Welcome to Our Monthly Newsletter
July 2019
May 26 - September 1
8:00-8:30 am Early Worship: Message & Prayer
9:00-9:45 am Breakfast
10:00 am Worship
Childcare Provided: 8:00 - 11:15 am

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:17)

It is a blessing to serve at Hope! As pastor, I have the opportunity to be a part of many ministries that reach people in many different ways. Thank you for being the church and serving Him, proclaiming the name of Jesus in your words and your actions. I love the verse from Colossians 3:17 that reminds us that EVERYTHING we do can give glory to God! Awesome! Keep serving the Lord this summer as you also remember Jesus' words, "I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).

I hope to continue to see you this summer...in worship and as we serve the Lord together. We have some awesome opportunities to serve in tangible ways, at the "Faith and Family" event during "Street of Dreams," at the Royal Family Kids Camp, at the "Fun In The Park" event in Wilsonville, at the Mexico Mission Trip and in many more ways through Community of Hope. Thank you for your participation and prayers.

YOU are the church. Jesus loves you and welcomes you to BE the hands and feet of Jesus as you serve the Lord.

"Give 'em heaven!"

Together with you, serving our Lord,
Pastor John Foss
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 over the next few monthly CoH Newsletters. 

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

Who:  Julie Johnson
Ministry Area: Children's Ministry
How long have you been a staff member at COH? 
I have been a member of Community of Hope since 1995 and
a staff member since March 2018

Tell us in a few sentences what you most enjoy about your
work as part of the COH staff serving our church:
One of my favorite things about my job here at church is hanging out with the families and their wonderful kids. We have a faithful volunteer community who care deeply about the future of this ministry and the spiritual lives of our children. Nothing feels better than a smile, laugh, or hug on Sunday mornings from the kids who feel safe and loved in God's House! 

As we move forward in Children's Ministry, I feel God is leading me into new ideas and adventures with our current and future families. On top of extending my successful day camps to include more school districts, I would love to freshen up some of the family fellowship time such as day trips, new special event evenings, and Sunday morning activities beyond Sunday School, all with a spiritual theme. God has provided a unique opportunity with our possible growth and placed several ideas on my heart to reach out to families who might need a place like Community of Hope in their lives.

At the Special Congregational Meeting on June 23rd, the congregation voted unanimously on the following two motions:
1.  Motion to Approve the Refinance of Our Present Thrivent Loan to Build a Storage Building with Pump House: Taft Mitchell made the following motion...I move the Council be authorized to refinance our current loan with Thrivent while taking out up to $115,000 to rebuild a new storage building and
pump house. The motion was seconded by Anthony Calcagno and unanimously verbally approved.
2 . Motion to Authorize the Council to Accept the Final Design of The New Storage Facility: Jan'l Earnshaw made the following motion...I move to authorize the Council to accept thefinal design recommendation from the Land and Property Team on the design and size of the storage facility with
the understanding that the congregation has had opportunities to see and comment on the proposed designs
through informational meetings. The motion was seconded by Brian Bippes and unanimously approved.
If you have any questions about the Special Congregational Meeting if you were absent, please talk to Henry Phillips or Brenda Melum who would more than willing to answer any questions.
In Christ,
Henry Phillips
Community of Hope Council
Sunday,  July 7th

African SMILE is ramping up our Golfathon campaign to raise funds in support of children's education and clean water in Nkungi Village in Tanzania. Similar to the Catalyst Golf Marathon, we are looking for participants to ask their friends and neighbors to sponsor pledges to smash 100 golf balls for African SMILE at Top Golf on July 7th. You can find more details and sign up at http://africansmile.org/golfathon/ or talk to Dan Dahle.

July 10 & August 14
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join our church family once a month over the
summer for supper, prayer and worship.

Contact Walter Reyes or Dottie Cook for more information.

Sunday, July 21, 2019
4:00 pm at George Rogers Park
in Lake Oswego

Potluck picnic following the baptisms
See Pastor John if you are interested in getting baptized at the river or at church.  pastorjohn@commhope.org
When: July 27, 2019 - Opening Day of Street of Dreams
What: Joint Event by Community of Hope and Grace Chapel
Where: CoH field immediately south of Sanctuary and E1
Cost: Free gift to our community neighbors!
Primary Event Activities
Free popcorn & snow cones!
Kids Activities
  • Rock Climbing Wall & Obstacle Course
  • Activities including crafts, water misting tent, photo opp, Kiddie pool with bubbles, corn hole, and other games
Live Entertainment by  Aly Whelchel,  Jono Neher,  Soul Impressions
Emcee: Ted Case 

Volunteers Needed!!!
We expect Community of Hope & Grace Chapel will each provide about 50 volunteers to staff required positions:

Activity & Volunteer Positions
  • Obstacle Course/Rock Wall - 3 volunteers to assist professional staff
  • Popcorn & Snow Cone stations - 4 volunteers with food handlers license & 2 volunteers to manage the lines & interact with guests

Kid's Area                                                                                                      

  • Face painting - 2 volunteers to manage lines      
  • Craft area - 2 volunteers to help with crafts
  • Games, etc. - 2 volunteers to help with kids
  • Parking assistance - 3 volunteers
  • Safety - 2 volunteers CPR, etc. trained
  • Community of Hope Info table - Ministry team volunteers
  • Floating Volunteers - 2 to help / fill in as needed
  • Mobile Greeters - 2 volunteers
  • Setup/Tear Down - 5 volunteers to set up (11 am - 12 pm) & 5 volunteers to tear down (4 - 5 pm) 
  • Roadies (all day) 4 volunteers
Contact Koko at the CoH office or Dan Dahle ( dandahle@dedahle.com
to sign up or for more information.

7/14 and 7/21: Snack donation cards
7/21 and 7/28:  Prayer Partner bracelets available

For Wood Shop this year we need random nuts, bolts, wires, hinges, etc. for a project. If anyone wants to clean out their garage at home and get rid of leftover parts from past projects we can take them! 

Look for the box that says "Wood Shop Donations" in the front office. 

Our dear friend Marie Buck passed
away on Friday, May 31.

Please keep her husband, Dale Buck,
daughter, Debi Carpenter, and their family
in your prayers. 
To see more children's ministry information and schedules,
click HERE.

For information about Children's Ministry, contact:
Julie: julie@commhope.org or 503.682.8855

To see more youth ministry information and schedules,
click HERE.

For information about Youth Ministry, contact:
Hillary: hillary@commhope.org; 503.682.8855

What a meeting!!

Sunday, June 23, our congregation met for our Mid-year Update. We had twice the number of participants that we needed! Not many churches can say that about their annual meetings.

Adult, Children and Youth Ministries will combine efforts this Fall to lead our  entire church family through the Bible over the school year 2019/2020. What a blessing this will be. As we prepare to do more outreach in our community and receive into our church family more members, how perfect that we all know what our Lord has said to us in His good book. I am so excited!! We will be using our own Bibles and a support book called "The Story", as we read our way through the Bible, together; children, youth and adults.

Here is a teaser quote to spur your interest in what we are planning; the author writes that in his churchless childhood his grandmother had given him a Bible and "It was a black leather King James Version of the Bible that sat on our family bookshelf in the hallway between our bedrooms. I remember on several occasions unzipping the Bible, lying on the floor, tucking the palms of my hands under my chin, and beginning to read with a simple faith that there was something in it I desperately needed to know. After fifteen minutes of giving it my full attention, I would close it, zip it up, and place it back on the shelf. I read it, but I didn't get it. I wanted to, but it just wasn't within my reach.

Maybe you feel the same way. You know the Bible is important. Like most people, "read through the Bible", is on your bucket list - things you want to accomplish before you "kick the bucket." It's right up there with climbing Mount Everest and jumping out of an airplane. For some, these two goals may feel more achievable than getting through the Bible. You are not alone. Forty-one percent of people who say they own at least four Bibles confess to never reading it."

This is one of the reasons we have chosen to take all of ourselves through the Bible in this coming school year! More information will follow.
Community Groups will be focusing on these materials, too! If you are interested in joining or starting a Community Group this year, please let me know. If you are a returning Community Group leader, please set aside August 25th following worship to plan for our groups for this Fall. Our Community Groups will restart for the school year on September 8th. It is going to be growing year and we want to walk with the Lord carefully as we plan for it. Pray for our leadership and members that are yet to be!
All of you BOBS and Catalyst NW supporters are probably aware of the latest
project we have done! Thank you for your support! Your donations of money, time and talent, have made it possible to do a desperately needed windows and siding project for Mr. Kierig at Oak Leaf Mobile Park. Pat Baker was, again, our Project Manager. Please, let Koko or Pat know if you can would like to be part of our next project.

What a wonderful summer we are having; not too hot and not too cold! We have had delicious breakfasts and enjoyed the fellowship of our church family in the most precious ways. There are only 3 more opportunities to be part of a team that sponsors a breakfast. Talk to Koko if you would like to be part of one of these teams.

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.

Be strong and courageous


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 prayer@commhope.org. Thank you to Chris Snodderly for coordinating our prayer chain requests!

Community of Hope joins the Fred Meyer rewards program! 
To sign up visit: https://www.fredmeyer.com
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.

For more information contact Dana: dana@commhope.org
Community of Hope
is registered as a charitable 
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. 
It does not cost you more money to participate
  1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and register. 
  2. Type: "Community of Hope ELCA" into the search engine
    and select our church. Under "location" it will say Wilsonville. 
  3. Every time you shop go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and Amazon will give .5% of all your purchases to Community of Hope!
For more information, contact contact Dana Eaton:
dana@commhope.org , 503.682.8855

Contributions & Rent
General Fund Balance   

Average Attendance

Questions? Contact 
Chuck Benson, cbenson1956@yahoo.com, 971.278.3294, or
Dana Eaton:
dana@commhope.org, 503.682.8855 


 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 www.commhope.org and select the blue "DONATE"  on the top right of the page to get started.


For more information, contact Dana Eaton:

dana@commhope.org, 503.682.8855 


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Community of Hope

Office Hours:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Thursday

The office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th


27817 SW Stafford Rd, Wilsonville Oregon 97070

Mailing Address: PO Box #98, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070

Phone: 503.682.8855

Website:  www.commhope.org     Email: office@commhope.org