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Adult Study: Lutheran Spirituality

Sundays October 6, 13, 27

between services in the Music Room

“I’m spiritual, but not religious.” This is a common phrase, but what does it mean? Lutheran and spirituality are two words we don’t often hear together. Join us to explore elements of Lutheran spirituality, attitudes, convictions and practices that can help us grow in our relationships with God and one another.

CREATION AND YOU

Organizational meeting October 2nd at 9:00 a.m.

We are forming a Care Team to brainstorm ways the Hope Lutheran congregation can become better stewards of the earth and church. Come and learn more!

Free Community Meal

Dijon Chicken Dinner

Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 pm

Everyone welcome!

The Board of Fellowship is considering a bus trip to the Concordia College Christmas Concert on December 7th or 8th. Please leave a message in the church office if you would possibly attend. Combined cost of concert ticket and coach bus would be about $45 per person.

Advent Devotional

To: Folks who like to write!

From: The Board of Worship and Jill Anderson

Re: Advent Devotional Booklet

Christmas is “around the corner”! The first Sunday in Advent is December 1st, therefore the book of devotions needs to be ready.

This is an invitation for you to respond in writing to either an Advent scripture chosen for you, - or thoughts of your own. It’s designed to be a short 1/2 page.

There will be further announcements before the November 14th deadline. If you’re interested in writing an Advent devotion, leave a message in the church office and a member of the Board of Worship will contact you.

The Hope Lutheran “RECIPES FROM THE HEART” CENTENNIAL COOKBOOK is here and available for sale for $12 each. Great gifts for Christmas or any occasion.

Make a Tie Blanket

Pick up a tie blanket kit to assemble for our Christmas Food Boxes. The cozy blankets are included with the boxes for families with children. We have many kits to assemble in the next couple months! Kits are in the classroom nearest the fireplace in the Fellowship Hall.

LECTIONARY BIBLE STUDY—Join the pastors at noon on Tuesdays at May Creek Lodge for discussion on the upcoming Sunday’s scripture. No advanced prep or special materials required. Just join in whenever you are able!

Volunteer coordinator needed for Community Meal

The Board of Outreach is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator for the community meal, on the fourth Wednesday of each month, serving at 5:30 p.m. Duties include:

Making sure there are enough volunteers each month and recruiting more if necessary

Providing oversite and direction to the volunteers serving and cleaning up

If you could help in this capacity, please leave a message in the church office, or talk to Board of Outreach Chair, Pat Roush.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO HELP WITH A/V during worship services. The task involves advancing the slides during service. No technical skills required, just the ability to follow along and push a key to advance the slides being projected on the screens. If you are interested please talk to Jill Anderson, or leave a message in the office.

How do you plan to leave a legacy?

The Hope Lutheran Church Endowment Fund was established in 1984 as a permanent fund in which to receive gifts and bequests to the Church. Earnings from the Fund may be used for purposes tied to the mission of Hope Lutheran Church not related to normal operating or capital expenses. Over the past three years, the Endowment Committee has reviewed applications and awarded funds to the Food Box Ministry, to support visiting speakers and a seminary student, to Faith in Action for Cass County’s transportation and home repair programs, to a family in need, to support Youth Ministry projects, and to the Phebe Project. Organizations, individuals and church programs may apply and funds may be awarded at any time during the year. The Endowment Grant application is available in the Church Office.

As a Christian you are the caretaker of unique gifts – your time, your talent, your loved ones, and the financial resources given to you by God. One way to steward these gifts wisely is through contributions to the Endowment Fund, which will strengthen our mission and ministry today and in the years to come. There are several options for contributing.

Give Now: To provide immediate support for Hope Lutheran Church’s ministry and mission through the Endowment, you can make a cash gift at any time. You can make a one-time gift, one that renews each year, or give as a memorial or for a special event like a birthday or anniversary, or as part of year-end tax planning. Send a check to the Hope Lutheran Church with “Endowment” indicated on the memo line.

Give Later: Planned giving is another way to invest in the Endowment Fund. With planned giving, your legacy gift is received upon your death. Planned giving can be done through wills and bequests, life insurance and annuities, stocks, bonds, mutual Funds and real estate. Contact an Endowment Committee Member for information.

Your legacy is welcomed regardless of its amount. Contributions of all sizes continue working for Hope’s mission forever. Gifts or bequests to the Endowment Fund should not be considered in lieu of a member’s annual contributions for the current financial needs of the congregation.

Endowment Gift envelopes are located in the brochure racks at either end of the sanctuary doors. In each envelope is a postcard you can use to tell someone you have made a gift to Endowment in their honor for a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. Along with your holiday giving, consider a gift to the Endowment Fund today.

NEED A NAME TAG? Everyone is encouraged to wear your name tag during worship… it helps us all become acquainted with those we don’t know. If you don’t have a name tag, contact the church office

Prayer Shawls Available

Is there someone in your life who you would literally like to wrap up in prayer? Giving the gift of a prayer shawl is a wonderful way to do that. Prayer shawls are available at no cost. They have been knit or crocheted with prayer by members of the Hope community. You can request a prayer shawl in the church office.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR FLOWERS FOR WORSHIP?

We welcome flowers from your own garden, or you can order them through the church office. Sign up for the date of your choice on the bulletin board across from the church office.

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