Rev. Don Bird, Lead Pastor

Pastor Don welcoming a child through baptism
1. What excites you about working at Hope?
The people…They love each other and they love God.
2. What Bible story or passage is the most meaningful to you and why?
1 John 3:16-18: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” To me this is the central tenet of the Christian faith and life and it serves as a reminder that, as a follower of Jesus, my words are empty if they are not manifested in my living.
3. Describe a moment or place when or where you felt God’s presence.
December 28, 1996 – the day I married my wife; January 12, 1999 – the birth of my son; April 18, 2001 – the birth of my daughter; March 2008 when God embraced me and walked with me through one of the darkest times of my life.We have four seasons and I love every one of them…especially the change from one season to the next. Our God has created such a beautiful world and each season is a glimpse into the nature and beauty of our Creator!
4. What do you like to do when you have an hour to yourself?
Watch sports or just have some quiet time.

Rev. Stephanie Price, Pastor of Discipleship

Stephanie communion the Land
1. What excites you about working at Hope?
Hope United Methodist Church is a generous community with an innovative and compassionate spirit. I am blessed to be a witness to the unfolding story of this faith community!

2. What Bible story or passage is the most meaningful to you and why?
The call of Jeremiah continually resonates with me. In Jeremiah 1:4-10 we hear Jeremiah object to God’s call upon his life saying, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” And yet, God responds with a beautiful rebuttal telling Jeremiah, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” Then God puts out his hand and touches Jeremiah’s mouth; and says, “Now I have put my words in your mouth.” This story reminds me of the redemptive ways in which God works through me and fills me with a confidence that at the exact moment I run out of energy or skill or resources, God will put out his hand and lift me up to that place which I need to be.

3. Describe a moment or place when or where you felt God’s presence.
I am learning to see God in all things but I most reliably feel God’s love and grace when I look at the young woman my daughter is quickly becoming.

4. What do you like to do when you have an hour to yourself?

RUN! I love to run, walk, and go to yoga!

Pastor Stephanie’s Blog: www.adventureswithhope.blogspot.com