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  1. Matt Ryniker Ordination

    Community Updates

    Let’s Join in Celebration

    Matthew Ryniker Ordination and Cake Reception on Sunday, April 28th, 10AM

    Matt is changing positions at Hope Chapel and becomes our Associate Pastor this Sunday, April 28th in the 10AM serviceafter he’s ordained.

    Though the youth will miss him in his role as youth pastor, he’ll pick up other responsibilities that bring his many skills and gifts to bear for the entire congregation; he’s already been doing that as Outreach pastor. Mandy Ryniker finishes her nursing training in the next week and graduates also. They are together ready to walk in this new role.

    Our Hopekids’ classes begin at 10AM. They’ll come back in at the end of the service so they don’t miss Matt’s ordination. Older kids can either sit on the floor up front or go be seated with their parents.

    Come celebrate the gift that Matt is to Hope! A cake reception follows.

  2. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service from 5-6:00 PM

    Community Updates

    Come as you are: dressed for photos in front of the tree or with the kids in pajamas. Begin a tradition with us Christmas Eve at 5:00 PM.  Bring your family and friends to sing the carols and hear the story once again of when Hope came as a human and lived among us.

    Then stand in the darkness as the first candle is lit and see it slowly spread across the room, candle to candle. Until at last, enveloped in the glow, we remember when The Light came into the world and pierced the darkness.

  3. “Christmas in July” Friday & Saturday Performances at 7:30PM and Sunday Matinee at 2PM

    Community Updates

    Christmas in July is a lighthearted romp in a situation in which anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong. In the end… well.. nothing really “comes together”. But from the chaos, the message, meaning and purpose to it all becomes clear.

    This new musical comedy is written by Dennis O’Donnell and directed by Brie Tschoepe, assisted directed by Joe Friedman, and includes in its cast: Allison Fischer, Nance Friedman, R. Carnie Littlefield, and Chris Wooten from Hope, with guests Danny Glover and Kathy Glover (early Hopites) and Cat Phillips.

    Performances: Friday the 7th, Saturday the 8th, Sunday the 9th

    Tickets at: https://cij-productions.ticketleap.com/cijmusical/ or at the door.

    Single: $5 each

    Group: $3 each for a group five-pack

    Appropriate for kids ages 8 and up also.

  4. Congregational Meeting April 25th

    Community Updates

    This is our twice-yearly gathering to receive updates on finances, our building renovation process, and future plans.  It is also a GREAT place to come and ask questions about Hope.

    Child care available by reservation; Deadline to RSVP for child care is 5:00 PM Wednesday, April 18th. To RSVP fill out the form below, scroll to the bottom and click “Submit”.

    We regret that the deadline to RSVP has passed.

  5. Good Friday Service March 30th

    Community Updates

    Join us for our Good Friday service March 30th at 6:30 p.m. We will have a joint service with our brothers and sisters from Grace and Peace Austin and Brentwood Bible Church. We’ll meet at Brentwood Bible Church,  6301 Woodrow Ave, 78757 and kids will be cared for in their facility.

    The Good Friday service will include music and meditations on the seven sayings of Jesus at his crucifixion, with worship and speakers participating from all three congregations. Come hear Hopites: Diane Wall, Rob Walker, Adrienne Kiesel, Tully Rowe, along with Mac Meador and Hannah Phillips from Grace & Peace, and Dan Wire from Brentwood Bible Church reflect on the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross.

    Child care is provided for children 5th grade and under. The deadline to RSVP for child care is midnight on Sunday, March 25th.

    RSVP for child care by filling out the form below, scroll to the bottom and click “Sign Up”:

  6. RSVP for the Deb Dorman Retirement Gala & Share With Us Memories, Photos, and Videos

    Community Updates

    It’s been 40 years since Debbie Dorman began leading worship at Hope Chapel and she’s retiring! Though she’ll always be a worshiper, she’s moving into a season of fewer responsibilities at Hope. And we’re having a party for her on Saturday, April 21st to show her how much we appreciate all she’s done these 4 decades – the life of Hope Chapel.

    Deb has said, “Please don’t make it all about me.” We are doing it anyway!


    Join in first for for a reception and then a celebration. 

    Reception: 4-5:30 p.m.

    Faith Lutheran is kindly sharing their fellowship hall with us (6600 Woodrow Ave, 78757). We’ll start here then move down the street for the celebration.

    Gala Celebration: 6-7:30 p.m.

    Hope’s auditorium/sanctuary (6701 Arroyo Seco 78757). You’re welcome to hang around the Gala ends and visit. 


    Debbie Dorman at Hope Chapel 

    More than any one person at Hope, Deb has led us into worship week after week, month after month, year after year, showing us how to seek the Father’s face. She has led us deeper in pursuit of worshiping God. And in the background, she has mentored worship leaders, written songs, led multiple worship teams, directed choirs, overseen young worship students, called out excellence in musicians, joined with other churches in writing music, protected the body by choosing scriptural worship songs, done the nitty-gritty administrative work, and above all else, never stopped being a worshiper herself. Together with her husband, Jack, they have Sunday after Sunday cried out to God, humbly, honestly, and passionately while encouraging us to do the same.

    Come celebrate the gift Debbie is and has been to Hope Chapel!


    Share With Us

    Share memories, video, photos, and worship team years of service at “Share With Us” on  www.DebDormanGala.com


    Deb Dorman Gala RSVP

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