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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

Devo - Trusting in God

Years ago, I was swimming with my three little girls.    We were at a kiddy swimming pool that was only about a foot deep.  Everyone was playing and having fun.  Capri my 18mth old is jumping off the edge into my arms in the water and loving it.  At one point during our time there, I was watching Karis our eldest do something out in the middle of the pool, Lanie my three year old is standing beside me right by the edge and Capri is out of the pool.  Capri decides to jump into Lanie’s arms.  It didn’t go to well.  First, Lanie is not capable of catching her sister in the water well. Secondly, Lanie was turned to the side and not even aware of Capri’s presence.   Thankfully I had turned just in time to see this event and was able to fish Capri out of the water.  I know Capri is just a baby, but did she really think her sister would be able to catch her while looking the other way?   How could she put her faith and trust in a 3-year-old when her mommy was right there?  But then I thought

Ministry Spotlight - Meals Ministry

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This week we connected with Lois Miles who coordinates our Meals Ministry at Hope Church. Read below to learn more about this ministry and get more info about how you can be involved!    1. Can you tell us a little bit about this ministry -- what do you do?   Our team of volunteers provide meals for those in our church body who have a special need.  We use the program ‘Take Them A Meal’ ( www.takethemameal.com ) to organize a list of dates for the meals and important information like allergies, etc. The church office administrator creates the meal request once they have the needed information from the recipient (food allergies, likes/dislikes, how long they need the meals, etc.)  The program will provide a link which is emailed to the meals team. The team can access the form on the website to enter the date they want to provide a meal.  Team members can see what others plan to provide so the family is not getting spaghetti 3 nights in a row.  We typically provide 3 meals a week for a

Join us for BINGO Night & Ice Cream

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  We hope you can join us under the tent on June 8 at 7:00pm for Bingo, Brownies and Bible verses !  We'll have an ice cream sundae bar and a chance to connect, have fun and socialize! Bring a chair as we plan to be outside, weather permitting. The event is free, but please register so we know to expect you! Click here  to sign up.

Devo - Grateful for Manna

  Numbers 11:6  “But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”  Am I living in a blessing as if it were a curse? Like the Israelites, who wandered through the  dessert, complained about their Manna.   This was God’s provision, but they turned it into a curse.  Because it was familiar.  Because it was predictable.   Because it had to be managed every day.   Because at heart they were short sighted and disappointed and tired and far from home. They longed for their captivity.  Because it was familiar.  Because it was predictable.  Because it could be managed every day.  Because at heart they were short sighted and disappointed and tired and longing for home. And I too can complain for a better house or a better job or a better paycheck or a better life.  Because this is all too familiar.  Because this is all too predictable.  Because this all must be managed every day.  Because at heart I am short sighted and disappointed and tired and this wor

May Event Recap

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We had around 30 women attend our Ladies of Hope Night this month! It was great to be able to connect and reconnect together. Faith courageously shared her story of hurt, heartbreak, and healing and reminded us that God is with us through it all.  Ally reminded us that we often confuse God's love with our sanctification. Through a lifelong pursuit of our holiness we forget that God's love pours out on us unconditionally, independent of our actions. We must only accept it. We cannot hide from God's love, do not need to change for God's love, and there's nothing we need to "do" to earn God's love. Sanctification is a response to his love. But God's perfect love will meet us right where we are at. And from that love, we can love others unconditionally as well. Thank you to all the ladies who joined us, a special thank you to Faith for sharing her Hope Story, and we hope you make plans to join us next month on June 8th   at 7pm!