Hope Free Church 

          February 2016 Newsletter
Hope Free Church

Hope Church
Our vision is to be a church whose passion for God gives rise to a heart for the lost and is demonstrated by our love for one another.

Contact Us
5656 Elevator Road
Roscoe, Illinois 61073
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White Cross
Connie Ruden and Sharon Vinson, Coordinators

Won't you consider coming to one of our three February work days on the 2, 16, and 20 as we prepare quilts, rolled bandages, layettes & pillowcase dresses for those in need.
Our group gathers in Drake Hall from 8:30 to noon and always enjoys fellowship, food, and the satisfaction of serving others while we work side by side.
Needs this month:
*Old blankets, mattress pads for inside of quilts
*Flat sheets for quilt backs and/or rolled bandages
*Single-Fold bias tape (any color) for kimonos & pillowcase dresses
*Ziploc GALLON STORAGE bags for layettes
*Campbell's Labels and Boxtops for Education (for local schools)
Just bring your scissors and your servant's heart and we'll teach you the rest.


(Awesome, Wise, Lively Singles Support Group)
Come join us on
February 13 at 12:30 pm in the
Fireside Room, HEFC
Menu: Ham, mashed potatoes, northern beans, salad & dessert
RSVP: Sharon Vinson, 815-623-6857
or 815-543-5644 (cell)

support group
Senior Saints

Senior Saints Luncheon

February 9

Tuesday, February 9 at noon our seniors are invited to come for a wonderful meal and program here at Hope Church.


The menu for February is pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, corn casserole, chips and dessert.


The program will be presented by Charmel Jacobs and Pastor Fana will give a devotional message.


Be sure to invite a friend to come with you!


Reservations for the meal should be made by calling Betty Alexander at 815-623-2336 by Wednesday, February 3. If she does not answer, leave a message.


 A $4.00 donation is suggested for the meal.



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Misson News
During the final week of 2015, Girelle Montagner, Julia Moore, Kati Juhlin and I (Liz Juhlin) traveled to St. Louis for the Urbana15 missions conference sponsored by Intervarsity. It's not quite right to say that the week was a crazy whirlwind of events because even though we packed in 14 hours of Urbana-ing every day, the sessions we attended addressed serious issues in our hearts and around the world.
The theme of this year's conference was "What Story Will You Tell?" 16,000 college students were challenged to use the rest of our lives to tell God's story rather than our own, and an important part of being able to tell God's bigger story is by knowing His story around the world. The worship team really did this in a practical way by bringing us songs from different cultures and generations around the world. In preparation for Urbana15, they looked at their own cultural backgrounds and sent members of their team to different countries to learn how Christians worship God in their own ways, honoring their cultural heritage. We sang in at least 8 different languages or styles, including French, Korean, Arabic, and native Hawaiian! This worship was sometimes uncomfortable and definitely unfamiliar to us, but always glorifying to God.
Because Urbana is a missions conference, we also heard a lot about the persecuted church around the world. Quite a few main session and seminar speakers were from restricted countries and brought very challenging testimonies to us. We heard from speakers who couldn't tell us their name or what country they were from. The Urbana15 social media accounts, which were very active and generally awesome through the week, would be silent during these messages as well. Through all of this, I think we as listeners gained a sense of gravity in the gospel message. The same message we sing so loudly and joyfully about causes our brothers and sisters to be imprisoned, beaten, and killed. Even so, every single one of these speakers clung to the power over and freedom from this world that faith in Jesus Christ offers.
Urbana impacted us individually as God revealed to each of us how we could fit "missions" and "the rest of our lives" together. Every day there were more seminars than we knew what to do with, so we went to the ones relating to our fields of study or interests. It was inspiring to see people who were top notch and passionate about their topic showing us another part of God's redemptive work in the world.
I'm so thankful for the potentially once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend Urbana15, and I know it's because of the Missions Team here at Hope that we were all able to go. Thank you so much, Hope family, for being generous and investing in Urbana15.
Liz Juhlin
Urbana was fab. Thanks for the money. Love, Liz, Kati, Girelle, and Julia



Operation Christmas Child

Please continue to keep in mind our Operation Christmas Child ministry throughout the coming months, leading up to our Fall collection. If you'd like to support this ministry by way of donations, pay attention to clearance racks, Dollar Spots, and after-holiday sales. In February, after Valentine's Day is a great time to take advantage of clearance candy for the shoeboxes....just remember, no chocolate or other candy that can melt. Hygiene products is one category that we tend to run short on, so when you're out shopping for your routine household supplies, if you could pick up an extra pack of unscented/lightly scented bar soap (Ivory is recommended), wash cloths, toothbrushes or toothpaste, that would be appreciated. This year we'd also like to put more emphasis on collecting plastic, travel-style soap and toothbrush containers. We're also continuing to collect cotton material with bright kids prints, so the White Cross ladies can make sundresses for the girl's shoeboxes. Along with donations of physical items, we'd also like to ask for continued prayer for this ministry around the world, and the children receiving the boxes and the Gospel message. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry throughout the year!

wire-bound-pad.jpg Dear Hope Family, Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers you sent to me after my surgery. I have really enjoyed them as I recovered. Thanks, as well, for the prayers - they are very much appreciated. 
In Him, Vicki Jones
Thank you, Hope Church, for the lovely flowers I received after my knee surgery in December. Thank you for the cards, visits, offers of help, and prayers. My recovery is going well; praise be to God. In Christ's love, Jean Moyer

Dear Hope Church family,
At the start of a sermon a few weeks ago, I announced that the search for a worship director is just getting underway. Let me briefly update you on the process since Pat Noble retired at the end of the summer 2015.

In September 2015, the exploratory worship committee made finalized recommendations to the leadership of the church regarding the worship of Hope Church. Most of those recommendations were shared with the congregation, including the desire - supported by the staff and elders - to have a blended worship service (i.e., not separate classic and contemporary services).

In December 2015, I presented to the staff and elders a worship director vision, which included several principles that I believed should guide the person and practices of our next worship director.

At the beginning of January 2016, a job description was approved by the staff and elders, describing the roles and responsibilities of our next worship director.

In the middle of January 2016, I asked six people from our congregation (one elder and five active members of worship/choir) to join me and serve as a "hiring team" for the purpose of searching for, evaluating, and interviewing worship director candidates. The hiring team is now in place, and our work begins in the first week of February.

As the process continues, I will make sure the congregation is updated and, as necessary, involved. Let me ask you now to begin praying for our next worship director and the entire hiring process. This has to be a God thing - as it always must be, and prayer is our most important work. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

For God's glory,
-Pastor Mickey

 Men of Hope


FEBRUARY 20 5:00 pm
Men of Hope - come out and enjoy our 5th annual Chili Cook Off. Sign up in the lobby is for all men and if you are interested in joining our chili contest, enter your favorite chili. We are adding another category this year, but entries are limited. Sign up today!

Coming in March 
When: Saturday, March 5th (8:30-4:55)
Where: Central Christian Church

Stephen Kendrick
Stephen Kendrick helped Sherwood Baptist Church establish Sherwood Pictures in 2003. Stephen filled vital roles in Sherwood Pictures' movie releases, War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants and Flywheel. Stephen Kendrick has dedicated his life to serving Jesus Christ and making His truth and love known among the nations through movies, books, speaking, and prayer. Stephen and his brothers Alex and Shannon operate Kendrick Bros. Productions. He and his family are active members at Sherwood Church in Albany, Ga.  Stephen co-writes and produces feature films and works with Provident Films and LifeWay to develop Bible study resources for each movie.

Eric Ludy
Eric Winston Ludy (born
December 17, 1970) is a bestselling author, internationally recognized speaker and president of Ellerslie Mission Society. He is also the senior pastor at the Church at Ellerslie and the lead instructor at Ellerslie Leadership Training in Windsor, Colorado. Since the mid-nineties, Ludy has been a speaker at hundreds of conferences, colleges, and events, as well as a guest on many popular media venues. Ludy is the author of more than a dozen books, many of which were co-authored by his wife, Leslie Ludy. The Ludys' books have sold well over a million copies in the United States and have been translated into over a dozen different languages and circulated widely throughout the world.
Cost $50 per man/ $25 for students. (includes lunch) Gentlemen, who will you bring with you? Sign up in the lobby or by contacting the church office. 

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 Resource Center Newslibrary
Cuddle up with a good book when it's cold outside!
Look for these resources on the New Arrivals shelf in February:
  • Rest Assured: A Recovery Plan for Weary Souls by Vicki Courtney
  • Overcoming Emotions that Destroy: Practical Help for those Angry Feelings that Ruin Relationships by Chip Ingram
  • She's Almost a Teenager: Essential Conversations to Have Now by Peter Larson
  • Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore
  • Defeating Depression: Real Hope for Life-Changing Wholeness by Leslie Vernick
  • Remember Me When by Ginny Aiken
  • Cascade (River of Time #2) by Lisa T. Bergren
  • Journey of the Heart series #'s 1-6 by Colleen Coble
  • The Devil Walks in Mattingly by Billy Coffey
  • Love Comes Home by Ann Gabhart
  • Heroines Behind the Lines series #'s 1-4 by Jocelyn Green
  • One Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon
  • Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman
  • A Glorious Redemption by Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Stealing Ada by Tamara Leigh
  • The Photograph by Beverly Lewis
  • Simple Choices (Harmony #3) by Nancy Mehl
  • Alaskan Courage #'s 1-2 by Dani Pettrey
  • Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
  • Reluctant Prophet #'s 2-3 by Nancy Rue
  • What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer     
  • A Great Catch (Lake Manawa Summers #2) by Lorna Seilstad
  • Weddings by Design series #'s 1-2 by Janice Thompson
  • The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung (ages 4-8)
  • Horses and Friends series #'s 3-4 by Miralee Ferrell (ages 8-12)
  • Adventures of Lily Lapp series #'s 1-3 by Suzanne Woods Fisher (ages 8-12)
  • The Gifted (Daegmon War #1) by Matthew Dickerson (ages 13+)
  • Owlegories Vol. 1: The Sun, The Seed, The Water
  • Woodlawn


 Women of Hope
  Annual Winter Breakaway Retreat  
 February 26 & 27
I Stand in Awe Rarchel Inouye
Our guest speaker, Rachel
Inouye will share from God's word
The Solitary Journey - Together
A Heart for God-Loved by God-Lavishly
Keeping the Awe in the Awesome God.
Click here 
for more information and please be in prayer for our ladies who will be attending.
Look for upcoming information on our next
Front Porch 
front porch yellow
Friday, April from 7-9pm
Won't you join us on the front porch - bring a friend!
    Motherhood can be challenging and even overwhelming.
           Hope Moms Group is for mothers with children
               of all ages, who want to share experiences,
                      be encouraged, and provide hope,
              as you walk through motherhood together.
                          Come find joy in the journey!
                             Joyful Journey
               ...in your presence there is fullness of joy...Psalms 16:11
                                Thursday, February 11
                                    9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
                                    "Purposeful Joy"
                                Speaker: Cassie Jensen
                               Thursday, February 25
                                    9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
                              "Joy in the Unexpected"
                          Speaker: Heather Dellameter
                         To be held here at Hope Church
Hope Moms Group is a ministry of HEFC and meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday
              of every month from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Childcare available.
 For more information call 815-623-6545 or visit HopeMoms.wordpress.com

 Kids of Hope  

crawling-diaper-baby.jpg Nursery
We will be using a new scheduling procedure starting with the March 2016 schedule. Please watch your email for information and instructions.
Camp Timber-lee Timber-Lee logo
Timber-lee has opened registration for the 2016 summer camps. You can find the full catalog at www.timber-lee.org. All families who attended camp last year should have gotten a catalog in the mail. Additional catalogs and Hope Church Scholarship information will be in the lobby and the Drake Hall in February.
Are you an Early Bird? Sign up for camp before March 16, 2016 and get the special Early Bird Pricing. There is a smaller discount if you register between March 16 and May 18, 2016.
Open House Visits: Want to see Timber-lee before you decide to go to camp? There will be Open House Visits on April 9, April 10, and April 17. Register online at timber-lee.com
Scholarships: You can apply for a summer camp scholarship directly from Timber-lee online. In addition, Hope Church is offering $125 scholarships to each camper who is a regular attendee of any of the Kids of Hope or Teens of Hope ministries. Look for more information in the church lobby in February.
Vacation Bible School
There will be many new things and improvements to this year's VBS...The first is that we will be having a special week just for "tweens", kids going into grades 5 & 6. Please mark your calendars accordingly and watch for more information.
WHEN:            June 20 - 24
TIME:              9am - 11:45am
WHO:              Pre-K (3yrs and potty-trained) through
                          entering 4th grade

                                  SOMETHING NEW!
WHAT:            CAMP 5-6
                          WITH GODS MIGHTY POWER
WHEN:            July 11 - 15
TIME:              5:30p - 8:00p
WHO:              Kids entering 5th and 6th grades
Upcoming dates
Feb 16          Red, White and Blue Night
March 2        Dot Night
March 21      Grand Prix and Turtle Races
March 30      No club due to spring break

Kids Hope Kids Hope USA Mentoring
Please pray for the four new mentors that have started meeting with students. Also pray that we would be able to find 3 female and 3 male mentors to minister to waiting children.

 Student Ministries
February 7th is the deadline for permission slips and payments!! If you missed it and are reading this on February 8th, don't panic, you can still get it in this week. WinterBlast 2016 is March 4-6 @ Camp Timberlee. The cost is $115 (not including any optional extras at camp). Don't let money be an obstacle, we work with teens who need scholarships. The sibling discount is for families with multiple students in youth group. The first child is full price, the second is 50% off.
February 27th will be our one day mini-retreat for teens who struggle with anxiety and/ or depression and their family. We will have a board of leaders sharing about what anxiety and depression are, what triggers them, Scriptural help, and strategies/ tools you can use to manage and possibly overcome anxiety and depression. This is a deep topic and we are just scratching the surface, but I believe that students will find strong handles to help make real progress.
We are going to Dare 2 Share Evangelism Training Conference again this year on April 8-9. This year it will be at Life Changers International Church in Hoffman Estates. The cost for admission is about $60, but cash for food for the two days of the conference will be necessary. More details on this will be in the permission slip which will be online the first week of February.
We are planning on serving in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico specifically in the city of La Paz, this summer. Applications are available online and in the youth room the first week in January and are due the February 28th. We estimate that the cost for this trip may be approximately $1400. We will be involved in sports and service ministry. This is a high school trip. Spots are limited and selection of team depends on meeting criteria communicated in the application. This is an exciting opportunity that will stretch your faith in a great way.
Tentative training dates/ fundraisers are as follows:
March 12th 9-11am Training 1: Letter Writing
April 3rd Silent Auction
April 16th 9-11am Training 2
May 7th 9-11am Training 3
May 21st 9-11am Training 4
June 11th 9-11am Training 5
We are always looking for volunteers to help with the ministry - volunteers who love Jesus and like teens. Please inquire with Pastor Jim for more information! As always thanks for your love and support. Keep praying for our teens!

Some details are subject to change (but we'll keep you posted!)