outreach.

He and Sarah are looking forward to getting to know everyone and to working with our parish as we move forward.  We hope everyone will take the opportunity this weekend to come and welcome Fr. Isaac and family!


Victory Project — Update

Join us for a one-hour VICTORY LAP

Wednesday or Thursday September 6th or 7th at 5:30 pm each night — 409 Troy Street

Learn about the amazing work Victory Project is doing in the lives of young men and our community.

Women’s Brunch — Saturday!

Who:  All women of Christ our Hope

When:  Saturday, September 2, 2017 — 9:30-11:30 a.m.

What:  Brunch — please bring a delicious dish to share

Where:  Christ our Hope Anglican Church Green Room

Why:  Launching of Christ our Hope Women’s Fellowship

Purpose:  Come and enjoy good food and fellowship as we plan how we will serve one another and our community in Christ in the coming year.

Our first step was the brainstormiong session at our Retreat.  This is the next step and where we go from here.

Adult Sunday School

This week the Adult Sunday School class will be receiving a presentation from Voice of the Martyrs concerning testimonies from the persecuted church.  Come and see vivid responses to prayer for our brothers and sisters across the world.

Thank You, Everyone!

From Amanda Roberts:

What a wonderful evening! Thanks to all who expressed interest and/or attended my fundraiser concert a couple of weeks ago and for your overwhelming generosity, encouragement, and support. Several have asked for the names of the other performers. Since there was no printed program, here they are: 

 Rebekah Thompson, cello

David Baugham, guitar (fingerstyle slap)

Mike McDermott & Pam Baugham, guitar/vocals (“Sweet Betsy”)

The competition is now just four weeks away. I have been practicing hard and look forward to sharing good news with you all after it’s over!


Men’s Breakfast Saturday

Just a reminder that all men of the church are invited to the Men’s Fellowship Breakfast this coming Saturday morning (August 19) at 7:30 a.m. at the church.  It’s a great meal and a wonderful time of fellowship together.  We hope to see you there!

Prayer Request — Abby Miller

From Jon and Sherrie Miller --

Abby Miller was seriously injured at work.  Her leg was run over by a fork lift.  She is in the hospital in Daytona Beach FL.  She has had one surgery and has another tomorrow and another next week.  Her leg is badly damaged.  It is only by God’s grace that she was not killed, we thank God for His mercy.  She has a long road of recovery ahead.  Your prayers are coveted. 

Oh Father, God of all comfort, we pray for your child Abby at this time of great danger.  We thank you that you protected her life and we entrust her to your love and mercy.  Show yourself strong to Abby now and draw her close to you.  Bring her through the surgeries and restore her.  Give peace and comfort to her family as they put their trust in you.  Let this that was meant for evil be an opportunity for great good, we pray, in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen

Elyse Burns Speaking on Sunday

Elyse Burns will be speaking at the Adult Sunday School this week (August 20).  She will be sharing about her experiences as a teacher in Taiwan this past year and a bit about what she expects the coming year will hold in store.  Come and hear about the “Amazing Adventures of Elyse”!

School Supply Distribution Here We Come!

  Pat Prenger’s van loaded with back packs full of school supplies for tomorrow’s Hope4Riverside/Mad River Schools partnership school supply distribution.  Pat and Duane Veley loaded 175 backpacks, bottles of water, and bags of chips for tomorrow.  From 10 to 12 our church will participate in this event at Community Park (769 Old Harshman Road).  Everyone is welcome to come out and join us in this terrific opportunity to connect with some of our neighbors.  Simultaneous distributions will be taking place at 4 other Riverside parks, each one staffed by churches and Mad River School teachers.  What a testimony to the love of Christ reaching our community. If you can’t join us, would you consider praying for the effort — that God will be glorified and His love will touch many!

I Need Your Help!

In the 2017 School Supply Distribution, our parish has been assigned Community Park next Thursday, August 10, from 10 till noon.  I need someone to help me pick up 150 book bags, 150 bottles of water, and 150 bags of chips from the School Board Office on Old Harshman Road on Wednesday sometime during the day.  Then I need several people to meet me at Community Park at 10 on Thursday to get set up.  We will be joined by teachers and staff members to help us pass things out starting at 10:30.  However, all teachers will be at a Kick-Off Meeting at the High School from 8 till 10 and then be transported by school bus to the various parks in the community, so they can’t help set up.  PLEASE!  If you can help, give me a call (572-6682).  This is such a wonderful opportunity to share God’s love in our community and, as Archbishop Foley says, “Meet the mission field on our doorstep.”  Thanks so much.    Dss Candy