This Weekend at Hope:  
The Jesus Run | Let's Do Lunch! | Matthew 14:13-21 
Hi Hope Ames!
"Why bother?"
Have you ever asked that? I do when I'm feeling dejected or facing the impossible - when I feel like my time would be better spent if I just gave up.
Hold on to that thought...
When Jesus was at the peak of his ministry, people couldn't get enough of him. This guy seemed to have the abilities and wisdom of God himself. Anxiously, people in masses began to follow him, waiting to see what he would do next. One day, a large crowd was gathered around him, and they were hungry.
With no way to feed them, Jesus' disciples were ready to send the people home, but Jesus had other plans. It was a little boy who offered Jesus five loaves of bread and two fish. We don't know much about that boy, but we can assume that he was poor because the bread he provided was barley, which was the most inexpensive bread at the time. He didn't have very much to offer Jesus, and maybe the onlookers laughed at the young boy.
"Why bother?"
But, the little boy gave what he had to Jesus, and Jesus took the boy's food - something that seemed so insignificant - and he fed everyone with it.
God wants you to bring what you have - no matter how insufficient it may be - to the table. It is not what you bring, but it is whom you bring it to.
"Why bother?"
Because God can do a lot with a little.
P.S. Want more on this story? Awesome! I'll be preaching on it Sunday morning at 10:30 in the Ames City Auditorium. Come and see!
40 Days of Devotions
Journey through Lent with daily Scripture and devos on the blog, written by Hope pastors and staff! 
Lenten Project: A Home of Hope
Now through Easter

This Lent we are raising funds for the purchase of a second home for Ruth Harbor, providing a Christ-centered home and support for young women (and their babies) who have experienced unplanned pregnancies. It will truly be a home filled with hope, and an opportunity for these families to find community, to receive necessary counseling and create a positive path for the future.
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First Communion Class
Saturday, March 24, 12:00-2:00 pm   
In this one-session class, parents and children (grades 1-5) will learn together the history of communion and how to partake in communion. The class is taught in a fun, participatory environment. Students will take their first communion March 29 during the Maundy Thursday service.
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Easter at Hope
Sunday, April 1, 10:30 am

Holy Week and Easter services are set for Hope Ames! Check out all the times and make your plans now!

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