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Wednesdays During Lent...March 13, 20, 27 and April 3 & 10

“Give Us This Day our Daily Bread”

Lenten Supper at 5:30 p.m. Lenten worship at 6:30 p.m.

Freewill donation to the Youth of Hope Offering to the Walker Area Food Shelf

March 13: Soup Potluck “Global Food Disorder”

March 20: Sloppy Joes “God’s Intention for Food”

March 27: Chicken Noodle “Food Connects Us in Community”

April 3: Taco Bar “Food Connects us with Creation”

April 10: Soup Potluck “Food Connects us with God”

ATTENTION THRIVENT MEMBERS! Thrivent Choice dollars must be designated by the end of March. Please log on to your Thrivent.com account and see if you are eligible to designate a portion of the funds Thrivent gives to non profit organizations each year. Hope Lutheran is one of the local organizations you can choose from. Time is of the essence – all funds must be designated by the end of March!

Psalm Bible Study with Pastor Dave Smith

Sundays at 9:40 am or Wednesdays at 4:30 pm in the Music Room

For literally thousands of years the Psalms have been the hymnbook of faith and a tutorial on prayer. The psalms give us words to express wonder, praise, despair, and to argue with God. Psalms comfort the afflicted, give voice to our deepest laments, strengthen the weary and give hope to the oppressed.

Sunday, March 10 “Psalms of Lament”

Wed, March 13 “Intro to the Psalms”

Sunday, March 17 “Psalms of Praise”

Wed, March 20 “Psalms of Lament”

Sunday, March 24 “How the Psalms Have Been Used”

(No class Mar 27)

Wed, April 3 “Psalms of Praise”

Wed, April 10 “How Psalms Have Been Used”

No special materials needed. Join in any session!

Online Directory Update

Online directory passwords were mailed out the last week of February to those of you who had not been able to collect that information in person. When you log in to the system, please update your password and check to see that all the information in your profile is accurate. If you find something that needs fixing just type in the new information and click update. It’s that simple.

If you were not able to have your photo taken at church this fall, don’t panic, it’s not too late. Just log on, and select change photo. You’ll be able to upload a new photo from your digital collection. Please update your profiles and pictures by the end of March. If you have any questions about how to log on or use the system, you may send a request for help to hopedirectory@arvig.net and someone from the Online Directory team will be in touch with you.

We do plan to offer a printed version of the online directory for purchase. We’ll extract whatever pictures and directory information is in the system as of April 1, for our printed 100th anniversary version. Stay tuned to next month’s Herald for information on how to order your copy.

We hope you’ll find time to log on to the new online directory system, download the mobile app for your mobile devices and try out the email, text, and map features. It’s pretty slick!

March is Minnesota Food Share Month! The amount of money raised during the month of March will determine how much assistance the Walker Area Food Shelf will receive from Minnesota Food Share in the upcoming year. The more we give, the more they receive! The food shelf is able to purchase groceries at a huge discount from Second Harvest Food Bank, which stretches your monetary gift even further. You can make your donation payable to Hope Lutheran, marked “food shelf”. Non-perishable grocery items can be left on the table in the back of the Fellowship Hall.

March is Hope’s month to staff the Walker Area Food Shelf. Volunteers are needed each Tuesday during March. Sign up on the bulletin board across from the church office if you will take a shift, or call 218 547-1850.

Creation, Church, and You: Earthkeeping Practically Speaking

The NE MN Synod invites congregations to send representatives to an Earthkeeping Summit, which will be held on Saturday, March 30 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. This summit addresses how congregations can integrate care of creation throughout all activities: worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement. We can send an entire team of people to this gathering for just $25. Pastor Dave is planning to go and is hoping for others to join him! If you are interested, leave a message in the church office by March 15th, as we need to RSVP a number of attendees.

Coffee Hour Coordinators Needed!

The Board of Fellowship is seeking 3-4 members of Hope who are willing to volunteer their time to be Coffee Coordinators. The main responsibility of the Coordinators will be to recruit, schedule and train volunteers for Sunday coffee time.

If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Kelly Felton, Board of Fellowship Chair, or leave a message in the church office.

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.

Hope hosts Blood Drive April 2

Hope Lutheran will host the Walker Area Blood Drive on Tuesday, April 2, from 12:15 to 4:30. The need for blood is ongoing and especially so during winter months when weather can hinder the amount of blood being donated. To make an appointment, call Gloria N 218-536-0964 or schedule online at vitalant.org/Home.aspx. Volunteers are needed to call donors to make appointments, set up and take down the fellowship hall on April 2, register donors as they arrive, and also to make coffee and serve refreshments. If you can help in any of these ways, let me know!

Thank you! Gloria Niswonger, Coordinator

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.

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!

  • Family Fun
  • Historical Activities
  • Communication
  • Memorabilia
  • Set Up & Take Down
  • Food
  • 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.


    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.

    Service Group Schedule


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