September 2019
Wow, the summer has gone by quickly and September is here! Join us this fall as we go through the Bible this year at Community of Hope! I’m really looking forward to exploring the key themes of scripture with you. We began Sunday, September 1 with an introduction, and we will continue on September 8 with week one of “ The Story .” Please come and experience God’s Word in this powerful way. Everyone will be studying the same passages each week in worship, Community Groups and also in our children and youth ministry. We will be starting in Genesis in September and ending with Revelation in May.  
God’s Word is eternal, life-giving and relevant for all seasons and all times. In the book of Isaiah the prophet writes,  ”The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8) I was reminded of this at our recent mission trip to Mexico. As we visited the Rancho de Cristo, which is the men’s rehabilitation center, Hans Benning, the director told us that the only “resource” they use to treat addiction is the Bible. God’s Word addresses all issues of life that we will ever face.  
Will you take God at His Word today? Will you listen to His voice? May this year be a year of renewal and new life as you center your life on His Word. Trust in Jesus the Living Word and remember…“ Life without Jesus is a hopeless end. Life with Jesus is endless hope ” (Greg Laurie, Harvest Crusade). 

Click HERE to see a blog post with links and resources including our schedule for reading through The Story for the year with coordinating Bible passages, a link to grab The Story on Amazon, and more.

Together with you, Serving our Lord, 
Pastor John Foss 
Fall Update on Worship  

This fall, we are doing a “new thing” with worship times. Beginning September 8, we will have worship at 9:00 am (blended worship with songs, hymns, prayers) and at 10:30 am (new format with recent and current worship songs, and an emphasis on adding youth/young adult musicians). Mike Haines will continue to lead both worship services. We have decided to especially focus on the 10:30 am worship hour as one of outreach and evangelism, creating a worship experience that will focus on welcoming families, children and youth in our ever-growing community. There will be children’s and middle school Sunday School offered during the 10:30 am worship service (everyone begins worship together). Childcare is available at both services. High school Sunday Bible class will happen between worship from 10-10:30 am. Adult Bible class will be offered at 9:00 am. There are opportunities to worship, serve, study the Bible and have fellowship together on Sunday morning! Thank you for your prayers, service and participation with God’s family at Hope! 
Staff Spotlight: Dana
How long have you been at Community of Hope: Our family started worshipping at CoH in 1993, while we were still at Boeckman Creek Primary School.  

What do you do at the church? In April 2013 I was asked to manage church operations at CoH, which also included bookkeeping, communications and volunteer coordination. Fall 2014, when Cindy Storey retired, I also began leading our Children’s Ministry. 

What do you like about working at CoH?  I love that God’s Spirit is alive at CoH! There is so much genuine love for each other and serving others and it fills me with joy to see how Jesus is using us to minister to each other, to our community, and out into the world. It is the closest thing to the Book of Acts that I have experienced in the church’s I have attended throughout my life.  
Community of Hope's greatest assets are its members and regular attenders, its many volunteers, and its church staff. We accomplish so many great things for Jesus through the efforts of all of us working together. We would like to show our appreciation for everybody that contributes to who we are and what we do in the name of Jesus. We decided to start this process by highlighting our dedicated Community of Hope employees.

Henry Phillips - President
Brenda Melum - Vice President
Chuck Benson - Treasurer
Sara Bennett - Secretary
Bj Shrock - Worship Team
Jim Clutts - Adult Ministry Team
Steve Boone - Property Team
Julien Chambers - Fellowship Team
Brian Bippes - Children & Youth Ministry Team
Chris Utterback - Outreach Team
Connie Kenney - Social Concerns Team
According to our Constitution for Community of Hope, this coming year we need the following Council positions to be filled by nomination of new volunteers and then election of the volunteers at the January 2020 Annual Congregational Meeting :

Vice President - Member of Executive Team (presently Brenda Melum)
Treasurer - Member of the Executive Team (presently Charles Benson)
Outreach - Council Team Leader (Presently Chris Utterback)
Fellowship - Council Team Leader (Presently Julian Chambers)
Property - Council Team Leader (Presently Stephen Boone)

Please prayerfully consider to which position God might be calling you to use your talents, time, and experience. If God calls you, He will enable you with wisdom and grace to to fulfill the responsibilities of that position. Previous members of Council can serve again after a year gap from any previous position.

Please notify Henry or Brenda if you are willing to stand for election in January and then serve for one of these crucial positions which will be vacant. Please talk to the person presently serving if you need more information about what the position's actual responsibilities entail.

In Christ,
Henry Phillips, President
Hear Youth Mexico Mission
Trip Testimonies!
Did you miss Sunday, August 25 when the youth mission trip group shared about what they learned?

Click HERE to watch
on YouTube!

Thanks for all your support!
BOBS Project
September 6

BOBS are CoH volunteers that work with CatalystNW, a local non-profit, to help senior & low income folks stay safely in their homes.
We have a Senior in Canby whose shed needs painting. We need four people for a half day to assist.

For more details, contact Pat Baker.
Sunday, September 8

Join us for Kids Church during the 10:30 am worship service, and for a special treat after church!

Kids and youth get a FREE raffle ticket to win a Baskin Robbins gift card when they attend Kids Church OR youth Bible class! 

Everyone is welcome to join us after the 10:30 am worship for an ice cream social and photo booth!
Friday, September 27

Middle & High School Youth Event!

Casting Crowns Concert in Salem

Youth pay $15

Leave COH at 5:00 pm and bring a sack dinner to eat on the way down.

Drivers needed!


Sunday, September 8
MS Youth Group: 6-7:30 pm
Bingo with PRIZES

Sunday, September 15
HS Youth Group: 6-7:30 pm
Games with Pastor John + Mike

Sunday, September 22
MS Youth Group: 6-7:30 pm
Flower Bomb Service Project

Friday, September 27
MS + HS Casting Crowns Concert

Sunday, September 29
No Youth Group due to Casting Crowns Concert

For more information about Youth Ministry contact

Thank you to the following
people for volunteering to help
with Children’s Bible Class
this year!

Pre-K through 1 st Grade
Phyllis Chapman
Sarah Foss
(1 Teacher & 1 Assistant Needed)

2 nd Grade through 5 th Grade
Vickie-Anne Barwick
Chris Snodderly
Rena Haines
(1 more Assistant needed) 

For more information about Children's Ministry contact

Join a community group and go through The Story this fall! 
If you have a prayer request please let us know, you can complete a prayer request card from your Sunday bulletin and drop it into the Sunday morning offering basket or contact Pastor John or our staff and let us know how we can pray for you.

If you would like to be added to the prayer chain to pray for others, please send us an email to Thank you to Chris Snodderly for coordinating our prayer chain requests!
Your shopping can help earn Community of Hope money!
(at no extra cost to you!)
Fred Meyer rewards program
To sign up visit:
Log into your Fred Meyer account, select "Community Rewards" from the menu, then search for Community of Hope, ELCA either by name or use DH375 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information such as a valid email address and a rewards card.

You will still receive your personal rewards in addition to the rewards that are dispersed to Community of Hope by the program.
Community of Hope is registered as a charitable organization with AmazonSmile. 

If you sign up, each quarter Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchases toCommunity of Hope. 

Please consider directing donations from purchases you make on Amazon to Community of Hope ELCA. 
Go to and register. 
Type: "Community of Hope ELCA" into the search engine and select our church. Under "location" it will say Wilsonville. Every time you shop go to and Amazon will give .5% of all your purchases to Community of Hope!

This program is an easy way to manage your giving.

Via the internet, you can set up one-time or recurring donations, 
and view your giving history. Choose to debit automatically from your
checking or savings account,or credit card. 

Giving online offers convenience for you, and provides
donation consistency for our congregation.  

Go to the Community of Hope webpage and select the blue "DONATE" on the top right of the page to get started. Or click HERE .

For more information, contact Dana Eaton:, 503.682.8855 
Community of Hope
Office Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Thursday
27817 SW Stafford Rd, Wilsonville Oregon 97070
Mailing Address: PO Box #98, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
Phone: 503.682.8855
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