Thoughts From Pastor Glen

It's a beautiful thing to drive into the parking lot and see our trees trimmed and picked-up. Brian Blad has been doing a lot of the trimming with Duane Gilson and Steve Osterman gathering the branches in the dumpster. Please thank these faithful servants when you see them for their time and labor. We couldn't function without these willing volunteers.
The United Blood Mobile will be parked in our parking lot this Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you have not signed up to give blood, click here to see what time slots are open. This is a wonderful gift to give to those who need it. It's life-giving as we heard from Sharlah Reynolds, our blood drive coordinator.  
Joe Tedrow showed me some pictures of our new altar that he is building for our sanctuary. It looks great and is very similar to the altar we currently have. All of our chancel furniture has been on loan from Desert Streams Lutheran Church in Surprise. They have been worshipping in a school all these years, and just recently purchased a building, and now they want their furniture back. Joe has been the primary craftsmen for most of the other sanctuary pieces. Eventually we hope to have a new pulpit and baptismal fount to complement the new altar. Joe Tedrow and Dave Torgersen among others, are working on constructing these new items. 

I want to thank Bob Germadnik, who has been making the coffee for us on Sunday mornings for many years. Bob is unable to do this task any longer, so I'm looking for a volunteer who can come at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, to make coffee, so it will be ready by 8:30 a.m. If you can serve in this capacity, please let me know.   
Do you have October 1st marked on your calendar? There will only be one worship service on Sunday October 1st at 10:15 a.m. because of the 10th Anniversary Building Celebration immediately following the worship service. Our sanctuary will have a different look that weekend with tables setup in our worship space. The 10th Anniversary Committee has been working hard putting together pictures, memorabilia and PowerPoint presentations of the 18 year history of Spirit of Hope. Please offer invitations to past members, old friends and people who have shaped this ministry all these years. It's our hope that many of you will help share memories of what God has done in this parish. I am still accepting RSVPs, so we can get numbers for food, etc. If you think you and your friends will be on hand this historic day, please RSVP.  

A member of our congregation saw the newest movie out on Martin Luther and highly recommended it.  It's a very limited showing.  The next show will be at Harkins Theatres Chandler Fashion 20 on Thursday, September 28th @ 6:30 p.m.  The offical name of the movie is "Martin Luther, the idea that changed the world."  This sounds like an excellent historical perspective and from what I've told it's very well done.
I want to encourage members to keep giving generously of their time, talent and treasures to the mission and work of Spirit of Hope. The lull of the summer months has gotten us behind in our general and building funds.  
Peter asks Jesus, "How many times should I forgive a member of the church? As many as seven times? Jesus gives a shocking answer, "Not seven times, but seventy times seven". It's my hope that when you are confronted with the pain of harm, loss or conflict of another that you don't simply follow where your emotions take you (to choose to harm) but rather choose to heal and follow the desire that God has for us all, to live as forgiven people who work at forgiving others. 
Peace & love,
Pastor Glen  
Our 2017 Hopes & Dreams Holiday Craft Show application is ONLINE this year, along with all of the details, rules, and contact information, in case you have any questions.

After completing the online application, please read the confirmation message, as it will give you a link to click on to pay for your booth rental. Both the completed application and booth rental payment must be received before your registration is considered complete.

Thank you for your interest in our 2017 Hopes & Dreams Holiday Craft Show! We look forward to seeing everyone at this event on Saturday, November 4th! 

Here is the link on our website with all the info. 
     Numbers For September 16-17, 2017     

Giving $6,179
Attendance 207
Our Weekly Goal Is: $5,540

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You can do so by simply indicating the dollar amount you'd like to donate. Example: $250 and text 480-725-1140

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If you are interested in becoming an e-Giver, visit this 
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Readings For This Coming Weekend
Phil 1:21-30 and Matt 20:1-16
This Weekend's Worship Assistants 
5:00 p.m. Service Coordinator: Wendy Sontag
8:45 a.m. Service Coordinator: Phil Troiano
10:15 a.m. Service Coordinators: Sylvia Humleker & Linda Wilcox

September 23rd 5:00 p.m.
Set-Up: Randy & Sue Exsted
September 24th 8:45 a.m.
Altar Assistant: Rechinda Nelson
Communion Servers: Donna Blad, Karen Gowan, Naomi Henson, Jan Hefflinger
Greeters: Jerry & Jan Hefflinger
Reader: Jim Gowan
   Ushers: Ron & Barb Vogel, Keith Hackney, Joe Tedrow
Sound Booth: Josh Keck

September 24th 10:15 a.m.
Communion Servers: Jeanette Bailey, Cindy Bailey
Greeters: Marie Renda, Linda Wilcox
Reader: Patty Nicholson
   Ushers: Sherry Branham, Judi Ofelt
Week At A Glance

September 21st
6:30 a.m. 
Too Big For
9:00 a.m. 
Seniors Rock
10:00 a.m. 
Memory Care Service
12:30 p.m.   
Women's Bible Study

September 22nd

September 23rd

10:00 a.m. 
Lay Ministry Team Meeting
5:00 p.m. 
The Lift Service
6:00 p.m. 
8:00 p.m.
The Forge

September 24th

8:45 a.m. 
Blended Service
10:15 a.m. 
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Blood Drive

September 25th

September 26th

September 27th

9:00 a.m. 
Staff Meeting
6:00 p.m. 
Nite Lite & Confirmation
7:00 p.m. 
8:00 p.m. 
Young Adult Bible Study

September 28th

6:30 a.m.  
Too Big For Starbucks
9:00 a.m
Seniors Rock
12:30 p.m. 
Women's Bible Study
6:30 p.m. 
Church Council

September 29th

Allison prayers for emotional issues
Chad prayers for strength while struggling to find employment
Ernie R, Carol L, Pat B, Becky, Paul, Kevin prayers for healing from cancer
Ron K, Helen F, Teresa prayers for healing and recovery
Warren H prayers that medication can be regulated
Ethel prayers for healing her leg infection and successful upcoming surgery/prayers for adjusting to her group home till January
Addy prayers for comfort and healing anxiety
Sissy prayers for healing from surgery
Kelly prayers for her husband in I.C.U
Baby Hendrickson prayers to continue growing
Brenda prayers for healing cancer
Rusty & Ginger prayer of thanks for all they do/we would be lost without them
Donna prayers for healing cancer and Alzheimer's Disease
Kate prayers for healing back pain
Judy prayers for improved health
Joyce prayers for healing health issues
Winter Visitors prayers for safe travel back to Arizona
Gloria prayers for successful upcoming surgery
Caiya prayer of thanks for her wonderful job and passing her DL
Ermal & Paula prayers for shows and travel
Ed prayers that God's peace will guide his heart to calm and clarity
Jerry prayers for comfort following the loss of his wife
Linda, Richard, Darlene prayers for healing
Mary & Roy prayers for safety as they travel
Alex J, Simone prayers for God's guidance
Lincoln prayers for good health
Mike prayers to forgive others and humble himself
Cass prayers for strength as she continues to help people in Florida
Chris prayers for a speedy recovery
Debbie T prayers for the wives and families of two friends that recently died
Teenagers prayers for teens and their families in conflict
Michael L prayers to be successful in medical school
Prayer of Thanks for this beautiful day and our church
Larry, Deb & Jim, Linda V, June, Dan S, Ruthie & John prayers for strength and healing
Suicide Victims prayers for all families suffering the loss of loved one
Victims of Hurricane Harvey & Irma prayers for strength, hope and healing
Lee, Kit, Dee, Barb, Vicky prayers for recovery from surgery
Hagen Family prayers for strength and comfort following the loss of her husband/father
O'Brien-Hunt Families prayers for strength and comfort following the loss of his wife/mother
Bill, Karen & Families prayers
Sally J prayers for continued recovery from a stroke
Spirit of Hope prayers for all who worship within its walls/prayers for our church
Church Council pray that they make sound decisions that allow our church to thrive
Pastor Glen & Rusty prayers of thanks as they serve the church community
Prayers for all those struggling to recover from cancer and multiple health issues
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