Embracing Hope

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Hope's Welcoming Statement

Hope strives to be a safe haven for God's unconditional love.  Every person is invited and encouraged to participate in all Hope activities and roles, including membership and leadership.  In this world most human conflict and separation are caused by differences, like ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, political positions and more. Hope embraces diversity and welcomes all who come through our doors, without exception.

 

 

Finding Hope

Worship and Sunday School
Worship begins at 10 am Sunday Mornings
Sunday school for preschool through 5th grade begins about 15 minutes into the service.
Middle school and high school youth and adults meet immediately after the service.

We are located at 1771 S. Wiesbrook Road Wheaton, IL 60189
Office Hours: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm Monday through Thursday

You can find Jay's sermons and other videos on the YouTube channel "Voice of Hope Wheaton"

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Welcoming Hope

A welcoming message from Pastor Jay
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To Those Who are Hope,

My daughter keeps asking me if I think Azusa Pacific University is a good

school. She is looking into schools (she is a Junior) and she has always

appreciated visiting APU in the summers when we visit. I tell her two things:

it's the student not the school that makes the education, and that, although

I am STILL paying student loan debt (how else can you get to school??) I

never regret it. I noticed the other day that much of my "non-work" clothes

are APU apparel. I mean, you don't wear your school's sweatshirts, shirts,

etc. if you hated the place. When I came to APU as a freshman, it was

1990 (now further and further away), and I was a wide eyed evangelical-like

student. How I can place that time period is by two social events popular in

culture and in the church. The first was the phenomena of Bo Jackson playing

two sports. He played for the Oakland Raiders at that time and there was a

Nike commercial drive that said "Bo knows (add the sport/event)." So there

were students walking all over the campus with "Bo knows Jesus" or "Bo

knows paddle ball" etc. The other phenomena was within the church; it was

the catch phrase "What would Jesus do?" or "WWJD?"  Almost every class,

chapel, Bible study, or Sermon I attended in those days made reference to this,

and almost every student I knew had a wristband that said "WWJD" on it. I

remember being quite bored by it (I also was buying a lot of Beatles bootlegs

at this time period, but that's another story entirely).

The author of the Letter of 1 John would have been very interested and

approving of the phrase "What would Jesus do?" His whole letter is basically

boiled down to that if you want to be a Christian, you need to follow Jesus.

Seems obvious enough right? But there was a difference in the community

over "Who Jesus was" and what role his actions really played in the community's

behavior.

I have enjoyed our walking through John's letter, and the passage on Sunday

gives us an opportunity to analyze a popular phrase (and book) from long

ago....I invite you to join us this Sunday!

Peace

Pastor Jay

AND

Jeni Fabian is the Executive Director of the Peoples Resource Center,

an important place to aid those who have great needs in DuPage County

. She'll be joining us this Sunday during worship and afterward for a conversation

on the patterns and needs she sees within our area. I invite you to stick around

to hear from a close partner of Hope.

AND

Our Friends from Hope Chicago will be visiting to have a conversation

with us over how to move forward in our 29 year relationship; specifically on

how to support racial justice in Chicagoland (and promote diversity in Wheaton).

We'll be joining them in conversation at 3pm in Fellowship Hall....Don't miss it!

 

 

 

May 16, 2019