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Dear Hope Church Family, What a wonderful gift that was delivered to me. A Thanksgiving basket that was so very much appreciated. God is good! Love to all -
a grateful widow
Dear Hope Free Family, Thank you so much for the Thanksgiving box! It was very much appreciated. I'm so thankful for my Hope Church family. Thank you so much!
Dear Hope Family, You have stood by my family during so many health issues and loss of loved ones that we cannot begin to thank you for your demonstration of God's love and grace. Thank you for your many cards, calls, prayers and for the flowers sent after my sister Teresa's home-going. All your kindnesses have served to encourage and lift us up,
Carolyn & Steve Scherrer
I would like to thank Helping Hands, the moving crews, the ministry staff, those who kept feeding me scripture and my entire church family for their love and support these past 7 months. Also, the flowers from Hope after my mom passed were beautiful and so meaningful. I am very blessed and love my Hope family! Deb Borcean
A special thank you to those families who have been providing "Meal Train"
meals for those who are going through difficult health issues. We have heard from the families receiving meals and they so appreciate the kindness and helpfulness these meals are to them. They have expressed that they have met NEW families from the church body and have so enjoyed getting to know more people.
Thank you again for your faithfulness in helping those in need!
" Seek the welfare of the city - Pray to the Lord on its behalf" Jeremiah 29:7.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our ministry in Wisconsin. Through our ministry, we seek to make disciples. Investing in people takes time. Our desire is that we be used by God to help people take the next step in their walk with Jesus. We truly love watching God work in the lives of others
Crossroads Church Plant
In the past year we've alternated our gatherings between a Sunday morning worship service and a more casual Saturday evening Dinner Fellowship. Looking to 2018, we will be using the Saturday night format for all of our times together. It's a very personal time of worship, Bible study, and communion. We discuss the Bible passages and their application to our daily lives. Brian has had the blessing of doing premarital counseling for a young couple in the area and performed their wedding ceremony. He has also had the privilege of supporting the family of one of our church members while she struggled with severe illness, and then he had the honor of performing her funeral when she went to be with the Lord. He looks forward to continuing to support those in our small group through discipleship and Bible teaching.
White Lake Teen Center
Regarding the Teen Center, we continue to seek the Lord's direction and trust in His timing. We are grateful for all the funds, materials, and grants we have received. We are working on gathering others to help take this ministry to the next level.
White Lake Fire and Ambulance Squads
Brian continues to help with the fire department and serves as secretary for the ambulance squad. He enjoys his time with these groups of men and women who are willing to take time away from their lives to serve their community in times of emergent needs.
On a more personal note, Brian is working on his MDiv through Moody Theological Seminary's online program. Lori continues to help with ministry but also is working in hospice. Sarah is attending a one year program at a local Bible college. Jenny is finishing up her senior year at White Lake High School.
In all things we desire God's will to be done in His timing. Please pray with us for wisdom and direction in the coming year. Thank you again for your support. It is truly a blessing to have you alongside of us as we serve God here in Wisconsin.
With Love in Christ,
Brian and Lori Rowe
Grace Filled Relationships
Friday, Jan. 19
Come gather on the front porch in Fellowship Hall Friday, January 19 from 7-9 pm. Join us on the porch, make new friends, put the cares of the day behind,
~~ bring a friend.
This is an event where women experience pampering, indulge in lots of tasty treats, play games, have a short devotional, and occasionally make a craft. Imagine a place you could invit
e your neighbor or coworker to experience the love of Christ ~~ the place they'd want to be even if religion freaks them out ~~ a place where women could hang out and belong ~~ a place that would be an entryway to life-changing friendships ~~ a safe, fun place to "test the waters" of church.
Won't you and your friend come sit on the FRONT PORCH with us?
White Cross Update
Sharon Vinson & Connie Ruden, Coordinators
to all who have made 2017 so productive in preparing items for others' needs. In addition to layettes, rolled bandages, and quilts, we were able to complete a goodly amount of items for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Soon we will be filling the another tote of the three being sent to the Congo in late January.
Each month in 2017 we've also sent from 6-10 twin-size yarn-tied quilts to Rockford Rescue Mission and/or MELD to help keep the homeless warm in our local area, and we continue sending knitted items and toddler quilts to Stateline Pregnancy Center.
Won't you consider coming to our White Cross work days on the 2nd and 16th as we prepare quilts, rolled bandages, and layettes for those in need. Our group gathers in Drake Hall from 8:30 to noon and always enjoys fellowship, food, and satisfaction of serving others while we work side by side. During these winter months, we will concentrate on quilt making to help those in need locally. In the spring we will again intensify our sewing efforts on Operation Christmas Child projects.
Needs this month:
- Old blankets, mattress pads for inside of quilts
- Flat sheets (any color, size, or pattern) for quilt backs and/or rolled bandages
- Fitted sheets (any color or pattern) for rolled bandages
- Single-Fold bias tape (any color) for kimonos
- Ziploc style gallon size storage bags for packing layettes
- BoxTops for Education (for local schools)
Plan to start out the New Year in the service of God by serving others. Just bring your scissors and your servant's heart and we'll teach you the rest. If you have questions, please contact Sharon Vinson at 815-623-6857 or 815-543-5644 or Connie Ruden at 815-623-8444.
(Awesome, Wise, Lively Singles Support Group)
Saturday, January 13, at 12:30 pm
PLACE: Fireside Room, HEFC
MENU: Vegetable soup, broccoli soup, salad & dessert
RSVP: Sharon Vinson 815-623-6857 or
ACTIVITIES: food, games, devotions, and fun
Dear Hope Church family,
We have spoken for some time now as a church family about our desire to be multi-generational. While there are several biblical aspects of a multi-generational church that I could discuss, I want to focus on only one in this newsletter: the significant role of senior saints in our congregation. When I say "senior saints" I am not referring simply to our Senior Saints ministry, but to the older generation of Christian brothers and sisters in our church.
A truly multi-generational church has as its backbone the senior saints of the congregation. We may live in a culture that honors youthfulness, but that might be more because of a fear or a denial of death than anything else. To say our senior saints are the backbone of our congregation is not to say that the younger generations are unimportant - not at all! Rather, it is to say that senor saints have been assigned by God to perform significant and even unique functions on behalf of the rest of the church.
Let me offer three unique contributions senior saints offer our congregation. First, we need the wisdom of our senior saints. The older generation has seen the tides of our culture, of our nation, even of our church. They have had sleepless nights with a newborn, job loss right before the holidays, or a battle with cancer or another disease - and thus they are able to minister God's real truth into our real lives. Second, we need the ministry time and skills of our senior saints. At Hope Church some of the most significant "ministers" and shepherds in our congregation are our senior saints, who use their retirement or flexible schedule, as well as their gospel-motivated hearts, to minister to the rest of the church body. If we had no senior saints, we would all feel the shepherding loss. Finally, we need the encouraging presence of our senior saints. The church is this special institution where all kinds of people - both old and young - gather to worship the same Lord because of their same, unifying faith. The presence of old and young, seniors in high school and senior saints, points to the beauty of the gospel and the glory of God. We know that it is harder for many of our senior saints to travel to church, especially in the Midwestern winters, but please still come - your presence and your ministerial encouragement is a blessing to us all.
For God's glory,
Senior Saints Luncheon
January 19, 2018 at 12 Noon
Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had a great time getting together with family and friends during Christmas and New Year. Generally, this time of the year is known by so many interesting resolutions that people start to work on. However, I suggest that whatever resolution that we have, let "Walking Close with God" be the top of the list for 2018. He is faithful to bring us this far and also he is faithful to complete what he established in us. This is the only confidence that we have to compel us to face tomorrow. As Scripture says:
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus"
. So, my friends stay on the course and have confidence in Christ Jesus, the Captain of our journey called "Life" as we launch into the 2018.
I'm looking forward to seeing you at our January luncheon on January 9, 2018. Please invite a friend or a neighbor to join us on this day. January's menu will be potato soup and chicken noodle soup, homemade bread, fruit and dessert. The musical program will be presented by Professions of Faith and Casey Ehlers, our intern, will give a devotional.
But remember, don't forget to pick up the phone and call Betty Alexander (815-623-2336) by January 3 to hold a spot for you and your friends so that we will have enough food and seating available.
Please take care and blessings to you in 2018...
SAVE THESE DATES
February 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
March 3 @ Central Christian Church in Beloit
Women of Hope Annual Winter Retreat
February 23-24 to be held here at Hope Church
"Who Are We?"
Our guest speaker, Rachel Inouye, will speak on this topic beginning with a Friday night session, 6-7 pm, on
"I Know Who I Am" (Our Identity in Christ including a gospel presentation), which will be for moms, future moms, grandmothers, aunts, or anyone interested. Childcare will be provided. Then everyone is welcome to join us from 7-9 pm for a Friday night coffee house experience with specialty drinks and snacks in the Youth Room along with optional activities.
Saturday morning at 8 am a continental breakfast will be served followed by 2 sessions. Rachel will begin at 9 am on "I Know Whose I Am" (The daughter of the King) and speak again at 1 pm on "I Honor Who You Are" (My sister in Christ). Lunch will be offered at 11:30 am. Childcare will not be available on Saturday.
Cost for the retreat is $35 with registration in the church lobby on Sunday, February 4, Feb 11 and ending Sunday, February 18. Registration will be taken between services or online during those weeks. We look forward to spending time together growing in God's Word and in our relationships with one another.
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Resource Center News
Cuddle up with a good book when it's cold outside! Look for these resources on the New Arrivals shelf in January:
- The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place by Andy Crouch
- Real Families, Real Needs: A Compassionate Guide for Families Living with Disability by Joni & Friends
- John (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series) by Edward W. Klink III
- Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach by Vern S. Poythress
- Surprised by GraceGod's Relentless Pursuit of Rebels by Tullian Tchividjian
- God's Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation by Jonathan R. Wilson
- Gold of Kings (Storm Syrrell #1) by Davis Bunn
- Whispers in the Reading Room (Chicago World's Fair #3) by Shelley Gray
- Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1) by Irene Hannon
- The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis
- The Wish by Beverly Lewis
- Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray by Dorothy Love
- A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England #1) by Roseanna M. White
- Inferno in Tokyo (Imagination Station #20) by Marianne Hering (ages 8-12)
- Day Dreams & Movie Screens (FaithGirlz: Lena in the Spotlight #1) by Alena Pitts (ages 8-12)
- The Battle Begins (The Action Bible #1) by Caleb Seeling (ages 8-12)
- Starring Me by Krista McGee (ages 12+)
- On Wings of Eagles: The Eric Liddell Story
- The Wind, The Moon, The Rainbow (Owlegories #6)
Are you at Risk for Stroke, Heart Disease and Diabetes?
Did you know that a 10% decrease in cholesterol can reduce your risk for heart disease 30%?
- Diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death in the US
- Elevated CRP levels in the blood are indicators of risk for heart disease and high blood pressure
- Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death
Life Line Screening offers finger-stick blood tests with results in 10 minutes. Protect your health by finding out your risk of diabetes and vascular disease by participating in the Life Line Screening that will be at Hope Evangelical Free Church on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
Register for the lipid panel (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides), glucose and CRP blood tests for only $129. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit
or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule your appointment. Ask about our other stroke and heart tests. Taking control of your health doesn't have to be hard.
Pink sheets are available at the Welcome Center in the church lobby with more information on ALL the tests available. Pick one up and check it out.
Kids Hope USA
Praise God for three new mentoring relationships that have begun in the last 2 months. Please be in prayer for a fourth new mentor who has not yet met her mentee. Pray for the kids who are experiencing difficult family situations.
We are always in need of more people, especially men, to be mentors. If God has been nudging you to mentor, talk to Melissa Peshek, Jamie Anderson, or Vera Juhlin to get more information.
The first host family from our church is finished with all of the paperwork and has been approved to host children. Please be in prayer for the Loner family as they anticipate opening their home and hearts to a child.
Applications to be a host family or one of the supporting roles are available from the church office. More information can be found at
Praise God for the amazing work He is doing in the lives of kids in our Awana club! Please pray for the children as they memorize verses, learn what they mean and apply them to their lives. Also pray that they would invite friends to come with them to club.
January 8 - 6:30 pm Leader meeting for all teen and adult leaders
January 15 - Club begins again
January 22 - Bring a Friend night
January 29- Favorite Team Night
ank you to the kids at Rock County Christian School for coming and cleaning all of the toys and fixtures in the nurseries and preschool rooms. The nursery needs someone to come in on a regular basis during the winter months and clean so we do not spread cold and flu germs. This job can be done at your convenience. Please contact the church office if this is something you would like to volunteer for.
The nursery is in need of people who are members to work on a rotating basis.
The 4 year old class that meets at 10:45 is in need of both a teacher and a helper. You could work every week or every other week depending on your preference.
Both Preschool and Elementary areas need people who are willing to substitute.
too early to be thinking about your summer plans and if the
y should include sending your child to Camp Timber-lee. We have repeatedly seen how God uses time at camp, away from home and friends, to speak into a child or teens life. Pick up a Timber-lee brochure in the lobby or in the Church office. Brochures are sent in the mail to all kids who attended camp last year.
Please be in prayer for all of the little ones who will coming to Hope for their preschool screening. This year we have the Kinnikinnick District here on January 30, 31, & February 6, 7. Prairie Hill District will here on February 1 & 2.
Are you a widow or widower, single mom or dad, recovering from a medical condition or surgery, struggling through financial hard times?
The men and women of Hope would like to help. Faucet leaking, toilet won't stop running, light switch won't
work, light bulb burned out, drain plugged, computer locked up? We have added a new way of helping those with short term needs of rides to doctor appointments, therapy, or simply picking up items from a pharmacy. We also know that some won't call because they don't
want to bother anyone. Please call us and let us be a blessing to them.
Please contact the church office at 815-623-6545, Ken Ruge at 815-988-7788 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Johnston at 815-623-6030 or 815-742-5548 and we will be right on whatever the need.
We offer Valet Parking for anyone who is physically unable to make the walk from the parking lot or if you need help getting into the building.
Please drive up to the sanctuary entrance circle drive for valet assistance.
Worship and Prayer Gathering
Hope Church desires to be more committed to and intentional in prayer,
in obedience to God's Word and following the example of our spiritual forefathers. One way to implement prayer with real intentionality is to have bi-monthly worship and prayer gatherings the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
These gatherings take place in the middle of the week on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 pm from September to May. We begin our time together with some heart-preparing songs and a brief devotional before leading into an intentional time of corporate prayer that will be led by an elder/pastor.
In the midst of the busyness of life and ministry let us be a people who follow the response of the apostles in Acts 4:4: "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
As a people who want to respond as the apostles in Acts 4:4: "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word," come join us for Worship and Prayer Gathering.
Dates for winter/spring 2018:
(Jan 3 cancelled) February 7 and 21
March 7 and 21 April 4 and 18
May 2 and 16