August 2018 Newsletter
What's Happening at Hope This Month?
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From Our Pastor
Dear Hope Church family,
This October Hope Church will be celebrating 50 years of ministry in our community! This is exciting and we hope our entire church family and even many in our community will celebrate with us (see below in the newsletter for details). But what does it mean to “celebrate” 50 years of a church? Ultimately, it means we are celebrating God and his grace and faithfulness to us and to our community.
For half a century God has allowed us to be a Bible-based, gospel-preaching church, along with other churches, to serve as an embassy of God’s love to the people in the Stateline area. Over the course of a half-century, thousands of people – old and young, believers and non-believers, have been introduced to and guided to follow Jesus Christ as the true Light of the world, the source of true peace and satisfaction. And for a half-century numerous ministers of the gospel (lay and ordained) have used their skills, time, and resources to reflect God’s common and special grace to the people with whom they live and work. For all these things we rejoice, and rightly feel a sense of pride.
Yet, if celebrated rightly, it is pretty hard to make any one person or aspect of a half-century of ministry more worthy of praise than the God about whom, through whom, and for whom all things exist and find their meaning (cf. Rom 11:36). So come, celebrate with us the weekend of October 12-14. But be ready to celebrate not a pastor, or a specific ministry, or even a half-century of ministry, as much as those things are things for which we are grateful. Be ready, rather, to celebrate the real source of a church’s 50 years of ministry – God! And may our celebration not serve as an ending point, as if a half-century is enough, but a launching pad for another half-century of gospel-preaching ministry in our community.
For God’s glory,
-Pastor Mickey
WHAT:                HOPE'S 50 th ANNIVERSARY BANQUET CELEBRATION
WHEN:                 October 12, 2018, @ 6:30 pm
WHERE:               Sam’s Ristorante, Riverside Blvd, Rockford
COST:                   $20 per person (seating is limited)

Save the date to come and celebrate with our Hope Church family 50 years of serving our community. We have a confirmation that past Senior Pastors Don Fisher and Bob Ahlberg will come and speak at the event as we celebrate what God has done for the past 50 years through Hope. Please save the date and make every effort to join us.  
 
WHAT:                 COMBINED SERVICE
WHEN:                 October 14, 2018 @ 10:00am
WHERE:               Performing Arts Center at Hononegah High School. 

Come join us and invite your friends as we look forward to our next 50 years.   
Casey Ehlers
Pastor of Discipleship
Casey will join the staff August 1st as Pastor of Discipleship. Please take a moment to welcome him and encourage him in his ministry efforts here at Hope.
Pastor Brad
Below is our end of fiscal year 2017-18 Financial Report. Though there may be a straggler transaction or two that is yet to be entered, this is, in all likelihood our final landing spot for the year. Offerings were below budget by over 3% which precipitated a need to pull $20,000 from the Money Market Fund to help with cash flow purposes. 

The Music Department needed to replace numerous microphones and equipment throughout the year. The Trustee area was high due to our heating unit in the sanctuary needing an overhaul in the middle of winter and the remodel of the west bathrooms. Other than that, most areas were under budget and as a whole, expenditures were also below budget, but not as much as offerings were.

As we enter into a new fiscal year and the summer months always seem to have a summer swoon in giving and it is no different this year as July is far below budget so far. May I simply encourage you to consider our various giving options to help with consistency. As usual we do have the traditional basket that is passed, but many people are moving toward online giving which we have available via our website or a texting option. Both of these give you control as to when and how frequently and how much you want to give. Lastly we also have an ACH option where you authorize the church to make a monthly draw of your tithe directly from your account. Giving through one of the electronic means helps tremendously with consistency and takes the worry out of trying to remember if you wrote a check last week or not or missing while on vacation. 

In the Spring we were given a very large anonymous donation to specifically help with addressing some issues with our physical property. A small subcommittee was assembled to come up with some priorities and make some short and long term planning as once we are able to pay off the mortgage, the remaining funds dedicated still to come in on the 50 & Free Campaign, can be directed toward much needed improvements which was the second phase of the campaign. As project number one from that special gift, you will see a new roof over the children’s wing this summer and as project number two, a new projector for the sanctuary as the current one has been having more and more decline in performance and reliability.  

Though the General Fund has been tight, when you add what God has provided through the generosity of the people of Hope through the General Fund, the 50 & Free Fund and Benevolence Fund as well as the special gift we received, we have been blessed tremendously and are very thankful for God’s provision. 

Brad Schreiner
Executive Pastor
The end of an era .
What else can you say when you are about to lose a treasured and long serving teammate? After much prayer and consideration, Carolyn Scherrer has felt the tug of being a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter increasing as well as all the joys and responsibilities that go with it, to announce that she will be retiring soon. She would like to have as much flexibility as possible to be available for her mother, kids and grandkids. She certainly does love showing us her new pictures of grandkids as any grandmother would. Although I knew this day was going to come, I guess I was sort of hoping it wouldn’t happen during my tenure here. Carolyn brings so much to our team by keeping the rest of us on task, offering a compassionate ear to someone who comes into the office and needs to talk, keeping the office running smoothly and making the best cinnamon rolls on the planet! She has been vital to women’s ministry over the years and is the epitome of a team player. 

Carolyn has served the church in her role for 24 years. She started her tenure under Pastor David Wiersbe, back in 1994, has been a support to 16 pastors over the years
and we cannot measure the deep impact she has had on the body life of Hope Church and how many lives she has impacted.  
had on the body life of Hope Church and how many lives she has impacted. 

Please welcome me in giving a deep thank you for so many years of dedicated service to the Hope family and being such a huge support to our staff. Although she will be missed immensely in the office, I am sure she will be called to help many times. 

We have worked up a new job description that has a stronger emphasis on communications than what she has had in the past and we are starting an immediate search for her replacement. If you are interested in more information about the role or in submitting a resume, please contact me at pastorbrad@hefc.net. She would like to be free from her duties here by December 1 so the clock is ticking! Please be in prayer that God would guide this process as we make this very important staffing decision and that God would bring forth whom he wants to fulfill this role.

 
Kids of Hope
We are in the midst of planning for the next school year. If you want to join an amazing group of people who are investing in children’s faith please contact me ( vera@hefc.net) to set up a time to meet and discuss how you can be a part of the Hope Kids Ministry. We have opportunities in many areas.

SOMETHING NEW
This fall, Hope Kids will be launching a new TWEEN Sunday school class. We will be pulling the 4 th and 5 th graders out of our regular Sunday School, giving them their own space and an exciting new curriculum.  


KIDS HOPE USA
Thank you for supporting our Kids Hope USA team by providing so many school supplies, backpacks and shoes!

As soon as school starts we will be getting requests for more mentors. Please pray about becoming either a mentor or a prayer partner for a child in the Kinnikinnick School District. Contact Melissa Peshek ( mjpeshek@yahoo.com) or Jamie Anderson ( jpcanderson@charter.net) for more information. Applications are available in the church office.


AWANA
We still have leadership positions open for AWANA. If you are an organized person who loves kids and adults you may be the person we are looking for. Contact Vera at vera@hefc.net or call the church office. Group leaders and verse listeners are needed for all 3 AWANA clubs. This is a minimal commitment each Monday night with a LOT of reward!

August 27 - Leader Meeting for all adult and teen leaders
September 10 – First night of club
September 29 – Training conference at Maywood for adult and teen leaders.

VBS
Thank you to everyone who had a part in making both Vacation Bible School and Camp 4-5-6 run so smoothly and be so impactful! A total of 219 children participated in the two events. During VBS week we gave out 38 Bibles to kids who didn’t have one and 17 children stayed after class to talk more about salvation and pray with the teacher. In looking through the registration forms we found that 25% of the kids at VBS did not list a home church. So there is a lot to be thankful for and a lot to pray about. Please remember to pray for all of the kids to grow in their faith and that those who do not have a church will begin attending worship services.
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NOTES of THANKS

Dear Hope Church, Thank you for helping my family pay to go to Camp Timberlee. While I was there I learned that to truly worship Jesus you need to be like Jesus and to be like Jesus you must be kind, brave, present and forgiving.  Sincerely, Rylan Rasmussen
 
Thank you for everything. I was having lots of fun. I learned about Jesus.  Bailey Rasmussen
 
Dear Hope Church, Thank you for giving me the scholarship to go to Timber-Lee last week. It was very kind of you to do so. I loved going to camp and learning more about God. The scholarship you gave really helped my family out this year. Going to Timber-Lee helped me grow my relationship with God so I am very happy that I was able to go. Again, thank you so much for the scholarship you gave me so that I could go to Timber-Lee. Sincerely, Morgan Rasmussen
 
Thank you for my Bible. I love reading it. I love coming to Sunday School, Eric
Thanks for the Bible, from Will (Linda Gilmore’s grandsons)
 
To the AMAZING crew of volunteers from Hope Church….Thank you for painting the library at Whitman Post Elementary School. You all did a fantastic job and we greatly appreciate your time and commitment to our project. You make a positive difference in our community, Thank you for ALL you do. Megan Forsythe
 
Thank you for hosting our Baby Bottle Fundraising Campaign. Each bottle represents hope for a mother facing unexpected pregnancy by giving her an opportunity to talk about her options, meet her baby via ultrasound and listen to his or her heartbeat. Thank you and God bless, Amanda Schaefer
 
Dear Hope family, Thank you so much for the graduation gift and well wishes,  Leanne Zimbelman

Thank you to each of you who worked so hard in my yard. It looks so much better and now I don't have to worry about the dead trees coming down in the storms. I will be planting wild flowers in that area when I get back on my feet. You are such a blessing. God bless you, Pat Edwards
support group
AWLS
(Awesome, Wise, Lively Singles)
 Support Group
 

DATE Saturday, August 11,
at 12:30 pm
 
PLACE: Drake Hall, HEFC
 
MENU:  Meat Loaf, mashed
potatoes, salads, dessert
 
RSVP:  Sharon Vinson (815) 623-
6857 or (815) 543-5644
 
ACTIVITIES:   food, games,
devotions, and fun 
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White Cross News
Won’t you consider coming to one or more of our THREE August work days on the 7th, 21st and 25th as we prepare quilts, rolled bandages, and layettes for those in need. While still working on our usual items, over 150 dresses and 160 shorts have been prepared for Operation Christmas Child over the summer. Our group gathers in Drake Hall from 8:30 to noon and always enjoys fellowship, food, and the satisfaction of serving others while we work side by side.

Needs this month:
  • Old blankets & mattress pads for inside of quilts (watch garage sales)
  • More helpers to sew dresses and shorts for the Operation Christmas Child project on special sewing days: August 8 & 22 from 8:30-12
  • Flat sheets (any color) for quilt backs and/or rolled bandages
  • Fitted sheets (any color) for rolled bandages
  • Single-Fold bias tape (any color) for kimonos and OCC dresses
  • BoxTops for Education (for local schools)

Just bring your scissors and your servant’s heart and we’ll teach you the rest. Call Connie at 815-623-8444 or Sharon at 815-623-6857 or 815-543-5644 if you have questions .  
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Ministry Fair
Mark your calendars for our Ministry Fair on SUNDAY, August 26 between both services in the Fellowship Hall. Our Ministry Fair is an annual event where all the ministries are present to answer questions on what’s going on here at Hope Church and how you can take a “Test Drive” with an area. Please make it a priority to stop by sometime that morning where very willing helpers will be on hand to talk ministry opportunities with you.  
UPDATE: At the beginning of the 2017-18 fiscal year, our balance on the mortgage was $409,233. As of June 30, 2018 that balance was down to $167,468. 

The giving for the 50 & Free campaign, which runs through the end of 2019, has been great and when you couple those payments with our regular payments, we can see the balance start to snowball downhill which is really exciting. 

We anticipate being able to have the mortgage paid off by end of March, 2019.  

 
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 Beautification Team
With the tremendous rains this spring and the heat this summer, our flower beds around the church are inundated with weeds.

We want to set up a team of individuals who love to be outside, in the dirt, to beautify our church property and to help make a great first impression to those visiting Hope.

If you are interested in being part of this team, please contact Pastor Brad at pastorbrad@hefc.net.   
There’s still time to join the Summer Reading Program! Bookmarks are available at Hope Resource Center or at the Welcome Center. Read any 5 books from our fabulous church library and record them on your bookmark. Save your completed bookmarks and turn them in for yummy prizes from Culver's!

Never been to Hope Resource Center? Come check us out! We are located in the northwest corner of the church building; just follow signs to the library. Registration is free and available to anyone who attends Hope Church. We hope to see you soon!
Look for these resources on the New Arrivals shelf in August:
Non-Fiction:
The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World by Rosaria Butterfield
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith by Rosaria Butterfield
Parenting Teens in a Confusing Culture: Answering Parents’ Most Challenging Questions by Mark Gregston & Tim Kimmel
When Spring Comes Late: Finding Your Way Through Depression by Pamela Rosewell Moore
Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry by Mike Wilkerson

Fiction:
The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble
When Through Deep Waters by Rachelle Dekker
Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice #2) by Rachel Dylan
The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham
The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert
Prescription for Trouble series #’s 2-4 by Michard L. Mabry, M.D.
High Treason (FBI Task Force #3) by DiAnn Mills
Life After by Katie Ganshert
The Space Between Words by Michelle Phoenix
The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart
Lead Me Home by Amy K. Sorrells
Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright
Juvenile:
That’s So Weird! 100 Fun and Fascinating Facts about the Bible by Kathleen Long Bostrom
The Frightening Philippi Jail by Gary Bower
A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue by (Rwendigo Tales #2) by Jennifer Myhre (8+)
This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe (12+)

DVD:
The Heart of Homecoming (When Calls the Heart season 5 disk 1)
Hearts and Minds (When Calls the Heart season 5 disk 2)
Paul, Apostle of Christ