Hey people of Hope,
I was reminded this week of a conversation I had with a mentor of mine about 35 years ago. I was 20 and he was nearly 30. We usually met and talked at McDonalds and on one particular meeting, after he asked me how I was doing, I launched into my usual complaining mode. “I hate school! I can’t stand this! I never get that! Etc. etc. etc.” He had a beard and long hair and I’ll never forget him staring at me for a minute and then asking, “Can I share something about you?” Before I could answer he said with restrained anger, “You complain all the time!” “Do you realize that when you complain, you’re saying, ‘God – I hate your will for my life!!!’?
I was absolutely dumbfounded, all I’d ever been exposed to throughout my childhood was complaining and there was something about it that comforted me. Yet here was this guy calling me on it for the first time in my life….to this day I can still see the table, the brick wall behind him, the road to the right of me and his Jesus-looking face. The apostle Paul wrote, “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” (Philippians 2:14-15) In other words, if you want to be outstanding for Jesus in this crooked and depraved generation where everyone grumbles and complains…..stop grumbling and complaining!” To this day when I’m tempted to grumble and complain… I remember that conversation.
SWEETHEART BANQUET – 12 spots left   
Due to a generous donation the cost has been reduced to $50 per couple at no profit for the church. Childcare will be provided for this event so don’t hesitate to enjoy a relaxing and refreshing evening with your sweetie on Saturday, February 10th. Good mood, catered food served to your table, entertainment and a short message from Dr. Randy Adams.
You can register at the following link: https://hopefellowship.breezechms.com/form/921f8e or drop your check in one of the collection boxes with “sweetheart” in the memo.
DR. TUREK AT HOPE – February 24 & 25
I’d like to see every one of you here at Hope attend this event, what a great opportunity. Also, a mailer will be going out 2 weeks before the event so continue to pray for God to prepare hearts. There will also be small invitation cards available soon at the information desk, so make sure you grab a few to invite some folks who may be in the skeptical or deceived category when it comes to the facts surrounding the faith. For planning purposes use the following link to sign up for the Saturday night seminar on February 24th
     Register: (https://hopefellowship.breezechms.com/form/ceccf6 )
Childcare will be provided. Frank will also be delivering the messages on Sunday the 25th.
If you can provide cookies or a fruit/veggie tray for the seminar on Saturday the 24th mark your card Sunday to help with planning.
WOMEN’S DAY RETREAT – March 10th    
Ladies, mark your calendars for a wonderful and memorable time together here at Hope. Childcare will be provided for this.
See you soon,