Note from Pastor Mickey
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Dear Hope Church family,
I recently had a meeting with a man that I will not easily forget. The man told me that he and his team had been working on a new translation of the Bible in a foreign language, and he asked me if I wanted to see it. I said yes, of course, excited to see the Word of God in another language. He went into his bag and pulled out a nice leather-bound Bible. I was impressed by the quality of the Bible, thinking it looked very much like one someone in our church might regularly bring to church. After spending a few seconds looking at the outside, I opened the Bible with anticipation, only to find that the every single page was blank! I flipped through this beautiful, leather-bound Bible that had no words. As I stared at this blank Bible, the brother began to explain. He said that there are still 1,800 languages that do not have even one verse of the Bible translated, which means about 200 million people have never even read John 3:16 in their own tongue. This number does not include those who have only portions of the Bible. In fact, according to this brother, who works for Pioneer Bible Translators, out of the about 7,000 languages, only 640 have the complete Bible. While that is the majority of people in the world, there are still millions of people - people made in the image of God - who have either no completed Bible or not one verse.
I left that meeting feeling the need to explore how I, and our church, can be involved in providing God's Word to the rest of God's World. I also left with a feeling of helpless grace. Why would God allow me and my family and church to have an overabundance of Bible's in our own tongue, when some people have never read a verse in their own language? I also wondered how I - and we - might have taken God's Word for granted. When our bellies are full we can forget what it is like to be hungry or even starving and make the issue one of preference. I never want us to be a church that simply assumes God's Word or takes it for granted. The very fact that we have God's Word is grace! My hope is that we would respond rightly to such grace. I am not yet sure what I - or we - should do to help bring the Word of God to those in our world who are without. I will be praying about that. But I never want to open my beautiful, leather-bound Bible again, full of words translated into my own language, and forget that what I hold in my hand is the gracious provision of our Father.
For God's glory,
Hope Church wants to help you host a Neighborhood Get-Together
by providing invitations, helpers, ideas and other resources.
Date: We desire to reach out into our community on August 19 with multiple get-togethers throughout the Stateline area.
Time: The host can determine the time - it could be a morning brunch, a lunch or dinner time gathering
Sign up: June 11 - 25, you can sign up to host a get together or sign up to help someone else who's hosting a get together. When you sign up, we'll provide you with an information packet.
Pray for these Neighborhood Get-Togethers as we seek to reach into the community around us.
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We are excited to announce that our new website is up and running.
It is live as of Sunday June 4th!
The redesign was done with the intention of making a user friendly and inviting interface that will serve our church family well, while also being a welcoming first glance for those in the surrounding community who may be looking into Hope Church.
We believe we have achieved this goal, and hope you'll find it useful for all of your church information needs.
Check us out at our same web address: hefc.net
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Play BINGO with us this summer! Pick up your Summer Reading BINGO card at the Welcome Center or at the Resource Center. Read and mark off any five book categories in a row and you will earn a tasty prize from Culver's!
Look for these resources on the New Arrivals shelf in June:
* Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Mediations for Busy Moms by Gloria Furman
* Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams are Delayed by Betsy Childs Howard
* Worship: The Ultimate Priority by John MacArthur
* Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
* A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison
* Threads of Faith (Fabric of Time #2) by Andrea Boeshaar
* Hidden Identity series #'s 1-3 by Lynette Eason
* Salty Kisses (Christy & Todd the Baby Years #2) by Robin Jones Gunn
* Sandpiper Cove (Hope Harbor #3) by Irene Hannon
* Pursued (Nikki Boyd #3) by Lisa Harris
* Threads of Suspicion (Evie Blackwell Cold Case #2) by Dee Henderson
* A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2) by Melissa Jagears
* Lady at Willowgrove Hall (Whispers on the Moors 3) by Sarah Ladd
* The Atonement by Beverly Lewis
* A Life Intercepted by Charles Martin
* The Five Times I Met Myself by James Rubart
* The Ride of Her Life (Lake Manawa Summers #3) by Lorna Seilstad
* When Jesus Wept (Jerusalem Chronicles #1) by Brock & Bodie Thoene
* True to You (Bradford Sisters #1) by Becky Wade
* The Things We Knew by Catherine West
* Maybe God is Like That Too by Jennifer Grant (ages 4+)
* Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Learn for Kids by John Maxwell
* For the Beauty of the Earth by Folliot Pierpoint (ages 4+)
* Aldo's Fantastical Movie Palace by Jonathan Friesen (ages 8+)
* Captain Absolutely: Defending Truth, Justice, and Lots More Truuuth! by Stephen O'Rear (ages 8+)
* Hello Stars (Lena in the Spotlight) by Alena Pitts (ages 8+)
* The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series #'s 1-3 by Stephanie Morrill (ages 12+)
* Clobbering the Crusher (Bibleman)
*The Heart of Truth (When Calls the Heart)
*The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
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We'd like to encourage you to continue collecting for Operation Christmas Child! There have been a couple of changes that Samaritan's Purse has made for this year. One is that they will no longer be accepting toothpaste or candy in the shoeboxes. And the other focus is that they receive shoeboxes filled with "quality" items that are new. Clearance racks at the end of each season, and after holidays, are great places to find great deals. And of course during back-to-school time is the best time to purchase school supplies for the boxes. Our goal is to have one "WOW" item in each box (ball, doll, purse, Barbie, small lego set, toy car/truck, etc.)......something that will really stand out to the child upon opening their gift. Below are some suggestions for "most needed" items in each category.
School supplies: loose-leaf paper, crayons, markers, scissors, erasers, pencil sharpeners, blue or black ink pens, glue sticks (we do not need notebooks or pencils as we have lots of them left from last year's collection)
Hygiene: toothbrushes, travel toothbrush holders, combs, brushes, ivory bar soap(unscented), washcloths, travel soap holders
Clothing: shorts, t-shirts, socks, flip-flops, Crocs, hats, gloves
Toys: barbies, small baby dolls, jewelry, small stuffed animals/beanie babies, jump ropes, small purses, coloring books, playdough, matchbox/hotwheel cars, small balls, deflated soccer balls with pumps, bouncy balls/super balls, small cars/trucks, puzzles, small toy figures, slinkies, unopened McD's toys
Functional Items: small flashlights/batteries, items for fishing kits (fishing line, fake bait, bobbers, weights, hooks), items for sewing kits (needles, pin cushion, pins, thimbles, small scissors, tape measure, cotton material bundles), small tools (screwdrivers, small hammers, tape measures, plyers, nails/screws), re-usable small cloth tote bags
*Please store any items that you purchase at your home until we begin our collection dates at church in late Summer/early Fall.
White cross is sewing sundresses again for the girl boxes, and shorts for the boys....watch for meeting days on the church calendar or church emails if you'd like to help.
The OCC ministry would love it if any of the adults or youth/children at Hope would make personalized cards at home throughout the year, using items such as stickers, stampers/pads, markers, paper/cardstock. We'd like to include one card with every shoebox we pack this year!
We receive letters throughout the year from villages/people that have received our shoeboxes from Hope. We have one 12-year-old child that is requesting a penpal. If you'd be interested in corresponding with this child please let us know.
Thank you for your support of this ministry!
Please return the Baby Bottle Fundraiser for Stateline Pregnancy Center by Father's Day,
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Kids! Come and learn about how much God loves you,
and how you were uniquely created by God for a purpose!
What: Vacation Bible School
Where: Hope Free Church
When: June 19th - 23rd 9:00 am - 11:45 am
Who: Pre-K (3yrs and potty-trained) up to entering 4th grade
What: Camp 5-6
Theme: "Maker Mania"
Where: Hope Free Church
When: July 10th - 14th 5:30pm - 8:00 pm
Who: Preteens entering 5th and 6th grades
REGISTRATION FEES for both camps will be $20 PER CHILD, with a family max of $45. This includes one T-shirt per child and one music CD per family. You may register in the church lobby on Sunday mornings, call the church office during the week at 815-623-6545, or (new this year!) register online at
VOLUNTEER WORKER SIGN-UPs continue in the church lobby. Please stop by the registration table, or talk to Vera Juhlin or Vicky Steege if you would be interested in helping with either of the kids camps this summer.
Please stop by the VBS table in the lobby if you are willing to Donate some needed supplies. Please take a donation tag(s), and return your item(s) to the church by June 11th.
We also need recyclable items for crafts...please save the following items and bring them in to church: Tissue boxes, small boxes from toothpaste, band aids, bar soap, granola bars, pop tarts, etc. Empty washed out metal food cans, colored plastic or metal bottle caps, empty oatmeal containers, metal coffee cans.
VBS parents are invited to come to church at 11:20am on Friday, June 23 to join in on the VBS Closing, which will include songs, a picture slide show of the week and a picnic lunch on the church grounds. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket.
There are still a few spots open at Camp Timber-lee, so register now!
The following students will be at Timber-lee during the month of June:
Keegan Johnson Lamm
Kylie Johnson Lamm
Kids Hope USA Mentoring
Thank you to all of the mentors and prayer partners for a wonderful year of pouring love into kid's lives. Please pray for the mentor kids as they face a long summer without the structure of school and seeing their mentor.
Because of several people stepping back from serving in the nurseries, we need more workers to add to the rotation. If you have attended Hope for at least one year and can pass a nationwide sexual predator check you may serve in the nursery. Ask at the nursery check in area or the church office for a worker application.
We LOVE having teens serve alongside an adult! If you are 12 years old or older, you may volunteer. There is a short application form for you to fill out at the nursery check in area or the church office.
Sumer Sunday School & Worship for Kids
We still have a few spaces for summer teachers and assistants at both the 9:00 and 10:45 hours. Summer is a great time to "try out" being a teacher or an assistant to see if it is for you. We are very flexible in scheduling to work around vacations and family events. Talk to Vicky Steege or Vera Juhlin for more information.
Thank you to everyone who came to the Safe Families luncheon to hear more about the various ways to be involved in this expression of Biblical hospitality. Please be in prayer for those considering involvement and for those making applications to be host families. Applications are available from Trisha Knaul or the church office. More information can be found at
High School Graduates
Maddie Hill Nathan Stevens
Amanda Juhlin Laura Timoti
Leah Knaul Hannah Winebrenner
Kati Juhlin, University of Arizona, Bachelors Degree
in Linguistics and Judaic Studies
Nathan Scherrer, Denver Seminary, Masters Degree in
Liam Timoti, Biola University, Bachelors Degree in
Emma Wallman, Rockford University, Bachelors
Degree in Nursing
Katarina (Zimbelman) Nichols, Taylor University,
Bachelors Degree in Computer Science
Graduation Open Houses
Amanda Juhlin, Friday, June 2, from 3-8 pm at
12048 Wagon Lane, Roscoe
Hannah Winebrenner, Saturday, June 17 from 3-7 pm
at 4454 Stamford Court, Roscoe
Alex Pomering, Saturday, June 24 at 6 pm at
10784 Sixth Street., Roscoe
Leah Knaul, Sunday, June 25 from 1-5 pm at
12260 Carberry Lane, Roscoe
August 4-6 and August 11-13, 2017
has work for us to do together at Kinnikinnick School.
Sign up will begin in July
so mark those weekends on your calendar.
Come join the fun as we work to make
Kinnikinnick School beautiful.