Our church is named “Hope Community Church” for a reason! We want to be people of HOPE! That is an important 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 – and His hope.
As we read in 1 Peter 3, we need to always be ready to make a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in us! So, always be ready to talk about the hope that is in you. Be ready to talk to anyone – don’t decide in advance who needs to hear the Gospel and who does not – don’t mark anyone off your list. We may not have to talk, but we must always be ready to give people an understanding of the hope we have, especially in a world of so much sadness, despair, and hopelessness. Remember that we have the GREATEST gift to give to people – the great gift of Jesus Christ. So, are you ready to do it? Do you know the words to speak? It takes practice, rehearsal, and courage.
Pastor Glen will continue the summer sermon series, “The Essentials,” focusing on what we believe. Glen’s sermon this Sunday is: “Our Calling,” based upon Matthew 28:16-20. Please read this text before 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 Deborah Kleinschuster and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will continue our study of the Gospel of John. This Sunday we will study John 12: Mary Anoints Jesus and the Triumphal Entry!! 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.
June Financial Report
Tithes/Offerings: Monthly: $14,005.52 YTD: $102,471.04
Expenses: Monthly: $20,956.40 YTD: $103,644.37
Capital Campaign: $975.00 YTD: $5,591.00
Designated Giving: $0. YTD: $4,816
The Women’s Ministry Team is providing a wonderful men’s lunch THIS SUNDAY after worship!! All men are welcome!! If you have not signed up yet, please contact Marty Porter or Debby Ray to make your reservation!
The Golden Oldies and others are looking forward to a wonderful adventure. They will be traveling to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to attend the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater (Guys and Dolls) and Sight and Sound Theater (Moses) on August 23rd and 24th.
Annual Worship Service and Church Picnic
Please mark your calendars now for our annual ALL CHURCH worship service and picnic on Sunday, September 10th at the Lake Forest Lodge (near Sherando Lake).
Exploring Hope Class
Come to our next Exploring Hope Class! Exploring Hope is a gathering designed to communicate a brief overview of what is important to us here at Hope, including our history, what we believe, our values, our focus, our direction, and how to get connected. Our next Exploring Hope Class will be Sunday, September 17th, after worship. The two-hour class will include lunch in our main Sunday school room. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Pastor Glen.
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 NOON!! 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!!
We will be serving a meal for Love INC on September 12th. Mark your calendars now to help with this wonderful opportunity to serve those individuals and families wanting to turn their lives around!
We continue to collect “Hope Blessings” donations every three months for Love INC. From July 1 to September 30, we are collecting various paper products: paper towels, tissues, napkins, and toilet paper. May we be a blessing to those families in need! We are grateful for our partnership with Love INC!
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
AnnaBelle Severs (8/18); Wills Kitchen (8/19); Josh Lucas & Glen Holman (8/20); Tim Stewart (8/21); Janet Land (8/27); Kitty Coffey (8/28); Dianne Stewart (8/31)