Virtual Worship March 15th

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Live stream worship – March 15, 2020

Posted by River of Hope Lutheran ELCA – Hutchinson, MN on Sunday, March 15, 2020

Worship Life with COVID-19

This is not your typical day.

We are – all of us – in the midst of a world wide pandemic. The last was 1968-69. Some of you might remember it – most of us don’t.

While it is true that for the vast majority of us, this new virus will render us ill for a moment and we will recover. That is not true for all of us. For those who are elderly or have underlying health conditions, this new virus will mean a far more serious result.

We have all seen the advice from the CDC and other public health officials to limit our contact in public and practice “social distancing”. The goal of social distancing is to minimize the spread of the virus to protect those who are most vulnerable, and – hopefully – minimize the number of people who will require hospitalization.

In consultation with Dr. Brian Pollmann, members of the River Table and I have made the decision to cancel worship at the Event Center for the remainder of March.

This doesn’t mean, however, that worship is cancelled! We will do what River of Hope does… get creative!

* Join the Watch Party on Sunday Mornings on Facebook at 10:30 am. We will pray – interact in real time – hear the Story and a sermon. For those of us who love the music, there will be links to worship videos.

* Continue to support River of Hope through your financial offerings. While we might not be meeting at the Event Center, the bills will continue to accumulate! + If you are not signed up for SimplyGiving ** click here ( and follow the prompts.

+ If you prefer to write a check, feel free to stop by the office, Mondays – Thursdays; 9 am – 12 noon. or drop it in the mail. Our mailing address is listed below.

* Continue to read Love Without Limits – I’m working on ways to continue our conversations while keeping others healthy.

* Other ways to stay connected:

+ PRAY! If you would like a prayer partner from River of Hope – please send me an email. I will connect you with the name of someone else from River of Hope!

+ CALL! Be sure to check in with each other – give a phone call or text message to say “Hi” and that you’re thinking of them.

+ REACH OUT! I know, we’re Minnesotans, we don’t do that well. That said, PLEASE connect with me if you would like to speak directly or have any concerns!

+ DON’T PANIC! There are really smart people – with really big hearts doing a lot of work to bring all of us through this time.

It is at times like these when the love of God truly brings peace in the midst of the storm. May we all share that love (from a safe distance) with everyone we meet – no exceptions

In Christ, Pastor Janine

Nobody Promised Love Would Be Easy

Sermon March 8, 2020 – Second Sunday in Lent

Sermon of Mark 10:32-52

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Season of Lent

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.

Click here for a 40 day devotional calendar as we enter the Lenten Season.

We Give

Terebinth Refuge is a Christ-centered shelter and safe home that brings hope, healing services, and freedom to sexually exploited and trafficked women.  During the season of Lent, River of Hope will support the St Cloud organization. We have a goal of supporting their work with a gift of $1,000. Please click here for there list gifts for shelter needs and supplies.

Checks can be made directly to Terebinth Refuge and brought to worship or dropped at the RoH office.

We have a goal of supporting their work with a gift of $1,000.

Please click here for more information on this organization or others ways to support this shelter for hope and healing.

Please click here for there list gifts for shelter needs and supplies.

Significance of the Terebinth (Oak) Tree

Throughout the Old Testament Terebinth and Oak are referred to and the reference interchanged. The word used in Isaiah 61:3 which is often translated ”ram” as it’s root, refers to strength and power and can also mean “pillar”referring to a strong leader. Terebinth (pistacia) develops a very large deep and extensive root system and therefore remains green in years of drought, it often sprouts from the stump after being cut. Because of its large size and great age, terebinth tree were places of significance, well known landmarks in the scripture, also seen as a resting place of shelter and shade. God refers to His children as becoming a “terebinth of righteousness”, a position of resilience, strength and rest to bring Him glory.

Services Include:

  • Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Program for women 18 and older
  • Trauma-informed, Strength-based, Victim-centered, and Survivor-informed Programming
  • Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Services
  • Equine Therapy
  • Individualized Case Management
  • Legal Advocacy Referrals
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Education and Employment Services
  • Wellness Programming
  • An On-site Registered Nurse
  • Medical referrals
  • Psychological referrals
  • Support Groups
  • Survivor Staff
  • Spiritual guidance (if desired)

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Sermon March 1, 2020 – First Sunday in Lent

Sermon of Mark 10:17-31

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Sermon February 23rd, 2020 – Transfiguration

Sermon of Mark 8:27-9:8

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What Comes From the Heart

Sermon February 16th, 2020 – Sixth Sunday After Epiphany

Sermon of Mark 7:1-23

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Daughter, Your Faith Has Made You Well

Sermon February 2nd, 2020 – Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Sermon of Mark 5:21-43

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Parables in Mark

Sermon January 19th, 2020 – Second Sunday After Epiphany

Sermon of Mark 4:1-34.

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Jesus Heals and Teaches

Sermon January 12th 2020 – First Sunday After Epiphany

Sermon of Mark 2:1-22.

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