Monthly Archives: July 2015

Pastor Mike’s Weekly E-News

Hi, Hope Folks!

The Vacation Bible School kids, in record numbers, have taken over the Lutheran Church of Hope building in West Des Moines this week! They’re learning Bible stories, worshiping the Lord with everything they’ve got, feeding the hungry in central Iowa, making new friends and bringing the joy of Jesus into God’s house every day!

It’s a beautiful thing, and a glimpse of heaven! I’m so glad that Hope’s VBS Jesus party will start over again next week – Session 2 (9:00 am – noon) or Session 3 (6:00-8:00 pm) will run from this Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24, and there’s still room to register your kids (age 3 – grade 6).

 ”Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me … Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.” –  Luke 9:48

That verse will serve as our theme for this weekend’s services. I’ll preach on Saturday night (5:00 pm), Sunday morning (8:00, 8:30, 9:15 & 11:00 am) and Tuesday night (6:30 pm), and Pastor Ben will preach on Sunday night (5:00 pm).

It’s a Jesus party, and you’re invited!

Mike Housholder

P.S.- All the kids who attended VBS this past week are invited to participate in one of three weekend services: Saturday 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:15 am or Sunday 11:00 am. They’ll be sharing the beautiful song we used to close each day of VBS, complete with sign language, with the rest of the Hope family … it’s really good, and you’ll want to be in the room to see it!

P.P.S- Kids who will be attending VBS this coming week are invited to attend Summer Kingdom Quest (KQ) for a movie, or worship with their families at any of our weekend services … or both!

Pastor Mike’s Weekly E-News

Hi, Hopesters-

Anticipation dominates the halls of Hope as we make final preparations for Vacation Bible School!It all starts this Monday at 9:00 am, and we’ll be more than ready to go!

For several months, our wise and compassionate Children’s Ministry staff, along with a volunteer team of highly creative song leaders, has been planning and organizing.

Two days ago, I was blown away to see hundreds of VBS volunteers at the first of three training sessions.

Yesterday, we wrapped up a full afternoon of video shoots for the VBS skits that will help bring timeless Bible stories into the hearts of a new generation of believers (I don’t want to give away too much, but our theme is Gettin’ Reel with Jesus and I did get to ride a giant white limo and walk the red carpet today … hey, it’s for the kids!).

Why do so many people around here work so hard to host what just might be the largest VBS in the nation? It really is for the kids, every single one of them who will be welcomed and cared for in small groups from the moment they check in to the moment they are safely checked out at the end of each session – so that each child who shows up can get to know the Bible better.

There’s still time to register for VBS! Thousands of kids will worship God with unchecked enthusiasm. They will learn about the everlasting love of Jesus Christ. And, they will be filled with the Holy Spirit’s love and joy.

It just doesn’t get much better than that. Anywhere.

Come and see!

Mike Housholder
Pastor. Preacher. Movie Star Dude.

P.S.- This weekend at Hope, Pastor Jeremy is preaching a message called “A Mountaintop Experience,” based on Luke 9:28-36 – bring a Bible and a few friends, and enjoy the view from above!