August 24, 2022

Pastor's Weekly Musing

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Reflections by Council President

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Financial Report
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To Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church
2605 S Signal Butte Rd
Mesa, AZ 85209
In-Person Services
5 pm Saturday
9:30 am Sunday

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

Spirit of Hope Lutheran – Grief Support Group

Wednesdays beginning August 31 through November 16

We will be meeting at the church from 6:30- 8:00pm

For more information please contact Karen at 701-739-2570

Non-denominational Bible Study

Thursdays at 6:00 pm

Solstice of Mesa Club Room

Contact John Rung for information


   We need you! 

Council is looking for people to step up and join our ministry teams. Our teams come up with ideas and help implement them. It is a fantastic way to get to know others and be of service to our church! We need some extra help with:

                    Adult Education





If you would like to be a part of growing this congregation and providing more opportunities for service, please contact any member of Council or email and find out more!!

September 23rd -26th 

Camp at  Lost Dutchman National Park

Come stay one night or as many as you want!
We already have some space reserved for a few tents. 

If you are interested in coming as a family, please contact Carol Scheer or Pastor Tony and we can see if we can reserve a spot near us! Bring your RV if you have one! 909-435-5200

A family is like a harp with many strings
And the music plays with a resounding ring.
And then a string is loose but we can mend
Another string breaks and it is the end.
But the music goes on resonant and strong
More strings break but we still have a song.
New strings replace those that are gone
And the wonderful music plays on and on and on.
Paul Hartman - Families are forever

Prayers –

We pray for those church members who are struggling with many health issues this week and especially with all Covid, colds and flu cases.


Please pray for quick healing for: Brian Bracken, Peg Goetz, Nicole Jesson, Diane Thompson, Donna Miller. 

Pray for the health of: LaVonne Anderson, Tom Snodgrass, Eleanora Crise-Tomes, Ethel Robbins, Frieda Pyles, Stephanie Skansi. Darlene and Darren Holzipel, Moine Gates, Naomi Hensen, Diane Reinhardt, Ruthie Piasecki and Lois Lorts.

Chris Tjon and James Tjon, Curtis Peterson, Matthew Stackoiwak, Mike Tucker Jenna Marley and Joan Gose.

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!  


Beer and Theology is the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. This month it will be on September 20th.

    Worship Volunteers
Saturday 5:00 PM
Date     Reader                     Greeters                        
8-6    Rosemary Brant    Mike/ Deb Snyder
8-13  Melody Oliver       Wendy            
8-20  Rosemary Brant
8-27 Cal Schell                  Steve/Bonnie Ost.
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Sunday 9:30 AM
8-7    Karen Gowan    Mike/ Deb Snyder
8-14 Mike Stark          Sam/Diane Small
8-21 Phil Troiano        Vicki C & John Rung
8-28 Deb Snyder       Terry/Marilyn Williams

Greeters: Please be at church by 4:40 pm on Saturday and 9:10 am on Sunday.


To provide a donation for Ukraine online, go to:

All funds collected in the HUNGER JAR are designated for the Ukraine refugee program through the ELCA .  

Breakfast with your Friends
Join us for breakfast on Wednesday mornings at 9 am at the IHOP Restaurant at
(Southern and Signal Butte Rd)  
See you there!!!

Ladies Bible Study

Ladies Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday to all of you with an August Birthday


Second and Fourth TUESDAY of the month

(September 13th & 27th)

Church Narthex from 1:00pm -3:00pm

Please contact Diane Thompson at

480-354-7897 to register!  Or just show up. We would love to have you.

  Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign
Donate bottled water to help the homeless and unsheltered during the summer

June 1 - September 30

You can drop cases off here at church. Cash donations are also accepted.

Beginning in September we will be engaging in a special stewardship program called Sparked By The Spirit which looks at the different ways we can give of ourselves for the ministry of Christ’s church. YOU are the church and each one of us has a special role to carry out in our ministries. This program is a challenge for you to see how you might be able to make even a BIGGER difference for Spirit of Hope.

Upcoming 8 week workshop that starts Thursday, August 18, 2022 at The Summit at Sunland Springs!
“Grief is about a broken heart, not a broken brain. All efforts to heal the heart with the head fail because the head is the wrong tool for the job. It’s like trying to paint with a hammer—it only makes a mess.”
― John W. James, The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses
Presented by:Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist
Shirley Lafferty, Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist
Erika Russell-Cline
Please RSVP to
(480) 660-3124