A SAFE COMMUNITY OF FAITH THAT WELCOMES AND REACHES OUT TO PEOPLE OF ALL AGES, liberals, conservatives, republicans, democrats, libertarians, foreigners, engineers, musicians, CULTURES, ECONOMIC STATUSES, RACES, teachers, refugees, muslims, hindus, jews, atheists, agnostics, people of faith, russians, SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS, GENDER IDENTITIES, AND iraqis, americans, gays, bi, pan, queer, doubters, sons, daughters, old, young, women, men, LIFE EXPERIENCES; TREATING EACH AS WE rich, poor, broken, abused, fit, fat, ignorant, educated, pierced, tattooed, arrogant, meek, shy, WISH TO BE TREATED, LOVING EACH OTHER AND confident, white, black, brown, and olive skinned, laity and clergy, right, wrong, weak, strong ... GOD IN THE WAY OF JESUS.
- Volunteers and participants of Wednesday's RnR
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS
A sincere thank you from the staff at Hope to all the volunteers of Holy Week. It was a crazy week and we couldn't have made it through with you!
COFFEE BAR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Coffee Bar is looking for additional volunteers on Sunday mornings. This is a great way to meet people! Volunteer as much or as little as you like. Pick your Sunday, your service and help welcome everyone to Hope! Training is provided. Contact the office at 248-553-7170 or email for more information or to sign up.
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
24 But Thomas, who was called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
- Douglas and Joann Sherman
- The Shorter Family - George, Joan and Bryce
- The Sites Family - Brian, Ellyse and Carson
- Andrew Shuffett
- The Shuffett Family - Christopher, Diane and Holly
Do you have a Prayer Request? Click here or visit Hope's website (click on the Welcome tab and then on Prayer Request from the dropdown menu) and fill out the online form to have your request heard.
Tuesdays 10:30am @ The Way (Abbey Park) - Everyone
Wednesdays 10:00am @ Farmington Hills - Everyone (no Bible Study on May 1st)
Last chance to purchase Easter flowers. They include:
Easter Lily - $8.50 ea
Tulip - $7.75 ea
Daffodil - $7.75 ea
Hyacinth - $7.75 ea
Hydrangea - $9.50 ea
Azalea - $14.00 ea
Purchased flowers may be picked up after each service on Sunday, April 28th.
April 27th, 8:00-11:00am
Join us for PROPERTY DAY as we clean up the grounds surrounding Hope.
Mulch Donations: We are in need of 25 bags of brown mulch and appreciate any donation you can make.
NEW MEMBER CLASS
Sunday, May 5th @ 12:15pm
Light lunch provided
Child Care provided
Here at HOPE we realize that there are no 'requirements' to be a part of God's family. Jesus asked people to 'Come and Follow' and those people learned more along the way. We operate in much the same way!
We don't ask you to know anything specific, to recite some creed or even pray a certain prayer. We take our lead from Jesus and say "come and follow" and together, we will all learn along the way. Together we will learn more about God, creation, Jesus, service, etc.
The "Orientation" is just that ... an orientation to Hope Lutheran Church. We will discuss our history, our vision, our understanding of God's call of us and how we hope to carry that mission out. We give you the relationships and understanding to navigate how we operate as a church family.
So ... interested in making Hope YOUR church home? Interested in participating in God's work through Hope? We invite you to COME AND FOLLOW! It's as simple as that!
SPRING MUSICAL "IN THE IMAGE"
Saturday, May 18th @ 7pm
Sunday, May 19th @ 9:30am
Save the date!
Monday, May 27th
Hope's office will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.
Did you have an item - picture, memento, etc. - that was hanging on the wall outside the Sanctuary that you would like back? If so, let us know by calling 248-553-7170.
Book Club @ the Way (Abbey Park)
May 3rd @ 12:00pm
Please call 248-553-7170 for details
Monthly Potluck Lunch
May 15th @ 11:30am
Join us for our monthly potluck lunch. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the conversation!
Sunday, May 5th @ 11:00am
Due April 30th: In preparation for Senior Recognition, we are asking that all of our senior high students provide a short bio and a picture (we will print a 5"x7" photo) to be included on our wall outside of the kitchen. Please send bios and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like to be part of the student led services on Sunday, May 5th? If so, email Donnie.
SERVICE DAY OUT
City of Farmington Hills Beautification Day
April 27th, 9:00-11:00am
Hope is putting together a “Clean, Green, & Beautiful” team for the 7th annual Beautify Farmington Hills Annual Litter Pick-Up Walk sponsored by the Farmington Hills Beautification Commission. Join us at Hope on Saturday, April 27th from 9-11am. Our trash pick up location is in front of Hope along 12 Mile Rd. Participants receive gloves, trash bags, and a t-shirt! Sign up at the Events Table or online.
SAMARITAS REFUGEE FOSTER CARE
Save the Date - April 28th
Kayla Park from Samaritas Refugee Foster Care and Mentoring will be present for all Hope services on Sunday, April 28th to share information on opportunities for Refugee Foster Care and support. She will speak at each service and be available in the Welcome Center between services.
Wednesday, May 1st and May 8th, 6-8pm
Each session will cover separate topics
All members and friends of Hope interested in supporting the Refugee family that we are co-sponsoring with Samaritas are strongly encouraged to join both orientation sessions on Wednesdays, May 1st and May 8th from 6-8pm in Hope's Family Center. These orientation sessions will cover what the New American Family program is, our co-sponsorship commitment, and cultural training specific to the family with which we will be matched. A meal will be provided and these orientation sessions will replace both Faith Talk and Book Study on these two nights. Please try to attend both sessions as they will cover separate topics.
If you have a little time and can fill one (or more) open food drive shifts at Busch's in Farmington Hills, C.A.R.E.S. in Farmington Hills would appreciate your support! READ MORE
In preparation for service projects that will be a part of our “Detroit Three Day Service Adventure” that will be held on June 28-30, 2019, each month we will be collecting different items. For April, we will be collecting:
toothbrushes and toothpaste (mini or full-size)
All items collected will be included in our "Bags of Hope" to give to those in need.
If you are planning ahead, upcoming donation requests will include washcloths, small size toiletries, and refillable water bottles. Please place items in the marked bin in the Welcome Center.
Neighborhood House - Cereal and Breakfast Bars
Active Faith - Instant Oatmeal
First Step - Cell Phones (new and used) and chargers
Heartline Women's Shelter - Regular and sample size toiletries, make-up, and basic care items
Lion's Club - Eyeglasses (new and used)
Marantha Prison Ministry - Devotionals and Bibles (new and used)
Hope's Wednesday evening schedule runs September through May (June in some instances). Check out Hope's Website for details, schedules, and sign ups for the events below.
5:30-8:00pm - Meal
6:00-8:00pm - Child Care
6:00-7:30pm - Quest (Confirmation) for kids 5th grade through 8th grade
6:00-8:00pm - Orientation for New American Family program
6:30-7:30pm - SONShine Performers for kids K through 6th grade
6:30-7:30pm - Faith Talk (cancelled this week)
6:30-7:30pm - W.M.M.A. Training & Development
7:30-8:30pm - EDGE and EDGE X for kids 7th grade through 12th grade
7:30-8:30pm - Pastor Rob's Book Study (cancelled this week)
PUSHPAY - A NEW WAY TO GIVE
Hope is moving to a new online giving platform called PushPay and we need your help. If you currently use VANCO to send online giving, we are asking that you cancel that and start your online giving through PushPay. For details and links, please see Hope's website. If you have questions about the changeover, please call the office at 248-553-7170.
GIVE TO HOPE
There are many ways to give to Hope including General Fund, Capital Fund, Hunger Fund, Memorial Fund, Christ In Action Fund, or even Hope's wish list. To give to any of these, click here
To see the Financial Update through January 2019, click here
In addition to the direct donations above, consider using AmazonSmile when you shop on Amazon. A simple set up (instructions found here) and Hope will receive a portion of your qualified purchases.
2019 Offering Envelopes are available in the office by calling 248-553-7170 or by sending an email. If you are giving online and will not be picking up your envelopes, please let us know.