Monday, December 17, 2012

Youth Winter Retreat

The Youth Winter Retreat will be January 4-6, 2013. Please have children (4th-12th Grade) at the church at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 4.  You will need to pick them up after church on Sunday. Food will be provided. Boys and Girls will be sleeping in separate locations.  Please fill out the registration form for each participant.  The cost is $30 per participant.  You may use the "Support" button on this blog to pay for the registrations or contact Caleb or Denise for in-person payments using cash, check or credit/debit cards.

Participants will need to bring:
$30 if not paid ahead of time

Signed Waiver Form for Broomball -
Sleeping Bag
4 changes of clothes
Toiletries (including deodorant)
2 towels

Youth Retreat Registration

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

December Events

  December Calendar

Note: Women's Bible Studies will resume January 8 and January 10.
      Sundays                    Breakfast  8:50 a.m.  - Bible Study 9:10 a.m.          
                                         Worship 10:15 a.m. -Youth Discipleship – 6:00            
      Fridays                      Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study at 6:00 a.m.                           
Sun., Dec. 2             Crosstalk Band Worship– A Love Offering Opportunity                      
Thurs., Dec. 6         College & Career Singles’ Christmas Tour of “The Path Light”
                                   in Madisonville. Leave church at 6:30                                                                                                    
Sun., Dec. 9             Hope’s Annual Christmas Program at 6:00 p. m.
                                   Bring snacks to share.  
                                   Christmas Poinsettia Deadline – Marcia Vajdak, Chairman
                                   Please use forms at the back of the Sanctuary. Cost $16.00.                            
Tues., Dec. 11         Young Hearts Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon at Golden
                                   Corral at 11:00 a.m.
Mon., Dec. 17          Christmas Carols at the Lampstand Retirement Center at
                                   6:30 p.m. - Refreshments afterwards at the church.
Tues., Dec. 25          HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!

Events can be found on our Google+ page at
             December Birthdays and Anniversaries
03 Dakota Kienow
03 Harvey Stall
05 Zachary Turskey
05 Marcia Vajdak
11 Susan Junek
14 Kari Kolodzie
15 Tommy Woodard
17 Bette Bittner
18 Lyndon Jakubik
20 Shane Kienow
20 Rachel Young
23 Melvin Ondrasek
26 Elo and Lynn Junek -Anniversary
29 Steve and Randa Vajdak- Anniversary
30 Mary Ann Gantt

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Friday, November 2, 2012

November Events


Sundays                  Breakfast  8:50 a.m.  - Bible Study 9:10 a.m.           
                                 Worship 10:15 a.m. -Youth Discipleship – 6:00                   
Tuesdays                Women’s Bible Study at 9:00 
                                    (ends the week of Thanksgiving)
Wednesdays           Praise & Prayer, Z-Group at 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays               Women’s Bible Study at 7:00 p.m. 
                                    (ends the week before Thanksgiving)
Fridays                     Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study at 6:00 a.m.
Thurs., Nov. 8          Garage Sale Set-Up at 9:00 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 10            Evangelistic Garage & Bake Sale - 8:00-4:00    
                                  Youth Ice Skating-Meet at Church at 1:30.
                                    Each student needs to bring $12.00.
Sun., Nov. 11            Honor A Veteran Today!
                                   Operation Christmas Child Deadline
Tues., Nov. 13          EFCA Women’s Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 21           Thanksgiving Communion Service at 7:00 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 22         Happy Thanksgiving!
Sun.,  Nov. 25           Church Christmas Decorating Party at 5:00
                                     Pizza will be served.
 Fri., Nov. 30             Horcica Family Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.

Birthdays and Anniversaries                                                                                                                                   

02 Joshua Green 
06 Lena Junek
07 Steve Vajdak
09 Dallia Junek
10 Matthew Jakubik
12 Audrey Hejl
15 Karen Gaas
15 Dylan Junek
16 Alexis Macik
19 Noah Bittner
19 Elo Junek
26 Jimmy Junek

Happy Anniversary Fred & Neicy Raley on Nov. 7!

See these events on the calendar at

or on our Google+ Page at

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rummage Sale

Church Rummage Sale
Saturday, Nov. 10, 8:00am-4:00pm

Sponsored by the EFCA Women's Ministries

Setup will be at 9am on Nov. 8.  If you would care to donate items, please mark them with prices.  Any help boxing up leftovers and moving/stacking boxes at the end of the sale will be greatly appreciated.

Add this to your Google Calendar at

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October Church Calendar

Usual Activities: SS and Worship on Sunday, Women’s Bible Studies on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Z-Group and Prayer on Wednesdays, Men’s Breakfast on Fridays.

Click the links below to add those activities to your Google calendars.

Sunday, October 7 – College & Career Singles Comedy Hour & Lunch at the Church After Worship
                                 Diaper Deadline for Hope Pregnancy
Monday, October 8 – Budget Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 9 -  EFCA Women’s Ministry at 7:00 p.m.                 
Thursday, October 18 – Young Hearts Breakfast at Denny’s C.S. 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 21- Covered Dish Lunch & Annual Meeting
Friday, October 26- Horcica’s Bible Study & Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31- Annual Harvest Party & Trunk or Treat 6:00 p.m.

02 Jason Gaas
02 Kirk Macik
03 Paris Kinchloe
08 R.J. Giesenschlag
08 Darlene Macik
09 Gentry Kinchloe
13 Nick Raley
15 Cara Horcica
16 Kathy Woodard
16 Lonnie & Aline Frank – Anniversary
17 Agnes Vajdak
19 Hubert Horcica
24 Randy Bittner
24 Connie Giesenschlag
26 Beverly Derkowski
29 Shirley Philp
31 Tina Turskey

Monday, August 27, 2012

September Events

September Birthdays and Anniversaries

01 Lynn Junek
03 Tommy & Kathy Woodard - Anniversary
05 John Giesenschlag
12 Lonnie Frank
16 Lanie Junek
17 Maude Jakubik
18 Clarence & Dallia - Anniversary
19 Abigail Young
21 Mike & Cara Horcica- Anniversary
23 Mary Junek
30 Monroe Hejl

Church Calendar

    Breakfast 8:50 a.m.
    Bible Study 9:10 a.m.
    Worship 10:15 a.m.
    Youth Bible Study 6:00 pm
    Women's Bible Study at 9:00 a.m.
    Praise & Prayer - Z-Group at 7:00 p.m.
    Women's Bible Study at 7:00 p.m.
    Men's Breakfast & Bible Study at 6:00 a.m.

Sunday, September 2                 There will be a special Congregation Meeting After Worship
Sunday, September 9                 Crosstalk Band-Love Offering
Tuesday, September 11             EFCA Women's Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 16               College & Career Singles at Juneks
Thursday, September 20            Young Hearts Senior Citizens Lunch -11:00 a.m.
Friday, September 28                Horcica's Family Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 30               Family Movie Night at 6:00 p.m.
                                                  Tacos with meat provided. Sign up sheet for other items. Tammy & Emily Coordinators 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Message from our Pastor

The message on our website has been updated:

Psalm 32 says, “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are 
covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and 

in whose spirit is no deceit.”  Are you a blessed person according to this Psalm?

We at Hope Church consider ourselves to be blessed because of what Christ 
has accomplished for us when He went to the cross.  Christ forgives us of our sin, 

gives us the free gift of eternal life and provides us with His guidance as we 
walk with Him and trust Him day by day.

But we also count ourselves to be blessed to be part of a great ministry of 
outreach, not just to our community but to others as well.  While people were 

taking vacations, traveling, sightseeing and using the summer as down time, 
the people of our church were busy about God’s work.

There are many examples of the commitment of our congregation.  A great 
number from our church were involved in the EFCA Camp at Twin Oaks Ranch 

in Buda.  Through preaching, teaching, counseling, cooking, drama, craft leaders, 
lifeguards at the pool and creek plus other acts of service, our team showed the 
love of God and shared the life changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
As a result of this unified effort, twelve youth committed their lives to Jesus Christ.

Most recently, Caleb Milne, our Youth Leader, led a team of seventeen leaders 
and students to work with BUMP (Bridging Urban Missions Program) of the EFCA 

in the inner city of Baltimore, Maryland.  What a great experience as the youth 
of our church got to observe first-hand real inner city life!

They served the Baltimore Church by hosting a block party in conjunction with 
Vacation Bible School, cleaning the area around the church, passing out food 

in the distressed neighborhood, and many other acts of kindness and service 
to the local community. Many lives were touched and five children came to 
know our Lord.

Also, our church hosted a week-long Vacation Bible School with an average 
attendance of around sixty people.  The NASCAR theme called “Drive” was a hit 

with the kids as they learned the importance of running the race of life to win 
with Jesus as their sponsor and the Bible as their guide. Five children made 
decisions for Christ there as well.

We express special “thanks” to all who invested their time, talents and 
resources to make this summer special for many children.

If you are seeking a small church where you can be part of the family of 
God, use your gifts, and make a difference for Christ, we invite 

you to come and visit.

Sincerely in Christ,
Rudy Junek, Pastor

Monday, August 6, 2012

VBS Summary

VBS is over for this year and all the little drivers have gone on to other tracks.  We had, on average, about 60 people per day.  That includes kids and staff and it was about evenly distributed between them.  On Friday, Brother Rudy had a message for everyone and at least 5 children that we know of prayed to accept Christ as their personal savior.

Many thanks to the parents for bringing their children and/or grandchildren out.  Thanks to the staff - teachers, crew chiefs, kitchen staff, music leaders, crafts and games folks. Without you, none of this would have been possible.  God bless!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August Events

August Birthdays and Anniversaries

02 Jimmy and Susan Junek’s  Anniversary
04 Daryl Bittner
04 Daryl and Bette Bittner’s Anniversary
05 Jean Hood
06 Brayden Macik
07 Kaitlyn Raley
09 Kirk and Sharyle Macik's Anniversary
10 Frank Fields
10 Sam Kienow
10 Albert Joe Macik
12 Donald and Jennifer Jakubik’s Anniversary
13 Tammy Macik
14 Betty Fields
24 Caleb Milne
27 Laverne Ondrasek
27 Denise Vajdak
28 Riley Green
28 Malorie Vacha30 Carol Shelfer

Regular Activities- Worship-SS-Z-Group-Praise and Prayer
Men’s Breakfast Continues on Fridays at 6:00
August 1-3  - Vacation Bible School  - 6:00-8:30
Tuesday, August 14 – Young Hearts Senior Citizens at 11:00
Friday, August 31- Family Bible Study at Horcica’s at 6:30

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Women's Bible Studies Begin in September

After all the summer activities, it will soon be time to get back into our regular routines.  The women will be having a new bible study starting the first week of September.

There will be a Tuesday morning session at 9 am and a Thursday evening session at 7 pm.  Food will be provided after each session.

A seven-week study with Priscilla Shirer

Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted - What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! In this 7-session Bible study, Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God's invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Racing Toward VBS

We are back from BUMP and we had so much fun with our VBS theme there, we decided to do it again!  The theme has changed and we are looking forward to it.  This format will have children separated by ages.  We will have classes for PreK/K, 1-2 Grade, 3-4 Grade and 5-6 Grade children.  A light supper will be served from 6:00-6:30 pm each night from July 30-August 3. We will have lessons, life applications, games, crafts, songs and skits. VBS will be over by 8:30 pm.

Please pre-register your children at

Sunday, July 15, 2012

VBS/BUMP - Final Day

After breakfast, everyone was assigned areas of the church grounds - indoors and out - to clean and tidy up.  Even the smallest task like dusting the window sills is a blessing to the members of this church and all efforts are greatly appreciated.  We had some VBS prep time after lunch.

About 2:00, we all walked around the block to a nursing home.  We sang about 4 songs in a group area, then greeted the residents there.  A few people stayed there while the rest went upstairs to sing to more residents in the group area there.  Kevin and Noah Bittner played the piano.  We went out to meet the residents then added How Great Thou Art to the music.  We headed back down to get the other BUMP folks and to sing the final song before leaving to walk back down the block to the church.

We had some free time before supper to start consolidating our belongings or to just hang out.  The last night of VBS went well and the kids made racing flags for the craft for the night. There seemed to be a few less children there, but we knew ahead of time that some of them had things to do and wouldn't be there. Believe it or not, most of us still had a good energy level to keep up with the kids on this last day. We had told the kids to bring swimsuits for today since we planned games with water balloons and other water-filled games.

We then started a more thorough cleaning of the inside of the church and Fellowship Hall areas.  Dusting, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning restrooms and more. Everyone pitched in. Craft supplies were gathered up and leftovers were saved to be donated to  another BUMP group this summer.

Then it was time for our final rally.  We sang songs, hear testimonies from Kenny and Cara and then watched a slide show of the activities from the week. Bedtime was pushed back to allow everyone to hang out, sign each other's t-shirts and just chill.  Tomorrow morning, we will be saying goodbye to our new friends and heading to our sight-seeing expeditions, then home.

This has been a long, hard, fun, rewarding week and we are all blessed to have been given this opportunity to serve and to grow.

Our group picture from Saturday morning:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

VBS - Day 3

Today was a very busy day! After breakfast, we broke into groups and went into the areas surrounding the church to pick up trash and other items. Some hit the streets and neighborhoods and some hit the trail up the hill behind the church.

After lunch was VBS prep time.  Another truck from the Food Bank showed up and the kids help unload crates and crates of food.  We had cabbages (some were bigger than our heads), fresh corn in the husks, bags of broccoli florets, squash, zuccini, cucumbers, 2 large pallets of green beans, diced carrots,carrot sticks, baby carrots, diced celery, onions (whole and sliced) and a variety of breads. Both teams worked together to bag up the individual vegetables and get ready for the people to come. There was also donated clothing to be distributed.

People had to register and get a number and we called in 20 people at a time.  We served over 85 people today.  The bigger boys and team leaders helped box up the produce and some even carried it to residents' home or offered a ride.  The whole process took over 3 hours of work.  Then we had to get the room back in shape for our supper and then rearrange for VBS. After bagging up all the corn, some of us said we didn't want to even see corn for a while. Guess what was part of supper??? 

VBS is growing. We had over 51 kids today plus grown ups plus our BUMP groups and a few church members.  The energy is flowing.  We started the day with Stupid Human Tricks with some of our BUMP kids to get it started and some of the VBS kids, too.  The kids made Pit Passes today for the craft.  The Fellowship Hall is filling up and we are getting many positive comments from church members and even residents that don't go to this church. Lots of smiles are happening.  Can you believe we only have one day to go?!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

VBS - Day 2

Wednesday started off as a "Free Day" for BUMP participants.  Most of the Texas team headed to Washington DC for a few hours. They got to ride the Metro and took pictures by the Capitol and Washington Monument. They also visited an American Indian Museum.  The New Jersey team went to the Baltimore Harbor area, had lunch at Hard Rock Cafe and then hit the Aquarium.

After arriving back at the church, final preparations were made for VBS and a quick supper was had. VBS started at 6:30 pm and we followed the same format as Day 1, but with songs that we all know instead of the ones that actually came with the HisScars VBS pack. There was a lot of energy in the whole group today. David, one of the New Jersey team leaders, can exactly imitate Elmo's voice and the kids loved it!  The kids made steering wheels as the day's craft and they really seemed to enjoy it since many of them carried them around with them all night instead of leaving them on the craft pick-up table.  There were over 45 kids in attendance.  Some weren't able to come back, but others brought friends with them and we had more parents and grandparents here tonight.

After VBS, we had our daily debriefing and asked for volunteers to tell how they could see God working in the lives of these children and neighborhood residents. Several of the students had good observations to share.  After the close of the debriefing, everyone enjoys some free time (and it's some of the guys' shower time) by talking in groups, playing cards, etc.  It's all one big group and Texas is mixed in with Jersey and vice versa.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

VBS - Day 1

BUMP participants spent the morning passing out food to neighbors who had lost power during recent storms. Folks came by the church to get food and paper goods. Some of our BUMP adults and kids even walked home with some of the residents to help carry the groceries. A few of the Team Leaders made a run to several stores to pick up more supplies for VBS. After lunch, they broke up into teams of 5 or more and hit the sidewalks of the local neighborhoods to pass out more VBS flyers and to pray for the people and the needs in the area.  Some teams would walk one block, stop and pray for all the families and homes they had passed by on that block and continue the pattern as they walked another block. Then there was the final prep work for the first day of VBS.

After the kids were registered, we started the day with our theme song for the week - Drive! which was followed by a skit .  Then the kids broke into groups according to age and went through a rotation of lessons in the sanctuary, crafts, snacks in the Fellowship Hall and games outside.  After that everyone gathered back in the Fellowship Hall for another round of songs.  The New Jersey group led the singing and the Texans joined right in with some fun motions to the songs. The day ended with prayer.  We had 37 kids registered and we even had a few adults come along with them. Not bad for the first day from what we've been told.  Our them is HisScars - Pressing On.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Block Party

Both the Texas team and New Jersey teams have been working side-by-side all day making preparations and creating games and carnival activities. We got ready for neighborhood kids to join us. Several had been stopping by this afternoon as we were going through our set up. Music, bubbles, games, hot dogs and more. Several of the girls handled the face painting, which everyone seemed to enjoy.  There were games throughout the parking lot much like the games we play at our Harvest Festival.

Part of our morning activities included receiving a big load of food from the Maryland Food Bank. We will be handing out food and paper goods to those in the neighborhood who were without power during the recent storms.  We went into the local neighborhood in small groups and passed out VBS flyers and talked to a few residents after the food was put in the church's Pantry.  One of the groups talked to a little girl who was just about ready to accept Christ. She was so glad to get the flyer and is excited about coming to VBS. Most of the kids and leaders seem to be working well together as if we had always been one large group.  It's so nice to see God at work in all of our lives.  

Sunday, July 8, 2012

BUMP Sunday

We woke up this morning about 7:00 am to start our day. We got dressed and went down for a light breakfast and then a little quiet time.  Then we started consolidating our things to try to make room for 19 more people who would be coming from Randolph, NJ.  Then we moved stuff again to clear the rooms for Sunday school classes.  Church services started downstairs at 10:15 and opened with some praise music.  The sanctuary is not air conditioned, so they just have chairs set up in the Fellowship Hall.  There was a meet and greet time after church with the locals.  We then headed back upstairs to move our things back to the classrooms.  We had a Team Leader meeting with our on-site BUMP coordinator, Evette and started working on plans for the week.

We started working on decorations for the VBS that we will be conducting this week.  The NJ group arrived a little after 5:00 pm and we all sat down together for supper and then our Orientation.  Everyone received 2 different BUMP shirts to wear this week at all of our activities at the church and in the community.  After a Team Leader meeting, we started grabbing kids to work on decorations and start getting games figured out for our Block Party that we will be hosting tomorrow.  Everyone has their area of expertise and many were all to happy to jump in and help.  This is going to be a fun and rewarding week.

Did I mention that there is ONE shower to accommodate 37 people?  A shower schedule has been made along with a K.P. schedule. It's been hot and humid (just like home), but in a day or so, the temps should be coming down to the 80's. Keep us all in your prayers!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

We're in Balmer

At least that's how some of the locals say it.  There's no T and the sounds kind of run together.

We left Chattanooga around 7:00 am and headed east.  We made a couple more stops today and took a little extra time to stop and eat instead of eating on the road.  We went over 600 miles today through tree-covered mountains.  We got into Virginia at 11:30 am. West Virginia at 5:30 pm. At about 5:45, we hit Harper's Ferry where we went from West Virginia to Virginia (for about a minute or so) and then over to Maryland.  We got to Stillmeadow Evangelical Free Church at about 6:45 pm.

There was a wedding going on, so we got in touch with the King's (Mike & Cara's old neighbors) who live about 20 minutes south.  They invited us (all 17 of us) to come to their house for a brief visit and to eat hamburgers that they grilled on their deck.  It was nice to see Bernadette and King again and she even whipped up a Texas sheet cake for us.  We love you Bern!

We went back to the church and unloaded everything upstairs in a couple of the classrooms.  We're all sleeping on the floors this time.  The church was built in the 1950s.  Very pretty, but the structure and electrical outlets show its age.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Day 1 Complete

We have gone through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, a tiny piece of Georgia and then Tennessee.  We made a couple of stops for gas and other necessaries.  For lunch, wee had the folks in one car make sandwiches per the orders from the other 3 vehicles, then we stopped at a roadside parking area in Mississippi right at noon and passed out the sandwiches.  After a few minutes to stretch our legs, switch some kids around in the vehicles, we headed back out on the road to eat along the way.  We hit Alabama around 2:30 pm. Georgia at 6:30 pm. Tennessee at 6:50 pm. Today, we covered 877 miles and arrived at the Morris Hill Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN around 8:45 pm Eastern (we lost an hour right at Chattanooga) after stopping to eat at Subway. We haven't lost anyone yet.

We stayed in their Fellowship Hall/Rec area.  The kids thought we'd arrived at Heaven! There was a gym upstairs and games downstairs like a pool table, air hockey table, ping pong table and video games. Believe it or not, the kids had lots of energy to burn off by playing basketball, dodge ball and the other games.  The place was huge and we had it all to ourselves.  Some of the classrooms had couches and sectionals that we were able to use.  Some of us slept on the floor, but the carpet was padded so it wasn't bad.  Lights out at midnight.