March 29, 2018

Hey Hope people!

Have you ever been outside in a really hot place? I got a blazing bad sunburn on a river once…..the kind that sneaks up on you. I casually asked the guy next to me, “You smell smoke?” He looked at me horrified and said, “Uh yeah! Your hair’s on fire man!!” Sometimes people view involvement with church that way.  They don’t want to jump into things because they’re truly afraid of having an intense experience with Jesus.  It feels to them like they’re losing too much of themselves too fast. Panic sets in because they don’t want to lose their life. Are you in that frame of mind? Afraid of Son-burn? You never have to be afraid of too much with Jesus, he refers to it as gaining life, not losing it. “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full!” (John 10:10) There’s no such thing as Son-burn, only the lie that commitment to Jesus will take your life away when in reality He causes it to overflow with true life.

CANDY MAN!! – tomorrow afternoon

I have a simple question for you; Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it with choc'late and a miracle or two? The correct answer would be, of course ….The Candy Man! You may be wondering why I’m so strong on that point but the answer is simple…..The Candy Man can 'cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good! The major application would be for you to immediately buy some candy and bring it up here for the EGGSTRAVAGANZA on Saturday.

PRAYER & PRAISE – Tomorrow 6:30

The first step to anything effective that God may do through a congregation are times like this where people gather to cry out to Him, asking Him to move in power. Come join me for an hour of prayer and praise together.  I would like to encourage you to fast as we ask for God to do His powerful work. 

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – Saturday 11:00

An Egg Hunt for all ages will kick it off at 11:00 am.

-          Blow up slide and bouncy house for the kids

-          Northwest Animal Adventures will be here with creatures unknown to most. 

-          Hot dogs and other void stuffers will be available. 

-          The Candy cannon will fire a few volleys. 

This is an event that you must invite a neighbor to, the opportunity to reach out is simply too good to pass up…..that’s why we do it. This is a friend-making event. As a church we want to be kind to our neighbors in the name of Jesus.


Can I encourage you to do something for me?  Take the time this Sunday to have an extended conversation with someone you’ve never met before…..go beyond names and truly discover some things about them. It shouldn’t take too long but others never forget those times. I spoke to someone this past week who told me that their conversation with someone the first time they were here was the major reason the returned and became part of Hope. The service times are the same.  I look forward to seeing you.

BAPTISMS – April 8th     

Are you ready for baptism? Let me know if you’re thinking about it.


Please join myself and Jeff for lunch after the 2nd service on the 8th for lunch and discussion about the church. If you’re new or interested in membership this is the class for you. It’s approximately and hour long and includes lunch and childcare. Email Jeff if you’re planning to join us;

See you soon!