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Prairie Hope Companion ~ April 22

The program for Sunday night is ready! We hope you plan to be there. Here's the list of performers to whet your appetite: Bill Boerman-Cornell, Jim Hofman, Ted Boswell, Bill Van Groningen, Jeremy Hulford, Anne and Dave Vander Weele (perhaps), the world-renowned Hope Choir, The Friesen Boys, Yudha Thianto, Marjie Coleman, Adeline Larsen, Ben Friesen, Dick De Jong, and Dave Larsen as a socially appropriate Garrison Keillor. Several other acts may appear, but they're holding out for better pay. And, rumor has it that this may be the first PHC to be live-streamed on Facebook. (But live and in person is always better….)

Sub-supper at 5:00 p.m.

Show starts at 6:00 p.m.

Nursery will be provided.

Join us!

FUNDrive for Intergenerational Mission Trip to Austin ~ April 1-28

Seems like a good time to do some spring cleaning.

Got stuff you no longer want or use? 

Bring it to church! 

Items in good, sellable condition can be dropped off at church through Saturday, April 28 until 11:00 AM. It’s a win-win situation. Saver’s Thrift store, affiliated with the Epilepsy Foundation, pays a bulk rate for donated items. We help the Epilepsy Foundation and we raise money for the Austin trip. Win-win.

The items that they most need result in the most profit. Soft items such as clothing, shoes, hats mittens, scarves, ties, socks, underwear, purses, wallets, fanny packs, bags, towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains, tablecloths, and other cloth materials excluding water damaged or moldy items. These items should be placed in 13-gallon plastic kitchen garbage bags or 33-gallon plastic yard bags and filled to the top if possible.

Other items such as CDS, DVDS, small electrical items, toys, games, children’s books, kitchen items, knick-knacks, and sporting goods can also be donated, but should be boxed.  We cannot accept large furniture, auto parts, building materials, cleaning products, flammable products, paint and painting supplies, ties, mattresses, baby carriers and furniture, televisions (unless flat screen). 

Our goal is to raise $1000 for the Austin trip, so we would like to round up around 400 bags!  Plan a spring cleaning day and help us meet our goal.  Questions? Contact Rose Medema at

Youth Orchestra Ensemble ~ April 22, 29

Practice will begin on Sunday, April 15 at 9 a.m. in the atrium. There's still time to join! Get a copy of the music by contacting  . The group will play the prelude for the April 29 service. Elementary through high school instrumentalists are welcome. 

Liturgical Dance ~ April 29

Children ages 4 and up, of both genders, are welcome to participate. Practices will be from 2:00-3:00 p.m. every other Sunday until we participate in Hope's worship service in May. Twirling will be encouraged. Questions? Liz at  .

Joins National Day of Prayer ~ May 3

The Oak Forest Council of Churches and Oak Forest Mayor Henry Kuspa are hosting a prayer gathering as part of the National Day of Prayer for Unity on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (15050 Central Ave, Oak Forest). This is a unique opportunity to meet with and pray with our neighbors. “Our hope is that individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders in America, will join together in prayer for the work of God in America. We can come together in clear agreement that this is our greatest need. We can become a visible union, standing together in prayer.” Join us at the little Lutheran church down the street on the corner.

Congregational Meeting ~ May 13

After worship on May 13 we gather for a brief congregational meeting as we determine new Elders and Deacons for leadership at Hope. Please plan on joining us at 11:30.

Book Club ~ May 20

Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat is an important work of nonfiction that centers around the men closest to Danticat’s heart – her father and his older brother.  From the age of 4, Edwidge was placed in her uncle’s care when her parents left Haiti for America. When she rejoins her parents and two brothers in New York some years later, she leaves behind Uncle Joseph and the only home she’s known.  As the political situation in Haiti deteriorates, her uncle attempts to join them in America and he is threatened, detained, and imprisoned. Join us on Sunday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss this true-life story of life and death. We love new readers!    

Save the Dates! Vacation Bible School ~ June 18 - 22

Are you planning your summer? Hope's Vacation Bible School is June 18 – 22 for kids ages 5-years-old through 5th grade.  

Goes Camping ~ July 13-15

We’re doing a family camp weekend again. Great easy fun together. We’re going back to King’s Camp. It’s $60 a family, but don’t let the money stand in the way if you want to go. We’ve got you covered. Please sign up at Kiosk in Fellowship Hall. We have to send in a number by the end of April. Any questions or whatnot, talk to Dan Quist or email him at  

Fitness

The women of Hope are invited to join some of the women from 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! 

For more information contact us at

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