Annual Meeting of the Congregation
Sunday, January 21st at 9:45 a.m.
To be continued if necessary on Sunday, January 28th.
THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE is busy filling council and board positions for 2018. We are in need of volunteers to serve in the following ministry areas: Education, Worship, Fellowship & Outreach. If you have interest in helping implement programs and activities for the upcoming year in any of these areas, please leave a message in the church office and we’ll get more info to you!
Christmas Food Boxes
On behalf of the Food Box Committee, thank you to everyone who contributed and helped pack Christmas food boxes this year. We served 102 families, 202 children, 141 adults for a total of 343 people! Thanks to the quilters for 117 beautiful, warm quilts. 140 fleece and 19 extra infant blankets were also shared with families. We appreciate all the folks and youth who tied blankets all year long! We already have more kits available to start tying for next year’s project.
A special thanks to WELCA for their generous contribution to this ministry. Thanks to Mark McKenna at Super One and his staff for the food delivery and putting up with our ever changing food order. We agreed we would not turn down any request!
Thanks too to the Cass Co. Sentence to Serve for their help with hauling out boxes and to the social workers, public health nurses and other agencies who get these boxes into the hand of those in need. Thanks too to Michelle Anderson for coordinating the 9th and 10th grade youth who helped with packing. They were amazing!
We recently found out that we also received the Lake Country Power Round Up Grant that we had applied for.
Blessings abound here at Hope Lutheran Church!! Our committee is truly thankful for our church family and your sharing, caring hearts!
INFO MEETING ON POTENTIAL MISSION TRIP: The Board of Outreach is seeking interest in forming a group to travel to Texas to assist in hurricane recovery this spring. We are in connection with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston who will help us facilitate our trip. If you would like to learn more, please come to an informational meeting between worship services on Sunday, January 14th. NOTE CHANGE OF DATE! If you cannot make this meeting, but would like more info, talk to Bruce Pederson.
Lutheran Marriage Encounter
Give the one you love your time and attention at a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend. Enjoy private, one-on one time with your spouse in a comfortable and private environment away from distractions. The next Weekend is February 16-18, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brooklyn Center, MN. Several Hope Lutheran couples have attended weekends in the past. Talk to Joe or Barb Sherman for more info 547-1827 or apply now at GodLovesMarriage.org, or contact Peter & Phyllis McMahon at email@example.com or 763-561-1575. Weekends fill fast and pre-registration is required – don’t miss out!
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.