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COMMUNION has been postponed Sat. July 11

Unfortunately, we will NOT be having drive-up communion this evening due to inclement weather. We will let you know when we reschedule.

Drive UP Communion on Saturday, July 11

Reminder:  There is no need to pre-register or sign up for drive-by communion this time. We are asking that you would arrive at these times to avoid congestion at 6 pm:

If your last name begins with
A-F arrive at 6 pm.
G-M arrive at 6:30 pm.
N-S arrive at 7:00 pm.
T-Z arrive at 7:30 pm.

As you drive up you will be receiving instructions. You will have an opportunity to go over Scripture to prepare yourself to receive the Lord’s Supper. And you will hear some awesome praise music.

We will do everything possible to make this a safe experience. Our team of communion assistants will wear masks. Those who distribute will have gloves on and will constantly be sanitizing the communion ware.


***Please keep in mind that there is a chance of thunderstorms.  We are keeping a close eye on the weather radar.  Please watch this platform as well as Realm for any updates.  We will notify you by 4pm.

Thank you!

Reminder: New Service Times This Weekend

A new series brings new online service times:   Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday 9:00 and 11:00 am.           See you soon!

Book of Malachi Continues Tonight at 7 pm

Hello Friends!

Just a reminder to join us tonight at 7 pm as Pastor Larry continues his series in the Book of Malachi.  If you’re looking for the previous sessions you can find them on our Book of Malachi Playlist on Youtube.

Words of Hope: Tom Confer

Words of Hope from Elder Tom Confer

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:13

The apostle Paul, in his letters constantly encourages the Christians of his time to “stand.” He exhorted various congregations to stand against all matter of hardship and opposition. In some cases, it was against the schemes of the devil, in others it was against false doctrine, or the evils of adopting the attitudes of this world. Certainly, our current circumstances with danger from COVID-19 and the massive economic disruption that is the price of fighting it can be considered the “evil day” of our time. Paul’s words of encouragement, meant for our brothers and sisters in the faith of the first century ring, down through the centuries to us today. Stand firm in the faith of our Savior Jesus’ faithfulness and love for all his people.

TUESDAY TUNES WITH NOAH

Thank you Noah Barnard -awesome musician & bags of character in the tone of his voice!

Words of Hope: Carl Coloney

Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney:

Winning our battles. Life can present strange turns of events which can be battles or at least mini skirmishes. God created us to support and be supported by one another.

In the book of Exodus, chapter 17, Moses was on top of a hill watching the Israelite army being attracted by the army of the Amalekites. As long as his hands were lifted, the Israelite army was winning but when they were lowered they began to lose. Two of Moses friends held his hands up as he tired and it says his hands remained steady until sunset and the Israelite army won the battle. During the past few months of our new normal, how have you been able to hold up the hands of the Moses is your lives or how have you been a Moses and have your hands been held up by others? Many battles are being won or lost during these days but the support we give others or get from them can make victories much more possible. Jesus calls us to love one another as He has loved us. He will hold us up and we can use that same support to hold others up as well. Blessed hand holding!

Words of Hope: Mark Erbelding

Words of Hope from Elder Mark Erbelding

In Acts 16: 6-10, we read about how the Holy Spirit influenced one of Paul’s mission journeys in a very unique way. These very intriguing words say “they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.”

I often wonder what this looked like – was it a set of circumstances that came together to change their plans (like missing a boat or becoming ill) – or was it a literal physical restraint? Could it even have been a pandemic? Regardless, the Lord changed their plans in a very obvious way and they had to adapt. As a result they went west and the church in Europe and what we call western civilization might well trace its roots back to this event.

We might say the same thing in these days – this virus pandemic has given us no choice but to change the way we do many things – including our ministry to others, the way we “do church” and interact. Some would say that things will never be the same again – even when the virus has run its course. Although our message of hope in Jesus Christ does not change, our methods for delivery may. Maybe we are being given a glimpse of what it was like for Paul, Silas, and Timothy through Luke’s account in Acts 16. How will this period in our history be remembered in 20, 50, or 100 years? What changes will take place? Will our lives go back to “normal”? What is “normal” anyway? One thing is for sure – God is still in control!

Reminder: The Book of Malachi Starts Tonight 6/23

Join Pastor Larry as he explores some timeless truths from the Book of Malachi, that we can apply to our lives today!  Join us at 7 pm on Tuesdays for 6 weeks!  https://sharethehoperoc.online.church/

 

Summer Opportunities Starting Next Week!!

We have some great opportunities coming your way.

MONDAYS Starting June 22, join us for Career Jump Start:

Who do you know that could benefit from this seminar?  Please share the graphic and tell them to visit  https://sharethehope.org/ and click on the ONLINE EVENT button.

TUESDAYS, starting June 23rd join Pastor Larry for a six week series

on the Book of Malachi: 

From Pastor Larry:  Join us in studying the last book of the Old Testament. Before God was silent for 400 years, He had some challenging truths to share with His people. These same truths are relevant today and we will be challenged as we hear Malachi speak to our generation.  Join us online:   https://sharethehope.org and click on the ONLINE event button.

Tuesday Tunes with David

Tune in and find out who David’s special guest is!

The Art of Marriage: Love Always

Hello Friends,

Tune in tonight with Pastor Larry and Jill at 7 pm as they discuss the next topic:  Love Always.

1. Watch the PL and Jill Video on our Online Platform

If you can’t make it tonight, you can watch the video after it streams at 7pm on our Youtube channel. 

2. View the Corresponding Right Now Media Video

Get your snack ready and then watch the corresponding video on Right Now Media.   If you need a Right Now Media Account, it’s FREE, just click here and then search for The Art of Marriage when you get on the site.

If you have a Right NOW Media account- here’s the direct link to the Love Always video.

3. Discuss and Have a Date Night sometime this week

This Week’s Discussion Questions:

1. What was your biggest takeaway after watching  Love Always?

2. Who is affected by your marriage? (Identify them by names or groups)

3.  Think of those in your life whose marriage you admire, especially a couple who has been married for thirty years or more.  Describe something about their marriage that you want to be true of yours.

Thank you for joining us for this series.

If you have missed any of the PL and Jill videos, they are always available after streaming on our Youtube channel.  Just look for the Art of Marriage playlist.

Words of Hope: Carl Coloney

“That was an eye-opener”.

I heard that statement said a while ago about a news item on tv. I began to reflect on those “eye-opener” things in life that could be very big or very insignificant. A statement made by someone could open up a whole new area of understanding. A sports star killed in a tragic helicopter crash could open our eyes to the frailness of life. A worldwide pandemic can certainly be an eye-opener.

Jesus, several times, opened the eyes of the blind. One time it was a physical healing of a man born blind, while another was a spiritual awareness of His presence. It benefits us to look for those eye-opening things in our lives that God uses to grow us in Him. How has a worldwide pandemic opened our eyes, or how about the death of a man in Minneapolis which has had worldwide effect? How about our 3-month pause in life and social distancing and quarantining or isolation from friends and family?

Paul said in the book of Romans chapter 8 that God works for the good in all things. Death, accidents and pandemics are certainly not good things but can we through these eye-openers discover the good that He is working in our lives? Father, help us to trust you in these difficult days and open our eyes to where you are bringing good through all things for us and our world. We ask this in Jesus name.

Tuesday Tunes with David

For your listening pleasure!
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Racial Reconciliation Resources to Grow Your Understanding

Resources to grow in our understanding of the Gospel imperative of racial reconciliation

People of Hope I am sharing with you resources that have been very helpful to me in growing in my understanding of what I/we can do as the people of God to address racial reconciliation in our church and community.  I know you can’t read or listen to all of these resources but pick one or two and take time to begin to learn.  Why? Because Christ prayed that we all may be one even as He and the Father are one and we can become a better picture on earth of the Church in heaven.

In Christ’s Love,

PK

BOOKS:

      https://www.amazon.com/Divided-Faith-Evangelical-Religion-Problem-ebook/dp/B000SHYQZU/ref=sr_1_1?crid=11KYJC8RZV27X&dchild=1&keywords=divided+by+faith+by+michael+emerson+and+christian+smith&qid=1591280958&sprefix=divided+by+faith%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-1

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Americas-Original-Sin-Privilege-America/dp/1587434008/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=America%27s+original+sin&qid=1591281081&sr=8-1

 

 

PODCASTS: 

Pastor Derwin Gray – founding pastor of Transformation Church helps church leaders to understand the motivation for racial reconciliation.

https://unseminary.com/derwin-gray-on-racial-reconciliation-as-a-gospel-imperative/

Dr. George Yancey, analyzes secular approaches to racial issues and offers a Biblical approach

https://summitrduinstitute.com/forums/beyond-racial-gridlock-forum-featuring-dr-george-yancey-2/

Bryan Stevenson, founder of Equal Justice Initiative talking about injustice in America – Ted Talk

https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice

 

Articles

https://www.tvcresources.net/resource-library/articles/confronting-my-privilege

https://www.missioalliance.org/5-ways-predominantly-white-churches-can-work-for-racial-justice-and-reconciliation/?fbclid=IwAR39o9IMsXFVxDFzErsf-dR1jQuzkllTr9pVfGRZzZFv7-Jh_dC30WQ-tAs

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/oh-god-make-us-angry/

 

The Art of Marriage: Love Sizzles

Hello Friends,

Tune in tonight with Pastor Larry and Jill at 7 pm as they discuss the next topic:  Love Interrupted.

1. Watch the PL and Jill Video on our Online Platform

If you can’t make it tonight, you can watch the video after it streams at 7pm on our Youtube channel. 

2. View the Corresponding Right Now Media Video

Get your snack ready and then watch the corresponding video on Right Now Media.   If you need a Right Now Media Account, it’s FREE, just click here and then search for The Art of Marriage when you get on the site.

If you have a Right NOW Media account- here’s the direct link to the Love Sizzles video.

3. Discuss and Have a Date Night sometime this week

This Week’s Discussion Questions:

1. What was your biggest takeaway after watching  Love Interrupted?

2. Does a good relationship make for good sex, or does good sex make for a good relationship?  Explain your answer.

3.  When it comes to talking about your sexual relationship: what makes it easier to talk about it?  What makes it harder?

 

This Week’s Date Night Adventure:

Ask your spouse to describe the perfect afternoon or evening that would get them in the mood and then take turns to do your best to create it for each other.

Then discuss:

  • Complete the following sentence:  In my opinion, in order to make our sex life even better, we need to _________________.
  • Recall one or two of your “top ten of all time” sexual experiences and share them with each other.

If you have missed any of the PL and Jill videos, they are always available after streaming on our Youtube channel.  Just look for the Art of Marriage playlist.

 

 

 

How to Help Your Kids Process Current Events

Wondering how to help? Talk to your kids about all of the things happening in the world. Here are some resources that may help. 

Why You Need to Talk About Race With Your Kids (Podcast): https://bit.ly/36NbeQi

Raising Kids Who Will Initiate Racial Equality (Blog Post): https://bit.ly/3eFPDfl

How To Talk To Kids About The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Blog Post): https://bit.ly/2MiEkxL

 

Hope Statement about the Sin of Racism

Statement about the Sin of Racism from Pastor Kirk:

When we see racism on such public display as in the death of George Floyd it gives us an opportunity for repentance – not merely calling for someone else to repent, not merely calling our nation to repent, but for our own personal repentance.   Racial conflict in our nation calls for every Christian to introspection.  “It is time for judgment to begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). “Righteous indignation” without self-reflection and repentance is meaningless, or worse, hypocrisy.  

While our church body (LC-MS) has had for decades a formal statement condemning the sin of racism,  I thought it would be helpful to summarize this Biblical teaching in a succinct way with statements from the document and providing a link to the scholarly, exhaustive document and then some of my own thoughts.

  • Discriminatory treatment of human beings on the basis of race is irrational evil and results in evil (James 2:8-9).
  • God’s Word rejects racism (Ephesians 2:13-16).
  • Jesus Himself bids us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31) and did so precisely while rejecting racial preference (Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37).
  • Racism is not acceptable in the church (Ephesians 4:1-6).
  • We must pray, but we must do even more.  We shall follow the ancient mandate of the prophet of Yahweh: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).

Link to Commission on Theology and Church Relations –  Racism and the Church https://files.lcms.org/wl/?id=2ZSjBpgjY39Eo1lH1vqCgI79YUGmfrve

As important and necessary as formal written statements of belief are, they are not enough.  Scriptural beliefs must be lived out and acted upon (Matthew 7:20).  As the people of Hope Lutheran Church we believe that the Gospel, namely, that Jesus Christ, through His death and resurrection was reconciling sinners to God and has given us the ministry of reconciliation to all (2 Corinthians 5:18).  The struggle for racial reconciliation began in the heart of God and it continues in the life of God’s people.  We are committed to enter in to the struggle, with all of its pain and anger and hurt, seeking to learn, understand, grow and bring about justice and equality.  But we enter in to the struggle with something the world lacks: the power and hope and love of Christ.  

So what do we do? I certainly don’t have all the answers but I am praying about what we can do as a church and how I can lead our congregation through awareness, education, listening to and learning from black brothers and sisters in Christ in our congregation.  What steps can we take to become more racially sensitive and diverse as a church?   I’m also praying about what I can do individually.  One thing is to read part of a commitment card that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave to people who wanted to be a part of a movement of justice and love. People who wanted to be part of his movement would just commit to doing these things:

  1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
  2. Remember always that we seek justice and reconciliation, not victory.
  3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
  4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all people might be free.
  5. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all people might be free.
  6. Observe, with both foe and friend, the ordinary rules of courtesy.
  7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
  8. Refrain from violence of fist, tongue, or heart.

Then there was a place for people to say: “I sign this pledge, having seriously considered what I do, with the determination and the will to persevere.”   I now have this card hanging above my desk so that by God’s grace I can make the same commitment. 

 

The Art of Marriage: Love Interrupted

Hello Friends,

Tune in tonight with Pastor Larry and Jill at 7 pm as they discuss the next topic:  Love Interrupted.

1. Watch the PL and Jill Video on our Online Platform

If you can’t make it tonight, you can watch the video after it streams at 7pm on our Youtube channel. 

2. View the Corresponding Right Now Media Video

Get your snack ready and then watch the corresponding video on Right Now Media.   If you need a Right Now Media Account, it’s FREE, just click here and then search for The Art of Marriage when you get on the site.

If you have a Right NOW Media account- here’s the direct link to the Love Interrupted video.

3. Discuss and Have a Date Night sometime this week

This Week’s Discussion Questions:

1. What was your biggest takeaway after watching  Love Interrupted?

2. Read 1 Peter 4:8.  Do you agree or disagree that some things need to be overlooked?  Explain.  What advice would you give to other couples in deciding what to discuss and what to overlook?

3.  Explain the difference between winning an argument and resolving a conflict.

 

This Week’s Date Night Adventure:

Have a candlelight picnic on your living room floor.  Sit close and take turns sharing why you love your spouse.

Then discuss:

  • Complete the following sentence:  The way my parents/family resolved conflict is by_________________.
  • Express your gratitude to each other for being willing to work through conflict and not run away from it.

If you have missed any of the PL and Jill videos, they are always available after streaming on our Youtube channel.  Just look for the Art of Marriage playlist.

 

 

 

Join us for a Special Time of Prayer for Rochester and Our Nation

Join us for a special time of prayer, 8:30 am  Sunday, May 31st.  You can watch live on Youtube, Facebook (CC provided) or this website. (Just click on the Watch Online button)  Help us share hope and love during this challenging time.

Words of Hope: Carl Coloney

Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney:

“We are in charge of our destiny.”  These are the words of our Governor in a recent press conference. His focus is that if we follow the guidelines of social isolation, wearing masks, and staying home then the disease will decline in the impact it has on our people and society.

In the spiritual realm, we too have a responsibility for our destiny. We can try to obey the rules and guidelines from God but the virus of sin will still destroy us. What option does He leave us? We know ourselves too well as to depend on our own resources for our destiny. In the Gospel of Luke, a convicted criminal dying next to Jesus simply asked Jesus to remember him when he came into His kingdom. He chose to put Jesus in charge of his destiny. We know that Jesus responded with a promise to bring him to paradise that day.

Our future destiny with the COVD virus is uncertain, but our present and eternal spiritual destiny placed in Jesus’ hands is guaranteed to be safe with Him. Proverbs 3:6 says “ In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight”. In Psalm 143:8 David wrote “ Let the early morning bring me word of your unfailing love for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go for to you I entrust my life”.

The Art of Marriage: Love Dances

Hello Friends,

Tune in tonight with Pastor Larry and Jill at 7 pm as they discuss the next topic:  Love Dances

1. Watch the PL and Jill Video on our Online Platform

If you can’t make it tonight, you can watch the video after it streams at 7pm on our Youtube channel. 

2. View the Corresponding Right Now Media Video

Get your snack ready and then watch the corresponding video on Right Now Media.   If you need a Right Now Media Account, it’s FREE, just click here and then search for The Art of Marriage when you get on the site.

If you have a Right NOW Media account- here’s the direct link to the Love Dances video.

3. Discuss and Have a Date Night sometime this week

This Week’s Discussion Questions:

  1.  What was your biggest takeaway after watching  Love Dances?
  2.  Read Ephesians 5:22-30.  In your own words, describe the role of the husband in a marriage; describe the role of a wife.

This Week’s Date Night Adventure:

Dance in your living room, or patio, or porch.  Find your favorite music/playlist and turn it up!

Then discuss:

  • the sources (family, media, etc.)  that shaped your way of viewing roles in a marriage and whether they were good or bad sources
  • rate yourself on a scale from 1 to 5 in each area of the designated roles

husband: love your wife as Christ loved the church | know your wife, pay attention to her, nurture her, cherish her | head of the household as Christ is head of the church | sacrifices needs, desires, dreams for sake of the family | takes initiative to move the family forward

wife:  be a helper | respect your husband | encourage your husband to lead the family well | follow your husband’s leadership

If you’d like to make the most of the series, please contact Leanne (leannebohn@sharethehope.org) to receive The Art of Marriage guidebook! We have some in stock!)

If you have missed any of the PL and Jill videos, they are always available after streaming on our Youtube channel.  Just look for the Art of Marriage playlist.

 

 

 

Words of Hope: Scott Mitchell

Words of Hope from Elder Scott Mitchell

“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before.” Heb 11:7

What’s a flood? Whether he said it out loud or not I have to believe that thought was racing through Noah’s head when God told him to build an ark. Noah, and all creation for that matter, had no idea about this thing God said was coming, but he knew God could be trusted and he knew God would see him through.

Today we find ourselves in that same boat. While unprecedented in our lifetimes, God has seen this before. God has restored a nation and a world before. Like the songs goes, “Our hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” These are the strongest building blocks of faith there are. They can withstand the waves of a flood, the heat of a furnace, and the uncertainty of a pandemic. “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 We may not know what lies around the corner, but we can be certain of Who is waiting for us there.

Words of Hope: Dave Smith

Words of Hope from Elder David Smith
But I trust in you, LORD; I say, You are my God. My times are in your hands. Psalm 31:14-15a

It seems to me that every news program, media outlet, newspaper and magazine, whether I see it on my computer, on a printed page, or broadcast to a screen, is dominated by information, advice and guidelines about COVID-19 and its many effects on day to day life. Medical experts and government officials are front and center, doing their best to guide the nation through a pandemic. It is more than a little overwhelming, these constant reminders of a world turned upside down. We feel off balance and off kilter, trying to make sense of it all. Perhaps you are experiencing that too. In this information saturation, we are tempted to place our hope in doctors, scientists and politicians.

God’s word reminds us how foolish this is. While God provides government and science as blessings to achieve His purposes, they are not a substitute for Him. Let these words from the Psalms wash over you, memorize them, meditate on them, overlay them over your favorite news media. Take comfort in knowing that the Person who made the universe has us in His hands.
“Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, my soul. I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, He remains faithful forever.” Psalm 146:1-6 (NIV)

ZOOM for Beginners

Hello Friends!

In an effort to keep people connected, we have been offering some online opportunities on Facebook pages and groups, Instagram and also on ZOOM which a lot of our Hope Groups are using.

We’ve found a great video that explains step by step how to create a FREE ZOOM account, and we thought we’d share it for this month’s Family Time at 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 21 on our online platform.

  • You can watch it with other people who are learning too
  • ask questions afterwards in the chat
  • you can watch it a few times in the hour we have set aside.
  • you can watch on your own time.

You can also apply what you have learned by joining us the next morning on Zoom for our Faithbuilder Friday!  Just give us your contact information and we’ll send you an invite, just like you saw here!

The Art of Marriage with Pastor Larry and Jill Continues

Hello Friends,

Tune in tonight with Pastor Larry and Jill at 7 pm as they discuss the next topic:  Love Fades.

1. Watch the PL and Jill Video on our Online Platform

If you can’t make it tonight, you can watch the video after it streams at 7pm on our Youtube channel. 

2. View the Corresponding Right Now Media Video

Get your snack ready and then watch the corresponding video on Right Now Media.   If you need a Right Now Media Account, it’s FREE, just click here and then search for The Art of Marriage when you get on the site.

If you have a Right NOW Media account- here’s the direct link to the Love Fades video. 

3. Discuss and Have a Date Night sometime this week

This Week’s Discussion Questions:

  1.  What was your biggest takeaway after watching  Love Fades?
  2.  Do you think it’s typical that one spouse rates the marriage so differently than the other?  Why or why not?
  3.  Practically speaking– what can a husband do to prioritize their marriage?  What can a wife do?

This Week’s Date Night Adventure:

Spend two hours on the couch together without cell phones, tv or internet.  Spend time talking to each other, reading to each other or just sitting quietly.

Then discuss:

  • list some of the things that make couples drift apart
  • take turns describing one specific thing your spouse could do to make you feel closer to him/her this week.

If you’d like to make the most of the series, please contact Leanne (leannebohn@sharethehope.org) to receive The Art of Marriage guidebook! We have some in stock!)

If you have missed any of the PL and Jill videos, they are always available after streaming on our Youtube channel.  Just look for the Art of Marriage playlist.

 

 

 

Words of Hope: Tim Tyler

Words of Hope from Elder Tim Tyler

True Bible faith is confident obedience to God’s Word in spite of circumstances and consequences. Let it soak into your mind and heart. This faith operates quite simply. God speaks and we hear His Word. We trust His Word and act on it no matter what the circumstances may be. The circumstances may be impossible, and the consequences frightening and unknown, but we obey God’s Word just the same and believe Him to do what is right and what is best. The world fails to realize that faith is only as good as its object, and the object of our faith is God. Faith is to a Christian what a foundation is to a house: it gives confidence and assurance that he will stand. So you might say, “Faith is the confidence of things hoped for.”

” When a believer has faith, it is God’s way of giving him confidence and assurance that what is promised will be experienced. From “The Bible Exposition Commentary”

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NASB

Refuel with PK: The Book of Mark Continues

Here is the next session of the Book of Mark.  If you’re on FB, feel free to join on Wednesdays in our FB Hope Online Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/hopeonlineROC/

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Words of Hope: Carl Coloney

Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney

As of today, millions of people around the world have been affected by the Corona virus. Everyone has been affected in different ways and to varying degrees. Many ask why this is happening and what is God’s purpose in causing or allowing it to happen.

It might be too simple a thought but does God have millions of purposes that He is working in this time in history. Each one of us has an individual relationship with our God. Some very close, some far away, some nonexistent. He has said in the book of Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”. I believe that His plans are unique and different for each and every one of us. A prayer of trust might say “Father I know you love me and have a very special plan for my life. Help me to be patient as you work it out through Jesus for your glory.” A song goes “You are the potter and I am the clay. Mold me and make me, this is what I pray”

The Art of Marriage: Love Happens

May 11, 2020 | 7:00 pm

Hello Friends,

So glad you’re on this Art of Marriage journey with us.  It’s as easy at 1, 2, 3.

1. Watch PL and Jill Video

If you missed it on our online platform you can watch it now on our Youtube channel. 

2. View the Corresponding Right Now Media Video

All set? Great.  Now it’s time to grab the popcorn and watch the corresponding video on Right Now Media.   If you need a Right Now Media Account, it’s FREE, just click here and then search for The Art of Marriage when you get on the site.

If you have a Right NOW Media account- here’s the direct link to the Love Happens video. 

3. Discuss and Have a Date Night

This Week’s Discussion Questions:

  1.  What was your biggest takeaway after watching  Love Happens?
  2.  List several good reasons for getting married and several bad reasons.
  3.  Describe the difference between accepting your spouse and receiving your spouse and why it’s important.

This Week’s Date Night Adventure:

Recreate your proposal as best as you can (#alonetogether)

Then discuss:

1.Your wedding day and honeymoon.  What are your favorite memories?  Would do anything differently?

2. Have each of you successfully “left” your parents?  If not, where do you need to make adjustments in an honorable way?

If you’d like to make the most of the series, please contact Leanne (leannebohn@sharethehope.org) to receive The Art of Marriage guidebook! We have some in stock!

 

 

 

Words of Hope from Mark Erbelding

May 11, 2020 | 5:35 pm

Our world has changed remarkably in the last 5 weeks. Who would have thought the stock market would change as it did, the jobless rate would skyrocket, and toilet paper would become a coveted item?

As Christians, we see an anxious world all around us. What makes us different? Could it be that we know where our true security lies? We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6: 19 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13: 8 This solid rock has not and will not change over eternity no matter what our earthly circumstances bring.

As we look to the government and the rest of the world for security and answers during this unstable time, we can’t find them! But we know that our relationship with the Lord through His Son Jesus Christ will stand the tests of any storm. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt 6: 19-21

Words of Hope: Carl Coloney

Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney

In Luke 23:46, as our Lord Jesus was dying He cried out “ Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit”. He gave His life, death and eternity into His Father’s hands for safekeeping. Many people at the time of their death will give themselves to the God that they envision. We as believers place our eternal future into our Heavenly Father as we know and trust Him in Jesus our Savior.

If we can commend our eternal well being into His hands, how about the other factors in our lives? Our bodies, our minds, our emotions, our spirituality, our relationships, our fears, our doubts, our anger, our frustrations, our purpose in life. The COVID virus has brought out many positive as well as negative situations that we are dealing with. As we have no control over the virus or the timing of our death and trust our Father with them, why not trust Him with all the rest? As someone said, “Give your life to God, He can do more with it than you can”. A song we sing in worship says “ I surrender all.” May that be our peace in the midst of the storm.

Words of Hope- Carl Coloney

May 4, 2020 | 3:30 pm

Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney

Where is God in all this? That seems to be a question that many are asking during this pandemic. Did God cause it, or did He allow it, or is He powerless against it, or doesn’t He really care after all? One person I spoke to said that God must have pushed the smite button.

We sometimes as Christians feel that we are being called to be God’s defender. That’s tough as we really don’t know for sure what He is doing in and through the situation. He really doesn’t need us to be His defenders. He can take care of Himself. So what are we to do?

He asks us to simply trust Him in all things. How do we do that in the middle of uncertainty? We look to the cross as the main event in history that does not change. The cross is His message to us that He loves us with an everlasting love. How He manages the world is really His business. As a neighbor has said to me often “God’s got this”. Jesus told His disciple Peter when he asked about the fate of one of the other brothers “Your job is to follow me” John 21:22. May we, as His followers, trust Him in all things, or be honest with Him as the man in Mark 9:24 and pray “Lord I believe, please help my unbelief.”

Family Time: Family Project Edition

April 30, 2020 | 5:25 pm

Invite a friend and join us this evening, for Family Time at 6:30 pm on our online platform.  We are grateful for the Dueker Family who is sharing a special project they have worked on.  Tune in and you’ll see them as they complete one of the activities.  It’s a COVID Time Capsule that you can create with your whole family, with a few adaptations of course. We’ll be starting off with a Warm-Up Dance party and then on to the main event.  Here are the instructions: Covid-19 Time Capsule 2020

If you have an idea you’d like to share or a special project you’ve been working on, send us your video at communications@sharethehope.org.   No worries if it isn’t that long, we can always add it to someone else’s or add a special song or dance party!

Words of Hope: Carl Coloney

April 30, 2020 | 11:35 am

Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney

In Luke 13:6-9, Jesus told a parable of a fig tree and a gardener. The tree hadn’t produced fruit in 3 years and the owner wanted it cut down. The gardener replied, “ Sir, leave it alone for one more year and I will dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit fine. If not, then you can cut it down”.

Think about when Jesus began the work of gardening in your life. Was it at your baptism, your confirmation, at a time of crisis? Who or what did He use to gain your attention – a pastor, a friend, a movie, a tv or radio message, illness or personal loss? What drew you to Him so He could begin His ministry of investing time, effort, love and care into you?

In the beginning “God created”. When was your spiritual beginning? How is He using the COVID virus to fertilize and dig around your roots for growth, strength and resilience? Philippians 1:6 says that “He who began a good work in you will not rest until it is finished”. May this time in your life be a time of continued growth and loving care from our master Gardener Jesus as we trust and rest in Him.

Words of Hope: Jim Fordham

April 27, 2020 | 5:55 pm

Words of Hope from Elder Jim Fordham

I would like to share a word of hope and encouragement that my granddaughter Gaby has shared on Instagram. I don’t think I could express myself any better at this very difficult time. I pray her words can give you comfort and purpose in these very uncertain times.

But one thing we can be certain of is that our God Lives, and is with us as stated in Psalm 46. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” gaby_gagarinas

Just a lil’ brain dump… As the past few weeks have gone by, it has at times felt easy to focus on the losses and cancellations that this quarantine time has brought. However, one thing I’ve realized that we do have an ABUNDANCE of, even more than before, is TIME! As so many profs and friends have encouraged me, we’re called to be good stewards of what the Lord has given us, and right now if that is an abundance of time, we should seek to steward it well- looking for ways to grow, to serve others, and to build good habits. But also in pursuit of growth, I’ve realized that it’s soo important to remember our motive behind it. If we’ve trusted in Christ as or Savior, the motive should not be to merely improve ourselves to ‘be better.’ This will just lead to discouragement because we are limited and imperfect people.

Instead, if our motivation to grow is to glorify God out of the fullness we already have through Christ, it can be a joy-filled process that is completely by His grace and for His glory! Because this whole life is about Him anyway, so we can praise the Lord and thank him for any fruit he produces through us while resting in his grace for every time we fail! So while we have this abundance of time, yes- pursue growth!!!- but also remember the WHY :)) “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God & not to us.” 1 Corinthians 4:7

May you grow in your faith, knowing Jesus is with you.

Anxiety to Peace Resources

April 24, 2020 | 2:45 pm

We continue in our In the Middle of Storm series with the topic:  Anxiety to Peace.  We’ve included some resources here that you can read now and/or download for later.  May God’s promises be a great source of peace for you.

Resources for anxiety and worry (1).   This resource includes a listing and hyperlinks to books, podcasts, studies and more.)

The second is a very powerful declaration.

(Here is the pdf version if you want to print out.  7 Declarations of Faith (1))

The 7 Declarations of Faith

1. Through Christ I am fully forgiven and free of all shame and condemnation.

 Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

 Ephesians 1:7-8 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.

 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2. I will give my anxiety to the Lord and trust in Him.

 Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

 Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

3. I am at peace with God and have the peace of God.

 Romans 5:1-4 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

 John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

 Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

4. I am fully resourced to do everything God wants me to do.

 Deuteronomy 8:18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

 Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

 Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

5. I am protected from all harm and evil in Jesus’ name.

 Psalm 3:1-3 Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

 Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 2 Thessalonians 3:2-3 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

6. In Christ I am completely whole = physically, mentally and emotionally.

 Psalm 103:1-5 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

 Matthew 8:16-17 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

 1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

7. I see myself the way God sees me.

 Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

 Colossians 1:22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death, to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—.

 1 John 3:1-2 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words of Hope: Dave Smith

April 23, 2020 | 2:00 pm

Words of Hope from Elder David Smith:

“1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.” Psalm 42:1-4 (NIV)

As I write this, it is Easter Sunday afternoon. I am reflecting on Hope’s beautiful worship services that were shared on the internet during this unprecedented Holy Week. The videos of the church worshipping in joy in previous Easters made me smile but at the same time made my heart ache. The words written in Psalm 42 came flooding into my mind. I don’t think I ever really felt verse 4 before today. It occurred to me that believers in the West may now have a little (just a little) appreciation for what our brothers and sisters under persecution feel, why they take real risks and endure great hardships to worship together.

As I reflected, as God often does, He led me to a recent online essay written by John Stonestreet of Breakpoint. I’d like to share a few of his words. “This pain we feel should also encourage us, however. Our thankfulness for these very good things such as “online services,” home worship, and listening to sermons on podcasts should contain more than a hint of disappointment. They simply are not adequate replacements for what the life of the church should be, not to mention there simply are no substitutes for the sacraments of baptism and communion.” “In fact, if we’re not feeling a serious loss right now, we should be worried. If remote services on a laptop feel normal, then church has become nothing more than a spectator activity, and we have become, well, spectators to worship rather than worshipers.”

“This is the difference between doing church” and being the Church. While we are unable to meet for worship, the hunger for something more is a sign of spiritual life. We should encourage that hunger, and certainly look forward to coming together, again.” “To do so, especially in the midst of the current threats of death and disease, is to ultimately be a sign to the world of that day when Christ will fully bridge all distance between Himself and His Bride, when He heals all sickness, finally restores all things, and makes His dwelling with His people.”

Psalm 42 closes with these words, ‘Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.’ Psalm 42: 11 (NIV) Let us be the sign Mr. Stonestreet speaks of, to show our communities how Jesus’ followers are trusting Him, and while we wait, we are serving Him. We will yet praise Him together, our Savior and our God.

Words of Hope: Scott Mitchell

April 20, 2020 | 4:20 pm

Words of Hope from Elder Scott Mitchell:

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT): “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

When I started Daddy/Daughter dance classes several years ago I found out I lacked something pretty important… balance. No matter how hard I tried, I would always topple over, until they let us in on a little secret: don’t look down; pick a point in the distance.

You see when I looked down I had no perspective on what I was doing, I just saw my shaking, wobbling leg. When Peter looked down it reminded him where he was, instead of where he was going. While our circumstances are changing and the end might not be clear, our focus on Jesus must remain. He is still where He has always been. His kingdom is unchanged and His glory is shining brighter than ever. He stands ready, not just with arms open to comfort, but with an outstretched hand to rescue. And so as the writers of Hebrews say, we persevere, fixing our eyes on Christ, who endured the cross for the joy set before Him.

Here’s Where to Go and How to Find Events Online

April 20, 2020 | 3:45 pm

There’s a lot to learn when it comes to pandemics, isn’t there?  We’re learning how to keep our families safe and how to keep them connected as we #stayathome #alonetogether It’s been a learning curve for all of us as God stretches us in new directions.  Here are some quick guides to help you navigate:

These are the main platforms we are using.

Online Church-  the easiest way to get there is to make sure you are on our website sharethehope.org and then click on the Join Us Online button.  For now, this is the place that we’ll gather in our online pews (couches) and share a special time together.

YouTube:  After all of the service streams from our online platform, the message will be available to listen to whenever you like.  We also have online studies that you can do.

Facebook-  There are two parts to this platform.  The first is our Facebook Page.  Consider it a bulletin board where we’re inviting people to come and check us out.  We’re providing encouragement and resources and invitations to join us.   The next is our Facebook Group-  Hope Online.  The easiest way to get to it is to from our Facebook Page.  Just click on the word Groups to the left and our group will come up.  Consider this group a virtual coffee shop.  We’re studying together, posting positive messages for each and great songs and have conversations with each other.  It’s open to the public and we are so excited to see people invite other people!

We’d love to have you invite them to services too!  Here’s our schedule for the next few weeks.  Our new platform has great tools:

Chat:  This tab opens 10 minutes before service starts so you can say hello and have a virtual meet and greet.

Notes section:  check here before service to make the most of your experience and to find resources that reinforce the message.

Bible:  There’s a built-in Bible with a search so you can follow along.

Schedule:  All of our upcoming events are listed here which include services and other special opportunities to connect.

There are also some tabs at the very top of the page that will give you more information or resources depending on what the message is that day.  Be sure to check those out!

We’ve been seeing some great success with our new platform, however, sometimes there have been issues report.  If your screen shakes, go to full screen mode and see if that helps.  If your video doesn’t start right away, hit your refresh button.

We’re also trying to keep you connected during the week through song, study, prayer, virtual coffee and just plain fun.  Hope Groups are also starting this week and they are another great way to connect.

Thank you for your patience as we have worked through technology issues, gone LIVE on the wrong platforms and learned some things the hard way.  We see God working in us and through us and sometimes in spite of us.  He is providing a way to reach and connect with people that will last far beyond this pandemic.  Yay for God!

Compass Care Virtual Walk for Life

April 18, 2020| 11: 25 am

The Compass Care Walk looks a little different this year, but its message of love and life is still the same.  This year it will be a virtual Walk for Life, a #Walkon Webcast.  You can join the effort by registering today to participate, sponsor or donate:  https://secure.qgiv.com/event/2020walkforlife/page/walkon/

Your efforts will make a difference in lives today and in the lives of those yet to be born.  Just listen to this powerful story.

"I Was Going to Get An Abortion…"

Watch Jacqueline tell of her experience with abortion and her interaction with CompassCare. Thank YOU for making stories like this possible through your prayers, service, and financial generosity. We are erasing the need for abortion TOGHETHER.

Posted by CompassCare Community on Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 

Fear to Faith Resources

April 17, 2020 | 1:15 pm

The first message of our new series, In the Middle of the Storm is Fear to Faith.  If you’re joining us online, you’ll find some great resources in the NOTES section of our online church on this topic including some scripture verses and an article by the Gospel Coalition.

Just to make sure everyone has the information and that we have it as a resource after services this weekend, we are sharing here as well.

Scripture doc v2   Bible verses for comfort and peace.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/normal-again-covid-19/

Get Connected: Join a Hope Group Today.

April 17, 2020 | 12:35 pm

In this time of “social distancing” it is important to stay connected with others. Hope Groups are a great way to stay connected and  to check in on each other all while studying God’s Word.  Don’t just take our word for it, how about Doug’s?

(Video notes– the only update is that Life Groups are now Hope Groups.  Doug is still a great guy.)

Though we’re not meeting face to face yet, most groups will be meeting online.

Groups are held different days and at different times.  If you’re not in a group yet, explore all the possibilities by visiting the Hope Groups page !

If you have any questions or need help signing up please contact our coordinator, Leanne at leannebohn@sharethehope.org.

 

 

The Book of Job with Jill Continues.

April 17, 2020 | 11:55 am.

Join us as we continue to journey in the Book of Job.

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Important Message from Pastor Kirk

April 16, 2020 | 2:55 pm

Hello Friends,

It’s Pastor Kirk.  I just wanted to check in with you today and provide you with some important reminders and updates about our service times this weekend and about our online church.

If you’re a member/attender of Hope, we’re encouraging you to invite everyone in the universe to join you online this weekend.  The INVITE button has been updated with our new series, In the Middle of the Storm.  We believe the messages in this series will be relevant and full of resources to help people navigate these unprecedented times.

If you’re a guest of Hope or you’re just checking us out, please do!  We’d love to have you join us this weekend:  Sat. 5pm | 9:45 am or  11:15 on Sunday.  We get it.  Sometimes it’s easier to take the next step and watch online then it is to take a step into a church building.  Now’s a perfect time to find out what we’re all about. We’re happy to meet you wherever you are.  You’re the reason, we’re building this platform and we can’t wait to meet you!

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Words of Hope: Dave Reisig

April 16, 2020 | 1:46 pm

Words of Hope from Elder Dave Reisig

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2 ESV

Stepping away from news coverage of the pandemic and turning towards the One who is the creator and sustainer of life, I find peace, comfort and assurance knowing I am trusting in the living God who has already saved me. Read, pray, meditate upon the Psalms as He restores your soul and comforts you.    (Ps 23:3-4)

Peace, Dave

Waymaker Wednesday!

April 15, 2020 | 2:20 pm

Hello Friends!  We thought we’d send some Wednesday love your way.  We miss you and wanted you to know that even In the Middle of a Storm, God is always working.  If you have a minute today, listen to Waymaker! 

Words of Hope: Carl Coloney

April 13, 2020 | 11:20 am

Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney

In Psalm 63 the author David begins with “ O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you in a dry and weary land where there is no water”. In today’s world, he might have said “I seek you in a dry and weary land where there is a terrible virus attacking, there are closed schools, churches and businesses. We are confined at home and our plans have been ruined. Our lives and economy are in danger and jobs have been lost and people are dying. In many lives, we have lost our way.”

But as the Psalm continues: “ I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name, I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods, with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you, your right hand upholds me”

Can we focus on the following thoughts? Where has God been in my life? How has He been my loving Father, caring Savior, and comforting Holy Spirit? Have I seen Him work in marvelous ways during the awesome times and the difficult times? God would ask us “ You trust me when things are going well, can’t you trust me when they aren’t? Remember, I have loved you with an everlasting love” Jeremiah 31:3. As David said, “ My soul clings to you, your right hand upholds me”. May that be said of each of us that we continue to trust in our Lord and His faithfulness.

Words of Hope: Tim Tyler

April 9, 2020 | 9:30 am

Words of Hope from Tim Tyler

One of the purposes of trials and difficulties is to teach us patience. James 1:2,3 says: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” It is in these times that our faith grows and our walk with God matures.

No matter what difficulties you may be experiencing, never lose sight of the fact that God is at work in your life. In every problem of life, God’s purposes are greater than our frustrations. His plans are more wonderful than our hopes. His grace is greater than our difficulties. And, His love is sufficient to sustain us in every trial. Trust Him; He will not let you down!

Check out the Hope Kids Updated Page for Great Resources

April 7, 2020 | 2:08 pm

If you’re looking for some great resources for kids and families, look no further.  The Hope Kids page has some great suggestions, activities and ways you can connect.

Be sure to visit the page often as it’s updated on a weekly basis.  https://sharethehope.org/programs/kids/

Words of Hope: Scott Mitchell

April 6, 2020 | 12:45 pm

 

Words of Hope from Elder Scott Mitchell

 

“Then He placed His right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid.” Rev 1:17

It’s almost an involuntary reaction when fear or sadness come upon us. We look for a shoulder to lean on or someone to hold us. There is an immeasurable peace and comfort that the physical embrace of a friend can bring, but at 6 feet apart that can be challenging.

During these times when we are separated from each other physically, you can be sure that God not only draws near but holds you close too (Is 41:10. ) Like the popular ‘Footprints in the Sand’ story, it is during our toughest times that Jesus carries us. Feel the Savior’s touch and rest in His love. Remember that when Jesus calmed the storm He did so from within the boat right by His disciples’ side. He is an ever present help in times of trouble.

Important Update: New Platform for Church Online and MORE Online Opportunities to Connect

April 2, 2020 | 12:00 pm

Online Church

Who’s ready for church online this weekend? While we can’t gather in the pews, we can gather online at similar service times and create a sense of community.  We’ll be streaming  Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

This new platform has:

  • a Bible built-in,
  • a note section if the Pastors have notes to share,
  • a schedule of what’s coming,
  • and as soon as we start streaming, you’ll be able to chat live with everyone else that is on.  Our new meet and greet! You’ll also have the opportunity to have someone pray for you if you hit the live prayer button.
  • stay tuned– we are working on an INVITE A FRIEND button.

If you’re interested in seeing only the service– just click in the box in the lower right corner of the video to expand it to a full screen.

Take the platform for a test spin before this weekend!

https://sharethehoperoc.online.church/

After all of the services are done streaming, the message will also be available for viewing on our Youtube channel. 

 

FAITH BUILDER FRIDAY-  here’s the ZOOM link for this Friday- https://us04web.zoom.us/j/111163837 We’ll be sharing a cup of our favorite beverage virtually #showusyourmug, sharing scripture and taking the new platform for a test drive if you want to see it LIVE!

TUESDAY TUNES  at 2pm on Hope Church Online- We have some great songs planned.  Some of you have already submitted requests.  Here’s what it’s all about:

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WEDNESDAY NIGHTS (with the exception of 4/8)  Refuel with PK, FB Live in the Hope Online FB Group.

Words of Hope: Dave Smith

April 2, 2020 | 9:00 am

Words of Hope from Elder Dave Smith

“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in You” Psalm 33:18-22.

When we read the book of Psalms, we are reminded that there truly is nothing new under the sun. God’s people have always experienced great joys, endured great suffering, wondered about God’s goodness, praised His holy name, expressed fear and sadness, mourned the loss of loved ones, cried out in astonished wonder, and worshipped the only One who is worthy.

Recent and ongoing events are a pointed reminder that human beings are not in control, that despite all our science, technology, money and power, we are terribly vulnerable, that a microscopic virus can cause our world to spin on a new axis. Believers know that we are utterly dependent on God. Wars and pandemics and stock market crashes help to bring that dependence into sharp focus, to remind us that we are loved, that the God of the Universe sent His Son Jesus to rescue us from the world and to set us free to serve Him into eternity. What an opportunity we have been given to share the Hope of the world with the hopeless!

Join Hope Youth ROC online (Updated INFORMATION)

April 1, 2020 | 3:50 pm

HOPE YOUTH ONLINE

STUDENTS:  Join Pastor Greg on Instagram Live on the Hope Youth Instagram here and on Zoom so we can see each other.  He’ll be bringing some encouragement every school day for our high school youth at 2:00 and our middle school youth at 3:00.  On Sundays, we Zoom at noon after watching the message on Hope’s YouTube at 11.

To join us in the group video chat in Zoom, please download the Zoom app and message us for the Meeting ID.  Note that you’ll need to use your real name to be let in from the Zoom waiting room as we won’t let in any “Zoom bombers.”

PARENTS:  Join us here in our new Hope Youth Parents group on Facebook for resources and encouragement in these challenging times.

Words of Hope: Mark Erbelding

Words of Hope from Elder Mark Erbelding:

“For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” This is the closing thought of a prayer of King Jehoshaphat from 2 Chronicles 20:12 and it shows the dire concern of the day over an invading enemy.

Since there is “nothing new under the sun,” we see the same thing today as fear of the unknown future takes hold of us. Each day the reports change and more measures are taken – we don’t know what to do. But in the same way that Jehoshaphat humbled himself and his people before the Lord, we are called to do the same – and admit that the situation is totally in God’s hands and that our eyes are on Him. The Lord ended up delivering Jehoshaphat and his people in a spectacular way (read 2 Chronicles 20) and we can take hold of that same assurance today – Lord we are powerless, our eyes are on you.

Book of Job with Jill- Part 3 is Now Online

The study of Job continues. . .

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FREE: Anxious About Nothing Bible Study from Max Lucado

March 28, 2020 | 1:30 pm

Thanks Coloneys for sharing this FREE study from your Hope Group.  Perfect timing that you would be studying this topic!

https://blog.churchsource.com/bible-study-resources-home/anxious-for-nothing/

Audio Resources- Songs, Podcasts, Recipes

March 28, 2020 | 11:49 am

If Audio is more your style, Family Life Network Radio has some great resources including kids programming.

Words of Hope: Carl Coloney

March 26, 2020 | 4:20 pm

Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney

“The sky is falling, the sky is falling,” said Chicken Little in a story from long ago. Each generation has experienced those feelings of fear and anxiety. Through all the generations and events, both personal, local or worldwide there has been one constant.

In God’s Word it says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever” – Hebrews 13:8. He is not surprised or shocked at these events or our reactions. Romans 8:28-29 says that He works good in all things for those who love Him. Faith and worship puts our trust in place to tell Him that we trust what He is doing and why. May He bless our world, country, community, and each of us in our journey with Him.

Wednesday Lenten Devotional: Meditation/Reflection

The Lenten Devotional is now online.  This week’s discipline is Meditation/Reflection

https://sharethehope.org/devotionals/

Words of Hope: Roger Dahl

March 23, 2020 | 1:52 pm

Have current events left you feeling a little shaken lately? A powerful fuel for anxiety is uncertainty about potential negative future events. We’ve seen anxiety take root over the past weeks fueled by Covid-19 uncertainties. Non-stop news feeds keep this uncertainty before our eyes.

David writes, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8). What great assurance and confidence we have in our great God no matter the circumstance! He is the promise keeper. He is the one who holds us close and will never let go. There is no uncertainty in this. Keep your eyes on Jesus and the promises and greatness of God. Look to how Jesus lived out Psalm 16:8 in the events leading to Good Friday. Take time to “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

The Book of Job with Jill Stojkovic is Now Online

Join Jill online to continue the study of Job.
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Words of Hope: Tony D’Apice

March 19, 2020 | 2:56 pm

Watch for Words of Hope on Mondays and Thursdays!  Be encouraged, by these words from Pastor Larry:

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT

 

The Israelites faced uncertainty before they crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land. There was a change in leadership from Moses to Joshua. The people had become dependent on Moses, and thus he prepared them for his departure. In the above mentioned verse, Moses shares some great reminders, certainly applicable to us today.

 

Do we live and act as if God really does go ahead of us? Or do we limp along in uncharted territory, wondering what will happen? Are we paralyzed by fear, or do we put our trust in the Lord and have faith in his plan for our lives?

 

Take comfort today in knowing that our Mighty, All-Powerful God goes before us. If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

Opportunities to Stay Connected: Facebook Groups

March 17, 2020 5:56 PM

If you’re looking to start a conversation online, look no further:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hopeyouthrocparents 

This group is to keep Hope Youth parents up to date with Hope Youth news and encourage them as they parent Hope Youth students.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HopeKidsRocParents

As we live in an ever changing time, and we are not currently able to meet together, we are putting together this page for our community to be able to connect, encourage one another and go through our Kids’ Sundays lessons. Our God is excited to hear from us and wants us to continue to connect with one another! 🙂 Watch this page for Large group videos, game ideas, activity ideas, small group discussion questions, fun community tips and more! 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hopeonlineROC/

 A group to offer community, connection, pastor updates and online discussion through FB Watch parties and FB Live and encouraging posts.  Stay tuned…there may be a talk show. (We’ve revised the What’s the Win Challenge group…so if you were in that you’re good to go!)