Our church’s name is Hope Community Church! That is not an accident! We are a people of hope. John Piper stated, “Christian hope is a confidence that something will come to pass because God has promised it will come to pass.”
So, hope should be OUR word! As Christians, we are a people of HOPE! As Jesus takes up residence in our lives, and as we become more and more familiar with his life in our lives, we are filled with HOPE! We can go through incredible tragedy as Christians and still experience hope – increasing hope.
We can experience moral failure; we can sin to the nth degree and fall short of God’s glory, as Paul talks about in Romans, and still know of God’s grace and forgiveness. When we hear an assurance of pardon (e.g., Believe the good news . . . in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven) – that is HOPE!
Hope is a dominant word for us as Christians. When we face impossible circumstances and we have no idea how we are going to get through; when terror strikes in the center of our lives, and yet there is somehow in us this incredible hope that wells up within us. It is the indwelling Holy Spirit that does this for us.
God is always doing something behind the scenes. God has agents working in the background that we are not aware of – it’s even better than we can imagine. That is why we are people of hope. Do you need hope today? When you place your trust in God through Jesus Christ, even when you go through challenges and heartache in life, you can have hope that God will not leave you because He has promised “I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you.” When we are assured of that promise, we can rest in HOPE! May you rest in hope today, even in the midst of the atrocities and challenges in our world . . . even the atrocities of warfare in Israel and Ukraine, as well as other areas of turmoil in our world!
Pastor Glen will continue his series in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. The sermon this week is “Fulfilling Our Mission,” based on Philippians 1:27-30. Please read this text in preparation for worship.
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the large Sunday school room. Please join Janet Coiner and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will continue our study of the Gospel of John. This Sunday we will focus on John 21: Jesus appears to 7 Disciples with provisions and restores Peter! Please bring your Bible.
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
September Financial Report
Tithes/Offerings: Monthly: $15,302.00 YTD: $160,068.29
Expenses: Monthly: $22,802.51 YTD: $156,356.87
Capital Campaign: $1,350.00 YTD: $41,462.12
Church Sign Donations: Monthly: $0 YTD: $2,800.00
The next gatherings of the Men’s Group will be on November 8th and December 12th. The group will meet from 9:00 a.m. to Noon in the Community Room at Panera Bread. Please mark your calendar for these gatherings!
Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports
If you have any concerns you would like to add to the Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports list or give an update, PLEASE contact our prayer coordinator, Janet Coiner (540.447.0918) by THURSDAY at 10:00 a.m.!! Thanks so much!!
If you or someone in our congregation needs a ride to a doctor’s appointment or other appointments, please call Tom Reider (540.649.5162). He has agreed to coordinate rides. He has a list of those who have volunteered to give those rides. We are grateful for this important ministry!!
Comfort Care Banquet Update
It’s been one week since our Fall Fundraising Banquet, and we are still feeling the love from you, our supporters! We hosted over 300 guests + over 50 volunteers gave of their time + one of our patients attended with her tiny newborn baby! It was an evening of inspiration and challenge. From the two powerful patient stories to the incredible testimonial shared by our guest speaker, Karen Lester, to Stephanie Crawford’s message of God’s abundance throughout ComfortCare’s season this year; there was much to celebrate and be grateful for at this year’s banquet.
20 new monthly Defenders; 38 people gave to ComfortCare for the FIRST time; $74,389 – the TOTAL received that night in new gifts and pledges!
Missions Team is active keeping in touch with our missionaries and other ministries. Please keep updated! You can visit our website and go to the Outreach page
Tyler Bouthillier (10/29)