Hope Weekly
April 13, 2018
Today's devotional comes from Bishop Daniel Beaudoin:
Dear Friends in Christ,
"Then I got up during the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. The only animal I took was the animal I rode.I went out by night by the Valley Gate past the Dragon's Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that had been broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire"  
(Nehemiah 2:12-13).
"Then I [Nehemiah] said to them, "You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, so that we may no longer suffer disgrace"
(Nehemiah 2:17).
The Book of Nehemiah is a book about the transforming power of prayer. It is also a book about leadership. Nehemiah has been sent by God to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and this task is going to take all of Nehemiah's God given gifts and skills. It's going to take vision, strategy, and teamwork. But also, solitude and motivation. Now motivation makes sense, but solitude? Yep, it's going to take some time of meaningful solitude to rebuild the crumbled wall of Jerusalem.
When Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem, his first order of business is to take time for silence and solitude... for three days (see Nehemiah 2:11). It is during these three days that Nehemiah observes, reflects, and learns (see Nehemiah 2:12-13). This is the side of leadership that most folks never see. The hours, days, and weeks, of praying, planning, and practicing. Moses spent 40 years in the desert. St. Paul spent three years in Arabia (see Galatians 1:17-18). Jesus was always taking off for silence and solitude. Great leaders know how to leverage "down time" as a catalyst for "on time".
So, what was Nehemiah doing in silence and solitude for three days? He was doing his homework. By the light of the moon, Nehemiah was gathering facts, taking measurements, inspecting the damage, and putting together a master plan. A wise person once said, "Character is who you are when nobody's looking." Great leaders know how to lead themselves in times of silence and solitude.
How might you make better use of silence and solitude?
In silence and in solitude, Nehemiah did his homework. For three days, he prayed and planned. Then he gathered God's people together to motivate them for the task at hand. "You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, so that we may no longer suffer disgrace" (Nehemiah 2:17). Please read Nehemiah 2:17 again, and circle the words: we, us, we. Why does Nehemiah use the pronouns "we" and "us"? What does this type of language communicate to those who hear these words? It communicates that I am in this with you. That we are in this together. Hand me some mortar. I'll give you a stone. Let's build this wall together.
Great leaders motivate great teams to do great things, not by command of "you" or "me", but in the promise of "us" and "we". And how do God's people respond to Nehemiah's motivation? "...they said, "Let us start building!" So, they committed themselves to the common good" (Nehemiah 2:18b). Hand me some mortar. I'll give you a stone. Let's build this wall together.
Where in your life or work could you use a bit more "us" and "we"?
Human Trafficking 101
Everyone has a role to play in combating human trafficking. Recognizing the signs of human trafficking is the first step in working to make a difference.  You are invited to join Pastor Chuck Campbell, a member of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, as he presents "Human Trafficking 101." Sunday April 15 at 10:00 am in Larson Hall.

Glass City Marathon April 22nd
The runners will only be running near Hope once early in the race and will not return to UT by running by Hope.  Here is what you need to know and how to plan.
Bancroft will be closed from Secor west past the Railroad tracks all morning.
Indian will be closed until around 8:30
Secor Road will be closed at Kenwood from 7:15-8:00.
Central Road will be closed from Reynolds to Corey until 9:00.
Dorr will be closed from UT to Richards until the end of the Race.
The village service department will be placing cones in the parking places on Indian to reserve the parking for us.  You can move a cone to park if need be.
The best way to get to Hope is to come south on Secor from 475 or Monroe for the 9AM service. For the 11:00 AM you can come via Central to Indian or Secor. 
Do not plan on using Bancroft or Dorr to come from the west or south!
Here are links to the course maps

ELCA Youth Gathering Stock Sale
The youth and adults who are attending the ELCA youth gathering this summer in Houston, TX are offering you the opportunity to invest in their experience by purchasing stock. You can find more details on the bulletin board outside the family lounge. There are envelopes with stock options from $5 - $1,000. By making an investment in the experience, you will become a shareholder in the trip and will be invited to a pre-gathering and post-gathering reception. You will also receive special greetings from Houston this summer. All of the money will help offset higher than expected travel and housing costs. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Kristin at pastorkristin@hopetoledo.net

Mother's Day Photo Op!
On Sunday, May 13 we will have photographers available to take free pictures of individuals, families, or groups from 10am - 11am. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a picture with your mother, to send to your mother, or just for fun! The pictures will be emailed to you later in the month