Pastor Mike’s Weekly E-News Message

Good morning, Hope Folks!

This church continually amazes me …

Even though heavy snowfall and strong winds this past weekend kept most Iowans from venturing outside, still a few thousand people from our church family showed up for worship – amazing! It was a memorable weekend. The smiles were contagious. The singing was robust. The church was warm (temperature and mood). It’s a good reminder that the number of people who attend, or the weather outside, is not nearly as important as the Spirit of joy that meets us here whenever we gather in Jesus’ name!

Those who came brought an enormously generous offering of food for Hope’s annual Souper Bowl to feed the hungry in central Iowa. Close to 25% of our normal amount of attenders donated more than 50% of our normal amount of food – amazing! If you missed out, please keep in mind that you can drop off food offerings at the church 365 days per year – collection carts are in the entryways – and we distribute the food to our neighbors in need bi-weekly.

If you’re new to Hope, maybe you wondered why our church’s name was not (and never will be) on the list of cancelled Sunday services. Please understand – I don’t want you to come to church if it’s unsafe for you. Stay home. Join us for the live webcast of Hope’s Sunday 11:00 am service. Guilt-free. At the same time, just because it’s unsafe for some doesn’t mean it’s unsafe for all … and we trust you to make that decision.

So, even if just two or three people (Matthew 18:20) can walk safely to church – or activate the all-wheel drive option, or cross country ski, or snowmobile – we’ll be open, because worship matters. Every service. Every weekend. Lives change. Love spreads. God’s eternal Kingdom grows.

We’ve got another important weekend of services coming tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday. Pastor Jeremy and I are preaching on Luke 5:1-11. It’s a really good story that has the power to change your life. Hope to see you at Hope! Regardless of the weather, we’ll be open …

Mike Housholder

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