Programs

House of Hope feeds people’s thirst for knowledge through programs that bring issues and concerns of the world into our space by informing and inspiring discipleship. We offer many educational opportunities for all ages including adult enrichment and education, weekly Bible studies, retreats, seminars, and special events.

 

Eat, Connect, Explore: Wednesdays

There is a lot going on at HOH on Wednesdays this fall! Here’s the schedule:

4:30-5:30 p.m. Choir School

4:30-5:30 p.m. Parent Connect with Rev. Zach Wilson (all parents welcome)

5:30-6:00 p.m. Choir School Dinner

6:00-7:30 p.m. Choir School Rehearsal

6:00-7:00 p.m. Community Dinner

Just think, you don’t need to cook and you can engage with family and friends. Suggested donation of $5/person with a maximum of $12/family.

(Register here)

In November we’re delighted to welcome Emeritus Rabbi of Minnetonka’s Bet Shalom Congregation, Norman Cohen, to lead us in an exploration of the intersections of Judaism and Christianity.
 
In addition to his rabbinical leadership, Cohen has frequently taught in colleges, universities, and divinity schools in addition to leading interfaith dialogue in many contexts.
 
Our own Rev. Zach Wilson and Ann Lewis will be working with Rabbi Cohen on three engaging sessions:

Looking at the New Testament Together

  • November 6, 7 p.m.—The Parting of the Ways: The beginnings of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism; Responses to the Temple’s Destruction
  • November 13, 7 p.m.—The Passion Narrative: The most historically significant text in Jewish Christian relations
  • November 20, 7 p.m.
  • Interpreting Texts in Context: Law and Gospel, The Jews in John.
  • Closing: Ecclesia and Synagoga—Christians and Jews: People of God

Why Study this Now?

Time Magazine recently reported the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University found that “more Jews were killed in anti-Semitic violence around the world in 2018 than during any other year in decades…” People in Europe and North American who have little to no Christian commitments will still use the phrase “the Jews killed Jesus” to justify violence directed toward the Jewish community. And if you read the New Testament without understanding its context you can see how people come to that conclusion. Therefore, it is incumbent upon those of us who for whom the New Testament is a sacred text understand its context and recommit to to understanding the Jewish origins of the New Testament.

If you’ve already signed up for Wednesday Evening Meals you don’t need to do so again, but if you haven’t signed up and plan to come it would help us to cook the right amount of food. You don’t need to participate in the 7 p.m. class to come to the meal.

7:00-8:30 p.m. Adult Handbell Choir

7:00-9:00 p.m. The Motet Choir Rehearsal

 
 

Children and Family Ministries

House of Hope aims to foster deep connections with God and one another, as well as providing a solid base for faith formation. Children from birth through grade 8 are invited to participate in worship,education, fellowship, play, and service to develop a foundation for a Christian lifestyle.

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Youth Ministries

House of Hope  supports the Christian formation of our youth, and their integration into the wider church community. Our goal is to provide our youth with a safe place to explore issues of faith, morals, social justice, and service.   Our youth also grow and learn about their faith through retreats, lock-ins, service projects and mission trips.   

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Adult Education

House of Hope provides adult members and visitors to pursue rewarding spiritual growth opportunities. Each educational offering is designed to fulfill the church’s mission of exploring the meaning of Christ’s teachings in our time. 

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Congregational Care

At House of Hope, we feel it is important to  nurture an intentional Culture of Care that spans the spectrum of ages and needs within the church. Jesus constantly demonstrated that showing up for others is what feeds the self.

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is the support that Christians offer one another in daily living and at times of need or crisis in personal and communal life. At House of Hope, pastors, as well as members serving as Stephen Ministers and Deacons are available to provide support when life becomes challenging.

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