The Heart of Hope | Church Family Values | Romans 1:16-17 
Hello Hope Ankeny,

What's your most valuable possession?
I always find it interesting when there's an object lesson about if your house were to catch on fire what would be the one or two things you would most want to save from destruction?
Of course, there are multiple ways to define value.
Every sport season when discussions arrive on sports talk radio about who is deserving of the MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award, I enjoy listening to the debate as people throw out their definition of value.
This weekend at worship Pastor Mike will be walking us through the core values of Hope. They have been instrumental in defining the culture of our church for nearly a quarter of a century. They are reminders to help us stay focused on what matters most; to avoid majoring in the minors!
This weekend we will also welcome Kyle Rex as he leads the Worship Team for the first time. Kyle is our new Worship Arts Director and comes to us from Pennsylvania. However, he and his wife are Midwesterners, and are excited to be closer to family!
Since we're talking about things of value, I wanted to be sure to say a heartfelt thank you to you. You have always been the most valuable assets we have at Hope.  
The ways you serve.  
The ways you invite.  
The ways you love.  
I wish I could share all the stories that we shared at staff meeting this week. One of my favorites was of a family that drove by Saturday afternoon while I was out at the bright colored inflatables we set up in the parking lot for VBS. They stopped to see what was going on, stayed for worship, and are now looking for ways to get connected in the life of Hope.
It is an absolute joy for me to see all of the ways in which you help this church make a valuable impact in central Iowa and around the world.
See you around Hope!
Pastor Scott

Back-to-School Drive
Return Filled Backpacks: Aug. 4-5 
Help students in Ankeny and neighboring schools by providing backpacks filled with school supplies to schools and organizations who serve low-income families. Please return filled backpacks to the tables in the foyer no later than Sunday, Aug. 5.
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Day at the Beach
 Sunday, Aug. 5, 3:00-5:00 pm

Join us for a fun day at Big Creek State Park! Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, lawn chair and a bottle of water. We will bring lawn games, extra water and a yummy cool treat. We have reserved the Beverly Dinghy Shelter, located to the left of the beach area.

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Coffee with the Pastors
Sunday, Aug. 26, 12:30-1:30 pm 
Join us for coffee with Hope's pastors, staff and ministry leaders! Ask questions; connect with other Hopesters; and learn about opportunities to connect, grow and serve.  
for children
age 3 - grade 5
for everyone
for grades 6-8, 6:30-9:00 pm
grades 9-12, 8:30-11:00 pm
Aug. 8 at Hope WDM

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