This Weekend at Hope: The Summer of Acts |  Money Can't Buy Me Love | Acts 3:1-11

Good morning, Hope folks!
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The gospel never changes, but amid a digital revolution, the way a faithful church communicates that gospel necessarily must change for the sake of mission effectiveness.
For this reason, at Hope, we embrace old time-tested traditions that work ... and we also seek to leverage new communication innovations and tools to carry the gospel forward.
A few months ago, we unveiled a fully refreshed church website , and launched a handy mobile HOPE app for your phone.
Hope's live weekly online service - every Sunday at 11:00 am at - gives people who can't get to Hope in person an opportunity to worship the Lord from almost anywhere in the world via phone, tablet, or laptop.
You can download videos from Hope (sermon recaps for Life Groups, Hope 360, worship videos, etc.) on our YouTube page, watch full versions of past sermons at (categorized by series), or listen or subscribe to our sermon podcast (someone told me he's been "binging" on our sermons while working out and traveling for work ... hopefully better for the soul than "Breaking Bad" or "House of Cards!").
Hope is also active on social media, and you can follow our daily church news updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram . Additionally, students (and parents) can follow Ignition (for high school students) and PowerLife (for junior high students) on all of these, as well as on Snapchat (follow PowerLife's here or Ignition's here)!
While much of this is new, history reminds us that using new communication innovations to connect God's Word with the world is an old strategy for the church. The Gospel writers (originally called "evangelists") put Jesus' life, death and resurrection on the record (even though little was written in those days), and Martin Luther utilized the printing press (a new form of communication in his day) to spread the Reformation message.
Today, we (the church) have a new and exciting challenge before us to find the most effective ways to carry out our mission - to reach out to the world around us and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ. Given the pace of change in our world today, I get the feeling we've only just begun! It's good to be the church! Thanks for showing up, thanks for tuning in, and thanks for spreading the Word!
Mike Housholder
P.S.- This weekend, we'll continue our action-packed Summer of Acts sermon series with a closer look at an incredible Bible story ( Acts 3:1-11) about healing, power, money and love. Come and worship in person (it's always better live!) ... or, if you're out of town, worship with your church family Sunday at 11:00 am via either way, I look forward to hanging out with you soon!

Married People Night Out
Saturday, June 10, 7:00-9:00 pm

MarriedPeople Night Out is exactly that - a night out for couples! There will be lots of laughter, games, music, messages and more. Come and strive together for the good marriage God desires for you!

Join the Parades!
July 3 & 4

Join us for the Independence Day Parade in West Des Moines! Sign up to walk and throw out candy and frisbees. Candy donations are also needed and may be dropped off at the church office until June 30. 

- West Des Moines Parade: Monday, July 3, 6:30 pm
- Urbandale Parade: Tuesday, July 4, 10:00 am

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Vacation Bible School
July 17-21 & 24-28

Join us for an action-packed week and get "Soaked in God's Love!" It's a time both kids and volunteers won't want to miss. Through large group worship, music, skits, crafts, outdoor activities and lessons, we will explore five awesome stories from the Bible for children to learn and experience in memorable ways. Discounted early-bird registration ends June 15!

for children
age 3 - grade 5
for students entering
grades 6-8
for students entering
grades 9-12

for students entering
grades 6-12

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