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This church is especially a home of the young, the outsider, and the lonely. It is not a museum of saints, but a refuge for sinners. We come from diverse ethnic, political, religious and social backgrounds, but we all are broken people, powerless to save ourselves.
We believe God creates all people and puts His divine image in every soul. While we seek happiness in many wrong places, God is actually not far from each one of us, for "In him we live and move and have our being.” With each individual that enters our church, we recognize sons and daughters of God, infinitely valuable, beloved, and rich with potential. If this church is part of God’s family, then everyone is welcome home here! The Good News is that God loves us, and came to this world to reconcile all things. He died to forgive for our sins, and rose again. Jesus is looking for true worshippers. He is our Good Shepherd and we love to praise His kingdom of mercy. We want to share His love and joy with you.
Welcome to Hope!
-people who believe in the Living God and His eternal redemption in Jesus Christ. As a part of the world Christian movement, our mission and worship are rooted in the historic, orthodox Christian Gospel, celebrating the glory of the Triune God, the reforming truth of Scripture and love for all people. Because Jesus came to save sinners, we make disciples who make disciples of this good news!
Our leaders care for the flock by making regular contact to know how each household is doing spiritually, emotionally and physically. We want to hear your needs, prayer requests, concerns or questions.
Treasurer: Marge Rydberg, Financial Secretary: Jackie Eike,
Secretary: Aimee Kampbell
Ushers: Al Slight, Anthony Jaramillo
Deacons: Marcos & Laura Jaramillo (Christian Education), Scott Eike and Al Slight (Building & Grounds).
Elders: Gary Dahl, Bryan Kampbell and James Roland
Hope EFC is a church whose not-for-profit status is registered in the State of Iowa under no. 42-1126620. This church is autonomous in government and affiliated for care and accountability with the Evangelical Free Church of America, Central District, Superintendent Mike Shields email@example.com, www.cd.efca.org.
Learn more about the Evangelical Free Church of America, www.efca.org.
When you enter the building for a Sunday morning service, you will be greeted by a friendly person who will introduce themselves and take a few minutes to get to know you. Families are always welcome to sit together during the service, but if you have children who would like to visit the nursery, they will introduce you there and answer questions. They will also give you a printed program of the Order of Service and help you find a place to settle. Many people arrive before or after the starting time, so no worries!
Our services are a unique blend of mild liturgy and Spirit-led charisma, drawing from various ancient and modern traditions. Our contemporary songs and hymns, confessions and readings are focused on the Scripture text being preached that particular Sunday. During the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter, services follow the church calendar with traditional lectionary readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). During “Ordinary Time,” the rest of the year, services follow whole books of the Bible, alternating between the Old and New Testaments. Learn more about our practice of Expositional Preaching.
Like other churches, ours follows a pattern or form of movements, which always flex while repeating a general order. Overall, the Bible tells the dramatic story of history through the movements of (1) Creation for God’s glory, (2) Man’s Fall into sin, and (3) God’s Redemption in Christ, for the Restoration of all things. Our worship service reflects these actions through the respective cycles of (1) Approach & Praise, (2) Renewal, (3) Commitment and Hope.
How to Follow the Order of Service
In the printed program, the arrows pointing upward↑, downward↓, and side to side ↔ represent the conversational nature of our worship. That is, God speaks to us and we reflect and respond by speaking to Him and then by speaking to one another. The circular arrow represents internal reflection. Words in italics indicate when the congregation is to respond.
Each service begins with a responsive Call to Worship from a Psalm, followed by a Worship Focus, Invocation, Old Testament reading, singing, Gospel Reading, Confession of Sin, Assurance of Mercy, Prayer, Sermon, closing song, Offering and Benediction. We observe the Lord’s Supper at least once a month. Testimonies and prayer requests, as well as special musical offerings frequently compliment our worship.
Immediately after the service, we will welcome everyone for refreshments in the Fellowship Hall.
Jackie has been Administrative Secretary for Hope for more than 25 years and has been involved with our Wednesday night children’s program for 30 years. She has been married for 40 years to her husband Scott and they have one daughter.
James Roland has been a Pastor at Hope Church since 2009. He lives with his wife Heidi on a small farm (Little Field Abbey) near Storm Lake. Together, they have four grown children. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Northwestern (St. Paul) and an M.A. in Christian Thought from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He serve
James Roland has been a Pastor at Hope Church since 2009. He lives with his wife Heidi on a small farm (Little Field Abbey) near Storm Lake. Together, they have four grown children. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Northwestern (St. Paul) and an M.A. in Christian Thought from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He served as Acting Principal of Pan African School of Theology in Nyahururu, Kenya (2006-2008) and continues to travel internationally, training pastors and church leaders. He enjoys reading classic literature with his family, writing, sailing, north woods camping, art, medieval architecture, working on vintage motorcycles and fixing things. His life interest is to glorify God by drawing from the ‘storiness’ of art and literature for the enchantment of real life.
Adopted by the Conference on June 26, 2008. The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:
We believe that the preacher’s task is:
To this end, we practice “expositional preaching,” which aims to “expose” the meaning of the Bible text. In this way, the point of the sermon should be the point of the text. We believe this can best be done by preaching through whole books of the Bible, alternating between the Old and New Testaments.
This may be contrasted to “Idea Preaching” in the following table.
Centers on what is in my mind at a given moment and places my idea over the text and sermon
More common (e.g. popular preachers)
Requires less study and reliance upon God in prayer
Preacher and congregation gain nothing new from God (recycles what I already know)
Opens the message to non-biblical influences (marketing, entertainment, etc.)
Deductive Approach: Advocate/attorney starts with a conclusion and tries to prove it (e.g. not guilty)
Attracts crowds with multi-media and entertaining scripts and visuals
Features the Preacher as a ‘Chef’
“Exposes” God’s message in the text and gets me out of the way
Rare these days, but God’s classic method
Requires much study, observation and prayer. Hard on the preacher (spiritually, emotionally, intellectually)
Uses critical thinking skills to discover new things about God with each new text
Safeguards the Gospel from non-biblical influences
Inductive Approach: Doctor first examines symptoms and makes tests to finally arrive at a diagnosis/conclusion
Draws strength from the text. Life and death depends on sound preaching!
Humbles the Preacher as a table ‘waiter’
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