Hope in Winter

Join us for HOPE IN WINTER, a series of events and offerings to enjoy during some of the most beautiful and sunlit days of the year! Here are seven ideas for spending some time together outdoors and indoors as a church family.

HOH Labyrinth Days:
January 11, 12, 13; January 18, 19, 20; and January 25, 26, 27, and 30.
Available between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Sunday, January 30 – 9 a.m. – Noon)
A labyrinth has been described as “walkable art.” It is an ancient spiritual practice that enhances prayer and reflection. The House of Hope portable labyrinth will be set up in the Great Hall.


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


Snowshoeing with Ann and Bill Geery | Fort Snelling State Park
Snow dependent. Watch for announcements for the first outing!
Enjoy the beauty of winter in the park’s extensive snowshoe trails where generations of Dakota lived along the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.


HOH Sanctuary Mornings
Come and watch the sun make its way from the East Transept window to the windows in the Chancel and through the Nave. We are here, we are open; the House of Hope sanctuary is available for quiet reflection and a time away from the world. Bring a devotional or journal and spend some time with God through the beautifully detailed wood carvings and plethora of stained glass.
From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., press the buzzer at Door 1 on the west end of the Portland side of the building or Door 10 on the Summit circle drive to gain admittance to the building.


Cocoa & Canvas
Saturday, January 22 | 6–7:30 p.m. | Great Hall & Dining Rooms
We invite you to join us for a night of cocoa and canvas creations! Kelsea Gilliland is returning to lead a guided painting process for youth and adults. Kiera Stegall will meet with children, grades 5 and younger, for process art. R.S.V.P. to Kiera Stegall at KieraS@hohchurch.org by Sunday, January 9, to ensure we have adequate supplies. Donations welcome to offset the cost of materials.


HOH Little Free Book and Jigsaw Exchange
Whether it’s the weather or virus safety, if you are spending more time at home this winter and you need a good read or new puzzle, check out the book and jigsaw exchange at HOH. Look for the special shelves on wheels in the entryway outside the Elizabeth Chapel Sunday through Wednesday during the day. The shelves will be in room one Thursday through Friday.


HOH Library
Picture yourself in a room with a comfortable furniture and a fireplace. Relax in a cozy chair, close your eyes and take a deep breath for a moment of complete quiet. Open your eyes and take in the light coming in the windows and shelves of books of all kinds to browse. Pick a book or a magazine to leaf through. Escape into a work of fiction, comfort your soul with a devotional book or a bit of poetry, read some history or biography. Spend whatever time you have enjoying the library during church office hours, except Wednesday mornings, and leave with a sense of purpose, peace, or pleasure. You are always welcome in the library!