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HOPE 2017 HAPPENINGS...

Women's Summer Bible Study

The Women's Bible Study is engaging a five-week summer session using Priscilla Shirer's study session named Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath. This study may appeal to you if one of your greatest challenges is taking time to cease from all activities and just breathe. Women in our culture strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted, then this Bible study is for you. Sign up at the kiosk in the Fellowship Hall or email Lori Evenhouse at  . We will meet Monday evenings at 7:00 on June 26, July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31. Books cost $10 if you'd like to contribute to the fund, but it isn't required. You don't have to be at every session to enjoy and be encouraged by the series.

All Church Camping Trip ~ June 23-June 25

We'll be camping at King's Camp in Chana, IL (just over an hour and a half from church) Lots of fun family activities: shared cooking, laughter, games, hiking, prayer, singing, etc. $30 per family, but don’t let the cost stop you; we can help cover any of those concerns. If you want to camp; we want you! Sign up at the Kiosk so we can make more arrangements.

Hope’s Rogue Film Spotters ~ June 25

The Unofficial Hope Film Club meets again Sunday June 25 to view the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window. We gather at 12013 S. 70th Avenue, Palos Heights at 6:00 PM. Newcomers are always welcome, and all are encouraged to bring binoculars so that after the movie we can see what the neighbors are up to.

2017 School Supply Drive ~ July 9

The deacons are collecting supplies for Together We Cope and Elim Hope Packs. The children of Roseland Christian Ministries will be receiving Elim Hope Packs, so we have the opportunity to help three organizations with one gift!

Together We Cope is requesting: children's small backpacks (like the Spiderman or other character types). If you want to add something to the backpacks they would appreciate toothbrushes, small hand sanitizers or small packs of tissues.

Items needed to complete one HOPE pack: Back pack, 12-pack of #2 pencils, Three (3) 2-pocket folders, Two (2) small glue sticks, Two (2) pink erasers, Two (2) 70-sheet, wide-rule, solid color, spiral bound notebooks, blunt tip 5-inch scissors, 4 oz. bottle of glue, 24-pack Crayola or RoseArt Crayons, 12-pack Crayola or RoseArt colored pencils, Four (4) black ink pens, Two (2) red ink pens, plastic 12-inch basic ruler, Two (2) yellow highlighter markers.

If school supplies aren’t your thing, consider donating socks and underwear for children who need that additional assistance.

Or…. if you would rather not do the shopping, consider making a monetary donation to help these causes. A gift of $25 or any additional donation you choose can provide the important back-to-school items. Please make checks payable to Hope CRC “School Supply Drive” in the memo line. These gifts can be added to your offering envelope, placed in the collection plate, or placed in the designated box on the kiosk.

Items should be turned in at the Kiosk in the Fellowship Hall. Look for the giant pencil. All items and gifts are requested by July 9.

Children in Worship joins in Communion ~ July 9

A couple times a year we get the “Children in Worship” kids back in the sanctuary for communion. We’re trying to put that experience in their “strong memory.” We want them to connect their weekly “feast” with the Lord’s Supper. We do this with “Children in Worship” kids and not “God Loves Me” kids. So, to that end, on July 9 when the sermon is over, we will invite parents to go back out to the narthex to pick up their kids and bring them in for communion. Whether they participate or observe is a parental option. Any questions or concerns, please talk to Roger Nelson or Marjie Coleman.

Theology on Tap, Pie with the Pastor, Books and Hops, etc. ~ July 17

We’re not sure what to call it, or where we will meet, but we know what we’re reading. Join us on Monday, July 17 as we discuss Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality by Belden C. Lane. This book explores the intersection of ecology, spirituality, and the reformed tradition. It is an important and historically rich book that may help you love, serve, and think about God and creation differently. Get the book and get to reading and we’ll tell you where to go later…

Sunday Night Book Club ~ July 30

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman is composed of two interweaving stories. Clara's is a story of an 18-year-old living in 1930 and Izzy 's quest is in the present day. Their lives intersect when Izzy gets involved in a project that unearths suitcases in the now defunct mental institution in which Clara was captive. This is a suspenseful mystery you will find very intriguing. A great summer read. Join us! We love people and reading.

Hope Does a New Picture Directory

We are updating our photo-directory! Yup. You read that right. We have signed a contract with “Lifetouch” to do a church directory. We’re bringing in the professionals. For now, all you need to do is save the dates. We will photograph members and friends on Monday, August 7 and then Wednesday through Saturday, October 11-14. In the next few weeks you will get a phone call reminder and e-mailed directions on how to sign up for a time slot. Our directory won’t be complete without you. Watch for more information in the next few weeks.

Hope’s Association of Retired People ~ Starts back this Fall

In the great tradition of “Reformed but always reforming” Hope’s Association of Retired Persons is often trying a new format and focus. We meet the first and third Wednesday of every month. We get started at 10:00 and we wind down a little after 11:00 with prayer. We have a place for you; join us after our summer break, on September 5.

Hope Fitness

Join us on Wednesday night 6:15-7:30 PM for yoga or try a cardio/weight class on Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:30-6:30 AM - $6 donation. Questions?  Email Natalie at .

The women of Hope are invited to join Hope’s Mom’s group for Zumba. We meet a variety of different times: usually Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in the Activity Room. The cost is minimal. Contact Becky Carlson for more details and the current schedule.

 Fair Trade Coffee, Chocolates and more

Hope Church supports farmers by selling their Fairly Traded items. You will normally find coffees, teas and chocolates available on the first and third Sundays of each month (except during the summer, when we offer it only once a month) after the morning worship service in Fellowship Hall. Next date: June 25.

 Hope Prays

A group of women (no reason why it couldn’t be men…..) meets at 7:00, the first Monday evening of each month - to pray for members and friends of Hope Church.  If you are interested in joining us in prayer, or, if at any time, you have a prayer concern, email Rose Medema at

Jump Up and Shout it! ~ CD Available

“Jump Up and Shout it! Marjie Coleman and the Children of Hope Church.” All of the songs are originals by Marjie. Side A is delightful VBS songs sung by VBS kids. Side B is beautiful solos by Marjie. Pick up a copy today!

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Contact Info
Hope CRC
5825 West 151st Street, Oak Forest, IL US 60452
Phone: (708) 687-2095