Sunday Adult Education Series: “A Man Named Martin: Part Two”
All are welcome to join us at 9:30ish, in between Sunday worship services as we continue our adult education series, A Man Named Martin. Part one focused on Martin Luther, the monk turned reformer. Part two, The Moment, examines the errant teachings and wayward traditions of the Late Medieval Church that eventually sparked the Protestant Reformation, a theological overhaul set in motion most notably by Martin Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg. Grab a cup of coffee and join us in the sanctuary for this three week study, November 5, 12 and 19.
Ngong Road Craft Sale, November 5th
Friends of Ngong Road will be visiting Hope again on Sunday, November 5th, bringing along their beautiful handmade African crafts. They make great Christmas gifts and proceeds go toward the education and care of the students of Ngong Road. Come to worship on November 5th to hear from the new director and of course, to purchase crafts!
Beer & Hymns at Portage Brewing: Sunday, November 19th at noon
Even if you don't sing or drink beer,Beer and Hymns brings people together in a great way. Join us after worship, Sunday, November 19 at 12:00 noon at Portage Brewing Company (on 5th street past the Village Square). Hymns begin at 12:30pm and will conclude around 1:30 pm. The music ranges from old classics like “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “This Little Light of Mine” to contemporary Christian songs and Bible Camp standards. Root Beer and water is available. Eat before you come, or bring lunch with you! Pastor Matt, Mike, and the Board of Fellowship will see you there!
Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 22nd
Free Community Meal: Thanksgiving Casserole Serving at 5:30 p.m.
Worship of Thanks at 6:30 p.m.
Hope Lutheran Church is responsible for staffing the Walker Area Food Shelf the last part of November and all of December. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays, November 21 (11:00-3:00), November 28 (3:00-7:00), December 5,12,19 (11:00-3:00) and December 26 (3:00-7:00). If you will take a shift, sign up on the bulletin board across from the church office, or call 547-1850 to volunteer. The food shelf is now operating our of their new location near Walker Home Center.
Christmas Food Boxes
During this month of giving thanks for all the blessings we have received, we also have the opportunity to be a blessing to others. Early next month we will be putting together food boxes for needy families in our community. Hope is able to provide this ministry every year thanks to donations from our members and friends. Last December’s project totaled nearly $8,000. We hope to be able to serve as many families again this year. Your contribution in any amount is appreciated! Make your gift payable to Hope Lutheran, marked “food boxes”.
Make a tie-blanket for the Food Boxes
Included in the Christmas Food Boxes are fleece tie blankets for children. We need to get all of our tie-blanket kits assembled this month! Pick up a kit from the classroom nearest the fireplace in the Fellowship Hall.
ALL PARENTS ARE INVITED TO GATHER FOR DISCUSSION on Sunday mornings between services, We are discussing The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. Connect with other parents and enjoy great conversation and support.
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 in the double classroom 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.