50 & Free Prayer Walk,
Wednesday, August 31
Note from Pastor Mickey
Dear Hope Church family,
We have been working through 1 Corinthians in a series entitled, "Called to be Saints," borrowing from Paul's introduction in 1:2. In that verse Paul explains that those who have been "sanctified in Christ," that is, those who have been given new life by the death and resurrection of Jesus, are now (and henceforth!) called to be saints, which means to live and minister as the people of God, the church. Don't let this theological language distract you from the point. God is calling each one of us to participate in the life and ministries of the church.
So what does this look like in the life of the Christian? It looks like a person or family who regularly attends church to worship God. It looks like a person or family who allows the church to minister to them, both spiritually and physically. It looks like the person or family who actively serves in the church's ministries. And it looks like the person or family who is known and seeks to know others as brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you are new to Hope Church or not fully engaged, I hope our sermon series is encouraging you to plug in. As parents or grandparents it might mean getting your kids plugged into one of our children's ministries, like AWANA, or your youth plugged into the youth group that meets on Sunday nights. As a senior it might mean going to our senior's ABF, Transitions, which meets in the upstairs room after the first service. As adults it might mean attending an ABF before or after corporate worship on Sunday morning, or even getting involved in a small group, most of which meet during the school year. You might even look for various events for men and women. It might also mean that you look to see how you serve in such ministries, all of which need willing and faithful volunteers to accomplish their goals.
Remember, you have been "called." There are no bench-warmers in the Christian faith. Every believer in Jesus is to be receiving and giving in their local church. That is the way God designed it, for he is the one who is doing the calling!
For God's glory,
We have HEARD from Pastor Mickey..
We have read the 50 & Free Newsletter, WHY?...
Now, we are ready to
As our stewardship journey begins, we have heard about our desire to reduce the debt that confines us and increase the ministry to which God calls us.
Where do we begin?
Our journey begins with prayer, so let's humble ourselves before our God and pray:
~that we would be in tune with His plan.
~that we would submit to His will.
~that we are ready to do whatever He asks.
Father may we listen to you as you speak to each of us about stewardship and cheerful giving. Thank you for the privilege of representing you to this community. May we do it well.
REMINDER: Prayer Walk, Wednesday night, August 31, from 6:30-7:30 pm
Corporate prayer is so very important to the church so won't you join us as we come together as the body of Christ to pray for what God is about to do through his people.
| Our mini VBS week at the Rockford Rescue Mission earlier this month was a wonderful opportunity to serve the children living in the Womens Crisis Center, as well as others in the surrounding community. Our hope is that these kids took away the message of God's great love for them, even amidst their difficult circumstances. Please keep these struggling families in your prayers.
Another thanks to all those in our church family for your support, service, donations, and prayers during all of our VBS kids camp weeks this summer! If you lent us a Christmas tree or any other items for VBS this year, please stop in the church office and pick those items up before Sept 1st, as we need to clear out our rooms for Fall programming. Thank you!
|Music Ministry |
Love the Lord? Love to sing?
The Celebration Choir will begin rehearsing on Thursdays, September 15 at 6:45 pm in the Music Room. If you are high school age or older, and are interested in joining choir, please sign up in the lobby. ALL choir members need to sign up, even if you have been a part of the choir in the past.
If you have any questions, call Glenna Easton at
Operation Christmas ChildWe are entering the Operation Christmas Child Kick-Off Season, and would like to invite you to the "Countdown Breakfast Party" on Saturday, September 10th, from 9am-10:30am in Fellowship Hall at
Hope. We will have a special speaker here that morning, Alina Aisina from central Asia, who was a shoebox recipient! Please bring along a few items for our Shoebox Packing Party!
Upcoming Dates for Operation Christmas Child Events:
On Wednesday, September 7th, and October 5th, from 9 am-noon in Drake Hall, a group of ladies will be meeting to sew sundresses that will go in the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Mark your calendar. Come when you can and leave when you must. It is a good time of fun and fellowship working together to help others.
**We are still in need of more brightly colored, cotton, printed fabrics for the dresses.
Saturday September 10th 9am - 10:30am "Countdown Kick-Off Breakfast Party"
Sunday October 16th - Nov 6th Donation Collection Weeks in Church Lobby
Saturday October 29th 9am - 12pm Prep Party
Saturday November 12th 9:30am - 12pm Shoebox Packing Party
Monday November 14th - 21st National Shoebox Collection Week
**November 21st is the final deadline for all shoeboxes to be dropped off at Hope
November 28th - 30th Dates for Service Project Trip to OCC Distribution Center in MN
**NEW items to collect for the shoeboxes...items for sewing kits and fishing kits; ivory bar soap, washcloths, and toothbrushes, plus plastic travel containers for soap/toothbrushes; hair combs/brushes/hair accessories; small toys and beanie babies; deflated soccer balls with hand pumps; individually wrapped candy; school supplies; jewelry; shirts, socks, flip-flops; etc. Just NO chocolate or other candy that can melt, NO glass, NO liquid items; and NO war-related items.
**Please place your donations in the OCC collection barrel in the church lobby.
**Remember to save your kids cereal boxes (with cartoon picture covers) for puzzles.
** Please also make homemade cards with personal messages for the kids, using markers, stickers, stampers, paint, etc.
Thank you for supporting this important outreach ministry!!
WOMEN OF HOPE
Women of Hope Fall Gathering
Saturday, September 24 from 8:30 am to noon Sometimes our expectations can rule our lives. These unspoken and unrealistic desires can cause much pain. Women, won't you come join us for Friday night fellowship including games, crafts (if you want) and a movie at 9 pm. Bring a snack to share and your sleeping bag if you would like to stay overnight. Then Saturday morning we will have a breakfast at 8:00 am and at 9:00 am our speaker, Heather Dellameter, will be speaking on Disney is a Lie and Serving as a Lifestyle. The cost is $10.
Friday, September 23 from 6-9 pm
Registration has begun and will end Sunday, Sept 11 otherwise contact the office to register (815.623.6545).
Women of Hope Fall Bible Studies
You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. I Thessalonians 5:5
Children of the Day by Beth Moore
Grocery shopping, strolling through a park, or grabbing coffee - you are never without His light. The New Testament believers carried the Spirit of God as they walked along the shores of Thessalonica, just as you carry that light today. Shine brightly as you study 1 & 2 Thessalonians with Beth Moore in this 9 session study.
Open Your Bible by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams
The Bible is sufficient and true. God's Word is for you and for now! Are you longing to hear from God, aching to know who He really is? The beautiful truth is this - we can encounter the living God today and every day in the pages of His Word. Whether you are a seasoned Bible reader or struggle to keep up with studying Scripture, Open Your Bible will leave you with a greater appreciation for the Word of God, a deeper understanding of its authority, and a stronger desire to know the Bible inside and out. Seven session Bible study.
These two studies are offered Wednesday mornings,
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., beginning September 14.
Cost of study guide: $17 for Beth Moore and $16 for Open Your Bible.Childcare is available for newborn to 5 yr olds. Please be sure to sign up your child when you register. Registration has begun and will end Sunday, Sept. 4. Please contact the church office to register - 815.623.6545.
Hope Moms Group
Hope Moms Group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday
of each month. Come join
us as we walk through motherhood together.
This years theme is
Motherhood: A Flourishing Garden
"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." Isaiah 58:11
Hope Moms Group beginning, Thursday, September 22, from 9-11 am. Breakfast and childcare for all ages is provided.
Registration cost is $20 after 3rd visit.
From the desk of Pastor Brad
Hope Church has lost a Godly man as Pastor Jim has stepped down to seek what is next on his journey. But while we are searching for his ultimate replacement, rest assured that youth ministry will still go on. We will continue with Sunday mornings for Junior and Senior High just as we have in the past as well as youth group. Teaching topics are mostly set through the end of 2016 so we are good to go. Though there may be some changes coming, we do
have a good team of volunteer leaders who are going to keep things running. Should you have any questions about youth ministry you can direct them to me. Please be in prayer for the volunteer team as well as the search committee.
In the meantime I have a favor to ask of any family that has 6th-12th graders. We are in the process of updating our database and I want to make sure we have all the up to date information. If you would be so kind to contact the church office to verify ages, grades, school, allergies, etc, it would be most helpful.
September Student Ministry Schedule:
NO meeting Sunday, September 5, due to the holiday
BUT will meet the rest of the month, Sunday at 6:00 pm in the Youth Room!
KIDS OF HOPE
Awana Clubs will begin on September 12 at 6:30 pm. Please pre-register your children so we can be ready for them. On-line registration is available at www.hefc.net or stop in the office to register in person.
We are sorry to be saying goodbye to two of our Awana Directors, Jessica Zimbleman and Roger Glenn. Please be praying for Dawn Schrierer as she leads Cubbies; Vince & Sheila Madama and Emily Gephart as they take over leadership of Sparks; and Mike & Polly Quinn and Joe Kaderly as they co-direct T&T.
Awana has changed the books and format of the T&T club. The changes are exciting and will help both kids who are new to their faith as well as those who grew up in the church. Come and learn all about it!
During the month of September we will start moving to a computerized check in system. The preschool area will be first, then nursery, followed by elementary. In addition, there will be some minor building modifications and three doors will be converted to emergency exit only doors with alarms.
We are asking that friends and relatives (except parents) stay OUT of all classrooms. Once we are using the new check in system we will be very committed to not releasing a child unless an authorized adult has the claim ticket.
* 9:00 Sunday School is in need of a teacher for K-2nd grade and also a helper.
*10:45 Worship for Kids is in need of a helper who can work every other month
*Both Preschool and Elementary areas need people who are willing to substitute should a regularly scheduled worker need to be away or becomes sick.
Call Vera at the church office, 815-623-6545, if you are able to fill any of these needs
Hope Free 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.
To the members of Hope Evangelical Free - Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers in honor of our father. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are greatly appreciated. God Bless! Jeff & Sarah Staley and Brad & Wendy Williams
will meet on
September 17, 2016
in Fireside Room, HEFC
at 12:30 pm
Menu: Chicken casserole,
salads, & dessert
WHITE CROSS UPDATE
Sharon Vinson & Connie Ruden, Coordinators
Won't you consider coming to one or both of our September work days on the 6th and 20th as we prepare quilts, rolled bandages, and layettes for those in need. While still working on our usual items, we need volunteers to sew dresses, shorts and tote bags at home or during work days for Operation Christmas Child before the shoeboxes are filled in November.
Our group gathers in Drake Hall from 8:30 to noon and always enjoys fellowship, food, and satisfaction of serving others while we work side by side.
Needs this month:
~Old blankets, mattress pads for inside of quilts (watch those fall garage sales)
~Flat sheets for quilt backs and/or rolled bandages
~Fitted sheets for rolled bandages (NEED IS GREAT; PLEASE help!)
~Single-Fold bias tape (any color) for kimonos and dresses for OCC
~Campbell's Labels for Education (for local schools)
Just bring your scissors and your servant's heart and we'll teach you the rest. Call Connie at 815-623-8444 or Sharon at 815-623-6857 if you have questions.
The focus of small groups is personal and spiritual growth. In small groups, growth comes through fellowship, prayer, shared worship. deepening of relationships and application of the sermons in community. Small groups meet on various nights of the week in members' homes. The typical small group consists of 8-14 people.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Check out our booth at the Roscoe Fall Festival Friday, Sept 9 through Sunday, Sept 11 located in the tent. Come help us support our community!
Stateline Pregnancy Clinic is having it's Annual Walk 4 Life on Saturday September 17th at 9AM. The walk will take place at Riverside Park in Beloit, Wisconsin. Walker sign in will open at 8:30 AM.
It's easy! It's 2 miles, something everyone can do, it's not an athletic event. If you can't walk that day no problem just walk on a day that you can.
Here's how it works, get your co-workers, neighbors, relatives, and anyone else to sponsor you as you Walk for Life in support of the Stateline Pregnancy Clinic life saving mission. Collect the money and turn it in the day of the walk or later that week to SPC. They walk if it rains so bring an umbrella. There will be a table in the lobbby in the weeks leading up to the Walk for Life where you can obtain more information and Walk Sponsor sheets. The Walk for Life helps to support the SPC 's mission in reaching families, children, and infants with the love of Christ so they can supply the vital support they need.
Sunday, October 9, 5 pm
If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, it is important to take this next step of obedience and be baptized. Pastor Brad will be holding a class on baptism on Sunday morning, October 2 at 9 am during the first service. It is required that you attend this class in order to be baptized. In preparation for this class, you are asked to write out your personal testimony about becoming a Christian - explaining the when, where, who helped, how, Scripture verses you base it on, etc. This can be as little as a paragraph, or as long as you feel led to write. But it must be turned in on Sunday, October 2 so Pastor Brad can read them.
It is important that you call the church office and be put on the official list of those who want to be baptized: 815-623-6545. PARENTS: If your child is interested in baptism and is 9 years old or older, you might want to talk to them and see if they are ready and interested in being baptized. Don't push them to do it if they are not ready. You can attend the class with them.
The details on baptism - what believer's baptism means, how we conduct the service, and other things you need to know are covered in the class. This is also the opportunity to get your questions answered about baptism in general or in any specific situation.
For the rest of the church, this is your golden opportunity to celebrate with these people this important spiritual event in the life of the Hope Free family. Your attendance encourages the ones being baptized and your shouts of praise make it all very special. Please plan to come and join us for this Baptism Service and the reception
Hope Church desires to be more committed to and intentional in prayer,
in obedience to God's Word and following the example of our spiritual forefathers. One way to implement prayer with real intentionally is to have bi-monthly prayer "gatherings" (e.g., concerts of prayer) hence First-Third Gatherings.
These gatherings will take place in the middle of the week on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 pm from September to May. These gatherings will begin with some heart-preparing songs and a brief devotional before leading into an intentional time of corporate prayer that will be led by an elder/pastor.
In the midst of the busyness of life and ministry let us be a people who follow the response of the apostles in Acts 4:4: "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
Our first gathering will be on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary.
As a people who want to respond as the apostles in Acts 4:4: "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word," come join us for First-Third Gatherings.
Dates (fall 2016-spring 2017)
September 7 and 21 January 4 and 18
October 5 and 19 February 1 and 15
November 2 and 16 March 1 and 15
December 7 and 21 April 5 and 19
May 3 and 17
Resource Center News
As the kids go back to school, remember that we have the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program at the Resource Center! The books that have AR tests are labeled on the spine, with the reading level, points, and test information inside the cover. There is also a list of our AR books on the library desk, organized by reading level.
We will be doing inventory on Monday, September 19th and Thursday, September 22nd. It will run like an open house from 9:30 to 2:30 - come when you can, leave when you must. We'd love to be flooded with volunteers; many hands make light work! Email Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Look for these resources on the New Arrivals shelf in September:
- Zeal without Burnout: Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry of Sustainable Sacrifice by Christopher Ash
- The Power of the Other: The Startling Effect Other People Have on You, from the Boardroom to the Bedroom and Beyond - and What to Do about it by Henry Cloud
- Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely by Lisa Terkyerst
- Accused (Pacific Coast Justice #1) by Janice Cantore
- Double Take by Melody Carlson
- Green (The Circle series prequel) by Ted Dekker
- Don't Look Back (Women of Justice #2) by Lynette Eason
- Summer of Joy (Hollyhill #3) by Ann Gabhart
- Binding of the Blade #'s 1-2 by L. B. Graham
- The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot
- Trapped (Private Justice #2) by Irene Hannon
- Betrayal (Where the Heart Lives #2) by Robin Lee Hatcher
- Singularity (Jevin Banks #2) by Steven James
- The Girl from the Train by Irma Jourbert
- The Latter-Day Cipher by Scott Latayne
- Firewall (FBI: Houston #1) by Dianne Mills
- The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor #2) by Roseanna M. White
- Alby's Amazing Book by Catalina Echeverri (ages 4-8)
- The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross by Carl Laferton (ages 4-8)
- The Fire, The Revelation, and the Fall (Epic Order of the Seven #4) by Jenny Cote (ages 8-12)
- Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson (ages 8-12)
- Forever in My Heart (When Calls the Heart)
- Where Was God? Stories of Hope After the Storm