This Weekend at Hope:
 Countdown to Christmas | Coming Soon! | Isaiah 7:13-14  
Happy Friday Hope!
 
If you're new to Hope, one of the things it would be important for you to know about me is that I love movies. Every winter I get together with my buddy Dan and we spend four to five days watching every movie nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. While the goal is to watch the actual movie, our schedule includes time to be in the theater early enough that we will see all of the trailers of movies that are coming soon.
 
Star Wars fans go crazy anytime the trailer is released for the latest chapter of that saga. This week my Twitter feed blew up with people excited about the trailer for the next Avengers movie.
 
In many ways the prophet Isaiah is a trailer for Christmas. Here's one of the verses we'll look at this weekend:
 
"She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means 'God is with us')." Isaiah 7:14
 
This trailer comes out 700 years before Jesus is born. Movie fans think they are patient if they have to wait seven months for their movie!
 
This weekend we begin Advent. It's a season of waiting; a season of expectation; a season where God gives us the faith to believe something good is "Coming Soon!"
 
There are a lot of good things coming soon at Hope.
 
Each year Hope takes part in an Advent Project. This year it's A Voice of Hope. Partnering with ChildVoice International, we're hoping to make a difference in the lives of children in violent and war-torn regions of Africa. You can give online or in the donation boxes at Hope.
 
Following the 11:00 am worship service this Sunday is the Mission South Africa Interest Lunch. HopeKids and the  Rejoice Children's Choir will be singing in worship next weekend followed by the Women's Christmas Lunch. The weekend of Dec. 16-17, the Adult Praise Choir will share The Word Became Flesh Christmas Cantata during worship services.
 
Of course, it all leads to our celebrations of the birth of Jesus! At Hope Ankeny we'll have candlelight services Dec. 22 at 5:00 pm (followed by a meal), Dec. 23 at 3:00 & 5:00 pm. 
 
"Let It Shine" is the theme for Christmas Eve services in Wells Fargo Arena, Dec. 24 at 11:00 am and 2:00 & 5:00 pm.  We've been experiencing a wave of God's Holy Spirit reviving our hearts and lives throughout the fall.  Please be praying and reaching out to the people God places on your heart to invite to join you for Christmas Eve worship this year!
 
Wow! That's a lot (and there's more at other Hope campuses)! So take a deep breath, listen to Bing Crosby sing White Christmas, thank God for this season, and we'll see you around, Hope!
 
Pastor Scott
Men's Breakfast & Speaker
Saturday, Dec. 2

Join other men for breakfast and fellowship while listening to a speaker.

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Women's Christmas Lunch
Sunday, Dec. 10, 12:30 pm 

An opportunity for women to come together for food, fellowship and service. Invite your moms, sisters, daughters, neighbors and friends!

Kids' Christmas Weekend
Saturday, Dec. 9, 5:00 pm &
Sunday, Dec. 10, 9:15 & 11:00 am 

Join us for weekend worship as our Countdown to Christmas sermon series continues with a message titled "Things Are Looking Up!" Children from HopeKids and/or our children's choir will provide a short Christmas performance.

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Blood Drive
Monday, Dec. 11, 2:30-7:00 pm  

LifeServe Blood Center needs new, first-time blood donors as well as established blood donors to help expand and sustain a strong blood supply for the hospital patients in our community. We invite you to make a difference, save three lives and donate blood at our upcoming blood drive!

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Christmas Eve Services at Wells Fargo Arena
Sunday, Dec. 24, 11:00 am, 2:00 & 5:00 pm

Join us as all Hope campuses gather together at Wells Fargo Arena for Christmas Eve services. Let it Shine! Message by Pastor Mike Housholder. Featuring special music by John Cheatem and live art by William Butler. Quality childcare provided for infants and toddlers age 3 & under at all services. 


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