Adult Education

House of Hope provides a supportive environment to pursue spiritual growth. We strive to explore the meaning of our faith tradition in the context of today’s world. Members and visitors will find numerous offerings, from traditional Bible study to open discussions of relevant spiritual topics. House of Hope continues to break new ground in the field of Christian adult education.

Adult Enrichment

Sunday mornings, 11:15 a.m.–noon
Speakers address an array of religious and secular topics using the format of a 45-minute lecture presentation, with time allocated for questions and answers. For more information, please contact the office at 651-227-6311.

Life Groups

Life Groups will ideally have between 4 and 12 participants and commit to meeting with each other regularly with a focus on spiritual growth and mutual interests.

Many of the things listed on this page fall under the idea of a Life Group. At House of Hope we’re working on intentionally building up our Life Group ministry to offer multiple ways for people to connect in our world which is experiencing a great crisis of community.

If you’re interested in becoming deep, meaningful, connections with others there is  a Life Group at the House of Hope for you.

In Depth Studies: Re-Discover the Bible

Our In-Depth Study for September and October of 2019:

Re-Discovering the Bible

One of the major tasks of our time is learn how to read the Bible anew. For some the archaic language is a barrier, others get stuck in the literalism. While some have never even cracked open a Bible. In a guided exploration, you will find the Bible opening up to you, and you opening up to the Bible. This is a favorite course as taught by Dr. Andrew McDonald.

Please bring a Bible. If you a new one, remember, not all Bibles are translated equally. Based on scholarship and diversity of insight, two recommend versions:

New Oxford Annotated Bible (5th Edition): New Revised Standard Version. Oxford University Press

Harper Collins Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version. Harper Collins

This is a class for those who have never read the Bible, for those who have lost their love for the Bible, and for those who want to re-discover the depth of meaning in this ancient book. Beginning September 11, this class will meet Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.

Great Decisions

Second Tuesday of the month, 4–5:30 p.m.
World affairs are more complex than ever. We help to unravel major U.S. Foreign Policy issues with Great Decisions, a dynamic citizen education and discussion program led by experts. It is sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association and administered by the Minnesota International Center. For more information, please contact Joyce Nelson at

Bible Studies

Wednesday and Thursday mornings present weekly opportunities for study of the coming Sunday’s lectionary scripture lessons. Sessions are offered in the Library on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. For more information, please contact the office at 651-227-6311.

Faith and Fibers

This group meets on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. to work on needlecrafts of all kinds, good conversation, refreshments, and a time for devotions. Beverages and cookies are provided, but please invite others to bring food to share. For more information, please contact Janice Dickinson at (651) 647-1786.

Men’s Programs

House of Hope Men’s Programs provides opportunities for friendship, study, and conversation on topics related to faith. In addition, there are opportunities for men to use their skills in repairing and improving the physical structures of the church and neighboring buildings.

Men’s Tuesday Morning Breakfast Group meets Tuesdays from 7–8:15 a.m. at The New Louisiana Café. Men read and discuss the week’s lectionary scripture lessons, which serve as the basis for the following Sunday’s worship services. For more information, please contact Leo Sawicki at (651) 481-9589,

Men’s Thursday Morning Breakfast Group meets Thursdays from 7–8:15 a.m. at Joseph’s Grill. Topics of timely interest are presented by participants for discussion. House of Hope men and visitors are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Bill Liike at (651) 224-0631.

Hard Hats assist with the maintenance and upkeep in and around the church building. This work is usually in the morning of the second Thursday of the month. For more information, please contact Dick Crone at (651) 735-8043 or David Phillips at (651) 482-9945.

Women’s Programs

House of Hope Women’s Programs provide opportunities to gather in a variety of settings for study, reflection, service, and community. Women focus on many areas of life through book studies, lectures, workshops, an annual retreat, and special occasions like the annual Advent Breakfast. Women are welcome to attend any or all of the events and are encouraged to bring friends.

Women’s Breakfast Group meets year-round on Friday mornings, 7–8 a.m.

Sunday-Weekday Connection meets to relax, share a meal, and listen to a guest speaker. It brings together women of the congregation for fellowship and a light supper. The cost is $25. Reserve your spot at our table outside the Kirk Parlour after worship or call the church office. Upcoming dates: January 28, February 28, and March 31.

Joy Davis Literary Seminars meet on the second Thursday of the month, September through May, at 10 a.m. in the Church Library. Led by avid reader and literary critic Joy Davis, these seminars examine works of classic and contemporary literature. All are welcome.