Gardeners with Hope team met in early March and decided the crops for the 2017 vegetable garden are as follows:
Spring season: Three varieties of Beets, Broccoli, Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Collard Greens, Kale, Two varieties of onions, and Swiss Chard.
Several harvests have already been delivered to Kumler Neighborhood Ministries Food Pantry. We have a strong crew this year (as always!). Should you feel the need to get your fingers dirty, contact Sue Hack or one of the other Gardners of Hope. Extra hands are always welcome!
There are always weeds to pull in the courtyard. If you ever need a few moments of therapy, feel free to go out there and weed! Your church key should now open the courtyard doors--they were rekeyed last summer. Plus, you can always enter from the conference room/library--just make sure that you block the door so it doesn't close on you.
FOOD AND FAITH: (During the summer months of June, July and August, we do not meet; however, our summer alternative is Faith on Tap.)
If you are looking for a safe place to "rest your burdens on the Lord" and to connect on a deeper level with other faith-full people, consider coming to Hope for a light supper on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. An assortment of Hope folks meet and share joys and concerns in a small group supportive setting. Each night is unique unto itself, so there is no preparation or carry-over from the previous week to worry about. Food preparation rotates around the group on a volunteer basis. Musically inclined people can stay for Band and/or Choir immediately following!
FAITH ON TAP:
Our summer alternative is Faith on Tap, meeting each Wednesday in June and August (no meetings in July) from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Dublin Pub. Faith on Tap is a relaxed conversation where friends gather to discuss topics of faith. Adult beverages are available but not a requirement, of course. Pastor leads with a word or scripture and the lively discussion begins! Come join us and bring a friend. Fellowship is positive and the food is pretty good too!
All the women of Hope Presbyterian Church, as well as any friends, are all invited to attend Women of Hope activities. We meet the last Monday of each month from September through May. We gather from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the church. We begin with a potluck dinner with the main course either provided by the WOH team or a very willing member. After dinner and dessert, we have an icebreaker question that helps us learn a little more abut each other. The question is a lead into the topic of the evening.
We completed Ephesians 6 regarding the Whole Armor of God at our May meeting. This fall, our study is still under consideration; however, we welcome input from everyone.
In August, we are tentatively planning a picnic. More information will be posted in our eblast.
Our group is open to anyone who knits, would like to learn to knit or creates other handwork. We meet on alternate Friday evenings in the Banner Bunch Room from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The projects completed thus far have included:
- Prayer shawls for use by the Deacons
- Hats, mittens and scarves for the children of Wanless and
- Jane Addams Elementary Schools
- Preemie caps for the Midwest Distribution Center
We will teach you to knit if you'd like to learn! Please join us!
The Friday Night Knitters group began in January 2010 for the purpose of knitting prayer shawls and teaching knitting to members in order to increase the volume produced.
We also knit mittens, hats and scarves for the students at underprivileged Springfield schools. We have sent hand knitted items to Wanless School in the past and currently to Jane Addams School. This is part of the community outreach of our Mission Committee which targets a Springfield school to support by donating clothing; food; school supplies and providing adult volunteers when needed.
We meet on Friday evenings every other week from 7-9 pm. Please come join us. We welcome all members and non-members; crocheters too!
A group of Hope Church men meets at 7:00 am semi-weekly for coffee, croissants and conversation at Café Moxo (Adams between 4th and 5th). The small group has anywhere from 2 to 9 and more are always welcome. Talk ranges from current events to philosophy to politics to religion to really everything in between. The great thing is that it is a forum where the conversation is civil and there are no concerns about bringing in a faith based perspective.
The Banner Bunch meets every other Tuesday night at 7 PM. We began in 2000 mainly to retire outdated banners and construct new ones for our sanctuary. Since then we have an impressive array of liturgical banners to adorn our sanctuary throughout the year. Our banners are on display in the sanctuary during our annual Hope for the Holidays event. We continue to meet and work on quilting and sewing projects for our church and the community. For our friends who do not sew, we often have parts of a project that non-sewers can easily do – cut, press, and pin for example.
Some past and current projects include: Lap quilts for Hope Church members and shut-ins; Banners for Presbyterian Churches in South Sudan; Updating seasonal banners for the sanctuary. We have made 31 quilted banners, 8 pulpit falls and several liturgical stoles for pastors. In addition, we made about 20 little dresses to send to Costs Rica, quilts for nursing homes, habitat quilts and a raffle quilt for a kidney recipient. Fifty small cross banners went to South Sudan for Presbyterian Churches served by our missionary, Lisa.
Our ideas come to us from the liturgical year that many churches follow. Each season has a color assigned and we design the decor of the sanctuary around that color.
We are people who like to sew or quilt; are creative and interested in adding visual interpretation to our worship space. We have professional pressers, offer lots of advice on everything and welcome interested persons to come join us!
- Updating and creating Chrismons for Advent
The Hope Church choir meets weekly on Wednesday nights at 7:00 during the months between September and May – taking the summer months off. During those weekly rehearsals, we rehearse and learn music for the Sunday morning worship services and a cantata that is presented during the Christmas Eve service. While we work hard we are also a group that celebrates together as well.
This very talented group of singers is a wonderful example of the diversity of the ages in the congregation. We welcome members who like to sing – without audition to prove their ability.
During the summer months, we enjoy guest musicians, singers, and groups who bring to our worship services much praise and beauty for those attending. We encourage our members and guests to volunteer their talents to share with our church family!
This November, the choir will join with others in Carnegie Hall, New York, for a special group of performances celebrating the holidays.