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JOIN US FOR HOPE LUTHERAN’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY, JUNE 29-30. We will meet on Saturday, June 29th in the City Park for music, food, games and worship. Sunday we will gather at the church for worship and fellowship, and displays of some of the historical memorabilia of our church. We still need volunteers in areas, such as food, history and memorabilia, set-up and take-down, and transportation. Leave a message in the church office 547-1850 or call Bill Niswonger at 547-2009 to volunteer.

BEVERAGE DONATIONS such as cases of bottled water, 12 packs of pop (any kind!), packages of juice drinks boxes/pouches/individual bottles (any kind!) wanted for our anniversary celebration. Bring to the church office anytime.

New Member Gathering, May 13

Are you interested in becoming a member, or learning more about Hope Lutheran’s ministry and programs? Gather with Pastor Matt and other new members for a pizza supper and conversation on Monday, May 13th at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. New members will be officially welcomed on Sunday, May 19th at the 8:30 a.m. service.

Spring Clean-Up Saturday, May 18

It’s time again for spring clean-up day! Let’s spruce up our church home and grounds. Meet on Saturday, May 18th at 8:00 a.m. (The Board of Property will have coffee, juice and rolls to start your day.) There are tasks for everyone, indoors or out. Bring tools and gloves for yardwork. If the weather is bad, we will postpone until the next day, Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Blessing of the Bikes, May 19 at noon

Calling bikers of all ages… whether your bike has a motor and an awesome growl, or is a person-powered pedaler, bring it to the Hope Lutheran parking lot on Sunday, May 19th to kick of the biking season with a special blessing and free sloppy joe lunch. Bring your bicycles, tricycles, motorcycles, strollers, skateboards—anything with wheels that lets the summer breeze blow through your hair. This event is co-sponsored by the Walker Post 134 American Legion Riders and Hope Lutheran Church

Free Community Meal

Pasta Burger Casserole

Wednesday, May 22nd at 5:30 pm

Everyone welcome!

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!

WORSHIP WITH OUR NEIGHBORS LIVING IN ASSISTED CARE—Each month Pastor Dave holds communion services at Hillcrest and May Creek. You are invited to add your voice to our song and praise! Join them at Hillcrest on May 14th at 1:00 P.M.., and at May Creek on May 15th—Cottages at 11:00 and Lodge at 12:30.

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.

Save the date…..Sunday, August 4th

Hope Lutheran 9-Hole Golf Scramble at Tianna

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.


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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