This Weekend at Hope:  
HOPE4IA | HOPE for Church Volunteers & Staff | Galatians 6:2-10 
Hello Hope Des Moines!
 
Do you know what my favorite part of a football game is? Strangely, it's often the moments right before kickoff...the crowd is on their feet, chanting, clapping, the energy, the buzz, the excitement, the teams taking the field with a sense of anticipation! Whether you're a sports fan or not, I'm not just talking about football, I'm talking about the week ahead of us as a church!
 
This weekend is "Rally Weekend" at Hope! For those of you who didn't grow up in a traditional church setting, you might be confused at what this is all about. Simply put, it's an opportunity for us as a church to mark the start of a new season of ministry, to "rally" together as a church body, and "kick off" many new ministries! If you've been waiting for the right time to make weekly worship a priority, to bring the family and reconnect, there's no better time than this next week.
 
It all starts this weekend at worship (Saturday 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:15 or 11:00 am) where
I'm excited to continue our "Hope4IA" series focusing on the power of teamwork and getting in the game as the church (with a few Hawkeye/Cyclone references possibly thrown in too!). Feel free to wear your favorite team jersey or colors to any service this weekend as well!

We're excited to launch HopeKids (our high-energy, Christ-centered children's program for ages 3 - grade 5) during our Saturday service this weekend, or, if you're busy watching some football game, HopeKids is available at both Sunday services as well. Parents, this is a special reminder to register your kids HERE before you come to make check-in even easier.
 
This Sunday, we'll also have our next New Member Class right here at Hope Des Moines at 12:30 pm, beginning with a free lunch for those interested in becoming members or just learning more about Hope. Sunday afternoon we launch the Alpha class at 3:15 pm. Alpha is a great way to meet others and grow in your faith, complete with a meal, worship, teaching, and small group time. Register HERE today, or just come on Sunday afternoon!
 
The fall kickoff continues on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 pm with the launch of REVIVE, our mid-week service for young adults in their 20s and 30s, then Wednesday, Sept. 12 marks the start of our Student Ministry with PowerLife (grades 6-8) and Ignition (grades 9-12) for the school year. Sign up your students HERE today, then join us with your students this Wednesday for parent preview night.
 
There's something for all ages this week at Hope Des Moines! It's time for kickoff! A great time to be the church. We'll see you soon!
 
Jon
Tailgater
Hawk Fan
Pastor
Alpha: Explore the Meaning of Life
Sundays, Sept. 9 - Nov. 11, 3:15-5:45 pm

The Alpha Course is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, non-threatening manner during thought-provoking weekly sessions. Each week, participants meet for a meal and a large group talk followed by small group discussion. The course includes a retreat weekend with teachings on the Holy Spirit Oct. 19 & 20.

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CORE 3: Living Out Our Identity in God's Story
Sundays, Sept. 16 - Oct. 21, 5:00-7:30 pm

Are you interested in putting your faith into action and learning how to follow Jesus daily? Join us as we discover practical ways to connect in community, grow in faith and serve God in his mission.

Men's Study: Wild at Heart
Mondays, Sept. 17 - Dec. 10, 7:00-9:00 pm

"Wild at Heart" is a bestselling book by John Eldredge encouraging men to discover their identity and live in freedom and courage! This is a video-led study followed by honest conversation about growing as men of God.

Financial Peace University
Sundays, Sept. 23 - Nov. 18, 6:00-7:30 pm

Financial Peace University provides biblically based strategies for managing personal finances using a powerful combination of humor, visual aids, props and personal stories to help participants learn in a safe, fun and engaging environment. FPU kits are available for purchase at the first class.

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YOUTH & FAMILY MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
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age 3 - grade 5
for kindergarten-grade 5 
for students
grades 6-8
for students
grades 9-12
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