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Mission for the next 100 years of Hope

What a celebration we have had this summer as we marked Hope’s centennial! I hope you had the opportunity to visit with guests and old friends during the last weekend in June. I hope you also set aside some time to dwell upon the importance of Hope’s presence for our community in the past and into the future. Our mission to Welcome, Enrich, Serve, and Proclaim gives focus to the ministry God continues to call us to in our life together.

Our mission also directs how we steward and care for the abundance God graciously provides us. All we have comes from God, including our treasures, our life, the gospel we proclaim, our family, community -all of it. In response to all God has given us, we joyfully use God’s gifts in service to God and neighbor. These are only a few highlights of how our stewardship of God’s gifts to us have been employed to the glory of God:

Enrich-Our youth and family education programs serve over 150 young people throughout the year, through Release Time, Vacation Bible School, Youth Groups, Sunday School, Confirmation, and Pre-Baptism preparation, all of which serves to share the love of God and nurture the faith of our people.

Serve & Proclaim-We pass on over $40,000 to support God’s mission through the wider ELCA (The Malaria Initiative, World Hunger, Seafarer’s Ministry in Duluth, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Luther Seminary, AMPPARO, LIRS, and hundreds of other ministries around the world), in support of our missionary, Rev. Linda Johnson Seyenkulo in Liberia, in support of our radio and TV broadcast ministry, and in support of local hunger initiatives, especially the Walker Area Food Shelf, where we also serve throughout the year.

Serve & Welcome-Our staff and membership are engaged outside our walls, supporting community initiatives that foster life (i.e. St. Vincent De Paul), advocating for the life of all our neighbors, connecting with those who have never heard the Gospel, and accompanying those who walk through the valley.

Welcome & Enrich- The Women of Hope have been an integral part of our fellowship, and invite a tremendous number of new neighbors to engage our fellowship.

STEWARDSHIP 2020

For all the gifts you’ve shared, Thank You! Join me now as we now begin discerning and dreaming about how we will have a life-giving impact in our community and around the world in 2020 and beyond. Even now before Estimate of Giving cards are out, spend time with your household to put together your stewardship plan, which helps Hope’s leadership put together our Mission Plan (Budget) for the future. Ask...

How will we use our gifts to actively welcome all through radical hospitality?

Are we being called to serve and enrich lives in places we haven’t thought of before?

Is this the year we will switch to automatic giving?

How far will our proclamation of the Gospel reach in the future?

Can we give more financial gifts this year, or will we invest more time enriching the lives of our neighbors?

Have we reached the magic age 70.5 years old, where we can wisely direct IRA Required Minimum Distributions to Hope and receive a tax benefit in return?

Think on these questions and share your thoughts as we step into this time of prayer in preparation to pledge our support for the 2020 Mission Plan here at Hope.

Sunday, September 22- Stories of Stewardship Sunday: On this Sunday we will hear from Hope members why giving to Hope is important to them. We will pray together for God’s guidance in boldly and faithfully stewarding all that God has provided, and then we will make Estimate of Giving Cards available, to be returned the following Sunday or at your convenience.

Sunday, September 29- Celebrating Consecration Sunday: To consecrate is to associate or dedicate to the sacred, so on this Sunday we will celebrate the gifts we’ve pledged to support the Mission of the Hope Lutheran Church in 2020. Estimate of Giving Cards will be collected, and more importantly, we will celebrate the abundance God provides us each day.

Bless you all for your continued presence and commitment to our mission, to Welcome all people, Enrich one another’s lives, Send believers forth to Serve, as our way of Proclaiming the Gospel!

Pastor Matt

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