This Weekend at Hope:  
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Hi Hope Ames!
I hear there's a football game going on this weekend.
Okay, I've been counting down the days to this year's Cy-Hawk clash since Sept. 9, 2017 when our beloved Cyclones lost the overtime heartbreaker 44-41.
The game was insane, and I don't think my hearing has been the same since the thunderous roars that shook the very foundations of Jack Trice Stadium (or am I required to say MidAmerican Energy field now?). I was disappointed in the outcome but what I'll remember most from that day is how much the teams respected each other.
Coaches admired the opposing players' grit and players talked about how much fun they had lining up against one another. When I was leaving the game, I even saw Hawkeye fans and Cyclone fans congratulating one another on a great game. Seriously?
What I find interesting is that no one needed to hate each other that day for it to be perhaps the greatest game in the long tradition of the Cy-Hawk rivalry. We lost the game, but it felt good to have our favorite team respected, and it felt right to respect theirs.
What if we lived our entire lives like that as followers of Jesus? Perhaps, we would leave moments of disagreement without bitterness but encouragement. In conflict, we might seek the best interest for all people.
Eugene Peterson paraphrases the Apostle Paul's words from Philippians 4 with this:
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best not the worse; the beautiful not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
This weekend, whether you cheer for the good guys or the bad guys (kidding...), and this week, whether you agree or disagree with someone, seek the best in everyone. The results might surprise you.
P.S. Come join us in worship on Sunday in the Ames City Auditorium at 10:00 am!
P.P.S. Let's praise God for the exciting grand opening of Hope Grimes' new building! I am so pumped for them!

Budget & Constitution Review
Sunday, Sept. 9, 9:00 am    

Chris Gunnare, Executive Minister: Operations & Human Resources; members of the Church Council; and a member from the Constitution Committee will be present to review the proposed FY18-19 budget and changes to the constitution. All are welcome to attend. The budget and constitution is scheduled to be voted on by the congregation at the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Sept. 16.
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New Member Class
Sunday, Sept. 9, 12:30-3:00 pm

Learn from church leaders what it means to be a member, available service and ministry opportunities, and the vision God has given Hope for the future. Lunch is provided. Walk-ins welcome!

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Financial Peace University
Mondays, Sept. 10 - Nov. 5, 6:30-8:15 pm   

Financial Peace University provides biblically based strategies for managing personal finances using a powerful combination of humor, visual aids, props and personal stories to help participants learn in a safe, fun and engaging environment. Thanks to the help of FPU, many families have been able to get out of debt and understand the principles of good stewardship.  
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Women's AM & PM Study: The Quest
Every other Tuesday, Sept. 11 - Nov. 20, 9:30-11:00 am OR 6:30-8:00 pm
In this six-session excursion with Jesus, Beth Moore uses questions from Scripture to lead you into intimacy with the One who knows you best.

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