Embracing Hope

Hear what Hopers have to say about Hope Church!

 

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 Need Hope,
 
I still remember Mrs. Colby, although I don't remember much detail about her life (now or then). She probably wss in her 70's (maybe 80's), and was a teacher of an after school Bible program in my youth. My sister and I laugh about these memories, because we are not sure if our  parents knew this was happening or if Mrs. Colby just took us anyway (we were excused from school to go every Thursday afternoon!). She would always drive us to ice cream FIRST, then to a small church (Presbyterian as I have investigated!) and gave a Bible lesson on a flannel board. I still remember many of her lessons, and laugh at many things that were said or done in those classes (I have a bizarre memory of wearing a rainbow beanie!). But the main thing I remember the most is being thankful for her, and when, after my parent's divorce, I moved from town later that year, she was the first person I called to thank her.
 
God gives us elders/mentors in our life who have interesting lives. Anna, in our Scripture this Sunday, "lived and slept" at the Temple....praising God. But she made such an impression on people that Luke obviously is giving us an actual memory. The thing that made her unique or worth remembering (I'm sure there were many things....we all probably know the type who is at church more than at their own home)....she gave thanks. She lived a long life....but perhaps the secret of her longevity, was that she was grateful. She was thankful.  And because of this, she recognized Christ when he came.
 
I invite everyone this Sunday to come, perhaps not like Anna (all day and night....everyday), but in the spirit of Anna, giving thanks....for the good things God is doing at Hope. In our gratefulness and thankfulness....perhaps God will bless us and prolong us too!  Who knows :)  ALL ARE WELCOME!
 
 
 
Peace
 
 
Pastor Jay
 
 
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We had a good conversation in reading through a little bit of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe last Sunday.....Come again as we take a look at two impressive literary characters...the White Witch and.....you guessed it....ASLAN!
 
 

January 17, 2019