Monthly Archives: June 2015

Pastor Mike’s Weekly E-News

Dear Hope Family!

BIG things are happening at HOPE this summer, and I want to make sure you – my faithful weekly email readers – are in the know …

New Summer Sermon Series: “Just What We Need”
July 4 – Sept.13

Our action-packed tour through the Gospel of Mark (“The Jesus Revolution”) concludes this weekend. I’m preaching at our Saturday night and Sunday morning services on “The Intersection of Church & State” (Mark 12:13-17), and Jeremy will do the same on Sunday night. The following weekend (July 4 & 5), we’ll turn the page and open a new sermon series on the Gospel of Lukeas we continue our year-long journey through the Gospels, learning how to apply the extremely practical and relevant teaching of Jesus into our daily lives.

Vacation Bible School: “Gettin’ Reel with Jesus!”
July 13-17 & 20-24

In just a few weeks, it will be time to pull back the curtain on Vacation Bible School at Lutheran Church of Hope! VBS is for kids age 3 – grade 6, and it’s the biggest Jesus party of the summer in Iowa! Register your kids online today, or sign-up to volunteer at one of our three sessions.

Taste of Hope
Saturday, July 25 (golf outing July 24)

Our mid-summer open house celebration caps off two weeks of VBS with free food, inflatable games for kids, make-and-take art, a talent show, black-light dodgeball, a 5k fun run, a BBQ cook-off, a 4-person golf scramble, and our Saturday come-as-you-are 5:00 pm service - there’s something for everyone! Invite your friends to come and get a taste of Hope!

Back to School Bash: All-Church Outdoor Worship & Picnic
Sunday, Aug. 23

It’s official! Mark your calendars! We’re having an all-church Back to School Bash on Sunday, Aug. 23. All five of our campuses will worship together in one place (for the first time in eight years) - a 10:00 am Outdoor Service at Waukee Stadium, followed by an all-church picnic at Centennial Park. More details to come, but want to let you know all about it now so you can save the date!

See you this weekend!

Mike Housholder

Pastor Mike’s Weekly E-news

Hi, Hopesters!

You are an amazing church!

This past weekend, we burned the mortgage on our church building 21+ years early, saving millions on interest over the course of the loan and investing that money in outreach ministries that save lives and build up the Kingdom of God! That’s incredible!

Paid in full

Way to go, HOPE – you just took a huge step forward – and I really can’t wait to see how fast, and how far, you can run now that our building debt is “PAID IN FULL!” 

As I’ve shared in sermons over the past few months, two things need to happen for us to reach our goal to become a 50/50 church (half of total offerings to support outreach ministries) … first, we need to erase the building debt (done!) and, second, we need to see total giving return to the levels we saw during the previous building campaigns (we’re on our way!).

General fund offerings at Hope have continued to rise slightly over the past few years, but what we gave to the building fund over the same time period has all but disappeared, so there’s a gap between total giving now compared to total giving (general + building) a few years ago. As soon as we erase that gap, we’ll be a 50/50 church!

As always, giving at Hope – via the offering plate at worship or online – is a no-guilt, no-pressure matter of faith between you and God, My hope is that everyone in our church family will discover the joy of “cheerful giving!” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

It’s so good to be the church with you! Together, we are changing the world!


Mike Housholder

P.S.- This weekend at worship, we’ll celebrate Father’s Day and focus on what the Bible says about family! Come join us!

Pastor Mike’s Weekly E-News

Good morning, Hope folks!

It’s good to be back home in Iowa after a wonderful and somewhat wild tour of Italy.

Lutheran Church of Hope is one of the things I miss the most when I travel, and appreciate the most when I get back.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to tune in at from anywhere in the world on Sundays at 11:00 am (CDT), but there’s nothing quite like being in the room, together with you, for worship …

This weekend at Hope, the power of the cross will be our theme (Mark 9), and during the sermon, I’ll be making a big announcement (great news!) that you definitely won’t want to miss!!!

Mike Housholder

P.S.- If you’re new to Hope, here’s our weekly worship schedule

  • Thursday:
    • 7:00 pm: REVIVE for young adults (Chapel)
  • Saturday:
    • 5:00 pm: Come-As-You-Are Service (Worship Center)
  • Sunday:
    • 8:00 am: Morning Express Communion Service (Worship Center)
    • 8:30 am: Traditional Communion Service (Chapel)
    • 9:15 am: Celebration Service (Worship Center)
    • 11:00 am: Celebration Service (Worship Center &
    • 5:00 pm: Celebration Service (Worship Center)
  • Tuesday:
    • 6:30 pm: Page 2 Worship with Communion (The Bridge)

Find the service that works best for you … and make this a summer of spiritual renewal and growth!