This Weekend at Hope: 
The Jesus Run | Let's Do Lunch
| Matthew 14:13-21 
Happy Friday Hope!
 
We are nearing the mid-way point of the season of Lent and Easter is getting closer and closer all the time. I hope you are already making plans to join us for one of the seven Easter services at Hope Ankeny this year. It is shaping up to be a joyful and celebratory end to Holy Week and services for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
 
I'm blown away by your response to the Lenten Mission Project A Home of Hope. Through this project we will help our mission partner Ruth Harbor provide care, resources, education and help to mothers with unplanned pregnancies. Thanks for your prayers and contributions.
 
I hope you've been enjoying The Jesus Run as much as I have been. Digging in to who Jesus is and the mission he's inviting us to join has been encouraging, challenging and has me excited for the next adventure!
 
This weekend we'll look at the miracle of the Feeding of the 5000. In the story, Jesus does a miraculous thing, but embedded in the middle of the story Jesus calls for us to participate with him in Kingdom life. "You feed them," Jesus says. You are capable. You have something that is needed by others. You have a contribution to make and the body of Christ needs you to make it! I hope you'll come learn more this weekend.
 
Over the course of my time at Hope I have often found myself shaking my head in amazement by the gifted contributions so many people make at this church. You serve and volunteer faithfully, joyfully and excellently. Thanks for all you do to carry out the mission God has given Hope. 
 
Speaking of gifted contributors, this week I accepted the resignation of Jeremy Carmody. There are some things Jeremy wants to work on that he can best take care of while not on staff full time at a church. It's a sad and sudden change, but as Jeremy and I have spoken throughout the week (and will continue to do so on both a pastoral and friendship level), we are both confident this is the best thing for Jeremy and his family moving forward. I will miss my friend and the joy it's been to plan creative ways of sharing God's love and grace with all of you. Please join me in thanking Jeremy for the powerful ministry he's blessed us with over the last four years. We wish him the best!
 
If you're traveling over Spring Break, I'm praying for safety, adventure and great relationship building time with family and friends. If (like most people) you're staying in central Iowa, remember, there's always Hope!
 
Pastor Scott

P.S. It's Daylight Saving Time this weekend, so remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night and we'll have the coffee ready bright and early Sunday morning!

Lent 2018: A Home of Hope
Now through April 1

This Lent we are raising funds for the purchase of a second home for Ruth Harbor! Ruth Harbor provides 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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Kids' Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, March 31, 11:30-3:00 pm

Our Saturday early afternoon family-friendly Easter services offer a variety of fun activities. Join us for lunch, Olympic Easter games, live rabbits, magic and science experiments and a photo opportunity!

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Easter at Hope
Saturday, March 31, 1:00, 3:00 & 5:00 pm
(lunch provided from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm)
Sunday, April 1, 6:30, 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am
(breakfast provided from 6:00-8:00 am)

Easter and Holy Week service times are listed here. A Kids' Easter Eggstravaganza is on Saturday with family-friendly Easter services and a variety of fun activities before the early afternoon services. Join us for lunch, games, crafts, an Easter egg hunt and a photo opportunity!

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Women's Spring Brunch

Join us for a morning of refreshing community and fun with the Women of Hope!

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CONNECTING POINTS
for children
age 3 - grade 5
for students in
grades 6-8
for high school students  
 
classes open March 10
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