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Week leading up to
March 19, 2023
Worship in Holy Week | Join the UCW | Help at the Maple Syrup Festival | Advanced Care Planning | God's Mission Our Gifts | and more!
Worship in Holy Week
Palm Sunday, April 2
10:30am     Hope Springs (In-Person/Online)
We’ll start Holy Week by marking Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem and beginning the journey to the Cross.

Holy Thursday, April 6
8:30 pm     Online only

**Tentative** Through Scripture, music, and poetry, we’ll share in the Last Supper together.

Good Friday, April 7
11:00 am     Hope Springs (In-Person/Online)
7:00 pm     St. Andrew’s in Alma (In-Person)

Follow Jesus along the Way to the Cross.

Easter Sunday, April 9
7:00 am     Bissell Park, Elora (In-Person)
7:00 am     Alma Community Centre (In-Person)

Greet the sunrise in the joy of resurrection!

10:30 am     Hope Springs (In-Person/Online)
Jesus Christ is Risen Today! Hallelujah!
United Church Women

Did you know that you can still be part of the UCW?
Local United Church Women units have closed In many congregations, including ours. This leaves women with no local group to be part of.
 However, you can become an individual member of our Western Ontario Waterways region’s UCW. You’ll receive regular news and information by email or regular mail.

Want to become a member of UCW to receive this information? You can obtain an Individual Membership Application form and necessary information to join from our church office.
The UCW WOW Annual Meeting is being held on April 22nd, 11:30 am to 3:00 pm at Forest Hill United Church, Kitchener. Bring a bag lunch.
Elmira Maple Syrup Festiva
Hope Springs is carrying on Alma UC’s tradition
Saturday, April 1st

We’re selling Back Bacon on a Bun!

Funds raised will support our congregation’s life and work
Join our team
Jobs are available for all ages. Help out for as long or as short a time as you can offer. Just indicate on the sign-up sheet what your intentions are for helping. Families are welcome to help as a group
  • Set-up crew (4-7am)
  • Cooking and Sales crews (throughout the day)
  • Clean-up crew (3-5pm)
Sign-up in the Welcome Centre or contact the Office.
For more info, please talk with Robert Koeslag.
This Week
March 20-26
Elora Preschool (Lower level)

Tuesday    7:00 pm
Gospel of John film  (online)

Tuesday     7:15 pm
CW Singers     (Sanctuary)

Thursday    1:30 pm
Gospel of John film  (Bissell Room)
Thursday     6:30 pm
HSUC Choir   (Bissell Room)

Friday     8:00 pm
AA Group     (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday     10:30 am
Hope Springs Worship
A Reminder . . . 
Foodgrains Bank Spring Meeting
Friday, March 24    10:00am
Central Pentecostal Church
7674 Colborne Street, Elora
Guest Speaker: Christina Philips
Canadian Foodgrains Bank Communications Manager

Christina will share about visiting emergency food assistance programs in Ethiopia and meeting with  conservation agriculture leaders in Kenya. Learn why the work of Foodgrains members and partners is so critical right now.

For more information contact Ken & Elizabeth Musselman | 519-846-9289
The Inverhaugh Community Foodgrains Bank project is a shared work of the Bethel Mennonite, Gale Presbyterian (Elmira), and Hope Springs congregations.
Another Reminder . . . 
Advanced Care Planning: Who Will Speak for You?
Part of Stone United Church's Spring Wellness series
Rosslyn Bentley will present an overview of Advance Care Planning (ACP) in Ontario and the “Speak Up” campaign as well as the many resources available on-line and the ACP workbook.
Wednesday, March 22     7:30 p.m.
In-Person and Online

About Rosslyn – Rosslyn Bentley is the Executive Director of the Woolwich Community Health Centre and an experienced healthcare manager. She was formerly the ED at Hospice Wellington in Guelph, and is an Accreditation Surveyor for the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and a passionate advocate of advance care planning.
Stone United Church
5370 Fourth Line Guelph/Eramosa

Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. Following the talk there will be a time for questions, and then light refreshments will be served.

Joining Online? A link will be sent to you prior to the event.

Please register at Eventbrite. If you don’t have access to a computer and plan to attend in-person, you can leave a message at 519-856-4160.
Educating the Ministers of Tomorrow

"The care of people who are strangers to one another--the importance and impact of that can't be overstated."

You can watch a video of this mission message here.

You may think Mission & Service just happens far away from your church. But the effects of Mission & Service may be as close as your local pulpit.

Mission & Service does a surprising amount of development in your local church, recruiting new ministers and funding theological schools. It even shapes the hymn books you sing from every service.

Another important way Mission & Service supports local ministry: by providing academic bursaries for students studying to become ministers and theological leaders.

“The church has a lot to offer in terms of witness to the community and supporting people who are struggling,” explains the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Janzen-Ball, the United Church’s Executive Minister for Theological Leadership.

Janzen-Ball knows there’s more to a bursary than just the financial gift. “The money is really helpful,” she says, “but the other thing that is so important to students is realizing that people throughout the church cared enough to donate to Mission & Service.”

The Rev. Alexa Gilmour received one of these bursaries when she was still a ministry candidate. “I was a single parent, and I knew I couldn’t get through without support,” Gilmour says. “I felt blessed by God through people who donated and who, by giving, encouraged me on my journey.

“I have tremendous gratitude for that important role the church played in my life at that time.”

Janzen-Ball wants you to know that your gifts do matter. “They matter both tangibly in peoples’ lives in a real way but also in intangible ways because they signal the support of the wider community,” she says. “The care of people who are strangers to one another―the importance and impact of that can’t be overstated.

“Giving to Mission & Service is an opportunity to support future and current leaders. Those gifts make a significant difference.”

You can give to the United Church's Mission & Service through our congregation. More information is in the "Your Offerings Matter" section.

Ways to Help in Hope Springs
Our congregation is about people using and sharing their many gifts, so together we can join in God's work. There will be many, many ways for you to take part. Might one of these fit you?
  • Sing in the Choir
  • Join the music Praise Team
  • Greet people coming to worship
  • Read the Bible in worship
  • Lead prayer in worship
  • Run the tech system on Sundays
  • Prepare refreshements for after-worship fellowship time
  • Visit folks on behalf of the congregation
  • Be on the Children's Worship (Sunday School) team
  • Help lead Youth Group
  • Prepare the bread/juice for Communion
  • Serve Communion during worship
  • Count and record the Offering
We provide the training and support you'll need.

You can find out more by filling out a simple online form. Just click the button below. Or, you contact the church office (519-846-0122).
Let Us Know How You Can Help
Your Offerings Matter
Your offerings are an important way you share in our life and mission together. Here is information about how you can give.

You can give to 
  • our congregation's General Fund
  • the United Church of Canada’s Mission & Service
  • Project Welcome Refugee Sponsorship
  • our Building Fund

You can give by

Pre-Authorized Giving
Monthly offerings automatically deducted from your account. It’s easy! Please contact Jim Fairles to set this up. (

Made out to Hope Springs United Church. Please indicate if you want your gift directed to particular funds. You can send your donation here:
Hope Springs United Church
75 Geddes Street
Elora ON  N0B 1S0
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Canada Helps
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Greg Smith-Young
Minister for Worship, Christian Formation and Pastoral Care
519.846.2542 (home)

Barb Smith-Young
Minister for Children and Youth
519.846.2542 (home)

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Music Director
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Office Administrator

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Treasurer and Bookkeeper

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