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October Soup & Scripture Recap - with info on Hope for the Homeless

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Thank you to all the ladies who came out (and brought food) for our monthly Soup & Scripture event!  For October, we had a "Socktober" theme (complete with roses made from socks as the centerpieces) to collect socks for the Hope for the Homeless ministry. Socks are often one of the most needed items and we so appreciate the ladies who brought and were able to donate 84 pairs of new socks to those in need this fall! If you missed out, Hope Kidz is also partnering with Hope for the Homeless this month and has a collection basket for new socks located outside of the Clubhouse/Garage that you can drop off a donation of socks any Sunday in October.  Chuck & Patty Hasenstab attended and shared with us more information about their ministry - Hope for the Homeless. Chuck gave us some background as to how they got started, how they serve today, and ways for women at Hope Church to get involved. To learn more about the work they are doing for the homeless in downtown Cleveland,

Sharing Your Hope Story

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 At our first Soup & Scripture event we shared a template for Sharing Your Hope Story .   We want to encourage women to intentionally seek ways to share what God is doing in their lives, and equip you with a helpful tool that can help you organize and communicate your story in a meaningful and impactful way. You can find a printer friendly copy of the document  here that we hope is helpful to you!  The first page of information explains the WHY. And the second page is a worksheet for the HOW.  We've included all of the same content below for you to review - and our prayer is that we can all be attuned to the fingerprints of God in our lives this year and have the confidence to share His goodness with those around us.  Sharing Your Hope Story There is power in sharing our personal experiences. When we stop to reflect on what God is doing in our life, and have the confidence to share it with others, we remind ourselves that God is at work in our world, community, and everyday li

September Soup & Scripture Recap - plus stuffed pepper soup recipe!

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We had a wonderful kick-off to our Soup & Scripture series! Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us!  Ally Brennan began our year long journey through the Sermon on the Mount by providing context for Jesus' famous teaching found in Matthew 5-7. She also gave an overview of the beatitudes, where Jesus taught the attitudes we should have in order to experience happiness. She reminded us, that the common translation to "blessed" really refers to an unshakable happiness, persistent in all circumstances.  We then spent some time studying the first Beatitude found in Matthew 5:3 -  Blessed are the poor in spirit,   for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. After studying the meaning of "poor in spirit" and "kingdom of heaven" - Ally showed us how the first Beatitude (and Jesus' very first teaching in his public ministry) is a summary of the gospel message. Unless you humble yourself, and recognize that you have nothing to offer God, only then can

Devo - The Sound of Wings

Philippians 4:8-9 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. I had someone tell me years ago that when my mind starts to swerve left of center and the yellow line on the road ahead starts to blend in with my surroundings – that I should begin at the top of this list and move along until I come to one that I can not apply to what I’m thinking. I don’t remember ever making it past the first item. I ask myself if what I’m thinking is true. Well. In the case of my anxious musings, they are never true. And just how much time and energy do I really want, or even have, to spend on a lie? If I also apply the fact that my anxiety is saying to God, “I don’t really think you ca

What Happens at Ladies of Hope Events? Find out here and save our fall event dates!

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SAVE THE DATE! Maybe you're new to Hope Church or haven't attended a Ladies of Hope event in the past, so we've outlined what you can expect at all of our upcoming events and we hope you make plans to join us! Soup & Scripture When is it?  Typically the second Tuesday of the month, always at 6:30pm.  September 14th October 12th November 9th We take December off, but then meet again January-June! What is it ? Once a month, we invite all the ladies to join us in the Garage at Hope Church for dinner, fellowship, and a teaching from scripture. This year, Ally Brennan will be teaching each month through the Sermon on the Mount. These practical teachings of Jesus will encourage and remind us what obedient discipleship requires of us. Each month, there will be a sign-up to attend and an optional sign-up to bring a crock pot of soup or side salad to share.  Why should you come? Obviously there is delicious food (which should be reason enough!), but additionally these events ar

Ministry Spotlight - Cards Ministry

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This week we connected with Barbara Lewis who coordinates our  Card Ministry  at Hope Church. Read below to learn more about this ministry and learn how you can be involved! 1. Can you tell us a little bit about this ministry – what do you do?   The Card Ministry began three years ago.  It was started by Patti Basak as a way to connect to those in the church who were in need of additional encouragement because of illness, loss or acknowledgment of a special occasion. Patti moved just prior to COVID and I became the organizer at her request.  We have three ladies and one teen who create our beautiful cards and six ladies and one teen who send out the various cards.  From January until now we have sent out 52 cards showing God’s love for his people.   During COVID we met a few times on Zoom to pray and encourage each other, but my hope is to find a monthly time and date to gather in person.  COVID also gave us another branch of the Card Ministry.  Linda Friedline felt the Lord lead

Devo - Marching Orders

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Here are 4 imperatives. Trust. Do Good. Dwell. Befriend. All require action. All require cooperation. Settled at the beginning of the testimony of Psalm 37 are my marching orders. And God will provide everything I need for the journey. When the world outside my window looks frightening and unfair and cold and desolate and flowerless and loveless and hopeless – I need to trust in who You are. I need to stare straight in Your face and take courage. When through the media I see lonely and hungry and lost people hurting and being hurt – I need show them the love of Jesus Your Son. I need to live out the Gospel of love. When from the crowd I hear of unrest and dissatisfaction and anger and persecution – I need to dwell under the protection of Your roof, safe in Your hand. Unafraid. And flourish! When I feel inside the fear and insecurity and confusion of this life we live out of th