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Pastor Mike’s Weekly E-news Message

Good morning, Hope-sters!

Here’s a happy reminder as we shovel our way out of yet another winter snowstorm: The 40-day season of Lent – a time for spiritual growth and renewal leading to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection – literally means spring or lengthening of days. Woo-hoo! Let’s hear it for Lent!

Before we celebrate Easter at Hope, all the snow will melt (hopefully). Signs of new life will appear. Brighter days will push back the night.

This time around, as we make our annual Lenten journey, I encourage you to take more time than usual to bask in the warm light of God’s love. Practice the traditional Lenten discipline of quitting a harmful habit, and starting a helpful one. Pray. Serve. Love. Give. Worship. Study & read from The Story (a $20 book available for $8 in our bookstore). Become more biblically fluent. Do it all for the sake of growing closer to God, not religious resume building.

As most of you know, we moved from the Old to New Testament in our weekly Bible readings this week – The Story, Chapter 22. If you fell behind, or you’re new to Hope, this is a perfect time to get on board. Join us and come worship this weekend. I’ll preach at all services on the opening chapters of the New Testament, and you’ll hear some very cool Hope stories, too.

The snow won’t last. God will – and he calls you to get to know him better this Lent.

Mike Housholder
Pastor. Preacher. Harlem Shuffler.

P.S.- In just one week, you’ve already given enough money to Nets of Hope to send 3,414 nets (along with necessary education and treatment) through our ELCA mission partners in Africa, to help bring an end to malaria … thank you! Remember, for just $10 throughout the season of Lent (spring time, more light, renewal), you can save a life by contributing to this special offering. 100% of your donation will be used to fight malaria. 0% will stay at Hope or ELCA offices.

Weekly E-news Message

Dear Hope Family,

To most of us in Central Iowa – and the entire United States for that matter – mosquitoes are usually no more than a nuisance or irritation.

However, in several parts of sub-Saharan Africa, a bite from an infected mosquito can transmit malaria – and, in many cases, lead to death.


Click here to find out how you can help!

FACT: Close to one million people die each year from malaria.

FACT: Malaria is fully preventable and completely curable.

FACT: Malaria was eradicated in the United States in 1951.

Yet, in 2013, malaria claims an innocent life in Africa every 60 seconds. That’s almost 1500 children each and every day.

Stop for a moment and let that sink in. In the time it takes you to read this email, a child will die.

Malaria is treatable, beatable and curable. During this Lenten season (and beyond), we have the chance to be a part of something historic, with Nets of Hope, as we join together with other Lutheran churches in Africa and around the world to help eliminate deaths from this disease… for good!

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Just $10 provides a mosquito net – along with adequate training, education and medication – to stop malaria.

And, did I mention that $10 is all it takes to save a life? The cost of two Subway sandwiches can provide a mosquito net – along with adequate training, education and medication – to stop malaria. Imagine what $100 could do? Or, $1,000? Or, even $1 million?

It’s good to be the church – for such a time is this…

Gus Gustafson
Chief Ministry Officer (and Mosquito Swatter)

P.S.-  This weekend at Hope: While Pastor Mike is serving on a college board out-of-state this weekend, Pastor Richard (Saturday at 5:00 & 6:30 pm, Sunday at 8:15 am) and Pastor Jeremy (Sunday at 7:45, 9:15, 11:00 am and 5:00 pm) will be wrapping up the Old Testament for us – providing both a word of warning and a message of Hope!