November 30, 2017

Hey people of Hope,
Recently I noticed cars slowing down as they drove past our house, so I walked out to look for what they were trying to avoid. Unfortunately, there was a freshly killed cat lying in the road. As I gently moved it off to the side I noticed who I thought was the owner pulling out of her driveway. As she pulled up I stopped her and broke the news… sad. Who likes to bring news of loss to someone? Here’s some good news..... “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4) Can you imagine an existence without death or loss? Sounds like heaven! By the way, don’t forget to hug your cat.
Men! Start your day off right this Saturday for an awesome breakfast cooked by true men of the open field. You’ll also hear a short story of how a man here first got in touch with God. As always….. we begin at 8:00 and end at 9:00.
Have you ever wondered why the coffee we serve here isn’t a percolator atop a rusty card table cranking out “Folgers Regular”? It’s because our coffee guru Nancy Sjolie has kindly taken time to build a team of quality people who value serving on Sunday mornings. Give them a cheerful word of thanks next time you see them. Also, to remind you, when you put your dollars in the donation boxes on the coffee bar it goes directly toward the supplies needed for this service……so thanks. If you would like to learn the coffee ropes, Nancy would be glad to talk with you;
CHRISTMAS PLAY – “Jingle Bell Beach” - December 8th & 9th

Enjoy the warmth of the Christmas season by making plans to attend one of the showings of the Christmas play this year; 7:00 pm December 8th or 7:00 pm December 9th. A great team of kids and adults are putting a lot of work into a wonderful experience for anyone to consider God’s place in our lives this Christmas.
This year Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday so we’re going to do something unique. We’ll have only one morning service at 9:00 am and two Christmas Eve services; One at 4:00 pm and one at 6:00 pm. The morning service will feel similar to our normal Sunday services while the evening will be focused more on a special candlelight experience. I would highly encourage you to invite someone to join you on Christmas Eve, especially for an evening service. They will hear the good news of Jesus very plain and simple. Christmas Eve has become the most likely time an unbelieving person will visit a church so please pray for someone and invite them to join you.
See you soon,