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HOPE HAPPENINGS...    

Hope Church Choir ~ Wednesday 

Hope Church Choir has begun its new season.  Rehearsals are from 7:30-9:00 p.m. and are open to anyone interested in singing for worship services.  The choir is diverse in many ways, but comes together in the joy of words, music, worship, and fellowship.  Feel free to give it a try.  No audition required - just a heart open to the Spirit. 

Liturgical Dance ~ Sunday, November 12

Liturgical Dance is a way of praising God through movement. Children ages 4 and up, of both genders, are welcome to participate. Practice began on September 17 at Hope in the sanctuary from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Practices are scheduled every other week going forward till we participate in Hope's worship service TBA in November and in the Christmas pageant. Twirling will be encouraged. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Hulford at  . 

Rooted ~ November 12 at 7:00

Join us for a service of song, story, scripture and sacrament in the Ozinga Chapel Grand Lobby at Trinity Christian College. We will gather with friends and students at 7:00 p.m. (note the time change). These services have been a rich gift of intergenerational, multi-cultural, reformed worship. Join us on the second Sunday in November at 7:00 p.m.

 Fair Trade Coffee, Chocolates and more ~ November 19

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. Look for this on November 19. We now offer cashews and mangoes for sale - $6.00/bag. 

Together We Cope ~ November 19

We are partnering with Together We Cope to help families on the margins in the south suburbs. Together We Cope helps over 5000 people each month with basic food needs. We help them fill that need with food and hope. The Deacons will be collecting food at the Giving Kiosk in Fellowship Hall through November 19. Help us fill those bins! Together We Cope requests these items: baby food, beans, canned fruits and veggies, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, rice soup, tomato sauce, tuna, canned sweet potatoes, boxed potatoes, cranberries, etc.

Sunday Night Book Club ~ November 26

News of the World by Paulette Jiles tells the story of Captain Kidd who had fought in the War of 1812 and the Civil War.  He is now a widowed old man making his living traveling around towns in Texas reading from newspapers.  He accepts the responsibility of returning an orphaned 10-year-old girl to her relatives miles away through a very hostile land.  Joanna was taken by Kiowa Indians in a raid that killed every one in her family.  After four years in captivity with the Indians, Joanna knows no other life.  Her identity is again ripped away when she is rescued by force by the U.S. Calvary. She has forgotten how to live in the civilized world and longs to escape back to her people.  Join us to discuss this fascinating story.  We meet on November 26 at 6 p.m. at Hope Church.

Hope Youth Orchestra ~ Join us!

Tighten your strings, polish your brass, moisten your reed-Hope's Youth Orchestra will play again during the November 19 church service! Rehearsals take place at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings: 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, and 11/19. We welcome musicians elementary through high school, and beginners will receive encouragement as much as the more experienced players. Email   for more information and to get music for practice ahead of time.

Association of Retired People ~ December 6

We are taking a break in November... join us at 10 a.m. on December 6.

Hope’s Christmas Musical

Calling all children from God Loves Me through high school to join us for a full-scale Christmas musical, with lots of excellent songs and a script finessed by Bill Boerman-Cornell. There will be solos and duets for older kids, familiar Christmas carols for toddlers, and a place for everyone! Please pick up a form from the table under the mailboxes, look over participation options with your child, and then drop it in the box under the mailboxes. Be sure to get a CD from Lori Evenhouse or Sarah Zylstra so you can start listening to the music -- we are excited about these catchy, scripture-based songs that tell the Christmas story! Full group rehearsals will take place on Saturday, December 2, 9 and 16 in the morning. God Loves Me children need only attend the last rehearsal. Those with speaking parts or solos/small group singing can plan to practice before church a few times on Sundays in October and November. Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact: Lori,  or Sarah,

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.

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 W 151st Street, Oak Forest, IL US 60452
Phone: (708) 687-2095