January 25, 2018

Hey people of Hope,
While we were away in Portland a couple of weekends ago we caught a short “Lyft” ride from the train to our hotel. We asked the delightful 25ish year old driver about himself and he shared that his career was “Cannabis consulting”. Curiosity got the better of us, so we probed him for a more rounded understanding of his career choice. It seems that he helps people get legal with their pot businesses. He shared some of his credentials: 1) He’s had years of experience with Cannabis; 2) His nickname is well known…... and last but definitely not least; 3) He almost finished a degree in both law and business. The word “almost” struck a chord with us as we considered what good credentials for a “Cannabis consultant” would be. With what other career choice would “almost” finishing a degree be a credential?  Follow-through is a rare quality these days, but it seems that you become a hero in the Cannabis community if you don’t have it. How are you with follow-through? The biblical word for it is “faithful” or “reliable”. Paul told Timothy to invest his time in faithful men who would pass on the truth to others (2 Timothy 2:2). The prized quality of faithfulness is mentioned often by Paul and it’s mentioned as one of the character qualities the Spirit produces in a believer’s life (Galatians 5:22) One of the best ways to gain credibility and a platform to share about Jesus in our world is to be someone who follows through with things in life, especially on the job…… unless you’re a Cannabis consultant (possibly)
Men! Food! Enough said!
Well…..I’ll say a little more. Instead of a man speaking this week I have a special video to show you. Starts at 8:00 and ends at 9:00, start your Saturday on a good foot.
BAPTISMS – Sunday   
Baptisms will take place on Sunday the 28th. Email me back if you’d like to talk about it sometime.
SWEETHEART BANQUET (Important adjustment) – Feb. 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 has been adjusted! Due to a generous donation the cost has been reduced to $50 a couple at no profit for the church. Childcare will be provided for this event. 25 couples have registered already and there are only 15 spots left. 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.
Keep the week of July 16-20th open for our summer outreach for families.
What? Lisa is preparing some special things for the camp so if you have any empty 16 oz. plastic water bottles bring them up to the building. There will be a bin at the children’s entrance to toss them in.
See you soon,