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Hope for the Week | 12-7-16

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. You can see service times for the entire holiday season (including New Year’s Day) and reserve a seat at hopecentral.com/christmas.

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!

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 playgroup@hopecentral.com 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 cfunkhouser@hopecentral.com.

The Word – A Study of John’s Gospel
This core class is about studying the scriptures, the Word of God, as a way to know Jesus, the Word who became flesh. Pastor Brad Houff will lead this study of John’s Gospel to help participants grow in love for the scriptures and in love for Jesus. The four-week class begins on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30pm (West Creek campus). Sign up or get more information here.

Financial Peace University
This biblically-based financial management course will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a new plan for your money and your future. Financial Peace begins on Wednesday, January 11 and runs for 9 weeks (West Creek campus). Childcare is available for a fee. Find more details and register here.

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 this Saturday, December 10! Tickets are free but limited, so reserve yours today! Find more details and tickets here.

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 hopecentral.com/winterweekend for more information.

Holiday Update
This holiday season, please consider donating children’s winter clothing and shoes. Volunteers are needed in the store Monday – Saturday from 1-4pm and 3-5:30pm. Men are needed to help with furniture pickups Monday – Saturday, from 9:30am-1:30pm.
Contact Renée Norton at Rnorton@hopecentral.com if you are interested in serving in the store or on the box truck.

Interest Meeting for February Medical Missions Trip
A team of 15 individuals, doctors, nurses, and dentists from Hope will travel to the Dominican Republic in February 2017. The team will serve various churches surrounding Hato Mayor by setting up free medical and dental clinics to the surrounding community. If you are interested in being part of this opportunity, please attend our informational meeting this Sunday, December 11, at 12:15pm in the Multipurpose Room, West Creek campus. If you are not able to attend but want more information, please contact Carlos Collazo at ccollazo@gmail.com.

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 hopecentral.com/employment.

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.

Sermon
Last Sunday, Nicole Unice’s sermon “Zechariah” taught us about God speaking through silence and waiting, and bringing light to our darkness. This is the second sermon in our Advent series. Listen 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 (mlestyan@hopecentral.com). This is to update church records and to assist with year-end financial statement mailings, which are required by law. Also, any 2016 giving must be postmarked and/or received by 12/31. 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

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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