New picture directory underway!
WE NEED YOUR PICTURES!
We have begun creating Hope’s online picture directory and are hoping to get pictures of as many Hope members as possible. There’s no need to make an appointment. You can submit your photo and info online, or come to church any Sunday morning this month and have a casual photo snapped by one of Hope’s amateur photographers.
If you have a computer or smart device, follow these directions:
1. Log on to Hope Lutheran’s website at: www.hopelutheranchurch-walker.com
2. Select Picture Directory from the menu.
3. Click on the Picture Directory Information Form to download the form to your computer, tablet, or smart phone and complete the form. (Adobe Acrobat Reader is a recommended application for filling out PDF forms.) Save the completed form.
4. Attach a family photo and an individual photo of each adult and confirmed member in the household. For example, John and Sally Doe would attach three photos -one of John and Sally together, an individual picture of John, and an individual picture of Sally.
5. Email the completed information form and the attached photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Have your picture taken on a Sunday morning in the Fellowship Hall by one of our volunteers, and complete the Picture Directory Information form the old fashioned way, with a pen.
Hope members will be able to access the directory online and also have the capability to update their own household info and photo whenever needed. There will be no charge to use the online directory; printed copies of the directory will be available for purchase.
HEBREWS BIBLE STUDY – Join Pastor Bob Dennis for a 6-week study in the book of Hebrews, beginning Wednesday, September 19th, and each Wednesday through October at 11:00 a.m. in the double classroom. Hebrews is an extremely vital book which explains the ministry of Jesus as a fulfillment of Old Testament scripture… Old Covenant fulfilled in the New Covenant. No special materials necessary. Join us!
On your mark, get set…..Stewardship Relay about to begin!
The Hope Lutheran Stewardship Relay will begin on Sunday, September 23rd. The congregation has been split into teams, based on where you live. Sometime soon, a neighbor will bring a packet to your home. Inside you will find an Estimate of Giving card, where you may indicate an estimate of your financial support for Hope’s ministry during 2019. Your estimate helps Hope’s council plan which ministry and activities we will be able to support during the upcoming year. Prayerfully consider your estimate, then pass the packet on to the next household as soon as possible. Which neighborhood will finish first??
If you will be away during the end of September, you may request an Estimate of Giving card from the church office and we will remove you from the relay list.
Beer & Hymns, Sunday, September 23rd
at Portage Brewing Co. (on 5th St, behind Village Square)
The singing starts at 12:30!
Free Community Meal
Church Supper Spaghetti
Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm
God’s Work, Our Hands, Sunday, September 30th
Worship at 8:30 a.m. followed by service projects around the church and community. There’s something for all interests and abilities! Come and do your part, sharing your time and talents to be God’s hands for the good of all! Sign up in advance for the project of your choice on the table in the narthex.
Lunch will follow the projects, around 11:30 a.m.
100th Anniversary: Committee Volunteers Needed
Find a calendar for next year (2019) and mark Hope’s 100th Anniversary on June 29 & 30th, 2019! We are forming committees to help plan the various aspects of the weekend. Pick a committee and get involved in this fabulous celebration of the first 100 years of Hope!
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 two years, the Endowment Committee has reviewed applications and awarded funds to the Food Box Ministry, to support a seminary student, to Faith in Action for Cass County’s transportation program, to a family in need, 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.
The Endowment Committee also sponsored the recent visiting speaker, Dr. Mary Jane Haemig from Luther Seminary, and hopes to promote similar events in the future. Endowment Gift envelopes are located in the brochure racks at either end of the sanctuary doors. Consider a gift to the Endowment Fund today.
Every Sunday at 8:30 a.m, listeners at home can tune their radios to 101.9 FM and hear Hope Lutheran’s worship broadcast live from our sanctuary. This service is greatly appreciated by those who cannot be with us in person due to health, weather or other conflicts. Individual donors make this ministry possible. The cost of each weekly broadcast is $75. You may sponsor a broadcast (or be a co-sponsor for $40) in memory or honor of a loved one or special event on the Sunday of your choice. Your dedication will be listed in the Sunday bulletin and announced over the air. Sign up on the bulletin board across from the church office, or call 547-1850.
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
Lectionary Bible Study
Join Pastor Matt or Pastor Bob on Tuesdays at noon at May Creek Lodge for discussion on the upcoming Sunday’s scripture. No advanced prep or special materials required. Just join in as often as you are able.
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.