August 25, 2019 Sermon

Posted by River of Hope Lutheran ELCA – Hutchinson, MN on Sunday, August 25, 2019

August 18, 2019 Sermon

Posted by River of Hope Lutheran ELCA – Hutchinson, MN on Sunday, August 18, 2019

Erin’s Kids

Have you been hearing about “Erin’s Kids” lately?

Erin’s Kids is a fund set up at River of Hope in memory of Erin Olson, by her parents Shirley and DuWayne Olson.  Erin was a vivacious young lady who had a passion for life, a radiant smile, unending energy, and a love of kids. She loved to camp and always went out of her way to make sure everyone was included. To leave anyone out was unacceptable to Erin. Therefore, the funds raised for Erin’s Kids will be used to ensure that all youth who express interest in going to camp at River of Hope will have the means of going. All kids are Erin’s Kids!

Fundraising for Erin’s Kids will be ongoing! You can expect to see more fundraisers throughout the year, hear more about “Erin’s Kids” and learn more about Erin as we honor her memory.

Please help us grow this fund, support our youth, and provide life changing experiences through Him.

Here are some ways to help with Erin’s Kids:

  1. Donate online, selecting “Erin’s Kids”
  2. Drop a check in the weekly offering or send it to the office with the Memo: Erin’s Kids
  3. Share about Erin’s Kids on social media and help us spread the word. #ErinsKids
  4. Talk to your kids, grand kids, and their friends about going to camp. Let’s get them excited!
  5. Tell someone about Erin! Her parents tell us that she would LOVE what’s is being done in her honor.
  6.  Share your own memories of going to camp on social media, using the hashtag #ErinsKids
  7. Watch for upcoming fundraising events and dive in!
  8. Volunteer to chaperone an upcoming trip.

Thank you!

May 19, 2019 – Sermon preached on Romans 1

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Who Are You Swimming With?

Sermon from Acts 13 and 14 preached on May 12, 2019

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Pr. Laura’s new call

April 10, 2019

Dear River of Hope-ers,

I am writing to share news with you that marks a new milestone in the life of River of Hope. With both grief and joy in my heart, I will be leaving River of Hope. My last Sunday with you will be May 19.

Over the past eight years, you have taught me to be a pastor and a preacher. It has been a privilege to serve you and with you and I have loved each of you deeply. You have taught me how to love so well. It has been the most beautiful and terrible gift to be shared. You are part of my heart now, so I will carry you with me wherever I go. My departure will mean different things to different people. It might bring up other losses you’ve experienced, or you might be disappointed or angry. All these feelings are part of this process, and I am experiencing this loss as well. Let’s offer each other grace and forgiveness as we navigate these waters.  In the midst of our sadness, the Good News is always a new thing being born out of loss – this is our resurrection story that we tell every Sunday. This is our rhythm of life already as Christians.

The new call I have accepted is a brand new thing for the ELCA. I will serve as Pastor and Program Director at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter for the Continuous Growth Pathway.  I will resource and support pastors and deacons in the Southwestern and Southeastern Minnesota Synods to faithfully lead into the unknown and difficult terrain of the future of the church in healthy ways. I will commute regularly to and from Fairmont to St. Peter knowing that as the program gains steam, I will be able to work from home.

As many of you have heard me say, “Living in two places will work until it doesn’t.” Coming to this realization has been a gradual, prayerful process of listening to my life as your Pastor and as a partner with John. It has been difficult to feel my call to serve as your pastor change. The energy it takes to fully live in two places will not serve River of Hope or my marriage well for the long term.

This is a moment of hope for you as you continue your life together as a community. I know you’re ready to live into the future that God is calling you toward, discovering more about who you are as a people, and how you are called to be a specific place for hope and healing for whoever you encounter. A new pastor will bring new gifts and you’ll go in new directions! The Holy Spirit has so much up her sleeve for you. Hutchinson needs this community of faith so, so much. Mike Weisenberger, River of Hope President, will lead you well in this time of transition. Please include him and the River Table in your prayers as they lead you into and through this time of transition.

My life is forever changed because of how our lives have been brought together to follow Jesus. I am grateful beyond words. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

All my love and a little bit more,

Laura

 P.S. I would be grateful if you kept this news off of social media until after worship on Sunday, April 14.

What the Sheet?!

Sermon preached at River of Hope on Sunday, May 5, 2019: Acts 10:1-17; 34-35. You can read the scripture below and then watch or listen to the sermon.

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Vulnerable Disciples

Sermon preached at River of Hope April 28, 2019 on Matthew 28.  Read scripture below and listen or watch the sermon, too.

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Easter Sunday – Wanna Dance?

Sermon preached on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 on Matthew 28:1-10 – Wanna Dance?

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Palm Sunday

Sermon preached April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday – on Matthew 21:1-17

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