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Hope for the Week - 12/13/17

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Hope Holiday Schedule
On December 23 & 24, we’ll be celebrating Christmas Eve at Hope! To view service times and reserve a ticket, visit Please note there will be no 5pm service on 12/31. 

Please note that Hope will have limited operating office hours during the holidays. If you need to make a donation, please mail it to Hope Church, 12445 Patterson Ave., Richmond, 23238. 

All-In 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge
Read along with us in 2018! Beginning January 1, we’re inviting all of Hope to join in reading through the Bible in 90 days. There are three ways to participate in this challenge: 1. Use your own Bible, 2. Use the Hope mobile app, or 3. Get the 90 Day Bible, available at the Connect Desk, which is specially formatted for each day’s reading.

Text the word BIBLE to 66866 to receive an encouraging email each week of the reading plan. We’ll also offer additional resources to encourage you and keep you on track throughout the challenge.

Hope For the Week is Changing – Stay “In the Know!”
Hope is on the move and we want you to stay “in the know” about things that are happening and how you can be involved. We are in the process of updating the way we communicate with you. Hope for the Week will still be the best way to stay informed about what’s happening in our community, but we’re changing the way it will be distributed each week. Beginning next week, we will not use The City to distribute Hope for the Week, so please visit our website, or sign up to receive our new weekly email.

Congregational Vote
On Sunday, December 31, 2017, all members are invited to vote to approve new elders to serve a three year term. More information on the candidates provided in the coming weeks through Hope for the Week and in the worship guide.

Lodge Services
In an effort to reach as many people as possible, we are offering a new Sunday service in the Lodge on our West Creek campus! Services will officially launch on January 7th and take place at 11am, simultaneous with the11am service in the main building. Childcare will be offered in the main building.

If volunteering once a month in the Lodge service sounds fun to you, please take a moment to fill out this form. We’ll be training volunteers this Sunday, December 17, at 10am in the Lodge. Come be a part of the team!

And… Soft Launch for Lodge Services
So by now you know we’ll be launching a Sunday service in the Lodge on our West Creek campus starting January 7! To prepare, we’ll hold test services this Sunday, December 17 at 11am. We’ll be testing out equipment and ironing out logistics, but if you are interested in serving in the Lodge or attending that service with your family, we welcome you to join us!

Connect Desk Resources
To make room for 2018 resources, we are offering several discounted items at the connect desk. Stop by after the service this Sunday to check it out!

Discover Hope
This two-day class is a great first step at Hope. It is designed to help people learn about what it means to have a relationship with Christ and what it means to be a member of Hope. We also teach about our mission, vision and values and share about specific ways you can get more involved. The next session is January 19 & 20. Register here.

Chapters for Young Adults
The Christmas Party is on Tuesday, Dec. 19th at 7pm at the Midtown Offices. We are asking folks to bring a gift under $10 for a gift exchange. RSVP and additionals details can be found on the Hope Young Adults Facebook page

In January, Chapters will meet on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning January 9. Join us!

Core 4 Classes
In 2018, we are offering foundational classes to grow your faith. Each January and July, we will offer four-week classes taught by pastors in these core areas: Gospel, Bible, Mission and Soul Care. Choose one class each term – we recommend you eventually take them all (in any order) as a solid foundation for your journey. Register here.

Hope Students Christmas Events
Join us this Sunday for special Christmas events! 

Middle School, 5-6:30pm - Snow Day in the Lodge! Have fun sledding indoors, having snowball fights in the bounce house, eating snow cones and enjoying Christmas carols.

High School, 7:15-8:30pm - Christmas Gala! Dress up in your Christmas best, eat Bojangles and dance your hearts out. Bring $5.

Winter Weekend, February 9-11
Every year, we love taking our middle school and high school students to North Bay Adventure Camp. This will be a weekend where we live together, talk together, and experience all that Jesus has in store for us over three days. Find more information and register here

Outreach Trips Interest Meeting
We want to be a church that helps extend the ministry of Jesus to others, both locally and internationally. We are planning international outreach trips for the spring and summer of 2018. If you’d like to learn more, you’re invited to attend an interest meeting on Sunday, January 7th at 8:15am in the Lodge. Trip details at here

Our community is growing, and we are excited about some new opportunities to join our staff. Find details at


Sermon Series
Listen to last week’s sermon in The Christmas Spirit series here.

Hope Original Music
Our Hope Music team is writing an original song for each sermon series we explore as a community! We have two singles so far, one from our Valuable series and one from our recent Higher Love series. You can listen and download You Set Your Heart Upon Me and Any Other Love right from the music section in the Hope App.

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! 

Sunday Setlist
If you enjoyed the worship music last Sunday and would like to add the songs to your own music library, here is the setlist:

Come and Stand Amazed – Citizens and Saints
O Come All Ye Faithful
So Will I (100 Billion X) – Hillsong United
Come Light Our Hearts – Sandra McCracken
Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture

Women Digging Deeper Conference, February 2-4
This conference, hosted by Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, MD, is an opportunity for women to make some space to focus on God’s word and hear some great teaching. Nicole Unice will be the featured speaker on February 2-4, helping women discover “The Wisdom of God for Living Well.” Find more information and register here.

Barnabas Basic Training Session
The Barnabas Center of Richmond is offering a Barnabas Basic training session on February 3 at Stony Point Church. This one-day seminar equips you to better encourage friends facing difficult times in life and faith by gaining a biblical understanding of your own heart. It includes lectures and an interactive small group experience, plus reflective time to practically apply principles to one real-life friendship. Visit for more details and registration. 

General Budget Update
General Contributions      Actual              Budget           Variance
A/o 11/30/17            $325,495.08       $311,566.76    $13,928.32
YTD (11/30/17)       $3,322,594.79     $3,212,565.43 $110,029.36
A/o 12/12/17           $192,772.71       $741,439.82    ($548,667.11)
YTD                       $3,515,367.50    $3,954,005.25   ($438,637.75)

Important Reminders Regarding Giving 
If you have moved this year, please update your address on The City (if you have an account) or notify Melinda Lestyan ( This is to update church records and to assist with year-end financial statement mailings, which are required by law. Also, if you are making contributions to Hope Places, please note it in the memo line of your check. If you would like to make stock donations, contact Melinda Lestyan. Finally, all year-end giving MUST be postmarked by 12/31. This year, 12/31 is on a Sunday and the office will be closed that day.


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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Pete Woods

I had the same problem as Flo.  I tried hitting the <Enter> key to force a post.  It gives you an error saying that you are already signed up for the 90 day Bible reading email.

Paige Daniels

Hi Flo and Pete!

 So sorry that you had trouble signing up! I believe we’ve resolved the issue. Try signing up on this link, and email me at if you have further issues!

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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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