Discipleship is a lifelong process. As we mature in our Christian walk, we become involved in ministry opportunities that grow and reflect our beliefs. At Hope Church we strive to provide all with thoughtful and meaningful opportunities to learn and grow in faith.  Following is a list of some of the opportunities that you can be involved with at Hope Church.  All are welcome, and you do not need to be a member of or attend Hope Church to participate.  If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please feel free to contact the church office at (419) 877-5232.

Monday Evening StudyHave you ever had a great relationship go bad or a bad relationship that became even worse? In this four-part study, Clay Scroggins suggests a secret to finding peace about difficult relationships, even if we can’t find peace in those relationships.  Please join us at Hope Church on Mondays from 6:30-8:00 p.m., starting on April 24th, as we explore this study on dealing with “Bad Blood.”  Childcare is available upon request.

Monday Women’s Bible StudyThe Monday afternoon women’s Bible study class invites you to join us and Pastor Bill Hybels in a four-session video-based study during which our group will learn to direct our everyday steps according to “whispers” from God.  Together we will explore:

  •       opening our hearts to the power of a whisper from God
  •       practical filters for discerning whether the whispers we are from heaven
  •       how to become gutsier about actually doing what God is prompting us to do.
Class begins on Monday, April 24.  12:00-1:30 in the Conference Room.  For further information, please see Laurie Schofield.
Wednesday StudyOn Wednesday, April 26, 2017, we will begin a new six-week DVD-based study: “The Gospel According to Jonah: A New Kind of Obedience.” Through this study we learn that the Book of Jonah is not just about a runaway prophet swallowed by a big fish. Jonah is first and foremost about a gracious God relentless in pursuit of those that He loves.  Sessions are begin are Wednesdays, at 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Childcare is available upon request.

Thursday Women’s Study – We  will be back starting April 20th at 3:00 with the second half of “Bad Girls of the Bible.”  If you missed the first half, there is still much to be learned from this fun study!

United Methodist Women – The traditional women’s group of the United Methodist Church meets monthly here at Hope. The women have a monthly program on the third Monday of the month at 7 pm for educational purposes as well as fellowship time. The UMW also promotes and assists many other ministries through service time spent as well as their donations from the money raised through the Clothing Closet ministry here at the church.

Hope Men’s Group Hope Men’s Group meets on the second Saturday of each month at 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Papoos restaurant at 10335 Waterville Street, Whitehouse, OH.  In August, the men started a 10 session study called, “Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood.”  All men are welcome.

Silver Sneakers – The Silver Sneakers Fitness Program began at Hope Church this week.  Studies have shown that participation in an exercise program can:6225887_orig

  • Lower body weight
  • Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Improve mental health and mood

Classes will be on Tuesdays from 12:45-1:30 p.m. in the youth room.  All are welcome to participate.  The cost is free with your insurance benefit or $3.00 per class without.  Invite a family member or friend to join you for a time of activity and fun.   Wear loose fitting clothes and comfortable athletic shoes.  Bring a towel and your water bottle.  Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m.

Ladies Low Impact Exercise Class – Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday at 8:00 a.m.    Please enter through the front door of the building.

Quilts of Love – Every Other Thursday – Let’s say a prayer for the children that will receive these quilts.  We hope they feel the love and warmth that’s directed toward them.Quilting Hearts

The Quilt Ladies have been helping Toledo Children’s Hospital with a new project also. Some of the ladies have been making hearts out of material that are given to the parents to wear next to their bodies. The parents then take the hearts back to the hospital and they are placed in the incubators so the babies will have the parents smell near them at all times. What a beautiful idea!

Quilts of Love is a church mission to provide comforters (and now hearts) to children in trying circumstances.  These will go to Lucas County Children’s Services and to The Toledo Children’s Hospital.