Dear Hope Family,
This Sunday at Hope we will celebrate the fruit of many months worth of praying, preparation, and searching for two crucial positions at our church:
Director of Worship
We will welcome Michael Kuehn (pronounced “keen”), his wife, Hazel, and their daughter, Greta, to our worship service and help Michael dive into the waters of serving as our new full-time Director of Worship at Hope. Please join me in opening our arms of welcome to this family and thanking God for his rich provision. Please join me, also, in extending our deepest thanks to the faithful team of Hope members who led the charge to search for and secure our new Director of Worship: Brett Anderson, Julie Bell, Ned Erickson, Ginny Evans, and Tom Nicholson. They invested precious time and resources to the process and served our church beautifully throughout.
Pastor for Students and Families
This coming Monday, Davis Mooney, his wife, Hannah, and their son, Winston, will arrive in town after a cross-country drive from St. Louis. They loaded all their earthly possessions into a PODS container this week, and hopefully it will arrive here safely too! The Mooneys will join us in the worship service next week and have this week to start getting settled in. Like with the Kuehns, please join me in opening our arms of welcome to this family and thanking God for his rich provision. Please join me, also, in extending our deepest thanks to the faithful team of Hope members who led the charge to search for and secure our new Pastor for Students and Families: Andrew Applegate, Sarah Beam, Eric Hein, Elizabeth Miller, Jean Moser, Margaret Ann Speakman, Blair Whitworth, and Olivia Williams.
As we all know, the excitement of newness and change can be exhilarating and hopeful, and transitions can be equally difficult and demanding. I want to ask you to pray specifically for the Kuehns, Mooneys, our staff, and the entire congregation that we may all find God’s grace to be present, tangible, and sufficient for the difficulties and joys of this in step forward for our church.
I think the benediction we often use from 1 Thessalonians 5: 23-24 is entirely appropriate for the occasion: “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”
Grace and peace,