This Weekend at Hope:
What Are You Wearing?
The Forgiveness Factor

Dear Hope Family,
The sickening news of another mass murder last Sunday - this time in a small Baptist church in Texas - takes our breath way, reminding us of the fragility of human life and the reality of evil in this fallen world. It's unsettling to know terror can strike anywhere: schools, concert venues, movie theaters, restaurants, stadiums, offices, homes, military bases, airports, train stations, college campuses, public sidewalks, parks, and houses of worship.
How do Christians respond?
We weep with those who weep. We pray (a powerful weapon) for those who mourn, and for our world to embrace God's call to respect the sanctity of life. We act for the sake of justice and peace, adding our voices (and listening ears) to important conversations about the effectiveness of gun control laws and mental health care systems. In contrast, however, to the divisive voices (the Bible calls them "noisy gongs") that dominate cable news, talk radio, and social media, we speak truth in love without demonizing or demeaning those who hold opposing views. We won't become pawns for the left or right. Instead, we'll find a third way.
As a church, we'll continue to make Hope as safe as a public space can be. At every service, we're blessed by the presence of a uniformed police officer. Our church family also includes several dozen members of the law enforcement community - they tell me that while they worship, they keep a watchful eye on the flock at Hope, ready to move in case of an emergency. Additionally, the West Des Moines Police Department led an emergency training session for our entire church staff not so long ago.
All that said, and taking nothing away from any of the above faithful responses, there's a deeper issue that can't be overcome, even by the most perfect laws, mental health care systems and proactive prevention programs - sin.
Sin is the root cause of every murder, and every act of terror, war, violence, abuse, assault, division, and threat. On top of that, we're powerless to overcome sin on our own.
Truth is, this world needs a Savior - and our Savior comes!
His name is Jesus (literally, "the One who saves"). He's the Champion who fights for us, and promises to return to defeat evil in this fallen world once and for all, ushering in a new Kingdom where there will be no more sorrow, or crying, or pain ... or death! ( Revelation 21:4)
So, we don't run away and hide in fear. Instead, secure in the assurance of the eternal promises of our Savior, we press on - and live right now - with confidence and hope ... and we seek to share that hope with the world around us!
Keep the faith, Hope! See you at worship!
Mike Housholder
PS- This weekend at Hope, Pastor Ben (Sunday night) and I (Saturday night & Sunday morning) will preach on The Forgiveness Factor, the Urbandale High School choir will sing, and - best of all - the Holy Spirit promises to meet us here ... and it's been mighty windy around Hope lately! Come & see! 


Third-Grade Bible Class
Monday, Nov. 13, 6:30-7:30 pm

Parents will present new Bibles provided by Hope to their children (in grade 3) during a brief ceremony followed by a teaching time where children learn general biblical information such as how to look up Bible verses. They will also highlight some meaningful Bible verses that are frequently taught. It will be a special time that children and parents won't want to miss. Parents, please plan to attend.

Resonance Seminar
Friday, Nov. 17, 6:30-9:00 pm & Saturday, Nov. 18, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Resonance is a two-day hands-on seminar that will help you with finishing well and leaving a godly legacy. Resonance helps people identify what God has entrusted to them over their lifetime and also provides key insights on how to mentor, empower and share those lessons so they can impact the lives of others. This class is generally for people in their 50s, 60s or 70s.
Thanksgiving Services
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 7:00 pm
Thursday, Nov. 23, 10:00 am

Gather with the Hope community to celebrate Thanksgiving! The Thursday morning service will be followed by a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

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Thanksgiving Meal Packaging
Thursday, Nov. 23, noon - 7:00 pm

On a day when Americans are focused on eating, we want to be focused on feeding the hungry. Register your family to package Meals from the Heartland meals on Thanksgiving Day in Hope's Gym. Each packaging shift is 90 minutes long. To make this day a success, floor support volunteers are also needed.

Moxie Matters Tour
Friday, Feb. 2, 7:00-9:30 pm
In this intimate evening experience with Jen Hatmaker and Nichole Nordeman, you will laugh. Make new friends. Swap stories. Share struggles. Recognize that every part of your journey-every broken place-is leading to a bigger, more beautiful story. This inclusive event welcomes everyone to open their hearts and join hands with their neighbors. Tickets, priced at $24 (groups of 10+), $29, $49, and $99 (VIP), go on sale to the Hope congregation Saturday, Nov. 11 at noon.

for children
age 3 - grade 5
for children
grades 1-5
for students entering
grades 6-8
for students entering
grades 9-12


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