Tuesday, February 27, 2018


These prayer times will last 30-45 minutes
or as long as they need to last.

Are you a current leader? 

March 1st at 6pm with Shirley Saddler

Are you a part of Hanfield or want to join us?

March 6th at 6pm with Brad Terhune
March 7th at 7am with Brad Terhune

March 12th at 6pm with Jeff Brady
March 13th at 6pm with Jeff Brady

March 22nd at 5pm with Ronald Morrell

March 29th at 6pm with Tim Helm

Come to one or come to all.
You are welcomed and wanted.
All of these will be held at the church
and we will pick a room that fits
our size at each gathering.

There will also be our Annual Prayer Walk
held on the Courthouse Square on Sunday,
March 25th at 6pm with Shirley Saddler
overseeing the evening's prayer events.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sunday Night Classes!


Meeting on March 4, 11 & 18

Taking a Break for Palm Sunday and Easter


Finishing the Spring Series on April 8, 15 & 22

All Classes run from 6pm to 7:30pm
to match our format for GAP Kids, Club 56 and Youth
(which meet on Sunday night regularly)


Teacher: Rev. Tim Helm
Held in the Office Conference Room



Teacher: Rev. Kent Kessler
Held in Overflow Room 104



Teacher: Rev. Brad Terhune
Held in Overflow Room 106
(There is a 10 minute video introduction to each of the
6 weeks with teaching and discussion to follow.)


Our Sunday Morning Routine is Changing

The Reason:
                Our current format was established, in part, to give our church members opportunities to Worship, Connect and Serve each Sunday in a variety of ways over a variety of hours. There are some that have fully embraced that and attend a worship service, connect in an ABF and serve in another ministry area over a span of the three-time slots each week. Though, that is not the norm. Many come to two hours, but the majority is here for one hour. The prevailing feeling is that we need to explore another way to program Sundays while still setting us up for other positive engagement opportunities. A new concurrent model (as different from our current sandwich model) will allow for people from both services to interact with each other and see one another on site. It opens the possibility that dinners and fellowships held after concurrent services and classes will have more people stay due to the lack of time gap. It also builds the momentum of crowds interacting in closer spaces and timeframes to one another.
                This change is not without its own downsides, but we prayerfully believe it is a change worth making.

The Decision:
                The Administrative Council asked the staff to consider the options. The staff responded with a recommendation and the Administrative Council voted for it in the affirmative.

New Service Schedule:
8:15am                 An early opportunity for classes that do not need childcare for meeting. Also, a 
                             possible timeslot for Communion and Devotion for workers that may not get to 
                             attend a service that weekend.  Not published publically (i.e. online, 
                             newspaper or in official schedules after our intial discussions)
9:30am                 1st Service with concurrent Worship, ABF, Sunday School and Kid’s Ministries.
10:45am               2nd Service with concurrent Worship, ABF, Sunday School and Kid’s Ministries.
[All services and classes are scheduled for 60 minutes which allows for a 15 minute transition and fellowship period.]

Timeline:
                                February 25th – Announcement to ABFs
                                March 4th – Bulletin and Service Announcements
                                April 1st – Easter Services with the greatest attendance and
                                                   reach with new schedule info
                                May 6th – Transition to new schedule

Next Steps for ABFs and Classes:
                                Have a discussion and request which service (9:30am OR 10:45am) 
                                you’d like to meet during for your ABF or Sunday School Class. Once the 
                                requests are in, we will compare them to available spaces and get
        back with your class to set the official time and space prior to our 
        advertising push of the new schedule.
        (Place your request in the Drop Box or email them to brad@hanfield.org)

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Lenten Journey Devotionals - Week 2

Happy Sunday! We look forward to worshiping with you at 8:30am or 11am and connecting with you at 9:45am for Adult Bible Fellowships and Sunday school for all ages.

Did you know the Christian Church universal has moved into a season on the Church calendar called Lent? Lent is a season marked by fasting: an inward journey encouraging us to consider our sin before God for purification and preparation for the work He has for us. It is also a corporate journey as the Body of Christ walks through this season together.

To aid in this Shirley Saddler still has "Seek God for the City" devotional books available in the foyer of the church. This is available in app form as well (Seek God 2018). Check with her to participate.

Additionally, Jeff Brady is encouraging our youth to dig into the Bible in slightly smaller bites with Lenten Fast themed Scripture selections. In the pursuit of our Body of Christ connecting ever deeper, the youth group has made these available to the whole church as well (below, in this post).

However you choose to engage and deepen your faith walk this Lent, remember that we're all in this together. Hanfield UMC i
s here for you, we all are seeking and praying for revival together, and eagerly anticipating Resurrection in our lives, community, and world this Easter and beyond. We hope these resources are helpful. Thank you!

Lenten Devotional Scriptures -  Week 2
During this season of Lent we challenge you to seek God by exploring the truths of Scripture, His words to us.
Begin each reading with a prayer, “Lord, please speak to my heart, grant understand, and help me live it out. Amen.”

Feb 25: Matthew 6:5-15
- When Christ taught His disciples to pray, He made clear that ego will not get us to the Father’s heart. Whose will shall be done? If ours, we’ve missed something.

Feb 26: James 4:1-12
- If we are attempting to rend our hearts and test our fast for good fruit and overcome our ego, then let us find some practical words to each of those ends.

Feb 27: Jonah 3:1-10
- Let us not forget that we once lived in, and occasionally re-visit, our own sort of inner Ninevah, so please, keep doing the inner-heart work to let God redeem us.

Feb 28: Psalm 130
- May the song book of old continue the inner-heart work of these first two weeks of Lent and refresh us for more.

Mar 1: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
So often we forget to meditate on God’s Scripture in order to “write it in our hearts”. Rather, we fill our hearts with so much else. Let reset, refresh, and re-seek God.

Mar 2: Ezekiel 18:21-28
- God’s grace is so easily forgotten as we judge the wickedness around us. At other times we ignore the wickedness in our own lives and prevent God from giving grace. But He is offering free grace to you. Will you take it?

Mar 3: Psalm 51

- Like the woman washing Jesus’ feet, let us acknowledge our own sin and beg forgiveness. It is in waiting upon Him that we find His heart.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Lenten Journey Devotionals

Happy Sunday! We look forward to worshiping with you at 8:30am or 11am and connecting with you at 9:45am for Adult Bible Fellowships and Sunday school for all ages.

Did you know the Christian Church universal has moved into a season on the Church calendar called Lent? Lent is a season marked by fasting: an inward journey encouraging us to consider our sin before God for purification and preparation for the work He has for us. It is also a corporate journey as the Body of Christ walks through this season together.

To aid in this
Shirley Saddler still has "Seek God for the City" devotional books available in the foyer of the church. This is available in app form as well (Seek God 2018). Check with her to participate.

Additionally, 
Jeff Brady is encouraging our youth to dig into the Bible in slightly smaller bites with Lenten Fast themed Scripture selections. In the pursuit of our Body of Christ connecting ever deeper, the youth group has made these available to the whole church as well (in this post).

However you choose to engage and deepen your faith walk this Lent, remember that we're all in this together.
Hanfield UMC i
s here for you, we all are seeking and praying for revival together, and eagerly anticipating Resurrection in our lives, community, and world this Easter and beyond. We hope these resources are helpful. Thank you!


From iLuminate Youth:

Lenten Devotional Scriptures
During this season of Lent we challenge you to seek God by exploring the truths of Scripture, His words to us.
Begin each reading with a prayer, “Lord, please speak to my heart, grant understand, and help me live it out. Amen.”

Sunday, Feb 18: Matthew 4:1-11
- At the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting from something that we rely on more than God, we remember Christ’s own 40 day fast in the desert to prepare Him for His upcoming ministry.

Monday, Feb 19: Job 42:1-6
- After Job’s life-changing ordeal and argument with God, he can do nothing but submit to God’s supremacy. What do you need to submit to Him today?

Tuesday, Feb 20: Matthew 6:16-18
- Though we don’t do a full, strict fast, Lent is indeed a fast. Let Christ’s words inspire and guide your own fast this season.

Wednesday, Feb 21: Deuteronomy 9:15-19
- Moses’ own 40 day fast before the presence of the Lord was for the vision and direction of the nation of Israel. May your own fast cause you to Praise Him for what He will reveal to you!

Thursday, Feb 22: Psalm 25:1-7, 16-21
- Let us be comforted, encouraged, and a bit challenged simply by calling on the Lord.

Friday, Feb 23: Matt 25:31-46
- The test of any fast is not whether we look changed for God, but whether our hearts have been “rended” enough that we are ready to act changed. May Christ’s words become a litmus test, then.

Saturday, Feb 24: 2 Samuel 12:13-23
- On this 1 week anniversary of starting our Lenten Fast, perhaps a reminder of why we have undertaken this fast. Simple obedience? Peer pressure? Or the utmost desire of a heart desperately seeking God’s will and touch ?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Lenten Journey



Ash Wednesday, February 14, marked the beginning of Lent. A season marked in the Christian Church by 40 days, not counting Sundays, leading up to the celebration of Easter.

Repentance, fasting, and prayer during the season of Lent help to prepare us for Easter. And the 40 days also represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, as well as his time of response to temptation and preparation for his public ministry.

Today, Christians often participate in Lenten Bible studies, book studies, silent retreats, personal sacrifice (choosing to give up something) or daily prayer and devotional emphasis. You may take this time to focus on doing one specific thing to bless others and glorify God.

As we enter into this season, I pray that we will find time to be kind to our minds, bodies, and souls, as well as discover or rediscover the blessing of silence.

Throughout these next 40 days, our lives may include good news announcements, moments of joy, as well as tears of sadness or grief. My personal prayer is that I may be emptied so that I become, as Robert Benson writes in Living Prayer, “a space created” that can be filled by God.

Lent is a season in the liturgical calendar that will come and will go. However, we are reminded that our God is with us for “the long haul of our lives.” May we draw strength from our closer walk with Jesus

[One day] “He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”” – Luke 11:1 (NSRV)

Be Encouraged.



Bishop Julius C. Trimble

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Hanfield Challenge



"Will you recommend fasting or abstinence, both by precept and example?"

This was the question asked of Pastor Tim and all ordained Methodist ministers

at their ordination. As Lent starts this month,

we have provided some options to consider in taking


Click HERE to see them and read some

frequently asked questions on fasting.

Monday, February 5, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Ten of 10)


Lesson 10 - Life Is A Gift – Celebrate Each Day

None of us have any idea how much time we have in this life, or even what the quality of that time will be. Embrace the fact that life truly is a gift, and resolve to celebrate each day.

Avoid the tendency to believe that bad things have control over your life. They may have an undue influence at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that your life is ruined forever.

Each day has its own troubles (Matthew 6:34), but it also has its own virtues. Do what you can to minimize your troubles, and then to embrace the goodness that’s around us every day if only we look for it. It’s just a better way to live, and a better way to be a witness to other believers and especially to non-believers.


After all, how we live – and what our attitudes are toward life – are our greatest witness to the world.

Entering our Second Week of Lenten Prayer Focus!