Happy Birthday, Hope!
This weekend, we’re celebrating our 20th birthday at Lutheran Church of Hope! Over the past two decades, we’ve seen God build an extraordinary church through ordinary people like us, convert thousands to an eternal life-saving faith in Jesus Christ, and strengthen us for service and mission by the power of his Holy Spirit!
Pastor Jeremy (Sunday at 8:00 am & 5:00 pm in the Worship Center and 9:15 am in the Chapel) and I (Saturday at 5:00 pm, Sunday at 9:15 & 11:00 am in the Worship Center and 8:00 am in the Chapel) are excited to preach on the biblical story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), as our Jesus Tour moves south to Jericho. It’s a perfect birthday text for Hope, and we can’t wait to guide you through it!
To help celebrate our birthday in style, the internationally acclaimed Nordic Choir from Luther College, (who will perform during mass at the Vatican’s Basilica of St. Peter as part of a 10-day Italian Tour in May) will sing at our Saturday 5:00 pm & Sunday 9:15 am services. As a gift to Hope, they’re also offering a rare free concert in our Worship Center, along with the Valley Singers from Valley High School, on Saturday from 7:30-9:00 pm. I’m not a classically trained musician, but I find Nordic Choir performances to be so stunningly beautiful, inspirational and healing … that my allergies (or something like that) seem to kick in, causing my eyes to water, every time I hear them. Go figure.
Last but not least, we’ve got a fun-filled, old-fashioned, all-church family pot-luck dinner planned for Saturday night in the Bridge from 6:15-7:15 pm (between worship and the concert). Mike Horstmann, who’s been a part of Hope’s staff since the very beginning, will serve as our Master of Ceremonies, and video story-teller Ryan Buck will debut a short film called The Hope Story. Please bring your best family-sized side dish, salad or dessert to share (preferably in disposable dishes), and don’t forget to enter the Jell-O contest!Burgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided by the church cooks.
We have so many reasons at Hope to give thanks to God on our birthday, and I invite you to join the party, whether this is your first time at Hope, or you’ve been a part of this church family for any part of the past two decades … come and see!