Hey Hope folks!
Unofficially, summer starts this weekend, along with our hope for warmer days, vacations, picnics, golf, fishing, baseball (Go, Cubs, Go!), BBQ and ice-cold lemonade. Or iced tea. Or both, if you’re an Arnold Palmer fan!
Traditionally, for no biblical reason whatsoever, lots of churches cut weekend services and discontinue children’s ministry (Sunday school) from now until September.
I’ve never understood that. Our need to connect with God on a regular basis doesn’t take the summer off.
So, please consider this your friendly reminder that Hope is very much OPEN and ready for another big summer of God-blessed ministries (Go, Hope, Go!): Vacation Bible School, Taste of Hope, ministries for women & men, ministries for junior & senior high students, life groups, Page 2 on Tuesdays, Outreach Night on Thursdays, classes,events, retreats, mission trips, summer choir … and of course weekend worship and children’s ministry.
It all starts this weekend with worship - it’s Pentecost Sunday (the birthday of the Christian church), so we’ll celebrate that and dig into Mark 7 & Acts 2 (depending on the service you attend, you’ll hear a message by Ben Mason, Mark Brandt or me).
Since it’s also the weekend before Memorial Day, we’ll remember those who died in service to our country with a prayer. And, as the school year closes, we’ll recognize our children’s and student ministry volunteers, along with all of the high school and college graduates in our church family.
We’ve got lots of great reasons to celebrate this weekend, and lots to look forward to over the next few months! See you at Hope!
Pastor. Preacher. Pentecost Partier.