THIS WEEKEND AT HOPE:
Mother's Day Weekend
"Motherhood: Lessons Learned"

Good morning, Hope!
 
The Spirit was so strong last weekend! It's just another reminder that what happens in God's house during worship is a can't-miss-must-see kind of experience ... and when you miss it, even for one weekend, you miss a lot.
 
I know that might seem like an exaggerated, over-the-top way to describe weekly worship in a church. I also know skeptics and cynics might suggest I'm over-hyping church in a rather self-serving (for Hope's purposes) sort of way. But I don't lose any sleep over what skeptics and cynics might say. I'm way more interested in what God says, and what's ultimately best for anyone interested in finding a full and abundant life ( John 10:10). Plus, in truth, if anything I'm under-selling what God has been doing at Hope over the past few months ... because words can't adequately capture the work of the Holy Spirit.
 
Waves of revival are showing up everywhere we look! Stories of miraculous healings at Hope are trending up. I heard this past week of someone flying to Hope from Florida to meet with our prayer team, because she heard about what God is doing here. Over 500 8 th grade students confirmed their faith at Hope last Sunday ... quite likely the largest Lutheran youth confirmation class in the world. High school students and young adults led the musical portion of worship last weekend ... and the Spirit just about blew the roof off the building! We set a new weekend worship attendance record last weekend for non-holiday services (over 15,000 people). REVIVE - a weekly gathering of young adults on Thursdays at 8:00 pm - is blossoming. Agnostics are coming to faith at Alpha. Hundreds showed up for Celebrate Recovery and The Landing last night, where stories of radical life-change are normative. We just sent a volunteer mission team to Haiti. Hope has 26 mission trips to locations all over the world in 2018. Every day, Hope folks serve the hurting and the broken through our local mission partners right here in Des Moines. Vacation Bible School is right around the corner. I could go on, but I think you get the idea ...
 
God is on the move! Come and see for yourself ...
 
This weekend, we'll celebrate God's gift of motherhood at all of our services. Mother's Day started in this country when Anna Jarvis honored all moms everywhere, including her own, by handing out white carnations for every woman at her church on a Sunday morning in 1908. 110 years later, we'll do the same thing at Hope, celebrating Mother's Day in the manner intended by the founder - together with our church family during worship, with white carnations for every woman
in attendance!
 
Catch the Spirit of Hope!
 
Peace,
Mike Housholder



Men of Hope: Project Mother's Day
Friday, May 11, 5:30-7:30 pm
 
Mother's Day is almost here! Dads and kids, come together for a kid-friendly meal and Mother's Day gift-making. Then we'll send the kids out for supervised play while the dads mingle and hear words of encouragement from super dad and father of four, Pastor Andy Hermanson.
 
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Hope Foundation Learning Series: Navigating Medicare
Tuesday, May 22, 7:00-8:30 pm
 
Join us for the first part of the Hope Legacy Foundation's Learning Series! During this session you will learn about Medicare and all it has to offer.
 
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Student Summer Kick-off
Wednesday, June 6
Grades 6-8: 6:30-9:00 pm
Grades 9-12: 8:30-11:00 pm
 
Students in grades 6-12, join us for a fun event to kick off summer! There will be free food and lots of fun games and activities for you and your friends to enjoy while learning more about God's amazing love! Again, be sure to invite your friends! Everyone is welcome, and it's all FREE!

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Hope Preschool Summer Camp
Monday - Thursdays, 9:00-11:30 am
 
Hope West Des Moines Preschool offers themed summer camps for children ages 3-5. Families can sign up for one, two, three or all four weeks! Cost is $75/week.

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Vacation Bible School
July 16-20, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
July 23-27, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 6:00-8:00 pm
 
Join us for an action-packed week at VBS! It's a time both kids and volunteers won't want to miss. 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.

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