April 2017
Hope Free Press
April Newsletter

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Hope  - Invite family, friends, and neighbors to join us on Sunday, April 16 as we celebrate together the Hope of Easter.
Service times are 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am.  

He Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed


Good Friday Service
Friday, April 14 at 7 pm.

Communion will be served at this service

Article from Pastor Mickey

Dear Hope Church family,

In the middle of March I spoke at a Missions Conference at Biola University in Southern California. The sessions were packed with students and missionaries from all over the world. In the opening session they had a ceremonial entrance of the flags of nearly every country in the world. As each flag was carried in and announced, the crowd would cheer. The sentiment was clear: these were nations where God's people live and are called to serve. The flags were paraded around the huge venue, declaring the international nature of the church and its mission.
There was notable intentionality in the way some of the country flags were carried in. A few of the countries were paired with neighboring countries with whom they have strife. North Korea and South Korea, for example, were announced simultaneously and brought in side by side. At such a symbolic entrance, the crowd roared even louder. The same symbolic, unified entrance was given to several warring middle eastern countries, including Israel, again with great cheers from the crowd. The point was clear. The end result of mission, God's work in the world, is unity. There is one Lord and one Church.
Though much smaller in scale, and involving much less strife, the symbolism of the flag ceremony reminded me of the unity God also desires inside his church, inside Hope Church. Every Sunday different genders, generations, races, and social-economic classes enter the sanctuary together for worship, signifying that the sin-facilitated separation so strong in our world is reconciled and unified in Christ and in our worship.
Let me encourage you this month not simply to agree with this biblical call for unity in principle alone. Work hard at implementing the unity God desires in practice. Seek to reach out to a person or family of another race, or sub-culture, or generation, knowing that such activity would, if we could all see it happen, bring a great roar from the crowd, signifying that such unity is a reflection of our glorious Savior and Lord.

-Pastor Mickey

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Thank you for your sympathy and kindness.  The flowers you sent in honor of Martha were beautiful.  We appreciate your thoughts in this difficult time.  The family of Martha Bald
Dear Hope Free Church, Thank you so much for your generous donation to NIRRE.  We really appreciate it.  We also wanted to thank you for your hospitality of a wonderful, delicious lunch and fellowship.  We had a fantastic time.  What wonderful people you are.  Thanks again and God Bless!!!   Candy Ridlbauer, Cathy Hoover, Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab & Education

From Sharon Vinson &
Connie Ruden, Coordinators
Please come help us continue our efforts to help those in need.  Our April work days are on Tuesday, April 4, and Tuesday, April 18 in Drake Hall from 8:30-12:00.  The third work day (April 22) has been rescheduled to May 6.  We hope to concentrate on preparing boys' shorts & pillowcase dresses for Operation Christmas Child, completing quilts for local ministries, and preparing layettes and rolled bandages for the Tandala Clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Should you wish to donate items for our use, we could use the following:
  • Mattress pads and used blankets to use inside the quilts
  • Single-fold bias tape (any color) for edging pillowcase dresses & kimonos for layettes
  • Gallon-size Ziploc plastic STORAGE (not freezer) bags for shipping layettes
  • Lightweight flannel for receiving blankets (one yard = one blanket)
Please pray for good health for our volunteers and that our recipients will be blessed as they receive our donations/creations.



Senior Saints



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"April Showers Bring May Flowers" is a common spring saying.  Those early spring rains "jump start" the growth of plants that are naturally dormant during the winter.  With the rain and the longer daylight hours the landscape turns green quickly and the new growing season begins.  Seniors always look forward to spring.

With the coming of Spring don't forget to come out for the April Senior Saints' Luncheon on Tuesday, April 11, at 12:00 noon, in the Fellowship Hall of Hope Church.


April's menu is spaghetti & meatballs, lettuce salad, vegetable, fruit cup and a dessert prepared 

by Lori Atz.

The musical program will be presented by Katie & Emilee Christensen. Pastor Fana will give a devotional.

Reservations should be made by calling Betty Alexander at 815-623-2336 by Wednesday, April 5th.  Please be sure to call in your reservation by this date so those doing the cooking can do their shopping and preparations.  If Betty is not home, leave a message on her answering machine indicating your name, phone number and number attending.  A suggested donation for the meal is $4.00.








Good Friday Service


Friday, April 14 at 7 pm 

Communion will be served then. Childcare provided




    Easter Sunday    

  Hope Easter 2010

Just a reminder that we have THREE Easter services on

Sunday, April 16

8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 AM.

 We hope to see you there as we celebrate Easter together.





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A.W. L. S.



(Awesome, wise, lively singles support group)

meet at

Hope  Free Church

Fireside Room on

April 8

 at 12:30 pm



Hot chicken salad, miniature croissants, Jello Salad & desserts

Come join the fellowship and fun!


Questions & RSVP:  Call Sharon Vinson

815-623-6857 or 815-543-5644 




Men of Hope

 Softball sign ups

If you are looking for a fantastic opportunity to hang out with other men this Spring and Summer, then our softball ministry is looking for you.  We play on Thursday nights in Beloit.  We are always looking for new guys to come join us.   


Contact Pastor Brad if you are interested.   Pastorbrad@hefc.net or 815-623-6545





Men's Breakfast

Come join us on the last Saturday of each month at Culver's in Roscoe.  We have a breakfast to get your day started as well as a devotional each time by one of the Men of Hope.  Time is 7:30-8:30 and visitors are welcome.  Contact Pastor Brad for more information.  Pastorbrad@hefc.net 





Women of Hope

Front Porch 

March Front Porch
Friday,May 12, 2017

Bloom Where

You are Planted

Come gather on the front porch in the Fellowship  Hall Friday,  May 12 from 7-9 pm in the Drake Hall. Join us on the porch  ~  make new friends, put the cares of the day behind, kick back and relax ~~ bring a friend .

Won't you invite a friend to come sit on the front porch with us??  




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Annual Congregational
 Business Meeting will be held at 6 pm May 21. We will vote on the budget. If you are a member of Hope, please plan on attending so we will have a quorum.



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Are you looking for an opportunity to serve? Here are a couple areas we are looking for additional help in:

Are you outgoing, friendly and willing to meet and greet people as they come into church? We are looking to expand the team and would love to hear from you. Please contact Pastor Brad either at 815-623-6545 or pastorbrad@hefc.net

During each service we always have a group of men praying for the service and ministries of Hope. This is a great time to connect with other men and be on the front lines of spiritual battle in prayer. We would challenge the Men of Hope to prayerfully consider spending one service per month or two in order to help keep the services and ministries of Hope in prayer before the Lord. Will you join us? Please contact Pastor Brad either at 815-623-6545 or pastorbrad@hefc.net

Missions Update
     The Stateline Pregnancy Clinic in Beloit, Wisconsin has been a local ministry that Hope Church has supported for many years. Their staff is dedicated to helping their clients make choices that value every human life through Christ centered principles.
     SPC's ministries goals are:
     1) To provide support for women facing an unplanned pregnancy.
     2) To offer pregnancy tests and ultrasound viewing,
     3) To provide education to teens regarding the benefits of sexual integrity and sexual purity before marriage.
     4) To offer steps to recovery for those who have experienced an abortion.
     5) To seek to reduce the number of abortions in the Stateline area.
     6) Additionally, SPC offers "earn while you learn" parenting incentives.
     The Stateline Pregnancy Clinic's 2017 Annual Fundraising Banquet will be held on Thursday April 27th at the Eclipse Center, 3 Eclipse Boulevard, Beloit, Wisconsin, starting at 6:30 to 8:30. Seating will begin at 5:30. The banquet will offer a great opportunity to financially support the work of the clinic but also broaden community awareness across the Stateline area of the work that is done at the clinic through both program presentation and client testimonies.
      If you are interested in attending the banquet, becoming a table host, or exploring possible opportunities of becoming a volunteer at the clinic please feel free to contact Mission's Board Co -Chairman Steve Scherrer at 815-623-7212 or scherrer_steve @yahoo.com. All donations are deductible as SPC is a 501(c)3.
The SPC Clinic is located at 347 West Grand Avenue, Beloit , Wisconsin. Their phone# is 608-365-5433 and their website is www,statelinepregnancyclinic.com.
Please keep this event in your prayers and help make this year's banquet the most successful yet.
You must defend my innocence, O God, since no one else will stand up for me: Job 17:3 NLT 

 Kids of Hope
Upcoming dates
April 3 - Prince/Princess night - come dressed up
April 24 - last day to say verses
May 1 - Closing Ceremonies

Grand Prix Results
Design winners:

1st place - Hanna Hermans
2nd place - Elijah. Jay
3rd place - Ivy Korleski

Speed winners:
1st place - Trudane Peterson
2nd place - Lorna Greenberg 
3rd place - Isaac Rukin

Turtle Results
Design winners:
Kindergarten - Joanna Willis (not pictured)
First Grade - Nickolas Washington
Second Grade - Sydney Hermans

Speed winners:
Kindergarten - Gavin Schmidt
First Grade - Jenna Baumann (on far right)
Second Grade - Taylor Schreier & Sydney Hermans tied

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Camp brochures and church scholarship applications are available in the lobby and from the church office. Hope church is offering scholarships of $125 to each child or teen from the church and to a first time friend. Returning friends are offered $75.00.

Easter Sunday
Hope Easter 2010 There will be NO elementary Sunday school or Worship for Kids on Easter Sunday so that your family can Worship together.
There WILL be childcare for Nursery and Preschool ages at all three services. We will need more than the usual number of workers to staff the additional services so please consider serving in this way. Contact Caroline Ahlberg (815-988-9780) to volunteer for the nursery or Chris Fosler (815-243-0446) to volunteer for preschool.
Kids Hope USA
Kids Hope It has been very exciting to start several new mentoring relationships this past month. Please pray that the children will bond well with their mentors. There are still two months of school and standardized testing to work through. Pray that the kids would be able to focus and learn even though life is very uncertain. The end of the year party will be May 20; pray that all the kids will be able to attend.

VBS 2017

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 & 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
Save the dates on your calendar now, invite a friend, and don't miss the fun!!

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.
REGISTRATION BEGINS MAY 1ST. You may register in the ch urch lobby on Sunday mornings, call the church office during the week at 815-623-6545, or (new this year!) register online at WWW.HEFC.NET .
VOLUNTEER WORKER SIGN-UPS will also begin on May 1. Please be thinking/praying about what area you may like to serve in. It will take many leaders/helpers to make these camp weeks a success for the kiddos this summer! We are still looking for coordinators for the decorating team, the mission project, and the nursery; please talk to Vera Juhlin or Vicky Steege if you are interested in being in charge of any of these areas.
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Join us on our high-flying Easter Adventure as we celebrate that Jesus is Alive!! Experience loads of Easter fun at each station through challenging games, unique experiences, crafts, snacks, and fun gizmos....all while learning more about the true events surrounding Jesus' death and resurrection!
When:     Sunday, April 9th
Time:       9:00am - 12:00pm
Where:   Drake Hall Sunday School Area
Who:        K - 5th graders
There will also be a special Easter celebration for the Pre-K children, in the Preschool wing, on this same morning!
Thank you for the donations of plastic eggs, balloons, and small toys that we've received from the congregation! We are still looking for a few more bags of individually wrapped candy for the eggs (no hard candies please) and about 4 dozen large plastic eggs. If you can help with this, please let Vera Juhlin or Vicky Steege know....or you can call the church office. Thank you!


  Youth Ministries
Greetings Hope Family,
I am having a blast with our students here at Hope EFC. Just yesterday, I went bowling with over 20 of our students during Spring Break. We have such an awesome group of young men and women that really enjoy being together as the body of Christ.
I am excited for the horizon of student ministry at the moment. We are working on putting together an end of summer middle school trip that will combine community fun, service projects, spiritual challenge and more. We are looking for dates that will work close to the launch of the school year, so stay tuned for more info soon.
We are also trying to come up with some creative programming for the summer that changes things up from our normal program while taking advantage of the summer weather and rhythms. Also, we want to welcome our incoming 6th graders to join us for the summer. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with our church family before walking into middle school next year.
Lastly, I wanted to update you on the Denver Mission. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, because of my start date, and how quickly the trip is approaching we will not be able to orchestrate the silent auction fundraiser that this body is used to seeing in recent years. However, we want to give an opportunity for the body to support our students in this amazing adventure. Because of that, we will take some time to share the vision and details on our trip during the morning service on April 23rd. You will then have a chance to prayerfully consider donating towards our efforts for a week before we take a special offering on Sunday April 30th. If you already know that you would like to support the trip financially, feel free to bring a check by the office. Just make sure to put "Mission Denver" in the memo line.
In Him
Greg Lynas

food pantry We are always looking for help with the Food for Hope food pantry! If you are interested, there is a sign up sheet in the lobby this morning. We would love to see you there! The next Food for Hope pantry date is April 18th!! 

The following items are needed: Juice, cereal (not Cheerios), pop tarts, pasta and sauce, instant potatoes, canned pasta such as ravioli and SpaghettiOs, pasta-roni type box mixes, hamburger helper, canned meat (not tuna), mac-n-cheese, peanut butter and jelly, soup, ketchup, fruit bars, flour/sugar, vegetable oil, apple sauce, dish soap, garbage bags, deodorants, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper. There is a bin located outside of the pantry for donations. Thank you all so much for your continued support!

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. So rather than filling lots of boxes with low quality or used items, we are going to focus on possibly giving a lower number of boxes, but making sure we have quality donations in them. 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!

  Resource Center News
Visit our website at www.hefc.net/resource-center to learn more about your church library, find our Facebook page and view our online catalog.   If you have questions or experience problems, please e-mail hefclibrary@gmail.com.
Look for these resources on the New Arrivals shelf in April:
  • Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard by Jennie Allen
  • Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis by Stephan Bauman, Matthew Sorens, & Issam Smeir
  • Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung
  • Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God by Timothy Keller
  • None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin
  • Always the Baker, Finally the Bride (Emma Rae Creations #4) by Sandra D. Bricker
  • The Last Temple (Last Disciple #3) by Sigmond Brouwer & Hank Hanegraaf
  • The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green
  • Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings
  • A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
  • The Lost Lamb and the Good Shepherd (Flipside Stories) by Dandi Daley Mackall (ages 0+)
  • Bible Trivia, Jokes & Fun Facts for Kids by Troy Schmidt (ages 8+)
  • Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For? By Kari Kampakis (ages 12+)
  • Healed by Grace
  • The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith and Persecution
  • The Lion, The Lamb, and The Bread (Owlegories)