Phone: 480-396-8300
Office Hours are Tuesday 9:00 to 1:00 pm

SUNDAY, March 7th AT 9:30 AM

IT IS HERE - The season of Lent
In the darkness of life, let God shine through you this season as we are drawn closer to Christ, in love and humble gratitude for all that Jesus has done for us. After all, Christ took on our, pain and brokenness, accepted and encountered the cross in order to redeem us and the world form the evils of sin and death. Through Christ’s sacrifice we are free to love and serve God and each other!  Come and follow me.     

Lent is a time for all Christians to reflect on our blessings. The Lenten season is also a time where we can challenge ourselves to simple Lenten Disciplines. It is a time where we can grow in our spirituality.   
Lent is traditionally a period to remember Christ's forty days in the wilderness. Many people discipline themselves during this church season by giving something up as a sacrifice as Jesus sacrificed himself. The primary focus for Lent , however, should not simply be giving up one of our pleasures in life, but to rededicate our very lives to Christ as God's faithful Children


Subfreezing temperatures and heavy snow swept across the country last week, impacting millions of people. The harsh conditions severely impacted Southern states, such as Texas, which lack the infrastructure to handle the freezing temperatures and record-setting snow and ice. This has led to power, food and water shortages throughout the region. At its peak, 4.5 million homes and businesses in Texas were without power.

The ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response is collaborating with Synods and congregations and Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response conducting relief efforts such as supplying water, food and generators to those in need and opening their doors to serve as shelters. Long-term recovery may include repairing water-damaged homes, disaster case management and supporting vulnerable populations.

Click on this link and it will bring you to the site for donating to this cause.

Church Council Retreat at church on Saturday, March 6th starting at 9:00 am.
Coffee with the Pastor ONLINE    
Every Wednesday
at 9:00 am

You are invited to join me on a ZOOM call… this is how you do this. Open your internet browser, Copy and paste the link below into the address line. We will go live starting at 9:00 am.

or call into the meeting, using your phone to one of the following numbers:

Please add – phone numbers =   1-346-248-7799

When prompted add the following information: 
Meeting ID: 640 106 1099

EVENING BIBLE STUDY - Every Wednesday Night at 6:00 pm

Meet at the church and we will be also be on line through the ZOOM application using the same log-in address as we use for the Coffee time with Pastor.
Pastor Tony will lead this Bible study and we will be studying the scriptures that will be read at the next Sunday worship service.
Everyone who is to be present at the church MUST be wearing a mask for everyone’s protection. Masks are available if needed.
If you are not able to join us here at church, please log on to this ZOOM video call on your computer or phone at 6:00 pm.
Join us anytime! or call into the meeting, using your phone to one of the following numbers: Please add – phone numbers = 1-346-248-7799 When prompted add the following information Meeting ID: 640 106 1099 See you there!
Morning Bible Study

When: Thursday mornings
Time: 6:30 a.m.
Where: Church
What: Bring your Bible and your coffee

A Word from the Women's Bible Study

By Dar Stucke

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance.—to the full, till it overflows. John 10:10 (Amplified Bible)

  Surrounded by Norway’s lofty mountains, with their sparkling streams and waterfalls, stood a little hotel where many found rest and relaxation. Below it, at the edge of the fjord, was a small settlement of red-roofed houses. One year a minister who had become very weary from his heavy burden of duties, came to the hotel with his wife for their vacation. Grateful for the seclusion, he relaxed in the friendly, homelike atmosphere. Tanya, the hotel-owner’s daughter, was a lovable child who quickly won the hearts of the guests. 
  Each evening the guests of the small hotel gathered to discuss their experiences of the day. One night as the minister was talking with some of the guests, Tanya came into the room. Seating herself at the piano, she began to play. The little pianist did very well until she reached a certain line in the piece. Repeatedly she made the same mistake. Then another guest entered the room, he listened intently. Then he quietly seated himself by the little girl and began to play the piece with her, adding chords, trills and runs which transformed the simple melody into a beautiful composition. When she reached the line where she usually made the mistake, he concealed it with beautiful harmony. This was the work of a master. Later the minister asked their hostess, “Who is this gentleman?” She named the famous pianist and explained, “He often comes here between tour engagements to rest.” 
  As the minister pondered the incident, he thought, this is an illustration of God’s grace—it illustrates the way He adds what is necessary to make our lives full of harmony that glorifies Him. God knows when to add the chords, runs and trills which will make our lives a symphony of praise to Him. This is the life we have from Him in abundance—to the full, till it overflows. 

Dear God, Thank you for the Grace You so richly bestow on me. I want my life to glorify You. I will try and I trust You will add the abundance. In Jesus name, Amen🙏

Prayers –

We pray for those church members who are struggling with many health issues this week.

We pray for the health of Linda Vandenberg, Lynell Schleicher, Diane Reinhardt, Tom Snodgrass, Jim Sanford, Marie Renda. Diane Thompson, Linda Basler, Ethel Robbins, Frieda Pyles, Vicky Kuehl, Kevin Hicks, Marilyn Flood.

Prayers for Darlene Holzapfel who has been diagnosed with heart problems. Lord, give her strength to heal and the drive to stay positive! 

Prayers for Bonnie Gunderson's brother, Dwight MacMonagle.
Prayers for Diane and Allen Thompson’s great grandson, Nolan, to strengthen his lungs.. 
We continue to pray for our friend Mike Johnson as he is in rehab to heal a broken shoulder. His wife, Marsha was diagnosed with a “failing heart.” Let us pray for strength for both of them.

Let’s pray for our whole congregational family as we enter the season of Lent. 

Prayers for Carl McCoy's neighbor , Monte Lange,.

Prayers for Rosemary Brant's friend, Anita.

We pray for the spouses and families of those church members who have passed into the church triumphant this past month:

Alan Gursky who lost his mother, Pat Gursky
Sylvia Humleker who lost her husband Finn
Linda Wilcox who lost her husband Larry.

May the God of good health and happiness restore all who are struggling this week with the many situations people in our lives are struggling. Thank you for your presence and give us the joys of everyday life!

Hi everyone!
My name is Gabby and I am affiliated with Public Allies, an Americorps branch focused on leadership development and supporting non-profit organizations. As part of the program my team and I are collaborating with AZCEND, a non-profit organization with a long standing history in Chandler and the greater East Valley. They focus on providing a myriad of services ranging from food distribution to assisting the homeless population.

I am eager to share with you an opportunity to participate in a special drive to assist AZCEND in collection and distribution of food/hygiene items during the month of March. The collection of these items will directly benefit individuals and families during difficult times. There will be two bins located at Spirit of Hope, one for the collection of food items and one for the collection of hygiene items. We would greatly appreciate any donations you can give from the list of items below. Thank you so much for your contributions!!

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me at

Fry's Community Rewards

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SOH Organization number is 80606
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