From the President

Bob Hollman1 Thessalonians 5-11
For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night.But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

The passage above describes God’s children as belonging to the light, the light of truth of Jesus’ work of salvation revealed in Holy Scripture. Those who dwell in the light are armed with faith, love, and hope. Paul continues to write in the chapter that given these gifts of the Spirit, God encourages us to do good to one another and to everyone, rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances. What a wonderful picture of how Christians should exist in this world. Because of sin, we all know that it is impossible for God’s children to realize such an ideal environment on this side of eternity, but God encourages us to carry on the fight against darkness and be a family of brothers and sisters that support each other.

The council website will be a place that communicates activity and information focused on encouraging our Hope family to stay faithful in the Means of Grace and to support each other. Through the Word and Sacraments, God shines His marvelous light on us and the Holy Spirit stirs our hearts to build each other up for the work of God’s kingdom. The church council looks forward to serving everyone and encouraging our family in Christ to truly be a light in dark world that desperately needs Jesus.

In His Service

Bob Hollman

Bob Hollman

What’s Happening

2017 Board Nominations

The attached is the list of 2017 board nominations.  If you have additional names to consider for board positions please pass them along to Bob or Steve as write-in nominations for the annual voters meeting on June 19th. [gview...

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Congregational Self Study

As Hope moves closer to beginning the call process, it becomes important for all our members to understand the congregational self-study process and be engaged in it. This is a main reason we are in the process of updating contact information for all members. We want...

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President’s Blog: The Imagery of Worship

I am sometimes asked why Lutherans worship the way we do. Our Sunday worship is much different than what we may see on TV or experience when we visit another denomination that does not confess the reality of the sacraments God has given to His church. Sunday worship...

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Annual Congregational Meeting – June 19th

The annual congregational meeting has been scheduled for Monday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m.  The agenda will include the election of board members as well as approving the unified ministry budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th).  Communicant members...

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Poised for Progress!

Hope Lutheran School’s Forward Motion Last November in a special meeting of the Voters’ Assembly the congregation approved a financing plan. Hope’s finances were stabilized, but the task of moving toward a balanced budget continues. The school board is answering the...

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Ready, Set, Go!

Getting Ready for the Future for Hope Congregation On Monday, February 27, District President Rev. Peter Lange met with approximately 60 members of Hope Congregation to discuss the pre-retirement period for us and Pastor Harries and the resulting call process. ...

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Every Sunday Is Father’s Day

Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding; for I give you good doctrine:  Do not forsake my law. Proverbs 4:1-2 No, it’s not June, though this is the warmest February I have ever experienced apart from my time in Florida...

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Anticipation – Good or Bad?

For many people, the beginning of a New Year causes the mind to ponder the future, what is to come during the next twelve months. Most of the anticipation comes from events that are planned, such as graduations, confirmations, special celebrations, the birth of a...

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Upcoming Events

Jul
21
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Vacation Bible School
Jul 21
 @ 8:00 am  - 12:00 pm
VBS Volunteer Appreciation
Jul 21
 @ 12:00 pm  - 1:30 pm

Jul
25
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Board of Youth
Jul 25
 @ 6:00 pm  - 8:00 pm
Board of Evangelism
Jul 25
 @ 7:00 pm  - 9:00 pm
Board of New Member Assimiliation
Jul 25
 @ 7:00 pm  - 9:00 pm

Jul
30
Sun

Pastor Harries Retirement Luncheon
Jul 30
 @ 12:30 pm  - 3:00 pm

Aug
1
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Board of Parish Fellowship
Aug 1
 @ 6:30 pm  - 8:30 pm
Board of Trustees
Aug 1
 @ 7:00 pm  - 9:00 pm
Board of Elders
Aug 1
 @ 7:00 pm  - 9:00 pm

Aug
5
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Trustee Workday
Aug 5
 @ 8:30 am  - 12:00 pm