This weekend at Hope:
Fire Up! | High Production Christianity | Galatians 5:22-26   
Good Day Hope Family!
Did you survive the first full week of school being out?
76 days! That's the number of days that remain for our students this summer before returning back to fall classes. Are you going to make it? If so, what's your plan for helping your kids connect and have an ongoing relationship with the Lord this summer?
Last night, I didn't get much sleep. For some reason, I figured out those remaining summer days and then they were engraved on my brain. I really don't want to miss the opportunity to impress upon my kids the Lord's love for them, or mine. So, it got me thinking about all the opportunities I have with them, and what I can do to help them connect with the Lord every day. Here are my top seven ideas.
Number 1. I can share a verse from Scripture every morning before we have breakfast and ask them to consider what that means or how it can be lived out in their day.
Number 2. I can challenge them to start their day by thinking about how they can best serve our family, be a friend to their brother, or respect their babysitter.
Number 3. I can give them opportunities to show gratitude for all the things they find, experience or discover in their day.
Number 4. I can reflect with each child and notice special gifts and talents, and express what qualities I see in each of them.
Number 5. I can increase the number of times we pray together throughout the day.
Number 6. I can model worship in my everyday movements with them (e.g., waking up with worship music being turned on instead of TV, driving with worship songs turned up and windows down, and I can even attempt to write God's promises and find familiar tunes and have them hum while I sing over them.)
Number 7. What if I can allow space, every day for my children to dream big dreams? Then, what if I can come alongside them, and let them hear a voice of encouragement for how wonderful, beautiful, and perfect their dreams might be, while connecting them to some of God's big dreams?
I hope you'll let your children see, hear, and experience your faith in God this summer.
We are just 45 days from the opening worship of our first of two sessions of Vacation Bible School. Deadline for early-bird registration is Friday, June 15. Follow these links to volunteer, donate supplies, or help prepare a meal to support volunteers and staff.

I'll see you this weekend!
Pastor Pat

Traveling Classic Car Show 
Saturday, June 16, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Grab your dad and celebrate Father's Day with a FREE classic car show. Cars will be on display at various Hope campuses throughout the day. Come to one location, or all!  
  • Hope Waukee: 8:00-10:00 am
  • Hope Ankeny: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Hope Des Moines: 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Hope West Des Moines: 4:00-7:00 pm
Food and activities will be available at each campus, culminating with grilled burgers at Hope West Des Moines following the 5:00 pm service. 

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Gals & Galatians 
Mondays, June 18 - July 30, 6:30-8:00 pm

Gals, join us this summer as we explore the freedom Jesus gives us through a study of Galatians. We will learn how fun, simple and freeing it can be to dive into His word and sit in prayer. This study is also a way for gals to connect with others over the summer and to provide an avenue to get plugged in with a small group for the fall, if interested!

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Vacation Bible School 
July 23-27, 9:00 am - noon (age 4 - grade 6) 
July 23-27, 6:00-8:00 pm (age 3 - grade 5)

Shine! Be the Light! VBS is an action-packed week for kids and volunteers! Through large group worship, music, skits, crafts, outdoor activities and lessons, we will explore five awesome stories from the Bible for children to learn and experience in memorable ways. Early-bird registration is $15 per child; $35 family max until June 15. After June 15 the cost is $20 per child; $40 family max. T-shirts are included with registration.
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for children
age 3 - grade 5
for toddlers
ages 3-5 
for grades 9-12  
on Friday, June 15
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