This Weekend at Hope: 
 Finding God in the Tough Stuff | "Where is God When I Feel Lost?" | Proverbs 3:5-7 
Hi Hope Ames!
"Where are you?"
It's a common question to ask nowadays, but I was beside myself when I read on a social media post that "Where are you?" is a relatively new phrase. Back in the days of no telephones, you would know where the person is if you are talking to him/her, making the question obsolete.
The post shook me, not because I was blown away by technological advancements, but I thought about Genesis 3:8-9.
I know what you might be thinking... 'That's quite the stretch. Minister really has his Jesus goggles on today.' But, stick with me!
Genesis 3:8, I think, is the saddest verse in the whole Bible: "When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees."
What's so sad about that? "The man and his wife" had just committed the first sin, and now they're ashamed to be around God. It's sad because I know what it's like to want to hide from God. I know what it's like to be so disgusted with myself that I'm beyond not deserving love - I don't even want it.
Hold on, though. Genesis 3:9 says, "Then the LORD God called to the man, 'Where are you?'"
Where are you?
Why did God ask that? This was before telephones (right?). God knew where "the man and his wife" were hiding, but he still asks that question.
Do you know that even when you mess up...? Like, big-time mess up. Huge. The worst thing you never thought you were capable of doing. Did you know that even then, God comes into your hiding place and asks, "Where are you?"
He doesn't wait for you to find him. We're never with God because we found him. We're with God because he found us.
But, why does he ask? I think God is engaging us because he likes the sound of our voice when it's going out to him. It's like he's loving us into loving him back. He's loving us into coming out of the hiding places and seeing that he still wants us.
This weekend, I'll be speaking on the question, "Where is God when I'm lost?" and I'll be going along with some of these thoughts. I hope to see you there, in the Ames City Auditorium at 10:30 am on Sunday!

VBS Donations Needed
July 30-Aug. 3, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for an action-packed week at VBS! It's a time both kids and volunteers won't want to miss. We are expecting lots of kids to join us for VBS! Your donations will help us provide them with supplies for crafts, activities and snacks. Click here to sign up!

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Back-to-School Drive
July 1- Aug. 5

To help relieve the burden of back-to-school expenses for local families of K-12 students, Hope Ames is collecting donations of Classic Crayola Broad-Tip Markers (8 pack) and 100-count college-ruled loose leaf paper to be distributed at the Story County Blast Back to School Fair on Aug. 10. Donations may be brought to weekend worship or dropped off at The Link through Sunday, Aug. 5. Volunteers are also needed to help with distribution of supplies at the Fair.

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Taste of Hope Summer Festival
Saturday, July 28 at both Hope Ankeny & WDM

Join us for Hope Ankeny's second annual summer festival, Taste of Hope, or at Hope WDM for the fun there! Participate in the Fishing Derby (at both campuses), Glow Dance, Glow Run, or Live Under the Tent! at Ankeny, or come for the food, games, art workshop, Inflatables and more! All this, along with an opportunity for worship at 5:00 pm in Ankeny or 3:00 and 5:00 pm at Hope WDM! Bring the whole family, and your friends, too!

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1st Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, Aug. 19, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm  

Celebrate Hope Ames' first anniversary by joining us for outdoor worship at 10:00 am at Bandshell Park (Duff and 6th St., Ames) followed by a catered picnic and inflatables.
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1st Sundays
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2nd & 4th Wednesdays

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