Annual Meeting of the Congregation
Sunday, January 20th at 9:40 a.m. in the sanctuary
(To be continued Sunday, January 27th if necessary)
100th Anniversary: Committee Volunteers Needed
SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendar for 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!
Debuting self-serve Coffee Hour
You may have noticed a slight change to our Sunday morning coffee hour. There are now three self-serve stations, one in the narthex and the other two in the Fellowship Hall. You are encouraged to bring their your mug or travel cup, or disposable cups are also available. The regular coffee cups will be used any Sunday there is a volunteer willing to wash them! Sign up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall to volunteer. A BIG THANKS to the family of Willard Arends for a memorial gift towards air pots and supplies for coffee hour, in celebration of Will’s love of coffee and goal to have EVERYONE feel welcome!
Free Elk Meatloaf Dinner
January 23rd at 5:30 p.m.
Everyone welcome... invite a friend!
Christmas Food Boxes
The Christmas Food Box Committee is grateful for the many contributions we received which made it possible to pack food boxes for a record 164 families this Christmas season. That means over 600 people in the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley area were impacted by your generosity over the Christmas holidays.
We thank Thrivent for the Action Team grant we received, the Women of Hope for their generous donation, Beltrami Electric Cooperative and Lake Country Power Cooperative for the
round up grants the Food Box Program at Hope was awarded. Our thanks extend to the Operation Round Up Trust Boards and the cooperative members who agree to have their monthly utility bills rounded up so that worthy community service projects throughout the cooperative’s
service area can be encouraged and supported. What great work we can do together when we gather a few pennies at a time!
Records for the food boxes go back to approximately the year 1990 as the start of this ministry by the Women of Hope. Since then, the project has had many different coordinators and committee members. In the beginning, the women basically put together a box of groceries that was needed to prepare a Christmas meal for families and gave them out as families were identified. They also may have brought food to the Walker Food Shelf. (At one time Hope housed and coordinated the Food Shelf.).
In 1999, the full church joined in on this project with The Women of Hope and the quilters. At that time there were only 10 quilts given out with 10 Family food boxes compared to this year’s approximately 130 quilts, 140 Children’s Fleece Blankets for 164 FAMILIES ranging in size up to 13!!! This year, as in most years, there were very few “repeat” families in these numbers.
In 2009 the Summer Food Boxes were added.
During most years of this 28 year ministry the QUILTERS have provided many many beautiful quilts! The Children’s Fleece Blankets were added in 2004.
The entire family of Hope have used their time, talents and contributions to continue “God’s work through our hands”
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.
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 the pastors 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.