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January 13th Weekly Update from Hope
Hope strives to be a well-oiled machine but without the pulling together of our people, our machine isn't as well-oiled as we'd like. The important Time & Talent initiative is key to discovering ways in which we all can give of ourselves to Hope with our time and/or talents. The form, found in the link below or as an attachment emailed Tuesday, shows all the opportunities there are to become more involved and be a part of Hope’s well-oiled machine!
TIME & TALENT FORM
Please consider giving of your time and/or talent at Hope by printing, filling out and returning the form!
 We are called to foster relationship with Christ…
What does this mean? Why does it matter?
    First, what does this mean? This basically means that we take the time to get to know who Jesus is and what he’s about. Read the Gospels, pray, and keep learning. There’s no way we can know everything there is to know about Jesus just from our Sunday school days. There’s always room to grow.
    Now, even more importantly, why does this matter? As a church, we’re followers of Christ. If we don’t take the time to get to know Jesus, we’re in danger of following someone or something else. You might wonder, are we actually in danger of this? Well friends, a recent article in the magazine Christianity Today caught my attention: “The Capitol Attack Signaled a Post-Christian Church, Not Merely a Post-Christian Culture.” For those who haven’t heard the word before, post-Christian basically means a time when Christianity is no longer the dominant religion.
    In this article, Russell Moore makes the bold case that after the January 6th insurrection last year, the Christianity in this country demonstrated itself as post-Christian, no longer following Christ. The angry, violent mob that stormed the capitol also carried signs and symbols of Christianity. One cannot follow Christ and threaten murder at the same time. Nor can a follower of Christ brush aside such acts and claim they don’t matter, or even worse, condone them. In the words of Moore, “One cannot bring about good by doing evil. One cannot ‘stand for truth’ by employing lies.”
    Following Christ is more than just getting baptized and confirmed and sitting in the pew occasionally. The way of Jesus is different and takes practice—a lifetime of practice. Jesus calls us to do things like love our enemies and care for people on the margins. Fostering a relationship with Christ means growing in Christ’s way of compassion and mercy. It’s the most essential part of our mission.
    If you’d like to read the article it can be found HERE.
Pastor Beth
(608) 509-5603
Omicron Variant Forces Changes to Worship
     The latest variant of the Covid-19 virus (Omicron) has caused a spike in cases and pushed our local hospitals to capacity. The Wisconsin Council of Churches is urging congregations to take this latest surge seriously and return to remote (virtual) worship. While Hope will not be shutting down as suggested, our council decided to put some precautions in place for the rest of January. We will reassess our actions for February.
    For the rest of January:
  • Cornerstone Café will be paused (no Cornerstone Café);
  • Sunday school will be on an extended winter break;
  • Congregational singing will be limited.
    In addition to these precautions, you are encouraged to continue best practices to slow the spread of the virus. Get vaccinated and boosted if you are able. Wear a well-fitting mask. Wash hands frequently. And of course, stay home and get tested if you are sick. We also encourage you to take advantage of our livestreamed services when you stay safe in your homes.

Annual Report Deadline Set for January 10, 2022
Because the annual meeting has been officially moved from January to the third Sunday in February, the deadline for items to be submitted for the Annual Report is set for January 10, 2022.

Annual Meeting Set
2/20/2022 at 10:45 am
At last year’s annual congregational meeting, moving the annual meeting to the third Sunday of February permanently was put forth and approved. Preparing the annual report and compiling financial figures plus completing auditing the past years books were the factors in this decision. Mark your calendars and plan on attending!

Worship Schedule
8 am - Traditional Worship (see bulletin HERE)
9:30 am - Contemporary Worship (projected only - no bulletin)
No Sunday School for the Time-Being

or watch either service LIVE or anytime following at
(Audio issues are being addressed. We are hopeful to have them resolved by Sunday.)
SATURDAY HYMN-SING ON THE 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS
Sonja’s virtual Hymn-Sings take place twice a month on the first and third Saturday nights of the month. She presents a Karaoke-style hymn-sing with a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs with a short devotional. Find them on Hope’s Facebook page from 7-7:30 pm on the first and third Saturday. When you attend virtually, please comment; she looks forward to seeing you there!

     Seeking Service Volunteers!     

    Hope worship services are difficult to hold when there is little to no help from volunteers, or so few volunteers that those dedicated few get taken advantage of. PLEASE consider signing up in any capacity for any of the below worship volunteer positions:

  • 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ Ushering
  • 👋 Greeters
  • 📖 Lay Readers
  • 🎥 Tech Booth Team

    It doesn't take a huge time commitment to serve in any of these roles; just a willingness to serve (and listen to a few instructions). See the sign-up HERE or on the bulletin board to help out. Questions? Call Troy Freemyer at (608) 658-7588.

(Communion Care is not needed at this time.)

🙏🏼 PRAYERS
    Please let us know how we can pray for you. We encourage people to lift up these prayer concerns in their prayers at home, and we will pray for these people at our Sunday service. This week we pray for:
  • Wendy Tiede.

Circle Notes:

Hannah Circle will meet on Sunday, January 16th at 9:15 am at Hope.

Dane County has extended the mask mandate. Until further notice masks are still required in Hope Lutheran Church for everyone over 2 years old. Communion will remain prepackaged for now.

ATTENDANCE ✔
December 24th
3 pm Facebook: 10 peak live viewers and 37 viewers overall during or at some point following for longer than 1 minute.
5 pm Facebook: 2 peak live viewers and 20 viewers overall during or at some point following for longer than 1 minute.
Sanctuary Worship: 125 (53 @ 3 pm; 56 @ 5 pm; 16 @ 7 pm)
December 26th
Facebook: 7 peak live viewers and 26 viewers overall during or at some point following for longer than 1 minute.
Sanctuary Worship: 23
January 2nd
Facebook: 10 peak live viewers and 28 viewers overall during or at some point following for longer than 1 minute.
Sanctuary Worship: 9
January 9th
8 am Facebook: 7 peak live viewers and 23 viewers overall during or at some point following for longer than 1 minute.
9:30 am Facebook: 6 peak live viewers and 23 viewers overall during or at some point following for longer than 1 minute.
Sanctuary Worship: 45 (15 @ 8 am; 30 @ 9:30 am)
 
Offerings
Thank you for your continued support! Ways to financially support Hope:
  1. Bring your offering to worship on Sunday mornings;
  2. mail in offering envelopes;
  3. use Hope's secure website (http://www.hope-in-action.org) and scroll to the bottom of the home page);
  4. send in a 'Simply Giving' electronic giving form also found on Hope’s website or this link: 'Simply Giving' form.
  5. use your smartphone by texting the amount you wish to give to 608 480-1681.
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