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  1. World Welcome Furniture Give Away Saturday August 13th

    Community Updates

    World Welcome Family RoomEvery other year, we have the opportunity to welcome Austin’s international students in a very practical way: we make available free furniture and household items!  We focus on the graduate students who come from overseas with nothing but their suitcases.  They don’t go into the dorms on campus, but rather apartment housing that is either lightly furnished or unfurnished.  Of course, it is open to all the international students!

    We are looking for your help and support in 3 ways:

    1. We are looking for donated items!  These can be gently used chairs, tables, bed frames (no mattresses, please), drawers, lamps, desks and bookshelves.  Also we need household goods: lamps, plates, pots and pans, cups, coffee makers, toasters, irons, towels, dish towels, sheets and pillow cases, etc. If you have items to donateplease email Nance Friedman:  worldwelcomeinaustin@gmail.com  
    2. We are looking for volunteers to collect, deliver and help out on the day of the event: Saturday, August 13th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There are lots of places to help, even if you aren’t able to lift!
    3.  We are also looking for volunteers for the Fall Semester.  This would be as an English Conversation Partner (no teaching experience needed!), or a Support Family for the many students who will come for the furniture and then connect with us for friendship, English help, and a chance to be with a family for a meal or holiday.

    If you can help out in any way, please email Nance Friedman:  worldwelcomeinaustin@gmail.com  
    Thank you!

  2. Thursday Morning Bible Study Starts June 4th

    Women of Hope
    Come join the Women of Hope for a summer Bible study on Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.June 4th – July 30th in the 5th grade class room (except July 16th and  23rd).
     A recent string of popular-level books written by the New Atheists have leveled the accusation that the God of the Old Testament is nothing but a bully, a murderer, and a cosmic child abuser. This viewpoint is even making inroads into the church. How are Christians to respond to such accusations? And how are we to reconcile the seemingly disconnected natures of God portrayed in the two testaments? Come read and discuss Paul Copland”s “Is God A Moral Monster.”
    Sign Up Below (fill in the info and click “sign up” at the bottom)

    Ladies' Books & Breakfast

  3. Amazing Book

    Community Updates

    The following is written by Hala Tompkins, our dearly loved Children’s Ministry Director. It is an excerpt from her recent Children’s Ministry e-newsletter. I found it encouraging, and with her permission have posted it here. May it encourage you, too!

    Amazing Book

    I’ve been reading the Bible on a daily basis (more or less) since 1981. Basically since I had my 14th birthday and was given my own, leather-bound, name embossed NASB translation, I’ve read the Bible. And you know what is amazing? It becomes new every time I read it or listen to it or hear someone talk about it; there are new things to learn all the time.

    This morning as I walked, I listened to Matthew. I wanted to camp on the Lord’s prayer, but because I was listening, I heard Jesus explain how to pray and then go on to talk about all sorts of other things. When I got to Matthew 7, it was as though I had never really heard these verses before. How is that possible? I don’t know, but every time I heard something that challenged me or surprised me, I pushed pause and prayed about that. Good thing I walk early, or people might have thought I was crazy! Here’s the section that got me good:

    Matthew 7:9-12
    Or which one of you, if his sons asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks him for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

  4. Memorial for Nell Sellstrom + Saturday April 11th

    Community Updates


    Our precious Nell Sellstrom passed from this life into eternity on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. A dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, she will be terribly missed by all of our Hope community and many others. A memorial service will be held at Hope Chapel Saturday, April 11th, at 3:00 p.m., in gratitude to the Lord for Nell’s beautiful soul and celebration of a life well lived.

    In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Hope Chapel’s Missions Fund.


  5. Hope 101 + April 14, 21 & 28

    Community Updates
    Are you new to Hope Chapel and want to learn more about who we are and what we believe as a church? Or if you’ve been here for a while and want to know more, you’re welcome also. Hope 101 is for you.
     On three Tuesdays in April: 14th, 21st and 28th at 6:00 p.m., come have dinner together with some of the staff and governing board. You’ll hear about our history, vision, and values. Child care is provided by reservation.
    RSVP below:

    Hope 101 RSVP

    • Please include area code.
    • Please include any special needs your child may have (food allergies, etc.)
  6. Lenten Services Child Care RSVP

    Community Updates

    On Maundy Thursday & Good Friday, April 2nd & 3rd we will partner with our brothers and sisters at Christ Church for our Lenten services, as we have in the past several years. Both services will be at 7:00 PM.

    Child care will be provided by reservation.  PLEASE NOTE: For Maundy Thursday, care will be provided for Kindergarten age and under; for the Good Friday service, care will be provided for children 5th grade and under.

    The deadline to RSVP for child care is midnight on Monday, March 23rd.

    To reserve child care, fill out the information below, scroll down and click “Sign up”.

    We regret that the deadline has passed to reserve child care for these services.