The Jesus Run
"Let's Do Lunch!"

Good morning, Hope folks!
We're about half-way through the season of Lent, on our way to Holy Week and the celebration of Jesus' resurrection on Easter Weekend! And, while I always look forward to getting there (Easter is the most important service of the year for Christians), I'm thoroughly enjoying the Lenten journey this year ...
Worship: The Holy Spirit is using our Jesus Run Lenten sermon series to activate our faith and ignite our passion for doing - rather than just thinking about - Christianity!
Mission: Our Lenten Outreach Project, A Home of Hope, is a bold effort to buy a 7-bedroom ministry house for Ruth Harbor so they can double their reach (over $170,000 so far toward a goal of $415,000)!
Daily Devotions: I continuously hear from folks who tell me what a blessing our 40 Days of Devotions (written by our team of pastors) for the season of Lent has been to them!
Youth & Family: During Lent, I've taught at Ignition (high school) in Waukee and West Des Moines, PowerLife (junior high) in West Des Moines, and Kairos (college) in Ames. I'm blown away by the enthusiasm and faith of our students involved in these growing ministries! And, of course, finding Friendly Jesus each weekend at worship (he's on the move!) has become a wildly popular adventure for Hope's younger kids! If they fill in their Lenten punch card by finding Friendly Jesus all six weekends during Lent, they'll win a special gift on Easter Weekend! Since it's Spring Break this weekend, and some kids will be out of town, a photo of a Hope kid at the church you attend out of town, or in front of a screen at your vacation destination tuned in to Hope's Sunday 11:00 am livestream service at will count toward perfect attendance (this weekend only). We're a grace-based church! J
Hope is blessed with a deep and gifted team of preachers, and this weekend three of them - Pastor Nick, Pastor Amanda or Pastor Richard, depending on the service you attend - will help us take a closer look at the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 with a sermon called, Let's Do Lunch! Spring Break weekends are Spirit-filled weekends at Hope - a little more elbow room, but a full dose of inspiration! Come & see!
Mike Housholder

PS: Don't forget, Daylight Saving Time is this weekend. So, set your clocks one hour forward before heading to bed on Saturday night, and we'll see you bright and early Sunday morning! (We'll have extra coffee brewing and ready for you when you arrive to help make up for it.)

2018 Lenten Project:
A Home of Hope
Now through Easter

This Lent we are raising funds for the purchase of a second home for Ruth Harbor to expand its ministry in the Des Moines Metro!

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40 Days of Devotions
Now through Easter
Journey through Lent with daily Scripture and devos on the blog, written by Hope pastors and staff!
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Maundy Thursday Services
Thursday, March 29, 12:00, 5:00 & 7:00 pm
Join us for one of our Maundy Thursday services, with a message given by Pastor Caroline. 

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Good Friday Services
Friday, March 30, 12:00, 5:00 & 7:00 pm
Join us for one of our Good Friday services, with a message given by the Hope pastoral staff. 

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Kids' Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, March 31, one hour prior to all Saturday Easter services
Our Saturday family-friendly Easter services offer a variety of fun activities one hour prior to every service. Activities include games, crafts, an Easter egg hunt (for kids age 6 and under), inflatables, snacks and a photo opportunity. Our Saturday services are at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 pm

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Saturday, March 31, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 pm
Kids' Easter Eggstravaganza happening one hour prior to every service

Sunday, April 1, 7:00, 9:00, 11:00 am and 5:00 pm

Traditional Sunrise Service in The Chapel at 6:58 am


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grades 1-5
grades 6-8
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