June 2018 Newsletter
What's Happening at Hope This June?
Thanks so much for checking out our newsletter for the month of June . 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,

As many of you know, I just returned from about a 12 day trip to Indonesia, where I was invited to preach, teach, and minister among our Indonesian brothers and sisters in Christ at a Presbyterian church in central Jakarta. After our Creation Matters series where we talked about the beauty of creation and the dignity of every person, I went expecting to see the beautiful people and culture in Indonesia. And I was not disappointed!

God’s Word directs us to look with anticipatory wonder at his creation and all its creatures: “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (Psalm 104:24). All these beautiful people look different than we do, eat very different foods than we do, drive differently than we do, and have very different practices in the home and work place than we do, yet all – every single one – is designed by the wisdom of God and are therefore of great value.

Should not we, as Christians, look with anticipatory wonder at the world in which we live? Should not we, as Christians, seek to appreciate and learn from other peoples and their cultures? I want to live out Psalm 104:24; to dwell in the splendor of all the creatures and the whole creation of our benevolent Creator. Let us consider how we might live out Psalm 104:24 in our daily lives, even in our home towns.

For God’s glory,
-Pastor Mickey
Resource Center News

Read through the summer with Hope Resource Center!

The Summer Reading Program is open to all ages. 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!*

1 Bookmark = Scoop of Custard
2 Bookmarks = Concrete Mixer
3 Bookmarks = Kid’s Meal or Value

Never been to Hope Resource Center? Come check us out! We are located in the northeast 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!

*Sponsored by Culver’s of Roscoe.  Limit 2 rewards per person.
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.

Timber-Lee Camp
It’s not too late to get a scholarship to go to Camp Timber-lee. Pick up an application from the children’s check in areas or ask at the church office.

Please be praying for the following children who will be attending camp in June

Joshua Nordgren June 17
Rylan Rasmussen June 17
Ben Klink June 17
Garrius Drew June 17
Alex York June 17
Chase Quentin June 17

Ruth Klink June 17-23
Naomi Rukin June 17-23
Charlie Lynas June 17-23

Summer Sunday School
Summer teachers are needed for both the 9:00 and 10:45 hours. This is a good time to “try out” Kids Ministry and see if it is for you without making a long term commitment. Call the church office or email Vera Juhlin at vera@hefc.net or Vicky Steege at vicky@hefc.net 
Bailey Rasmussen June 21

Lydia Nordgren June 24
Morgan Rasmussen June 24
Audrey Mann June 24
Evelyn Rudy June 24
Clara Graham June 24
Lainy Curtis June 24
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. In preparation for this, we have decided to invite the 4 th graders to join us at Camp 5-6, and rename it to Rescue Reef
Camp 4-5-6.
Vacation Bible School 2018

Hope Kids! Join us this summer for Vacation Bible School 2018!

Let’s venture onto an uncharted island where you can survive and thrive, and where you are anchored in the truth that Jesus carries you through life’s storms!

Camp 4-5-6 week (Rescue Reef) will be held in the evenings June 18th - 22 nd, from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. This camp is for kids going into 4 th, 5 th and 6 th grades next fall.

“Shipwrecked” VBS week will be held in the mornings during the week of July 16 th - 20 th, from 9:00am – 11:45am. This kids camp is for children 3 years old (and potty-trained) up to entering 3rd grade in the fall.

  •  Child registration for both camp weeks is continuing on Sundays, and online at hefc.net. You may also call the church office at 815-623-6545. What friends or neighbors will you invite to come along with you?
  • Adults of all ages, and teens going into 7th grade or older, are needed to help with these kid’s camp weeks! Volunteer sign-ups are continuing in the church lobby, or you can call the church office and ask to speak with Vera Juhlin or Vicky Steege if you have questions about serving.
  • Our VBS decorating/prep work days are continuing; schedules are available in the church lobby. We invite you to come and help at any of our work days, when it is convenient for you. We have projects for everyone!
  • Thank you to those of you who saved empty water bottles for us! We now have plenty of bottles. We are still looking for artificial leafy/vine greenery to aid us with our decorating. Any colored buttons or small sea shells that you could donate would be appreciated as well. These items can be brought into the church office.
  • Snack and craft donations are also needed. If you can help provide some of these items, please take a donation tag(s) off of the VBS donation board in the church lobby, purchase the item(s), and then return the items to church by June 15th.
  •  In late July, we will be hosting a special summer family event for all of the families that participate in either of our VBS kid’s camp weeks. More details will come soon!
Special Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 3 following the Second Service

Alternative Hiring Procedure – Congregational Vote

We shared with you at the congregational meeting on May 20 that we will be having a special vote on Sunday, June 3, right after the second service, to approve the “alternative approach” allowed by the by-laws which permits the staff and elders to present a part-time pastoral candidate to the congregation for a later vote.

The traditional approach requires a church-wide search committee and assumes the hiring of a full-time pastor. But in light of the specificity of this role and its part-time nature, the alternative approach is more suited to our current hiring need.

Assuming the alternative hiring approach is approved, we will hold a public interview with our preferred candidate, Casey Ehlers, before voting on his candidacy for “Pastor of Discipleship” at a later date. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor Mickey.
Automatic Light Switches

Hope Church cares about wasteful power usage. In an effort to reduce power usage, we have installed motion sensors light switches in the restrooms.

Lights Will Automatically Shut Off
Building Usage

If you are in need of building space at Hope, please call or come into the office to fill out a building usage form. This will be taken to the next staff meeting for discussion as to what spaces are available on the day you are requesting.

With the many ministries that are taking place here in the building it is very important that you request use of rooms to be reviewed so we are not overbooking.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Chicagoland West

Tim Sales is on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and currently serves as the Chicagoland West area director. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is a vibrant campus ministry that establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty. With 1,015 chapters on 687 campuses, InterVarsity is working to reach into every corner of every campus.
InterVarsity chapters minister to students and faculty through small group Bible studies, large group gatherings, leadership training, thoughtful discipleship, and life-changing mission trips.

There are thousands of college students in Northern Illinois and the Chicago area. InterVarsity  

desires to see as many of these students reached with the transforming power of Jesus Christ as possible. Tim’s role is to serve students through hiring, training, and mentoring staff in order to send them to campus to be change-agents for the Lord. It is through this multiplicative investment that IV expects to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world-changers developed.

Tim will be visiting Hope on Sunday, June 10. He will be speaking at each of the ABF’s and will also have an information table in the Fellowship Hall lobby. Please stop by his table to learn more about the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Your change can FILL a bottle...FOR LIFE!

Stateline Pregnancy Clinic exists to share the life changing message of Jesus Christ by providing practical help and loving support to those facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Thus, your participation in the Baby Bottle Campaign will benefit literally thousands of women, children and men in the coming years. 

If you did not pick up a baby bottle, there are more available in the lobby. Please place the baby bottle you have in a visible location as a reminder to pray for the safety and salvation of mothers and their unborn children. Put your pocket change (dollars and checks are good too!) in the bottle as an offering to help those families.

Return you bottle to Hope by Father's Day. June 17 .
Neighborhood Get-together

Hope Church wants to help you host a
Neighborhood Get-Together

How: by providing invitations, helpers, ideas
and other resources
Date : We desire to reach out into our community during the month of August
with multiple get-togethers throughout the Stateline area.

Time: The host can determine the time - it could be a morning brunch, a lunch or dinner time gathering

Sign up:  June 10 - 24, you can sign up to host a get together or sign up to help someone else who's hosting a get together. When you sign up, we'll provide you with an information packet.

Pray for these Neighborhood Get-Togethers as we seek to reach into the community around us.
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 pastorbrad@hefc.net.  
support group
(Awesome, Wise, Lively Singles)
 Support Group

DATE:   Saturday, June 9, at 12:30 pm

PLACE:  Pat Snyder’s home, 215 Ventura Court, Machesney Park

MENU:   Salad potluck & dessert (each one bring a salad while Pat will provide dessert)

RSVP:   Pat Snyder (815) 282-9877

ACTIVITIES:    food, games, devotions, and fun 
White Cross News
Five totes of finished product will leave Illinois for Tandala Hospital and Clinics in early June. This will mainly consist of layettes and rolled bandages that are badly needed in that country. These items will be a blessing thanks to all the efforts of our volunteers.
Won’t you consider coming to one of our three June work days on the 5 th , 19 th and the 23 rd as we prepare quilts, rolled bandages, layettes & pillowcase dresses and boys’ shorts for those in need.  As a forewarning for July, the group will be meeting on July 24 due to VBS being held during the third week of July.  Our service 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.

Needs this month:
*Old blankets or mattress pads for inside of quilts
*Flat sheets for quilt backs and/or rolled bandages
*Fitted or flat sheets (any color) for bandages
*Single-Fold bias tape (any color) for kimonos & pillowcase dresses
*Ziploc GALLON STORAGE bags for layettes
*Boxtops for Education (for local schools)

Just bring your scissors and your servant’s heart and we’ll teach you the rest. 
--Connie Ruden and Sharon Vinson, Coordinator
Thank Yous
Thank you Hope Free Church for the beautiful bouquet that I have been enjoying. I also want to thank our Hope Free church for all their prayers, meals and uplifting notes of encouragement. What a blessing you all are! Thank you so much.  Love, Ellen Johannsen

Hope Church Family, Thank you for the beautiful bouquet and for the many prayers for my surgery. All went exceptionally well and we are praying for an uneventful recovery. SLOW and steady will win the race, which for those of you who know me well, might be a challenge!
It’s wonderful to have such a caring church family. Randa Noble

Moms Group Summer Playdates

Please come meet us for fun in the sun starting at 10:00. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch!

May 24        
Aberdeen Park
1399 Orth Road Caledonia, IL

June 1           
Turtle Island Park
1530 Riverside Dr. Beloit, WI

June 14         
Pool Party
Message Moms Group or Call Church Office

June 28         
Henry Villas Zoo
702 South Randal Ave. Madison WI

July 12          
Olson Swedish Heritage Park
7901 Harlem Road Loves Park (Across from Rock Cut Entrance)

July 26                      
Slip N' Slide Day
Message Moms Group or Call Church Office

August 3                  
Palmer Park
2501 Palmer Dr. Janesville, WI

August 9                   
Riviera Beach
Wrigley Drive Lake Geneva, WI

Congratulations 2018 Graduates!
High School Graduates
Zach Bogdonas       Becca King
Megan Klebs        Lexie Mayer
Cole Skadeland

College Graduates
Rachael Huffman, Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Illinois University

Elizabeth Juhlin, Summa Cum Laude, Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Business from Trinity International University Honors Program

Elizabeth Meyer, Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural Studies and Outdoor Leadership from John Brown University

Rachel Meyer, Mercy Health School of Radiology

Hope Platzbecker, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, from Eastern Kentucky University

Olivia Stevens, Summa Cum Laude, Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Rockford University

Masters Degree

Michelle (Ruge) Worgess, MBA from Indiana University,  Kelley School of Business

Graduation Open House

Megan Klebs, Saturday, June 16 at 3:00 pm at
           5780 Sweet Grass Drive, Roscoe

Congratulations Graduates!