Hope in Winter

Join us for HOPE IN WINTER, a series of outdoor events embracing the Bold North and a virtual pilgrimage. January and February give us some of the most beautiful and sunlit days of the year. Here are eight ideas for spending some time together outdoors and indoors as a church family.


Mississippi Mile Walk with Lynn and Mark Barger Elliott
Sunday, January 3 | 2 p.m.
Meet Mark and Lynn at the “lookout” at the end of Summit Avenue for a mile walk along the Mississippi River. 


Youth Group Snowball Fight, Summit Lawn
Saturday, January 9 | 2 p.m.
Students, grades 6–12, are invited to meet on the House of Hope Summit Lawn for the first ever, annual Snowball Fight! Dress for a snowy battle. There will be hot chocolate catered to help us warm up and fellowship following the bout.


Snowshoeing with Ann and Bill Geery, Fort Snelling State Park

Sunday, January 10 | 1 p.m.
Enjoy the beauty of winter in the park’s extensive snowshoe trails where generations of Dakota lived along the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.


Dog Park Meet Up, High Bridge Dog Park with Linda Lane
Sunday, January 17 | 3 p.m.
59 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul
The High Bridge Dog Park, the former location of a coal power plant, is located on seven acres of land just south of Shepard Road. Bring your dog, or come on your own.


Summit Avenue Walking Pilgrimages with Julia Carlson
Wednesdays, January 27, February 3, 10, and 17 | 11 a.m.
Join Julia on short pilgrimages along different sections of Summit Avenue. Enjoy the beauty of the historic homes along the longest stretch of Victorian-era homes in the United States.


Snow Sculpture Contest in the HOH Park, Portland Avenue
Sunday, February 14 | 2–2:30 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to create a snow sculpture? A prize will be awarded. All are welcome!


Family Sledding Event
Saturday, February 27 | 10–11 a.m.
Watch the Enews for more details.


We will also offer a VIRTUAL pilgrimage which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home
Walking the El Camino: A Virtual Pilgrimage via Zoom
Sundays, January 24 and 31, February 7 and 14 | 2–3 p.m
Guide: Julia Carlson
In this time when we cannot travel, let’s go on a virtual journey. Through the pictures and memories of one Camino pilgrim along with poetry from David Whyte and well-known author Joyce Rupp’s chronicle Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino, we will travel through both landscape and soulscape together.