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May 2017


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Hope Free Church

Our vision is to be a church whose passion for God gives rise to a heart for the lost and is demonstrated 
by our love for 
one another.




Helpful Links  
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National Day of Prayer

prying hands 
Thursday, May 5th
Opportunities to Pray:
(1) The sanctuary will be open from 9am to 5pm for anyone who would like to come in and pray during the day.


(2)There will be a prayer meeting at the Rockton Village Park at noon.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my Hope family of friends who were so supportive with prayers, warm thoughts and encouragement during Ken's final days and throughout the time of saying goodbye. I miss him more than words can express but you made this grief just a little easier to bear with your loving care. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  It has been a good witness to my family.  Christian love to you all, Rose Thompson 

I want to thank my Hope Free Family for so willingly coming alongside of us after Larry's death. Your love for us has been evident in so many ways and I want you to know how much it's appreciated. Love and Blessings, Debbie King and girls


Preparations have begun for VBS which will be held the week of June 19-23.  We would like to ask you to save the following items that will be needed for VBS:
* small, empty boxes from bar soap, toothpaste, and bandaids
* empty, washed out, metal cans from soup, vegetables, fruit, etc.  

*empty paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls.

Thank you so much for your help with these items.  If you have any questions, you can contact Vicky Steege at 815-623-6545.
VBS Decorating Work Day Schedule
Wed. 5-3          10am - 1pm
Sat. 5-6              10am - 1pm
Tues. 5-16   5:30pm -8:30pm
Wed. 5-27           10am - 1pm
Fri. 5-19     5:30pm - 8:30pm
Tues 5-23        12pm - 3pm
Thurs 5-25          10am - 1pm
Wed. 5-31        12pm - 3pm
Fri. 6-2       5:30pm - 8:30pm
Mon. 6-5              1pm - 4pm
Wed. 6-7    5:30pm - 8:30pm
Mon. 6-12          1pm - 3pm
Wed. 6-14         1pm - 3pm
Fri. 6-16             6pm - 9pm
Sun. 6-18     Set-Up Decorating Day 1pm - ?


White Cross Update
From Sharon Vinson & Connie Ruden

Again our busy workers have been creating enough layettes, rolled bandages, Scripture cards, and dress kits for four 35-gallon totes sent in early April to the hospital and clinics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Please come help us continue our efforts to help those in need. Our May work days are on Tuesday, May 2; Saturday, May 6; and Tuesday, May 16 in Drake Hall from 8:30-12:00. We hope to concentrate on preparing pillowcase dresses and boys' shorts for Operation Christmas Child, completing quilts for local ministries, and preparing layettes and rolled bandages for the Tandala Clinics in DRC.
Should you wish to donate items for our use, we could use the following:
~~Mattress pads, used blankets to use inside the quilts we prepare
~~Single- or double-fold bias tape (any color) for edging kimonos for layettes and the pillowcase dresses
~~Gallon-size Ziploc plastic STORAGE (not freezer) bags for shipping layettes
~~Lightweight flannel for receiving blankets (one yard = one blanket)
Please pray for good health for our volunteers and that our recipients will be blessed as they receive our donations/creations.

anderson gardens long
AWLS Gathering 
(Awesome, wise, lively singles support group)
will meet on
Saturday, May 13
in Fireside Room, at Hope Church
at 12:30 pm
Menu : Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas, salad, & dessert
Sharon Vinson 815-623-6857
or 815-543-5644

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Stateline Pregnancy Center


bby bottle campaign


Your change can FILL a bottle...FOR LIFE!


Bottles will be handed out on Mother's Day, May 14...




Won't you take one ~ fill it with spare change, cash or even a check and return to church by Father's Day June, 18.


Stateline Pregnancy Clinic exists to share the life changing message of Jesus Christ by providing practical help and loving support to those facing an unplanned pregnancy. Thus, your participation in the Baby Bottle Campaign will benefit literally thousands of women, children and men in the coming years. 


Please place the baby bottle you have been given in a visible location as a reminder to pray for the safety and salvation of mothers and their unborn children. Put your pocket change (dollars and checks are good too!) in the bottle as an offering to help those families. Return you bottle to Hope by Father's Day.


One client stated on an intake form that she was going to terminate her pregnancy, she changed her mind after receiving our counseling and information. Her comment was, "I had no idea my baby had a heart beat and looked like a baby at 7 weeks until I saw the ultrasound. I didn't know what an abortion did. The counseling really helped, too!" 


Another young mother made a commitment to Jesus Christ and decided to walk in sexual integrity and abstinence after her pregnancy test came back negative. Men learn how to be a 24/7 DAD, and the trauma of the post abortive person is healed through Christ-centered bible studies.


Thank you for your willingness to participate and support Stateline Pregnancy Clinic and our community.










Bridal Shower
for Audra Dobson

There will be a 
Bridal Open House  for Audra Dobson on Saturday, 
May 13 from 1-4 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  

Come when you can and leave when you must, but please sign up in the Hope Lobby if you are planning to attend by Sunday, 
April 30. 

In lieu of a gift registry, Audra & Jim are requesting gift cards from Target, Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Kohl's, Amazon. Bed, Bath & Beyond, Meijer or Best Buy.
A Note From Pastor Mickey
Dear Hope Church family,
Let me remind you of something: you are a missionary. I do not care if you work at home or outside of it, if you work in a place where God cannot be discussed or you are our children's ministry director. If you are a Christian, you are a missionary.
Let me also remind you of your mission field: it is wherever you are. Your mission field is at work, at school, in your neighborhood, on yours sports team, at your exercise facility - it is everywhere. Don't think about the whole world, think about your world - where you live, work, and play.
The day you received the gospel and became an adopted child of God was also the day you were commissioned to share the gospel with others. Let's keep it simple: the world needs the grace of God made possible through Jesus Christ. If you have it, give it. Let me encourage you to be intentional in your missionary work. Begin now to plan to connect with neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, maybe even extended family who do not know Jesus Christ and his gospel. It need not be a major presentation, sharing the gospel can start with sharing your life - beginning a friendship, getting to know a person, listening to their story and sharing yours.
 Missionaries are natives of the people to whom they minister, connecting and loving people in natural ways, all the while directing them also to the supernatural - Jesus. You are a missionary, so be obedient to your Father and act like a missionary!
For God's glory,
-Pastor Mickey

Memorial Day All Church
and Community Picnic
     This Memorial Day Monday, May 29, 2017 from 11:00-4:00 pm at Leland Park, Roscoe we will have a picnic together!
     This will be a potluck picnic with meat provided. We are planning on guests from the community so please provide extra portions for the dishes you bring.
      Games and activities will take place for all ages.
      Please be prayerful for this is a way to display our God to the community. Be in prayer as to who you can ask to join you...
      Since this is Memorial Day, please support our service men by attending the Roscoe parade which begins at
11 am.
      Any questions about food to bring contact Linda Johnston, 815-623-6030 OR concerning activities contact Sue Hundt, 815-289-5655.
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Annual Congregational Business Meeting  

 Sunday, May 21,  5 pm in the Sanctuary.

Members, your attendance is very important
to meet quorum! 


We will be voting on our annual budget.

Mark your calendars!

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Senior Saints Luncheon
Tuesday, May 9
at 12 Noon

We're having a cookout
and the pastors will be grilling!!! 

The May menu is hamburgers and bratwurst, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, fruit salad and of course a wonderful dessert. 

Music will be presented by the Matthew Wundrow Band and Pastor Fana will give a devotional message.
Be sure to invite a friend to come with you!

Please be SURE to call  Betty Alexander at 815-623-2336 by Wed. May 3 to make your reservation for you and your friends,  so that we will have enough food and seating available. 
Please leave your NAME, PHONE NUMBER (in case of bad weather) and number attending.
A suggested donation for the meal is $4.

Children's Ministry

Vacation Bible School

Kids! Come and learn about how much God loves you, and how you were uniquely created by God for a purpose!
What:               Vacation Bible School
Where:             Hope Free Church
When:              June 19th - 23rd   9am - 1145am
Who:                Pre-K (3yrs and potty-trained) up to entering
                         4th  grade


What:               Camp 5-6
Theme:             "Maker Mania"
Where:             Hope Free Church
When:              July 10th - 14th 530pm - 8pm
Who:                Preteens entering 5th and 6th grades

Save the dates on your calendar now, invite a friend, and don't miss the fun!!




Awana closing ceremonies will be held on May 1. Thank you to all of the amazing Awana workers who loved, cared for and encouraged 150 plus 3yr old through 6th graders over the past nine months.
Congratulations to the following Sparkies who have completed all three books. They have memorized a LOT of verses over the last three years.
PB Hamberg
Addyson Tanker
Austin Mulder
Caleb Greving
Eliya Peterson
Emily Schmitz
Gideon Ukwourji
Micah Neyer
Rita Nelson
Sammy Aranki
Sydney Hermans
Taylor Schreier

Congratulations to the following T&T clubbers who have completed all four books. They have worked hard studying and memorizing for four years!
Karlie Anderson
Jace Halloway
William Hunt
Reagan Jones
Mikayla Peterson
Morgan Rasmussen
Elena Steurer
Ruthie Wriedt
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Camp brochures and church scholarship applications are available in the lobby and from the church office. Hope church is offering scholarships of $125 to each child or teen from the church and to a first time friend. Returning friends are offered $75.00.

Kids Hope Mentoring Kids Hope
Our end of the year party will be May 20 from 12-3 pm. Please pray that all the kids will be able to attend. Pray for the mentor kids as they face a long summer without the structure of school and seeing their mentor.

Nursery  smiling-blanket-baby.jpg
Because of several people stepping back from serving in the nurseries, we need more workers to add to the rotation. If you have attended Hope for at least one year and can pass a nationwide sexual predator check you may serve in the nursery. Ask at the nursery check in area or the church office for a worker application.
We LOVE having teens serve alongside an adult! If you are 12 years old or older you may volunteer. There is a short application form for you to fill out at the nursery check in area or the church office.

Elementary Sunday School and Worship for Kids
We are gearing up for our summer programing.  Our regular teachers will be taking a break so we are looking for people who are willing to give a few Sunday mornings to teaching or helping with elementary kids. There are openings at both 9:00 and 10:45 hours.

Movin' On Up
Kids who will be going into 6th grade next fall will start attending the Jr High Sunday School and Youth Group on June 4.

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Women of Hope
Front Porch
Friday May 12
7-9 pm

Bloom Where You Are Planted
Ladies, come gather at the Front Porch in the Fellowship Hall of Hope Church. This is a wonderful time to make new friends, put the cares of the day behind, kick back and relax!
Won't you bring a friend with you and come sit on the front porch with us?


Ladies - we encourage you to check out Mom's Group this summer as they gather for Summer Play Dates. Click Here for a list of the planned play dates.


  Resource Center Newslibrary  

Visit our website at to learn more about your church library, find our Facebook page and view our online catalog.   If you have questions or experience problems, please e-mail
Look for these resources on the New Arrivals shelf in May:
  • Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story by Steven Curtis Chapman
  • No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending by Esther Fleece
  •  Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer by Ann McElhinney & Phelim McAleer
  • Bearing Hope: Navigating the Desert of Waiting for a Child by Liv Ryan
  • If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock
  • Threads of Faith (Fabric of Time #2) by Andrea Boeshaar
  • The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambro
  • To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden
  • No One to Trust (Hidden Identity #1) by Lynette Eason
  • Thin Ice (Men of Valor #2) by Irene Hannon
  • River of Mercy (Riverhaven Years #3) by B.J. Hoff
  • Code Blue (Prescription for Trouble #1) by Richard Mabry
  • The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
  • The Messenger by Siri Mitchell
  • Home to Chicory Lane (Chicory Inn #1) by Deborah Raney
  • Without Warning (J.B. Collins #3) by Joel Rosenberg
  • When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3) by Sarah Sundin
  • When Jesus Wept (Jerusalem Chronicles #1) by Brock and Bodie Thoene
  • A Matter of Trust (Mia Quinn #1) by Lis Wiehl
  • Roxy the Ritzy Camel by Anthony DeStefano (ages 0+)
  • Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin (ages 0+)
  • God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies by Justin S. Holcomb (ages 4+)
  • Light in the Lion's Den (Imagination Station #19) by Marianne Hering (ages 8+)
  • Cold-Case Christianity for Kids by J. Warner Wallace (ages 8+)
  • For Love and Honor (An Uncertain Choice #3) by Jody Hedlund (ages 12+)
  • The Heart of Faith (When Calls the Heart season 4)
  • Melting the Master of Mean (Bible Man)
  • Newton's Grace



Men of Hope
Men's Softball Season has begun and
we have 3 teams

for their Thursday night schedules. 
Be sure to come cheer them on!! 







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CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the graduates ~~
High School, College, Grad School!  WELL DONE!!  
If you have a graduate - please call 815.623.6545 and let the office know!

Amanda Juhlin
Leah Knaul
Nathan Stevens

Kati Juhlin, University of Arizona

Nathan Scherrer, Masters Degree in Old Testament from Denver Seminary
Graduation Open Houses:
Nathan Stevens, Saturday, May 20, from 4-7 pm at
11901 Deacon Drive, Rockton

Amanda Juhlin, June 2, time TBA at 12048 Wagon Lane, Roscoe

Leah Knaul's Open House is June 25, 1-5pm at 12260 Carberry, Roscoe

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Operation Christmas Child

We'd like to encourage you to continue collecting for Operation Christmas Child! There have been a couple of changes that Samaritan's Purse has made for this year. One is that they will no longer be accepting toothpaste or candy in the shoeboxes. And the other focus is that they receive shoeboxes filled with "quality" items that are new. Clearance racks at the end of each season, and after holidays, are great places to find great deals. And of course during back-to-school time is the best time to purchase school supplies for the boxes. Our goal is to have one "WOW" item in each box (ball, doll, purse, Barbie, small lego set, toy car/truck, etc.)......something that will really stand out to the child upon opening their gift.  Below are some suggestions for "most needed" items in each category.

School supplies:
loose-leaf paper, crayons, markers, scissors, erasers, pencil sharpeners, blue or black ink pens, glue sticks (we do not need notebooks or pencils as we have lots of them left from last year's collection)

toothbrushes, travel toothbrush holders, combs, brushes, ivory bar soap(unscented), washcloths, travel soap holders

shorts, t-shirts, socks, flip-flops, Crocs, hats, gloves

barbies, small baby dolls, jewelry, small stuffed animals/beanie babies, jump ropes, small purses, coloring books, playdough, matchbox/hotwheel cars, small balls, deflated
soccer balls with pumps, bouncy balls/super balls, small cars/trucks, puzzles, small toy figures, slinkies, unopened McD's toys

Functional Items:
small flashlights/batteries, items for fishing kits (fishing line, fake bait, bobbers, weights, hooks), items for sewing kits (needles, pin cushion, pins, thimbles, small scissors, tape measure, cotton material bundles), small tools (screwdrivers, small hammers, tape measures, plyers, nails/screws), re-usable small cloth tote bags
*Please store any items that you purchase at your home until we begin our collection dates at church in late Summer/early Fall.

White cross is sewing sundresses
again for the girl boxes, and shorts for the for meeting days on the church calendar or church emails if you'd like to help.

The OCC ministry would love it if any of the adults or youth/children at Hope would make personalized cards at home throughout the year, using items such as stickers, stampers/pads, markers, paper/cardstock. We'd like to include one card with every shoebox we pack this year!

We receive letters throughout the year from villages/people that have received our shoeboxes from Hope. We have one 12-year-old child that is requesting a penpal. If you'd be interested in corresponding with this child please let us know.

Thank you for your support of this ministry!
Greetings Hope Family,
  I was hoping to have a full summer schedule to release at this time, but you will have to wait a little longer.  Between the mission trip, the middle school trip and a personal sabbatical, I am trying my best to find a good schedule to engage the student body over the summer.  For now, just know that we will still have youth group, and we will have a couple of special events thrown in the mix as well.  You will have more details in the near future.
  On a different note, I would just like to say thank you to this body.  I am continually blessed by the way the students and adults of this body have embraced me and my family here.  Just today, I have gotten great opportunities to build relationships with toddler members of the body, parents of our youth and members who haven't had a teen in their house for decades.  If I haven't had a chance to meet you yet, please stop me in the hall and introduce yourself.
  In Him, Greg Lynas

This Sunday we will be taking a special offering at the end of the service to support our team of students who will be taking the gospel into inner city Denver this summer. If you would like to give financially  towards these efforts, please come Sunday with a check that has MISSION DENVER in the memo line. You can also give online at Simply select Mission Denver from the drop down menu when you are putting in your info to our secure site. Thank you for your support, Pastor Greg



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