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News & Notes: Week of March 15, 2020

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March 15, 2020
The Story: Saul - Standing Tall, Falling Hard
This week's message looks at a significant transition in Israel's history - from the era of the Judges to the era of the Kings. Hannah's miracle son Samuel becomes a prophet whom God reluctantly asks to anoint a king for Israel, like the neighboring nations have. Saul becomes that first Israelite king: things go well at first, but derail once his ego gets too big and he disobeys God.
​​​​OUR READINGS - 1 Samuel 12:20-25; Matthew 22:41-46

Hope worship services and events have been cancelled until further notice.

Hope Church will have limited business hours during this time. Please do not hesitate to call and leave a voicemail or email the church office with any prayer requests or updates.

​Parents you have a great opportunity to have special times with your children reading and discussing The Story each week together as a family. Click for coloring sheets, videos and family talk sheets. Sermons will also be available online each week.

Lilies will be postponed but please let the office know if you would like to honor or memorialize a special person or event so that we may still send it out.

RWANDA MISSION TEAM We are grateful for our the courage and faith of our Rwanda Mission Team! Unfortunately, the trip has been cancelled. We are all disappointed but trust that God has another trip in store for the future with Living Water International. We appreciate your prayers for our team. Carla Huizenga, Delores Kannas, Don & Jeanne Wicklund, Erin Wicklund, Greg Townsend, Jaime Kersten, Juanita Beale, Julie Hill, Julie Liveris, Larry Koltz, & Mark Breslich.

MEXICO MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER: 144 ENVELOPES The reason I (Jonathan) like this fundraiser is that everyone can be involved! The first time we did this at Hope, a child came up to me with $5 and wanted to help with the big kids. I loved it! This is what this fundraiser is all about. In the Commons are 144 envelopes labelled $1-$144 that you can pick up then donate online or write a check and place the sealed envelope in the offering basket. There are directions on the card. Thank you for helping our high school kids get to Mexico and supporting the building of a home for a family in need.

LWML CONVENTION (Lutheran Women in Ministry) September 25 - 27 at Great Wolf Lodge. If you are interested in being a delegate or Young Woman representative, please contact the church office.

​MIGHTY MITE MOMENT Mobile Medical Mercy Mission Bus for Guatemala: $100,000 . This is one of 21 Mission Grants supported by Lutheran Women's Mission League for 2019-2021. In Guatemala while physicians tend to physical needs, ministers and lay leaders will go into villages and set up Bible classes, Vacation Bible Schools and worship services. In February Hope children gave $19.50 in "mites", and Hope adults gave $89.50 in "Mites". Each Mite helps those who need help - our neighbors all over the world, sharing God's Love and His Promises. Thank You!

​Hope is seeking volunteers at the sound board and computers to help enhance our 10:30 worship service. Please email Amy at if interested.
· The computer position involves operating the lyrics and images on Mac computers and is a once-a-month commitment.
· The sound board position involves running the sound board to balance the sound for speaking mics and musical instruments and is a once or twice monthly commitment. This includes participating in weekly Thursday night band rehearsals and Sunday morning rehearsals and worship. No prior sound board experience is necessary, but it is helpful if you have a musical ear.

EVE GARDENING GROUP With Spring right around the corner, it's time to put out the call for volunteers. Three more helpers to join our small group would insure that the yards would receive the best care possible. In addition to being surrounded by beautiful flowers and plants in God’s Garden, this task has many benefits including: good exercise, fresh air, meeting the neighbors, and much more!

This is the time of year we ask the congregation to submit names for the Hope Board of Elders and Hope Board of Directors. Nominees should be members of Hope that you believe are exemplary models of spiritual maturity and integrity. This year we are canvassing to fill two Elder vacancies and five Director vacancies. Each position is described below:
-Serve with the pastor in the area of spiritual life, support the office of pastoral ministry and concern themselves with the spiritual advancement of the congregation and give guidance and counsel in any spiritual affair to affect this congregation.
-Elders will be men of the congregation who also meet the scriptural qualifications of church leaders (1 Tim. 3:8-13).
-Prayer and devotional life, exemplary worship and Bible study life, as well as adherence to sound doctrine according to the Confessional Standard of this congregation shall be prerequisites of this office.

-Serve with the pastor in the area of congregational needs, support the mission and ministry of the congregation by governance through policy; financial, business, legal and property advancement; give guidance and counsel in any issue to affect this congregation.
-Directors will be members of the congregation and who also meet the scriptural qualifications of church leaders (1 Tim. 3:8-13).
-Directors care for the property of the congregation as a sacred and legal trust and, in special situations regarding properties, act in accordance with specific resolutions of the Congregational Assembly.

1) Paid staff are not eligible to serve on the Board of Directors to avoid conflict of interest.
2) You may nominate yourself or other members to serve on one or both boards.

Please submit your nominations to the office by clicking HERE, email at , via U.S. mail or in person. If you have any questions you can call the church office. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, April 19, 2020.

​​HOPE LUTHERAN FOUNDATION is reaching out to members of the Congregation who may be interested in joining the Board of Trustees. If you or someone you know is interested, please click the button below or contact any member of the Hope Lutheran Foundation Board or Dave Kannas.

GRANTS AVAILABLE: The Hope Lutheran Foundation manages Hope’s growing endowment. This spring they are able to offer four small ($500) grants to Hope members/leaders who have ideas to enhance Hope’s ministries. Simple grant applications are in the church office & are due March 30.