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Hope for the Week 12/28/16

Congregational Vote – Leadership at Hope
On Sunday, January 8, 2017, all Hope members are invited to vote to approve new elders to serve a three-year term. All candidate bios have been posted – meet our 2017 Elder candidates here!

New Year’s Day Worship Services
This Sunday, January 1, we will have no 8am service at our West Creek Campus. All other West Creek and Midtown services will take place on the normal schedule, with Hope Kids and childcare available. 

Discover Hope
This two-part 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. January 6 & 7 at West Creek campus. Register at

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.

Men’s MNF
Join other men at Hope on January 16, 6:30-8:30pm, for dinner, connection and a speaker. Find more information and register here.

Knowing God for 55+
Start 2017 off with others who are over 55 at Hope as you study “Knowing God” together for four weeks. This is a great opportunity to meet other people and build community while learning and growing together. The central focus of the study is how to develop a closer relationship with God. We will meet on Mondays from 6:30-8pm at Hope West Creek, beginning January 16. Register here.

Chapters for Young Adults
Young Adults in their 20s to early 30s are invited to join us for a three-week series on Christianity & Culture. The topics will be “Arts” on 1/17, “Race” on 1/24, and “Politics” on 1/31. Join us for these conversations at our Midtown office, 7pm.

Growth in Healing

  • Barnabas Training BasicBecoming a Better Spiritual Friend

Barnabas Training Basic equips you to better encourage friends facing difficult times in life and faith. This biblically-based seminar helps you understand others by gaining a biblical understanding of your own heart. Saturday, January 28 at Hope West Creek. Find more details and register here.

  • Anxiety Group

First Light Counseling is offering a group for women dealing with anxiety, led by Brenda Murray (LPC) and Susan Cromer. This 10-week group will be offered at First Light’s office beginning Jan. 10, 2017.  For more information, please email our care team at

  • Journey through Grief

Hope is partnering with the Barnabas Center to offer a group for those who have experienced the loss of a close loved one (spouse, child or parent). This 8-week session will meet on Mondays beginning January 9th and continue until February 27th. We will meet 7-8:30pm at Hope West Creek.  If you are interested in attending, click here.

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 for an opportunity to shadow a volunteer! This Sunday, January 1, meet at 9am with Anne Gaskill at the West Creek campus, or January 8 at 9:50am with Mary Harrison at the Midtown campus to give it a try. Email or with any questions.

No Hope Students Gathering This Sunday
Enjoy your New Year’s Day with friends and family. HSM (middle and high school) will resume on January 8!

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.

Info session for Summer Short-Term Missions Trips
The leaders of all the summer short-term mission trips will hold an informational meeting for anyone interested in participating. Join us at Hope 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.

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
The end of the year is here, and 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. 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 Update
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


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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