January 18, 2018

Hey people of Hope,
 
I sold my long-time buddy a week ago. I took the money I got for him and said, “I have betrayed innocent blood!” as I threw it into the temple. That little Civic was always there for me, faithfully hauling me everywhere I desired without once leaving me stranded. I fixed him when he was broke and loaded him down, at times, with impossible cargo that he hauled without complaint. There was an unspoken mutual respect that laid the foundation for a certain type of bond that words fail to describe. The bond between a man and his Honda Civic goes deep and now….it is no more. Have you ever felt a sense of loss when something you care about goes away? How much more the loss of a person? Grief can sneak up and overwhelm you especially when you don’t understand the root of your underlying sadness. There’s a process to work through when you experience a terrible loss, and central to it is the reality of God’s possession of you for all eternity if you’ve trusted in Jesus. Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:28–30) The bottom line is this; you will lose things and people on this earth, but you’re eternally connected with the living God……and that profound bond is the foundation for healing from any loss.  Ok, Ok, maybe I exaggerated the grief over selling my Civic but hopefully you get the point.
 
SWEETHEART BANQUET – February 10th 
 
Our annual Sweetheart banquet will take place on February 10th at 6:30 here in our auditorium. The right mood will be set, and a special meal will be served to you. There will be some laughs and an experienced special guest speaker in the Northwest region, Randy Adams will speak to your relationship. A special photo station will be set up, so you’ll have a memory of yourself looking mighty fine. The cost will be $60 a couple at no profit for the church. Mark your card Sunday if you’re interested. Childcare will be available for this event. You can register at the following link: https://hopefellowship.breezechms.com/form/921f8e
 
FRANK TUREK – February 24 & 25
A mailer will be going out a few weeks from now so continue to pray for God to prepare hearts.
For planning purposes use the following link to sign up for the Saturday night seminar on February 24th (https://hopefellowship.breezechms.com/form/ceccf6 ) childcare will be provided for that. Frank will also be delivering the messages on Sunday the 25th.
 
BAPTISMS – January 28th   
Baptisms will take place on Sunday the 28th. Email me back if you’d like to talk about it sometime…..or mark your card Sunday.
 
SENIOR POTLUCK LUNCH – Wednesday   

Come join some other well-seasoned folks like yourself for some great food, fine friendship and old-time singing. Bring a dish to pass and be ready to party at 12:30 this Wednesday.
 
LADIES COOKING CLASS – February 3rd    
Ladies! The cooking class will focus on main dish soups and will take place at Terri’s home. Terri is well trained and a delightful teacher.  I’m told it’s not only a great time of learning but a good friendship building time as well. Sign up on your connection card this Sunday, space is limited and the class starts at noon on February 3rd.
 
 
See you soon,
Ben