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Worship & Sunday School
Sunday at 10:00am, Sunday School immediately following service

1771 S. Wiesbrook Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
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(630) 668-7750
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday
8:30am - 1:30pm
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Hope's Welcoming Statement

Hope strives to be a safe haven for God's unconditional love.  Every person is invited and encouraged to participate in all Hope activities and roles, including membership and leadership.  In this world most human conflict and separation are caused by differences, like ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, political positions and more. Hope embraces diversity and welcomes all who come through our doors, without exception.

Hope's Happenings

To Those Who Walk in Hope,

First impressions are a hard habit to break.  They are even harder when we don’t experience anything that might break them.  I can remember so clearly having my one “Jewish” friend as a child; his name was Joel.  I really liked Joel, and although his parents were a strange and a  new thing called “divorced’, we got to do sleep overs at both houses and I was envious of the double presents for his birthdays.  Although I really enjoyed Joel (he took the fall for a broken window for me once), I always felt bad for him.  Why?  Because his parents were divorced?  No.  I was sad for him because he was Jewish.  In my young Christian understanding, all Jewish people were half people, somehow missing the most important experience of their people’s lives.  He had his Judaism, but it was missing the most important piece: Jesus.

It took decades for me to finally experience the Jewish community, and to understand that what I had seen as a life half empty, was truly filled.  This Sunday we will be having a friend of mine, Rabbi Brian Stoller, visiting from Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (Deerfield), to talk about the potential to “see things differently” in our day between Jews and Christians in our last story of Elisha this summer, the opening of a young boy’s eyes (2 Kings 6:8ff).   Hope to see you there!

 

See you Sunday,
Pastor Jay

7/21/2016

 All Are Welcome!!

 

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