Dec 2 sermon from Habakkuk – #questions

December 2, 2018 sermon based on Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3[3b-6] 17-19

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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!

While we chose to kick off Erin’s Kids on #GivingTuesday (November 27, 2018), it 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!

Thank you!

Nov 25 – God is With You

Nov 25 sermon from Jeremiah 1:4-10; 7:1-11 – God is with you.

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Be Like the Woman at the Well

Sermon preached at River of Hope on Sunday, November 18, 2018.  Based on John 4:28-30, 39-42 and Matthew 5:15-16

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Micah 1: 3-5; 5: 2-5a; 6: 6-8

November 11, 2018

Sermon: Nan Crary

Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I truly am happy to be here with you today, sharing some verses from the Bible that don’t have any hard to pronounce names or cities.  But Micah does give us quite a bit to think about.  First, we learn that the Lord is going out, coming down from the mountain — because the world is a mess.  [Read more…]

The Latest & Greatest from River of Hope

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Confirmation Sunday

Yesterday, these 9 young men and women stood in front of their families and talked about what a life of faith means to them. What it looks like in their daily lives. Their mentors and parents also stood to talk about what faith looks like in their lives too. [Read more…]

Bathsheba, Me Too

Sermon from Sunday, October 21, 2018

Scripture reading (click the link to read): 2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27; 12:1-9;

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Shadow boxing with Matthew 1 – Week of October 14, 2018

Today is the day we begin reading the book of Matthew – one chapter a week, reading the same chapter once a day, picking up pen and paper (or turning to a keyboard) and writing down your questions, your thoughts, and seeing how they change over a week’s time.

Full disclosure: Matthew is not my favorite book in the Bible. Out of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (the 4 books called the Gospels which means Good News), my favorite is Mark and then comes Luke and then John and, if I must put it on the list, Matthew. So I’ve got to shadow box with it. I’ve got to contend with it because it does have Good News to share and I wonder if I will have ears to hear it in a new way through this practice of reading it one chapter at a time, slowly but surely.

Feel free to SOAP this reading, if it helps you get into it in new ways.  What’s SOAP?

S – Scripture.  Read it. What stands out to you? Underline it or write it down.

O – Observations. What do you think this scripture says about God? About you? Write one part in your own words.

A – Application. How does this apply to your life right now? How does it bug you or comfort you?

P – Pray. What do you need to say to God or hear from God?

Glad to be with you on this journey through Matthew. I can’t do  it alone!

10 Commandments Sermon

“I’ll Be Your Mirror” is one of my favorite songs by the Velvet Underground. It’s a plaintive song of one singing to another that they will reflect the beauty of the other because they simply can’t see it themselves.  “Please put down your hands, cuz I see you,” she sings.  The song ends with the overlapping “Reflect what you are/I’ll be your mirror.”  What if we saw the 10 commandments as a mirror?  [Read more…]