Community Updates

Hope community happenings.

  1. FAM Lemonade Stand

    Your favorite Summer Lemonade Stand is back this year! During Hope’s first Summer Fun Night on June 26 from 5-7pm on Hope’s front sidewalk.

     

    Like every year, our stand raises awareness about Hope Chapel’s Foster & Adopt Ministry to the Brentwood Neighborhood and benefits Foster Village –  – a local nonprofit that provides support groups & tangible items for foster families in Austin. 

     

    See you there! 

    Are you a Hopite (young or old!) interested in helping make the stand happen? Reach out to Rebekah Voelker to volunteer – rebekahjvoelker@gmail.com

     

  2. Children’s Baptism Classes Coming in May

    Dear Parents,

    Two baptism classes (taught by Pastor Matt)  are scheduled for Saturday, May 11 (9:30-11:30am) and Wednesday, May 29 (6 – 7:30pm). If your child has expressed interest in being baptized this year, please plan on attending these classes. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their children. Childcare will be provided by contacting Hala.

    The baptism service will be on June 9, 2024. This service will be followed by an outdoor water fun day on our playground, as is our custom.

    We’ve designed the baptism classes to help parents decide whether or not their children are ready for baptism. If you are unsure about whether or not this is the right year, class number one will help you decide.

    Adults who would like to be baptized should simply contact Pastor Matt. He will be happy to talk with you!

    Let Hala know if you have any kid-related questions!

     

  3. Host Home Information Dinner

    Join Mandy on Feb 28th from 6pm – 7:30pm at Hope (during Family Night) for dinner and great conversation! We will plan to explore the topic of becoming a Safe Families Host Home – these singles, roommates or families open their homes to host a child/children for short, predetermined lengths of time (on average 4-6 weeks). 

    This short hosting allows caregivers time and space to secure resources for themselves to prevent their children entering fostercare. The goal of host homes is to strengthen vulnerable families in our community and offer the hope of Christ through hospitality and friendship. 

    Come learn more and meet our guests the Oberski family, who have been a Safe Families host home since 2016! 

    Dinner and childcare provided. Please RSVP to Mandy

    aryniker@gmail.com by Feb 18th.

  4. “In This Together”

    The annual foster care & adoption conference put on by Fostering Hope, this year themed “In This Together.”

    This conference will be held at For the City Center on St John’s Ave* in Austin & includes lunch and childcare.

    From Fostering Hope, “This transformative event is meant to encourage and inspire foster, adopt and kinship families, as well as help provide some clarity for those who are considering how they can involved in impacting the child welfare space. ”

    The day includes keynote speakers and a variety of breakout sessions to choose from to both engage with and support caring for vulnerable families.

    More information and registration at

    Fostering Hope

    *pls note the original venue was changed and this is the updated location for the conference!

  5. Women’s Conference: WANTED!

    This year we are changing things up. Rather than going away we’ve decided to take some time and make room at home for women who can’t make it to retreats. The reasons are various from work to illness, to birthday conflicts and the list goes on. It’s important to make room. We also want to make room for our budding ladies. These young girls will soon be adult women and we want them to know they are a part of us.

    Matthew 22:36-40 ESV

    36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

    I and the team are excited with where the Holy Spirit is taking us with this theme of WANTED. We believe that making room is part of what helps others believe they are wanted by God and others. There is room for you and we hope that you’ll join us on this journey of discovering more of why God wants us.

    Love Lisette & WOH Team Leads

    WOH Conference 2024: WANTED!

    Special Guest Speaker Jeanine Sanchez

    Saturday, February 24th 8:30am – 4:00pm, Hope Chapel

    Click for Registration Details

     

     

  6. Childcare Worker Training on January 3

    Hope Chapel’s childcare workers and Sunday School volunteers are invited to learn tools from Sara Combs, MA, LPC and Cindy Martin, OT about ways to interact with all of our Hope kids in the spirit of TBRI  and relational connection.

    Join us for dinner and great conversation. Register here.

    Contact Mandy or Hala for more details

    aryniker@gmail.com

    halatompkins@hopemail.org