Good morning, Hope folks!
Sometimes, it’s easy to take for granted the amazing God-sized things that happen here at Hope …
+ This weekend, somewhere around 10,000 worshipers – in the middle of the summer – will attend one of eighteen regular services at Hope’s five campuses – seven of them here in West Des Moines. That’s amazing! We’re starting a new 6-week sermon sermons series called “There’s an App for That: Bringing Faith to Daily Life” … it’s going to be good and refreshing to (re-)discover and (re-)apply the modern-day relevance of Christianity to our everyday lives. Come and see!
+ Our Hope Johnston-Grimes campus has identified a wonderful location for the construction of a new church building just off of Highway 141. All of the details will be shared and voted upon at a Special Congregational Meeting this Sunday following the 11:00 am service at Summit Middle School in Johnston (temporary location for Hope J-G). Praise God!
+ We’re just three short days away from the opening of Hope’s 2016 Vacation Bible School – One Goal. One God! I couldn’t be more excited to join nearly 2,000 volunteers who will welcome 7,000+ children into God’s house at all of our campuses, and it all starts this Monday, July 11, at 9:00 am. I’ve never heard of anything quite like it! You can still register for VBS by clicking this link. It’s a can’t-miss full-blown revival for kids!
+ Two weeks from tomorrow, it will be time for Taste of Hope - our annual mid-summer open house where we invite friends and neighbors to come and get a “taste” of the good things God is doing at Hope! We’ll celebrate and have some fun together with a BBQ cook-off, 4-person golf scramble, 5k fun run/walk, fishing derby, talent show, inflatable rides, games, make-and-take art, free food and two services in the Worship Center! There’s no party like a Jesus party!
+ Looking ahead a month or so, our 2nd Annual Back to School Bash will take place at Centennial Park in Waukee on Sunday, Aug. 21. It starts with a 10:00 am all-church outdoor service in the wide open section of this massive park (bring lawn chairs or blankets) followed by an old-fashioned church picnic and yard games at the park. It’s the one chance we have every year to get the whole Hope family together. Last year was fun, relaxing and renewing all at the same time … so we decided to do it again this summer! Mark your calendars!
Of course, that’s just for starters. It’s not just the big events … it’s also the small-sized one-on-one transformational moments. We’re blessed to see what we get to see on a regular basis here at Hope (Luke 10:23) – thank God for it today, and pat yourselves on the back for being the kind of church that makes room for the Holy Spirit to move so freely and powerfully!