Hello Hope Des Moines!
There’s a lot of excitement in the air around here these days!
We’re in the homestretch of the season of Lent and you can feel that Easter is almost here!
This weekend we’ll start a new series for the month of April on the Gospel of John called #SingAlong.
We’ll have a special song each week that corresponds to the Bible story we’ll be discussing. It’s starts
this weekend with a great Mumford and Sons tune
, and continues next week for Palm Sunday!
Speaking Lent, Holy Week is almost upon us, so here are all the details:
starts April 13 and 14 with Palm Sunday services
at our normal weekend worship times (
with HopeKids and Downtown Preschool singing!
), followed by
Maundy Thursday services
with Holy Communion on the April 18 at noon and 6:00 pm. We continue with
services at noon and 6:00 pm on April 19. Less than 24 hours later we kick off
with services on Saturday, April 20 at 3:00 & 5:00 pm (with children’s activities before each service) and Sunday, April 21 at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am.
All the services will be identical and feature special music and live painting from Hope artists, childcare, a powerful message on the resurrection, and a few surprises along the way! You won’t want to miss it!
If you have flexibility in your schedule, we would love it if you would consider worshiping at the Saturday services or 8:00 am service on Sunday morning. This will open up much needed space for what are generally our larger services later on Sunday morning.
Thanks for being a mission-minded church!
I would also encourage you to
start thinking about who you’ll be inviting, whether family, friends, neighbors or coworkers.
Never underestimate the power of an invitation! Don’t worry, we’ll make plenty of room!
Even with Easter on our minds, don’t forget about these great opportunities coming in the next few weeks:
- Parenting on Purpose: Early Years, Tuesday, April 23: This is a class for parents with children infant-4 years. It will offer practical tools on making marriage a priority, disciplining in love, and integrating faith into daily life. Childcare available! Register HERE today!
- Men of Hope Retreat, April 26-28: I am so excited about this year’s retreat for guys of all ages. It will feature speaker Mitch Matthews and be held at Riverside Bible Camp, just north of Story City. Not only will you experience great teaching and worship, but the breakouts include once-in-a-lifetime options to get out of your comfort zone! All the info is HERE!
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday at 5:00 pm or Sunday at 9:15 or 11:00 am for worship! Bring your Bible, your family and friends, and we’ll see you soon!
P.S. Don’t forget,
this Saturday, April 6, we’ll have our
Spring Work Day
from 8:30 am - noon, with projects inside and outside.
Regardless of the weather, there is plenty to do
for all ages and skill levels.
Bring some work gloves, rakes, brooms, and join in the fun for an hour or stay for the whole morning. A light breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be served before and after. Join us!