Hope Community Church

Cars, crafters needed for Hope event

September 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Cars and crafts—what a combination! Hope Community Church of Rockford will be hosting a unique event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 1. Cars and Crafts for Hope is a benefit to raise funds and collect food for North Kent Community Services, who serves our neighbors in need every day, providing food, clothing and household goods, nutrition counseling and other services. The Craft Fair vendors will be displaying their wares inside the worship center, classic cars of all ages will be exhibited on the grounds, and the The Silver Spork (new to Rockford) will be offering food and beverages. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, please visit Hope’s website to download a craft vendor application, or crafters contact Maddie at (616) 285-4690 and car owners contact Michael at (616) 874-1553. Advance car registration is required because spaces are limited. Hope is located at 7000 Myers Lake Avenue NE, Rockford, a quarter mile north of Belding Road/M-44. For more information, visit Hope Community’s website at www.hoperockford.org or call (616) 874-4673.

A Message for You

June 16, 2011 // 0 Comments

God of New Things by PASTOR SCOTT SWIX Hope Community Church, Rockford It’s spring going into summer, a season of beautiful colors and green growing things! Take a look around the Rockford area at all the new things springing up—trees and plants, fields of crops, new businesses downtown, and new graduates starting to think about college in the fall. New things. Exciting things. Our God is a God of creation as well, not just once long ago, but a God who is constantly creating anew—the spark of life that keeps it all going. The cells in our miraculous bodies are constantly being made anew. Our creative ideas, from music to inventions, are aspects of this God that creates anew. The gift of imagination, of what could be, is such a great and wondrous thing. Some philosophers say this is what really separates us from other creatures: the ability to imagine something then work to make it real. New things can be a bit scary, since we don’t always know what to expect and whether we’ll like it. And new means a bit of change, which we don’t always like. To be sure, there’s comfort in the tried and true, old faithful stuff. But without the “new” in our lives, we would be dead, either physically, emotionally or intellectually. The Holy Spirit lives in us and draws in new ways—to see ourselves and others in new and different light. We are never called to simply “sit where we are,” but are called to listen to that Spirit calling us toward a new and different place in which our walk with God is deeper and stronger, and our love for others is more honest, more generous, more caring and a better mirror of God’s love for us. And because of this, God is constantly reaching out to us in new ways, and always has. “New” life is a common theme in the Bible and our faith. Sometimes it’s through new people in our lives and new opportunities and challenges. So, in this season of “new,” where is God calling you? What new thing is God calling you to in your life? A new and different way to serve others and help this world? A renewed and healed […]

Celebrate ‘Blue Christmas’ at Hope Community Church

December 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Hope Community Church in Rockford will be celebrating a “Blue Christmas” worship on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The “Blue Christmas” service is specially designed for those who are coping with loss or pain. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died, it may be filled with stress related to loss of employment or a broken relationship. The constant refrains on radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season and about getting together with family and friends reminds many people of what they have lost or what they are missing. The anguish of the death of a loved one can make us feel alone in the midst of everyone else celebrating. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness or emptiness; we need to know that we are not alone. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. When our hearts are heavy, hearing Christmas songs that describe “the most wonderful time of the year” rings a bit hollow. Instead we might feel we are living the lyrics of the 1957 hit “Blue Christmas” when Elvis Presley sings, “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you, I’ll be so blue just thinking about you.” Yet, even in the midst of this pain, there is the desire to somehow connect with God. We often feel afraid, angry, ashamed. That’s OK. God is there with us in our pain. Putting words to this season can often be difficult. But we do this together in our address to God. The “Blue Christmas” service is a bit quieter, with a couple of softer Advent and Christmas hymns, Scripture readings, special prayers and a time for all to light candles. The service is shorter than normal worship and, at Hope, does not include a sermon. If your heart is heavy or you wish to give the gift of encouraging presence to those that are, come join us for our special “Blue Christmas” worship service. For more information contact Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave. NE, Rockford, 1/4 mile north of Belding Road, or call (616) 874-4673, or visit www.hoperockford.org.

RHS Advanced Women’s Chorus to perform at Hope

December 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

A very special Christmas concert is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. The Rockford High School Advanced Women’s Chorus will provide an hour of beautiful music to bring joy to your holiday celebration. This wonderful group often fills the Rockford Fine Arts Auditorium with the beautiful sounds of the season, but at Hope Community Church you will be able to hear them in a much more intimate setting. For more information, call Hope Community Church at (616) 874-4673 or visit www.hoperockford.org. • • •

Paws 4 Hope… day of family fun with your best fur friend

September 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Hope Community Church is celebrating the canine-human bond with a day of celebration on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. Over a dozen events are aimed at families with sociable dogs up-to-date on shots and on a leash held by an adult. Prizes and trophies valued over $150 will be awarded in the Pet Costume Contest and the Pet/Person Kinda-Look-Alike Contest. Enter to win a year’s supply of dog food provided by Chow Hound. This fundraiser for Hope Community Church’s build-a-parking-lot fund includes a need-not-be-present-to-win raffle for stunning pet items every half hour, nail trims, ear cleaning, brush-a-pet station, and homemade pet and people baked goods. Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary, Paws with a Cause, and the Humane Society of Kent County will be present with events and information. AKC will also provide information for pet parents. Pastor Scott will preside over the Blessing of the Dogs Ceremony, which will be offered several times during the event. Hyer Luv Kennel and Groomers is creating and coordinating this event with Hope Community Church members, Plainfield Pet Hospital, Wise Photography, Iams Corporation, Rockford Animal Hospital, Ada Hospital for Animals, Rogue Valley Vet Hospital, Ric’s and those businesses still coming on board to support the community and Hope Community Church.

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