God continues to use our church family to change people. Over the past 20+ years, many people have come to know Jesus, our community has seen the love of Christ in action and we have grown in maturity as individuals. It has been a journey of faith that has been worth the effort.
This journey will continue in the years ahead, and we are always seeking God to find out new ways to encourage us to make disciples who make disciples. One of the things we will be trying this summer is to change slightly the structure of our Sunday morning gatherings for this summer period to help facilitate our growth as individuals and as a church.
The ongoing purpose of our Sunday morning gatherings is to:
KNOW God. We do this by Celebrating what God has done in our lives and what he is doing through our church family and by Challenging people to examine their lives in light of God’s word and respond in ever increasing obedience.
CONNECT with each other. We desire to have people Connect to each other, to have unity as a church body, and grow relationships that can flourish beyond these Sunday gatherings.
As such, beginning June 30th and going through September 1st, we will have ONE service of celebration and challenge each week (rather than the current 9:00 and 10:30 am service). Each week we will have a:
9:00 am: "Connecting hour". This is a time for people to connect with each other, enjoy a coffee time together, meet new people or catch up with those we already know. So come any time between 9 and 10 to enjoy growing in unity together. This is an open time that will be hosted by different small groups and ministries within our church family.
10:00 am: "Worship celebration". This is our time to praise God, be challenged by his word and celebrate together how God is working in our midst. Children will be a part of the music time and then will have their own teaching and learning times during the teaching time for the adults.
The goal of this change is to develop even more opportunities to KNOW God and be CONNECTED with each other the way that God designed us as individuals, and as a church, to be.
Weldon Lemke has been leading Hope Chapel since 2009 with a passion to see people come to know God and grow to maturity in Him.