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Hope for the Week | 9-21-16

Explore God
This week, we are exploring the question, “Is There a God?” Click here to read David Dwight’s recent blog, in which he briefly describes his journey from atheism to belief. Join the Explore God conversation by texting “hopecentral” to 313131, and you’ll receive weekly updates and encouragement throughout the series.

All-In Volunteer Gathering This Sunday
If you’re interested in volunteering at Hope, join us for an afternoon of music, popsicles, and conversation. We’ll talk inspiration, ways to serve, and getting connected during this exciting next season at Hope. This Sunday, September 25 at 3pm, West Creek patio.

Journeying Through Grief
If you’ve recently experienced the loss of a close family member, you are invited to an 8-week supportive group on Tuesday evenings beginning September 27. Our goal is to provide a safe and open environment where those who are in various stages of grief can walk side-by-side with one another, wrestling through the role and questions of faith in grief, and being equipped with practical tools on how to healthily continue through the process of grief. The group is facilitated in partnership with the Barnabas Center. To find out more and determine if this group is right for you, please email Nicole Unice at

Leadership Nominations
Leadership nominations are now open through Oct. 10th to receive candidates for the ordained office of deacon and elder. Elders and deacons serve three-year terms and provide governance and direction for the life of Hope. Any active member of Hope may nominate any other active member who is not a family member. Please submit nominations to Include your name, the name and contact (email/phone) of the person you are nominating, and several sentences about why you are recommending this person for leadership at Hope.

2016 Hope Golf Classic
The 2016 Hope Church Golf Classic will be held on Monday, October 17 at Stonehenge Golf & Country Club, a beautiful, private golf course in Midlothian. Invite friends, relatives, and co-workers to be part of your Captain’s Choice Team. If you don’t have a team, we’ll pair you up. Cost per golfer is $95 that includes lunch, 18 holes, range balls, goodie bag, golf cart and dinner. All proceeds will go to Hope Student Ministry Scholarships, which helps more students experience the gospel of Jesus Christ during the Winter Retreat and Summer Camps. For more information and to register, click here.

Thrive Begins Tomorrow
Thrive is a place where women of all ages and stages connect weekly for teaching and conversation. Each week, Thrive offers large group teaching as well as table group conversation centered on the day’s lesson. Our desire is for women to be encouraged as they explore and deepen their understanding of God, while at the same time cultivate new and meaningful relationships with other women. The fall semester begins tomorrow (Sept. 22nd) at our West Creek Campus. The morning session is each Thursday, 10-11:30am, evening session is 7-8:30pm. Find more details and registration info here.

Hope Singles Picnic
Come join us on Saturday, October 15 for the Fourth Annual Fall Hope Singles Picnic from 12-5pm at Robious Landing Park. We will have time to socialize, enjoy a meal together, and play some fun games. We would love to see you there! To learn more about the event and to rsvp, click here.

HSM Fall Schedule
Hope Students is in full swing for the fall! Students gather each Sunday night (middle school from 5-6:30pm and high school from 7:15-8:30pm) in the new Lodge!

Midweek at Midtown
We are excited about Midweek at Midtown, meeting five Wednesdays from September 28 to October 26. We will be watching the videos and focusing on the questions from the Explore God series! Come join the conversation at 4912 W. Marshall Street, 6:30-8pm. Register here

Feeding Future Leaders 
Hope is FEEDING FUTURE LEADERS at TJHS this fall! Our mission is to serve a light meal to the 150-175 students who stay after school each day at TJHS for athletics, band, and tutoring. Our program will run Mondays –Thursdays from September 6- November 3. That’s between 6,000 and 7,000 meals over the 10-week period, and this has the potential to impact up to 25% of the student body! 

To contribute to the effort, please visit the Vikings Fund Website

In addition to financial support, we also need people to serve the food and help with the on-site prep. Click here to sign up. This is a great way for a small group or family (middle school kids and older) to serve together!

Midtown Opportunity
We are hiring a part-time Technical Director for the Midtown Campus. This is a 10 hour / week position with primarily weekend and evening responsibilities. If you have experience engineering live audio, we’d love to talk with you! Find more details and apply here.

Looking for Sprouts Sitters
Sprouts is our kids’ program during the women’s gathering, Thrive. We are looking for more sitters to care for and teach the children. Our fall semester is meeting Thursday mornings for 10 weeks, starting tomorrow (Sept. 22). Sitters are needed from 9:30am-12pm. For information, please contact Jennie Crowe at

Listen to David Dwight’s latest sermon in our Explore God series, “Is There a God?” here.

Hope Cast (formerly the Becoming Podcast)
The Hope Cast is a weekly podcast conversation on finding life. Tune in each Friday for inspiration, encouragement, and ways to live out your faith in everyday life. You can find the Hope Cast by searching Hope Cast RVA in the iTunes podcast app, or by using the Media section of the Hope Church app! 

Hope Playlist
Looking for some fresh music? Follow Hope Central on Spotify to get updates on new songs and playlists we’re continually updating!

Hope Places Update
Construction Cost:   $11,800,000
Funds Avail and Uncollected:  $9,607,591
Funding Needed: $2,192,409
Total Hope Places Contributions received since inception: $6,621,417

Funds of $9,607,591 = $9,721,915 (total pledged, ind. and Thrift) +$330,901 (unpledged) – $445,225 (uncollected pledges)

Ways to Make Giving Easy
We invite you to set up an online or recurring bill pay for your tithes and financial contributions. This method is helpful to you and to the church! Online giving may be done via The City, bill pay, PayPal, and EFT’s. Every gift is used to fulfill our mission of offering experiences, relationships and places where people can find LIFE and PURPOSE through Jesus Christ.

Congratulations to Erin Anderson and Andrew Almquist who were married on Saturday, September 17th!

Congratulations to Brittany and Andrew Heare on the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Loyall Heare, on September 2! Kennedy’s grandparents are Barbara and Rick Gary. 

Congratulations to Abby and Kevin Moncrief on the birth of their son, Winston Moncrief, on August 22! Winston’s big brother is Bryant Moncrief.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to John and Mindi Montoro on the death of his father, John, who passed away on August 27. Please keep this family in prayer during this difficult time. 

In this section we announce significant life events that occur within our Hope community. If you are celebrating the birth of a child or a marriage, or have experienced the death of an immediate family member, please contact the Hope office at 804-708-5330.

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Offering experiences, relationships and places where people can find life and purpose through Jesus Christ. From the beginning, Hope has been trying to help people who don’t know God, have every opportunity to do so. It’s part of our DNA. Since we believe a church is people and not a building, this means our mission can happen every day and all over the place – as Hope people go to work or school, and spend time with family, friends and colleagues. This means that we could offer experiences anywhere we find ourselves – a ball game, an evening out for dinner with a friend, a neighborhood cookout – you get the picture. It means that many places can become places where we seek to help people find life, God-life, the real thing. And we know that this often happens though sincere relationships and friendships.

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