Finding Hope

Worship & Sunday School
Sunday at 10:00am, Sunday School for preschool through 5th grade begins about 15 minutes into the service.  Middle and high school youth as well as adults meet 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 Find Hope,

I have to admit, and you would surely agree, that I am not the fanciest “dresser.”  I dunno, I guess it is my “blue collar” instinct…. When I did youth ministry, and showed up to Church in a t-shirt and shorts, they would all say, “He dresses like that to relate to the kids.” However, when I showed up in a similar outfit to teach at Elmhurst College this Fall, I was quickly reminded, “there is a dress code here!” Well, I do my best to look over my outfit every morning, to make sure things are ironed (btw Connor is MAJORLY into dressing nice), and then I head out. One day I had to head into Chicago for a Jewish dialogue meeting and so I made the concession of wearing an “dress-coat” over the t-shirt, and checked myself out in the mirror to make sure that I was “presentable.” It was a great day, great dialogue, got the train home, and came in the living room of my house. “What is that?” said my wife.  “What?” I replied….  “That”  I looked at the back pocket of my pants (which I DIDN’T check” and saw blue stroked ink marks all over the back of my pants. Where were they from? A blue pen was poking out of my briefcase, and all day, all during that travel, it marked…one stroke at a time….a blue “disaster zone” on my pants. Later on I asked one of my Jewish colleagues why they had not said anything, and she said, “Well….we know you Jay.”

Our Scripture for Sunday continues our theme in Advent of what it is like when God arrives, but also what God intends for us at this meeting. I was drawn to 1 Thessalonians 5:23…. “May the God of peace himself sanctify you ENTIRELY….” When God comes in fullness….even the blind spots of which we are unaware, or are trying to hide, will be cleaned and transformed. To stand in the presence of God…..is to be seen “ENTIRELY”….. Quite a cleaning I suppose! I invite you to come and think through this concept with me. I promise I will iron my clothes, but as always, the robe protects me! ALL are welcome ;)

Pastor Jay

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I was invited to speak at the Theosophical Society of America tonight (Off to the West off of Schmailie just before Geneva).  I have told many people, you haven’t really seen a Harry Potter/Victorian library until you have seen the one at the Theosophical Society.  I am speaking on “Being a Christian in a Religously Pluralistic World.”  It begins at 7pm and when you come in (at the desk) let them know you are invited as part of the Wheaton Interfaith Council (otherwise it is $10)…. they will show you the way “up” to the right place.  I’d love to see any of you that find interest….A religiously/culturally diverse world is a reality that we cannot avoid, and actually I think one that will invigorate Christianity (and our faith in the process).

12.14.2017

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