An Easter Message from Pastor Mike

Dear Hope Family,

Why go to all the trouble of preparing eight Easter Celebration Services in the Worship Center over the next two days - Saturday at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 pm and Sunday at 7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 am and 5:00 pm?

Why add another Traditional Sunrise Service in the Chapel on Sunday at 7:05 am (the exact minute of sunrise) complete with classic organ-led Easter hymns and liturgy?

Why expand that long list of Easter services with sixteen more at Hope’s satellite campuses in Waukee,Johnston-GrimesDes Moines and Ankeny?

Why push it further with six more services just prior to Easter weekend, including three (today) on Good Fridaynoon, 5:30 & 7:00 pm?

Why start working months in advance to find new Easter music, create original videos, choreography and messages, and then go the extra mile with an imaginative menu of fresh Easter skits, sets, lighting, testimonies and take-home gifts?

Why bother with a big Easter egg hunt and kids’ activities one hour before each of our family-friendly Easter Celebration Services on Saturday: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 pm?

Why send out a call for hundreds to serve as Easter volunteers (sign-up here) to help make Easter go, and warmly welcome thousands of visitors to Hope?

On that note, why invite all of our friends, neighbors, co-workers and visiting relatives? Why pull out all the stops by setting up remote parking lots with friendly shuttle bus drivers who offer door-to-door free rides before-and-after worship? Why encourage members with a heart for outreach to make room for visitors in the Worship Center by choosing to sit in the overflow seats at our most popular Easter services - Sunday at 9:00 & 11:00 am - or attend one of our other seven (less full) services? Shouldn’t members get the best seats and parking spots at the big services? What kind of church would go to all this trouble for Easter? Well … a church on a mission from God!

It’s ALL for Jesus!

His love. His sacrifice. His victory. He’s more than worth it … worth all of our efforts, troubles, time, talent and inconvenience. We do it all to make Jesus famous, to share his love and to make his eternal Kingdom more crowded. The resurrection is real. Come and see. And bring your friends, because …

This. Changes. EVERYTHING!


Mike Housholder

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