March 2018 Newsletter
What's Happening at Hope This Month?
Thanks so much for checking out our newslett er for the month of March. You are welcome to call the church office if you need further information or to register for different activities at 815.623.6545.
From Our Pastor
Dear Hope Church family,

Our church is blessed to have received the John Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement this year, with the climax of that award beginning this month as our congregation is given opportunities to integrate science with our Christian faith. One of the primary purposes of the Stott Award is for Christians in local churches like ours to foster a “humble intellectualism,” where the life of the mind is pursued as part of a rigorous and faithful spiritual life.
Unfortunately, many have a wrong view of science, even – and I mean this, things like scientific proposals regarding an old earth and evolution. I recently listened to a lecture by Stephen C. Meyer, a big-league Christian intellectual who is an expert on science and Christianity, focusing primarily on the Intelligent Design movement. When asked about where he would rank the topic of the age of the earth, something many think is highly important, he said it was a tertiary (third-order) issue. Meyer would rank issues in this way: a first-order issue is about God in general (Is God real?). A second-order issue is about knowing or accessing God (Can we know God?). Only then do we come to third-order issues like the ways God works, including how he created the earth (How long ago did creation take place?). According to Meyer, Christians fight one another over tertiary, third-order issues when first- and second-order issues should be our real concern. Do you understand what Meyer is saying? His point is that the debate between young-earth creationism and evolutionary creationism, as important as it is, is not the most important issue, and certainly not an issue that should divide Christians.
My desire is for Hope Church to be a place where tertiary issues remain tertiary, where young-earth creationists understand and accept evolutionary creationists – and vice versa, and where real scientific data is appreciated and handled seriously within the confines and comforts of the authoritative truth of Scripture. This is what humble intellectualism looks like.

For God’s glory,
-Pastor Mickey

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Kids of Hope
The Nursery
The nursery needs someone to come in on a regular basis to clean toys so we do not spread cold and flu germs. This job can be done at your convenience. Please contact the church office if this is something you would like to volunteer to do.

Staffing Needs
The nursery is in need of people who are members to work on a rotating basis.
The 4 year old class that meets at 10:45 is in need of both a teacher and a helper. You could work every week or every other week depending on your preference.
Both Preschool and Elementary areas need people who are willing to substitute.

Timber-Lee Camp
We have repeatedly seen how God uses time at camp, away from home and friends, to speak His truth into a child or teens life. Pick up a Timber-lee brochure in the lobby or in the Church office. Hope Church Scholarship applications can be picked up in the lobby or church office. Any child who regularly attends a Hope Kids or Hope Students ministry is eligible for the scholarship. 

Upcoming dates:
March 5 – Silly Sock Night
March 9 – 10 T&T Grand Prix and Sparks
Turtle Races
March 19 – P J & Favorite Stuffed Animal
March 26 – No Club – Spring Break

The schedule for Race Day is as follows:
Friday, March 9:
6:30 - 8:00 pm            Time Trials & Weight
Check for cars
Saturday, March 10:
10:00 - 12 noon          Turtle Races for
Sparks in
Fellowship Hall
12:00 - 12:30 pm        Pizza for everyone

12:30 - 3:00 pm          Grand Prix for TnT
upstairs in the
Youth Room
Resurrection Celebration

Hope Kids!
If you are in Kindergarten through 5 th grade, please join us on Sunday, March 25 th , for a “Resurrection Celebration” , in Drake Hall from 9am – 12pm!
If you love to play games, make crafts, eat snacks, hunt for Easter eggs, and learn from God’s Word, you won’t want to miss this! We’ve even got a live band to help us with praise and worship! Be sure to invite a friend or neighbor to come along with you to join in the fun, and hear about how much Jesus loves them!
Preschoolers will have their own celebration that will be divided among the two hours of church in case they need to leave between services. 

Safe Families
Praise God that the Loner family had their first placement recently and that it went very well. Pray for others in our congregation who are considering becoming host families.

Applications to be a host family or one of the supporting roles are available from the church office. More information can be found at
Vacation Bible School 2018
Let’s venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive, thrive and are anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms!
Camp 5-6 (Rescue Reef) will be in the evenings from June 18-22. This camp is for kids going into 5 th and 6 th grades next fall.
“Shipwrecked” VBS will be held in the mornings during the week of July 16 th-20 th. VBS is for children 3 years old (and potty-trained) up to entering 4 th grade in the fall.
As you begin to plan your summer calendars, please keep these dates in mind. It’s not too early to start praying about who you will invite to come along. Also, be thinking and praying about how you can be involved as we prepare for these events. 
support group
(Awesome, Wise, Lively Singles)
 Support Group
DATE Saturday, March 10, at 12:30 pm
PLACE: Classroom 10
MENU:  Corned beef, cabbage, vegetables and dessert
RSVP:  Sharon Vinson 815-623-6857 or 815-543-5644
ACTIVITIES:   food, games, devotions, and fun 
White Cross News
Won’t you consider coming to one or more of our three March work days on the 3 rd , 6 th , and 20 th as we prepare quilts, rolled bandages, and layettes for those in need and items for Operation Christmas Child ministry through Samaritan’s Purse. Our group gathers in Drake Hall from 8:30 to noon and always enjoys fellowship, food, and satisfaction of serving others while we work side by side.
Since we will be working on boys’ shorts and girls’ dresses for Operation Christmas Child again in 2018 to get ready for shoeboxes to be filled in mid-November, we need more volunteers who are willing to sew these items. Please contact Sharon Vinson (phone below). Other needs this month:
·          Old blankets, mattress pads for inside
of quilts
·          Flat sheets for quilt backs
·          Single-Fold bias tape (any color) for
kimonos and OCC dresses
·          BoxTops for Education (for local
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 if you have questions.  
“Since coming home from our time leading missionary teams in Australia, we have transitioned to a role that we are excited and passionate about. We remain convinced that university students are an incredibly strategic people group to reach with the gospel, disciple and send out to the world to contribute to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Our new role allows us to be directly involved in the mobilization of these students in the US to go to the world as missionaries. As much as Heather and I love being overseas ourselves, the Lord has given us an opportunity to multiply our lives by helping recruit dozens of young missionaries to go to the world. 

Our current role has two parts. We mobilize and empower students through Cru in eight states in the Midwest. We keep the vision of God’s heart for the nations in front

of them and challenge them to go to the world as missionaries – for a summer, a year or even for a lifetime. Then as God leads them to live and minister in various locations overseas with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ, we empower them by training, equipping, coaching and caring for them. We give them help before, during and after they return. These university students turned missionaries are being used by God to help build movements of Christ followers all over the globe, and especially in the least reached areas. That way, everyone will know someone who truly follows Jesus Christ. Thank you for your partnership with us and your commitment to helping fulfill the Great Commission.”

If you would like to receive the Jones’ prayer letter, contact Heather at

The purpose of the Women of Hope Tables of 8 is to develop multi-generational relationships between our women at Hope. 

Our next Table of 8 will be lunch on Sunday, March 18. You can sign up at the Women of Hope table in the lobby to be a host or an attendee.
Softball Sign Ups
Men, if you are looking for a fantastic opportunity to hang out with other men this spring and summer enjoying a game of softball, then our softball ministry is looking for you. We play on Thursday nights in Beloit. We are always looking for new guys to come join us. Contact Pastor Brad if you are interested or sign up in the lobby. or 815-623-6545
Easter Week Events

Resurrection Celebration
 Hope Kids, if you are in Kindergarten through 5 th grade, please join us on Sunday, March 25 th , for a “Resurrection Celebration”, in Drake Hall from 9am – 12pm!

Good Friday Service
Friday, March 30 at 7 pm

Easter Morning Services
Sunday, April 1, 9:45 am
and 11 am
We are asking for those willing to donate older iPad 2, iPad Air or iPad mini devices to the church. A “good donation” would be one that can still do the following:
  • Turn on and off
  • Touch screen is functioning and is not damaged
  • Hold a charge for more than an hour
Please let us know right away if you are able to assist with this donation. You can email us
Are you looking to learn more about the Bible and make some connections with others in the church, come join us in one of our Adult Bible Fellowships.

9:00 – Fellowship Hall – Multigenerational
Balancing Life's Demands
Do you need help prioritizing your life? If so, you’re not alone. The frantic pace of life is wearing many of us out. Our biggest struggle is balancing all of the stuff we have and do. Every week we juggle a long list of “to do’s.” Go to work … church … school … gym … grocery store … spend time with kids, friends, family, etc. Repeat. But have we ever slowed down long enough to evaluate our priorities or even find out what  God’s  priorities are for our lives? God knows that when the stuff of our life gets out of balance, devastating things happen. That’s why He wants to help us get our lives back in balance!

9:00 – Room 8 – Basics Class
This class is designed for those newer to the faith and younger in their walk with Christ. The track includes multiple short studies on some of the basics of faith in Christ. 
Current study: “The Life” - The Life answers the question “What does a disciple do in relationship with God?” Through this vital disciple making experience, each group member discusses and practices some of the following disciplines: reading the Bible, prayer, community, serving and evangelism.

10:45 – Fellowship Hall
Current study: Gospel of John - The Gospel of John reveals an unmatched portrait of Jesus and is arguably the most theologically and philosophically profound account of his life, death, and resurrection in the New Testament.
From revealing Jesus’ cosmic identity as being with the Father “in the beginning,” to recounting the many miraculous signs attesting to his mission and divinity, this guide encourages us to worship Christ as Lord and to follow him on mission in the world.

10:45 – Fireside Room
Current study: Ephesians - The letter to the Ephesians is a source of great encouragement, clearly proclaiming the mystery of the gospel and the supremacy of Jesus while applying that theology to practical living. Made alive in Christ, believers have received a bountiful inheritance and lavish blessings from God, fueling us for holy living. 
Small Groups
Small Groups are a fantastic way to get deeply connected here at Hope Church. Most of our groups are sermon-text based groups but we are also looking to add some more men’s and women’s only small groups. Groups meet either weekly or twice per month and we have multiple options. If you are interested in a small group you can sign up on the website or contact Pastor Brad at  
Resource Center News
If you've never visited the Resource Center before, come check us out! We are located in the north-west corner of the church building; just follow the signs to the library. The library is open between and after Sunday services, and available to everyone at Hope. Visit our website at for our online catalog.

Look for these resources on the New Arrivals shelf in March:
Convicted: A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship by Jameel Zookie McGee
If I Had a Parenting Do-Over: 7 Vital Changes I’d Make by Jonathan McKee
Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney
F iction:     
The View from Rainshadow Bay (Lavender Tides #1) by Colleen Coble
Dressed for Death (Drew Farthering Mystery #4) by Julianna Deering
The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz
A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner
Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy #1) by Sarah Sundin
Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright
The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New by Marty Machowski
A Servant Like Jesus by Lee Ann Mancini
Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose (Christian Heroes) by Janet & Geoff Benge (8+)
Miles from Nowhere (Roadside Assitance #2) by Amy Clipston (12+)
Unblemished (Unblemished #1) by Sara Ella (12+)
Unraveling (Unblemished #2) by Sara Ella (12+)
The Harriet Tubman Story (Torchlighters)
Senior Saints Luncheon
fabric kites
Join the Senior Saints Tuesday, March 13,
for lunch, fellowship and a program.
March's menu is corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots and of course dessert . The program this month will be presented by Tyger Johnson and Pastor Fana will give a brief devotional.

Invite a friend to come with you and PLEASE call Betty Alexander at 815.623.2336 by Wednesday Feb. 7 to make your reservation for you and your friends.
A suggested donation for the meal is $4.00