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Hope for the Week | 11-30-16

Christmas Service Schedule
On December 22-24, we’ll be celebrating Christmas Eve at Hope! This year, we are excited to have our whole community together at our West Creek Campus. Service times for the entire holiday season (including New Year’s Day) are available at

Giving Hope
This Advent season, we’re inviting our Hope community to support Samaritan’s Purse through donations of $10 or more. Each donor will receive a holiday ornament and a card to give a loved one, letting them know that you made a donation in their honor. Checks can be made directly to Samaritan’s Purse. Visit the display near the Connect Desk for more details!

Bag It Sunday – Food Collection This Weekend
This Sunday, Hope will collect non-perishable food items and deliver them to local food banks. Fill a bag and bring it back this Sunday! All donations will benefit the Goochland Food Pantry (West Creek) and Feed More (Midtown). Thank you for all you do to help those in need!

Shadow Sunday
If you’re looking for a way to get connected at Hope, meet new people, and be a part of our mission, we would love to invite you to join a volunteer team. All new volunteers can show up on the first Sunday of the month for an opportunity to shadow a volunteer! This Sunday, December 4th, meet at 9am with Anne Gaskill at the West Creek campus or 9:50am with Mary Harrison at the Midtown campus to give it a try. Email or with any questions.

Hope Singles Christmas Party 
Come join the Hope Singles (30’s-50’s) for our 4th Annual Christmas Party on December 17, from 6:30 – 9pm at Hope West Creek. We will have time to socialize, enjoy some delicious food and share together in the joy and hope of Christmas. Dress is festive and the cost is only $10. Childcare will be provided for an additional $5 per family when requested with registration. Register here.

Playgroup Christmas Party
Moms of preschoolers and their children are invited to our Christmas Party at Hope West Creek on Tuesday, December 13 from 9am-12pm.  The first part of the morning is just for the moms, and the second part will be a party with the kids.  Please RSVP to reserve a childcare spot to and bring an ornament to exchange. 

Chapters Christmas Party
If you’re in your 20s, whether married or single, please join us for our annual Chapters Christmas party and White Elephant Gift Exchange on Tuesday, December 20 at 7pm. We’ll gather in our usual Midtown space (4912 W. Marshall Street, Richmond).  Please bring the best gift you can buy for $10 and enjoy an evening of laughter, fun, dessert and coffee. Christmas attire is encouraged but not mandatory.  Questions?  Email

Jingle Jam – A Countdown to Christmas
Jingle Jam is a Christmas party big enough for the whole family! Christmas songs, treats, games, visits from special visitors and a special telling of the Christmas story are all in store. Come celebrate with us or serve as a volunteer on Saturday, December 10! Tickets are free but limited, so reserve yours today! Find more details and tickets here.

Special Needs Parents’ Night Out
Parents of kids with special needs, do you want a night out to do holiday shopping or enjoy a date night? We are inviting all preschool & elementary aged kids with special needs (and their siblings) to enjoy a night of fun this Friday, December 2nd from 5:30-8pm at our West Creek Campus! The Hope Kids Special Needs Team will provide dinner, a movie, crafts, and sensory-oriented activities for your kids. This event is open to the community, and please register here so we know to expect you. 

Hope Students Winter Weekend
Registration for Hope Students Winter Weekend 2017 is live! Middle schoolers and high schoolers will spend February 17-19 at NorthBay Adventure Camp in North East, Maryland for a weekend of connection and fun. Visit for more information.

Holiday Update
Please encourage your friends, family and neighbors to donate furniture, winter coats, christmas decor and jewelry to Hope Thrift. Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday from 2-5:30pm. Please contact Renée Norton if you are interested in serving at another fun HOPE place!

Jobs For Life Mentors
A team from HOPE is working with JFL to address the issues of joblessness in our city through biblically-based training and mentoring relationships. To learn more about volunteering in 2017, join us for an informational lunch this Sunday, Dec 4 at 12:30pm at Hope West Creek. For more information or to sign-up for the lunch, please email Angie & Paul Moreton at

Interest Meeting for Summer Short-Term Missions Trips
The leaders of all the summer short-term mission trips will be holding an informational meeting for anyone interested in participating. Join us at West Creek on Sunday, January 8, at 4pm to learn the specifics about each of the trips offered and how you can get involved.

Director of Outreach
Hope is seeking a full-time Director of Outreach who will lead our church’s efforts in missions and outreach, both domestically and internationally. For more information or to apply, please visit

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.

Listen to David Dwight’s latest sermon, “Waiting for…Jesus,” the first one in our Advent series. Click 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, by using the Media section of the Hope Church app, or by clicking here! 

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

Year-End Giving
As the end of the year approaches, there are a few things to keep in mind regarding your giving to Hope. Most importantly, if you have moved in the past year, please make sure to update your address on The City if you have an account, or email your new address to Melinda Lestyan ( This is to update church records and to assist with year-end financial statement mailings, which are required by law. For a few more helpful tips and reminders, check out our Giving page on the Hope website.

Hope Places
Construction Cost:               $11,800,000
Funds avail & uncollected:     $9,704,906
Funding needed:                    $2,095,094
Total Hope Places Contributions received since inception:  $6,939,721

Funds of $9,704,906 = Total Pledged (Individuals and Thrift lumped together) $9,721,515 + Unpledged Receipts $428,615 - Uncollected Pledges $445,225

Congratulations to Paige and Drew Daniels, on the birth of their son, Nash Conrad Daniels, on November 22!

Our deepest sympathy to the Thompson and Hall families on the death of Perrin Thompson Hall, on Friday, November 25. 

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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