This Weekend at Hope:
Genesis: A Binge-Worthy Bible Series | Mad Men |  Genesis 37:3-11
Happy Friday Hope!
 
I don't know about you but I've really been enjoying our current sermon series
Genesis: A Binge-Worthy Bible Series. Actually, "enjoying" might not be the most accurate term, but I have been learning a lot!
 
We've been walking through the first book of the Bible and using a different TV show each week to connect us and our lives to the lives of the men, women and families we read about in Genesis: "Breaking Bad," "Arrested Development," "Lost," "This Is Us," "The Crown."
 
This weekend we'll finish the series. We'll use the show "Mad Men" to dig into the lives of Joseph and his brothers and God's dream for our lives. 
 
Just to be clear, we aren't doing this series to get you to watch more TV! Part of the reason Jesus comes is to help us see more clearly (see Mark 8:22-26). There's all sorts of ways God is at work opening our eyes to the love, grace and life God wants for us. If the church can help you start to notice God in the everyday, ordinary things of life, that's a huge win. How amazing is it that God can encounter you in scripture, worship, prayer and in a conversation with a friend, or a story line of one of your favorite TV shows? The real question is are you expecting to encounter God? Are you watching for the ways your faith intersects with your life?
 
That's a big part of what Lent is all about - taking 40 days to intentionally be alert to the ways God is moving in our lives and in the world around us. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) with worship services at Noon, 5:00 and 6:30 pm in Ankeny and many options at other Hope campuses.
 
Finally, let me just say what a blessing it is to be a pastor at Hope. From the Souper Bowl Food Drive to Celebrate Recovery to the   Meals from the Heartland packaging event Wednesday night to Bible studies and groups and the Daddy Daughter Dance, the joy of this church has been on display this week. Thanks for serving, inviting, giving and loving so freely.
 
Keep up the great work, and see you around Hope!
 
Pastor Scott
Daddy Daughter Dance
Friday, Feb. 9, 7:00-9:00 pm

An evening of dancing and fun for dads and daughters age 3 - grade 6! Tickets, priced at $5 per person or $20 family max, include crafts, dessert and beverages.

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Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, Feb. 14, Noon, 5:00 & 6:30 pm

Begin the season of Lent with the Hope community as we gather for worship, Holy Communion and the distribution of ashes to remember the grace of Jesus Christ.

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The Marriage Weekend
Friday, Feb. 16, 6:30-9:00 pm &
Saturday, Feb. 17, 8:30 am - noon

All married couples are encouraged to join us as we discuss tools for a healthy marriage.
Cost ($15) includes dinner and breakfast. Childcare is provided.

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First Communion Class
Saturday, Feb. 24, 9:00-11:30 am OR
Sunday, March 4, 3:30-6:00 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 services.

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