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The Donuts are Baaaack!

You made it!  We made July a Sugar Free Sunday month and for five Sundays (5!!) you made it without donuts at church.  But, never fear, just as we promised, we're back.  Donuts are back!  So come on over to the coffee area and enjoy your favorite for just 60 cents while you hang out in the lobby. Thank you for understanding when we choose to give our v...

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Did You Know...? 06.26.16

June 26, 2016 – Goodbye for now Did you know that this is the last Sunday for Did You Knows? Did you know that it’s been so fun to share some fun facts about Hopevale each week? Did you know that if you want to read some of the ones you may have missed you can do it on the blog section of our website (hopevale.org)? Did you know that our goal was to make a ...

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Did You Know...? 06.19.16

June 19, 2016 – Favorite Michigan Vacation Spots Did you know that Hopevale’s staff love vacationing in this great mitten state? When I asked them their favorite spots, this is what they said – Saugatuck Tawas Traverse City Petoskey Lots of votes for the beach! Long Lake Lake Michigan Lake Huron Keweenaw Bay in the UP Clear Lake Silver Lake Sa...

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Did You Know...? 06.12.16

June 12, 2016 – Staff Favorites, Part II Did you know that summer Saturdays are the b.e.s.t? (Of course you did!) Hopevale Staff loves them too. Here’s what they like to do: Hanging out with friends and family, swimming, boating (wait! Who has a boat?), ice cream at Freeland Dairy after working in the yard, biking, golf!, dinner in downtown Bay City, “B...

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Did You Know...? 06.05.16

June 5, 2016 – Summer Favorites Did you know that the Hopevale Staff is really ready for summer? I asked them what their favorite summer food was this is what they said – . First place is a love for ‘grilled anything’. And, come to find out, we have a lot of husbands who are expert grillers! (Specifics requests include grilled veggies, steak, salm...

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Did You Know...? 05.29.16

May 29, 2016 – Summer’s here! Did you know that although summer doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks Hopevale is clicking over to summer-mode? Did you know that from this weekend thru Labor Day Weekend we go to a two-service schedule? 9:00a and 10:45a (This is not the first you’ve heard of this, right?) Did you know for that reason (and ...

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Did You Know...? 05.22.16

May 22, 2016 – Drinking Coffee, Doing Good! Did you know that in January 2016 Hopevale totally upped our coffee game? Did you know that all the coffee we brew on Sundays now has a dual purpose? It’s true! Coffee creates community in our lobby AND every single coffee bean that we buy now benefits farmers and their families in Rwanda. Can’t beat that! Di...

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Did You Know...? 05.15.16

May 15, 2016 – Bible Camp Basics! Did you know that Hopevale’s annual Bible Camp will be Monday, June 20 – Thursday, June 23, 2016? (6:30p – 8:45p each night). Did you know that this year’s Bible Camp theme is Walk this Way? (Check out Proverbs 4:12-13) Did you know that Bible Camp is open to campers going in to Kindergarten through 5th gra...

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Did You Know...? 05.08.16

May 8, 2016 – Tot Town, what’s that? Did you know that Tot Town is Hopevale’s ministry to kids birth – Pre-Kindergarten? Did you know it takes a minimum of 42 team people – each service -- for Tot Town to run on a Sunday morning? Did you know we change over 30 diapers on a Sunday morning and take over 40 preschoolers to the bathroom? Did y...

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Did You Know...? 05.01.16

May 1, 2016 – Kid City amazing-ness! Did you know that every Sunday morning we prepare for over 250 kids from Kindergarten - 5th grade to be a part of Kid City? Did you know that if a kid participates in Kid City they will learn 150 Bible stories in just three years? Did you know that every month in Kid City we focus on Life Application that the Bible teaches? Thi...

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Did You Know...? 04.24.16

April 24, 2016 – Farewell to the Odegaards Did you know that today is Pastor Matt’s last Sunday at Hopevale? (Boo hoo!) Did you know that Pastor Matt has been Hopevale’s Worship Pastor for almost 4 years! (It’s been awesome!) Did you know that Matt and his family have accepted a new position at a church in San Diego, CA? Did you know that Matt a...

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Did You Know...? 04.17.16

Did You Knows – Hopevale 101 - Sunday mornings Part 3 Did you know that even more happens here on Sunday mornings? Here you go: Sojourners – A group of our senior adults meet together in Room 101 during our 10:45a service. Library – Books, music and videos for children and adults are available in our library at the South end of our lobby. Everyone is in...

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Did You Know...? 04.10.16

Did You Knows – Hopevale 101 - Sunday mornings Part 2 Did you know that a lot happens here on Sunday mornings? Yes, even more than we told you last week: Prayer Group – A group of people gather to pray for our services each Sunday morning at 8:30 am in Room 101. Powerful. Coffee and donuts – Right in the lobby. Every Sunday. 60 cents for donuts, coffee ...

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Did You Know...? 04.03.16

Did You Knows – Hopevale 101 - Sunday mornings Part 1 Did you know that a lot happens here on Sunday mornings? See if you can learn something new: Three services – Each week Hopevale offers 3 services – 9:00 am, 10:45 am and 12:30 am. More space – Because our 10:45 service can be very full, we offer a video stream of the service in a more casual ...

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Did You Know...? 03.27.16

March 27, 2016 Did you know that On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightn...

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Did You Know...? 03.20.16

March 20, 2016 – Easter is coming! Did you know that next Sunday is Easter? (umm…yep!) Did you know that we are expecting lots of people to walk thru our front doors? (Last year over 3,000 in our four services). Did you know that we love it when we can gather as Christians and celebrate what Jesus has done for us? Did you know that we also love having new ...

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Did You Know...? 03.13.16

March 13, 2016 Did you know that over 155 middle and high school students are away on our Hopevale Student Ministry (HSM) retreat this weekend? Did you know that they are having a great time at Timber Wolf Lake worshipping, learning and doing ‘things only students love’ types of things? Did you know that some Hopevalers went along to help serve the students?...

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Did You Know...? 03.06.16

March 6, 2016Did you know that we’ve had enough of all.the.snow?That’s all.No, really, that's all. Just had to say it....

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Did You Know...? 02.28.16

February 28, 2016Did you know that on February 14th we had a very special Sunday at Hopevale?Did you know we kicked off a church wide project that everyone got to participate in?Did you know even our littlest Hopevalers (as young as 4 years old) were part of the action?(For you stats people – we handed out 1,780 envelopes to people in the auditorium. In Kid City/Tot ...

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Did You Know...? 02.21.16

February 21, 2016 Did you know Hopevale offered a financial conference to our congregation and surrounding community on January 16? Did you know the conference, called Master Your Money, included 14 practical financial workshops led by Hopevalers? Did you know Pastor Dan and Pastor Ken led two large-group sessions called Investing in What Matters? Did you know eight lo...

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Did You Know...? 02.14.16

February 14, 2016 – Valentine’s Edition On this Valentine’s Day, here’s the names of our staff and their valentine/spouse (aka, for the guys, their better half!). Did you know that they all are wonderful and fun Jesus followers?  We are so thankful for each of them and all the ways they are part of the Hopevale team! Sam Burke (Sarah) Pete C...

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Did You Know...? 02.07.16

February 7, 2015 – Coffee Update Did you know that we have new coffee at Hopevale? (how could you miss it?!) Did you know that our new coffee has been a huge hit? Did you know that we’re asking people to ‘pitch in $1 if you can’ for coffee and people really are? Did you know that in each of the past five weeks the coffee has paid for itself? (th...

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Did You Know…? 01.31.16

January 31, 2016 - Cereal Insights, Part II Did you know that last Sunday we broke our silence and released some of Hopevale staff’s favorite breakfast cereals? Did you know that we have uncovered more info? Take a look -- Steve Fletcher – Director of Finance & Operations - Cap’n Crunch (he has a ship!) Ginny Fitzsimons – Admin Assistant - S...

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What's with the coffee?

  What IS with the coffee? What’s with the new cups and lids and now we need sleeves to not burn our hands off? And now there are pictures of cute Rwandan kids all around with ‘Suggested Donation $1” containers. The cups are bigger. The coffee’s stronger. And thankfully at least they keep putting my creamer out in XL containers. I mean we&rs...

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Did You Know…? 01.24.16

January 24, 2016 Did you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? (yeah, ‘everybody knows that’). Did you know that some of our Hopevale staff have incredibly weird choices in favorite breakfast cereals? What do you think? Adam Harbaugh – Outreach Pastor – Raisin Nut Bran, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and bacon (not a cereal, but&hellip...

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Did You Know…? 01.17.16

January 17, 2016Did you know that the coffee’s all new around here? (And incredibly delicious! We brewed a new blend last week; give it a try!)Did you know that Hopevale is now supporting coffee farmers and their families in Rwanda through Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee?Did you know that even though we used to give our coffee away we’re now asking people to pi...

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Did You Know…? 01.10.16

January 10, 2016 Did you know that our Christmas Eve Offering (CEO) collected in December was $165,113.48? (Moment of silence….)(Huge moment of YAY God!) Did you know that your sacrificial giving to that offering means that many people outside the walls of our church will experience life-changing ministry in the name of Jesus? Did you know that the offering given...

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Did You Know….? 01.03.16

January 3, 2016 Did you know that people are talking about our Christmas Eve services? Did you know that we had 4,257 people join us in our four services that day? Did you know that the families who lit the Advent Candle were leaders in our church? (the LeCureuxs, Baldwins, Clines and Zimmermans) We LOVE them! Did you know that Adam Prime was the soloist that hit it ou...

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Did You Know…? 12.27.15

December 27, 2015 Did you know that lots of people put in lots of hours to make our Christmas Eve services amazing? Did you know that there were well over 100 volunteer spots filled on Christmas Eve? (That’s a lot of people giving time to serve Jesus by serving others! WOW!) Did you know we bought 4,000 cookies and brought in a special coffee just to give away to t...

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Did You Know…? 12.20.15

Did you know the Christmas Eve Offering is "all for others, not one penny for us?" Did you know it's an encouragement to spend less on Christmas so we can give generously towards this fund? Did you know this fund equips and mobilizes people at Hopevale for ministry outside the walls of this church? Did you know we've been taking a Christmas Eve Offering since 2010, when...

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Did You Know…? 12.06.15

December 6, 2015 Did you know that this congregation gave 1,536 shoeboxes full of gifts this year?! That’s even more than last year! Awesome! Did you know that a team of 13 people from Hopevale traveled to the OCC Processing Center in Charlotte, North Carolina to help process boxes from all over the country before they are sent all over the world? Did you know tha...

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Did You Know…? 11.29.15

November 29, 2015 (Thanksgiving edition) Did you know that we, at Hopevale, are thankful to God for lots of things? Here’s a short list – everything. Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20...

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Did You Know…? 11.15.15

November 15, 2015 - Staff Insights Did you know that Hopevale’s newest staff member is Jodi Quinn? Did you know that Jodi oversees Kid City – our ministry to Kindergarten through 5th graders and their families? Did you know that Jodi has been married to Rob for 17 years? Did you know that Rob is a die hard Ohio State fan? (We just had to get that out there!...

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Did You Know…? 11.08.15

November 8, 2015 Did you know that we had our very first Sunday Night Spotlight last Sunday, November 1st? Did you know that our first topic was Christianity and Same Sex Marriage? (I know, why start with something easy, right?!) Did you know that Pastors Dan and Ken led the evening and shared for almost 2 hours? Did you know that we had a great turnout; 3 or 4 hundred...

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Did You Know….? 11.01.15

November 1, 2015 Did you know that Bubble Soccer is a thing? Did you know that Hopevale has Bubble Soccer? Did you know that Bubble Soccer involves big inflatable balls with a space in the middle for a person to squeeze? Yep, your face and head are all covered by the inflatable-ness and your feet stick out the bottom so you can run (oh, and knock other people over). Di...

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Did You Know…? 10.18.15

October 18, 2015 Did you know that Room 100 has a new name? Yep, we are now officially calling it the Venue. Did you know we even had a Room 100/Venue? Well, we do. It’s down the hall off the lobby area (South side). It’s our largest meeting space next to our auditorium. Did you know that each Sunday the Venue is open during the 10:45a service as the Family ...

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Did You Know…? 09.27.15

September 27, 2015 Did you know that tonight at 6:00pm is the Fall Bash for students grades 6 – 12? Did you know that the Fall Bash is held on the grounds of our North Campus (corner of Center and Tittabawassee)? Did you know that even if you don’t normally come to our high school or middle school groups, you can still come to this? Everyone is welcome and s...

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Did You Know…? 09.13.15

September 13, 2015 Did you know that today is a GREAT day around here for lots of reasons, but one of them is that Connections baaaaack? Did you know that Connections is a Bible study guide based on our Sunday morning messages? Did you know that Connections provides 5-6 study questions for Community Group discussion and individual study? No getting overwhelmed! Did you...

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Did You Know…? 08.16.15

August 16, 2015 -- Time Hop -- In case you missed 'em Did you know that the coffee we serve every week is free for everyone? Help yourself! Did you know that all the water we serve at Hopevale is filtered? No need for bottled water! Did you know that we have big bowls of mints at the Welcome Center just for you? Of course you did. Did you know that you don’t have...

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Did You Know…? 08.09.15

August 9, 2015 -- Time Hop -- In case you missed 'em Did you know we have band aids at the Welcome Center? Tylenol too. Day not going so well? Come and see us! Did you know that we have family bathrooms? They’re located near the Children’s area in the north wing. Did you know that our auditorium seats 1039 people? Did you know that our auditorium has 6 spot...

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Did You Know…? 08.02.15

August 2, 2015 -- Time Hop -- In case you missed 'em Did you know that Hopevale is over 50 years old? Did you know that Hopevale was named for a group of missionaries who died for their faith in the Philippines during WWII? Did you know that Hopevale has two buildings? This is our North Campus. Our South Campus is located at 5360 Shattuck Road; just 2 miles away. Our So...

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Did You Know…? 07.26.15

July 26, 2015 -- Time Hop -- In case you missed 'em Did you know that each week we have a medical and security team staffed by volunteers ready at a moment’s notice to help? Come to the Welcome Center if ever you need to contact them. Did you know that our Welcome Center volunteers give out free welcome bags to new people who stop in to say hello? Did you know that...

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Did You Know…? 07.19.15

July 19, 2015  Time Hop -- In case you missed 'em Did you know that 240 people volunteer their time in Hopevale’s Welcome Ministries as a greeter, an usher, or a Coffee Crew or Welcome Center volunteer? Did you know that Hopevale has a Lost and Found? We do! It’s located in the coatroom directly behind the Welcome Center in the lobby. Did you know that ...

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Did You Know…? 07.12.15

July 12, 2015 -- Time Hop – In case you missed ‘em Did you know that nearly 50 Community Groups meet all around our community - including groups in Midland, Frankenmuth, Bay City, and St. Charles? Did you know that about 100 men and women lead or host a Community Group at Hopevale? Did you know that our Community Groups helped more than 25 organizations in o...

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Did You Know…? 06.21.15

June 21, 2015 Did you know that Pastor Sam and Sarah took 9 students and 6 adults to Sandusky, Ohio on “The Walk” last week? Did you know that “The Walk” is for incoming high school seniors to bond together, be challenged in their life-long relationship with God and also to just have fun? Did you know that there was a water park? Cedar Point trip...

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Did You Know?..06.14.15

June 14, 2015 Did you know Bible Camp/Carnival week starts in JUST 7 DAYS? Did you know that it’s not too late for YOU to jump right in on the action by inviting people, volunteering your time, praying, donating? Did you know that we are sending a Carnival postcard inviting our North Campus neighbors to join us for Carnival? Yes, to be exact, we are sending 1,802 ...

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Did You Know ..? 05.31.15

May 31, 2015 Did you know Thursday, June 25th is Hopevale’s annual Carnival? Did you know there will be cotton candy there? (yep, Boo Blue and Cherry Berry!) Did you know there will be games for all ages? Did you know there will be huge inflatables to jump in, around and over? Did you know that there will be Nachos? Sno-cones? Pizza (and the very popular breadst...

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Did You Know..? 05.24.15

May 24, 2015 Did you know our Worship Team led an amazing night of worship at Bay City’s State Theatre Friday, May 15th? Did you know there were over 300 people who attended the event? Did you know that there were 13 of our worship team that helped lead (so great!) and our tech team did a fantastic job making it all work? Did you know that we had concessions? (Po...

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Did You Know…? 05.17.15

May 17, 2015 Did you know Bible Camp is one of the best weeks of the year here at Hopevale? Did you know this year’s Bible Camp will be held Sunday, June 21 – Wednesday, June 24th? (each night 6:30 – 8:30 pm) Did you know last year we had 638 (!?!?!?) kid campers learning about Jesus and having a blast? Did you know last year we had over 500 (five hund...

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Did You Know…? 05.10.15

May 10, 2015 – We Still Do Vol. 3 Did you know that Sam is married to his college sweetheart Sarah? Did you know they have been married 12 years this June? Did you know that they lived over 2,500 miles apart until they met in college? Did you know that December while they were in college Sam took Sarah on a surprise date to NYC to see the Rockefeller Christmas tr...

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Did You Know..? 05.03.15

Did you know that Pastor Ken is married to Rena? Did you know they met in Tennessee (in college) but both are Midwesterners? Ken was born and raised in Michigan, and Rena in Ohio. Did know that Ken asked Rena for their first date on a dare from a roommate? (And Rena wasn't overly impressed at first!) Did you know they married in Georgia then honeymooned in Gatlinburg, N...

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Seeing orange?

As you look around Hopevale's North Campus on Sundays in May, you may notice something: people with orange sticky nametags.  They are people -- just like you -- who are stepping out to try something new.  They are trying Welcome Ministries on for size.  Yep, they are shadowing one of our current volunteers to see what it feels like.  No strings attached...

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Did you know..? 04.26.15

April 26, 2015 – We Still Do Vol. 1 Did you know that Pastor Dan is married to Cathy? Did you know that they met in college but didn’t get married until 4 years after graduation? (you know that story, right?) Did you know that they said their “I do’s” in Washington, DC? Did you know that they have a picture in their wedding garb at the Was...

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