Hello Hope Ankeny,
What's your most valuable possession?
I always find it interesting when there's an object lesson about if your house were to catch on fire what would be the one or two things you would most want to save from destruction?
Of course, there are multiple ways to define value.
Every sport season when discussions arrive on sports talk radio about who is deserving of the MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award, I enjoy listening to the debate as people throw out their definition of value.
This weekend at worship Pastor Mike will be walking us through the
core values of Hope. They have been instrumental in defining the culture of our church for nearly a quarter of a century. They are reminders to help us stay focused on what matters most; to avoid majoring in the minors!
This weekend we will also welcome
Kyle Rex as he leads the Worship Team for the first time. Kyle is our new Worship Arts Director and comes to us from Pennsylvania. However, he and his wife are Midwesterners, and are excited to be closer to family!
Since we're talking about things of value, I wanted to be sure to say a heartfelt thank you to you. You have always been the most valuable assets we have at Hope.
The ways you serve.
The ways you invite.
The ways you love.
I wish I could share all the stories that we shared at staff meeting this week. One of my favorites was of a family that drove by Saturday afternoon while I was out at the bright colored inflatables we set up in the parking lot for VBS. They stopped to see what was going on, stayed for worship, and are now looking for ways to get connected in the life of Hope.
It is an absolute joy for me to see all of the ways in which you help this church make a valuable impact in central Iowa and around the world.
See you around Hope!