Adult Ministry

Here at Hope, we believe there are certain “Marks of Discipleship” that help us as Christians to grow in our faith in our relationship with God.

We believe that it’s important to: Pray daily; Worship weekly; Read the Bible regularly; Serve at and beyond Hope Lutheran Church; Be in Relationship to encourage spiritual growth in others; and Give of our time, talents and resources.

Here are some of the opportunities available to adults in our congregation to develop these “Marks of Discipleship.”

Bible Study

We offer various Bible studies and small group opportunities. The following is not a comprehensive list, but just a place to start.

Tuesday Bible Class:

The Tuesday morning Bible Study is at 11 am in the Adult Classroom. The book of Daniel will be looked at as Pastor Gary leads this class. This class will not meet on May 16 and will have the last class on May 23.

Wednesday Evening Adult Education:

The Wednesday night classes will not meet until PrimeTime starts back up in the Fall. Be sure and check back here in August 2017 for information on when the new class and Primetime will be beginning.

Sunday Adult Class:

The Sunday morning adult class will be starting a new series on May 14. Join us as we discuss Brian McLaren’s new book, The Great Spiritual Migration. You might recall Brian from the “Animate” series that we used a couple of years ago. He is one of the leading figures in the emerging church movement.
The Great Spiritual Migration “argues that – notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance – Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun.” (from book jacket)

Grab your favorite beverage and join us. Newcomers are always encouraged! If you miss a week, don’t worry, just join us when you can.  Meet in the Conference Room from 9:45 to 10:45 am on Sunday mornings.

Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study:

BibleStudy

A weekly meeting of men gathering around tables for breakfast and discussing the reading for the week. The purpose is to leave this open discussion group with a better understanding of what God wants us to do with our lives. Just arrive on Fridays at Denny’s east of First street on 1110 E Shaw Ave at 6:45am for lively way to get your morning going as you are out at 7:45am. No reservations needed. We are currently using “Master Builders Bible for Men.” Oh one more thing…. bring your Bible.

Choir Ministry

All are invited to sing in the Hope Choir. The history of the Hope Choir goes back to the founding of Hope Lutheran Church. Our first choir director was the wife of the founding pastor, Ardis Natterstad. The Hope choir provides leadership in singing our liturgy and hymns as well as providing special music throughout the worship service.

We meet during PrimeTime Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. During our rehearsals we do more than sing and prepare our music. We also include devotions, prayer time, vocal warm-ups, and fellowship.

We welcome new members into the choir with open arms, a music folder, a robe, and a comfortable chair. The only requirement for membership is a love of quality choral music and the desire to make quality music. Our music includes choral works from the past to the present, Bach to Rock. We believe that God is our audience and that creates nurturing moments for all of us.

For more information please contact the church office or Tom Lindstrom at tclindstrom65@gmail.com.

Quilting Ministry

Another busy group of our congregation is our QuiltersQuilters. These women piece together quilt tops to be tied, make quilts for doll beds and make rag dolls; collect, repair and distribute blankets, comforters; make bags from heavier materials; make knitted caps and scarves; make pillowcase dresses and most of all have fun, share ideas and support each other. We don’t keep these projects for ourselves either. These quilts are distributed throughout the community such as the Bethel Home in Selma, the Fresno Rescue Mission, the Marjorie Mason Center, Project Access which is for homeless and/or foster children in the Fresno School District and many other worthwhile agencies. Sound like fun? We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 9:00 am in Classroom 4, through the church office. Stop by to learn more.